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Flash sale sites like RueLaLa or Gilt Groupe make it sound like you’re getting the best deal out there, but sometimes you aren’t. Their customer value propositions are that items are scarce and you need to buy fast if you want it (and probably can’t get it anywhere else).

Today I was super excited that one of my favorite designers, Leifsdottir, was going to be on Gilt Groupe. I went to the sale page right at 12 noon and started laughing when I saw a sweater I bought 2 months ago for $64 right on the designers website that was on “sale” for $99 on Gilt. I went over to the Leifsdottir site, thinking that maybe it wasn’t available anymore, but sure enough, it still is and is still $64!

Then I noticed a few other items that were also on the designers site and Gilt, everything cheaper on Leifsdottir.com. I tweeted Gilt about the matter and they replied with:

GiltSupport@lottieeb While we offer great prices on items we don’t always guarantee it’s the lowest out there. We want you to get a deal, so go for it!

Then, they tweeted me this:

GiltSupport@lottieeb Prices r made in correlation2 the designer& if they have clearance on their site we dont know We encourage u 2 purchase from them!

So basically they are using the flash sale to make consumers think that if you don’t buy fast you’ll lose your chance to get an item, but that’s not always the case. Though they don’t “guarantee” the best price, they sure have tried to make their marketing messages imply otherwise. And, they don’t do any market research to see if the designer has the items sold for less? That’s just bad business and poor strategy on their part, first rule of pricing policy guys (any econ professor can tell you that!). Clearly they bought it for a lot less than $99, that said, smart partnership for Leifsdottir who might have made more on the Gilt Sale than on their own site. Bottom line – before you rush to buy at a flash sale, do a little pricing research!

I’m all done and I miss my P.A.M. juice terribly, and also the green juice just a little! Today has been sorta weird, starting to eat again. I miss juices, I should have bought an Odwalla or something to tide me over. Anywhoo, here are some final thoughts about the cleanse.

1) I never used lip balm like the whole time I was juicing. I usually put on lip balm like 10x a day, but I didn’t need any during the cleanse because I was so hydrated and what’s weird is I didn’t even realize I hadn’t used it until today when I dug it out from the bottom of my purse!

2) I lost 6lbs, nice. Will probably gain it back this weekend when I go to Sam’s and Toro.

3) The first day back on food, no carbs. I had a nectarine to start out the day, felt fine. Drank a little coffee with soymilk, felt fine. Ate an English Muffin with a little Earthbalance, stomach hurt (but not for too long, that said, you can really feel the food in your tummy). Salad for lunch, felt fine. I do wish I had some fruit juice, if there was a place near my office I’d run out and get an Odwalla or Naked Juice, something non-pasturized.

4) Headaches. I had a bad headache this morning that’s been returning here and there throughout the day, must hydrate A LOT. I’m on water bottle number 4, cup of tea number 2.

5) I read that you’ll be able to “taste” your food a lot more post-cleanse. My coffee in the AM tasted really watery, maybe I didn’t put in enough beans? Other than that, I haven’t really had any intense taste sensations.

6) Oh wow, you don’t need to snack all day! It’s okay to be a little hungry.

One thing I forgot to mention in my cleanse posts, I took probiotics 2x a day every day (I always take them and didn’t stop during the cleanse), this definitely helps keep things moving through you. You can get any kind you like, I prefer non-dairy ones of course. Check the vitamin aisle at Whole Foods for some good choices.

I think the biggest takeaway is that you don’t need to eat a lot to feel full. I know we all know this and read it EVERYWHERE, but from not eating, feeling a bit hungry and not curbing the hunger (except with juice), I think you mentally realize, oh wow, I don’t need to snack up a storm. If anything hopefully I will be more conscious of my portions, and better at hydrating. Perhaps I can cut down my lip balm usage too!

Okay now I’m hungry, I’d like a big mac with a side of two fries please and maybe one of those yummy sundaes with chocolate sauce that’s 99 cents? About a half hour after the green juice this morning my stomach felt empty and tea/water didn’t really help. So, I just exercised the will power that got me through a marathon, and the GMAT, and an 8 hour managerial accounting exam, and a Botkier sample sale (my biggest challenges to date). Now it’s time for P.A.M, phew!

