Perfect LA Day – Part One

I spent yesterday in Los Angeles with my fabulous friend Caroline. Don’t we look primed and ready for a day of shopping? The weather could not have been more beautiful- sunny skies, not a trace of smog and perfectly warm temperatures. Of course, days like these always remind me how absolutely spoiled Southern Californians can be. As we got into her car, I heard myself complaining, “Duuuude, turn on the AC. It’s burning up in here!!”

It was 72 degrees outside with no humidity. Will someone please give the girl a cookie to shut her ass up?

We were on a mission, though. I had my perfectly constructed list of maternity and baby boutiques to visit, in search of the perfect outfit for my upcoming shower in two weeks. Before leaving yesterday morning, I had to repeat my mantra 5 times out loud in my home.

Cute shower outfit. NO more expensive maternity jeans and funky tops.

Cute shower outfit. NO more expensive maternity jeans and funky tops.

Cute shower outfit. NO more expensive maternity jeans and funky tops.

Cute shower outfit. NO more expensive maternity jeans and funky tops.

Cute shower outfit. NO more expensive maternity jeans and funky tops.

Ok, I was ready to go. First off, we had to grab some grub to prepare our bodies. I had an excellent tarragon chicken salad sandwich at Joan’s on Third because a girl needs her protein, no? Yummy.

Then we were off to NOM, where visions of colorful kimono tops suitable for baby showers filled my head. As I walked into the store, I felt myself veering towards the jeans. It was like the gravitational pull was too strong- oh shit, it was starting. Step away from the jeans. STEP AWAY FROM THE JEANS! OH MY GOD, SAY THE MANTRA. REPEAT THE MANTRA!! WHY ISN’T THE MANTRA WORKING!!

I proceeded to spend upwards of 45 minutes trying on jeans, and left the store with the most darling pair of jeans ever. Darling shower outfit? Um, not so much.

Shower Outfit – 0
Designer Maternity Jeans and Funky Tops – 1

I think this would be a good point to rationalize to you why it’s OK that I now have three pairs of designer maternity jeans.

1) I wear jeans all of the time.
2) I live in Southern California- everyone wears jeans all of the time.
3) You can eat at the fanciest restaurants in Orange County wearing jeans (and most women do).
4) Jeans rock.
5) Yes, I have spent a healthy amount of money on maternity clothes (as I was so politely informed in some past comments). However, in my defense, I pay my credit card off in full, deposit money into my 401k AND an additional savings account every month. I don’t want to hear it, your honor.

Ahhh, moving along.

Then it was time for the baby boutiques. Very cute, lots of fun stuff, but I kept it together. Apparently, my other mantra (DO NOT BUY BABY STUFF. YOU HAVE A SHOWER IN TWO WEEKS) worked very well throughout the day. As we were walking back to the car, Caroline wanted me to check out a non-maternity boutique. Hey, no problem! I can’t purchase things here…oh, how cute is that top?

Annnnd, commence gravitational pull towards cute funky tops.

Who knew that I could buy non-maternity? Just go up one or two sizes. What seems to be the most simple and basic knowledge had escaped me the past 5 1/2 months. Shocker.

Shower Outfit – 0
Designer Maternity Jeans and Funky Tops – 3

Oh well.

Stay tuned for stories of a 35-minute wait for cupcakes (which was so worth it by the way AND turned out to be free due to some clever bargaining with a 75-year old man on my part), celeb sightings and gratuitous photos of cupcakes. Oh, the fun to be had.

  1. Sarcomical

    April 9, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    aw. i want to SEE said funky tops. :(

    i’m so jealous of you in your pretty pretty sunny CA weather.

  2. ms. sizzle

    April 9, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    isn’t that always the way? we set our mantra and our intent and then we walk into the store and said funky tops and said jeans lure us. poof goes mantra!

    mmm cupcakes…

  3. whoorl

    April 9, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    ok, i added a link to the top…plus a little artistic rendering.

  4. don't call me ma'am

    April 9, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    If I could, I would wear jeans 24/7/365. Unfortunately, my job likes me to wear suits and stuff. Bleh. And summers here are way to hot and humid for jeans. But right now? Perfect jeans weather!

    Love your artistic rendering of the belly bump on cute and funky top! That will look absolutely smashing on you!

  5. Sarcomical

    April 9, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    ha! i LOVE it. ;)

  6. whoorl

    April 9, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    dcmm- i have to wear suits for work, too. it SUCKS donkey balls, so I totally feel your pain.

  7. rebecca

    April 9, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Re the jeans: good for you. There are some damn ugly maternity clothes out there and cute jeans always make you feel good! When I was pregnant I shopped for tops at Forever 21. I just got larges and they had a lot of longer styles, like tunics and whatnot. You feel really lame shopping there as a pregnant gal (like you are 20 years older than everyone else there), but it worked out well. Plus then you have some automatic stuff to wear afterward, when you’re too small for maternity clothes and too big for regular clothes.

  8. whoorl

    April 9, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    i’ve been thinking about forever 21…maybe i should check it out. thanks rebecca!

  9. whoorl

    April 9, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    JN, where have you been all my life? I miss you!

    I didn’t register by the way…too lazy. Maybe I should do a little one, though.

  10. Cocodrie

    April 9, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    The jeans? You had to buy them: they looked too hot, hot, hot not to! Seriously, those were well worth the investment. Chip & Peppers do amazing things to an ass. They’re pure miracle. I’m telling you.

  11. reluctant housewife

    April 9, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    A woman can never have enough designer jeans.

    My friends make fun of my jean fetish, but I wear them EVERYDAY. It’s not like I’m spending money on stilettos. At least not all the time.

  12. Jurgen Nation

    April 9, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    Now I’m pissed. I haven’t heard from you in a million years AND you didn’t tell me where you were registered????! WHOORL.

  13. Jessie

    April 10, 2006 at 6:38 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend. shopping with friends is always a blast. My best friend lives in Northern California and I would almost give my right leg to go out there and go shopping with her. Almost. Because it would be much more work to go shopping without a right leg, and I’m kinda lazy.

  14. amanda

    April 10, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Why not wear designer jeans and a funky top to your shower? That might even the score in your favor.

  15. paisley

    April 11, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t find any cute jean NOR can I find any acceptable work outfits.


    I’m with amanda – wear designer jeans and a cute funky top to your shower. :) I’ll have to because I can’t find anything else to wear!!!

    We have one store in our mall besides Motherhood that seriously is for pregnant, trashy, high school girls.