Charge It! My Personal Time Out
It's funny. I've been blogging here at Lifetime Moms for nearly two years and since that time, I haven't really talked about my absolute favorite past time: shopping. Whenever my husband takes the kids to baseball or softball practice or our local amusement park (Rye Playland for any east coasters out there), I usually tell them that I'm hitting the supermarket to pick up a few odds and ends.
Inevitably, while my car manages to navigate in the direction of Stop & Shop, as if it's on autopilot, my SUV signals right and winds up in the parking lot for Ann Taylor Loft. Sometimes, if we've missed the turn, my trusty car turns left instead so we can visit the mother ship, Ann Taylor and pop into Lord & Taylor, Banana Republic and The Gap.
Though I'm on the clock and still need to whip through the aisles of the supermarket for our weekly staples (luncheon meat, cookies, fruit, milk, bread, ice cream and whatever else lands in my cart), I always manage to find enough time to shop for clothes, shoes, make-up, hair products - if I've got some extra time to burn, it will most likely include a side trip to one of my favorite stores.
Of course, if I'm really spending my time wisely, I'll typically shop for groceries online and then head right to the mall where I can visit White House Black Market, Sephora, Nordstrom's and hit the food court, all in one hour.
The only downside of my shopping addiction, aside from the credit card charges, is the realization that I really need to go on a diet. There's nothing more embarrassing than staring at your flabby thighs in a fitting room mirror or facing the cold hard truth that your body no longer resembles its former self B.C. (before children) nor will you ever see your ideal size anytime soon unless you get kidnapped by a talent scout for Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or Weight Watchers (hint, hint). Of course, if you shop at stores like LOFT, Ann Taylor and White House Black Market, you will find those sizes you used to easily squeeze into, fit like a glove - probably because they make the sizes bigger and use stretch material in all their fabric.
Recently, I got the chance to spend a morning shopping in an open air mall in West Palm Beach. Within minutes of my arrival, my shopping GPS sent me directly to White House Black Market where I honed in on a gorgeous fuschia dress that I initially tried on in a size 8 and with the magic of modern sizing (or a woman who wanted me to feel really good about myself), I slipped into a size 4! The sales woman was so helpful that she paired this fabulous dress with a thick leather belt, a black shrug and high heel open toe patent leather pumps. I never would have put that look together on my own - but thanks to one fashion friendly salesgirl, I looked and felt like a million bucks.
I don't know about you, but when it comes right down to it, if given one hour all to myself, I would not get a massage, a mani/pedi or indulge in a decadent chocolate dessert (who are we kidding - it only takes 5 minutes to inhale a yummy treat). Instead, I would grab my latest coupon card along with my car keys and cruise on over to the nearest shopping or strip mall.
Nothing says "Me Time" like a visit to your favorite clothing store. So ladies, if you havn't shopped for yourself in a while, hand your kids over to your partner, your parents or a good friend, and treat yourself to a great outfit. Trust me, you are worth every penny!