Friday, April 9, 2010

Rawism...not for every tummy!

Recently I've become friends with a lovely woman and her husband. They are on a raw food diet and had us over for dinner last night. Now before I go on, I should mention that I grew up with a Dad who was a vegetarian for 12 years and ate my very first steak about five years ago...which I enjoyed immensely! SOO, I'm all for veggies! However, I have to say that the meal last night left me with a less than positive experience to go on an all raw food diet. We had "sushi" with raw veggies. It all tasted good! But boy oh boy...I started feeling sick almost immediately. A few hours later, I was glued to the toilet for the next few hours. NOT so fun! Spoke to her today and thanked her for having us over, plus for the nice meal...but I had to ask the embarrassing question, "How were they feeling today?" They were doing just fine, she said. When I told her, she thought that it may have been the sprouts. Another friend of mine thought it was the raw shredded potato that we also ate. Who knows? Maybe we're just a super toxic couple in need of a serious detox with raw foods and juicing? All I know is that I'm not about to go on an all raw food diet...even if we're missing a stove top at the moment and can't really make a good home cooked meal yet, but I promise that I'll still eat my veggies.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Brides BEWARE of DressProvider!

Since I'm getting married, I went On-line to shop for a wedding dress. If I had a lot of money my number one wedding dress maker would hands down be Jim Hjelm, but since I cannot afford to buy a dress from him I found a place that makes dresses in his style for a whole lot less. First, I googled Jim Hjelm Wedding Dresses and up came “Shopping Results for jim hjelm wedding dresses” = dresses at a lot less from eBay and other makers, including from a company called “DressProvider” or "Private Label DressProvider".

I fell in love with a gorgeous lace dress from DressProvider that was rather inexpensive. I looked at it for about a week before deciding to order it. However, after inputting all my personal information and giving them my credit card number the total amount on the final page was over a THOUSAND DOLLARS...about $800.00 more than what it should have cost! SO like any good consumer, I immediately wrote the company an email expressing my concern and giving them the benefit of the doubt, but the email was returned to me with a note that no such email address existed.

My fiance asked me, ”Isn't there a number you could call?” I looked on their website and felt a sinking feeling in my gut! There was NO number! I wrote a second email to their other contact e-mail address under "Contact Us". Again, I expressed my concern, but also let them know that at this point I had already contacted my bank and VISA because I felt that this was a scam and that I would further contact the FBI escam team and write a blog about them if this was indeed the case, but if it wasn't then I sincerely apologized. I heard NOTHING back from them!

My bank informed me, after I closed everything down, that the credit card company that DressProvider uses had indeed “tested out” my credit card with a one dollar amount. In addition, after I had sent them the second email the dress that I had been looking at was pulled from the Google site and so were ALL of their other dresses. Interesting!

It's now been several weeks since the incidence. However, “they” are still in business, so if you're looking for a wedding yourself a favor and shop locally or from a well-known company that has a legitimate reputation! Even though I ended up not loosing money, this IS still a scam! AND it's not worth the agony nor the stress!!! I've finally found a gorgeous dress at BCBG Maxazria and even though I've paid more for least, I know that I've gotten something for my money.