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. undercover celebrity

    April 11, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    HILARIOUS! You make me want to be pregnant — oh to eat spaghetti and cupcakes! And the shopping! My GOD the shopping! And you have the perfect defense with your husband: I’m carrying your child! Common, what’s he going to say to that?:)

  2. Lioness

    April 12, 2006 at 5:51 am

    Good God, why do you need a defense? Surely the fact that it is your money and none of anyone else’s business is enough. This is my first visit and already I sniff envy. Bah.

    You look gorgeous pregnant, absolutely love that pic w the glasses. Love love love it.

  3. whoorl

    April 12, 2006 at 7:03 am

    Lioness- with comments like those, you are welcome anytime. ;)

  4. Laurie

    April 12, 2006 at 9:18 am

    Seriously! Wear the rockin’ jeans to the shower with the cute top – who says baby showers have to be dressy? You look great pregnant by the way! :) Look forward to hearing the cupcake story and how you scored free ones!