I did an extended morning shopping and lunch at my Gardens Mall a few weeks back. Arriving early, I had a tea at Starbucks and watched as the shop workers opened their stores. It was fun watching as the whole area came alive for business.
My first stop was Macy's where I returned a pair of shoes. Although the name on the box said "Coach" these were not the Coach I have come to love. I found no part of the shoe was leather and overall a cheap plastic/rubber feel. I did not find this particular style on the Coach site, so summarized, an authorized semi-knockoff sold off the Coach official site/stores. Although cute, the fit was awful with no chance of stretching.
I went up stairs to the Macy's Lauren department and tried on several tops. Neither cried out, "buy me" although on sale. Next stop was the Tory Burch store and I was greeted like an old friend. I love Tory's styles, just wish the prices were not so high, even on sale. Tory Burch ballet flats are classics.
Talbots was next and I had with me a receipt from shopping there just a few days prior. I had purchased the two skirts shown below at 25% off. I was actually wearing one that morning. That day, the offer was 50% off the sale price (if you buy two). I qualified and had over $75 go back to my shopworn credit card. The store was not that busy and I had my sales person take photos. A fun shopping stop.
I find consistent styles at Talbots that work for me. Maybe it is the age group that I am inching into. Or, the convenience of both on-line shopping and having a real store for returns/try-on. Talbots is good with e-mail notices on sales and promotions, so I seldom opt for "Newly Arrived" pricing. I also like that on-line descriptions/reviews are informative and consistent to the real item.
Now it was noon, so my last stop was Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro. It is a cross between an order-at-the-counter and sit down restaurant. After ordering from an extensive menu of salads, and sandwiches you have a waiter deliver the drinks/food to your table. Plus they check back from time-to-time. You are not at all rushed and the food is excellent. I had a wonderful soup and half sandwich. As I looked around the cafe, it appeared to be a "shopping interlude" place. The majority of the diners, this late morning, were female. I had arrived at the right place - "ladies who lunch".