Shopping is one of my very favorite activities — and has been for a long, long time. When I was in high school, I was that cliche teen who skipped school to hit the mall (sorry, Mom!). And in college in New York, I discovered how much I adore the feeling of carrying many bags filled with fabulous finds. There was a 9&Co shoe store dangerously close to my dorm too …
But since having kids, I haven’t shopped as much for several reasons. For one, money has been tighter so shopping for glee just hasn’t been in the cards (or the budget). For another thing, I haven’t been the size I’d like to be in awhile. That literally put a huge stop on my shopping. Lately though, money hasn’t been as tight and I have been working on shedding pounds. I’m getting there, but I am not quite ready to shop yet. So, instead of actually shopping, I window shop.
Sometimes, it’s online. I adore online shopping since I can dream all that I want, filling up the shopping cart with fabulous items — without any concern for price. And then when I am done, I just close the window instead of checking out. Another fun thing? Putting together fantasy outfits … I love doing this, since it forces me to be creative while pretend shopping.
But more than online window shopping, I love actual window shopping — weaving my way through aisles and touching all the fabrics (I’m a huge sensory shopper — I have a need to touch). And I’ve been doing a little of this too. The way I see it, once I reach that ideal weight, I want to know the places that I want to shop so I can head right there. I think it makes sense. Though honestly, I don’t know how much longer I can go without giving in. The urge to spend is building.
I was doing a little window shopping on Kaboodle earlier. Though I am not sure that this outfit is me per se, I love the Breakfast at Tiffany’s feel to it. What do you think?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.