My poor husband. All he wanted to do was leave the kids with my parents and enjoy a child-free showing of the new James Bond flick.

While he eventually got what he wanted, complete with Tempur-Pedic seats and butt kicking sound system, he first had to follow me as I checked out the new Ann Taylor at the Natick Mall.

I don’t normally have time to shop anywhere but online, and when I do it’s usually a mad dash through Target or Old Navy. I cannot tell you the number of clothes I have purchased without trying on – which is also why I have a small pile of items that need returning. (Can we talk about how inconsistent sizes can be? In the last month I have bought four pairs of pants – sizes 10, 6 and 4. Go figure).

So when invited to visit the new store to leisurely stroll through racks of pretty things without pressure or deadline, I decided to check it out. Even if, honestly, I didn’t think I’d be interested in buying anything given how cheap, ummm, I mean “frugal” I am about buying clothing.

Even after I met the cutie pictured below, who welcomed me with a smile and a glass of wine (clearly, they had not heard the numerous shows where I had spilled wine of all colors on Erin’s rug), I wasn’t thinking I wasn’t shopping as much as I was quiet browsing.

Yes, there’s a difference.

It didn’t take me more than a few minutes to realize I was in trouble.

First, there was a the little red dress which I was so taken with that I had to try it on, then take a picture, then point it out to my husband with detailed instructions about what size his wife wears.

Then, I saw the outfit (again, pictured below) and wanted to take it, complete with skinny belt, off the mannequin and bring it home.

In the end I didn’t bring anything home because, as I often tell my children, Christmas is coming. But I did add several Ann Taylor pieces to my “because my husband says I’m hard to shop for” Pinterest board.

The wine was also good. And I only spilled it twice.


3 Responses to Checking out Ann’s closet

  1. Hollie says:

    Oh my Ann Taylor is fabulous. I think my husband could shop there blindfolded and still bring home a winner (in the wrong size) but gorgeous never the less.
    Congrats on getting a kid free shopping trip! Its the little things…..

  2. How do I get a friendly gent to serve me a glass while shopping? Hmm?

  3. Kristin says:

    Why can’t I get lucky enough to have the store close by, to have a cutie patootie serve me wine while I shop, and to find cute stuff that fits so well!?