I recently I made a trip to our local mall. I was on an errand for my mom and husband who both needed watch repairs.
The watches would be ready in 30 minutes, and I could have sat around and people watched.
Not happening. I am one of the picture people now.
There had to be something worthy of my lens in this mall.
I hadn't been at the mall in months. There were changes.
Looking down from the second level I had a great view of a child's play area sponsored by our local hospital.
It was really a colorful and inviting area. I almost wished I had a kid with me so I could explore it without looking odd. :-)
I am a big fan of Coach bags. I have owned a few in my past. I decided to walk into the Coach Store and see what the new styles were.
This purse was quite large, but I was really, really drawn to its style and colors.
I wasn't drawn to the price - $799.00
Can you imagine - $800 for a purse? And that doesn't even include the sales tax!!!
A picture was all I could afford.
And then I remembered...
I need to shop for a dress!
A mother of the groom dress!!
small panic feeling ...
"Wear whatever you want!!", the bride has said. I probably should wear something conservative ... with a nice matching jacket. A "motherly style" comes to mind. *sigh*
I don't wanna. I want to wear something spring-y, pretty, flowing, feminine! Something that drapes beautifully and makes me look 20 again. Ok, maybe that is asking a lot of a dress, but all the rest of it ... I want that!
And so the search began ... not to buy, or even try on, but just to see what the heck they are showing in dresses these days. After all, the last time a bought a dress (or even wore one) it was sometime in the 90's, it was from L.L.Bean and made of flannel! :-)
Unfortunately this short trip did not ease my anxiety! You be the judge.
So I guess this dress is feminine in a sordid kind of way.
And my future daughter-in-law did say I could wear anything.
No, no ... not a good way to start off my relationship with this lovely lady who will be my son's wife.
This one was flow-y for sure and eye catching in a circus kind of way.
With this dress I could ride into the reception on an elephant.
Oh ... that is right, the mother-of-the-groom is supposed to keep a low profile.
Guess the elephant would be too much, and if I can't ride the elephant, I can't have the dress!!
And this is a dress that screams -
I am DRESS, hear me roar!
No, I don't have the chutzpah to carry this off even if it was marginally appropriate for a wedding.
And this one - well, it is kind of hard to imagine where this would be appropriate.
Since the skirt was made up of individual scarves tucked in the waist band ... maybe a strip joint???
Of course the white blouse was a bit tailored - not the feminine look I was going for.
After a distressing 45 minutes, I scampered back to the shop where I dropped off the watches.
They were ready, and so was I ... to go home!
This dress shopping was going to be a challenge! I will need to bring my fashion consultant with me. My daughter! She can advise me and carry the tissues I will need to express my frustration.
(I wonder what my son thinks of flannel?)
And, of course, I will take you along on the dress shopping ride when we do it!!