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Shopping in the USA

weather: light rain
outside: 8°C
mood: okay
We made a shopping run, south of the 49th parallel a few weekends ago while the exchange rate was still at 82-83¢ to the dollar. I thought it would go up a tad further yet because, well, Ashcroft left, Colin Powell resigned, Cheney's trick heart was wobbling again, top CIA guys were playing musical resignations and the rest of Bush's Cabinet were dropping like flies. And lo, today, it's at 84¢.

Anyone giving odds on how long Condoleezza Rice will hang around?

Anyway. Shopping. Yes.

We didn't go far, just down to Bellis Fair in Bellingham, WA. Mall food prices look like our CAD mall food prices, but they're in USD, which means they're kinda insane. =P Oh well.

Now I know:

  • If I can't find shoes here, drive down to the States and get them there. Their Payless ShoeSource has a decent selection of NON-DESCRIPT BLACK SHOES with a high enough heel. The kind that I like.

  • Baby and kid's clothing for all the [current and on-the-way] little buggers in Taiwan — Bon-Marché (Bon-Macy's now).

After a very enthusiastic recommendation made to me years and years ago, I finally found myself with the opportunity to go into a Victoria's Secret store and get a bottle of Angel Touch lotion. (USD)$20 for 236ml. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Did I already say OW? But I decided to try it once to see how it works.

Get this. You're supposed to use the Angel Touch lotion first. Then use the Velvet Luxe lotion on top of it. Then a fragrance on top of that. It stung my eyes too much to even look at the Velvet Luxe (USD$27; 118ml), so I didn't bother. I thought the lotion was way smelly enough by itself, I definitely didn't need more fragrance.

It disappears quickly, which I like. It smells nice, albeit a bit strong and the smell lingers for a long time, like through to the next day even without using the Luxe lotion as a "sealant". It makes your hands feel really velvetty smooth, but it wasn't until I felt a chalky residue on my hands after I washed them that I figured out what was making them feel "velvetty". My hands were nasty and rougher than they were before if I didn't put more lotion on right away.

Use chalky stuff to make hands feel "velvetty" and dry them out more, creating product dependency. Ingenious. Not. I'll be going back to my Jergen's Ultra-Healing lotion. Meh.

Oh, just a word of warning: the handbag for the Opulent Angels Handbag giftset looks all cheap and scrappy, in person. Just in case anyone who doesn't have access to a VS store, was thinking of ordering it online because it looks pretty in the picture.


Comments

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bride
Nov. 23rd, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
Huh. Interesting. Thanks, Jerry =}
amarins
Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
quote:
"If I can't find shoes here, drive down to the States and get them there. Their Payless Shoe Source has a decent selection of NON-DESCRIPT BLACK SHOES with a high enough heel. The kind that I like. "

I'll have to make a note about that one. We're going to New York on December 25th. I was already planning on buying a pair of jeans, a mp3-player and dvds. Now shoes are added, cause that are the kind of shoes I'm looking for too. Clothes and electronis have always been cheaper in the USA than here, but now with the cheap dollar it's insane.
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
I hear New York is fantastic for inexpensive and nice clothes! =)
jenny_rambles
Nov. 24th, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
Bath and Body Works - best lotion stuff ever!!! :)
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
Ooo, I'll keep that in mind, thanks =)
karinakarina
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
the best lotion i've ever come across is from walmart - their house brand. it's unscented and it doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy.
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
I'll keep that in mind, thanks =)
life_beautiful
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
Ah yes, Jergen's Ultra Healing Lotion. 887 ml for (USD)$1.25 at Target. That's what I call a bargain :D
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT! Really?!?! That's a monster jug of lotion! =O
life_beautiful
Nov. 24th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
Yeah it really is! I use it once or twice a day and have for about five months- no telling when it'll die =D
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
That will last you CENTURIES then =)

We use our 700ml bottle for back rubs and it lasts a good long time.
yueni
Nov. 24th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
whoa. I had no idea Canadians crossed the border to shop. Well, specifically to shop. *g* I was at Bellis Fair just last week, actually, and to see that you went there too... heh.

bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
We were there a few weeks ago. You seem to be in this corner of the Universe quite a bit. Did you want to meet up some time? Maybe when you have time to kill on a layover in YVR?

Let me know =)
yueni
Nov. 25th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
*g* yup, i'm at uni in bellingham, so have been hanging about this area for a year and a half or so. ooh. am always interested in a meet up. *cocks head to one side* YVR?
bride
Nov. 25th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh cool =) I don't know why I didn't realize you were that close by...

YVR is the Vancouver International Airport which I remember you said you flew through once (or something... maybe my brain is making stuff up again =P).

But yeah, we should try to meet up some time =)
athanata
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)
Eucerin Body Lotion!

L'Occitane Shea Butter for hands! (www.loccitane.com)
bride
Nov. 30th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks =)
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