Monday, January 9, 2012
Mama Visibility, Shopping with Daughter
Then Saturday morning, Paul set off to put the evening's meal together while I headed out to meet our January birthday girl for some gift shopping. This kind of outing involves a different kind of visibility: I feel conscious of walking a fine line, not wanting to look as if I'm trying to dress as young as my daughters, but at the same time wanting to dress smartly enough that there won't be any eye-rolling. (Although, to be fair, those days are pretty much long gone, they did leave their mark). Plus shopping comfort is key, as are changeroom-friendly clothes. . . . Overall, though, it's the outer layers that count, really, for a few hours in and out of the shops. I always have a lightweight but warm scarf against the inevitable wind, gloves against cold rain, and a bag big enough to throw both in when I'm overheating inside a mall. . .
And yes, we did find the birthday girl a gift -- a slightly blingy rose-gold Fossil watch that she's been eyeing. We shopped Sephora where my bag somehow filled with the Nars Orgasm Blush, some Fresh sugar lip polish, two new Lancome lipsticks. Then the very dangerous Aritzia post-Christmas sale . . .I don't have to tell you everything, right?
All in all, a lovely shopping expedition of Mother-Daughter Visibility (followed Saturday evening by all three daughters, one son-in-law, and a granddaughter joining us to fête the Birthday Daughter over curry and cupcakes).
Charcoal Knit Skirt, Club Monaco; Grey Sweater (peeking below jacket hem) also Club Monaco;
boots, Acne; leather jacket, Mackage; bag, M0851; red leather gloves, Winners; red alpaca handknit lace scarf, made by me several years ago.
I'm linking up again to Patti's marvelous round-up over at Visible Monday. Be sure to pop over there and check out all the ways we women of a certain age are keeping it visible.
Oh, and it's actually my daughter's birthday today -- Happy Birthday, Rhiannon! I won't repeat the praises I've sung about her/you in earlier posts, here, here, and here, but they're all still true and more.