It’s aubergine for the wedding, by goodness!

What shopping feels like.

I awoke around 3 a.m.-ish and began writing a stream-of-consciousness blog in my mind.

“Be quiet,” I hissed to my errant blogger self and rolled over sixteen times.

The middle-of-the-night blogger continued to offer suggestions.

“There is nothing to say!” I snapped in dismay to the blogging ideas which jumped like fluffy white sheep over the pillow.  “We simply are not writing a post tomorrow, and that’s final!  Go back to sleep!”

The trouble is:  I did a year-long daily post starting Dec. 21, 2008.  You quickly learn you can write about anything.  Your mind can say:  Nothing to say, honey, hang it up…but the truth is, the typing fingers have lots to say.

Thus, a year-long daily blogger never has the excuse any more that there is “nothing to write about”.

As you shall see, one can even write about fruits, vegetables & dresses.

So what shall I share today?

Let’s start with weather, because we civilized folks like to set the scene with weather.  Here in da Upper Peninsula of Michigan we’ve lost summer’s sweet warmth this week!  Now, what do you know, our trees will turn red and orange and before you know it autumn shall be upon us with her finery.  The down-turn started yesterday.  Temps spiraled to the 50’s (12.77 you Celsius lovers) and it’s all about rain, rain, rain.

At least it’s not snowing yet!

Guess what, friends?  Only two weeks until we leave for the wedding of our firstborn in San Diego, hurray!  We are counting the days.  We got super excited on Sunday while dress shopping in Marquette.  The mother-of-the-groom now has a dress.  It’s an informal wedding, folks.

Your blogger is not usually a happy shopper.  Her family members realize this. She is anti-fashion, except when occasionally she accidentally makes a fashionable mistake.

Sometimes the Universal Shopper comes out to help her, and such was the case on Sunday.  We found Barry a chair.  I dragged it out of the dressing room at Kohl’s and he sat, prepared to judge the Wedding Dress Contest.  I brought in four dresses (two dresses, different colors, different sizes).

First dress:  green.

“Looks nice,” says he.

Second dress:  aubergine.  Ha!  Aubergine!  You all know what color that is, don’t you?  Eggplant!

“I like that one best,” says the chair-sitting judge.

In which your blogger looks for photos which depict the color of the dress.

Kathy pauses.

It does fit, doesn’t it?  She does like it, doesn’t she?  But will others like it, besides the judge?  Will the bride like it?  My mother?  These decisions can not be made too casually, you know.  These aforementioned others are “real” shoppers who know their stuff.

The mother-of-the-groom has to ponder these things, especially if she’s the world’s worst shopper.

An elderly woman pauses to look at the aubergine lady.

“I really like that dress!” the elderly woman insists, without even being asked.  “Buy it!”

(The elderly woman, of course, was the Universal Shopper in disguise, tipping the hat and making sure Kathy buys the aubergine.)

“I hope I get to see you wearing this dress somewhere!” the white-haired wonder adds as she disappears into a rack of clothes before we have time to tell her about San Diego.

Approval.

On to shoes.

My mother has tried to teach her daughter that shoes Matter.

Her daughter doesn’t get the point.  She thinks shoes are utilitarian creatures designed for comfort only.

Kathy tries on heels, grimacing, already in pain, knowing this will be a total failure.  She hates heels with a passion.  She would rather jump in Lake Superior in October than wear heels for a night.  She wore flats for the Nicaraguan wedding even though, yes, all the fashionable ladies donned spikes.

Suddenly, here at Kohl’s, your shopper discovers wedges that look–yes, really, do they look acceptable?–and husband says, oh so helpfully, “Yes, Kathy, those will be perfect!”

Then we notice, we astute shoppers, that these glossy wedges sport a look that actually mirrors the dress.  One of those swirly knots which mirror the swirling knots on the aubergine.  The dress and the shoes match!  Aren’t we lucky?  Aren’t we fortunate?  And we didn’t have to jump in Lake Superior because of awful high heels which should be banned from the planet, except so many people think they look cool or sexy or wedding-appropriate.

(Thanks, Chris and Seunghye for stipulating a casual wedding!  You guys are the best.)

Note where the Buddha is sitting. Aubergine?

The only purchases left to make in the next two weeks:  Appropriate Necklace.  Something that matches aubergine, please.  We analyzed sixteen different jeweled dangling creations, but none leaped off the shelves insisting, “Take me!  Take me!”

