I know summer is over, but it’s still rather warm here in NY and despite having put away all sandals for the season, I’m finding myself pulling them out to wear still every so often. Those bright cerulean blue K. Jacques sandals above were the best find of the summer. I’ve always wanted a pair of these French sandals, but they are really pricey at $250+ a pair. I can’t bring myself to pay that much for a pair of sandals, but I wandered into a neighborhood boutique last month and found them on end-of-season clearance sale for $75. They had one pair left in my size so I just took that as a sign that they were meant for me. I now see why these sandals are so popular because they’re really comfortable and now I want more (so greedy). But I still won’t pay full price for them so I’ll forever be stalking sales. Shopbop usually has K. Jacques sandals on sale at the end of the season, so it’s definitely possible to get a deal – maybe not a 70% off deal like I was lucky to find, but deals can be had out there.
When we got back home from our summer trip, I decided that the girls and I would go shopping together for school clothes. I usually shop alone, but I wanted to start having them pick out some of their own clothes and quite frankly, I was curious to see what they would choose. Not surprisingly, almost 7 year olds and 9 year olds have a lot of opinions about clothes – and these are girls who are not even that into clothing. Over the weekend we stopped by a J Crew outlet on the way back from apple picking and bought this gray dress with ruffles for Miss C. I’ve seen it online at the factory store and passed, but it was an additional 50% off at the outlet. It’s really very cute on and the cotton is nice and thick, not tissue thin like some of their stuff can be.
Later in the weekend we went to midtown Manhattan and stopped by the Gap, Zara and Uniqlo. Miss C kept picking up all the lacey, frilly white dresses from the racks. “Isn’t this sooo pretty??”, she’d gush. I would just pretend not to hear her because I don’t know…lacey white dresses…meh. I wasn’t a total jerk though and I let her buy this star patterned gray dress at Uniqlo. Mia went for nothing practical and instead really wanted this furry vest, pictured above. We bought hers at Uniqlo as well, but judging from all the stores we went to that day, furry vests are in for Fall! If you aren’t familiar with Uniqlo it might be because this Japanese brand only has 7 stores, and 6 of them are in the NY area. They’re expanding though and they have limited stock for sale online (I don’t know why they don’t stock their great tights and patterned leggings for girls online). The prices are equivalent or cheaper than the Gap, but the quality is much better in my opinion.
Our next stop was Zara just a few doors down. We went to shop for boots since they now have reached the age where I no longer have any idea what shoe size they are. Miss C liked these boots when we were looking through Zappos, but she flipped when she found these similar (but nicer) boots at Zara instead. These are our 3rd pair of boots that I’ve purchased for the girls and I continue to be impressed by the quality. I’ve bought ankle boots at the Gap similar to these with the Gap’s forever on sale coupon codes for 2 seasons, but they aren’t even made of leather, which would be fine if both pairs didn’t scuff and peel badly at the toe. I’m sticking with Zara boots from now on.
We must have spent about an hour at Zara. The girls kept picking up and trying on everything at the store. “Can I get this shirt with this HUGE cat head?” (no). “Can I get this shirt that says ‘You are cool’? (no.) “Can I get these ripped white jeans with flowers all over them?” (no). “Can I get this plaid shirt that says gr-unge? What’s grunge?” (What? Hell NO!) “What about this dress with feathers?” (okay).
Shopping with the girls was at times fun, but mostly tiring. There’s many more years of this ahead and I know at some point soon I’ll have to trust in their shopping choices and let them wear what they want. Until then…compromise, negotiation, and a little guidance.