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Happy Pr0niversary Sales!

Happy Pr0niversary to meeee!  And you!  And us!  It’s a few days late, but we’ve been shopping together for two whole months now!  It seems like just yesterday that this blog was just a gleam in my eye.  They grow up so fast.  To celebrate, I’m pulling together every sale, sales code, and sample sale invite in my arsenal and giving them all to you.  I didn’t have time to wrap them all.

Smocked Detail Dress, 32, $45.73

Smocked Detail Dress, £32/ $45.73 at Simply Be

It wouldn’t be a Pr0niversary without mentioning the very special offer we have in conjunction with Simply Yours and Simply Be.

Ignore the first-time buyer’s offer at checkout and use our exclusive code: KLUY4 for 20% off plus size fashion, lingerie, footwear and shapewear – good through April 15.

I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t show you this cream colored smocked cotton dress, with brown applique on it.  Usually I’m not a fan of gladiator sandals, but I love the styling here.  The dress is all cotton with cotton lining, sizes 14-32.

Narraganset Quinn

Narraganset Quinn

Why not treat yourself to a new spring handbag?  They’re 30% off at Kate Spade; that’s right all of them.  March 26-30 enter code SFF3263E and take 30% off your entire purchase, including sales items.

If you need a bright, colorful tote for spring do not wait to pick up this red Narraganset Quinn.

With a 6.5″ drop it’s definitely a shoulder bag and it’s wonderfully structured.  Once $345, with 30% off it’s yours for $139.30 + $15 shipping.
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Thanks to my pal Grechen over at Grechens Codes, I found out about a 20% discount at American Apparel.  One thing I appreciate AA for is their committment to a fair job at a fair wage with fair benefits; that’s a rarity in the garment industry.

American Cotton Spandex Jersey Yoga Pant, $28

American Cotton Spandex Jersey Yoga Pant, $28

As I’ve mentioned before, even certain so-called “cruelty-free” companies are not especially forthcoming about their production, other than to say they’re not made in sweatshops.

Anyway, if you don’t mind their slightly unsavory ad campaigns, use code MISSYOU09 to take 20% off.

I’m a fan of their yoga/workout clothing, such as their cotton/spandex yoga pants. Like most of their clothing, they come in several different colors.  Like pink!
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Banana Republic Silk Ruffle Dress, $67.99

Banana Republic Silk Ruffle Dress, $67.99

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Now through March 29th (so get cracking), code EXTRA20 will save you an extra 20% off sales items at Banana Republic, where prices are generally reasonable anyway.

Your blogger highly recommends trying this lavender silk ruffle dress for spring.  It’s such a classic shape and feel; almost 1940’s, and the color is quite flattering.

Just pay mind that the skirt may be clingy.  Spanx are your friend. You want to be smooooooooth.

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Finally, I have a code for 25% off one regularly priced item Greenloop, which is filled with lovely organic and eco-friendly clothing, such as these to die for red faux-felt Cherub Pumps by Beyond Skin.

Beyond Skin Cherub Pump Faux Felt, $220 at Greenloop

Beyond Skin Cherub Pump Faux Felt, $220 at Greenloop

Appease your inner environmentalist and your inner fashionista when you whittle the price down to $220 with code GL25A09, through April 5..

Onto the codeless sales:
Tulle Cardigan with Ruffle
Tulle Cardigan with Ruffle

I think I’ve shown you one thing from Tulle before, but I definitely haven’t shown you anything from their men’s side, Cloth Logic.

Right now, everything from both sites’ Spring I collection is 40% off.  Tulle has adorable, feminine clothing with a retro feel, like this Cardigan with Ruffle.  It’s only $36.00 and goes up to an XL in colors Scarlet and Lagoon.

I have to warn you that I just looked at the size chart and they are tiny.  I almost think this has to be some sort of a misprint or it’s meant to be a Juniors line, or maybe it varies by article.  An XL appears to be a 4/6?  Do look carefully pr0n addicts.

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Cloth Logic Zip Up Sweater

Cloth Logic Zip Up Sweater

Selection is limited over at Cloth Logic, but I’m a fan of this Zip Up Sweater with striped sleeves for $54.  This doesn’t appear to have a size chart at all.  Check the return policy and buy with caution.

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Robert Rodriguez Kimono Top, ShopBop $200.20

Robert Rodriguez Kimono Top, ShopBop $200.20

ShopBop is having a spring sale: “Buy now, Wear now”.   Neither the selection nor the prices inspired me, but I did find a few gems, including this fashion forward kimono top by Robert Rodriguez.

