Today, I ran around running errands and shopping for the children-folk in my house. After a few hours of that, I decided I needed to treat myself.
Gun to head the first thing that comes to mind when asked “Andrea, how would you like to spend the next couple of hours?” The answer is “look at home stuff”.
Today was no exception. First stop: West Elm. Why West Elm you might ask? Because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. Here are a few things I saw that caught my eye. (I bought one of them. Can you guess which?):
Tiled 6 drawer dresser
Jacquard Velvet Pillow
Then I took myself over to a Crate and Barrel Outlet. #Bustedout. Thankfully a CB2 was close by and they did me right. When I walked in I saw the coolest vignette.
The person who can live like this is the “wind beneath my wings”. (I think this reference has most assuredly aged me and left you with little doubt that I’m old enough to be your grandmother…)
I ended up buying a few things from CB2 to complement my West Elm purchase but you’ll have to wait to see those in my BIG ASS reveal…okay…okay…fine. It’s not going to be big at all. In fact, it’ll be very small.
I had a momentary lapse in judgment and falsely hyped something up in hopes of getting anyone besides my sister and best friend to read this blog. I won’t stoop that low…yet…
I ended my spree at Transports (transportsrunswim.com) to buy running shoes because my current ones have holes in the toes that are so big I can only wear them out and about when one of the two pairs of socks I have that match the sneaker color is clean. Otherwise, the holes are way obvious.
I was helped by a 20 year old sales clerk, who I’ll call Sneaker-Genius-Guy, and boy, did he know his sh*t about shoes and running. In one hour he turned my world upside down.
Sneaker-Genius-Guy watched me walk back and forth for a bit and then declared that I don’t pronate. (Pronation is when your foot rolls in towards your arch when you walk or run. It’s very common.) For the last 6 years I’ve been buying shoes to correct a problem I apparently never had.
I tried on 4 different shoes and ran on their treadmill to try them out. (FYI: they’ll even let you try out the sneakers on the sidewalk.) Sneaker-Genius-Guy quickly identified that I run all wrong and sent me home with a few exercises to help me change my gait.
If you’re ever trying to figure out whether to go to a small mom-and-pop shop where they know their sh*t but you may pay a little more or go to a HUGE store where you’ll be lucky to get a sales clerk to answer a simple question but will pay less: choose mom-and-pop.
On a side note, it wasn’t all roses with Sneaker-Genius-Guy. He also said, about a hundred times, that I have really wide feet and very low arches. I love you anyways Sneaker-Genius-Guy-Killer-of-Feet-Esteem.
If you’re in the market for running shoes and some truth go directly to Transports. (www.transportsrunswim.com)