With 5 juices to go I’m in the homestretch. Yesterday afternoon was a bit hard too, I was hungry and lightheaded (nothing on the verge of scary or unhealthy though), but then once I drank the Spicy Lemonade around 3:30 it subsided, and my 5pm manicure and pedicure certainly helped me relax and take my mind off that thing that begins with the letter F. My advice, is to keep busy during your cleanse. Some people say doing it at work would stink, but it’s better than sitting at home all day, there are so many things to keep you busy at work, from actual work, to Gawker, to reading about Juice Cleanses on Lottie’s blog! Then, in the evening definitely plan an activity such as shopping, pampering, walking around the neighborhood, or slowly cleaning your house (not too vigorously as you don’t want to work up an appetite).

So, what’s been my schedule of “drinking” now that I’m on day 3? Well, I usually do #1 around 7:30 or so, and right when I get up have some warm water with a squeeze of lemon (either before gym if I go in the AM, which was 2 of the 3 days, or before shower). The P.A.M cocktail hour happens at 10am and I try to sip it a little slower and make it last until 10:30. #3 is lunch between 12 and 12:30 if I can hold out (did today). Then Spicy Lemonade at the spicy hour of 3:30. #5 The Beets at 6ish when I get home from work. And finally the best part of the day, Cashew dankness (as Marc would say) at 8pm, then beddie at 10, along with the middle schoolers and old people!

It’s not easy being Green (green juice and me this AM)

I’m a little scared about breaking the cleanse tomorrow. I will start out with a nectarine that’s perfectly ripe and been sitting in my fridge looking at me with its juicy eyes for a few days now. For lunch it’s “Thursday Lunch” at work (every Thurs my awesome company gives us lunch) and the menu is wraps and salads, a PERFECT light lunch. I’ll probably stick more to the salad side of things. Then, my wonderful Mother sent me home post mani/pedi with some stuffed green peppers. She makes a mean one. So I’ll end the day with some veggies and protein. Then, it’s a Babson MBA Happy Hour at Sonsie. I’ll probably stick to one drink, more than that would not be a good idea. Shoot, my stomach just rumbled. No more food talk!

So crazy Lottie, some questions for you 1) Would you ever do this again? 2) Would you recommend it to friends? 3) What the hell were you thinking? 4) AND, did you cheat and eat at all?

My answers:

1) Yes, I’d do it again, probably not very often 1 to 3 times a year tops. Could be great post holidays, or in the summer when it’s super hot and you don’t want to eat anyways (like now). Choose a time you don’t have a lot going on (again summer or post holiday could be good). I think doing it Monday to Wednesday is also great. You do have to take it easy on eating/drinking over the weekend, but being busy at work, or in class (even better because your brain has to focus more on class and not on food) is way better than down time on the weekend.

2) Yes again, I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to clean out their system and exercise some will power. It’s a nice accomplishment and I think my body is happy I made it juice, even though it fought me a bit between 1:30 and 3:30 PM each day. And, if you want to lose those last few pounds it could be good too. The purpose is not weight loss, but if you can fit into those skinny jeans after, that’s a nice bonus!

3) What the hell was I thinking? $200 dollars for juice and hunger? But I mean wow, that Cashew Nut Milk (yes, I capitalize it in my posts because it is worthy of becoming a proper noun) might be worth the price alone. Buying a good juicer is upwards of $200 and it’s nice to have it all done for you. The Blueprint motto is “We think, you drink.” It’s a good one. I’m happy I did it and so is my body. I did not reach nirvana, but it was an interesting experiment and exercise in will power. Also, my intestines were happy I got out any and all remaining casein that might have been chillin in there.

4) I’m happy to say I did not cheat! BP says if you absolutely need something you can have one of the following:

  • a few celery stalks
  • a quarter of an avocado
  • a couple slices of cucumber
  • dilute any drink with water
  • warm vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • a half cup of black coffee (no sugar/milk … unless it’s cashew nut milk!)
  • drink half of the cashew nut milk in the a.m
  • add a pinch of celtic sea salt to any drink for energy

Tomorrow I’ll post a few last thoughts about how I feel post cleanse and what I might have gained (or lost). Get on BPC’s mailing list (bottom right of the homepage) and they will eventually email you a discount code, when that happens, I say take the plunge into that pool of Spicy Lemonade!