Kimono tops are a bit of a throwback to the ’80s, but trust me, there were worse trends back then.  This particular top comes in mild dahlia, and black charmeuse.  I’d really like to see this on someone.

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Sweaters at Ann Taylor Loft are buy one get one 50% off, which isn’t a half bad deal (ha!)

Ann Taylor Loft Short Sleeve Flower Cardigan, $49.50

Ann Taylor Loft Short Sleeve Flower Cardigan, $49.50

The Loft usually isn’t my style but this short sleeve cardigan with flower detail caught my eye.  The shrunken fit makes for great layering,  and the colors look like there’s something for everyone.

Ann Taylor Loft Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater, $44.50

Ann Taylor Loft Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater, $44.50

Buy the cardigan for $49.50 and get this flattering Puff Sleeve Square Neck Sweater for $22.50.

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Now comes the really fun stuff – where if you’re lucky and act quickly, you can get unheard of deals on brands from Valentino to Hanky Panky, from Theory to Porridge, from Burberry Prosum to Shoshanna.

A while back we talked about Sample Sales.  Today I’m going to show you all my favorite sites.  Most have brand “boutiques” that open for a few days.  They usually require an invitation from another member, so you tell two friends and she tells two friends and so on.

With some sites you get a credit for every friend who joins, with some for the first purchase they make, and with some – both.  Hi, I’m Dinsquared and I’m your friend. :)

Shoshanna Quilted Shift Dress at Rue La La

Shoshanna Quilted Shift Dress at Rue La La

My absolute favorite is Rue La La.  Every day at 11:00 a.m. EST two or three new brand boutiques open.

Get there early.  Prices are crazy low and items sell out in the blink of an eye.

For instance, at their Final Sale this $395 quilted Shoshanna shift could have been yours for $99.  No lie.

I can’t generate one code or link to share, so if you’re interested just leave a comment on this post and be sure to include your email address.  If you prefer, just email me directly: shoppingpr0n@gmail.com.

Vintage Crystal Stone Hinge Bracelet, $64/Alex and Ani @Hautelook

Vintage Crystal Stone Hinge Bracelet, $64/Alex and Ani @Hautelook

No one can see it but me, and I’ll email you an invitation double quick!  HauteLook is the same way, so if you leave me a comment, I’ll send you an invite to both.

Gilt Groupe has even more amazing high end brands such as Ted Baker, John Varvatos, Chloe, and Thakoon.

Smashbox Masters Class-Brush Collection, $45 @GiltGroupe

Smashbox Masters Class-Brush Collection, $45 @GiltGroupe

Use this link to join.  You could get half off Smashbox Cosmetics, like this Masters Class Brush set, for $45.
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Christian Audigier Pink Faith, $68@Ideeli

Christian Audigier Pink Faith, $68@Ideeli

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Time is running out on the Ed Hardy sale at Ideeli, but if you were a member you could get designer Christian Audigier tees like the Pink Faith for $68 compared to $110.

Just make with the clicky, and happy pr0n!

Whew!  After all that partying I’m tired!  Bringing you all these fabulous steals and deals was worth it, though.  You’re my pr0n stars after all.

Until next time, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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Pr0n Plus: Presidents’ Day Edition

Welcome to another edition of Pr0n Plus.  It’s a pr0n packed post, so let’s dive right in.  In this week’s edition, I’m going to show you a stunning pair of handmade vegetarian pumps up to a size 11,  plus size bikinis from Type Z,  and a Rockabilly trousers/sweater combo – just to name a few!

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Did I mention a stunning pair of handmade vegetarian pumps? Would I lie to you? Sui Generis is an offshoot of brand Beyond Skin.  Both lines are exquisite, ethical footwear; the company is based out of, and makes their shoes in the UK.

These are made out of hemp with a man-made sole and faux patent metallic piping and a 4″ heel.  Beyond Skins’ packaging is recycled or made from sustainable materials, and vegetable based ink.  A percentage of the company’s profits go to ethical charities.

If you have an extra $645.95 to throw at a pair of shoes, Endless.com will throw in free shipping.  And if you do, send pictures!

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I feel a bit bad (not that bad) for starting off with $600 shoes; as an apology, I’ve brought you tan patent leather button nose pumps from Type Z.  Also in a 4″ heel, you can have these in a slightly less ethical tan or black patent leather, and brown or red leather.

