I have a confession to make. I’m not a very good shopper. Other than art supplies, I really don’t care for shopping. Shoes, in particular, are very challenging for me. I’ve often said I’d rather have a root canal than shop for shoes, and that’s pretty accurate. I hate shopping for footwear. Hate it! In fact, I usually purchase my clothing and shoes at a second hand store. I buy household items at garage sales and second hand stores, I make my own home decor stuff, and almost all our furniture is pre-loved as well.
Or maybe it’s that I’m just incredibly cheap.
Either way, I don’t really shop for myself that often-other than for art supplies. Which is what makes yesterday so exceptional. I shopped ’til I dropped with Laurie and man, I bought some stuff!
First, my third daughter Katie graduated from college last night. I didn’t have anything that really looked appropriate for such a special occasion. I wanted to look nice and pulled together, yet still feel like me. Which is similar to Frankie from Grace and Frankie. I’m a combination of bohemian and sparkly princess. I love the free flowing stuff but am passionate about jewelry and all things sparkly.
Not always the easiest stuff to find.
Until yesterday when the planets aligned and I felt God’s hand guiding me to what I needed. My intention was to try to find something to wear to the graduation ceremony last night. I ended up with far more than that! My store of choice was CATO, and I found an abundance of stuff. Much of it on sale!
Laurie pulled most of the clothes for me while I was trying on stuff. She knows my style as I know hers and this worked really well. She found an ivory shift dress with fun embroidered sleeves, which was 10 bucks! How can you go wrong for 10 bucks? It fit like it was made for me, the embroidered flowers were bohemian in a subtle way and I added a long vest with crocheted lace over top. It worked perfectly!
Next came some knits: two knit pants and a knit skirt. The pants are wide legged, palazzo-type, pants. One is black, the other multi-colored stripes. The skirt is also striped. Both the striped pants and skirt have orange, peach, pink in them. So I bought an orange top and a pink top to go with them. Both are uniquely cut and very flattering.
And, of course, I found a cute pair of earrings on clearance…
As we were leaving the store, I mentioned since the shopping was going so extraordinarily well maybe I should look for shoes. I desperately needed some, and it seemed like the day to do it. We went next door to Pay Less and it was buy one get one half price!
While we spent longer shopping for shoes than we did for clothes, I managed to find four pair of shoes and two purses! I bought black open toed shoes, red sandals, brown sandals and black boots. And they all have heels I can walk in easily! Amazing!!
I’ve been looking for a new purse for at least a year. Again, normally I buy these second-hand. I haven’t found anything I liked anywhere. Until I shopped at Payless yesterday. I found a purse that is adorable and matches the color of my dusty sage green vest with crocheted lace and a dark pink purse which goes with everything too. Both are really cute, totally different from each other and work with everything I own! Isn’t that amazing?
All that stuff for around 250 bucks. I was really impressed by that. And now I am all set for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. And that really feels good!