Yesterday was a little hard in terms of being hungry. Before lunch at 12 of Green juice #2 my stomach was a little rumbly, then all afternoon I had an empty feeling in my stomach, but I wasn’t ravenous. That said, I did feel a bit light-headed, however, concentrating on Excel Spreadsheets/Gchatting with Tommy for 3 hours might have been the cause. Once home from work I made Marc go shopping, nothing like retail to take your mind off food, it worked super well and I didn’t even buy anything!

#1 Green Juice: Contains romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon (PACKED!). Tastes like a salad with a bit of apple. The apple makes it sweet, but you still can taste the greens. Like I said, it’s not a juice that I would drink every day, but it wasn’t hard to get down at all and it’s kinda fun to drink your veggies (at least for a few days).

#2 P.A.M.: Contains Pineapple, Apple and Mint (hence the P.A.M) with some filtered water. It might be my favorite, it is sweet and tropical with a refreshing mint taste that does not overpower. It would taste great with a shot of vodka, but that would probably make me pass out…

#3 Green Juice: You drink your second Green Juice for lunch. Yum 🙂 Nothing like Kale and Parsley during your lunch break. Actually, you really can’t taste the parsley at all, they probs just add a splash of it for garnish!

#4 Spicy Lemonade: Contains filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, cayenne. Tastes like lemonade with a spicy kick at the end that hangs out in your throat, but it’s not uncomfortable. It warmed me up a bit in my cold office, but didn’t fill me up too much. Can I eat a granola bar yet?

#5 C.A.B.: Contains carrots, apples and beets, lemon and ginger. Tastes like carroty apple juice with some gingery beets thrown in. I’m not a huge beet fan, but their taste isn’t overpowering, you get more carrot and apple with ginger on top and a slight beet taste. It’s super red, so don’t drink any wearing a white shirt! Be very careful not to spill.

#6 Cashew Nut Milk: Contains Cashew Nut Milk (however that’s made), vanilla, cinnamon and agave nectar. Tastes like heaven, it’s the highest calorie drink of the bunch at 300 a serving and it is just delicious. Nutty, creamy, vanilla-ey and a hint of cinnamon. Something you’d drink during the holidays perhaps, and also a great way to end your day of juicing. It would be great to satisfy a dessert craving at times when you actually eat!

This morning I went to the gym and didn’t die, in fact my workout felt great. I feel mildly hungry, but nothing a P.A.M at 10am won’t fix. However, I am really looking forward to the Cashew Nut Milk this evening and then on to my last day of the cleanse! If you’d like to see the full nutrition facts for all the juices check them out here.

As you can tell from a few of my recent posts I’ve been on quite the nutrition kick this summer. I’ve decided to take it to the next level this week with a Blueprint Cleanse. I learned about Blueprint almost two years ago from the gals over at Non-Society and when Mary Rambin put a discount code on her blog a few weeks back I decided it was time.

There are a lot of cleanses out there, coolercleanse (thanks Dori), Red Carpet Cleanse, the good old master cleanse (scary) and more. I decided on Blueprint mainly because of the price ($200 with my discount) and the fact I wasn’t paying extra for shipping. Yes, it’s a bit more than your might spend on regular food for three days, but it’s not something you do every week. So, the price is justified to me ( I was able to pick it up at Exhale Spa right here in Boston). Blueprint used to be available to New Yorkers only, but about a year ago they started shipping nationwide, and about six months ago started offering pickup locations other than NYC/CT.

Here’s the box full of my juices, complete with some nifty ice packs of course.

 So what is a cleanse and why in the world am I doing it? Well, straight from the BPC site:

“As the result of the pollutants in the air we breathe and chemicals in the food and water we consume, the body accumulates toxins. Every once in while the body needs to rid itself of these toxins. Blueprint Cleanse is a NUTRITIONAL Cleanse that is effective in helping the body detoxify itself and move through this “low” or detox cycle faster and with fewer symptoms. Cleansing is recommended for many illnesses, as it gives the body the rest it needs to recover. Take away the work of digesting food and one allows the system to rid itself of old toxins while facilitating healing.”

