Connecting with my Inner Tweener
Darlin’ Wendy B. left this comment on my previous post:
“Lisa, do please tell where you find nice long scarves like the one you’re wearing in the photos – everything I see is so short!”
The scarf in question is this one (I’m in the middle on the bottom row):
Before I reveal the answer to this critical question, in the words of Desi Arnaz, I have some ‘splainin’ to do.
Now here’s how this thing went down….
Last week I desperately needed a pair of black pants to wear to Mary’s shindig. I had intended to go to Chattanooga but the dern blizzard wrecked my plans and left me at home instead with all the children. And if you think I am going shopping alone with the four of them EVER again after the Target Fiasco of 2008, well, you’d be smokin’ something illegal. Nevermind that I would also have to drive off an icy mountain and of all the ways there are to leave this earth, I’d prefer a Thelma and Louise death not to be the way I meet My Maker.
So, I decided I’d brave the drive to our closest town. There are a couple of clothing stores there and though I’m not a huge fan of any of them, I was hopeful I could at least find a pair of black pants that I wouldn’t have to have altered or fabric glue a shorter hem or whatever before I could wear them. (I’m 5’3″ so the chance of something fitting me off the rack is unlikely at best.)
I carefully made my way to the Big City and what did I find when I got there? Every stinkin’ business was shut down. Because of the faux blizzard. I had myself a little panic attack because my 3 stores had now been narrowed to one: Walmart.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not above wearing Walmart clothes but I’ve looked for pants there before and have never been able to find anything with the right fit. I’m also a girl who appreciates options and knowing that THERE WERE NO OPTIONS was freaking me out just a whole heckuva lot.
SO. I go to the clothing department and find a rack full of black George pants in 10 different cuts. I tried on several and was shocked to find a Petite that both fit my short waist and were the perfect length. I looked around for a shirt or sweater of some kind and remembered seeing on The View that morning that if you are having a clothing emergency, one should opt for solid back and then throw in a scarf for that pop o’ color. I was a little concerned I’d look like a depressed hairdresser going to a cult funeral, but in the end decided to test the waters of edginess. I picked up a matching George black shirt (nothing worse than 2 different dye lots of black) and headed to the scarf section. I found a gray/black/purple one that I liked and called it done.
I was so relieved to have found an acceptable outfit so I paid and got myself home. Once I got there, I pulled the clothes out and examined the scarf a little more closely. That’s when I spotted the label:
As in Hannah Montana.
I bought Hannah Montana clothes.
Because I am 12.
Oh I know that it shouldn’t really matter and I’ll be proving how petty I am when I tell you I wouldn’t have bought the scarf if I knew it was Miley. Lame, I know. The truth is, I’m having a horrible time admitting to myself I actually like it.
However, I will draw the line at this Miley/Max Bubble Party Dress. It looks more like Deb’s sleeve in Napoleon Dynamite.
And her One-shouldered tank (but only because I’ve not seen my collar bones since 1996. If I had Jillian’s buff arms, a possibility?) :
So to answer your question, Wendy, (Wendy? You still here Wendy?) I found that long scarf at Walmart. I, for one, will not judge you if you buy one too.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta get off here so I can catch the new episode of Jonas Brothers.
OK… so now I kinda want one too. :)
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Oh my stars! You are awesome…I love how you explain things…it just makes sense! I’m the same way about not buying something based on who the designer is…but I tend to be the sort that won’t eat something of a certain brand by choice but will/have been tricked by my parents into it! Mean old parentals!
And that comment about Deb from Napoleon Dynamite…um here’s a confession for you…I actually looked a lot like Deb when I was in 3rd/4th grade. Seriously, side ponytail, stirrup pants and everything! And by everything I mean, the whole fanny pack and caboodle too! Sigh…those were sad days! You still willing to associate with a former “Deb”?
Heart you PW!
This is why I love you, Not only can you make me laugh out loud about a boring shopping trip to Walmart but you dress like Hanna Montana or Miley, whoever she is. You are so adorable!
oh my word Lisa, haven’t you heard the Jo Bros broke up. Kevin got married……so now who are you going to listen too? At least that is what my 12 year old told me ;)
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You are so hilarious. And you look darling. Of course a long scarf on you would be about half that long on me! LOL
Depressed hairdresser going to a cult funeral??? hahahahhahahaha You are hilarious!
Im thinking I may get the one shouldered tank and two of the bubble dresses to actually be sleeves for the tank!!! hahahhaa
Too funny! You looked great !
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Linda, you have just determined why the scarf is long. It’s because I’m so dern short!
Lori..I’m so depressed. I didn’t know about the Jo Bros. Guess I’ll have to listen to Selena Gomez now.
Brooke…why are you a mail woman when you should clearly be a clothing designer for Disney? for real. It’s a waste of your gift. :bahahahaha
.-= Lisa the PW´s last blog ..Connecting with my Inner Tweener =-.
Oh Lysa, this made me smile at a time when I really needed to smile.
What I really want to say is . . . it didn’t really matter where you were going because–
it’s all about THE CLIMB.
Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
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FYI….don’t know if Wendy B. has any Payless Shoes stores near her, but they have some pretty nice scarfs there as well.
Loved the story – shamefully, I get a lot of clothes at Walmart because ours has a great Plus Size section.
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Well, I’m 35+ in years and just purchased a Miley Cyrus shirt from Walmart…I’m crazy, but I love zebra print!
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Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife Reply:
January 13th, 2010 at 10:15 am
Beckey..don’t you dare be ashamed of Walmart clothes! Girl, if you like it, own it is what I say…even if it is from miley…lol
And missy…you go girl..:)
Oh i have had many Walmart Emergency runs… i now am the proud owner of ummm cough cough… 4 scarfs… because i dare not wear the same one from the last fashion emergency.
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No problem owning WalMart clothes. I have lots of plain tees & tanks from there to wear under things. Last summer I got several cute tops too. You can find stuff like that for $5 a pop sometimes. I haven’t looked in a while though because with two small children in tow.. well, I just get in and get out.. no time for browsing!
Cute outfit. I have yet to try the whole scarf thing.. I’m scared! My MIL brought me a really cute brown one that she knit me though. I need to get over my clothing fears!
.-= Crystal´s last blog ..I’m over it. =-.
You are a crack up.. I loved every detail of this story. Could read you for hours. Hey, can I pre-order your book at Christianbook.com?
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