Thursday, 23 April 2015

Champneys Henlow Health Resort: Part Two

Champneys Henlow Premier Room
Picking up from where I left off in Part One, after lounging around in our dressing gowns for a little while longer, at around six in the evening we began getting ready for dinner.  Although the general dress code allows dressing gowns or general loungewear throughout the day (yes, you can enjoy the buffet lunch in the comfort of your Champneys-branded dressing gown!), they request that guests wear casual/smart clothing for dinner.  Now, although I'm sure many people would rather reluctantly throw on their smart attire after having previously rolled around in their dressing gowns, I have to admit to loving any sense of occasion.  If it involves heels and a blow dry, I'm in!  Regrettably, I didn't take my camera down for dinner, however it didn't feel appropriate considering Champneys is a  place of relaxation and the last thing I wanted was to make anybody feel uncomfortable. However, I did bring away a copy of the evening's menu with me, allowing me to share my deliciously healthy three-course meal on A Glass Of Ice:


Starter - Artichoke, Mozzarella and Black Olive Pizza (Tortilla Wrap, Pesto and Rocket)

Main - Roasted Corn-fed Chicken Breast with Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

Dessert - Mango Fruit Fool with Passion Fruit and Popcorn

Champneys Henlow Room Service
Room Service Breakfast in Premier Suite
Champneys Henlow Room Service

Champneys Henlow Room Service
Our first night spent at the Champneys Henlow Health Resort ended with some further pampering using the complimentary Champneys-branded products found in the bathroom, before flicking through the ideal collection of magazines located on one of the bedroom's shelves (Marie Claire Runway, Porter and Elle).  After a wonderfully uninterrupted sleep, we enjoyed a healthy breakfast in our Premier Suite after having placed our order on the outside of our door the previous night.  The standout items were undoubtedly the honey and gluten free bread.  The latter was a new introduction for me and it really opened my eyes to how easy it can be to make more health-conscious decisions with regard to food.  Although having said that, hot chocolate may not have been listed on the menu, however the staff very kindly accommodated my request (and craving) for a pot and believe me when I say it went down a treat!        
Champneys Henlow Premier Suite
Champneys Henlow
Black Silk Night Slip - Laurence Tavernier 

After both experiencing Full Body Exfoliations that well and truly prepared us for the spring/summertime by removing dead skin cells, improving circulation and aiding in detoxifying, firming and toning the skin, we took the opportunity to relax again in our room.  In the early afternoon, we then wandered down to the Premier Guest Waiting Area once more and relaxed with some watermelon juice before our Facials.  One word, heaven.  Oh and the icing on the cake was indisputably the hand massage delivered whilst the oils were sinking into my face - another word,  bliss.  

Although we'd booked an afternoon tea for the late afternoon, we remained in our dressing gowns for a little while longer to make the most of the extensive grounds that Champneys Henlow boasted.  The number of daffodils on site would have been impossible to count and at every corner there was a surprise in wildlife-form!  Adorably, we spotted a mother and her sixteen ducklings chattering away animatedly, as well as the proud-looking beauty below.

Champneys Henlow





Champneys HenlowWe were very fortunate in experiencing beautiful weather throughout our stay, with it only breaking momentarily on the morning of our departure.  Walking through the picturesque grounds in pleasant weather certainly presented an 'Alice in Wonderland' moment, although I can't say I ever remember Alice wearing sunglasses.. Champneys Henlow
Champneys HenlowThe Snowdrop Walk was definitely a highlight for me as it presented numerous reasons to take the cap off my camera's lens and indulge in the moment - it only dawned on me as I was focussing on one of the delicate snowdrop's heads that it was probably the first time I'd seen the flower in many, many years!  Champneys Henlow certainly provided a sense of escapism and on numerous occasions both my mum and I forgot where exactly we were on the map (and not only because of my terrible understanding of geography) and for how long we had been there.  Anyway, for now we'll have to remain in this moment in time, or at least until the third and final instalment is shared on A Glass Of Ice the day after tomorrow..

Champneys Henlow

Champneys Henlow



With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. The breakfast looks absolutely amazing; I'm a sucker for a good breakfast.

    Lizzie Dripping

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      Gabrielle x

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  2. What a beautiful place, this sounds lovely!

    Rebecca Coco

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    1. It really was a fantastic stay! Thanks for stopping by Rebecca

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Oh that place looks like heaven! Sounds like such a lovely stay!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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      Gabrielle x

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  4. Wow the pictures look absolutely amazing!

    xo
    Chidiogo

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    1. Thanks so much, that's really great to hear!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Such a relaxing, breathtaking get away! I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourself Gabrielle.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Relaxing is definitely the appropriate word and thank you Keisha, I definitely enjoyed the stay and it was wonderful having my mum there too :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. I can't even with this place G! Oh my it is like a dream, the building itself is so beautiful, I just want to move in and permanently call it my home. As if your first post was not enticing enough this one here, I am just dying to get outdoors and roam about in a dressing gown a velvety soft slippers. Though I'm sure that wouldn't go down a treat in my area. I get weird enough looks as it is hahaha!

