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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.

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