this looks like a fun morning…photo found here!
I originally published this article last year, but after another stressful shopping trip I thought it was time for a revisit!!
Yesterday I was at Sephora and I had a gift card to redeem. I waited in line (just like everyone else) for quite some time, then the nice sales clerk had some trouble with my gift card. It turned into a super long ordeal (all of about 3 minutes) and the line behind me was turning purple they were so mad. I could see them all glaring at her, glaring at me and wishing we would both die. Seriously.
There is nothing that brings out the worst in us like shopping at the holidays. I don’t know what it is, but something seems to snap in people during the holidays in all retail settings…Grocery stores, malls, quaint boutique lined streets. What is a girl to do?
Luckily I have come up with a 5 step plan to make shopping delightful, sexy and fun this holiday season!
♥ Before you even leave the house make sure you are prepared to feel awesome for the rest of the day. This includes…Matching bra & panties, a cute outfit, red lip gloss, a bottle of water and a snack. If you start out positive then you have a better chance of remaining cheery through the trying times ahead!
♥ Download a really good audio book to listen to in the car. This is my saving grace for driving around (and around) looking for parking. While everyone else is getting more and more cranky when they aren’t finding parking, you will happily be driving around engrossed in the book you are listening to.
♥ While standing in line (quite possibly behind someone like me that is taking longer than necessary) start going over all of the things that have happened this year that you are grateful for. Extra credit if you have a little notebook with you that you can jot some of these down in.
♥ Buy something for yourself, this is non-negotiable. I owned a retail store for over 15 years, and every holiday season it was the exact same thing…Women seem to think that the holidays are all about giving to everyone else and that they shouldn’t spend any money on themselves. YOU should be on your holiday gift list, every year.
♥ Try something different this year. Shop online! If you are like me and you like to support indie designers and small businesses then shopping online has never been easier. You can shop at my online store, and I do so much of my shopping on Etsy now. The options are endless for other small boutiques that are online. Of course Amazon is my fall back store for everything under the sun that can’t be made by hand!