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Monday, April 17, 2006
Little Darlings
It's that time of year, end of quarter bonuses are being given out, sweet. I also got two new blog sponsors for my sidebar, and the poll that's being displayed (only for one week though). So what did I do with my new found wealth? Spent it of course. Well not all of it, I'm putting half into my ING Orange savings account to gain some interest like a good little girl. The rest went towards a dress and other clothing items. Let me explain.

Every day on my way to work I pass this cute little dress store called Darling, where a Marilyn Monroe like silk dress is on display. The owner, Ann French Emonts, a former costume designer for Broadway and off Broadway set up shop three years ago, the same time I moved near by. Fate? I think so ;) Yet, up until now I haven't bought anything there, just admired from afar.

The quaint boutique looks like Magnolia Bakery but instead of scrumptious cupcakes on display it's dresses and very girly tops and accessories. There's a Parisian / early 50s look to the overall setup.

I went in with every intention of buying the silk dress that runs for $235 in either red or gold but was captured by another halter like dress sill in gold by Bari Jay($165). Instead of silk it's lacy but has a silk sash that cuts just under the bust, straps tie behind the neck revealing my back. One of my freshman year roommates is getting married in July, so I can wear it then.

Ann the owner came downstairs to the dressing room ara to show me a little trick to zipping up the back of the dress by placing my hands on the sides of my ribcage in order to bend my posture into an easier position for sliding up the zipper. It worked. She says she's always showing people that trick.

The dressing rooms separated by cloth sheets comes equipped with high heels to use when trying on their dresses in order to see the complete look with a little extra height. If the Cinderella like shoes that I used were in my size I might have bought them too. Confession: I'm a pretty impulsive buyer, which is why I don't allow myself to go into stores like these unless I'm prepared to buy.

After paying for the dress I was then captured by a collection of custom jewelry old fashioned rings with bright fake gems. It looked like a Queen's treasure chest or going through a rich grandmother's jewelry collection. I wouldn't know about that though, but it did make me feel like I had one. I picked out a very glamorous antique looking red gem in a circle shape with diamonds along the circumference. All the fashion rings are $10. Mine's a little big but that's usually the case due to my smaller hands, but I'll just put it on my pointer finger and make due.

Last but unfortunately not least I made another impulse buy and bought a dainty umbrella, the long Singing in the Rain kind with a wooden handle and powerful bright purple and magenta colors that should be fun to carry in the rain some time. Cost $38. Finally buying something at Darling and feeling elated from my purchases? Priceless darling, priceless.

PS: I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and/or Passover. I spent the weekend in Connecticut spending time with my mom, Nanny and Stepdad's family.

News update: Phew! Molly the cat rescued from New York building after 14 days

Posted by Tara at 9:26 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 11:16 AM PDT

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:51 AM PDT

Name: AWE
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I am an impulsive buyer too. I have to be careful when I am out or I will buy something and take it home only to realize I don't need it.

I looked at the deli where they found the cat. Does this mean you live near Bleecker? That is one of the few streets I remember from my adventures in NYC. I was going to some bar called Off the Wagon, nice people there. They liked to hear me talk.

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 12:40 PM PDT

Name: Steve
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"Priceless darling, priceless".

I had to stop and chuckle at this line. Good way to tie it all together.

You know you have an impulsive shopping problem when you want to buy the throwdown high heels in the dressing room.

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 1:29 PM PDT

Name: Marilyn
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I envy anyone who gets bonuses, my employer is so damn stingy. I want to splurge too! :(

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 7:34 PM PDT

Name: Tara

I never got bonuses at my old job either Marilyn, this is just a new thing, so I can sympathize.

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 7:35 PM PDT

Name: Tara

Hehe glad you appreciated that line and your right my impulse to buy used shoes that didn't even fit does show that I have a problem.

Monday, April 17, 2006 - 7:38 PM PDT

Name: Tara

Yup, I live very close to Bleeker here in the West Village, it's a great street with cool stores and of course Magnolia bakery. I've heard of Off the Wagon but have never been.

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