only you win EVERY TIME!
Somewhere some shopping addicted soul just clicked on this blog and wanted to slap me. I don’t blame them a bit.
The best part about visiting the neurosurgeon in Baton Rouge? The gorgeous lean dark-haired, piercing-eyed doctor? Well, no. But that was close! Daaaaannng…he were HOT. And, no ring! For a split second, I wondered how quickly and quietly my wedding ring could be slipped off and stowed in my pocket. Hey, Paladin, at least, I wasn’t thinking of tossing it at you and jumping onto the doc’s lap. Ok, for a minute. Seriously. He was HOT.
The best part of visiting the neurosurgeon was that he was next to a shopping center! A very chic, shopping center at that. It was the kind of place where you go to look, and then go to Filene’s Basement to buy. Is that just me? I should have been born Jewish. Clearly. It was filled with boutiques ala Melrose Place, but it also had a few places that you could afford to buy at like Barnes & Noble, White House Black Market, and a cinema and lots of restaurant grills which I realize were also a mix of prices. For someone who isn’t as penny pinching as me, it would just be normal. But as Rose from the Golden Girls once put it, I can squeeze a nickel til the buffalo poops! In general, I do not do full price. Homey don’t play that. So when I caught sight of a little place I call heaven, I thought, “I’ll look, but I won’t even THINK of buying unless they have a clearance section.” Then the pearly gates opened…
Heaven also goes by the name: Charming Charlie’s. How? How did you Texas girls not tell me about this??? I would drive to it. I don’t care that it’s three hours away! It’s like It’s Fashion (a black girl version of Cato…in other words: Cool…owned by the same company as Cato), but just for accessories. They have some clothes but nothing over a large. The main focus is on accessories and I just cannot fully explain to you how awesome this place is. I could have dropped $300 in 20 minutes flat, and I wouldn’t have been sorry! The handbags were so very of the moment and most were only $35 and decent quality at that! The jewelry stole my heart, though. It’s mostly costume jewelry, but again, it’s good quality and cheap. I got this for $10:
The turquoise enamel is thick, the crystals on the edges of the petals are well set, and the faux pearl doesn’t look too “faux” if you get my drift. Although all of their rings are on adjustable or elastic beaded bands, this is a piece that I can tell will last for many years to come. In fact, pretty much every piece I handled had good quality construction and value. In this day and age, that’s like finding $20 laying on the street. I could have covered over half my Christmas list with less than $200, and everyone on it would have thought I’d spent double that. The good news is there’s a shop in San Antonio, but it’s near the surely chic La Cantera Golf Course and I have no idea how to get to it. Hmmm…dilemma. Charming Charlie’s alone would have made the trip worth it, but then came Madeleine…
La Madeleine to be precise. I’ll admit it. I wasn’t impressed. Not one bit. I was very put off that la Madeleine turned out to be a cafeteria. The food was good and because they had a 2 for $7.99 deal going, it was a good deal (as in cheap for that shishi shopping center). I saw the desserts right up front and since a couple of the mini-tarts were only $1.59, I thought, “Well, I’ll try them.” I had the rather sweet but vacant girl behind the counter box up a mini-creme brulee tart, a mini-fruit custard tart, and one slice of Sacher Torte ($3.99), and we went ahead and got our trays and had our lunch. Like I said, I wasn’t impressed especially and I was a little put out that Miss Sweet but Vacant saw us standing there with menu’s for a very long time (the set up at the front door looked like you should wait to be seated) without saying, “Hi, can I help you?” Instead she just watched us warily. Finally, we just sat down assuming that the service was crap and someone would notice us seated in their station and say something. Instead, I notice the ladies next to us had a cafeteria tray, asked her about it, and she explained that it was cafeteria style. Like I said, Madeleine didn’t have me. Then we headed out on the interstate and I opened the box. I can’t say they are the finest, but they were VERY good pastries. In the rural area we live in, that kind of thing isn’t lurking around every corner. The raspberry glaze between the layers of chocolate torte made me exclaim; it made me groan in pleasure. Uh yeah. I’ll go again if I get a chance! Besides, they had the best vegetarian choices in the area.
All in all, we had a fruitful day out on Thursday. We talked and hopefully made just a little more headway in identifying our issues. We had a nice lunch which turned into a fabulous evening of dessert. And, I shopped! I got my ring above and Christmas gifts for Bell and Martian: a Victorian/goth choker & earring set and a wind-up summo wrestler game. I’ll let you figure out which one got which gift. When I came home with the summo wrestler game, I had to make sure it worked (it’s was only $5 on clearance) and Brian’s brother Jon and I started playing with it. It could be addictive. I had to make myself put it up. It was awesome!
Know who else is awesome? La Dishy! She gave me this award, and it made my day. It really did. It kind of makes me want to make my own award. Maybe I could use a sumo wrestler in it! 😀
The only thing is that I got caught up in my own existence and now this lovely award has made its way to pretty much everybody over there on the side. Hmmm…what to do. I hate to repeat even if the ones receiving it are awesome enough to get it twice! So, I’m going to do a total cop-out and tell anyone who hasn’t gotten it yet to have at it. Just be sure to link back to Dishy and/or myself. 🙂