My goodness, this entire post hath been dedicated to wedding shopping.  You’re wishing you could see a photo of the dress, aren’t you?  Sorry, my sweets, you shall have to wait until the Event.  I promise one aubergine photo for you some time after the wedding.

In the meantime, if you’re wondering how it looks, buy an eggplant.  🙂

**And do feel free to share about your own shopping trials & tribulations, your own shopping delights, the greatest purchase you ever made, or…as long as you don’t get me worried…the worst.**

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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102 Responses to It’s aubergine for the wedding, by goodness!

  1. Karen says:

    It sounds like you and I have the same feelings about shopping. Wonderful that you were so lucky!

    • Kathy says:

      Glad to feel the spirit of another anti-shopping comrade, Karen. Do you find that sometimes you go into shop and everything falls in place like magic? Always wondering why that sometimes happens. All the other times it’s impossible.

  2. Sounds like you had a great shopping day for someone who does not like to shop. I remember back in university, the concept of wearing shoes for comfort was a foreign one for me–I vowed never to wear “comfortable” shoes–fast forward a few decades–I have not worn high heels for thirty years – my wedding being the last time–I will wear wedgies–but no high heels for this girl. So I understand your shoe dilemma–but there are a million cute flats out there–but I think you have it covered with wedges–one does not teeter in wedges

  3. AnnieR says:

    Congrats on your success! Aubergine is a most excellent color and I’m sure you’ll look lovely. I hope the necklace pops up soon to complete your ensemble.
    While I am very content to wander about and window shop, I hate it when I have to find something specific. Even though I’ve seen exactly what I want in prior trips to the mall, the item is never there when I intend to purchase it. Clothes shopping is the absolute worst-especially pants. I’m almost 6 feet tall and have a horrible time finding pants that fit right. Which reminds me I need to go online and check the new arrivals on the Eddie Bauer website….

    • Kathy says:

      Annie, don’t you love saying the word “aubergine”? I appreciate your feedback. We non-shoppers need encouragement from others. Good luck finding pants! Gosh, that sounds SO challenging, if you can’t find pants that fit right. I am sure Eddie Bauer has exactly what you’re looking for–and that they will fit!

  4. Fountainpen says:

    Jewelry to go with dress:
    One pearl ONLY………….. (as in the pearl of great price gospel story)
    or one strand of pearls……
    Fountainpen

    • Kathy says:

      Fountainpen, I said to Barry, “Barry, how about a strand of pearls? Wouldn’t they look so sophisticated?” We looked but did not discover the aforementioned strand of pearls anywhere in Kohl’s or Target. Unless you wanted to spend mucho dollars, which we did not. I shall keep this pearl advice in mind. Thank you!

  5. Susan D. says:

    Ooooo, yes, I can see you in aubergine! Yes, yes! You will be the coolest ever mom of the groom. I’m happy that you got the dress and shoes out of the wayyyy… yay!

    • Kathy says:

      Don’t you love that word, Susan? Aubergine. Aubergine. One could write a poem just to hear oneself say that word. I should invite you over so you can see the dress…but, no…I could not bear even the slightest look of dismay. Better to just arrive at the wedding and THINK that it’s perfect. Right? Right! P.S. Hope you feel better soon, my friend.

  6. lisaspiral says:

    As much as I might hate shopping for myself, on more than one occasion I have been that universal shopper. Compelled to compliment someone on an outfit so obviously perfect that their clearly debating it makes no sense. Because of that I have full confidence that the aubergine will be perfect. Shoe shopping is the worst! I am envious that you found something cute, serviceable, and appropriate. I’d go with the pearls (suggested above) unless something else falls into your lap. You’re excited about the wedding, but we’re looking forward to the pictures.

    • Kathy says:

      Really, Lisa? You are a Universal Shopper? You compliment others? Perhaps I shall ponder that new occupation, too. I am glad you approve of the aubergine. I am also glad you approve of the shoes. I am trying to figure out how the mother-of-the-groom takes photos during the wedding. It may be tricky. It was easy in Nicaragua because I was only the auntie. But now I have an “official” role. Hmmm….well, we shall see.

