I have certainly done my share of complaining and whining during these most difficult times. Still, there have been many delightful days as well. For example, there were the 2 or 3 days I was able to visit Lemon & Lavender, a most unique boutique. I have no doubt that store has been imbued with fairy dust. There were also a couple of Mr. Rogers days in the neighbourhood. I could cite more, but you get the idea.
During all those days of lock down and curbside pick-ups, there wasn’t any need to upgrade my wardrobe. I find shopping on line is too much of a crap shoot to get items that won’t need to be returned. Looking back, I hadn’t been out of my neighbourhood to do any clothes shopping since before the pandemic hit.
As life in the city has shown more signs of normalizing, I felt the itch for some retail therapy. An opportunity presented itself and off I went with a friend. Weather wise the day was just right. Warm but far from too warm. A very light sweater was not too much. When we got to the mall which was an outdoor mall, again just right for current times, there was no parking. My friend drove a couple of laps around the entire lot. Nada. She then drove into the parking garage. Also nada. This all seemed a little strange as there were hardly any people to be seen. We drove out of the garage and there still appeared to be no spaces. I put a little request out to the universe. No sooner did I finish my plea when a parking spot opened up right in front of one of the stores I had planned to visit. We call that TV parking. You know how on TV shows or movies wherever people need to go, there is always a parking spot right in front of the building.
Our first stop was Eddie Bauer’s as I have been needing a super warm winter jacket. EB’s has always been my go to for winter wear. As fortune would have it, the second jacket I tried on was exactly what I had been hoping for. It was on sale which made it even sweeter.
The next stop was Anthropologie. I have not had the opportunity to visit that store previously. It had been on my mind to do so the first chance I got. I was hoping to find some interesting tops. I did. There was a shirt with a combination of colours that makes smiling irresistible. I also purchased a sun shiny yellow sweater that would brighten anyone’s day. No sunglasses needed either. The cool part was the entire process took very little time to zero in on those 2 items, try them on and buy them. Both stores, I might add, have great return policies.
Honestly, I had no desire to visit any other shops of which there were many. I had gone to the one’s on my list, found exactly what I wanted. It couldn’t have been easier or more fun. We did take a little time to sit down at a patio for some nourishment after which we drove home.
This may not seem like a big deal. On the surface it was not. Beneath the surface, however, it was. From the time we left home until our return, everything flowed smoothly, easily, joyfully. The feeling in that state of flow is very uplifting. That is the point. When we can find that flow state in whatever we are engaged, we are at our best, feeling our best and have that sense of overall well being.
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