Could you tell from the collective griping from out East that we suffered through a particularly nasty heatwave last week? I hardly spent any time outdoors while the girls were at camp except to get a mammogram done on Friday. When you’re my age, you have to get stuff like that done. It isn’t bad, usually, except for any time spent momentarily freaking out that they’ll find something, and then of course you over-analyze ever nuanced facial expression on the technician. Why did she linger on that image for so long? It just so happened that the air conditioner broke down the day of my appointment, which was as fun as going to the doctor in 99 degree heat sounds (think about it).
When I left the imaging center I was pretty desperate to get some AC relief so I walked into a thrift store a few doors down. It’s where I saw this dress hanging on the racks. The pattern caught my eye first and I pulled it out and saw that it was a strapless sundress. $10. Sold. I made straps from a sash that came with the dress because strapless just doesn’t stay up on me, and I have to sort of shimmy into the thing because it just only fits. It can hang in my closet with the rest of the dresses that I don’t wear often because I feel “fussy” in them, but…$10!
Do you ever feel like once you buy one thing, it just opens the floodgates to your wallet and you just want to spend more? Having to kill time before picking up the girls from camp didn’t help either because there are so many sales right now as stores clear their inventory for Fall. I picked up that beaded striped short sleeve sweater from J Crew for about $40, as well as a pair of white jeans at Anthropologie on final sale for less than $50 (can’t find it on their website). Never thought I could wear white jeans before but I think I just never found the right pair. They’re the perfect length for wearing with ankle boots actually, and I’m going to wear these all through the winter (no one stops wearing white after Labor Day anymore, do they?).
Zara is also having a great month long sale and I stocked up on some Fall stuff for the girls, including this jacket and these shoes. We had to return the shoes because their sizing is so wonky and they were entirely too big. I was even able to fit my size 7 feet in them, what? They also looked a little ridiculous on a 9 year old girl (talk about fussy clothes) and as much as I loved them, I realized that I was shopping for myself and not for them. Oh. This was made all the more clear when we went into a store the other week and they pointed out pretty much everything I would never pick my out myself. To be fair, Mia did love the shoes as well, but they were just too much.
In other dress news, my cousin bought me this dress that I’ve been wearing a lot lately. It’s casual and unfussy and perfect to just throw on. And then I read some of the reviews after I wore it one day and saw that a few moms had basically said the same thing, which immediately made me go, “whuuuut, I’m wearing a mom dress noooooo.” Oh, whatever.