  7. Heather says:

    I’m so happy that your shopping trip went well! It can be so disheartening. I do think heels look lovely, but they are far too unwieldy and uncomfortable to justify their purchase.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for your support, Heather! I see you DO like the look of heels. (So does my daughter. OK, OK, part of me likes the looks, too, but please don’t tell.) They ARE too uncomfortable and awful, though! (Tell that to all the other “real” women who will arrive in heels. Except maybe my mom! Because she won’t be reading this far down in the comments, I’ll tell you a True Story. During the wedding reception in Nicaragua, she borrowed MY flats because her heels were killing her and I danced barefoot at the reception!!!)

  8. Susan Derozier says:

    Will be anxious to see you in the dress Kathy. I agree with you about shoes and glad you found a compromise to heels. You remind me of my traveling for my daughter’s wedding with what I thought would be my wedding dress. It became clear quickly that it wouldn’t work so i had to go shopping at the last minute for something else. i wanted to hide the entire wedding. Would something in crystals work for the jewelry?

    • Kathy says:

      Oh no, Susan, I am scared of your words “It became clear quickly that it wouldn’t work”. I sure hope that doesn’t happen. My daughter said that Barry & I mustn’t clash. His suit must match my dress. I have no idea if we clash or not. My daughter said we would have to be separated by the groom & bride if it does clash. So sorry you wanted to hide! I feel the fear a’rising. But will ponder crystals. Wish I had all of you here in the living room for a consultation. Except what if no one agreed? 🙂

  9. Brenda Hardie says:

    I think the color aubergine would look lovely on you Kathy! I love purple. And isn’t it wonderful to have found shoes too! I think the pearl idea is perfect too. I had to find a dress (casual, sundress) for when I met Rick’s family this summer. Since I was looking for a long dress (now called maxi-dresses), it made the shopping easier than looking through endless short dresses. I found one in black (another favorite color to wear) with embroidery on the bodice…turquoise and purple) and I wore black sandals…flat. The dress was perfect for an outdoor gathering in July (108 that day!) and I received several compliments. (whew…one occasion down, a possible one coming in January) Dresses are a love of mine but I cannot wear short dresses anymore and I certainly cannot wear heels of any kind. So, it will be tricky for me to find appropriate attire when my boys get married. Perhaps the Universal shopper will guide me!
    You know how much I’m looking forward to pictures Kathy 🙂 I’m sure the wedding will be beautiful!

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, when I read your comment I thought, “Oh no! Did I get the right length? I didn’t even THINK of length!” Your choice for your summer meeting with Rick’s family sounds like it was perfect. But HOW COULD IT HAVE BEEN 108 DEGREES? There is something wrong when it’s that hot. It will be interesting to see if we’re still in one another’s lives when your boys get married. Still trying to figure out how the mother-of-the-groom will take pics. It was easy in Nicaragua cuz I was only the auntie. Oh goodness. More logistic challenges!

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Kathy, it was that hot the entire time I was there (3 weeks!)…the highest the temp got was 110…for 2 days! They experienced excessive heat down there all summer and very dry conditions…drought. They’ve had some rain recently but it’s not enough to save the season’s crops.
        I hope we’ll still be in touch when my boys get married…Ben is already 25 so really it wouldn’t be that far away! Alex is just 12 so it’ll be awhile for him…thank goodness!
        You may need to ask a friend or relative to take pictures for you on the day of the wedding…so that you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities 🙂 ♥

  10. Sounds like a wonderful shopping trip, Kathy! Too often it’s a major lesson in humility for me; I always dread shopping. From Barry’s approval to the stranger’s compliments to the matching shoes, it sounds like it couldn’t have gone better! Good luck with the necklace! Thanks for a nice account of your adventure!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, that’s putting it aptly. A major lesson in humility. (I made Barry sit there outside the dressing room. I made him be the Judge. Because, of course, I couldn’t make this decision alone…) Thank you for your support. We’ll see about the necklace…

  11. I was in your shoes eighteen months ago and glad to find someone who feels the same as I about shopping and fashion. I like aubergine and I like to say the word so I think you are all set!

    • Kathy says:

      Seriously, Chris? Have you been through this already? Did you have to dress extra-fancy or did you have a more casual wedding? Let’s give each other high fives, sister! If you survived, I surely can, too.

