I feel like a million bucks, but I only paid eight

November 11th, 2011

What is it about new clothes?  They have the magical ability to put a spring in my step, make the weather better, and cause my children to behave.  Or at least it feels that way.

I love to shop, but these days I’m living on a budget that doesn’t allow for much retail therapy.  But for my birthday last weekend, I treated myself to a little shopping spree.  I cashed in some credit card points for a GAP gift card and my fabulous husband gave me an Ann Taylor gift card.  But his real gift was agreeing to watch the kiddos at home while my aunt and I hit the outlet mall together.

Oh, outlet malls.  How do I love thee?

I know not everyone does, but I usually have great luck at an outlet mall.  Two examples from this weekend.  At the GAP, I discovered some exquisite v-neck sweaters for $15 (down from $50).  I found myself torn between a few colors.  The easy answer?  By all three.

Then there were the Ann Taylor blouses that were marked down to $8 from $49.99.  Be still my heart.

That’s not me (notice the long hair).
But I look almost that good in that shirt…

The fact that I was buying clothes one size smaller than virtually everything I own took the experience from “fun” to “fantastic.”  Size 10 jeans and blouses and medium sweaters for the first time since I got pregnant almost four years ago.  

I don’t have any illusions that it’s going to be easy to stay this size.  I’m 30 now, remember?  The days of easy weight loss are gone, if they ever really existed.  I’ve gotten pretty lazy about eating light (the pumpkin cake for my birthday was divine), but I’m in a really good rhythm for exercise.  I hit the elliptical machine hard at least five days a week so I’m holding my own for now.

And I’ve got the new clothes to prove it!

2 responses to “I feel like a million bucks, but I only paid eight”

  1. G'Mom says:

    Oooh – I covet that blouse! How come I can never find bargains at outlet malls? You might not be my daughter.

  2. Opa says:

    I'm sure you look better than that photo!

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