This week my sister told me that Saks was having a pre-sale on select items in the handbag department.  So I inevitably checked it out because the word sale being used in the same sentence as Prada and Gucci sets off  an instantaneous neural response that results in my arrival at said sale by any means necessary.  I knew a new bag was not a feasible purchase so I headed straight for the Gucci credit card case/wallet that my sister had told me was going on sale.  I decided to pre-sale it because it is classic, useful, and 40 percent off the original price.  I get to pick it up on Monday when the sale starts.  

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(The green and red stripe is an elastic band that goes around the case, which is ideal for securing cash as well as cards)

I go to Saks a lot because it is isn't too far in the mall from the Banana Republic where I work and it is the perfect retreat when I am on my 45, 60, and even 15 minute breaks :-).  These trips are purely for browsing but sometimes I wonder if the sales associates judge you if you don't end up buying anything?  Even though I have purchased things at Saks, most times I leave empty handed.  In theory sales associates are no different from you or me, it is their job to sell merchandise and the merchandise that they are selling isn't necessarily merchandise that they can afford to buy themselves (without the discount of course).  Is the feeling of being judged really just the sales people trying to make sure that their salary is as high as possible or do they really look down at people that just browse without ever buying?  
The idea that sales associates judge non-buyers may not be that unrealistic. Working at high end stores creates a false sense of status.  Being surrounded by wealthy clientele and luxurious goods all day creates a sense of hierarchy especially since sales associates are the ones behind the glass and are therefore the liason between you and that Prada Cervo Antik bag.  The discount that sales associates receive increases the distance between consumer and sales associate on the retail ladder and allows  the idea of associates owning luxury goods to be tangible. Not only can the sales associate now afford the same items as the consumer, they also have a kind of access that a consumer does not have.  

Overall shoppers shouldn't be swayed by this feeling of being judged.  Everyone has the right to browse and should not feel pressured to buy things when they are not ready.  Maybe sales associates aren't as judgmental as we think and that insecure feeling stems from the fact that as consumers we aren't eligible to receive the benefits of the "elite club" that is the high end store.  After all, no one likes to feel left out.    



  School is over and I have officially become a hermit.  To prevent complete insanity I decided to rent the cult classic Clueless on Itunes.  Not only is this teen favorite heartwarming and well written it is also a time capsule of great 90's fashion.  You can't deny the sartorial value of the mini skirts, school girl socks, and mini backpacks.  My favorite character Cher is always immaculately dressed and her wardrobe puts the average 15 -year -old's closet to shame.   Here are some of my favorite outfits: 

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Cher wearing a Goth inspired outfit 

School chic:
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Even in gym Cher manages to be fashionable with a gold chain strap cell phone holder. 

At the mall:
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Cher in mint green cap sleeved babydoll dress, a staple of the 90's wardrobe. 

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-and of course the dress that brought us this famous Clueless quote: 

(Cher is asked to get on the ground after being held by gunpoint.)  
"Oh. No you don't understand This is an Alaia.  An a -what- a? it's like a totally important designer."

 I truly admire the characters in Clueless, which is loosely based on the novel Emma by Jane Austen.  While on the surface they may seem like a set of overprivileged adolescents they are quite insightful.   Especially Cher who is mature beyond her 15 years.  She is socially adept, well dressed,  has an impressive vocabulary, and chooses not to date her immature male peers in order to save her virginity for an adequate suitor.   She is analytical and strategically uses the hierarchy of high school to accomplish her goals.  Cher looks out for her father's health, makes a succesful love connection between two teachers, and gives guidance to a new girl of a different social class who would have otherwise suffered the ugly consequences of being ostracized in high school.   Overall Cher is a young humanitarian which is more than many people can say about their 15 year old selves. 



It is finals week and I am trying my best to be the studious person I know I can be.  After Thursday I am done with my first year at NYU and the summer begins.  One of my main goals for the summer is to update this blog more frequently.  It is easy to fall into the grips of laziness and to let the lack of motivation keep you from accomplishing your goals but I plan to learn to combat these obstacles this summer.  I want to thank all of you that read my blog and leave comments.  

Keep reading, there is more to come :-)