  12. susan blake says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I love the color and I love eggplant! I’m sure you will be sensational as Mother of the Bride. I, unfortunately, came equipped with the Shopping Gene. It’s even considered a SPORT in Naperville. I am hoping to cure myself of shopping tendancies by moving to the Northwoods where opportunities for such outtings are limited and I can distract myself with REAL sports!
    Hugs
    SuZen

    • Kathy says:

      Hey there, SuZen! I am glad you approve of the Eggplant Mother-of-the-Groom. You were born with the Shopping Gene? How does the Universe determine who gets it and who doesn’t? Interesting that you are trying to cure yourself of it. Could I have 12.3% of it? Please?

      • susan blake says:

        No, can’t transfer that gene – however – I am available for shopping consulting company if and when you need it. My friend in ER isn’t a shopper either but she comes down here every other year for a shopping binge – whether she needs it or not! 🙂

        • Kathy says:

          I shall keep you in mind! Too bad you weren’t a little closer. I forgot to mention that I tried to call my daughter from the dressing room. Unfortunately, she wasn’t available…

  13. rehill56 says:

    I was thinking about Missy (Lehto) LaFernier and the fact that she makes necklaces and earings….she might be just the one to match that dress perfectly! Love the blog. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      I didn’t know about Missy, Ruth. Thank you for the hint! Glad you liked the blog. Had to keep the readership up on this important personal events. 🙂

  14. Gerry says:

    Oh fun! The hard part is done (shopping aversion only gets worse, trust me) and now you can play. You know a lot of artists and craftspeople who make jewelry. Surely some of them work with vintage opalescent glass beads or make their own lampwork beads . . . I will send you a photo.

    • Kathy says:

      It gets worse, Gerry? Sigh… Really? I can’t imagine it getting much worse than this. I shall have to check with some friends & will look forward to your photo. We’re counting down the days now.

  15. msmcword says:

    The only shopping I like to do is at used book sales.

    As for the other kinds of shopping-grocery, clothes, etc-yuck!

    Nancy (a.ka.”The Looper”)

    • Kathy says:

      YAY! I love shopping at used book sales! Nancy, I can feel your pain. It is so hard to do this other kind of shopping, either in the Loop or the Yoop.

  16. Elisa's Spot says:

    seeeeeeeeeeeeee outer shopa haters, inner shopping goddesses waving hands madly!!!

  17. Val says:

    Sounds good, Kathy. I’m afraid that people get me the way I am these days as I can’t be fussed anymore to dress up for things. Even my own wedding years back… oh well, we won’t go there… 😉

  18. Carol says:

    Much like AnnieR, I’m fine with wandering, looking, touching shopping – occasionally – and if I find something I like, it’s a bonus. It’s when I have to buy something specific, when I have a concept of what I want, I will never ever find anything that feels right. An open mind is a necessity when shopping. Shoes? I love shoes, and I love the way heels make the leg look – but the feet do not love heels anymore. Wedges make perfect sense when one must wear something higher than an inch, provided they are not the overly high wedges I’ve seen recently. I’m really a flip-flop in the summer, clog/sneaker girl the rest of the year. With jeans.

    • Kathy says:

      sounds like you are the perfect shopper, Carol! You have that open mind, that enjoyment of the sensations. I am glad you approve of the wedge decision. I approve of your flip-flop, clog, sneaker decisions! With jeans of course. 🙂

  19. As a minimalist, I not only dislike shopping, I dread the mere thoughtof it.

    As an athletic, casual minimalist, I own climbing pants, jeans, and bicycling gear.

    Kathy – you’re a much (!) better sport than I am (And Barry does circles around Len. He sat and actually waited for you? And he gave his opinion? He’s definitely a keeper!)…

    • Kathy says:

      Wow, Laurie, I wish I could say that I was “athletic”. I so admire that in you! My athleticism amounts to long walks on the back roads. OK, maybe not that long. But fascinating walks, nonetheless. You are right about Barry being a sport. However, he understands my severe deficiencies in this area. He was probably afraid, very afraid!

  20. Christine says:

    So exciting. Sounds like you had an easier time than I did. I took two dresses back before I found something as mother of the groom and now I’m STILL not sure if it was the right choice but the wedding was last summer so there. 🙂 Very happy for you all.

