Angeline and I went shopping yesterday at the Ross and TJ Maxx in our local mall.
I love Ross and TJ Maxx – I can always find great clothing and home goods at lower prices than Macy’s and they have a funky mixture of items that I can’t find anywhere else!
Angeline needed a new backpack and some jeans for school – she starts high school on Monday! – and I was looking for a formal gown for my upcoming visit to Magic Castle in Los Angeles. I will be traveling with my friend Lee of Entertainment ExactLee – she’s an entertainment blogger (in case you missed that “Entertainment ExactLee” part), and she has secured us a reservation at the Magic Castle Hotel! Now, I do have formal gowns (I was a bridesmaid in two different weddings in the past year) but because I have recently quit smoking…they don’t fit.
I’ve gained weight.
For what it would cost to have any of my gowns altered, I can easily buy a new one at a place like Ross or TJ Maxx.
Long story short, I did find one beautiful dark blue gown at Ross but it was too small on me. As in, I could get it on and zip it up, but that whole breathing thing just wasn’t happening. I decided to make a trip to the other Ross in a different neighborhood to check for other options.
Which brings me to today’s post.
Sometimes I buy clothes that don’t fit me…just because I want them.
I tell myself, “Self, this dress is only $12.99. It is practically free. You need to buy this dress. You might fit into it one day.”
Or…”You can always wear a cardigan with this dress so no one can see that it doesn’t zip up in the back.”
What, you’ve never done that?!
While shopping for gowns, I did happen upon this adorable little coral sundress. I fell in love with it! While I don’t normally shop in the Juniors department, the color caught my eye and I snatched it up and ran to the fitting room.
Exhibit A: Adorable Dress That Looks Perfect On Me
I was prancing around the dressing room, feeling like I won the lottery with this $12.99 dress that looked like it was made for me…and then I went to zip it up.
Exhibit B: DAMN IT.
The dress was too small. Now, I did actually get it zipped up almost all the way, but as soon as I let go of the zipper, it fell back down. It is a size 7/8, which I would normally be able to wear…
But I’ve gained a few pounds recently due to my travels and I just quit smoking.
So…I did what any shopaholic crazy gal would do in this situation.
I bought the dress anyway.
You know, just in case I ever lose this weight…it was only $12.99!