Back from the U.S.S.A. (United Shopping States of America)

Posted 31 August 2011 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

Being in the U.S. feels a bit like a supply run. Since I don’t usually have access to a Target, a TJ Maxx, nor an air-conditioned, floral-scented, jazz-playing department store where people talk quietly and salesclerks are not only willing to help you find an item but also carry your diaper bag and find something for your baby to play with while you enter the fitting room, I go a bit crazy. Every retail experience feels like Christmas Eve shopping: I’m frantic. Everything in sight feels like the last item on the shelf. Every possible purchase feels like my last chance.

That said, I knew that my shopping time on this trip would be limited. Not only did we have more important family commitments, I also have two small kids who don’t have the patience for shopping, and I didn’t want to feel rushed. So in the weeks before our holiday, I ordered items online and had them shipped directly to my mother-in-law. The shipments mostly included clothes for my husband and myself, the most important being a dress.

As in the dress, the one I’d wear to my sister’s wedding.

I ordered five dresses (all free shipping plus in-store returns—man, I love America!). But this is the one I was really, really hoping to wear (from J.Crew*):

J.Crew Washed Crepe Nanine Dress in Desert Sunset

Not only was the peachy hue right-on with my sister’s color palette, but it felt really appropriate for an afternoon, late-summer wedding. Unfortunately, the dress, although gorgeous, pulled strangely around the bust and waist and creased too much for my taste.

This dress (also from J.Crew) looked much better on me. I was disappointed that it didn’t fit the color palette as perfectly and that the fabric was a bit too evening-ish, but with very little time to change course I didn’t have much choice and just went with it:

J.Crew Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink

Deep down, I still would have preferred the first dress, but overall it turned out okay.

Wearing J.Crew Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink

Allow me to segue into the next topic: J.Crew. Um, HELLO. Not having shopped there in nearly ten years, I had forgotten how beautiful their product is. And since then, it’s gotten more beautiful and edgy even. It’s very possible that I might be obsessed with them.

After buying my dress (at 40% off final sale, by the way, for a total of $60! HELLO!) I went on to do some serious damage in their online final sales and am now at home swimming in their finespun cotton. Yay, me.

*Dresses, top to bottom: Washed Crepe Nanine Dress in Desert Sunset, Silk Organza Soiree Dress in Ornamental Pink.

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