These cuties have a lightly padded footbed and white contrast stitching; they may run about 1/2 a size larger than marked, which is nice since they go up to a size 10W, so that’s like a 10.5, right? Sort of like Daylight Savings time in a shoe.

They’re available with free shipping at Zappos.com.

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Interestingly, the next item is also from Type Z.  I have two (technically 3) adorable bikinis for you, also at Zappos.  I’ll see what I can find out about the brand for you next time, my little pr0n pumpkins.

What I love about these styles are halter tops, the moderate seat coverage, and the overall styling. It’s so hard to find plus sized swimwear that’s youthful!  The first one is in solid navy (always flattering), sizes 16 and 24; it’s also available in non-plus sizes, XS, M and Large.

Unfortunately it is sold as a set, rather than as separates, so you have to be the same size on top and bottom. Fortunately, the top has adjustable strap, and it’s $75 with free overnight shipping.

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The other style looks the same, but is slightly different.  Sarah comes in a red floral, and an orange multi-stripe. Both the back and neck are adjustable, and the bottom has a low rise (it’s shorter from crotch to waist.  I dislike that word: ‘crotch’.) and moderate seat coverage.

It’s a shame that the plus size version of this is more than the under-14 sizes (Two way adjustable straps? Really? Hmm…), but it’s less than a $4.00 difference.  Sizes 16-18 are $71.10, still with free overnight shipping.


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You know what else is red?  These “Greta” lipstick red wide leg trousers from Collectif, which has tons of vintage, retro and rockabilly clothing in a wide range of sizes.

They do have a tendency to run out of sizes, but the good news is that means the products aren’t mass produced!  You can always email them to find out when and if a particular product is coming back in stock (and they do).

Currently they have an 8 & 10 in black, and um…no red. :( But I wanted you to see them anyway, because I never show you lovely pr0n people trousers and they will come back in stock. This is a UK store, and most products go up to a UK 20 or 22, so a U.S. 18-20ish.

Greta is £40 or about $58 USD, they’re showing it with the “Jo” cardigan – so cute in a round neck black sweater, with red cherry appliques on both sides! £30, or about $43, U.S.  Collectif will ship worldwide, starting at £8 or about $11.50.  Come back soon Greta and Jo (please?) !

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While you wait, how a about this Frill Front Contrast Skirt Dress over at SimplyBe? I love this concept: a dress that looks like a skirt and a dress; black on the bottom, and a ruffled white sleeveless top with black buttons running down the front.

Even better, this is 100% cotton and machine washable.  The skirt has front pleats, hits just above the knee, and stops around your natural waist – maybe a drop higher.

This should be a very forgiving and flattering style. Whether you’re straight or curvy, this dress should work pretty well on you.  It’s particularly good if you’re too curvy to normally wear skirts (like your dear blogger) but love the look). Oh, the skirt has 4% elastyne in it for stretch, and the whole thing can be yours for £40 or about $58. A total steal!

Just a reminder that Simply Be does not ship to the U.S. yet, so if you need this in sizes 14-32, make friends with someone here or elsewhere in the U.K. They don’t bite unless you ask. :)

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If you need a dress and have a little more money to invest, check out this black 100% wool David Meister belted jersey sheath dress.   Classic dresses don’t get much better than this: pleated scoop neckline, wool jersey sheath dress, with a skinny patent leather belt at your natural waist and cap sleeves.

It’s 43.5″ from shoulder to hem, and form-fitting at the bust and hip.  This is just such a perfect way to show off your figure at work or at night; it will last you for years.

As I said, this is an investment in your wardrobe, but Nordstrom guarantees their price, and will match anyone else’s. Nordy’s generally has A+ customer service! Plus if you shop there they sometimes have a live piano player.  I’m just saying.

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Lucky for you, I found a very similar style for less than half the price back at Zappos.com (Aren’t you lucky?). Lee by Serena is a 100% cotton dress with white contrast stitching and front skirt pleats.

The seaming is going to create the illusion of curves if you don’t have them, the pleats will give the skirt a little style and shape, and the back pleat is great for moving and sitting…which most people like to do.


The Serena is 1/2″ longer than the David Meister and hand washable (since it’s cotton). At $83 with free overnight shipping it’s not a bad alternative in the least.   Any tailor could give this a quick nip, tuck and hem if you find the fit isn’t quite what you’d like, and it would still be less than $258.  But I think it’s interesting to compare the two and see what a $100 dress looks like versus a $250 dress.

