Sweat dripped down my brow, I could feel my blood pressure rising and I knew the next person to get in my way was going to regret it. No, I was not running a marathon. I was shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love to shop, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that it’s not all shopping I love. I love leisure shopping. I like to browse and find incredible deals. Whether for a couch or the perfect pair of summer sandals, I like to shop when I don’t need to. I like to take my time and I like to find what I find, when I find it, not because I HAVE to find it. All of this became quite apparent when I was preparing for this month’s fashion feature on personal style. As CAWLM’s managing editor, I came up with the brilliant idea for three women involved in the publication to buy a new spring outfit that showcases their personal style and share it with our readers. (See story here). The other women seemed to have no trouble taking on this assignment and, let’s be honest, I didn’t think I would either. In fact, I “created” this assignment so I’d have an excuse to shop. The problem arose when I got it into my head what I wanted for my spring outfit — an a-line skirt with some sort of detail. Doesn’t sound too hard, right? Wrong. The trouble began when, 1. I left myself one day to find said outfit, 2. I took my husband shopping with me and 3. we had dinner plans following the already rushed shopping trip. Let’s just say that somewhere in the middle of the shopping frenzy someone (my husband) said I was acting “very Kate Gosselin — pre divorce.” Great. I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s not the first time that the lack of a certain must-have item has completely ruined my shopping experience. For those with me during the great “Holiday Gala dress hunt of 2010,” I apologize. I have to say, however, that my fury only speaks to my passion for fashion and the fact that, to me, fashion is beauty. And in the end, I did find my perfect skirt. Still, I’m pretty sure I’ve learned my lesson. No more rush shopping, unless I care to be compared to certain reality TV stars or be forced to take cold showers after each shopping trip.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.