Yes! I’m so happy that it is finally the weekend. This week was a rough one. There were some good things mixed in with some not so good, but now that it’s Saturday, I can exhale and recharge. And although the weather doesn’t show it, I can feel that the summer season is right around the corner. Who has interesting plans for Memorial Day Weekend?!
When I shop, I buy pieces that mean something to me. Most every item in my closet tells a story. For instance, the pair of outlet store floral platform heels that I initially felt lukewarm about. I bought them on sale, only because they were on sale, and I get the most compliments whenever I wear them. Or the story of my H&M designer collaboration dresses that I just HAD to have – and have yet to wear…I mean you can’t really pass up Lanvin & Margiela right? (I promise they will get their shine soon!) One of my favorite stories is about a pair of patent yellow sandals I bought at a sample sale and a former boss of mine fell in love with them. She playfully joked more than once that I should give them to her since we wore the same size. I never knew how to respond…I mean when your boss wants your shoes, what do you even say to that?
And the list could go on. (A story about my $20 hot pink thrift store coat comes to mind.) For the most part, I try to shop with a purpose. When your clothes become more than apparel, more than something you just put on, you have gained memories that transcend the clothes. It’s about the stories and feelings that you can take with you for longer than you may have the actual garments.
This J.Crew floral skirt is no different from the clothing and accessories above. This is a story about patience. I think I stalked this skirt for at least 6 months. Okay, maybe it wasn’t 6…but it had to be at least 4. I think I saw it first in store and fell in love. While it was everything I could want in a skirt – scuba, floral, neon, and ruffle (in a good way) – paying over a hundred bucks for one item was not in my budget. Never one to miss a sale, I kept my eye on this skirt. Browsed J.Crew’s website on the regular to see if the skirt was within my price range. After a while, I gave up hope….but then I ran into a girl at work wearing a dress in the same material and print. She mentioned she got it on sale and I immediately got excited that the skirt would soon be within my grasp. It initially was only half off, but I held out and ended up purchasing the skirt for about a third of the original price. Waiting sometimes (most times) doesn’t work out, but this was meant to be. I ordered the skirt online, it fit perfectly and the rest is history.
Thinking about how long I waited for this skirt makes my heart smile every time I think about it. If you have any heart-warming clothes stories, please share. I’d love to know!