Thursday, June 10, 2010

I Need Retail Therapy

Posted by Mandy at 10:37 AM
I posted that I've been sick all week - today is day 4. No fever since Tuesday, but I can't shake the "yuck" feeling. We can put a man on the moon but we still cannot find a vaccine that prevents all strains of the flu virus.

Being sick all week came crashing with my dad's "would have been" 52nd birthday today. His first to celebrate in God's glory. He's been gone from this earth for a little over 6 months... I hope he got some cool stuff. I don't know what is cool in heaven, but whatever it might be, I know he's more than earned it! So, happy birthday, Daddy! I love you!!

These two events combined has left me a blubbering mess all morning. I topped it off by watching some awesome DVD's my uncle (my dad's twin brother.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE CARLOS!) made for us. I got to see my dad fishing, enjoying Christmas, and my favorite.. some brief clips from the OLD store. Not the new one.. the old one. The one I grew up in. How glorious to have that forever stored to pull out to watch!

You know how some people eat, do drugs, or drink when they're down? Well, my addiction of choice is shopping. If I felt better, I would have loaded the kids up and headed on a shopping trip today to soothe my soul. Shopping with the kids is never the experience I long for, but it's better than nothing!

I have several things on my summer-shopping list that I've yet to purchase.

Item #1 - A great pair of nude shoes. If ya didn't know.. nude is the color of choice this season. I LOVE it! It goes with everything, which is awesome. Somehow, as popular as they are, I've had a really hard time finding the perfect pair for me. I've seen some that were close, but this ain't horse shoes.. close doesn't cut it.
I found these online:

And the angels sang. Love these! They're by Saira, and they're $98. I don't spend that kind of money on 'pretty' shoes.. running shoes, sure.. but not these. Can't do it. Maybe that's why I can't find a pair that I love.. I'm cheap.

Item #2 - Casual Dresses
I never would have thought that I'd get to an age that buying a DRESS would be tough. Most that I find seem geared toward younger women and teens.. not those chasing young tots like I am. I want something I can throw on to go to Walmart, and then wear out to supper later and feel super cute. Put me in a store with instructions to find a "dressy" dress... I'm all over that! Ask me to find a day-to-day dress... I'm clueless.

I like this one by Calvin Klein... not too dressy.
I think I could wear this anywhere.
I like the idea of these faux two-piece dresses, too. Looks really light and comfortable, and you could put a belt on for going out somewhere - LIKE! This one if from Old Navy and it's a whopping $100 LESS than the CK dress I posted above. Decisions, decisions...

Really, I could list a hundred things I'd like to get for the summer, but these are my top two right now. I'm excited about some of the new trends - like black nail polish and deep red shoes (yes.. in SUMMER!) so I definitely have my eyes open for this stuff. (and finding the perfect pair of red shoes for summer has also been a mega challenge..)

Is anyone else in need of some shopping therapy?


Allison on Thursday, 10 June, 2010 said...

I have that Old Navy dress and I love it. There is a pic on my blog with me in it from my last post. :)

Mandy on Thursday, 10 June, 2010 said...

Oh wow! It looks even better on! Love it.. must buy one..

Lee Ann James on Thursday, 10 June, 2010 said...

Me! Me! I want to go as soon as you get well - I bet Taylor will watch Caleb. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get you out of your slump. ;) I'm serious!

Mandy on Thursday, 10 June, 2010 said...

I think shopping WITH sweet Caleb would help even more! ;) Unless mommy needs a break.. then I'm totally happy to go with my BFF.. just like old times!

Andy and Micki on Friday, 11 June, 2010 said...

I spent ALL DAY in Little Rock on Thursday shopping. It was AMAZING retail therapy!!! BTW, Bath & Body Works is having their Semi-Annual Sale starting today, so if you girls go definitely stop by there! Oh, and Target might have some of those nude shoes you're looking for. And one more thing...CALL ME when you go!!! :-)

Mandy on Friday, 11 June, 2010 said...

I sense a girls day of shopping coming up in the very near future! :)

Whitney on Friday, 11 June, 2010 said...

I'm so sorry you feel so sick! I, too, have a bit of a shopping addiction. I try to keep it in check - I've found that going to thrift stores makes me feel better - I can get several things for the same price I would spend on one item in a "new" store. LOVE the shoes! I have also been looking for a great pair of nude heels. Have you ever been to It's a great online store that carries all sorts of brands. You can also do a search for style, or brand. I really love Jessica Simpson's shoe line - she has the perfect pair of nude heels that I want.
Also - I have totally gotten into dresses and skirts this year. I find they are more comfortable than jeans. Target has some really cute little dresses - I would check that out.
Let me know what you find - and feel better soon!!
Oh! And LOVE the new site redesign!

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