I was getting a pedicure at a salon inside the Melbourne Square Mall yesterday, so I decided to take a look around at the fashions. Hoo boy, not much to write home/blog about.
There were probably eight stores catering strictly to teens (Charlotte Russe, American Eagle, Aeropostale, et al.) Nothing for me there, unless I want to rock the flannel shirt or micro shorts.
|Dick's is a sporting goods store. Not a leather-and-chains store.|
The anchor stores are Macy's, Dillard's, and J.C. Penney. These are the department stores that carry a bit of "everything", except for original, energizing pieces. Of the three biggies, Penney's has the best selection of casual wear, with their MNG and Joe Fresh lines (cute tee). Still, nothing that made me want to pull out the VISA. Not even on deep, deep clearance. I still love the Sephora inside Penney's though.
|The MNG line has some pieces I like. From Europe to me!|
There's a lot of sameness as you wander the aisles. You will find a great selection of bras and leggings, and robes and jeans - so if you're a fit challenge or need a certain color undergarment, the Mall stores are grand. For inspiration or a WOW experience, you have to go farther afoot, at least in my humble opinion.
|So much same-ness around every corner. Source.|
So I had a low-fat, low-sugar yogurt at the Food Court (cholesterol!). I sat and people-watched for a while. Then I headed to the Molly Mutt thrift shop where I picked up a vintage Harve Benard bracelet/watch for $2:
The Mall is still a great place to meet my sister for an Auntie Anne's pretzel and Coke. The nail salons are fast and good. But for original styles I prefer Etsy, thrifts, consignment stores, eBay, and funky boutiques. How about you? Where do you find most of your lovely looks?
Have a groovy day and stay fabulous,
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