Daily Musings


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’ve been busy with schoolwork, Anna’s been busy writing down quotes from last night’s episode of 30 Rock. Here they are, I don’t think I need to say anything elese.

When it Rains, It Pours – 9/30/10

Liz: Hello, Javery. Time saver.

Jack: Lemon, we have news. Like God, I created man.

Avery: Think about it Liz, every woman my boy dates will be compared to me. And they will be found wanting…

Jenna: Do you remember my tattoo mishap? It was supposed to say “peace” but they wrote “white hooker” instead.

Tracy: I’m werewolfing myself. You know when a dude knows he’s gonna turn into a werewolf and locks himself into a jail? Well I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve missed the birth of both of my sons.

Dot com: Cooking a French bread pizza and forgot.

Dot com: We took Tracy’s cell phone, and his wallet…

Tracy: And my mood ring! And I don’t know how I feel about that.

Tracy: And good for you, Liz Lemon. There’s something about you lately. Making me wanna put my feet in your mouth.

Liz: You coming down?

Jack: And stand outside in a crowd like some Italian? I don’t think so.

Tracy: If I were a real werewolf, I’d wear baggy clothes so my nice clothes wouldn’t get all torn up. Same rule for if I were the hulk. I don’t get why people like brunch. What’s the benefit of combining break dancing and lunch?

Dr. Spaceman: Good morning, full disclosure, most of my experience is putting babies in women.

Dr. Spaceman: Now Mrs. Jordan, I’ve already administered the epidural, so would you like one as well?

Jack: My son. You may not remember me. I am your father. This message is coming to you either from beyond the grave, or because I am in the grip of insanity. The purpose of these DVDs  is to educate and guide you through life in my absence. I will begin with our shared history. The Donaghys originally come from Ireland’s little-known County Steve, where we were whiskey testers and goblins. I was raised in Sandchester, MA, I won the Amory Blaine Handsomest Scholarship to Princeton, and then attended Harvard Business School where I was voted…Most. I once hit a stand-up triple off Fidel Castro. I was the first person ever to say I need a vacation from this vacation. The song you’re so vain was in fact written…by me. In other words I have lived. In living I have learned, and now I want to impart that knowledge to you. I will begin with the basics. You are hiking in the Japanese Highlands. A pair of snow leopards is stalking you, and the blade of your katana is frosted into its scabbard.

Liz: Wow, you must be a good skater.

Richie: Well I can’t go backwards, but yah, I’m good.

Liz: Were you in the army?

Richie: Haha, no, better, Civil War reenactor. I’m kind of an expert at getting shot by smooth-bored firearms.

Tracy: Wow, it’s like I always say. White cab drivers are weird.

Tracy: So for me to be there at the birth of my daughter, I have to answer trivial questions despite having gone to middle school in the Exxon station?

Frank: If you wanted to cheat on Carol with an Italian dude who smells like cigarettes, I’ve made it very clear I would have flipped over my futon for you. NOT COOL.

Jenna: Your new vibe is a double-edge sword. Much like the kind Mickey Rourke tried to kill me with.

Liz: So that’s what I get for being happy and nice, and rocking a cowboy hat that a Kiss FM DJ once called a sweet lid?

Ben Bailey: A gift from France to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was completed in what year?

Tracy: Come on, I don’t know that!

BB: You’ve got 15 seconds or you’re out of the cab.

Tracy: Ok. I remember going to the Statue of Liberty’s centennial cuz that year someone had spread a rumor that she was gonna slip out of her toga. And I wanted to see some green boobies. And the Mets had just won the world series because that night I was randomly attacked by a Mets fan that I thrown a bottle at. And that was 1986. And a centennial is 100 years because centepeding means having sex with 100 women. I got it! 1886!

BB: Weighing up to 4 tons, what type of mammal is the famous Shamu?

Tracy: SHE is an Orca whale, Benjamin. FYI, They’re very difficult to keep in a home aquarium.

Jack: Son I may not be there at your wedding. It breaks my heart to realize that, but I wanna offer you one piece of fatherly advice: do not hire sting to play the reception. He’ll insist on doing jazz versions of Police songs, and it’s just…demoralizing. After I’m gone, your mother may meet someone else. I want her to be happy, so his death must appear to be accidental. The secret to a strong healthy head of hair is dove blood. Remember, the back-flip is 90% confidence.

