One of the biggest differences with Boy Lacer now being at school full time is that I go shopping far less often, ok let me clarify that, actually I go to Sainsburys far more often to buy packed lunch stuff, but that’s about it. Back when Boy Lacer was at home with me, we did go into town quite a bit, not getting anything major, normally just bread and milk type stuff, but it was something to do, an opportunity to get out in the fresh air and Boy Lacer liked charming his way round the shop assistants and carrying shopping baskets. Now on the few occasions I have been into town since Boy Lacer has been at school full time I’ve discovered that I actually don’t really like it, not that much anyway, I think it’s when I miss Boy Lacer the most because as much as when he was at home I’d be desperate at the weekends to get some shopping time on my own, I realise now that shopping with company is far more fun and town is full of mums and toddlers, so I feel like a sore thumb to. Also I’ve been busier, so haven’t really had the time, specially when I’ve realised that there really aren’t that many hours in the school day.
However I had to go shopping today, I desperately needed new shoes and I needed to sort out Boy Lacer’s birthday party stuff. Mr. Lacer got paid today (which is why all this shopping had had to wait) and now after coming back from shopping I feel broke again, which is another reason why I don’t like shopping. Is it me for a start or has the price of shoes gone up about £10 in the last few years? I know this because I keep on having to buy the same styles and I’d swear they didn’t used to cost £55! Yep, I may have new shoes, but they’re ‘old’ new shoes as I had the exact same pair last winter to, which feels rather boring. Shoes are getting more difficult to buy again (disregarding cost), as I have dodgy feet and I need flat, ‘sensible’, with some form of strap, comfortable, well made shoe otherwise I’m in agony after just a few days wear and for the last few years there’s been a great range of fashionable shoes that fit those criteria, but now I’ve noticed yet another season (it was like this in the summer) where more and more shoes now have heels which I just can’t wear, if it keeps going like this I’ll have to start wearing DMs again (which I wore as a teenager, I had such a lovely collection of brightly coloured ones, sigh, getting all reminiscent now).
New shoes for me, specially that transition between summer and autumn wear always means new socks as well (as I don’t normally wear socks in the summer and the tumble drier eats them), so what I was pleased to see in M&S is that this autumn-winter, hosiery seems to have gone all woolly, even leg warmers are back in (according to M&S anyway). I bought a nice pair of stripy socks and some nice stripy tights and will be back for some lovely patterned thick grey wool tights when the weather gets colder. I also had to buy Boy Lacer a couple of shirts, as the boy has suddenly been getting party invites and he has nowt to wear. Oh and I got Girl Lacer a pair of witches black and purple striped tights, partly because I knew she’d love them but principally because I so wish they had them in my size!
The once in every couple of years event happened to me when I was out to, the ‘item I fall head over heels in love with from Warehouse’ event. I normally avoid Warehouse because it’s a bit expensive and most of their stuff isn’t really to my taste (I’m more of a White Stuff / Fat Face girl) but every now and then I see something of their’s, in their window as I pass or on a cat walk show and I want, desperately and no matter how broke I’m feeling I normally do succumb eventually and buy it because I can’t stop thinking about and touch wood, all the clothes that have made me fall in love with them from there have stood the test of time and I wear them very regularly even to the extent of having to repair them and get compliments whilst wearing it to, so I’ve got good value out of the very occasional piece I’ve bought from there. This is what I fell in love with.
This dress gives me the instant sensation of imagining me wearing it and feeling fantastic, sashaying down to do the school run, propping up the local bar etc. etc. and it is a rare item of clothing that gets me that enthusiastic these days (oh I used to buy so many clothes pre-kids). Now I’m not actually sure if out of my head and into real life this dress would actually suit me, I would definitely need some ah hem, good under garments, but a dark all in one colour I think on me could be quite flattering. The dress weirdly reminds me of something the ultra trendy and far far skinnier than me school secretary would wear, in fact I think I may have seen her wearing this already (and she’s a grandmother) but I don’t mind the trendy school secretary look. So, anyway I was very very glad they didn’t have the dress in my size, on the rails, as I would not have been able to control myself.
Then it was on to shopping for Boy Lacer’s party, now Boy Lacer’s party is small, very small but eek even then it feels so expensive, it’s at home, it’s as home made as possible (do it yourself dinosaur masks, home made cake (of course), home made goody bags) but even then it’s the cost of the raw materials etc. etc. The party will have a loose dinosaur theme (you may have been able to guess that), so I spent ages hunting for a suitable, cheap but nice present to go into the centre of the pass the parcel (probably the only game we’ll play), that had a dinosaur theme, a lot of the dinosaur stuff was too expensive, some of it was too old, some too boyish (in case the one girl coming to the party wins), so I eventually settled on a book and after much searching found the only appropriate thing I could find that fit the criteria, Dinosaurs Love Underpants (couldn’t find any Harry and his Bucket of Dinosaurs books). Unfortunately whilst looking I also spotted something else.
That’s right, a new Charlie and Lola book actually written by Lauren Child. Actually, according to Amazon, Slightly Invisible isn’t out till October, but I found it in Smiths and it looks great. It’s all about how Lola is being a bit of a pesky little sister and keeps on wanting to play with Charlie and Marv, even though occasionally Charlie and Marv want to play on their own, catching ‘tricky monsters’. It goes to remind you that as great as all the Charlie and Lola books are, the ones based on the TV series, which aren’t written or illustrated by Lauren Child, don’t quite have her inventive charm. I think both kids will love this, although I bought it for Girl Lacer to give to Boy Lacer for his birthday, as officially Girl Lacer is getting a little old for Charlie and Lola (although really she still loves them).