Because of my undeniable love of fashion (and shopping!) I decided to put together a little series (that will appear from time to time) of style-related posts, featuring some of my favorite new finds or just my personal opinion on all things fashion. Hope you enjoy 😀
I recently embarked on my semi-annual shopping haul (I’m not sure if it counts as a “haul” per se, because I usually only end up buying 4-7 items, but still. Oh, and it also happens probably 3-4 times a year, so it’s not quite semi-annual. Whatevs 😉 ) to Park Meadows Mall. I love this place. It’s my fave place to go shopping in Colorado; I could totally live here. It’s a pretty upscale, modern mall with tons of stores, most of which I’ve never even set foot in. But at some point, I would like to (minus the stores that only sell baby clothes or shoes for men or something like that). I mean, come on, I just realized there is a lululemon store there! Really? How did I not know this before–slash drop all my hard-earned money there? A lot of bloggers talk about lululemon and I’ve always thought, “I wish I could go there, but I’ve never seen one before in my life. I doubt they exist in my little corner of the world!” Now that I know that that’s completely untrue, I’m dying to go check it out. But I digress.
First stop: Hollister. AKA one of my favorite stores ever. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people that only buy things from there to fit in, look cool, blah blah blah (not that I’m judging them or anything). I first started shopping there five years ago, most likely because some of my friends did, but I’ve been a loyal customer since because I honestly love their clothes and their style matches my personality. Not to mention their prices are slightly lower than Abercrombie & Fitch’s (another favorite store). Win-win-win! But this time, I wasn’t really sure I was gonna end up with anything. I was lusting after a lace-trimmed, pinstriped cotton miniskirt (which was apparently only available for mannequin usage…) and when I didn’t see it, I made a beeline for the back of the store–the clearance area. I wasn’t really down for spending all my cash in one place for one item (ahem, on an adorable dress or khaki jacket) so when I found a pair of navy blue twill shorts for 15 bucks…well, I just had to buy them 😉 Seconds later, I spotted an orange thing all by itself on a shelf. I picked it up, and realized it was a cropped hoodie–just like one I had bought on clearance a year ago! Lo and behold, it was my size (love when that happens) and only $7.90! Um, a definite yes! My sister joked that I already had it, but mine’s in turquoise and this one was orange. Big difference. I do not mind buying the same piece in different colors if I truly love it. And being that cheap, how could I turn it down? So I bought the shorts and hoodie.
(P.S. My bathroom is the best place for self-portraits, since it’s bright and has a big mirror. Sorry about the awkwardness 🙂 )
After a stop at American Eagle (they didn’t have the owl necklace I fell in love with and their leather sandals were a bit too expensive) and Williams Sonoma for some chili-lime seasoning, we hit up Abercrombie Kids and A&F. I actually do own a few items from the kids store, because it’s very similar to A&F’s items yet a lot cheaper and because I can still fit into their things. Score! This time, I didn’t find anything amazing there, so we ventured into A&F. You can seriously smell it almost a mile away! But the cologne smell is amazing, so I’m not complaining. I went almost immediately to the back of the store, because I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything full price here. It’s just way too overpriced. On the way, I spotted the $20 brown twill shorts I’ve been wanting and grabbed them. Usually, I pick out items I think look cute, but then end up having almost nothing to wear with it. This time, I decided to actually find something to go with the shorts. I have a few light pink tops at home, but they’re more fall-like. I needed something to wear with the shorts now! Nothing was really grabbing me, until my mom showed me a ruffly tank in white. It was gorgeous, yet simple, and I liked it, but it didn’t have quite enough oomph. Then she showed me a peachy-pinky-off white ruffly tank and it just seemed perfect. Slouchy, but not sloppy. Understated yet pretty. And just the right shade to pair with brown and pink. And it was 30% off. Well, if I must… 😉
At the register, I pulled out the 20% off entire purchase card I had (that expired two days later, yay for procrastination) and got ready to pay. I wasn’t quite sure how much money I had left on my debit card, but I swiped it happily. At first, I was sure I was in the clear because the woman ringing me up wasn’t paying attention to the screen…but seconds later, she said “Oh, you still owe $2.26.” My heart dropped a little, but I dashed over to my mom and
begged her to cough up politely asked her for $2. I was a little embarrassed that I “maxed out” my card, but I was sooooo thankful for my mom being there to save my butt. What would I do without her (and her money)?
Next time, I’ll make sure that I have enough money to pay so I don’t end up in the same situation again. One time’s enough!
Have you ever gone over your spending limit? Favorite place to buy clothes?