Depending on the length of the Cleanse, it accomplishes different things. The three-day “Renovation” Cleanse I’m doing helps the body rid itself of old built up matter and cleanses the blood. With my dairy issue, my intestines kind of hate me, and I thought it would be nice to clean them out a bit, along with the extra added benefit of perhaps losing a few pounds without completely starving myself. “BPC is about nourishment, NOT deprivation. Our [their] live juice Cleanse both removes toxins and promotes healing simply by supplying the blood with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that one is able to easily assimilate.”

So enough background. I’ve got six juices to drink per day for 3 days. You drink them in order from 1 to 6 every one to two hours. In between you’re supposed to drink lots of water and/or herbal tea (to combat that caffeine headache I’ll inevitably get from no coffee). I started out this morning with my first Green Juice. It contains green apple, spinach, kale, celery, romaine, cucumber, parsley and lemon. A lot of people say the green juice is hard to get down, but it was fine for me. It tasted a bit like a salad with some apples on top, sweet, but green and fresh. Since I have no other green juices to compare it too I can’t say it was good or bad, but definitely not something I’d drink all the time!

Here’s the juice bar that is my fridge. All lined up and ready to drink!

So far I’m not hungry, but I do have a slight caffeine headache. I drank some green tea, but it’s still not as much caffeine as my usual coffee (which I stopped drinking on Saturday to prepare). I just started sipping my second juice, P.A.M (pineapple, apple, mint). I’m going to post a full review of all the juices tomorrow, so stay tuned!

If you need me I’ll be juicing (but not the Jersey Shore way…)

My friend Dave is hosting a no pants party this week at his apartment. The LA designers Franklin & Gower are stopping by to outfit any Bostonians in need of custom shorts. If you’d like to attend send Dave a message, I’ll be there and I’m thinking of getting these pink ones!

This weekend I made my 4th trip to my favorite bar in Boston, Drink. A creation of Boston restaurateur, Barbara Lynch, it’s a bar “dedicated to the art of the cocktail.” When you walk down a set of stairs next to Sportello (also Barbs of course), you’re led by a hostess to one of the three somewhat intimate bar stations. If it’s early in the night you’ll get a seat, if it’s past 9:30 you’ll probably be standing, but either way a bartender will almost immediately come over and ask what you want…. Here’s where it gets fun!

Drink has no liquor bottles on display (part of its minimalist look) and no formal drink menu (there are some suggestions on 2 hard-to-read boards), so when the bartender approaches they ask, what do you want (just in case you have an exact concoction in mind) and then, what do you like. I always start with flavor (fruity, citrus, bitter, sweet) and then they usually ask what liquor (vodka, fernet branca, gin, champagne), and give you some suggestions. Usually they tell me one and I’m sold. This time it was citrus, I was in the mood for grapefruit, and he must have read my mind and said “Grapefruit?” after I said “Citrus.” My creation was fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (they squeeze all their juices fresh right in front of you), vodka, elderflower liquor and maybe som campari, I don’t even know, but it was delish. My sister opted for a pomegranate mojito.

All the drinks do have names, so if you have some favorites try and remember, the bartenders always tell you the name and what’s in them. We also both got champagne cocktails, I had a French 75 (champagne, lemon, gin) my sister had an evening version of a mimosa (champagne, fresh OJ, campari). Another one to try is any creation with cucumber, this time it was grapefruit, cucumber, mint and a liquor of your choice, but I’ve also seen a great one with Pimm’s. All you have to do it ask, and you shall receive. There is also some seasonality here, in the winter you’ll get pomegranate and in the spring and summer plenty of fresh berries and herbs, it’s never the same!

Mixing here is an art and a science, it just as fun to watch the bartenders in action as it is to drink their creations. They use all sorts of interesting gadgets and make each drink from scratch. And, if you are an ice connoisseur, you’ll be pleased, no machine-made stuff here. Please don’t ask for an Appletini, but if you do it will probably be with fresh pressed apple juice. If you need any more validation to go, check out the article in the NYT, when they write about something in Boston instead of New York, it must be cool!

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