Shopping! Oh, how I detest it. Let me quantify that. Shopping for books, pens, paper, fabric, yarn, pottery and ceramics isn’t really shopping. It is going on a mini holiday. The weekly grocery/household shopping is a necessity which just has to be done and at this stage of my life I have it down to a fine art.
Shopping for shoes is mildly entertaining. Shopping for a bag is good as I look at a bag and envisage how I will fill it with pens, notebook, journals and the other necessities one requires.
Then there is what I term the Nightmare Shop and it is clothes shopping to which I refer. It is with dread and a heavy heart that I look at clothes shopping. Yes, I have tried personal shopper. It certainly was an experience. I have tried just wandering into a clothes shop to browse, however it isn’t long before I am browsing a book shop instead.
Yesterday I walked into a shop to be greeted by a vista of rich autumnal colours interspersed with shards of colour which should have been discordant but in fact enhanced the whole image. No this was not an art gallery but a clothes shop. Not only were the colours eye catching but the texture of the fabrics was enticing.
Having spent a time just wandering and noticing that the outfits were put together using unusual colour combinations I took the plunge and “tried on an outfit”. On showing it to my friend I was approached by a guardian angel of clothes whose name is Serena. I call her a guardian angel because she guided me through the process of choosing, discarding and turning the experience into an adventure. She showed how to try something and to see where it did enhance or didn’t. To look at different combinations and to realise that with guidance an outfit can boost the confidence of a person. I tried on rich colours,different shapes and laughed. You would have too if you had seen me. It was fun, yes fun. I never thought I would say that about clothes shopping!!
So, all I can say for those of you who like me hate, dread and dislike clothes shopping with a vengeance I hope you find your clothes angel. However, if you are in Ireland or ever visit Ireland then take a trip to Newbridge County Kildare and call into Maybell Lady Plus Boutique. There you will find two angels Ann and Serena who will help in making clothes shopping a really good experience.
And yes I have an outfit I would never have thought of looking at never mind buying which makes me feel 6 foot tall and a million dollars. Good shopping.