    Sxx
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    1. I'm so pleased you've been enjoying my posts on Champneys Henlow, Sonia! Roaming around outdoors in a dressing gown is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a health resort haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  7. This place looks like a heaven and I'm sure that you'll relax there a little! :) I really like the location, near nature and beautiful views :) And after reading your post I'm curious how you looked on that dinner, dear :)

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    1. The location was rather picturesque, I agree, that's one of the beauties of the English countryside! Haha I wore a black cardigan and grey maxi skirt with white blocked-heel sandals :)

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Hiya hun, what's up? Thanks for commenting on my last post.
    I like this, lovely post and photos darling. Looks like an amazing and relaxing place.
    Thank you for sharing.

    New post on my blog if you're interested.
    'Memes by me'
    www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

    Have a lovely week and see you again soon! (=
    Stay in touch.
    Kisses!

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by Dominika

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Wow the breakfast looks perfect! The resort looks lovely.
    Kisses from Hungary xo

    Csenge | Csenge's Point

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    1. The breakfast was delicious, particularly the honey and marmalade in hindsight!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. The food was a definite highlight, which says a lot as it was all health-focussed!!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Looks perfect, so wonderful :) Happy weekend doll xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by lovely

      Gabrielle x

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  12. What a peaceful and serene place! <3

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    1. The most peaceful moments were when I'd realise just how quiet it was, it certainly added to the relaxing atmosphere :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. What a gorgeous resort, dear! You sure are enjoying life.......

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    1. It was a wonderful break and it's been fun reliving it via these blog posts!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. I have been looking forward to the 2nd part of your stay! Ahh, it all looks so lovely!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. That's so lovely to hear, especially as your travel blog is so inspiring!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Great photos, looks like you had a great time.
    xoxo,

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  16. Happy Friday, darling! This is too cute! You’re such a stunner! Love the shot by the window!
    Have a great weekend!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.net

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    1. I hope you're having a lovely weekend Vanessa and thank you so much for your kind words! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. The grounds of this resort are really lovely that even if you wander outside you're still caught up in the spirit of relaxation. Your whole experience sounded just heavenly! I bet it must've been a little hard when it came time to leave ;p

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Haha you're telling me, although we had planned to stop off at some tearooms on the journey home so it wasn't entirely awful! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Amazing
    After a long break I am officially back and thank you so much for your support!! I deeply appreciate it ;)
    My Lyfe ; My Story
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      Gabrielle x

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  19. Ahh, that's the life! Relaxing in a plush gown in a beautiful place with yummy nibbles! :)

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    1. Haha it was certainly relaxing, with the gluten-free muffins being a highlight!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Beautiful pictures and it looks like a wonderful place to relax and unwind. I love your picture in your black dress *massive hair envy* and it's so cool that you can walk around just in a gown.

    Caz | Style Lingua

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, thank you Carolin! I have such a thing for pretty lingerie/nightwear and loungewear!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Wish I hadn't seen this post because now I wish I was at a health spa. I've never been. The food sounds extremely delectable. :]

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    1. It would most definitely be worth booking yourself into a health resort to try it out and see if it's to your taste - there are plenty around! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Just look at that amazing breakfast. I love a good breakfast from room service. And I just love all of your photos. The resort looks so darn amazing.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
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    1. You and me both, being able to enjoy breakfast in your dressing gown and with no makeup on is just heavenly!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Looks SO good! I really love your nightdress, it´s stunning!! I want one like yours! xx

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNuqm6VzNRs

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    1. Thanks very much Susan, it's by Laurence Tavernier, although I have my eye on many more right now too haha

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Everything looks so good and it does look like a luxurious pampering experience. I actually feel relax just by reading and looking at your pictures, can't imagine how amazing it would be to experience it for myself.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. That's such a compliment, I'm really glad you feel relaxed reading/looking at this post Shireen!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. The place looks so beautiful <3 Lovely photos!!
    xoxo,
    snowprincessbella.blogspot.com

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      Gabrielle x

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  26. Beautiful place! Perfect for relax!
    http://elsecretodemistercloset.com

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    1. It was the perfect location for a few days of a relaxation, for sure

      Gabrielle x

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  27. nice post :) love your blog :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  28. looks like your time there was awesome
    that breakfast looks so inviting.So yummy

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    1. The breakfast was so delicious and I never anticipated such tasty gluten-free bread!!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. What a lovely place to relax. This makes me want to get a facial. Beautiful photos as always.

