I always love going shopping, but I especially love it when I find great deals and hit new NSVs in the process.
Today I was shopping at Target, and some maxi skirts caught my eye. The $15 price tag was too good to pass up. Normally maxi anything doesn’t fit me because they’re always really long on my 5″3′ frame. But because there’s nothing as easy-breezy as throwing on a maxi skirt and a tank on a warm summer day, I figured I’d give them a go. Here’s where the NSV comes in – I picked out a couple of Larges in patterns I liked, held the hanger up to my waist, saw that it wasn’t dragging on the ground, and bought them – without trying them on! I was that confident that they’d fit.
When I got home, I immediately tried the skirts on, and was pleasantly surprised that they weren’t the least bit snug. They hugged my curves well, but were very flowy and not even a little bit tight. In the pictures I took, I don’t even have a shaper on, which is a bit of an NSV in itself. (Although I might wear a shaper under the skirt when I really wear it out, just to avoid any jiggling when I walk).
(Forgive the hair in these pics – it’s raining here today, and I’d been running around).
Even though these both have horizontal stripes, I think they’re pretty flattering on. And I love that they’re short enough for me to wear flip flops if I want to. Although I could see dressing the outfit up with some strappy wedges that I have, too. The tank is also new and has a really pretty weave to it (which I know you can’t see in these pics).
The best NSV was when RC3 and I were walking around Union Square in SF on Saturday and decided to go inside Banana Republic’s flagship store. I love the classic, sophisticated style of the clothes at Banana Republic, but for years only window shopped because I could never fit into them. And I guess I sort of forgot about the store in this past year, even though I’m down to a size that they actually carry. So when RC3 suggested that we go inside and look around a bit, I was excited to see what they had.
We happened upon the sale section, and one dress immediately caught my eye – it was a black and white abstract floral pattern and cut in my favorite 50s style. I loved the shape of it, and the fact that when I held the hanger up to myself, it wasn’t too short. (I’m still really self-conscious about the flub on my knees and thighs). The dress hits just a “tidge” below my knees, which is my favorite length. It was originally $119, but on sale half off, so I got it for $65, tax and all. Don’t you just love a great deal wrapped in a Banana Republic bag? I know I do!
I went to the dressing room to try on the 12, and I was thrilled when I zipped it up and it fit. Not only did it fit, but it looked really good. It flatters my small waist, and allows enough room for my ample hips. It looks so cute on, and I cannot wait to wear it.
Speaking of which, RC3 said that he’d seen that The Marriage of Figaro is coming to SF Opera, and asked if I’d want to go. Would I?! Of course!! Neither of us has ever been to the opera before, and the SF Opera house is truly spectacular. Plus, this opera has such a light, fun storyline. My sister took a music appreciate class in college, and studied many of Mozart’s operas, and she said it is by far, her favorite. How romantic will it be to go to the opera for the first time with RC3, getting all dolled up? I’m definitely wearing this dress!
Now I just have to find some awesome heels to go with it… which will be another NSV. 😉