Friday, April 4, 2008

confessions of an emotional shopper

I’m a girl that likes to shop. Period. It’s one of my favorite pastimes and there will hardly be a day when I will be out shopping and not find something I just have to purchase. Most times I can constrain myself to stay within the confines of my budgeted allowance for such outings and I simply force myself to stay home when I know the pocketbook really can’t handle it. For me, I think that being wealthy would be enjoyable simply for the fact that I would be able to shop without worry—wherever and whenever I wanted. I’m not saying I have extravagant taste because really I don’t. But I will say that sometimes my wants are not so in line with my means. This is coming from the girl who is still peeved about not getting her free coffee from Jiffy Lube!

Like I said, I usually do a pretty good job of limiting myself but I do tend to get a little carried away at times. When I’m stressed out. Upset. Sad. Really pissed. Yea, times like that you will either find me shopping or eating crap. Why is it that when you are down in the dumps you always feel like eating the un-healthiest food imaginable?

Because this week has brought me a few of those extremely unpleasant days I decided to cheer myself up. Granted, it probably would have been safer to take a trip to Target and buy a few home furnishings or splurge on a few worthless items at Forever 21. But I suppose my depression had reached such a low that that wouldn’t cut it. So in the midst of my shopping spree I came away with two particular items that, while fabulous, probably should not have been purchased in the same day by a woman who has gone many months without a race that provided a paycheck. And since I am experiencing a bit of buyer’s remorse because of it, I decided that one of the items probably should go back. Please note that it is not possible to take both back because that would totally defeat the purpose of allowing my spirits to brighten through the acquisition of something I really wanted. And it is also my birthday in a couple of weeks so I am claiming an early birthday gift to myself. But I am having a hard time choosing so I will let you help me…

First is a great pair of True Religion jeans. I love the wash and I think they fit quite well. There is none of the crackage issues that can sometimes be a problem with True Religions. Yes, I have my fair share of designer jeans but we all know that you can never have too many good fitting jeans. btw...no, that is obviously not me in the picture. i would hope that my derriere looks a little better than this girls.



Next is a great Isabella Fiore purse. I have actually been wanting a new purse for a while and even though I was in the market for a new black one, this one happened to be a great deal and the color is still very neutral and great for spring.

Any other items that may have been purchased were inconsequential and probably would have been made regardless so I am not worried about that. And the 5000 calories I probably consumed that day have hopefully been burned off by now. Can you believe I ordered my own popcorn, candy, and Icee at the movies? An ICEE??? What is that, just a cup full of flavored sugar. I don’t remember the last time I had one of those. Not to mention that it makes going to the movies by yourself extremely pricey. Boy do I need a date.

Anyway, please help me decide which one of my lovely new purchases should be returned. Let’s not worry about which one costs more because I believe them both to be a good value.

30 comments:

T.R.E.N.T. said...

i personally like the jeans... being a male, i appreciate nice fitting jeans more than a purse on the side. both items may be nice and have their own pros and cons, i vote that you should keep the jeans.

p.s. - if you wear the jeans going anywhere with me... you wouldnt need a purse. :)

anonymousnupe said...

I think in order to render a judicious opinion we'd need to see you in the jeans (yes, from the rear, silly), carrying the purse. That notwithstanding, dump the bag. It's not the color you "needed," and it proly cost a ton more than the jeans. So, sans the pic, I cosign with Trent (who's clearly applying for that date).

bigmoneygrip said...

Icee? I thought they were only called that down here in Louisiana. Everywhere else they are called "slurpees."

Brianna said...

