|Jan. 28th, 2007 08:30 pm Sunday shoppingI hate shopping for clothes. But I decided it was finally time to do something about my boring wardrobe - to have something nice to wear at my upcoming birthday party, if nothing else. I'd been meaning to check out a couple of stores in the Haight that I had only breezed through several months ago, so boyziggy and I caught the N-Judah (after a lengthy wait) and made our way to Haight-Ashbury.|
We first went to a store that had lots of colorful clothes that I considered Ziggyesque, but he didn't find anything he really wanted. I got a couple of shirts though. Then I visited a slightly more upscale place, and was immediately overwhelmed by all the girly-girl customers and employees. I had a long wait for a dressing room, though the staff was bending over backwards to be helpful, taking my name and asking if I wanted them to hold my clothes for me while I waited. The kind of places I usually shop, I'm lucky if anyone will help even if you ask them directly, so I'm not used to such treatment.
I eventually got a room, right next to a girl who I overheard saying she was shopping for her bat mitzvah, so she must have been twelve. She and her friend constantly chattered, sang some song with slightly dirty lyrics, and giggled. They eventually left, only to be replaced by another girly-girl (though older) couple, constantly remarking "Oh that's really cute. Oh my god, that's so cute. You don't think that's cute? Maybe you shouldn't get it then. But I think it's cute." Etc. Is there some rule I missed that women need to shop in pairs and try on clothes for each other?
Fortunately, I actually liked the majority of the half-dozen outfits I managed to find and try on, and escaped with my sanity intact. We decompressed with yummy Eritrean cuisine at Massawa, followed by an obligatory shopping spree at Amoeba (I had only meant to buy Nellie McKay's new album, but as usual walked out with several other CDs and DVDs, as did Ziggy).
Finally, we enjoyed very tasty vegan apple pie and hot drinks at Coffee to the People. When I asked if I could get hot chocolate with soymilk, the server asked if I wanted vegan whipped cream with that. I can't believe we hadn't found this place sooner. :-)
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I don't really like going clothes shopping and I never really got the clothes shopping in pairs, but having another pair of honest eyes is very helpful to get out of mindset (for me) of "oh it fits, I'll buy it". I would usually go shopping with my mother who was very good at saying that "it doesn't *do* anything for you", which is a nicer way of saying it looks like crap. :D
I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do for clothes here because most people in Argentina are thin and in other Latin American countries, they are shorter than me. When I have seen clothes on larger women, they are not very flattering, and I don't do cover-up/mumu-type clothes, I like to show off my curves.