I’m not a shopper.
I don’t enjoy the hunt. I don’t enjoy spending the money. I REALLY don’t enjoy the fitting room. I rarely buy myself clothes or shoes or makeup. Barring trips to Target for random nonsense like lotion or jellybeans (mmm, jellybeans!), shopping for *me* is not something I do often.
Of course, if you saw my email, you’d think differently. Somewhere along the way, I opted into a million different shopping groups: Groupon, BuyWithMe, Gilt, SeenOn…to name a few. I get catalogs at home too, and the occasional email from Amazon, Zappos, or another specific store that I shopped at once upon a time.
Why do I sign up for this stuff? I never buy anything. Or if I do, it’s for practical stuff–so far the Groupons I’ve bought have been for Gymboree classes for Jackson, and one for a vhs to DVD transfer service (that was awesome, totally worth the money and then some). But I never buy the pedicures or the $10 for $20 worth of clothes, or any of that stuff.
And I hate shopping for clothes or shoes online. Why do I pretend that I don’t? Clothes never fit right, and you KNOW I’m not going to want to deal with returns. And I’m not super comfortable with my post-pregnancy shoe size (it went up. 18 months later and I’m still not sure how much), so ordering shoes online doesn’t seem like a good idea.
I like the THEORY of shopping–picking things that speak to you, that help you express yourself–but in practice it just doesn’t suit me. Maybe that’s because I don’t HAVE a style. Maybe that’s because I feel like I shouldn’t spend money on myself. Maybe it’s just because I’m bad at it. Maybe it’s a longtime discomfort with my body. Maybe it’s because I can never figure out how to put outfits (or home furnishings, or anything really) together. I don’t know.
I’ve said for a long time that I think I need a personal shopper, someone to help me figure out what looks good together, someone who can show me a different way of shopping besides just…go to Target and see if anything fits sorta ok-ish. I think somewhere over the course of my life–long before the kid came along, long before I got married–I lost the ability to see myself in the stuff I see in stores. I need someone to help me find that again.
So, unless any of you lovely readers want to take me under your shopping wing, I think my reward when I hit my 20 pound loss (3.5 pounds away!) is going to be hiring a personal shopper/stylist. I mean, I need to look into the cost, obviously (and let’s be realistic, I’m not going to be spending hundreds of dollars on this), but it seems like a great reward for me, don’t you think?
I kind of can’t think of anything better honestly. Someone to show me the shopping way? I’m liking this idea more and more and more.
Now…where can I find a personal shopper?