I think the David Meister is still probably overpriced, but keep in mind the styling and the fabric.  That’s why I always say that pr0n is about quality, fabric and fit. (I really do say that!) Also check out the iGigi.com – their Gabriella Contrast Trim dress has a similar feel.

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Technically, Torrid is the plus-size little sister to Hot Topic, and the quality isn’t as high as I usually like.  But I really liked their pants when I was plus-size for one very specific reason – they’re low-rise.

Because they’re a “junior cut”, if you carry your weight in your lower body and don’t need the tummy room that most plus-size pants have, Torrid might be a godsend for you, as they were for me. They were practically the only pants I could wear at the time.

Sometimes pr0n is getting what you need, and that’s these super wide leg gray cuffed trousers.  They’ve got two front pockets, belt loops, cuffed hems, and 5% spandex.  They should hit around your hip.  If that’s the widest part of you, that’s where your pants should hit.  Any higher and they’re going to make you look wider.  So: $52, machine washable, sizes 12 (also helpful)-26


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Is it me or has this post been lacking in color? Let’s change that with a pop of color in a sheer summer pink Berto shirt from PAS (the same people who made that hott dress from last week) at Pink Marzipan.

The shirt is sheer (duh), so you’ll need a cami underneath it (just like in the pic), but it’s a fun way to play with an outfit.  It’s nice that the shirt is machine washable (delicate cycle in a wash-bag), even though it’s 40% silk (60% polyester).

You could put this under a suit, or with a cotton skirt; it’s collared with a front buttons to just past the empire waist, princess seams, which are going to help create a waist, and it measures 26.5″ from shoulder to hem.

Pink Marzipan is selling this for £60, or about $86 USD, which is a little pricey, but a really nice shirt that will go with everything.  In the UK shipping is free (for this item) and it appears they ship at least to some places internationally.

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This last picture goes out to my pal LaynieLink, who loves tights.  WeLoveColors.com is a site that only sells plus-sized tights! Every color and pattern in the rainbow is available here in lots of different types of tights: footless, cotton/lycra, colored fishnet, and on and on.

Call me crazy, but I’m in love with these Zig Zag Checkerboard tights.  While these are a “one-size”, most of the tights are sold in sizes A (4’11”-5’5″ 160-22o lbs) -EE (5’5″-6’0; 320-375 lbs).  Solids are more than appropriate for work; rock out the splash or other patterns with a simple outfit on the weekends (and send me pictures!)

They also sell stuff for men and children, and other accessories (gloves, arm warmers, socks), mostly around $12-18.00.

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There you have it, lovely pr0n watchers! I hope there was something for everyone in this post. I love comments, and I do take requests, so speak up!

Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?



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Eco Friendly Pr0n

How are you (well, morning for me) my lovely pr0n readers?  My you are looking lovely today.  You’ve been shopping, haven’t you?  I’m so proud. Today’s post is all about the Fifth Rule of Shopping Pr0n: Put your money where your mouth is.  This relates back to my post on Socially Responsible Pr0n . The point is that if I’m going to go all soapbox ranty about being socially responsible, I should try to integrate it into my life and blog.

cotton/poly/hemp/silk, size L, $96

cotton/poly/hemp/silk, size L, $96

So today, dear pr0n addicts, we will look at Eco Friendly Pr0n!  Natural fibers, sustainable fabrics, organic materials, and vegetarian/vegan products – all that satisfy the pr0nista in you! To my right I have a super comfy tailored hoody, we have proof that you don’t have to give up the shoe lover in you to be ethical, another men’s blazer, and as always – panties!

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Your dear blogger was beginning to wonder if socially responsible people had something against fashionable shoes (and clothes) when she found The Green Loop .


Oh joy!  Oh rapture!  OH, my credit card!  Just look at these red and black Hazel T-strap pumps from Beyond Skin.  Apparently Beyond Skin has been around since 2001 exclusively creating beautiful, handmade, ethical footwear.

These are made from a faux patent leather (polyurethane) and hemp; I’m glad to see the pot I did in college is being put to a better use.  The website has a tremendous amount of detail about the fabrics and the company.  You should know they were made in Spain and have a 3.75 inch heel.  These puppies will set your feet and your wallet back a cool $285.  Shipping is $5, and Greenloop.com does deliver to some other countries.

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Feel free to wear those shoes with this Truly Organic Talum Skirt.   What I simply adore about this skirt is the fabrics used to creat a soft, flowy look, and the side rouching.  When rouching first came back into style, like most trends it was horribly overused and misused.

