Karsten and I went to a mall yesterday.

Let me just say that again.

Karsten and I went to a mall yesterday.

We set foot in a mall maybe twice a year. But I saw in the Scene that there was going to be a Health and Fitness Fair at Cool Springs Galleria, and it sounded potentially interesting. So we went.

The fair was underwhelming, actually (although I did find out about Team In Training, which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society — I’d still like to find something more targeted at melanoma*), but we made the best of our time at the mall, enjoying a quesadilla in the food court, and Godiva chocolates afterward.

Oh, and I got a makeover at the Benefit counter at Hecht’s! The consultant did a pretty good job, but I think I looked a little like a ho (I said that for you, ) when she was done. I had to pop into the nearest restroom afterwards and mop off about half of what she applied, but then it looked quite nice. And I admit, I learned a trick or two, and this Dr. Feelgood product that they have is really quite impressive for troublesome skin like mine. I was also pleased with the results of the BeneTint cheek & lip color (she only used it on my cheeks) — it had a really natural glow. Oh, and their brushes feel heavenly, but that’s because they’re sable. (The consultant claimed that they’re cruelty-free, but I’d love to find a non-animal-product set of brushes that feels that good.) Anyway, their stuff is definitely priced out of my current cosmetics budget. I may figure out a way to work Dr. Feelgood into my budget in the future, though. Surely I can make do with fewer shades of lipstick in exchange for the appearance of smoother skin. 🙂

Karsten had fun browsing in The Buckle. I think something like five people have recommended that store to him, including, if I’m not mistaken, . It was a great recommendation — he definitely found some looks he was into. Now if only they’d go on a really, really good sale… like 97% off, or something. (We’re used to paying thrift store prices for clothes, remember?) But yeah, I’d totally love to see him in something like this. Yum.

After leaving the mall, we were all psyched for clothes, so we went thrift shopping. We each found some good stuff, but get this: I found a Burberry wool coat! I immediately thought “eBay!” It was $20 and I couldn’t decide, given the condition it was in (a few marks, no stains or anything, otherwise pretty good), if it would sell for much more than that. I bought it just in case, and checked eBay as soon as we got home. While the winning bids for Burberry coats are all over the place, I think it’s safe to guess that the lowest I should get for it is at least $40 or $50. Yay!

Take that, Cool Springs Galleria!

* Whoa. I just searched and found this page which is a walk that was taking place in Lemont, Illinois — where my sister lives. How weird. Doesn’t seem as if it’s still taking place though. I’ll have to keep looking.

We went to a mall? / Burberry coat!

7 thoughts on “We went to a mall? / Burberry coat!

  • January 16, 2005 at 9:16 am
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    During my last big dieting attempt, I contacted Team In Training because I thought it would really help me get in shape and it was for a good cause. Sadly, the diet didn’t last that long, and uh, well you know, the exercise flew out the window. I was just trying to think of the name of that organization the other day though, (like…yesterday) so thanks for the reminder. 😉 I think that my new lifestyle could stand for some walky-walky. I knew someone who got involved with them, and ended up in a Hawaiian Marathon. Lovely!

    I went to Cool Springs Galleria with my old roomie when it first opened…it was pretty empty and underwhelming then, it sounds like the last 11-12(?) years have been good to it. 🙂

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  • January 16, 2005 at 11:55 pm
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    In London I once had a benefit makeover experience that went horribly Horribly wrong. I went in looking like me. The cosmetics person proceeded to put this bronzer and glittery stuff on me and told me I look like J. Lo. I suppose for the benefit of anyone reading this other than you that I should remark that I really don’t think I look as though J. Lo would be my style idol. (?) She then railroaded me into purchasing products, one of which is Dr. Feelgood, btw. I ended up writing to Benefit, though, and they gave me one of my choice of products! Very nice. I picked some kind of brow stuff that I never use, though.

    Dr. Feelgood can lead to breakouts, in my opinion. That isn’t extremely tested, mind you, but anecdotal based on the times I have used mine.

    The benetint is essential, though!

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  • January 17, 2005 at 6:36 am
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    Yeah, CSG is pretty overrun these days. The entire Cool Springs area is just one big, extended mall. It’s a lot like Schaumburg in the Chicago suburbs, and whatever other towns in other areas have become synonymous with malls and chain store shopping.

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  • January 17, 2005 at 6:42 am
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    Ooh, thanks for the heads-up on Dr. Feelgood. My skin doesn’t need any help in the breakout department — it’s more than competent on its own.

    Hilariously horrific story, btw. J. Lo??!! Was this person on crack? Or maybe she heard your American accent and compared you to the first American celebrity that came to mind — be thankful it wasn’t, like, Rosie Perez or something.

    Tangent: was in T.J. Maxx yesterday browsing through clearance racks (I have a gift card to spend but cannot for the life of me bring myself to pay retail for clothing, even if it’s with a gift card — left emptyhanded AGAIN and will probably end up going back and buying some kitchen-y thing) and saw some J. Lo pants. They were hideous. I can’t even picture J. Lo herself wearing them, so why the hell does her clothing company expect us plebes to wear something so awful?

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  • January 17, 2005 at 5:58 pm
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    I don’t know about the pants, but really I did look like J. Lo. Well, not like J.Lo, like a pale white girl wearing dark and urban clothing with bronzer and pink sparkly stuff all over my face *in the manner of J.Lo. Sparkly lip gloss. hmmm.

    I do like TJ Maxx, but their regular racks aren’t *really* retail, are they? I tell myself this. There are always new sheets!

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  • January 18, 2005 at 9:44 pm
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    Wha–??? Retail at TJ Maxx? No way. The best one is the one at 100 Oaks–they have a lot of Express stuff that normally retails for $40-60 each, selling for $12.99 (sweaters) to $19.99 (pants). That’s the only place I buy Express.

    I doubt you could ever look like a ho, even with the makeup artist slathering stuff on you. 🙂

    Let’s do lunch, I’m finally catching back up. I’ll emil you!

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  • January 23, 2005 at 9:15 pm
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    (I’m catching up, too!)

    Do email me, do! And let’s do lunch, for sure. Although actually Karsten and I are way, way over our dining budget this month, so maybe we should wait until February for lunch. But let’s plan something, definitely.

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