When life give you Lemons…. You buy shoes to match.

My dear girlfriends, I have always maintained that the GGTH would be true to the themes upon which it was founded…. A Medical Rant on a Girlfriend’s Way in the World…

Today I come to you with more much less medical and much more OH MY GOD! Today I abandon the science and sling the shit all for a cause so dear to my heart… shopping.

Cybersisiters, are we not in a recession? Is this not the time when walking into a store should bring a heightened sense of customer service? What the hell is happening? Just today, I decided to breeze my way through Aritizia in the hopes of finding a cute little something to update a look with. You know, a new blouse or age appropriate piece of lace to make MY Fall/Winter 2010 runway sparkle. I had found a few pieces (I mean really, if you are going to get naked in a change room, you had might as well make it worth you while) and was making my way to the dressing room when a lovely little twenty something stopped me dead in my tracks…

“Excuse me,” she chirped. Make no mistake, she seemed quite sweet. Her lipstick was the wrong colour for her face but other than that I am sure she is a very nice person, “we have a no bags in the fitting rooms policy. You’ll have to lock your purse up in a cubby hole”. She then walked me over to a wooden filing cabinet and opened a drawer where she motioned for me to put my Balenciaga and my laptop in.

Too stunned to talk, I placed the bags in the drawer, she closed it, locked it and handed me the key hooked onto an elastic slinky thing that I could put on my wrist.

“My name is Brittany, “she smiled and yes there was lipstick on her front teeth. “Let me know if you need any sizes”

I stared down at the locked filing cabinet with my belongings in it and was dumbstruck. Thirty plus years of hard core shopping on almost every continent and this was the first time I had my bags locked up. When I investigated further (research, you know) I was told that I could not bring my purse into the fitting room with me and was assured that this was in fact for my own safety as my bag could get stolen by a fellow customer.

I realize this may seem trivial but when did it become commonplace to put my things in “lock down” while I try on a pair of jeans? I have often had a lovely sale associate at a higher end store offer to store my things in the back while I browse around (shout out to Marianna if she’s reading this) but this has never involved a locker room type establishment where I put my bags in a drawer and get a key to GO INTO a change room with.

Incidentally, there was a great dress amidst the trauma of having been in lock down but I left before I could buy it. There was an unsightly line up and I had a blog buzzing in my head. On some level I felt I should withhold my American Express affections from Aritizia due to its blatant misbehaviors.

I decided to cool my emotions in a shoe store. If anything could talk me off a ledge it was footwear. The store was Browns (yes I will name names) and there were 4 sales associates in the store. One was on a cell phone, two were staring into space and one lovely woman was helping two people at the same time.

I spotted a pair of fabulous Robert Clerige Boots. I walked over to the counter to ask for my size when the one busy sales woman in the place called,
“Can I help you?”
“Yes,” I replied, “Could I trouble you for these in a size 40?”
She disappeared in the back and the three remaining sales clerks resumed their activities. On to the cell phone and two to space. Cue crickets chirping.

My lovely sale woman returned from the back with the bad news. No size 40. She could order them for me from Ontario but I would have to pre-pay for them.

This is when I realized that we were watching the second horseman of the Apocalypse ride into retail town. First we’re locking up people belongings and now we’re asking customers to pre-pay for a shoe in their size just for the honour to try them on. Make no mistake…. I could return the shoes if I did not like them but, I would have to put the money down just for the honour of putting them on my feet….

Of all times in history, is this not the time when the consumer gets to call a bit of the shots? Is this not the time for customer service above all?

Truth be told, I love shopping. I see it as the perfect combination of cardiovascular endurance, style and self-indulgence. It is truly a marriage of self-expression, art appreciation and the study of human behaviour; not to mention the support for the economical well being of our nation.

Very few activities in my life have seen me through life challenges and triumphs as much as retail therapy.

I remember starting Medical School and getting my first student loan. I never knew if I would make it through the whole academic challenge alive. Would I finish with my soul intake and be able to pay back that loan? The stress was immeasurable. What did I do? I drove my car to Sherway Mall outside of Toronto with my best friend, Katina and spent easily 20% of that loan on some of the best outfits I had even seen. I may not be fabulous as a doctor, I thought, but the least I can do is to dress the part. Sure enough it is 16 years later, the loan is long gone, the fear and uncertainty too…. I still have a fabulous navy blue suit from Holt Renfrew that is now considered vintage.

Eight years later I found myself spending weekends flying from Calgary (where I was living at the time) to Winnipeg to visit my father in the Palliative Care ward at the hospital. My father was dying from the cancer that his doctors had promised would kill him five years earlier. I spent my weekdays working in Calgary in the ICU and weekends sleeping at the Palliative Care ward at St. Boniface. It was some of our best times together. We rented movies, drank milkshakes without guilt and talked about life as only we could. On Sunday afternoons I would let my dad have a little nap while I spent a few hours at the Holt Renfrew last call bargain store in downtown Winnipeg. I would return to the hospital with discounted Gucci and Armani in tow ready for a fashion show for papa and then an evening flight home to Calgary to start my week.

