I make no apologies concerning the fact that I love to shop. It’s as simple as this: If there is a store nearby, I will enter and look around. It doesn’t matter what sort of store or shop it is. If it’s a mechanics shop and it appears to have some to browse, I will enter said shop. Being in the fashion world, of course I love to shop for clothes and accessories. However, I truly enjoy browsing any sort of shop. I actually find it fun and relaxing to look and examine merchandise, to see how stores merchandise their products and what they choose to stock their shelves. Even big box stores fascinate me. You know the sort that end in ‘mart’ and they sell groceries, clothing, toys, garden supplies. I can wonder the aisles for a long time. I especially love the aisles of cleaning supplies and utensils. Suddenly I feel inspired to purchase a new mop and liquid cleaner for my wood floors. Who doesn’t desire sparkly floors? And their garden centers are equally as amazing once spring rolls around. My gardening ideas often get out of control and I end up buying too many plants and flowers.
One of my most recent assignments entailed getting the scoop on a brand new luxury department store. I couldn’t wait to hand in the perfect prose to my editor. I simply new my write-up would show the world what an amazing place it is to shop. Selling luxury goods is tricky. You need to offer hard to find products that aren’t available in every store, but you cannot come across as snooty or pretentious. No one wants to shop in a hostile atmosphere or have a sales assistant look you up and down. Not all of us dress up to go shopping. I know I don’t always put on my best designer clothes before hitting the shops. With this new assignment, I was curious how this much acclaimed department store treated it’s shoppers. I decided on a comfortable outfit, but not sloppy: cashmere sweater turtleneck, my favorite cargo pants, and brand new espadrilles wedges. I’m not a huge wedge fan when it comes to shoes, but these aren’t super high and ridiculous looking. I also carried my beloved Reid satchel. It’s one of best designer handbags I’ve ever owned.
As I entered the new high-end department store, I was astounded by the stunning decor. This was definitely not your run of the mill brick-and-mortar department store. The huge vases with blooming flowers were exceptional. They are set strategically throughout the store. My favorite floor was accessories. Not only do they stock beautiful leather goods in sumptuous leathers, but also a nice range of tech cases. I’m always stocked how many department stores do not stock iPhone cases. But this new, glossy, magnificent department store was different. I laid eyes on the cutest and most unique designer iPhone cases ever. They were so adorable, I bought one of each design. I will write about them later. However, right now I have to let you know this glorious department store stocks the most amazing designer iPhone cases. It’s worth your visit for the tech cases alone.