Saturday, February 13, 2010

The fringed vest that aged me

So if you really want to feel old here's what you do. Go to the mall (I can't stand the mall) and go into Abercrombie or Hollister. Better yet, go into one of those stores with a baby and a stroller. I went into Hollister for the first time the other day. It was not a fun experience at all. Hannah did really well on her report card and I promised her a shopping trip. She needed a few things anyway so off we go...Hannah, the baby and I. So we start off at Gap. She's really not diggin the Gap anymore. I agree. I get it. She's 11 1/2 and feels it's a bit too babyish for her. However, we did score two pairs of leggings. We leave Gap and she asks to go into Hollister. I look at her, look at the stroller and then look at the store. I'm not psyched. Now, just to get in the store you have to walk up a couple of steps and with a baby stroller...not convenient. We make it into the store. It's pitch black. The music is BLARING. Not only is the baby scared, his 41 1/2 year old mother is too. Hannah takes off in the back some where and I'm left to manuever my SUV of a stroller to find her. Now the baby is crying and I have to hold him AND push the stroller. This is not my idea of a mother/daughter shopping experience. I pay for the fringed vest that was originally $70 but got it on sale for $19. The girl behind the counter looked at me like...what do you want. She said something and I couldn't hear her so I said loudly..."WHAT??" I swear the whole store looked over at me...poor Hannah. The girl had on a SHORT skirt and flip flops. Hello! There is 3 feet of snow and it's 20 degrees outside. Does your mother know you are out like this??

Anyway, Hannah knows I'm not a big fan of these stores. Not just because I'm afraid to go in them. I don't really like the clothes...and they're expensive. Maybe I could convince her to shop at Talbots. It's quiet and the nice older woman that works there makes me feel really young.


  1. You are so funny. I loved reading this. It's just how I felt at Abercrombie the fisrt time. I couldn't look at clothes because all the nude topless ads were staring at me. Girls riding on guys shoulders wearing their jeans and topless. Hello! I couldn't get out of there fast enough. We did buy a few things and I came straight home and called the manager. Sorry Dorsy, your mom is just like that! Hannah has the same kind of mom...lucky girl!

  2. this is so funny! I think you are super brave for going into the store with a stroller! I can't stand the music in the store either & you know what's funny? my kids don't want to shop there anymore! I think they have outgrown it ;)! luv the comment about Talbot's!

  3. This is SO true!! At our Ambercrombie, there are GIANT posters of teenagers in what looks like an orgy! I swear, I'm so happy Andrew isn't into clothes from those places! He's perfectly happy at Target, where I still sometimes feel old because I have to train the check out people to greet and acknowledge the customer!
    Great post, Pam! Love Hannah in her vest. xoxo

  4. Oh my! That is so me! Only I'm totally mean mom and won't let my kids step foot in a mall, LOL. If it isn't at Target or Old Navy (or Lands End or Hanna Anderson) then it isn't in our house, LOL. Besides, who can take a boy to the mall to be assaulted by all of the half naked women on the posters in the store windows? OH MY!!