(After talking to Kenneth):

That is called tough love. Kenneth is now on a journey that will return him here to where he belongs, or will end in his death.

Juggling is easier than it looks.

Brian Williams: This just in. Richie and Liz spotted in tree. Eyewitnesses report K-I-S-S-I-N-G. For more, let’s go to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

Liz: I take my hug back!

Liz: Oh realo. I meant to say really, I misspoke. Continue.

Richie: I started doing fantasy hockey camp and civil war recreationism to meet girls, but I don’t know where they are.

Kenneth: Drugs during childbirth? Isn’t the whole point feeling God punish you?

Tracy: The Lazy Susan was invented by Thomas Jefferson. I know because I am a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Lazy Susan herself! The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. I know that because if I go back there I’ll be executed. There are 12 tones in the chromatic scale. I know that because I’m a musical GENIUUSSSS!

Jack: This is the way you throw a punch.

Lutz: Wait, what?!

Jack: …and the tree was happy. Shel Silverstein was a communist. And that…is the art of camouflage. And this is how you make love to a woman.

Lutz: Huh?!

Richie: Liz, we’ve had a lot of fun.

Liz: End it, why?

Richie: …but I need to end it.

Liz: End it, why?! Without you around who’s going to satisfy my sex needs, and then some?

Liz: How many guys have been to Canada…twice?

Liz: Are you doing this to me because I don’t share your love of unicorns?

Tracy: Tracy Jordan, Hero, husband, diabetic slash alcoholic! Yes!

Tracy: And I’ll always be at your side, no matter what Discovery Channel game show stands in my way.

Tracy: Why is that baby covered in goop?

Dr. Spaceman: Because everything about this is disgusting.

Jack: As you go through life I will always be here for you through these tapes. Also I have given a great deal of money to the Catholic Church, and have been assured that I will have certain powers in heaven. Sending you messages through animals, for instance. In the unlikely event that you encounter something that isn’t covered here, find a woman named Elizabeth Lemon. Get her advice, and then do the opposite.

Avery: We’re having a damn girl!

Jack: What!?

Avery: That Russian skank read the ultrasound wrong. I’m just so worried about her special reasoning and upper body strength. Jack, talk me down.

Tracy: Jack, I hate to say I told you so. So, welcome to Miami.

Jack: My daughter, I am John Francis Donaghy. I am, your father. If you have the blondness and self-esteem of your mother you will need no advice, life will be easy for you. Otherwise, I’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Lemon.

Liz: Good afternoon, let’s jump right in. Every human has hair on his or her face, some of us just have more. I think it’s nice to occasionally splurge on a straight-razor shave. If you’re running low on laundry a bathing suit makes perfectly acceptable underwear. Bandanas are a fun, sexy fashion accessory.

Jack: This is over.

Liz: Let just give my reasons! Put potato chips on a sandwich!

Many moons ago when it was announced that Bravo was going to do a Real Housewives of DC (way before that Salahi hot mess) I wrote this post, outlining who I thought the characters should be. Now that the show has started, let’s compare my original  predictions to what really happened. Also, if you need a brief history of our nation as well as Richard’s take on the characters, please read his recap of the premiere. Oh I abso cannot wait for Richard’s take on the distrcit. And, Richard, if you need a fact-checker please do not hesitate to contact me, as I lived and breathed it from a real DC address for three long years and had daily meetings with Dr. Jefferson Memorial. Let’s get to it!

Original Prediction #1: Foreign Diplomats Wife: A foreign hottie who has been in the USA long enough to know about the show. This will be a leap for BRAVO, but necessary given DC is such a totally cool mixing pot!

I was hoping that this foreigner would also be South American or Persian to add to the intrigue, but I guess Bravo was just not ready yet. Instead they chose an ex-pat from Britain, who has no diplomatic connections, but apparently her ex-husband is BFF’s with Barack (was her husband during the show, but not anymore). So, let me introduce Catherine Ommanney, who unfotch can’t afford a house in the Kalorama neighborhood with all the other diplos and ex-pats, instead she slums it in Chevy Chase. Not posh Cat, not posh at all. At least her last name does sound a little Persian. I give myself 59 points for correct prediction of a foreigner in the cast, but wrong nationality/husband’s occupation.

