*It dawned on me today that I have less than a week to find the perfect birthday dress. Since my luck has been so crummy lately, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I ventured to the mall to see what I could find. Now, if any of y’all need to be reminded my bank card number was stolen last Monday. What that meant for today’s shopping excursion was I had ONE check and my Macy’s card. I didn’t want to break out my credit card so I left it at home. I know, I totally live on the edge.
Okay, real quick, my new bank card isn’t supposed to be here for 5 to 7 days. Do banks realize how FREAKIN’ HARD it is to write checks these days?! I swear, I practically had to sign my life away and get a full body search just to make a purchase at Wal-Mart the other day. Couldn’t the bank put a rush on that puppy?
Rant over… I kicked off my shopping at Macy’s by taking back a purse I had purchased over winter break. Here are my shopping tips for finding the “perfect” ________. Start searching the store – in the section you need. Yep, sounds pretty elementary but I found myself getting sidetracked in the shoe department and had to pull myself out. I did my first round and picked up anything and everything that I thought might look cute. This is important, don’t focus on whether it’s “your style” or not. If it catches your eye, grab it. You just never know.
I had an idea of what I was looking for when I first got there and I find anytime I have an important shopping trip, coming in with an idea of what I want is important. See that green dress? I thought that might be the one but alas it was too long.
I find it helpful to try things on and put them either in “absolutely NOT”, “maybe” and “YAY!” piles. This way I can see if I am making any progress. Today was one of those “everything fits” days! As many of you know, these are the best shopping days :) Sometimes, it makes it hard to make decisions but there sure is something magical about them!
After the first trip to the dressing room, I went out and looked around again at the sections I missed the first time. Yes, I realize for some of you, this sounds like torture. This is typically why I venture out on these types of shopping trips on my own. But hit up sections that you didn’t go through the first time – petites, juniors, parts of the women’s sections – whatever. Also, really look through the sales racks. Especially at stores like Macy’s, everything is just shoved in there and you have to spend time looking through it all. Then I also end up trying the same thing on twice or in a couple of different sizes. I feel fit is important and women’s sizing is the WORST as far as discrepancies.
I have also found it’s important to be brutally honest with yourself if you are having a “everything fits” shopping day. What do I really like rather than just enjoying how it looks. Then it’s time to come to some decisions. I found three dresses that were super cute and a few tops. In the third dressing room trek, I brought in some different of sizes of items that I had already picked out just to make sure I knew what I wanted. Again, I’m a bit obsessive about this part so if you like what you have the first time you probably don’t have to try it on again!
So? How did I fare today? One dress is not a birthday option but it is very cute. Not to mention originally is was $138.00 (I know, crazy!) and I paid $22.00 for it! Seriously! Actually, I didn’t pay over $28.00 for anything I purchased today, which was amazing to say the least. I found 2 dresses that I think are birthday party contenders but a fashion show is a MUST! At the register, I went through my pile of clothes again and cut a few things to make sure I was buying a) what I wanted b) what I needed (and yes, I use this term loosely) and c) items that looked the best.
Those are my best tips for successful shopping! It is time consuming but I have found it helps to ensure I don’t make rash decisions that will cost me – literally and figuratively.
When I got home, I did a Shape video since it was almost dark out and I want to put more effort into cross training. I also want to look GOOD on Friday. I have forgotten how tough the video could be if you put the effort in and my arms are a bit wobbly. After the video I was going to jump rope for two increments of 5 minutes. Ummm… I made it for a minute and a half. Haha, jump roping is hard work! I would like to create a circuit using the jump rope and few other moves but apparently I’ll have to build up to it a bit!
I’m going to leave you with this funny pic of my brother. My brother helped my dad put away the holiday decorations and I guess this is what happens
*card from someecards