Saturday was Macy's Big One Day Sale and Friday was the "preview day". As I sat at my desk, just a few blocks from Macy's, I could feel the store calling me and saying "just come see me for a few minutes". When an email popped up with a coupon for $10 off your $25 or more sale purchase, it was a sign - and I was on foot. As I walked I was creating my "excuse" for this shopping trip - Sharifa needed some shirts for work and as her personal shopper, I needed to come through. Well, after browsing through the coat sale (25% off all winter coats), the swimwear section (all swimwear marked down to $7.99 or less), and the men's section (polo shirts and shorts for $9.99 or less) - I had nothing. So I take the escalator up to the women's department. I searched the floor, rack by rack at Nascar worthy speeds. Summer clearance - Buy one get one free. Designer clearance - take an extra 40% off lowest prices. I came up with NOTHING for me (and only 2 shirts for Sharifa, which was my goal, right?). Not that there wasn't anything to buy. A cute James Perse dress, a pair of Guess? jeans, the Calvin Klein slacks, a few fun and casual Kenzie and Free People dresses... there was lots to chose from. But nothing I truly NEEDED. I was a little disappointed but at the same time, I felt great! Like I had accomplished something. Yeah, its a small step for mankind. But for me, being able to admit that I didn't NEED to buy something because it was on sale for the price of dirt, is a great thing.... WHEW!!
On to more fun things... Saturday morning included brunch at Basil's - one of my favorite "hidden" yet elegant restaurants in Minneapolis. The ambiance is nice - we sat at the tables overlooking the highly-inactive atrium area in the IDS tower (weekends in Minneapolis are dead).
I ordered: the Garden Vegetable (Egg Whites, Fresh Sautéed Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, Asparagus Tips, Hash Brown Potatoes)
"Bobby" ordered: French Toasted Banana Bread (Served with Whipped Maple Butter and Pure Maple Syrup)
My food was ok, but "Bobby's" food was great. The Banana Bread was off the hook. I have never had French Toast made with banana bread and it was amazing. Made my omelet feel too healthy and then I didn't want it as much. So I was nice enough to help finish the bread... LOL
I've got that "wear all-black" wedding next weekend and haven't decided what to wear. Thanks for the suggestions from friends and family... they have helped me narrow my choices down. I decided that I don't NEED (there's that word again) another black dress so we're working with what we have. I've also found out that the close proximity to someone else's family might somehow manage to turn this into a "meet the parents" trip... *drumroll*... not confirmed but just to be safe, this afternoon I will be browsing my Elle, Lucky, In Style and Glamour magazines for some cute outfit ideas.
For the item of the day I have been distracted for a few days by the newest iPod on the block - the iPod touch. It looks like a slightly smaller version of the iPhone, plays like an iPod, has built in Wi-Fi and aside from the small storage space (only comes in 8GB and 16GB) its my newest "crush". I need to find out more info - like if the iTunes Wi-Fi store works with the iTunes Store, or can I transfer my music between the two... etc... but for now - its on my steadily growing Christmas list. You writing this down Dad?? I know you're out there reading this...
My other item of the day is the Kenneth Cole Pick-A-Dilly Work Tote. I love this bag and as an up-and-coming professional, its about time to replace the cloth tote bags and move into the world of leather. The $358 price tag is sure to come down soon... right??