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Carol Perkins: Tips for women

Buying while caught up in the excitement of the moment happens so often. Sometimes even to experienced shopper Carol Perkins.
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By Carol Perkins

A woman should never buy shoes when her feet are swollen, buy a piece of clothing too small on the chance she will lose weight, or get a make-over at the mall without being expected to buy products.

After Christmas I like to shoe shop. Not that I need shoes, but a woman can depend on shoes to make her feel better. No matter if she weighs 120 lbs. or 220 lbs, her feet can be in style. We had driven to Cool Springs Mall in the Brentwood area, where our daughter lives, and she and I did a little shopping. I, like many women my age, headed to the Clarks shoe display.


I chose several pairs to try on. One was a pair of boots. I couldn't get my foot down in that boot so I rechecked the size. I wear and 8 but in a booth I wear an 8.5 but this time I went up to a nine. They felt "just right." I had never worn a size nine but thought my feet must be getting fatter.

When the cold weather came last week, I slipped on my boots and my feet wobbled around inside. They were far too loose. The only thing I could do was to put on a pair of Guy's thick socks and try to make it work. Never buy shoes when your feet are swollen.

Talbots is my favorite store, so during a sale a few years ago, I bought this adorable orange raincoat. It would have looked so good if I could have worn it, but it was too small. Not overly small, but small enough I could have never buttoned it. I bought it with the intent to lose weight. How many times have we women done that? I hung the coat over the back of my bedroom door so it would stare at me. Finally, the raincoat season came and went and the coat was filed in the back of the closet with other good intentions waiting for it. Never buy an item in hopes of losing weight.

When my friends and I were in New York before Christmas, we went to Macy's (doesn't everyone) and set a time to meet. I wasn't interested in buying any clothing, so I ventured over to the make-up counter where the clerks were engaged in customer make-overs. I couldn't resist. This young man stripped off my make-up and worked on me for at least forty minutes. They like older women because they know we're more likely to spend money to make ourselves look younger.

When he finished, I was looking at a different person in the mirror and wanted one of everything he put on my face. At that moment, I was excited. I didn't buy all that stuff, but I did make a satisfactory purchase, mainly because I felt I was expected to do so after all the time he had spent on me.

When I got back to the hotel and looked at all that I had bought, I thought about how much of the same stuff I had at home: if not the same brand, at least offering the same possibilities.

I get caught up in the moment and sometimes make rash decisions based on projection rather than reality. I know many of your husbands are saying right now, "You need to read this. This is you." Welcome to my club.


This story was posted on 2016-01-28 03:53:53
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