A couple of weeks ago, I found myself with some free time downtown and decided to spend it in my local Nordstrom store. There is nothing for someone who normally has a 3-year-old tag along like wandering uninterrupted through a store without having to constantly yell “Don’t touch that!” or “Ssssh, don’t tell Daddy”. It was my version of luxury. My version of #LaVieEnLuxe.
Wandering around while pregnant is both a genius and terrible idea. You can’t buy any of the gorgeous, gorgeous clothes on display because they won’t fit you now and it’s too depressing to think of. You’ll discover that you can justify buying something casual chic for yourself that you’ll wear everyday while on maternity leave and bring that easily to the counter. Please find Exhibit A, below. Ignore the fact that it’s 100% cotton and has ridiculous washing instructions.
I then decided I needed to leave the depressing clothing department and head to the purses, makeup and accessories departments. Things that still fit pregnant ladies! I found a case for my iPhone that is genius and while I don’t love the massive logo on it, the practicality overshadows it. It means I can throw my VISA and Driver’s License in the card slots and run a quick errand if I don’t want to haul my entire purse with me.
Which got me thinking – maybe I shouldn’t be hauling a huge purse around with me? If we’re talking about maternity leave, I’m going to have two children to haul around, plus a diaper bag and I will want something small and hands-free that I can easily access. I needed a small bag. And since it was the grey day (nay, decade) I decided I’d look around at the purses… Until this one caught my eye and I couldn’t walk away. Correction – I could walk away – with this bag in my hand to the cash register.