March 24 10


I don’t know how this happened, but I can assure you, I was not very happy about it.

When I had a full-time office job, a job that I had to get up and get dressed for every day, I spent a lot of time at the mall. It was certainly convenient that the mall that including such favorite haunts as RW&Co and Jacob was also the place where my gym was. And it was also conveniently located directly on the route between my office and my home. So, you can see how it happened. Leave the office, go to the gym, reward yourself with something lovely….a sweater, a skirt, a dress, some shoes, jeans, necklace. I mean, it was really easy to justify. I had a job, I HAD to have these things. I couldn’t show up at work naked, right?

But then I left my office job for a work-at-home job, a job that I didn’t have to get up and get dressed for every day. I can work on my laptop, in my bed, without my pants on if I want to. I can work at my kitchen table in yoga pants and a hoodie if I want to. I can work at the park and wear flip flops and a sundress if I want to. The sky’s the limit and the possibilities are endless, really. But, it means that I really don’t visit the mall (or the gym, for the matter) all that often anymore.

Also, there’s that whole issue of the sinking all of our monies into a new house thing. I believe it’s called being HOUSE POOR.

But yesterday I realized that this week the Martell family is going on an adventure to the dairy state for the joyous holiday of Passover. For a week. Where there are things like seders and time spent at synagogue and places where I cannot wear yoga pants and hoodies or, you know, no pants. So, in a panic, I headed to the mall.

Where I realized that I was broken.

I walked into Banana Republic, felt the lovely fabric on sweaters and skirts and dresses (I am a tactile person. I need to feel fabrics. It’s just one of my things. WHAT?) and walked out. I didn’t buy a thing. I walked into Gap, Macy’s, Blooingdale’s, J.Crew, Express, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT (which I hear is now just called LOFT), anthropologie and walked out of every single store empty-handed.

And it’s not that there was nothing I liked. OH, I assure you. There were many, many things I liked. Embellished cardigans at J.Crew (SWOON!), this skirt, this Banana dress, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything.

SEE? Broken. It was like I was overwhelmed or something. I wanted everything. I wanted nothing. I kind of just wanted to head to the food court and eat a soft pretzel and a cookie as big as my head. I wanted the pushy men at the kiosks to stop asking me if I wanted to try their Ahava hand cream or if I wanted to sell my gold for cash or if i wanted my hair curled or if I wanted a new case for my cell phone.

But then something happened. I got my mojo back. I turned around and headed straight for anthropologie and bought THIS without thinking twice about it and with a GIANT smile on my face.

And now there’s a good chance I will be wearing this outfit today while I work at my kitchen table. or maybe I’ll go to the park in it. Or to Chick-fil-A.

Because I am back, baby.

Even if I did spend the entire day at the mall wearing my cardigan inside-out.

If you want to see more of me – and, I mean, obviously, you do – you can read my latest entertainment news over at Juice, including my thoughts on Adrian Brody (SWOON!), my latest outfit over at The Urban Closet, my latest advice over at So You Want It, and my latest blathering over at Aiming Low, where I am talking about TARGET.

ALSO…have you entered my contest yet? You can win a $200 VISA GIFT CARD!

  1. I work from home now and I am completely struggling to find a way to put myself together in the morning. I was always a jeans and sweater kind of girl and now it’s just jeans and a hoodie – I want to feel pretty everyday and I find it hard justifying it when no one is going to see me!
    .-= Julienne´s last blog ..Thievery =-.


    Comment by Julienne on March 24, 2010
  2. Kali will be very proud of you.

    That’s a great dress.


    Comment by Carrisa on March 24, 2010
  3. BALLS that dress & cardigan scream: “ALIMARTELL!”



    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on March 24, 2010
  4. I totally want that Banana Republic dress you linked to.

    We’re going shopping this Saturday – I plan to do some damage at RW & Co…


    Comment by Angella on March 24, 2010
  5. Oh Chick-fil-a – how I miss you so.


    Comment by Elly Lou on March 24, 2010
  6. I have fallen in love with that dress, too. I’m sure it looks gorgeous on you!!

    But I feel you on the poor thing – not having income right now sucks.


    Comment by Darcey on March 24, 2010
  7. I would bet you look awfully cute in that first one.


    Comment by Avitable on March 24, 2010
  8. Cute choices!

    My situation is that when I have money I can’t bring myself to buy a thing and when I have NO money I find everything I want. Just goes to show it wouldn’t serve me to be rich. (Except for the not working part, that might be interesting!)


    Comment by Jacki on March 24, 2010
  9. Hmm… I think your broken is my baseline. Glad to see you got all straightened out.


    Comment by Tamara on March 24, 2010
  10. Ali, if this ever happens again, CALL ME IMMEDIATELY! I CAN HELP!


    Comment by slynnro on March 24, 2010
  11. Oh! Oh! Me likey!


    Comment by Bejewell on March 25, 2010
  12. (kind of hating myself now for saying “me likey.” Am asshole.)


    Comment by Bejewell on March 25, 2010
  13. I can’t stand ACRYLIC sweaters anymore- it’s the feel of it on that makes my skin crawl.

    LOVE LOVE the dress! The sweater just is so perfect with the hem colour.

    WENCH! just jealous!
    .-= NaomiJesson´s last blog ..Lil’ Monkee Militias. =-.


    Comment by NaomiJesson on March 25, 2010
  14. Adorable!!


    Comment by anne nahm on March 26, 2010
  15. Cute! And Annie totally was wearing that cardigan on Community the other night!


    Comment by Kristabella on March 27, 2010
  16. I have that dress, too! I bought it as a birthday present to myself, weeeee! We can be twins!


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on March 28, 2010

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