Everybody makes poor shopping decisions sometimes and I’m no exception, especially when it comes to shoe shopping! I am here to help guide you on your shopping journeys and save you from making the mistakes that I’ve made. Follow my cautionary tale and you won’t end up in my shoes, so to speak.
*Don’t go to Vegas! “Wow, I made some really smart choices!” said NOBODY after returning from a trip to Vegas. Where do you think the famous saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” came from? It came from the people at the airport waiting for their flight home. Funny how flights to Vegas are always so lively and fun and the flights home are strangely silent!
*Don’t drink before shopping! You know I don’t mean coffee or tea either. You may not be aware of this but your judgement tends to get somewhat clouded after a glass or two (or three or four) of wine, martinis or whatever else it is that you’re having. Why do you think the drinks are free? This is when you’re prone to making “pour” choices. Those $900 Louboutins that you always wanted but thought were ridiculously overpriced suddenly don’t seem like such a bad deal after all. Think about it…if you wear them 90 times, that’s really only $10 a pop.
*Don’t bring a friend! Friends are supposed to be there to talk you out of doing crazy things but that definitely does not apply in Vegas. In Vegas you just do crazy things together! Even as I was trying to talk myself out of spending an insane amount of money on a pair of shoes (imagine how many starving artists that would feed), my friend was buying an even more insanely expensive pair. Essentially, that made my shoes look like a bargain (and I’m ALWAYS looking for a good bargain)!
*Don’t bring your husband! Usually I would recommend the complete opposite! On those rare occasions when my husband comes shopping with me, there is a lot less “dilly-dallying” and definitely a lot less money being thrown about. However, this particular shoe heaven…I mean store…has a bar directly in front of it, in the middle of the mall. Add in the fact that my friend’s husband was with us too, giving him a drinking buddy, and all bets are off. We are in Vegas, after all! After a few rounds, my dream shoes don’t seem quite so expensive, especially considering the fact that I’m actually getting a bargain (see above paragraph). Pair that with the fact that I’m lucky enough to have a husband that likes to spoil me and before I know it, I’m at the cash register pulling out my Target Visa. Yes, you read that right…I paid for those outrageously expensive shoes with my Target card and yes, I do get the irony.
Minutes later, my friend and I walked out, the proud new owners of our very own Louboutins. We then proceeded to spend the rest of the evening trying not to scuff the fancy red bottoms. It was the most frivolous shopping trip of my life and I have to admit, I did feel a little guilty about it. Don’t let this happen to you! Heed my warnings and you won’t find yourself in this similar situation.
But wait a minute…that was actually the most fun I’ve ever had shopping! Not to mention that I absolutely LOVE those shoes and wear them any chance I get! On top of that, what’s the fun of going to Vegas if you don’t do a few silly things. It wasn’t quite The Hangover, but it was crazy enough for me (I don’t really ever want to wake up with a tiger in my hotel room). I have some amazing memories of that weekend, my shoe adventure being one of them. So never mind…disregard all the advice I just gave you. Go to Vegas, buy some ridiculously expensive shoes and make some awesome memories!!!