It was a surreal time in my life where sorrow and love and the sweetness of something lost and something gained all sat down at a dinner table each weekend. I have a vintage Gucci jacket from Tom Ford’s last collection that reminds me more of my father than the bathrobe he wore. Both hang in my closet, side by side and I will put them on any given day when I just need a bit of strength and the world seems to set itself right again.

Some of my best black jackets came from that period in my life. Ironically I had nothing to wear to my father’s funeral, but no one ever said life was not a motherfucker.

When after the horrors of 911 George Bush told America to go shopping, I thought he was an insensitive asshole… but I did. I shopped.

Shopping has settled my fears, bandaged my wounds and made my crocked little life a bit more in line.

When I weighed 320 pounds, I spent my money on shoes. Now so many miles and inches later, I rejoice in the skinny jeans. My body has seen itself reinvent and redesign as the decades and the fashions have followed. I have watched my chest get smaller, my waist immerge and my booty hold on for dear life. I have learned what shapes look good and what not to wear. But through it all, big and small, I shopped. I bought and I returned, online, overseas, across the border. Empty suitcases came to Italy with us and returned full of the best that country had to offer. I bargained and bought and declared. The decades have been a blur of the best Pretty Woman montage my life had to offer.

So when Aritzia locks up my bags like I am some sort of criminal and hands me the key on a scuncie and I feel, well, a bit rebuffed by a community that I have been a part of for so many years. When I have to buy a pair of shoes just to try them on, I feel, well quite frankly let down, disappointed for a system that I have supported and defended through thick and thin.

There is no study to make you smarter this week dear girlfriend, no science to sort the world through. It is the end of an era and the dawn of a new day. If you need me, I’ll be spending the next 6 days in my closet living in the past and trying on the memories….

Save Big on Generic Drugs!

Save big buying generic drugs onlineFor many years, branded medicines have dominated the medicine cabinets of households. The current global economic crisis, however, is pushing consumers to try generic drugs. More and more people are now realizing that generic drugs carry the same potency as branded ones, but only for a fraction of the price of the branded types.

The huge drop in the price tag is one of the main advantages that generic drugs hold over branded drugs. The difference in their prices can sometimes be obvious enough for people to buy them wholesale. Sadly, that same factor is one of the main causes why some people question the quality and legitimacy of these generic items. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Generic medicines have the exact same components, and are just as safe and effective as their more popular counterparts. Most of these generic medications make use of the exact same formula that the branded versions use, so besides the differences in color and shape, they are essentially the same.  The key here is to find an online pharmacy that you can verify and trust, as you can be sure that their products are safe and are obtained from reliable sources.

Generic medicines have been around at the same time as branded drugs. The only difference is that branded medicines are the ones that have been granted with patents, which give companies the right to label their medicines and to charge a higher a price to recover their marketing and advertising expenses. Since labels make consumers be familiarized with medicines, generic drugs were left to gather dust in the shelves.

Today, however, patents granted to some popular drugs are starting to expire. This means that generic drugs may now apply for patents and people may begin to acquaint themselves with new medicines. As the economy remains unstable, the rise of generic drugs in the market has been predicted to continue.

While this phenomenon is slowly eating up the profits of large pharmaceutical companies, this might call a celebration among consumers and pharmacies. The more consumers using the generic drugs, the greater discounts and savings people will have, and therefore, more profits for generic drug manufacturers and pharmacies worldwide.


Viagra – How It Works

By 1980’s, the most popular drugs in the market were aspirin and paracetamol. People were more acquainted to the two types of medicines that were a major breakthrough in the world of discovery. However, in 1992 the scientists were on their way to making another major and important discovery before something unexpected happened. The famous doctor Nicholas Terret and other scientists had channeled their efforts and time towards discovering medicine that could solve high blood pressure condition in men as well as heart condition solution. However, during their initial clinical trials they realized that the drug had very little impact on the control of hypertension and angina pectoris. Fortunately, their efforts did not go to dust because it was through that they realized that sildenafil citrate had the power to solve erection problems for men. It is from that time that further clinical trials revealed that indeed the drug could be marketed for that purpose.

It took quite some time before the product was finally marketed as an anti-impotence drug. It was in 1998 that the pill finally hit the market and since then things have never been the same again. Men have had an opportunity to reverse their inability to have penis erection when they are sexually stimulated. On the other hand it has had an indirect positive impact on women whose men as their men have overtime discovered the good and bad side effect. However, majority of people question how the stuff works and the science behind it.

Unlike other body parts like legs and hands that have bones, penis is a smooth muscle that contains no bones. How then do men obtain an erection if the muscle is boneless? The science behind penis erection has to do with the flow of blood from the arteries to the penis. When a man cannot attain an erection, it is possibly because his blood flow to the penis is not to the required human body standards. Therefore, that is where comes in. it contains a substance referred to as sildenafil citrate that has the power to interact with other body enzymes such as PDE5 found in the penis and increase the blood flow to the penis. The increased blood flow and the combination of a man being sexually stimulated leads to an erection.

