What’s in my bag :: Ross haul

So yesterday was GNO (Girls’ Night Out).  And it was the best one yet.

You see, normally, BFF and I meet up with two other gals (both named Jamie and both best friends with the other; go figure!) and we all hang out at the local coffee house, kvetching about our respective domestic lives.

Usually, this entails a lot of good-natured husband bashing, children story swapping, or school-related gossiping (three out of the four of us are public school teachers and Jamie C. was BFF’s student teacher and is currently a Bradley instructor).

Last night, though, ended up taking a decidedly MCC-esque turn.

BFF and I were biding our time at Ross while awaiting the Jamies when Jamie C. texted and said she’d just meet us there.  BFF and I were in the dressing room when this happened, knee deep in dresses, so we weren’t prepared to meet her outside like we would’ve.

Well, one thing led to another and four hours later, we managed to scour three full rows of dress racks, lure the typically thrifty Jamie C. into the dressing room with us, and purchase a total of fourteen items of clothing, two pairs of shoes, three cooking pans and a box of amazing habanero pretzels among the three of us.

Jamie S. met us for a late-night dinner at iHop, where we nommed on unbelievably yummy crepes.  BFF got the sweet lingonberry and I ordered the savory chicken florentine, both of which we divided evenly and had one of each a piece.  Don’t you just love women?  We know how to feast, I tell ya!

crepes

Now I really hadn’t planned on shopping last night.  I swear.  GNO never goes down the fashion road because I seem to be the only one ever truly interested in clothing.  To be honest, I think I just got giddy from the prices.  Before we’d hit Ross, BFF and I had stopped by TJ Maxx, and I don’t care what the ads say – it is not cheap to be a Maxxinista.  Yes, they’ve got designer brands for less, but when a Calvin Klein dress cost the same as three of my Ross dresses, all of a sudden, that label doesn’t seem all that impressive.

So I didn’t purchase these dresses with the intent of actually keeping them.  I don’t think my June budget can handle this spontaneous spree.  However, like any good fashionista worth her stripes, I have kept receipts.  So if I end up loving these, I can definitely return something else to recoup my losses.  Keeping that in mind, I’m calling these dresses “in my bag” pending further Vivian boot shaking and your opinions, my friends.

1 – $16.99 – I know I have tons of striped things, but when I threw on this dress, I felt immediately sassy.  The horizontal stripes mask my tummy, the blouson minimizes the chestage, and the fabric is that just right jersey that holds all jiggles firmly in place without making you look and feel like an encased sausage.  It is not, however, a Yale dress and will therefore sit in my closet until next school year.  But if I return it now, it will not be there when I return.  Hrmmmm…

2 – $15.99 – I do not have anything like this dress, in either cut or pattern.  The Aztec print is making its rounds in the bloggerverse right now and I don’t care for it, but this tribal/ethnic/mandala-esque pattern is something I can stand behind.  It’s unique and fun and it could be the dress to cajole me out of my arm wattle hang-ups, it’s that cute.  A potential Yale dress.

3 – $14.99 – TARDIS blue.  Empire waist.  Classy neck embellishment.  Halter neckline that flatters my broad shoulders so well.  The cheapest of the bunch.  Keeper?  I think yes.  But I had just purchased a TARDIS blue dress last month.  And this one requires a strapless bra.  Shudder.  But I think this would work for the “nice dress” suggested of us for the end-of-session staff party.  Ah!  Conflicted!

4 – $7.99 – Yes, that is not a typo.  $7.99.  I don’t even consider this in limbo; I’m keeping this for sure.  It doesn’t look like much on the hanger, but it makes the perfect swimsuit coverup, is less than what I paid for dinner, and is that faboo coral with which I am currently enamored.  I just thought to include her in the mix because she was part of the haul.

So there you have it, my friends.  The results of my impromptu shopping bonanza.  Wanna help my pocketbook out and tell me which, if any of the first three, deserves valuable closet real estate?

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