Original Prediction #2: Chevy Chase Princess: Comes from Old Money, was born and raised in Chevy Chase and lives on a very lovely street near Bloomingdales and Saks, in a house her parents bought for her when she married her high school sweetheart from St. Albans (she went to NCS, obvs) who also came from money and works at family lobby shop.

Yup, this sounds just like Mary, second generation DC, married for 20 years, summered with the Kennedy’s, founded two charities as her job (screams WASP). Has a brood of blonde kids and a very annoying 23-year-old daughter who everyone at Langley High probably wanted to smack and went to Radford (am I right Emily P, leave it in the comments?).  Don’t even need to say more. I give myself 100 points for accurate prediction even though she lives in McLean across the street from Colin P (more on that in a moment)!

Original Prediction #3: McLean Mom: Husband is high up in the Government and will lead viewers to believe he has some high clearance job, maybe at the CIA, but will really just work for OPM or HUD. Lives in a large McLean McMansion next to Colin Powell or a Saudi Prince and will go to exclusive soirees at said houses.

Ummmm so even thought it’s actually Mary who lives in McLean across the street from Colin Powell (yup direct quote, I do give myself some extra points for that), the McLean mom is def more like Stacie (and also I had a hard time fitting Stacie into any of them). She loves her family, her hubs looks like a nice normal guy who did used to work for the Mayor of DC. And, of course she founded a charity, every stay at home mom should have one (along with a Harvard MBA, she has that too).

Original Prediction #4: Georgetown “Scenester” Wannabe: This will be the one single lady on the show and will probably live in a trendy apartment in an “up and coming” neighborhood (ie Anacostia or the H St Ghetto). She has actually done pretty well in her career, first starting out as a hill staffer and now working for a media outlet of sorts, probably in an upper management role, but not an exec of course, or how else would she have time to be on the show and sleep with powerful men?

I’d say this is Lynda, divorce, dating Ebong, who is much younger, and according to her official bio on bravo is a “staple on the Washington social scene.” So was she the cougar I always saw at Smith’s Point? Staple on the scene my ebong, I don’t think so! And, to top it all off, she lives in Georgetown (according to the HuffPo). I give myself  85 point for accuracy, as she owns a modeling agency (cause DC is definitely a place where many models are needed), rather than working on the Hill.

Original Prediction #5: Alexandria Poser: The most insignificant of the bunch. Got on to the show because she worked with Georgetown Scenester 5 years ago (as her assistant). Now is a “working” mom and has two young kids who go to (gasp) public school in Alexandria. Shops on King Street, Pentagon City and Tyson’s Galleria (but only when there is a sale) and mostly at Loehmann’s in Falls Church.

Well, in terms of annoyingness and poserness, I’d say this is Michaele Salahi, the infamous WH party crasher. Basically the epitome of a wannabe social climber, who unfortunately got the wrong kind of press. I’d say Alexandria and Virginia horse country (where she lives in a beautiful McMansion) are pretty similar. And, though we see no children, they would totes go to public school if she had any. In terms of shopping, she does have a stylist, but she probably instructs him to buy everything at Loehman’s, especially since it appears they don’t pay their bills. I’d give myself another 85 points, I didn’t predict the Whitehouse party crash, but I was totally thinking of this type of lady

So, here’s to a season of DC! I totes left at the wrong time, DC is so trendy for reality TV these days, Top Chef, Real World and now Real Housewives! Lastly, check out the article the HuffPo wrote about the ladies (with a focus on silly Salahi), pretty good!

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I was perusing my bi-weekly Shop It to Me Sale Alert (you should subscribe if you don’t already) when something hideous caught my eye. I’m all for taking fashion risks, but this “caftan” by Tory Burch is just plain ugly/weird/looks like something a wiccan would wear/looks like something medieval nuns donned. What were you thinking Tory? I love your clothes and shoes, but this? No wonder it’s on sale.

What do you think? And, who in the world would wear it? Ideas in the comments please!

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!

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