Everyone should have a teenage daughter. I never go shopping without mine at hand. Only a teenage daughter has the mix of scorn, honesty, and love requisite for a good shopping companion. Also, since her money is my money and my money is her money, there is none of the encouragement to overspend that often characterizes "friends."
Miss Em only comes home once a month, so we usually shop then. It does seem that she gets too much, but she is in the acquisitive age, and I always said I would save on her clothing when she was little (and didn't really care) so she could have what she wanted when she did care. That would be now.
So yesterday, we went to Ross and TJ Maxx and Target. She got what she "needed"-a new bathing suit and Converse sneakers. Then she helped me pick out some flattering sunglasses. I discovered that there are tote bags aplenty and that leather bags are incredibly heavy. A good lesson.
Today, on to New Orleans. She is going to stay over and see two friends. We went to Whole Foods and bought some picnic items and ate by the Mississippi. Then we went to Buffalo Exchange for our second trip. We got almost $80.00! (That's cash too--more in credit). We also walked around funky and chic Magazine Street and explored various boutiques.
Buffalo Exchange HOT TIP. The New Orleans store has loads of new Sanita clogs (Funny, are you there?), shoes by Think! (Deja, are you there?), Mephistos (the pair I tried on was uncomfortable), and others. These were from "a store in Oregon," whose patrons have no idea where all the neat shoes went. Prices ranged from $20.00 to $38.00.
If you have a Buffalo Exchange near you, I would suggest calling and seeing if they have any of the cache of new shoes.
Miss Em wouldn't let me use any of the credit for shoes, so we took the cash and left. We stopped at a famous Italian bakery called Angelo Brocato's for a cannoli and then dropped Miss Em off.
Results: Buffalo took about half the stuff we brought it. Blissful decluttering. The woman behind me with the Orla Kiely tote (wish she'd exchange that and solve my tote bag problem) only got $20.00. So all is democratic at Buffalo.
We ate some pate with bread by the river and luscious cannoli at the bakery.
A beautiful day.