LOL...yes i did notice that he is on top of that application. :)

ktizzle said...

i too concur with my frat(the first two comment givers), but then again being male we are biased in regards to a purchase that highlights a physical attribute and one that we deem personally irrelevant. I mean seriously, what do you put in those things anyways? it's stuff full of one of everything in your bathroom cabinet and maybe even the bathroom sink and it always seems to take many females several minutes to find anything in there anyways. nixing the purse, it would help to simplify your life all together.

it is, however, hard to picture you in the jeans when you show some anorexic white girl from Flatbakistan in the jeans. don't get me wrong i've seen plenty of white girls with backside, but it's not a good look when you can put your feet together and your legs don't touch anywhere from your heels to your monkey. to embarrassingly quote Paris Hilton "that's so NOT hot".

i officially vote "I" for the jeans and to help "bigmoneygrip" out.
ICEE's are a bootleg version of the Slurpee. ICEE's come in two flavors, Red and Blue and were traditionally sold in Circle K's back in the day. they have somehow made their way into movie theaters. they taste good for the first two or three sips before they make you sick and F up your teeth. as, i'm sure all of us already know, you can only buy a TRUE Slurpee at 7Eleven. don't be fooled by Slushee machines at the Quick-E marts they are impostors.

Brianna said...

FLABAKISTAN???? oh my goodness....SO FUNNY. thanks for making me laugh. and you are spot on about the icee/slurpee phenomena.

Jewells said...

I sure could go for a slushee right about now. Man, where's a 7-11 when you need one?

Personally, I would take the purse back. It is hard as heck to find a good pair of jeans that fit right. Since you found those, I would keep them and ditch the purse.

Being the return queen that I am, I would probably take back everything that I bought out of depression.

P.S. Trent ain't playing...lol. You might have to review the young buck's application=)

the gamelord said...

I think Ktizzle should be Brianna's substitute blogger during her times of illness, transoceanic travels and her other "I just don't have time to be blogging" days. He is hilarious. OMG, Flatbakistan! LOL I am unashamedly biting that word.

Back to the topic at hand. Brianna, keep the jeans, but only if your backside profile is more ample than the models.

Nikkie T said...

Apparently I'm in the minority when I say KEEP THE PURSE!!! Maybe it's cause I know that you have ~40pairs of jeans that all look great (and alike). I love that purse, and I would definately have noticed it the next time I was in your closet- the jeans, although fabulous I'm sure :), not so much.

K- you are hilarious... Flatbakistan... too funny

Nikkie T said...

Oh, and don't worry Trent, 24 is only a few years away...

Bianca said...

Hello???

What's wrong with you people? Obviously, Bri, these men don't know who ISABELLA FIORE is or how HOT her bags are.

Babe, keep the purse. You own 1,000 pairs of designer jeans.

T.R.E.N.T. said...

haha... i like that... flatbakistan... and yes, i guess i am on top of that application. :)

anonymousnupe said...

Pardon me, Bri, for issuing shout outs on your blog, but...NUPE!!!!

Malibu said...

There's nothing like a little retail therapy when you've had a dumpy day!! Definitely keep the purse!!! Jeans come a dime a dozen!! Cute one-of-a-kind designer purses...not so much!! =)

Cormac said...

I'd say keep them both, and use your stretched budget as a motivator to win some big meets come the summer to pay for them! Killing two birds with the one stone! ;)

ktizzle said...

ok, ok, ok... just for Bianca i did a little research which did nothing but reaffirm my initial thoughts. Men aren't going to care about the bag unless they're gay. so really this is more of a fem-gender sided question if you really want a somewhat unbiased opinion.

Men are guaranteed to go for the jeans; what do we know about hand bags other than our mamma's used to hit us with them when we were lil' and would reach for the candy bar on the self that she had already told us that we couldn't have. i swear my mom put a brick at the bottom of her's strictly for that purpose. honestly, what should a man know about purses anyway? NOTHING! and you should question the sexual orientation of any self-proclaimed straight man that does. the only pass a man should get for knowing anything about a purse are knowing the ones with letters on them. (e.g. C is for Coach G is for Gucci and etc.)

now on the other hand i can understand why bianca or one of bri's other girlfriends would want her to get the purse. they go into your closet and see what you have and if they can't fit your jeans what is one of the next things they look at to borrow. "oh girl, that is so cute. you gotta let me borrow that." LOL guys don't do that. if any of my boys asked me if he could borrow one of my shirts or clothing accessories i'd have to instantly renig his homie status. it's like that beer commercial where one of the guys is doing some questionable act and is stopped out by a ginormous beer can.

gamelord: as flattered as i am for the nomination. i have to graciously decline. as much as i love to ramble on about nothing. this is Bri's blog and i just appreciate her allowing me to grace her pages with a few nickels and pennies.