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After using viagra, an erection is expected to last for a maximum of four hours and not an hour more. After that period sildenafil citrate should be flushed out of the blood stream by the kidneys. Failure of the drug to be washed out of the blood stream can result in severe pain and sometimes in worst case scenarios permanent damage of the reproductive organs or other related body parts. In case you have used Viagra and an erection lasts for more than four hours, there should be an urgent need to seek the help of a medical practitioner. if you have been wondering just how the famous pill works, now you know! for viagra pills online.

Canadian Pharmacy: Online Canadian Pharmacy

In these periods of recession, people are looking for ways to save money but at the same time they do not want to compromise on quality.  This is also true when they buy medicines. However, it is getting tough to get high-quality drugs at affordable prices. Still, you have one alternative to purchase genuine medicine at cheaper prices that is Online Canadian Pharmacy. More and more people in USA are buying medicines from online Canadian Pharmacy.

Online Canadian Pharmacy is getting very popular because they offer several benefits.

The most important advantage of online Canadian pharmacy is they provide products at very affordable prices. Once you visit these websites, you will find that they provide not only the Canadian drugs at affordable prices but also the international medicines at lowest possible prices. You might never see such international drugs at local drug store. Most of the online Canadian pharmacy is very popular for this reason and several thousand online users visit them daily.

Besides that, these online Canadian pharmacies have a customer support section. You can contact their health specialist via email, fax or phone if you have any question related to their product.

The most interesting advantage is you need not hop store to store to find even a rare drug. You just need to fill a user-friendly form and make few clicks to get high-quality drug at affordable prices.

Another thing, you need to remember while purchasing drugs from Online Canadian Pharmacy that it is completely safe. They are licensed and certified pharmacists. Online Canadian Pharmacy is easy and effective solution getting prescribed medicines All over the globe.

Cosmetic Surgery For Male Chest Reduction

There are a number of ways using which male chest reduction surgery could be performed.

For guys with man boobs, any procedure that is able to free them of the awkwardness is comfortable. The extent of their chest area increases because of the development of glandular tissue of their chest. One more cause is just a rise in fat storages in the chest region. Whatever may be the cause, male chest reduction can be mainly performed either thru fitness workouts or surgery.

Male Chest Reduction – The Surgical Option

Surgery is one of the most general option to reduce male boobs. This type of procedure needs that you first of all consult your family doctor and is quite delicate. Such an option can be attractive if performed by a skilled and qualified surgeon. It includes surgically eliminating the glandular tissue which are the main cause for boobs in men.

It is likely to leave a person with a long-lasting scar. For most individuals, no type of medical pain or fees can restrict them from undertaking this procedure if it has the ability to save them from laughter.

Chest Reduction Surgery – Why Is It Considered as a Cosmetic Procedure?

Till date, there are no understandable health effects which could come in your way because you’ve not undergone a surgery for reducing your chest. The fact is, the primary reason why most men consider this procedure a purely cosmetic surgery is because workouts are a more freely available option.

When you first meet your plastic surgeon for the consultation, the initial thing which arises is about your expectations from this cosmetic procedure. The doctor’s job will be then to tell you if this will be possible or not. For example, one can suffer from a very painful swelling effect right after the procedure. Nevertheless, after the swelling has improved, the person’s chest is likely be stable, properly shaped and much stronger.

Liposuction is among the most regularly used procedures for male chest reduction. An analgesic treatment of the patient’s chest region during the procedure makes it likely for additional fatty tissue to be eliminated thru a very small tube. Sometimes, there can be a requirement to eliminate some part of the glandular tissue from a person’s chest. Such an option must be discussed along with your doctor prior to the start of the surgery. After the liposuction procedure has been completed, the doctor makes incisions in such a way that creates a more shaped look after the healing period is finally over.

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Smile is the foremost strategy to attract anyone in your direction. If you consult with anyone with smile, this can show the positive attitude before body else. But if you do not have the well teeth structure or perhaps your teeth suffer from the germs, then the way you smile and connect to others. Just imagine someone who has yellow teeth anf the husband is smiling looking at you, then how can you feel? So, it means you have to need the dental treatment for preserving your teeth well.

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Have you ever been hypnotized? Skeptical by what it entails? Maybe you may take a peek into the arena of hypnosis using these iPhone hypnosis apps. Follow simple instructions and listen to the soothing voice of proficient hypnotherapists and see if you’re able to shake among those annoying habits that are holding you back or causing discomfort in your own life.

In today’s current employment state, the top vocational occupations present one of the most practical paths for entering a career field. Getting acquainted and achieving adept using the actual work processes present no-nonsense methods for learning the disciplines needed for fields of specialization.

However, make sure you check out the educational institution’s full accreditation in the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), if you happen to is going to be taking your 2-year study at independent colleges or schools. Do this by seeking the school’s accreditation status in the ACICS Member Directory. This particular step is vital to acheive credits for your college subjects that you want to study.

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