I woke up early Wednesday and realized my wife was meeting with a sales person just after lunch to have blinds installed in our apartment, I had a chance to get out.
If I organized myself quickly, I could stuff my girl stuff into my backpack while my wife was still sleeping. We have a small two bedroom apartment, and I keep my girl stuff in a container (clothes) and a black plastic trash bag (shoes and purse) in our second bedroom. Trying to be quick and quiet, I got everything ready before she woke.
As things turned out, my sister-in-law came to our place mid-morning so that aided my escape, as my wife was a bit distracted. I retrieved my bicycle from our second bedroom, hoisted the backpack, and announced I was going for a ride.
Technically, I did go for a ride. I rode a half-mile to the train station, and took the train downtown to my destination at Dangerfield. Yes, the lengths I go to scratch my dressing itch.
At Dangerfield, one of the Sales Angels, Delyse, who I wrote about a couple of weeks ago (“My Favourite Customer”), was working. She enjoyed the blog post very much, and enjoyed being called an Angel. I entered a change room and did my makeup and put on my new Princess Highway cat dress, which Delyse had seen, but hadn’t been working when I bought it. Like the other Angels, she approved of the dress and cardigan combination.
I met a new Angel named Emma, who was also a lot of fun (I think it’s in their DNA). Emma offered me lippy (lipstick) color suggestions and a website for clip-on earrings.
I tried on some new arrivals, and one from the discount rack that I had tried on twice previously, a strappy orange summer dress. For some reason, I thought the orange color looked good on me (the consensus generally is blue is my best color). I modeled the dress for Delyse and she asked if that was the second time I had tried it on. I held up three fingers. She thought it was a good color so I decided it was time to buy it.
When I started buying girls clothes I usually stuck to blacks and dark colors, as to not stand out. Also, I could never imagine buying a dress with just shoulder straps, as I have boy shoulders. But I finally got over the hump and started to buy (and wear) bright colors, and also decided I could live with bare shoulders (and now sometimes I run with no shirt on to eliminate my farmer’s tan to accommodate the bare shoulders look).
Besides buying the dress, I had one other piece of business to do. When I had been in the previous week before the New Pornographers concert (see Rock Girl, Redux), I asked Angel Amelia whether I should wear my fishnet socklets with my green dress and black heels. She said yes, and so I did.
Amelia then asked where I got them. I answered Nordstrom in the US, and Amelia made a frowny face. In the following week, I interpreted “where did you get them” to mean “I want a pair”. I thought about buying her a pair and sending them to her when I returned to the US, OR I could wash the ones I had and give them to Amelia, as a thank you.
As Amelia wasn’t working (not feeling well), I asked Emma for some wrapping paper to wrap them, and included a note, telling Amelia that I wanted her to have them and hope she would accept them as a gift.
It was time for pictures, and I wanted another with Delyse, as this would likely be my last visit with her before my return to the US in mid-March. Then it was Emma’s turn, so she grabbed the sunglasses, so we could have our Audrey Hepburn moment.
I then walked over to Myer, a department store, where they have a Dangerfield/Princess Highway section in the basement. While I was browsing, a Myer sales agent asked if she could help me, and added that she really liked the dress. I tried on a few things, but I didn’t have a long time because I needed to get home at some point.
In the basement of Myer, along with the trendy clothes, they have a Harry Potter attraction for kids (I’m not sure exactly what they do). However, I thought Dee and the Wizards would make for a good photo opportunity.
Return to Dangerfield, return to boy mode, and train home, with a new orange dress to add to my collection.
It sounds like you had wonderful day with some wonderful sales people. That always makes shopping so much fun. And, for what it’s worth, I think orange is your colour as well as blue. The dress looks great on you and you looked fantastic.