Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Return of the Cranky Shopper

I know I promised a series of pretty things, but before I go back to that there's some grumpiness that needs to be addressed. Let's get this out of the way:

Last week as I was packing my bags for vacation, I realized that I'm almost out of Secret de Vie. I usually order it online when there's a good offer or beauty event, but I had no time for that. So I headed to the nearest Lancôme counter, which happens to be in Bloomingdale's. I took all of a 30 seconds of the sales assistant time and dropped a hefty sum. You'd think it would make the SA eager to give me samples, but then you'd be wrong. the only thing she put in my shopping bag was the receipt, and I was in no mood to ask for swag (ha!).

Semi-cranky but satisfied with my accomplished mission I went into the mall to see what's new. First stop was J. Crew. Now, I'm a loyal customer and shop there for basics like cashmere sweaters, white t-shirts and I usually love their skirts (the a-line minis are particular favorites), but what gets to me every time is the creative use of pins on their mannequins. Seriously, if even their employees realize that the cut of their jackets, shirts and dresses is so bad it needs to be pinned and altered to look attractive, can't they send word to the designers? Clothes that fit right would make everyone happy.

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