Shopping list? Check!

I am supposed to be finishing my vows tonight. So far, I have swept and mopped the whole apartment, picked out my clothes for the rest of the week, made 4 new lists, and decided to write this blog.  I tend to procrastinate when I am afraid of tackling a big chore.

To clear my mind of all the vow brainstorming, I’d like to write about something else dear to my heart. Shopping.

It must seem to all of you that I have a shopping problem, and by problem, I mean addiction. Obviously, I love shopping. It just feels good to buy something beautiful. Take it home in a nice bag. Open my new present and gaze upon it. Then, when the right day comes, put it on and feel beautiful and brand new. Retail therapy may be the most effective therapy for this girl.

I should be honest though, and admit that most of my shopping this year has been window shopping, actual and virtual window shopping. I made a vow to myself, after moving to NYC, that I would only purchase new clothes, shoes, or accessories, if they were “needed” (Fiance hates when I use this word) for the wedding or a wedding event (i.e. shower, bachelorette party, etc)

I guess I also have to be honest and say that I slipped once and bought a few things I did not need. Just a few, and they were 50% off! Whew, feels good to get that off my chest. 

I have always had a love of shopping and getting new clothes. While growing up, my Mother would take my sister and I shopping for new school clothes each year, often on tax-free weekend. After our all-day shopping spree, I would come home and lay out all my new clothes on my bed. I would re-arrange them into different outfits, then put them in order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd day of school. Making a fashionable impression the first day of school was always high priority. I am sure my 5th grade classmates were very impressed with my choice of blue jean overalls.

My Mother also got us new outfits every year for Christmas, Easter, any other really special occasion, and a new swimsuit for the summer. I should probably thank her for instilling a sense of fashion and an importance of new clothes for special occasions. Or, at least make Fiance call her when he gets tired of hearing, “But, St. Patrick’s day is a holiday, and it does require a new outfit!”

So, over the last 10 months I have been purchasing clothes and accessories when I thought, “Oh this would be perfect for a wedding shower!” or “This tank top is exactly what I need for Disney!” or “Pink? Rhinestones? 5 inches? The perfect wedding shoe!”

The other night, I started rummaging through all of my purchases (I kept them hidden so I wouldn’t be tempted to wear them early), and realized that I had EVERYTHING I needed for the wedding, the week at Disney, and even Costa Rica. Everything from a Mickey and Minnie in love tee, to a travel themed dress for the rehearsal dinner. I was so impressed with my ability to buy the exact number of needed pieces, AND even more impressed with my own determination to NOT wear any of these new clothes for months!

Fiance was not as impressed.

I tried to further impress him by describing the budget I created for myself.

“SEE! I even sat aside money for hair appointment, manicure, Disney car rental, our rehearsal dinner…AND I still have money set aside to get the last minute necessities from Sephora! I am so responsible!”

Again, he was not impressed.

Fiance and I have a difference of opinions when it comes to what I NEED.

I didn’t let his lack of praise phase me. I headed to Sephora right after work to pick up my final items (travel soaps and shampoos, perfume, eye makeup remover, and travel-sized lotion). That’s it. I am completely done shopping for the wedding.

I think that tomorrow will be packing day!

Or, maybe, ACTUALLY finish my vows day… We’ll see.



A Toy Story

I had lots of favorite toys growing up: trolls, littlest pet shop, polly pocket, Barbie, and of course my Ninja Turtles. I was quite the tomboy growing up. I wanted nothing to do with dresses, bows, or the color pink. I DID have Ninja Turtle sheets, a Ninja Turtle beanbag, and all the action figures. My cousins and I would constantly pretend to be the turtles, and I was always Raphael…I think I was attracted to his sarcasm and dry sense of humor.

Ninja turtles were my idols for a couple years, but like most kids, I loved toys in general, and a trip to the toy store (i.e. WalMart) was the highlight of my Fridays (allowance day). WalMart’s toy sections was heaven, I could have spent the entire weekend roaming the aisles and making out my wish list…a feeling I now have while shopping in Sephora.

I can’t imagine what I would have done had I visited NYC’s famous toy store, FAO Schwarz, but I definitely would have asked for a raise in my allowance.

FAO Shwarz is the first American toy store. It opened in 1862! Can you imagine what it sold that long ago! I’m assuming it was full of wooden toy trains, the toy horse that consists of a stuffed horse head on a stick, maybe a rocking horse, mother goose books, and marbles??? Did kids even play that long ago? I’d love to take kids from 1862 and send them to FAO Schwarz today, although that may be more frightening than fun.

Like most people, I did not grow up in NYC, or even visit NYC as a child, so I am now making up for lost time by shopping at FAO Shwarz over and over and over again.

Okay, so maybe I’ve only bought a handful of items (mostly toys for kids I know), AND maybe I am often there with someone who is visiting me, but nonetheless, I have been there NUMEROUS times now. 

FAO Schwarz is the classier and more classic Toys R Us, it’s actually operated by Toys R Us. To put it in SAT terms, FAO Shwarz is to Toys R Us, what Banana Republic is to Old Navy.

Everyone is greeted by real-life toy soldiers, can’t get much classier than that!

This toy store is really famous for its enormous realistic stuffed animals. The amount of beautiful stuffed animals when you first enter is overwhelming. I just want to snuggle all of them!!!

The little stuffed animals are great too.

Here are Zoey and Fiance testing our friends/visitors on their extensive bird knowledge. They’re bird scientists, or something of that caliber.

For the first time ever, I got to dance and play on the famous giant piano! (The one featured in Big, with Tom Hanks.)

Waiting in line to dance on the BIG piano, and getting our picture taken

This store is crazy big, and there are sooo many big, fun sections!

FAO Schwarz has the BEST puppets. (Zoey’s was looking for Charlotte…)
The Barbie section is unreal! This was one of the more clever Barbie outfits.

In the dollhouse section, also unbelievable, we found this little treasure on display. Look familiar? It’s a replica of the Cullen’s house on Twilight.

AND the CANDY, oh my!

Last, but not least, the Build-a-Muppet section. It’s build-a-bear for muppets, and I must say that these muppets look identical to real muppets.

So that’s my tour of the famous FAO Schwarz. Feels good to relive your childhood, right? Well, at least the fun parts. Now, I think I’ll put in a Disney movie and maybe dream of Ninja Turtles and Princesses tonight.

My Mom obviously dressed me as the wrong turtle here, but I forgave her because the costume was just so cool.