My birthday is coming up, over a month away. I want to do something special on my exact birthdate, which falls on a Wednesday this year. I wished to share what I've come up with so far, which is my basic plan for the day.
Since I only usually buy what's on my shopping list, I really want to indulge in a shopping spree. I miss shopping! Since I love places, the destination is just as important as the activity, and I have decided on Annapolis. The city's mall is filled with stores I love like Ann Taylor, Blanca Flor (Silver Jewelry), Francesca's Collections, and Crate & Barrel, to name a few. HomeGoods, my favorite store, is right outside too. Annapolis also has three shopping centers in a small area, one of which features a Sur la Table which I have never explored. There's also a really nice wine shop called Bin 201 near that kitchen supply store. Which reminds me of the Italian Market, close to the mall as well, which is actually a restaurant with a wine and food imports shop on one side. Then, there's charming Main Street with two stores full of imported goods, one all Irish called Avoca and the other French and Italian ceramics called Plat du Jour (if it's still here...). I've never patronized the Hobo flagship store (for handbags) just off this street. Hopefully, it will be sunny and my stroll down the brick-lined street will be delightful!
In preparation for this shopping spree, I would need to caffeinate first. Luckily, my favorite coffee shop is in between my hometown and Annapolis. I could start my day with a delicious cappuccino.
Ooh, maybe I could end the shopping spree with a drink during happy hour at my favorite bar, the Galway Bay Irish Pub, just off Main Street. Or have lunch or dinner at Maggiano's in the Annapolis Mall? Cake is a requirement sometime during the 24-hour period.
So, I could browse for and hopefully buy: a beautiful dress, a pair of sleek jeans to wear with heels, a sophisticated blazer, a pair of classic nude pumps, a pair of sparkly summer sandals, a nice bottle of wine and whatever I suddenly had to have at HomeGoods.
Those are in addition to the items I plan to purchase sometime soon from Crate & Barrel: big red wine glasses and striped placemats for both everyday and entertaining as well as classic glass apothecary jars for storage. My birthday wish list is another post. I will save as much as I can for this spree as well as politely reply "a gift card" to anyone who happens to ask what they can get me for my birthday. Acquiring any of these items would be exciting, but, really, the experience of shopping thrills me more. Always on a budget, I don't wander malls, tempting myself, much any more, so this shopping spree will be out of the ordinary. I shall surround myself with my favorite things and places. I will dress up, go out, eat out, and be out of town for the entire day.