    Deedee

    http://madeupgirl-madeupgirl.blogspot.com

    PS My Lipsy London review is up

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    1. Book yourself in for a facial somewhere, you won't regret it! Thanks so much Deedee and how exciting you've review the Lipsy London palette you won - congratulations again! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. I really want to stay here! It all looks so lovely- the healthy, delicious food, the treatments, the beautiful surroundings- perfect! Also love your night dress! X

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. I have a feeling you'd really like it there, Kate, the surroundings really brought the whole experience together. Oh thank you, it's by Laurence Tavernier!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Wow, stunning pictures. My favorite is the one where you're standing at the window.
    Your hair ... a dream. New post is online... ;-)

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    1. That's so lovely of you to say, thank you Vanessa!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. Looks amazing~ I would totally wear my robe all day! <3

    Gina
    Pink Wings

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    1. Haha you and me both, I wore it right up until dinner on two of the days!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Such an amazing resort! Stunning!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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      Gabrielle x

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  34. Loved reading about this! Looks amazing! :)

    Www.aestheticalblog.blogspot.co.uk

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      Gabrielle x

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  35. Wow!!! So beautiful! I love these places!! Have a nice saturday, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
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    1. It's great to hear you've enjoyed this post, have a lovely week ahead

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Wow! Your pictures are so wonderful dear! Also it looks like a great place! Well done! :)
    Simimaus

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    1. It was a truly relaxing break, I returned home feeling well and truly rested

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Hi baby. I liked these photos. They are high quality and interesting. I stared at them for about ten minutes, haha :)

    With love, Nastya Deutsch ♥

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      Gabrielle x

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  38. It looks so lovely out there! You also made very cute and cosy pictures <3 xo

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    1. The gardens were really very beautiful and thanks Lilia, the resort was a treat to photograph :)

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Okay so I've decided the next time i'm over in the UK we're both taking a trip here Gabrielle!
    Wow-e! It looks absolutely divine- such a dream! Enjoy your weekend!

    X

    Anjelique

    www.anjelique.com.au

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    1. Haha that sounds perfect! There are so many things I adore about Australia as well.. thanks Anjelique, have a wonderful week :)

      Gabrielle x

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      Gabrielle x

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  41. I can look at these photos for days.. Feels like I'm there too haha! It really looks like a beautiful place... So relaxing! Oh and your hair... Gorgeous, gorgeous! <3

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    1. I often feel that way reading people's blog posts, they can transport you to another place! Oh thank you Cherr, I could say the same about your gorgeous hair!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. It looks like an amazing place and that menu is so yummy! ^-^
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

    http://www.caterina-m.blogspot.com

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    1. The menu changed each evening and provided such interesting and tasty options!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. The park looks so beautiful and peaceful. You're so lucky to have experienced this!

    www.LUXESSED.com

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    1. The grounds truly were breathtakingly beautiful, particularly the snowdrop walk. I appreciate that!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. Amazing photos, I love this post!
    Let me know if you're interested in following eachother on GFC?
    I'd love to keep in touch :-)
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xo from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo
    http://www.trenchcollection.com/

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  45. Hey Gabrielle, I'm so impressed by the spa health resort that I had to read the Part 1 too. The whole place looks so royal yet peaceful. I feel like checking myself into it right now. I'm sure the meals were fabulous too. What a great time to spend with your mum.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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    1. Hey Jo, I'm so pleased you're enjoying reading about my spa break spent at Champneys Henlow! Both my mum and I really enjoyed our quality time together :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. All of these photos were beautifully taken!! I wish I had the same artistic flair <3

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    1. You're so lovely for saying so Kylie, thank you, this has absolutely made my day!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. oh wow! i think that I might need some vacation:D hih ! noora / www.noorajatuukka.blogspot.fi

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    1. Go book yourself a break somewhere relaxing and sunny, Noora! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. This is heaven Gabrielle! It's so beautiful, both inside and out! I love the room service, your facial and body scrub treatments sound delightful and the landscaping is magnificent. Fabulous! About to read part 3 now.
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    1. The benefits of the full body exfoliation are brilliant, my skin has been so soft ever since! I hope you enjoy part three, Kim!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Looks like u had the bESSSSST time!!! That food is making me very hunnnnngry!!!! Gorgeous shots!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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    1. I had an incredible time thank you - thanks girls!!

      Gabrielle x

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  50. Such lovely photography!
    This place sounds so good and relaxing, I need some time here too!
    The menu sounds really good and the breakfast looks so yummy :)
    It's nice of them to get you the hot chocolate even though it wasn't on the menu!

    Neeny x

    neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I really appreciate that, thanks Neeny. The menu was ever so impressive and I agree, it was a very nice gesture! :)

      Gabrielle x

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