Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Mall

Last night, after work, since no one is home, I decide it would be a good night to go to the mall. I had a short list of things I needed to get then, I had thoughts of leisurely browsing through Nordstrom, J. Crew, and Lilly Pulitzer, having sushi for dinner, sipping on a decaf latte as I shopped...... This is what I need to accomplish... Mall #1...The Court *return shoes *pick up little Vera Bradley ID pouch for Emma in Mall #1 Mall #2...The Plaza *get new Crocs for the girls in Nordstrom *to Lilly and try on and possibly purchase a dress from the fall catalog that I covet and can wear a minimum of twice this fall(not online yet, but trust me, it is to die for) *find the perfect not to high, not to pointy black pump *use the J. Crew gift card I have been carrying around all summer This is how my night actually went... The mall was mobbed...I mean MOBBED!!! Couldn't find a parking spot between the malls, so I had to search for a parking spot, not once, but twice. I thought, "this is the afternoon crowd, it should be thinning out soon"....WRONG! The Court... *Nine West to return a pair of shoes. Of course I was passed the 30 day return policy so store credit was my only option. No problem, I get black pumps...WRONG!!!! Nothing, I could find anything! *Crabtree and Evelyn to get Emma's Vera Bradley thingy...every pattern except the one she wants...Strike Two The Plaza... *Nordstrom for Crocs. The kids shoe department looked like a scene out of a movie. Kids running everywhere, kids crying, Dads looking at their watches, Moms totally stressed out. Get my Crocs and proceed to pay for them when they tell my I need to "take a number", "Can I have your last name and the first available associate will be right with you?" But, I didn't need an associate to wait on me, find sizes, etc...I plucked what I needed off the wall and just wanted to pay. "I'm sorry, MAME, we take customers in the order in which they arrive, you have 12 families ahead of you." The MAME really did me in, I ditched the Crocs and went to the "other side/not so pretty side of the mall" to the Crocs kiosk. Again, find what I need go to pay and their computers are down...after a few minutes, I suggested they try inputting the information manually. Manually? For The Love Of God!!!!! *Make it up to Lilly, the only store not crowded...no dress, that's ok, I should really wait anyway! *go to J.Crew, aaahhh! NO, the store looked as if Gustav had stopped by and it was so crowded. I drooled over some shoes and blazers. I did find a few things for work. *Stopped in the Bare Essential store...the gal that helped me was supper sweet, very helpful and didn't call me MAME! I bought it! *And lastly, I discovered the perfect pair of black pumps do not exist! Some annoying observations from my mall trip last night... Using a coffee stirrer as a straw to drink coffee is wrong. Coffee is meant to be gingerly sipped, not sucked up through a straw. If I was approached by one more person wanting to straighten my hair, squeeze lotion in my hand, or put some sort of bean bag thing on my shoulders I was going to SCREAM! Tweens dressed as if they should be "working" walking around with their parent who apparently think their child is appropriatly dressed and wearing heels she can't walk in. Lesson learned...don't go to the mall on a Saturday night!

9 comments:

tulipmom said...

I think I got a headache just reading about your trip to the mall. Sorry it was such a disaster. Bet it felt good to go home and relax.

The 5 Bickies said...

Oh my goodness...I was there at the same time and it was awful!!!! I am so glad I was only there for a little retail therapy rather than with a to do list!

Nordstrom and the crocs had to have been the worst! Next time...take the crocs to a different, less crowded, department. Lingerie pehaps :)

Meg said...

what a disaster! I think we can all relate to a night from hell at the mall like that. Hope the next trip is a quiet and successful one for you.

e.m. said...

OMGosh!! I feel for you. Sometimes I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone when I go to the mall on a weekend. And I TOTALLY agree about the tween girls. It is very scary.

preppy little dress said...

that's exactly why i like to go to the mall at off times! except for when i am on michigan ave., then i love the crods - i am such a people watcher! ha! ha!

cancersucks said...

Crocs from the Hallmark gold store next time! I remember when the Plaza was the only part of that mall. Does that make me feel old or what? Do you go the Lilly warehouse sale? Maybe all of us east coast bloggers should say hello to each other at the sale.

Delores said...

Good going..! Well, I always prefer to shop at Nordstrom.

you wont said...

That mall can make any sane person crazy. Very crazy. I try to stick to one side, because I inevitably always give up when I have errands at both ends.

Kate said...

I work at a kid's store in the mall and wear a uniform and even when I am in the uniform obviously rushing to the food court or starbucks people still want to give me lotion, sell me a phone, or straighten my hair. It drives me up a wall. I hate hard sell people.

Also I hate pre-teens who wear outfits that are too revealing for me (I'm 18) especially when they are with their mother... arrgg