Is it too early to be thinking about the weekend? No? Okay, fab.
I am always looking forward to Saturdays. I once read an interview with Tina Fey where she said her favorite thing to do was to go to a giant superstore, like Target or Walmart, get a 32 oz soda and buy things she never knew she needed. We totally get you, Tina. I love Saturdays spent at Target, wandering through the aisles with a drink in one hand and no where to be but the home decor aisle.
If you’ve popped into a Target or Walmart lately, you know its filled with all sorts of people. The mummies with the babies, the old men picking up milk, the teenagers buying make-up, the businessmen buying trouser socks. The superstore has all sorts of customers, from coupon cutters to big spenders (hey, we’ve all accidentally spent $300 at Target. Don’t lie). But on Saturdays, I make sure to look my refined self – especially at Target. It isn’t just a chic outfit that does it either. So I like to exchange “ordinary items” for “stylish swaps” so everyone knows I am the ultra glamorous lady wandering the aisles.
Here are a few of my favorite swaps, so even running errands is a stylish affair:
It makes me cringe when women go into Starbucks and order a venti PSL with extra whip. Instead, I order a soy latte with one pump of pumpkin syrup. It really hits the spot, without hitting the hips! If you can’t handle the soy, ask for non-fat milk and one Splenda to keep the sweetness. You’ll get brownie points (and save ten cents!) if you have it made in an adorable, eco-friendly to-go cup like this one. It looks great in the “baby seat” of your shopping cart!
Nothing says chic lately like earth-friendly. Anyone who actually uses plastic shopping bags is an absolute cow! Okay, maybe not – but it is still very stylish and smart to have a reusable shopping bag to carry out all the things you buy! Instead of that odd, plasticy one you picked up in line at Trader Joe’s, invest in a fashionable tote bag you love. If you really want to show it off, you might be less inclined to forget it in the car.
If I see one more grown woman chewing on gum while waiting in line (or anywhere, for that matter) you can all send me roses at the local looney bin. I’ll absolutely snap! Chewing gum makes you look like a cow chewing grass, and sucking on mints is almost as bad! Instead, discreetly slip a Listerine Breath Strip onto the tip of your tongue. It will refresh your mouth, freshen your breath, and save you from looking like a classless farm animal.
Staring at your iPhone in the aisles is a sure way to upset fellow shoppers. They really don’t know you’re just checking to make sure you have all the ingredients! They assume you’re texting, or tweeting, or being a stupid millennial with nothing better to do than check their stupid iPhone. Almost as bad is that crumpled, scribbled, yellow legal pad list you might have shoved in your bag. Take the time to write a thoughtful list if you’re going to bother having one at all. Invest in a cute notepad, like this one from Ben’s Garden, so when people look over your shoulders they see something chic!
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