Now that it’s had time to settle down, it’s being used in wonderful ways to add just a hint of interest to an article of clothing, as in this skirt. It’s pleated, rouched and tied on the side (wear it up or down), and hits just below the knee.

Talum is made from 100% fair trade organic cotton , with 100% vegetable, chemical free dyes, and is lined in soft poplin (which is referring to cotton here).  Unless I’m being dense I can’ t see where their products are manufactured, but being certified fair trade should  help in your decision bring home this $73.50 creation.

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In one of our previous episodes, you all went gaga over this Juicy blazer.  So I am committed to bringing you more menswear for you to go gaga over.  I really like this knit blazer by Same Underneath. First,  it’s half off. It used to be $240 and now it’s $120.  Love it!

It’s a fitted, single knit button blazer – normally single button blazers are tricky, because they have a really low stance ( i.e. where the button is) and it just calls attention to a belly, but the stance is about mid-chest here, which is nice.
There are front flap pockets, 3 button cuffs, and it’s fully lined in contrasting print with a Sameunderneath red button hold stitch on the lapel.

It’s made from: 75% organic cotton; 25% polyester.  The company says it’s “Made in China – with respect”, so make of that what you will or contact the company.

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Let me tell you, dear pr0n friends, organic/eco-friendly men’s clothing sucks.  In fact, it both sucks and blows that’s how bad it is.  Want jeans?  Sure.  Want t-shirts and hoodies?  Okay.  That’s…about 90% of it.  The article I read said that if men want this stuff they need to be more vocal consumers, so I’m passing that along.

In the meantime, I’m passing along this Nova Bamboo Polo shirt by Salts that I found on Etsy.

From what I can see, it’s made from 100%  organic bamboo (excluding the snaps), which is a sustainable fiber, and is made by the owner in Canada.

If a guy picked me up for a date wearing this with a pair of nice jeans and shoes (the cap can go, really), he’s already one step ahead with me.

So – spend $36 on this shirt (which is also available in red or green), and call me if you’re cute and single!  Salts also has really really cute organic baby clothes.  The clothes are organic, I can’t vouch for the babies. (Little grammar humor there.)

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I’ll show up in this stunner of en eco friendly bamboo dress by Gina Michele, off Smashing Darling.  When I was putting together this post, I had three Gina Michele dresses in my queue that I could have shown you, her dresses are just so soft looking and well crafted.

Just look at this yellow/mustard v-neck bamboo “Portrait of a Siren” dress.  A deep v-neck, is attached to a pintucked, lined bodice with a braided tie closure in back.  I will say that this is for someone on the smaller end of the bust line, unless you want to put a cami under it, which  is totally acceptable.

It’s got an elastic empire waist – empire waists are great for pear figures because it shows off your upper body and just sort of skims over that whole hippy, thigh, rear area – and a layered skirt.  Made in New York.

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Before stepping out the door for my date with Mr. Handsome up there, I’ll grab my WAS clutch. Every WAS bag is one of a kind, as it’s made from recycled billboards.  Their stock is constantly changing or you can make your own!  The clutches do have a leather strap, but they’re made entirely in New Zealand.

This one is $125 NZ, which CoinMill.com is kind enough to tell me is only about $67 and change U.S.  Whee!  If I’ve got my NZ lingo down, they appear to ship worldwide.  Thanks WAS!

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Since my dress is lined, I can slip on this cami and tied bikini set from Adili.com underneath (see how nicely I segeued there).  I’ve been showing you all a lot of “retro” inspired lingerie lately, so I thought this was a nice change.

You can only get this cami/panty set (there’s a different style of panty at Adili) at Adili, but it’s made by Enamore from organic silk (8% silk elastyne for stretch), and made in the UK.

As you can see in the picture, it’s a bit of a small fit, so do check out their size chart.  I believe the sizes are UK, and are available UK 8-14 (US 6-12ish).  They do ship worldwide, and they’ll ship these to you £59 ($92.11 US) for the cami (It’s organic silk!  What do you want?) and £ 37 for this style panty ($57.76 US).  Lots more lingerie at the site if you like the concept, but not ths specific pair.

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Alas, that’s all  I have for you my darlings! I’m ever so glad you came.  By next week I promise to have lots more eco-friendly pr0n for you.  Until then, I suspect the next edition of ShoppingPron will be Luxury Pr0n! Ooooh! We’ll see how you all like that.  Sometime Friday I suspect, to be followed by the weekly edition of Pr0n Plus.  Time flies when you’re reading pr0n!

As always, it was good for me; tell me: was it good for you?

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