Funny thing is, I like shopping, but I don’t really do much shopping in stores anymore. Definitely not as much as I used to.
I mean, there was a time when I loved going shopping so much that I’d happily pick up extra shifts at the mall.
(SIDE NOTE: If you ever shopped at the Miller’s Outpost, The Limited or Emporium Capwell’s at the New Park Mall in Newark, CA back in the mid-’90s, I probably greeted you at the door and tried to sell you pocket tees.)
I just don’t have the patience to spend all day at the mall anymore. Now, a couple hours — that, I can do.
I still like to look around for clothes and things, but I usually start my research online before going to see something in person. Feels like I save a lot of time that way.
Oh, but some things — makeup and shoes, of course — I can still spend hours shopping for, and I do, which brings me to this: some of my favorite places to shop, in no particular order…
DSW: My shoe Mecca! I can easily spend half a day here (and have). First, the gargantuan selection, and I love the wide aisles and how neatly everything is organized. On top of that, you don’t have to wait for a sales associate to scour a back room to find your size. They’ve got everything just right out there on the floor! It’s great! I kind of like being able to waffle without feeling like someone is waiting on me. Sometimes I’ll spend…a while trying to decide between two different colors, and at DSW I can take as long as I need, LOL! The one at Vintage Oaks by my house has a great selection of purses, too. I’ve seen stuff from Nordstrom there at pretty good prices.
Nordstrom: Speaking of Nordie’s, it’s another favorite haunt of mine. There’s one about 15 miles south being renovated right now, so it’s a hot mess inside, but it’s still open. It’s like my idea of the perfect general store. They have almost everything I could ever ask for — makeup, clothing, shoes, accessories — and when I find something I like on sale, score! Their personal stylist services are also really handy, and I love their generous return policy.
Target: There’s one five minutes away from my house, and you’ll find me there often. Sometimes the customer service doesn’t knock it out of the park, but anyplace I can buy ice cream, drugstore makeup, cat litter, heart-shaped sunglasses and dishwashing liquid in one fell swoop is all right by me.
Anthropologie: Some of their stuff is a little hippy dippy for me, and sometimes I look at the prices of tops and think, “Hmm-mmm! Ain’t no way I’m paying $70 for a piece of gauze with sequins on it.” I have found some really cute things there, though, like this jungle romper, and when they have sales, they’re generally pretty good. Like Nordstrom, they also have a personal stylist service, although I haven’t tried it yet (I want to!).
Old Navy: Hello? $10 shorts!? I give myself a 30-minute time limit whenever I go to the store because if I don’t, I’ll do some damage. Just so many choices and great prices.
Trader Joe’s: Woman cannot live on fashion and makeup alone (well…). I love their organic stuff, and they carry some of the same tasty odds and ends that cost twice as much at Whole Foods, like their meatless meatballs, stinky cheeses and smoked salmon. The produce isn’t always great (I wish I could actually pick my individual tomatoes and peaches), but their prices put Safeway to shame. As for downsides, I skip their toiletries, sandwich bread (the expiration date is usually just a couple days away), and when their TJ’s brand and pre-made foods are gross, they’re REALLY GROSS. Tabs refuses to eat their cat food, and that’s saying something.
Saks Fifth Avenue: I usually just stalk the beauty department here, and then walk through the rest of the store gawking at everything else. In the makeup section, everyone’s been really helpful, and if you’re nice, they’ll hook you up with hella samples! Love that.
And then there’s the MAC Pro Store in San Francisco, the Benefit Boutique in Mill Valley (I used to work right around the corner and would stop by after my shift to stress shop!), Pier 1 Imports (sooo many fun things for cat ladies), Sephora (of course) and Crate & Barrel…mostly just for window shopping.
Alright, babe, you’re up! Where are some of your favorite places to shop? Sephora, Marshalls, Macy’s, H&M, Nordie’s, any local boutiques?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,