    • Kathy says:

      Christine, see, you know what I’m up against. You know the challenges of being the mother-of-the-groom. I have NO IDEA if I chose anything half-way right! But, if a year goes by and no one exclaims too much, I will give you a high-five that the right decision was made. (And I’m sure YOURS was the right decision. Otherwise the Universe would have prompted you toward something else.)

  21. Lori DiNardi says:

    How delightful to find a female kindred spirit who is a nonshopper. I’m a little more vain, however, as I don’t leave the house without make-up. Heh. But, the last wedding I went to was my niece’s, and it was a beach wedding! Guess what kind of shoes I got to wear? Yep, sandals. It was wonderful to wear a casual sundress with soft, bendable sandals/shoes. I’m not a fan of flip-flops on any occasion, not even around the house. Have you seen those spiked heals with the platform toes out these days? Yikes! I mean, I’m under 5 feet tall and you still won’t catch me wearing those.

    Way to tease, Kathy. I’m so looking forward to seeing pics of the dress.

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, I suspect there are many of us out there! So, my friend, what kind of make-up do you wear? A little? A lot? I quit wearing make-up back in the Middle Ages, but, who knows, maybe some blush and powder might improve matters. Or not. I have never been able to wear flip-flops but admire those who do. Our daughter walked across Europe in her flip-flops, go figure! Did you think I really teased? I think I just was too lazy to get in the dress and have someone take my pic. (Or couldn’t bear the thought that someone would advise me to return to the store…)

      • Lori DiNardi says:

        Oh, I just wear a little make-up. I wear concealer under the eyes and some blush. It’s a must for me to curl my eyelashes. So far, they are still thick enough so I don’t need mascara (age may change that). Some days I’m brave enough to got out and not put on the concealer or blush, but my eyelashes must be curled. Yes, I admit to such vanity.

        Hee, hee, I totally get your reasons for not putting up a photo yet. Sounds like me. I’m looking forward to reading about the big day (and the photos).

        • Kathy says:

          Fascinating, Lori! I should buy some blush. But no eyelash curls…have enough curls on the head, lol! I can only hope that I am able to take enough pics to satisfy you guys…being the mother of the groom and all. 🙂

  22. I absolutely despise shopping for clothes, especially “dressy” clothes – so I can sympathize! I can’t wear heels, either – my feet are way too big, and it’s too painful. I’m happy you found a dress that you like!! 🙂 I know you will have a wonderful time at the wedding, I can’t wait to see photos of the big day!! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Holly, I am glad you understand! And especially you understand about the heels challenge. Hoping it’s possible to take pics. The mother-of-the-groom has to be standing up in front. Might be hard to pull out the Canon and start snapping…

  23. Colleen says:

    What a wonderful word, aubergine! Am imaging that this color will look just magnificent on you, with your lovely hair and skin tones.

    Have been a mother-of-the-groom twice, once formal and once casual. Each time was very special and very precious. And so much fun 🙂

    No, I’m not a recreational shopper, And am a very casual person when it comes to clothes and hair, and the like. Not quite minimalist but getting close.

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I adore that word. Aubergine! Who created that word? I love learning from you past mothers-of-the-grooms. You inspire me so much! I know what you mean about being almost-minimalist. Me, too. So these kinds of occasions can be a stretch. Thank you my friend!

  24. Sybil says:

    I just never got the “shopping gene” Kathy. I consider trying on clothes a chore. Glad you found something you like. Looking forward to seeing it.

  25. Barb says:

    I am not a happy shopper especially when I must buy something for a special occasion. I did buy a great dress for my son’s wedding in San Francisco 6 years ago only because I took along a friend who is a champion shopper, and she assisted me. His wedding (which was small and only family) was in Jan so the world class shopper suggested dress ankle boots which actually were extremely comfortable. I’ve worn that dress for 3 weddings since, though for a summer wedding in FL, I had to substitute metallic dress flats. I love purple (it goes well with my white hair) – you will be a spectacular Mother of the Groom. My son’s inlaws are Buddhist, so they also requested that both my husband and I wear white gloves (which they provided). I still enjoy looking at the photos of that wedding. We all look so festive. Mainly it’s about relaxing and having fun at such a memorable occasion. Don’t bother with a necklace. You’ll look fabulous! PS. Barry is a saint for going shopping with you!

