Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Story So Far

Since this is a purported running-cum-beginning triathlete blog, let's get that stuff out of the way pronto.

Sunday: 5 mile run, wherein I used every bit of strategy I've learned over the past three years (not):

Monday: 15 mile bike, in 1:14, doing intervals 12 min on/3 min off (yes, it would be nice if that meant ON and OFF the bike, but no. It doesn't. I asked.) Time: 1:14 or 12:16 mph

Tuesday: 1200 m swim, which took 38 minutes. Apparently? That's S-L-O-W.

So if you're a runner triathlete, that's the end of this post! Have a great week!

However, if you possess a morbid curiosity, read on...

As you know, I have to look decent at Number One Daughter's looming graduation, but I can't look like I'm trying. I have to look like, "Oh I dress like this every day."

After extensive consultation, [NOTE: Runner Susan LINK FIXED! CLICK HERE!!] Runner Susan decided I needed a personal shopper. Nevermind she's in Texas and I'm in Maryland where I live across the street from Nordstrom's. Susan had to send me the number for the Nordstrom's FREE personal shopper (Libby, Nordstrom's Bethesda) and then she had to harangue me until I actually made an appointment. She wore me down and I called. The personal shopper asked me a few questions on the phone and when I got there, she already had stuff picked out based on my description of "needing to look my age, but not so much."

Have I mentioned how much I loathe and detest shopping? No?

Anyhoo, I had a camera with me because Runner Susan made me take one.

And, she is also is MAKING ME DO THIS. (For the record: I am lodging an official protest against RS on behalf of all people who HATE the way they look in photos (not that you'd know it on this blog) for making me look like a big show-off-y person who can't get enough photos of herself in public. It's not me, it's HER.)

Here we go:
Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Outfit 3

Outfit 4

Outfit 5

Outfit 6

Outfit 7

Outfit 8

Outfit 9, the ONLY outfit I ordered on my own. Step away from the online shopping.

I have never had such a painless shopping experience in my life. My personal shopper gave me two dresses to try before she pronounced me low-waisted and said "dresses are out!" She'd take one look at an outfit and say, "Nope." I loved her! It was like having a best friend who just knows— and isn't afraid to say.

I bought one of these outfits which I can wear not only at graduation, but also at work. Trés practical, non?

I was home in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Girls, this service is FREE. As in FREE.

I don't understand why everyone on earth doesn't know about this! It's FREE!

So which one did I end up with? You decide.


MJ said...

3 or 6?

Nancy Toby said...

Do I count four items with busy black-and-white prints, or are there more? Just trying to keep track. There seems to be a pattern here. Well, many patterns, actually....

You look smashing.

BettyBetty said...

I thought outfit 3 was the one but it might be a dress under the jacket so maybe it got shot down. I can't wear most types of dresses either. The jacket really draws the eye up. Very modern. Love it. Which one????

21stCenturyMom said...

I vote 7 because it's kicky and fun and looks great!

J-Wim said...

Especially love 3, and also 7 and 8.

Ana said...

I like 5 or 6 best. They both look great!

Good job on the triathlon training, too. Having three sports to think about is so much more interesting than just running, no?

Deirdre said...

you better get that checkered jacket with the green lining!You look fabbbulous :)

Melissa said...

I like 3, 5, and 6. Outfit 6 really jumped out the most at me though. Which one did you get? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

gecko said...

I'm liking 3, 5 and 6...

Anonymous said...

My vote definitely goes to #3 which I think suits you beautifully and shows off your great legs. #6 is not too far behind, you'll look fantastic in either outfit, though I'm really hoping you picked #3.


LBTEPA said...

I like 3 and 6.
Do you wear colours?

Susan said...

Trying to not offend here.....
2 is great! Very springtime!
3 is SEXY!!!
6 is very professional.
8 is tres fashionable.
9 is a BIG FAT NO.

eileen said...

The answer is 3. Correct? Thank you to you and Susan for the info on this FREE service.
ps. You have the MOST gorgeous legs!

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Vickie said...

I liked almost all of them! And you looked great too! I did not know of this service. I'm like you. I want new clothes but do not want to go through the agony of all that shopping. I'll have to check out that personal shopper thing! Then maybe I can get rid of those dresses from 1995.

Runner Susan said...

i know, i know!!! but i won't tell. Jeanne, my site is now www.runnersusan.com . . . you've got my old btt link . . . because people neeeeed to find me, ya know. And for the record you totally need #3 for all those hot dates you are gonna have after posting this.

peter said...

Every heart stopped beating, every breath was held, every eye was fixed immovably upon that man. Without the slightest hesitation, he went to the door on the right, and opened it.

renae said...


Catherine said...

#3 mos' def.' the drumbeats are sounding. WHICH ONE(S) DID YOU PICK? post a photo of your bad self all dolled up in it.

Anne said...

I like 6 because it looks in the picture like you like 6. Am I right?

David said...

Based on the comments, if you didn't pick #3 you better go back and exchange it because the fans are scremaing for #3.

Jade Lady said...

Great idea to bring your camera so we can all share your dressing room . I didn't know this was a free service at Nordstrom's. What a deal! Glad u found something that works for u! 3 is my favorite. But 4 is a great pose! Seriously, I thought i was one of the only women who hate to shop for clothes. I see I'm in good company.