Clothes, Shoes and Other Finery

My Battle Against Cellulite – Weight Loss Edition

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Nivea Q10 Cellulite Gel, Champion trainers from Payless ShoeSource, Old Navy knee-length black sports pants, Bazinga! T-shirt from Walmart, Indianapolis Colts cap (inherited from my dear Sister)

I’ve already mentioned on the blog that I started dieting (post here and here) and feel quite accomplished with Weight Watchers. Since then I stayed silent on the topic, but kept working hard and tried to follow the instructions to a T. It paid off splendidly but halfway through I realized it’s not enough to change my eating habits. Since my teenage years, like most women I was cursed with cellulite in my thigh to waist area. This is where I start gaining first and losing last. So when I moved back to my Sister’s, for one I changed my eating habits again (they keep to a more Eastern European meal plan, explanation’s coming in a not-too-far future post) and decided to start the most readily available and inexpensive workout, running coupled with Nivea Q10 Cellulite Gel.

Every day I wake up and go for a 25-30 min. tops running routine in our neighborhood. This consists of a quick (less than 5 minutes) warm-up for my muscles and joints, a minimum of 15 minutes of uninterrupted jogging that I do in a nearby longish crescent road that leads back home (generally I go for three laps), a 2-minutes wind-down walk and a 3-minutes stretch at the end. This works for me quite well, though I try to keep my days pretty active too (with a 3 and a half year-old around the house I have a lot of opportunities for extra walks, playground visits and so on.

Step two of this process is Nivea’s Q10 Cellulite Gel from their Q10 range that I’ve been applying religiously every night, before bed in the last 2,5 weeks. This is a light gel that has quite a runny consistency and a fresh smell (reminds me of a cross between unscented soap and lightly smelling men deodorant). After bath I gently rub a dollop into my problem areas where it absorbs quickly and leaves a nice cooling effect on the skin. Fancy! It actually feels like it’s doing something. There are other Nivea Q10 products (moisturizers and lotions) targeting cellulite that you are supposed to use in conjuncture with the Gel. Since I’ve never tried those I cannot form a clear opinion on them but they are something I should look into based on my success with the Gel.

All in all this combination seems to be a good one because I started dropping cellulite left and right after the first 3-5 days. My skin in general appears more smooth and tight and my legs and abs started to finally show some muscle tone too… Now, with the diet on top that I adjusted slightly to compensate the more active life style, I weight 154.0 lbs (working myself down from a whopping 169.8 lbs that is quite more compared to my regular, pre-USA measuring) and dropped at least 1-2 sizes in pants depending on their cut… A miracle! I also feel more energetic and less winded after activity, and more alive in general. An all around win… now I just have to keep up with it!

See you soon!

♥Eszter

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Canadian Shopping Experience #2 – The Pampered Chef

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I was lucky enough to get invited to join one of my friends friends Pampered Chef Party and I was impressed.

Pampered Chef is a company selling high-quality kitchen and grilling tools through the Internet (mainly Canada but they ship to the U.S. too) and independent consultants. It reminds me a little bit of Avon. The consultants are invited to house parties with a bunch of women and they present the products by showing them in use. You can try the kitchen and grill tools and you chat with the girls… It’s all very relaxed. You are among friends so you are not awfully pushed to purchase, or else… Also the hostess shares in the proceeds in form of major discounts. I find this an everybody-wins situation and the quality is really top notch.

We were treated to a Margherita cocktail and a garlic dip with all kinds of veggies all the while she was talking about the brand and showing other favorite items. I had fun and in the end spent money on only one item (I am on a budget…), a pastry blender. I loved making cookies at home and can’t wait to start baking pies but I hate the chore of working the flour into the cold butter. There were countless other inviting and clever tools to make your life as a Master Chef much easier and enjoyable but I really restrained myself!

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Here’s their website.
See you soon!

♥Eszter

Canadian Shopping Experience #1

If you haven’t heard about this yet I’ll spend the whole summer in Canada with friends and my sister. In this series I will talk about shopping experiences and stores that are rare or not available in Pennsylvania or the U.S. See past Canadian shopping tours in this post.

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In the first installment I wanted to write about thrift shopping in Value Village. I know there are thrift shops in the U.S. too… I’ve been to Salvation Army before but the two cannot be paralleled. Value Village is one hundred times better:

  • Better quality for clothes and accessories
  • Clothes are less smelly
  • The home ware and book section is paradise with beautiful things that are all in good shape

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Rummage sale/heaven at the Art Museum

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It’s garage sale time but I was so busy studying and on a tight budget so I didn’t have a chance to go for any of it. My bad! However I found a flyer for a rummage sale in my town’s Art Museum. It collected money for a good cause and just looking at the sheer amount of stuff lying around a lot of people donated.When we arrived it was already quite late, they were close to closing so everything was on half price. LUCKY!!! I found a lot of knickknacks and hidden treasures dirt cheap. Mainly I’m planning to use these as photography props and some I just needed to have. You know, that urge to own and never let go.

Here are my treasures:

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Empties Abound #1

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I finished up a few (perhaps a little bit more than few, if they can fit only in two posts… ;D) products in the last few months so here’s a compilation with a few thoughts and a verdict about repurchase.

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New Zara Citybag With Zips Review And My Reasons To Return It

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During my Canadian visit I found THE bag in Zara, or so I was referring to it in this post about my shopping trip. I needed a stylish and strong everyday laptop bag and I’ve been looking for something similar for at least a year so the decision wasn’t too hard, despite the hefty price tag for my poor, emptier than ever student purse.

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Shopping on Square One

Square One Today I went out shopping to Square One, Mississauga. It’s not Toronto but they offer everything under the sun and does look a little bit more metropolitan with all the sky-scrapers in the center. I also like the mall because it carries all the brands and stores I love and even some that I sorely miss from Hungary, like Zara and H&M or Topshop that I fell in love with during my stay in England. I’m on a student budget but I still squared out some bucks to spend even though I came home with barely anything. Luck was not on my side but I still wouldn’t call the day a total wast either. Here’s how it went… Square One Sephora

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State Your Stationary

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Stationary is a new-old thing for me. I remember standing before pretty notebooks and cards when I was a youngster but a since then gradually turned towards more digital solutions until my move to America, when I had to leave all my papers and writing stuff behind, then I went completely digital. I love how handy it is just to type something into a device and see it on all your gadgets seconds after. Cool and fascinating! But there IS something about handling something made of paper, a curious satisfaction in turning the pages and see the handwritten lines crawl over every possible space.

For studying I still find the ease of technology refreshing for practical reasons but for creative writing I will try to turn back to the old-fashioned. So I’m back in business… My stash of stationary and pens is seriously lacking so I’m thinking more upgrade in the future. Love fountain pens and can’t wait to put my paws on a new one!!!

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In the meanwhile back to the present. I used Barnes & Nobles’ webshop to purchase two notebooks, a fancy and a simple one to encourage myself to take up handwriting and some pretty colored pens. Hope to spend some quality time in their company!

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Julia Rothman Typewriter Eco-Journal

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Rhodia Orange Side Stapled Lined Journal 6″ x 8.25

See you soon!
♥Eszter

Candle-crazed

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“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”
-Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Why now?

I’ve been meaning to start blogging for at least a year now but definitely since I left my home in Hungary. BUT, and that’s a big but, I never managed to really work up to it…

You could ask what changed then. And the answer wouldn’t be more time on my hands or new ideas buzzing in my head, not even a dream or strange urge. It was something so much more simple that from now on is inexplicable connected in my head with blogging for the infinity of time.

It was a planner… a pretty planner to be exact! IT MADE ME DO IT!!!

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