So, if I created the Perfectly Packed clothing system for folks who hate to pack or hate to shop, why would I be writing about the terrific shopping trip I recently made to Seattle? Because I hate to shop when I have to, but love it when I can just wander and see what interests me. So I took myself on a solo shopping trip to do both and it was the most fun I have had in a long time.
I stayed at the Sheraton in the heart of downtown. The location was perfect for easy access to the major stores; the hotel was attractive; the staff helpful; and the rooms nicely appointed and comfy:
First stop, Nordstrom…… I stepped off the elevator at the Special Occasion section and was immediately approached by a very stylish and attractive young woman, Krystal, who proved to be the most amazing sales associate I have had the pleasure to work with….ever…….bar none! I found the perfect dress right away but actually purchasing it turned out to be quite the adventure. Suffice to say, it was through Krystal’s determined assistance that the adventure had a happy ending mere hours before I flew out! More on this in another blog.
With the special dress looked after, it was off to ‘shop until I dropped.’ So next stop, Macy’s….
……..and all the stores in between. Happily I emerged with shoes….okay, more than one pair!!
The day was young, so I zipped over to J Crew, shopping all the while, where I cruised for ideas before chancing on a fashion show in the mall and bumped into a fashion blogger who gave me the inside scoop on some of the designers. Although there was a bit of shopping time left, my feet refused to go any further and back to the hotel I went. Fatigue and sore feet meant a bag of M&M’s from the mini bar and a cup of coffee from the great in-room machine for dinner that night.
Out early the next day and back to J Crew where the lovely Lisa helped me sort through way too many choices. I walked out with jeans, tees, a sweater and a J Crew credit card….very dangerous! Clearly I did not restrain myself as my purchases necessitated a trip back to the hotel to drop my finds before I could head out again to see what other damage I could do. Fortunately I was lured away from the stores to explore Pike’s Market, always a must when I am in Seattle. I dodged a few fish as I strolled past.
Also spent a few minutes watching a life-size chess match
….pretty much like watching paint dry but it was a lovely day and I hated to go back in.
A few more purchases – travel robe and pyjamas from Nordstrom; ballet flats from Banana Republic; brilliant turquoise lucite drop earrings (Norstrom again;) and another trip to the room to drop the day’s haul; rest my feet; and decide where to go for dinner. Looking for a pub type meal took me into a place called Von’s…. which turned out to be a well known Seattle landmark specializing in slow roasted meats and special drinks. With some skepticism, I ordered a pulled pork and coleslaw sandwich with fries…
…seriously, meat and coleslaw in a bun?? Turned out to be a heavenly combo….and very filling!
My final day gave me time to pick up the dress I had ordered and squeeze in the purchase of a black boyfriend jacket (again, thanks to the knowledgeble Krystal at Norstrom) before heading to the airport. Here’s the sum total of my hard core shopping trip. Talk about satisfying….