    • Kathy says:

      I have been fascinatedly (I suppose that wasn’t a word until now) thinking about you and your husband wearing white gloves at your wedding. So far no one has mentioned white gloves to us…although you never know what may develop. I’m not sure about being spectacular–I have never been spectacular–but suspect it might work out all right. Hopefully? And, yes, Barry showed some saint-like characteristics that day. But don’t go thinking he’s 100% saint. **grin**

      • Barb says:

        We were not told about the gloves either until the wedding was about to begin – they just came to us and asked if we would wear them. Mine were lace and Bob’s white cotton. Perhaps it’s a Korean and not a Buddhist tradition? My son and daughter-in-law wore American wedding apparel for the ceremony (which they wrote themselves) but afterwards changed into traditional Korean Hanboks for the wedding dinner. Our son’s had to be handmade by a tailor in Korea and brought by one of the bride’s aunts to the US because he’s 6’4″ and no ready made ones came tall enough! They also had one specially made for Gregg’s twin brother who was Best Man (also 6’4″). Trust me, Kathy, you’ll look spectacular! Remember to breathe and have fun. (Hopefully there is plenty of breathing room in the dress.)

  26. A Lake Superior Spirit needs a Lake Superior necklace — this local artist’s jewelry came to mind as I read your post! http://rockonjewelry.co/ I have been meaning to buy one of Gail’s necklaces for myself! ~ Kat B.

    • Kathy says:

      Lookin’ pretty cool, travelgardeneat! I shall stare mesmerized at Gail’s necklaces…and hope that something in me decides something pretty quick! Thank you!

  27. Reggie says:

    I cannot picture the colour of the dress, even though I know what an aubergine looks ilke – so I guess I shall have to wait patiently until you post a piccie of it AFTER the wedding? I was chuckling all the way through this post, as I too am not a happy shopper – particularly when it comes to dresses and shoes… if the shoes are functional, like sandals, hiking boots or takkies (running shoes), no prob, but anything formal and with heels – forget about it. 😉 Well done for successfully purchasing the perfect dress and shoe combination, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, I SO have the same problem. I can NEVER picture anything, ever. I am a little nervous about how I’m going to fit in picture taking during this wedding, being the mother of the groom and all. It was easy in Nicaragua cuz I was just a spare auntie. Perhaps I shall buy a pair of takkies and run between assignments! (Ha ha, forgive me, jsut had to type the word “takkies” because it sounded so interesting.)

  28. looked around for the Love button, but the Like will have to do. I know we’ll see that photo soon, and am waiting patiently [yeah, right!]

    • Kathy says:

      I love that you looked for the Love button, Meenakshi! I am often looking for “love” buttons too. Please do not be too eager about the aubergine dress. Truly, it’s nothing special. We’ll all be gazing at the bride instead…

  29. I love purple, whether it’s a lavender shade, eggplant or aubergine. I chose a similar coloured dress for my Mother-of-the-bride dress. I loved the style and the colour. Unfortunately, it was a shiny satin that reflected the light off my ample curves in a very unflattering way I found out after all the photos were taken. I’d have been better off with a flat colour, I think. I hope yours works out better than mine when all is said and done. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t purple lovely, withershins? I also adore green. People (mostly my mother) always say I look good in green. I am now very concerned about shiny satin and unflattering curves. Ha ha…are we humans EVER satisfied? I say we throw caution to the wind and celebrate ourselves even with our unflattering parts! (Yeah, right, we’ll see about that…)

  30. Stacy Lyn says:

    Stacy Lyn cringed when Kathy made the comment about shoes being utilitarian. Stacy Lyn must, must, must have more shoes, always. Says Stacy Lyn’s mom during her recent visit, “Stacy Lyn, just how many pairs of shoes do you own?” Answers Stacy Lyn, “Not enough.” She is writing a post about her favorite shoes, but hasn’t published it yet because she is searching for the perfect words to go with her perfect shoes. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Stacy Lyn, Kathy Sue had to laugh when she read your comment and now she’s thinking she should probably quit referring to herself as “Kathy” for a while because pretty soon all of us will be talking in the third person about such things as shoes. Kathy is also wondering how many shoes would be enough? She often wonders how many blog posts would be enough, too. **grin**

  31. Joanne says:

    Yes!!! Someone else who hates shopping, who hates high-heels, who needs signs from the Universe before making a decision (the elderly ladies approval), who won’t buy a single item until it pleads to be taken home! Thank goodness I have a “twin”! I would LOVE to see a photo of the Mother of The Groom, all in due course, of course, donned in her aubergene dress. I’m sure you’ll look stunning, Kathy. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      YES! We are the SAME!! High five, Joanne! I am now very afeared to show anyone the photo of the Mother of the Groom, because I have made such a big blogging splash here when it’s really just a teeny tiny insignificant dress which will–hopefully–look OK. We can’t ever hope for stunning. We’re just aiming for OK. 🙂

  32. I so know the sleep blogging experience 😉

    And my bridesmaids wore “royal purple” so I am totally behind the aubergine!