FLATBAKISTAN: is shareware, feel free to use it at any appropriate sighting. i created it approximately three years ago while sitting in a bar with the homies. being from Seattle it's not uncommon to go an entire night without seeing something that resembles ass. i guess it also depends on what part of town you're in, but on this particular night you couldn't have scrape enough backside together to fill one pair of applebottoms. needless to say i felt like i was in a different country and thus the birth of a new word. (note: when using please credit your source) LOL

last but not least a big YO YO! to all my Nupies.

Anonymous said...

Just don't change your own oil in them there jeans...
Daniel

Marcus LANGFORD said...

let the purse. as a man, i am more prone to admire what you look like in your jeans as opposed to what your purse looks like.

Marcus LANGFORD

Eb the Celeb said...

Girl I need a date too.. and yeah the price of ish at the movies is ridiculous these days.. my ghetto friends sneak stuff in their big purses to the movies...lol

Glad you went shopping... I wish I could find a pair of true religions that fit me right... I have tried on a million pairs but those low pockets make my butt look flat and I cant have that. But I love the style...(sigh)

Kiemie said...

Well Bri,

I'm gay and I know all about True Religon and Isabella Fiore. Return Them both. You see for the money you probably spent on those items, you could have purchaes a better fitting pair of jeans and a purse that offers a lot more in terms of form and funtion. I'd give examples but that would just be gay. And let's not take into consideration that both purchaes were made on pure emotion. Never ever a good move when you are dealing wth premium denim and high quality leather. The fumes and dyes only make the situation worse.

Oh and when are you opening up for outdoors?

Jackie Edwards said...

Brianna, honestly....another pair of jeans??? I have no comment:)

James said...

Here is one possible easy answer: If you can beat me one-on-one in any sport other than track, I'll pay for both items; otherwise, if you lose, I only have to pay for the jeans. The score keeper can be a person of your choice. It's not about money; it's about bragging rights :)
OH BOY, OH BOY,...Here come the "application comments".

Brianna said...

glad to see all you frat guys have found an ideal meeting place on the net. :)

seems as if this is split down gender lines.... i cannot believe men don't see the value of a great purse!

@james...do i know you? i mean, i know a couple of people with the name james and you did not give any identifiable information but i am always one for a challenge and the most competitive person on the planet...so let's go!

Anonymous said...

LOL... james and trent on the mission... but i cant blame them

James said...

ofcourse some men know the value of a good, designer bag; I for one grew up with 4 sisters and a mother who love all things ending in vowels (gucci, fendi, versace, prada, to name a few), so I've purchased more than my fair share. I will say the bag is more practical because, although more expensive, it will at least see two or three more seasons; the jeans won't make it out of the closet after next year. That being said, LOVE THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT..LOVE IT ! That's why I won't mind paying for the jeans as your "runner up" prize even though I got the big "V" :) To see who really is the most competitive person on the planet and get ID info/pic, send your e-mail to james.ustynoski@usdoj.gov
(and keep the bag)

ktizzle said...

so... we are going to get an update on this subject right?!

Anonymous said...

james favorite sport is in the bedroom with as many women he can get. catch any disease yet?

Anonymous said...

Wow Jimmy! Still up to you're same antics huh? You left Philadelphia for Texas and you are on the net trying to court women instead of doing your job in court! There is a reason why you are almost 40 and unmarried! BTW, using your work email is probably not the smartest thing to do...still on probation right?

Anonymous said...

LOL @ the comments on Jimmy. Throw the dog a bone LOL. Looks like he's burned a couple of bridges, and bedposts. Glad I didn't catch a disease from him. Almost 40 and never married. Obviously not the perfect investment in time with him. Now he's looking to score with someone on the net. Must've burned all other resources in life. LOSER

Anonymous said...

Jimmy, Jimmy...looks like this blog found its way to Majors! Sad huh? Texas must not be as good as the ole office. Be careful bro!