Good Evening Beautiful,
Well, I caved and went shopping. This is what I bought...
My plan for this evening was to actually go swimming and then fill you in on how it went (I haven't swam seriously since I was a kid and competed in the breast stroke!) but I'm being lazy at this point since I've spent 4 hours in the car today, and I'm blogging, and pinning, and doing my nails, and watching Dr. Phil... Basically having a perfect night. Anyways... When I got to the mall I knew that I needed these goggles, and I knew that I also wanted some new flats to wear to work.
My first stop was Call It Spring. I wanted to go here first because I know they are easy on the wallet even though I know they aren't the most comfortable on the feet. I found a pair of flats that "would do", but by no means did I LOVE these flats. I tried to convince myself to like them, but I just couldn't do it. But even though I found no shoes, it doesn't mean I didn't find anything. I found this fun, summery, leopard scarf.
Why is it that every time I go into a store, I can't just walk out with nothing? Is it some sort of karmic curse? Some sort of miracle for my closet, but the opposite for my wallet? I'm not too sure, but I've had this problem my whole life. I can remember being so frustrated because I couldn't find anything to buy on a shopping excursion, that I just end up buying SOMETHING to satisfy my addiction and have it just hanging in my closet (seriously - I have a dress from Artizia that I bought over a year and a half ago and it still has the $150 tag on it.. like, come on, Sarah).
Again, as you can see I did end up purchasing some flats as well and I enjoy these flats for different reasons...
1. These were $40 at Aldo. 100% in my budget, at a store I can trust.
2. They have a bow.
3. They are a neutral colour.
4. They have a shiney toe.
5. They are comfortable.
Stores are very tricky when it comes to product placement. Obviously, I mean, it's been researched and it's basically tried, tested and true, that when they put fun things to look at directly beside you when you're in line, you're likely to buy said fun things. It happens at the grocery store with chocolate bars, pop and magazines. It happens at the convenience store with gum and chocolate bars. It happens everywhere, and it just so happens that the fun racks beside the check-out line at Aldo hold some seriously pretty accessories, my kryptonite.
There was a ton of shiny, colourful necklaces, rings, earrings, scarfs and little wallets to choose from. This was not easy for me. I wanted to buy 3 pairs of earrings, 4 different rings, and 5 different necklaces. So how does one choose? As I was looking at the accessories, I was thinking about the trends I'm currently seeing for summer. The first thing that popped into my head was "nautical". Oh! Fancy that - there happened to be a nautical ring hanging right before my eyes. Not only is this a ring, this is a double-finger ring! Cha-Ching! I love rings like this so much, they're so fun to play with and always look nice, not too big and not too small.
Sold. Wrap it up and I'll be on my way... Negative - these pretty wooden necklaces caught my eye at the very last moment. Originally I had thought that it was one necklace, but low and behold, it's two! So obviously my brain processes this as a "2-for-1" type deal. Then it hit me, this is actually a "3-for-1" type deal. I could wear each necklace separately, AND I can wear them together. This was a no-brainer. I took it off the hook, and walked confidently up to the cash register to pay for my new pretty gifts to myself.
When I walked out of the store, I realized I had just spent like $100 on 5 different things, and realized how quickly I needed to find where I had parked so I could get the heck out of the mall.
This is why I don't go shopping alone... often.