    • Kathy says:

      Inger, I am delighted to hear that there is another who blogs in her sleep. 🙂 Ha ha, isn’t it awful? Royal purple sounds absolutely royal. Even more royal than aubergine, I think, although I am in love with the word aubergine, aren’t you?

  33. This post made me smile 🙂 (And oh how I wish I had typing fingers! But instead, it seems that I was bitten by the shutterbug!….It must have bitten my typing fingers! LOL)

    So glad you found a dress and shoes for the wedding….and you’ve already answered my question, because I was going to ask if we get to see you IN your new dress and shoes. I can’t wait!
    I rarely wear heels myself, but found that wedges are so much more comfortable.

    • Kathy says:

      Now, now, now, Michaela, someone with your shutterbug fingers must NEVER want typing fingers! (OK, it’s OK to want them, but your fingers are so special in their own right that you should probably buy fancy rings to honor their photographic snapping skills.) You will…probably…get to see the mother of the groom in her aubergine. I don’t know how I can avoid it after making such a fuss. Should have just stayed mum. Should chastise the typing fingers for starting to blab on and on about the dress. But what’s a typist to do? 🙂

  34. dearrosie says:

    What happened? I wrote a comment and was just about to press POST comment when WP took me to your next post! huh? I’ll try remember what I said…

    I love purple. My glasses are purple -and I wear them every day
    I also didn’t inherit shopping genes
    I also don’t wear those ridiculous high heels. At my daughter’s wedding earlier this month I wore my most comfortable pair of sandals.

    just to be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing! And enjoy!

    • Kathy says:

      Shame on WordPress! Shame on our technology! Actually, we may be involved in a Technological Glitch, Rosie, you and me, because I can’t get to your precious blog and it’s making me mad. I am glad you like purple. That you wore sandals to your daughter’s wedding. And that you understand the gifts of JUST ENJOYING! **love**

  35. Robin says:

    Oh Kathy, we have so much in common it’s almost unbelievable. Shopping is not my favorite activity either, and I well remember buying mother-of-the-groom dresses. The first was the worst for me, and I’m not sure I got it right, but the second one somehow worked out well. And shoes! Ugh. I won’t wear high heels either. I would much rather jump in the pond in January than wear heels.

    Aubergine. I haven’t seen it yet, but already love it. Good luck with the necklace. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      We have to be twin spirits then as we run for the pond/lake faster than high heels and society can catch up with us!! I am not sure I got the dress right, either, but what the heck. It shall have to do. Bought the necklace on Sunday. It shall have to do as well!

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  37. Oh! I wrote a comment and it didn’t post.

    Just wanted to say that I don’t care much for heels either. They’re always too high.

    And that I am wearing aubergine right now. It’s a delicious colour, isn’t it?

    Would love to know how the wedding dressing up went! And whether you found the necklace to match. (Did any shout, “Take me!”? Love that description.)

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Whether Weather (that is a mouthful, lol!) I’m not sure the necklace shouted “Take me! Take me!” Instead it whispered, “How about me? Please?” and I pondered and consulted and pondered some more and bought it–without trying it on with the dress–and I guess it was OK, but not utterly 100% perfect, but please don’t tell the necklace because she tried her darnedest to fit in with the aubergine. It is a delicious color. I am wearing blue yoga pants right now. Thanks for visiting!

      • And I am wearing a blue frock. Will we continue revealing our wardrobe thus? People call me Priya. Whether Weather is a temporary, weather-bound phase. Or so I think.

        • Kathy says:

          And I am now wearing…no, Priya! We can’t continue like this! lol. It IS raining outside and I feel weather-bound now. But may just go outside anyway. I hope I remember your name. I need to hear names six times before they stick.

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