So heres a hypothetical: Say theres a huge snowstorm like massive and The Day After Tomorrow-sized but you really, really feel like shopping.
And all the local stores are closed.
Can I also add that youre craving Thai food, but your favorite Thai place is also closed. I know, bleak. You need to get creative if youre going to scratch that shopping itch. Solution: Head online.
Ive been on the lookout for a great spring shoe lately. Yeah, its cold and snowy out right now, but in just a few months I am going to be a.) going to Italy and b.) attending a wedding.
The lovely, totally unique Loeffler Randall has its new spring shoes out, and Ive fallen in love with the Vivan Lace-Up Wedge. In orange. Im not really going for subtle with this sky-high, pale wooden wedge with orange suede that laces up in a cool herringbone pattern.
A little more subdued, I also love the Lila Twisted Mignon flat sandal that bundles subtly metallic straps for a laid-back yet pretty shoe. Perfect for the beach wedding Im in this summer. (Yes, weddings abound.)
Plus lucky you the new looks from Loeffler Randall along with spring lines from Elizabeth and James and Argila are arriving at Heirloom Shoe (4415 N. Western; 605-0356), so check them out there.
In that same thinking of spring vein, Ive been eyeing a dress at Anthropologie. Its retro and a very pretty navy, with a pattern of tiny songbirds and a green satin sash around the waist. Basically, its fabulous in every possible way.
To go with it, the massive and cool statement rings by Cleo & Cat would keep the coveted dress from wandering into Twee-ville. Check out the Drama line for natural stones set in a matte gold polymer clay, or really go for it with the huge (and I mean seriously huge) pendant necklaces.
You need to get creative if youre going to scratch that shopping itch.
I wrote a few months ago about my rediscovery of Avoca thanks to Kokopelli (12100 N. May; 748-5200). Avocas online home is like a trip to Ireland without leaving your couch. Or, in my case, the impetus needed to head over to kayak.com to look up flights to Dublin.
I absolutely love love! the Buttons line of brightly patterned ceramics, including everything from teapots to butter dishes. Or, for something more traditional, check out the lambswool throws in pretty plaid and the swoon-worthy womens knits in Avocas Origin line.
Ive written before about my aversion to online shopping, but on some days for example, when your big activity of the day includes playing in the snow clicking around online for shopping ideas is pretty much amazing. What other weekday can you stay wrapped in a blanket, wading through Avocas online catalogue while catching up with the amazing An Idiot Abroad without feeling guilty? None.
Dont forget your local stores I encourage everyone to look online for ideas then stay local to do the actual buying but I might just be an online shopping convert. Im sure my bank account is already trembling in anticipation at the prospect.