Among a million other things that Laura does for me, here are two important things shopping-related things that she can do:
• Justify what may seem like a ridiculous purchase.
• Talk me out of buying something I may regret tomorrow.
She’s just good at that stuff.
We have known each other for over sixteen years and have shopped the world together. Laura and I met while performing for the troops on a Department of Defense tour – we spent most of our down time shopping or trying to figure out where the good shopping was in whatever country we were in. I ended up lugging home some great purchases (wool peacoat from Korea that I still wear today) as well as some crummy purchases (tea pot from Japan with sleeping cat on the lid.)
Last Friday Laura and I had lunch together but we never got to the eating part – we were too busy scouring the aisles of Sephora, where we are like kids in a candy store. A candy store…full of MAKE UP!
We are in our element, I am showing her sparkly eye shadow and she is showing me Tarte lip gloss sticks. We mosey on to the back of the store to take a stroll by the fragrance section.
I am looking for Fendi, which I wore in the tenth grade, just to take a whiff to see if it is as stinky as I remember it being when I am distracted by a purple and hot pink flowery bottle.
I pick it up, jokingly, and show it to Laura.
“I heard that stuff actually isn’t too bad”, she says.
“Seriously???” I am shocked.
We spray it on the paper testers and take a whiff.
Kind of yummy – it passes the initial test and we spray it on our wrists.
I put the bottle down and continue to wander around the sore and continue to smell my wrists. Oh Lord, I like this perfume.
I LIKE THIS JUSTIN BIEBER PERFUME.
Someday by Justin Bieber is fruity and delicious, just like The Biebs himself. No wonder I like it, it’s all creamy and food-like with notes of vanilla, mandarin, wild berries, and juicy pear.
I spent eighteen bucks and got the roller ball perfume, I really wanted the full size bottle that came with the “crystal-encrusted heart shaped charm that can be removed and attached to a keychain or zipper pull – so I can carry Justin’s heart wherever I go.”
|Beliebe it - I bought it.|
As I walked out the door with Laura I was all buzzy and happy, because of my new purchase - but also felt a little dirty - because of my new purchase.
I looked over my shoulder at Laura as I sniffed my wrist again.
“Don’t judge…” I said, seeing a smirk on her face.
“I’m not judging you,” she said, “I’m giving you warm support and nodding approvingly.”
Now that’s a good friend.
|This child knows what I like to smell like.|