Monday, November 12, 2007


Yesterday I went shopping with my friend A. Her husband has backlogged in gifts owing to his wife, so he made the generous decision to give her $5,000.00 to go spend in a way she sees fit. I got to come along for the ride. Let me tell you something, it is truly amazing the creatures you find in those really expensive stores!!

We went to Holt Renfrew (to you Canadian's, you know this to be a high class store). She had her eye on this lovely Tiffany bangle, which she ultimately bought. But the funny part was watching the OTHER shoppers. While at the Tiffany counter, this woman in her mid-30's comes in with her husband, and her probably six carats total of diamonds adorning her. She asks to see the platinum baby rattle "for a friend," which by the way, total waste of money even if it's considered status. Sure it might be a keepsake, but I over-heard her say it was a boy, and what boy wants a platinum rattle? Not to mention A) he'll never be able to touch it, and B) could knock himself out with the thing. I actually started to laugh out loud at how ridiculous she was. I mean she truly was flaunting herself and her apparent money. I felt like telling her not to try so hard. And as we went through the rest of the store, I kept seeing more and more of this.

Women trying on Prada boots that were over a thousand dollars, some of which were hideous but because they were Prada, they'd buy them anyways. A Dolce & Gabanna dress that was made of feathers (I shit you not, it was probably Big Bird's wet dream come true). Not to mention this sweater vest that looked like it was made of an Airedale terrier's fur! When A looked at it, I said, "You aren't buying that, unless you are planning on getting groomed once a week!" and then looked over to see the lady working behind the counter wearing the SAME VEST!! LOL - ok sorry but seriously. It had to be said.

The piece de resistance was this black, ugly-ass Chanel sweater we saw. It had these HUGE ugly knitted flowers all over it. Some bigger than my fist. It was truly retched and I couldn't help but looked at the price tag... ready? $3,000.00!!! OK who in their right mind buys a sweater for $3,000.00? Not to mention quite possibly the world's tackiest sweater on earth? I'm sure there is some wealthy woman out there who would think it's a steal. I'd think anyone who would buy it had their sanity stolen instead!!!!

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a total witch. I don't think all people who can afford nice things are full of themselves. I mean I'd be a total liar if I didn't say I didn't admire the Louis Vuitton purses (cause I have a slight fetish with them), or eye up a really nice coat. But the point being, I don't NEED these things to validate myself. I mean the same sweater by some fancy pants designer costs $400.00, or I can go to Old Navy and buy the EXACT SAME SWEATER for $40.00. The only difference is the label (and who announces what they are wearing unless you are on the red carpet?).

But all in all, I will say it was an interesting experience. Especially when the store's server went down and no one could use their platinum cards LOL!! Christmas shopping season and no one can use their plastic!!


tulipmom said...

Sounds like an amusing day. Her husband must have been REALLY behind on gifts to rack up $5000 worth .... sheesh!

Jenny said...

Things I don't think I will ever have to worry about (at least NO time soon):
1. My hubby giving me $5,000 and saying "have fun"
2. Buying Tiffany anything
3. Even walking into a store that sells Prada, D&G, etc. for fear that one of my kids might touch something & I'd have to spend $3,000 on a hideous sweater!

I'd be happy with a trip to Old Navy with $100 and somebdy to watch the kids while I shopped! LOL!! Sounds like you had a great time people-watching though!

MedStudentWife said...

How in the world did her husband figure out that he owed her $5000 in presents ?

I would have loved to have been with you girls on the expedition.. I can tell you that if you were to see my eye balls rolling, you would have been howling. I love watching people, especially in "prime people watching places" like HR

huckdoll said...

Holt Renfrew makes me break out in a sweat. I can't handle that place, though I do adore a nice Coach bag. Have you ever taken a peek at the baby/kids sections?? Ugh. I'll take H&M ANYDAY over HR, rich or not.

Great blogging, love to read fellow Canadians!