It's my daughter's fault. It's entirely her fault ... even though she had nothing to do with what happened and how it ended up costing me over $500. It's solely her fault because I had to drive her to the mall.
My daughter who is 9, had to go help sell Girl Guide cookies at the Park Royal North Mall yesterday. I had originally planned to drop her off and run errands but at the last minute, decided that I wanted to walk around and go the Liz Claiborne department at The Bay to see if I could find the skirt I've been coveting online.
In an attempt to delay my purchase, I thought that I would "window shop". Window Shopping is such a bad idea for me. It's bad because it makes me want to buy stuff.
My first stop was Jacob. While they had a new shipment in of Graphic Tees, I didn't see anything else I liked. Moreover, there wasn't much color at Jacob (actually, they normally don't carry much color - they have nice basic chinos, cords, jeans, etc - but little color). I was proud of my restraint. I guess it's not hard to restrain when there's nothing you like. But I was proud of myself nonetheless.
My next stop was Bennetton. I don't normally shop at Bennetton - I don't know why I don't .... because I really ought to! They carry lots of color and their designs are awesome. Mental note to self: Start shopping more at Bennetton from now on.
Anyway, the reason I had gone into Bennetton was because I spotted what I thought was the cutes pair of Tulip Pink chinos with Flared Legs on the Manniquin in the window and.... I knew that I HAD TO HAVE THEM!
So, off I went into the store. I found them easily. First off, they are not Chinos. They are Jeans. They were Tulip Pink Jeans. How freaking cute is that???!!!
A lovely Sales Associate by the name of Maryanne approached me and asked, what size I needed. I told her "I wear a size 4 pant at J Crew". She then said, these are European sizes. She grabs me a size 42 and says, this is about a size 6 US but they fit small so these should be fine. I was able to get into the size 42 but in all honesty, they looked like they were painted on me. They looked hideous! Absolutely grotesque. My legs looked like 2 shrinked wrapped pink sausage. No shit they fit small! (Ashley - this is for you from your post earlier today) I almost left without trying on a different size. But there was another lady in the fitting room who saw the pants on me and said that she would like to try a pair on as well for she liked how the pink looked on me. Nothing makes me want to buy more than when someone else wants the same thing. So, I tried on a larger size.
I TRIED ON A SIZE 44.
A freaking size 8.
And guess what????? THEY LOOK AMAZING ON!!! Suddenly, my legs didn't look like shrinked wrapped weiners anymore. They sat nicely on me and they were screaming.... BUY ME! BUY ME! BUY ME!!!
I didn't care that they were a size 8. Okay, I kinda did but I liked them soooo much that I had to get them. Moreover, I knew that I wasn't going to find a pair of Tulip Pink Chinos, Pants or Jeans anywhere else. (BTW, these Pink Jeans are the exact color of my Tulip Pink Lulus - how cuuuuuute is that???!!!) While these were Regular Price, (and I seldom purchase anything at regular price - remember, I'm in Finance) but the promotion was "3 days Only, Take 30% off your total purchase", I purchased them. It's not like there were Regular price anymore, were they? I also purchased an amazing handbag and a scarf. But I'll write about that another day.
Then off I went to AE. Again, I don't normally shop at AE but I remembered how much I liked the Jeans that Chloe had on in the pictures found of on her fabulous blog (of which you can check out her post here and here) and kindly told me that they were "AE Real Flare Jeans". I couldn't believe my luck when I found them and to boot!, they were $19.99. Well, I HAD TO HAVE THOSE because they made me look skinnier!!!
Then finally, I made my way to the Liz Claiborne Department at The Bay. For those who haven't had an opportunity to check out Mizhari's hand in the new Liz Claiborne line, Oh My Gosh! You MUST check it out. I've never really liked Liz Claiborne. I've always found their style to be too old, too boring, too blaise. The designs have always been Yawn! and the colors are an even bigger drag. But thankfully, Mizrahi's creativity has added new life into a floundering clothing line. The colors, fabric and texture combination is incredible. The Liz Claiborne New York line is nothing like your mother's frocks from the past. It's hip, it's happening, it's sooooo NOW!
And that's the reason why I had to go check out the new Liz line. When I got to the Bay, I found that most of the line had sold out. The Peony Sweater that I wanted (the one that matched the skirt) was completely gone.... and, I couldn't find a size 4 or 6 in the skirt. I was going to leave when I spotted a size 8. Thinking that the 8 was going to be huge, I thought to myself, ... but that's okay, I can wear it lower on my waist. It'll still be alright.
When I tried zipping up the skirt, I found that the size 8 was waaaaaaay to small in the waist and since it is a dirdl style with lots of gathers around the waist, I suddenly looked like I had a 50 inch waist with a 70 inch hip. I looked like a freaking BELL. Yes, you know, the ones that go DONG! DONG! DONG! just before mass on Sunday.
But I soooooo love the print! I needed to try it on in a larger size. Peering out of the fitting room and unable to find an associate to assist me, (try to picture this), I left the fitting room, still looking like a giant human bell with Puma sneakers on, in search for a larger size. I know that they've got Security Cameras in the store. I can only imagine what those Security people were thinking when they saw a woman creep out of the dressing room in a skirt that obviously didn't fit her and sneakers to boot, searching for a different size on the rack. I must have been quite a scene. Anyway, I found both a size 10 and 12, tried both on, they both fit but could not get over the fact that they were a size 10 and a size 12, so I left completely dejected.
After wandering around for a bit, I decided that I loved the skirt and regardless of the size, I was going to get it. Since I hadn't decided which size I wanted, I purchased both.
I then glanced at my watch and realized that it was past the time I had to pick my daughter up from the Cookie Selling event. My entire purpose of going to the mall was to drop her off. I had no intentions of spending any money. In fact, I've been very good lately. I've been trying desperately not to spend unnecessarily. I didn't even buy anything from the recent J Crew 30% off Final Sale - even though, there were a couple of things I wanted. But I restrained.
And then I go and blow it all in a marathon 2 hour shopping jaunt at Park Royal. That was the most expensive Cookie Selling session we have ever experienced in the 4 years my daughter's been in Guides. I think next time, I'm just going to get my husband to drop her off instead.