Sunday, December 03, 2006

Went shopping

Tony Scott
On Friday, I took the day off, as predicted, and went shopping. There's lots of sales on in a bid to get people to buy for Christmas. But after a couple of hours Wife and I were still empty-handed. So we headed for Ed's Diner to have a yummy burger, but en route she espied a shoe store and was tempted inside. Shoe-shopping with Wife is often a miserable affair. She's not traditionally a big buyer of shoes, but whenever she attempts to make such a purchase she seems to be foiled by poor fit, poor design, and any of a number of other possible scenarios.

Not so on Friday. Three pairs were purchased! One by me for Christmas, and the other two with her own hard-earned pennies. And she bought two pairs of Converses last month. So that's five pairs of footwear in about six weeks or so. Pretty good going for someone who doesn't buy many shoes.

After a hearty lunch we decided to head home. But then we remembered that we need a new camera, so we can have one each when in Spain next month. So we made an impulse purchase at Jessops. One of the staff, seemingly the most senior, was an utter pompous cunt, but we bought anyway. It was in the sale with a discount of £120, which was rather fabulous.

And then, we headed for the exit. But what's this I see? Discounts on Ed Hardy T-shirts. I love those old-skool Ed Hardy tattoo designs, but the shirts have been priced too high, usually selling for £42 (US$83) at this particular store. Discount day meant 30% off, bringing the price down to a still-ridiculous almost £30 ($59). Even so, I couldn't resist. I bought the exact one that director Tony (True Romance) Scott can be seen wearing in the pic above (that's him on the left).

God, doing those conversions I can't believe that £1 = $1.98. We so should be heading to Manhattan for some seasonal sales...


Blogger Red said...

I still think a picture of the delectable Jay Manuel sporting one of these babies would have made a better impression on your bleug.

03 December, 2006 11:38  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Yeah, but I couldn't find one. Sorrrry!

03 December, 2006 11:40  
Blogger Red said...

And while I was looking for piccies of Jay sporting Ed Hardy (you're right... they're hard to find), I found out he's from Toronto, so Candy would have liked him too!

03 December, 2006 11:43  
Blogger Karen said...

And that's just the US conversion...current CDN conversion? 1GBP = 2.28CDN Yikes!

5 pairs of shoes? I'm so jealous.

03 December, 2006 12:27  
Blogger Milla said...

5 pair of shoes? I don't think I've even got that many in the wardrobe. In fact, I've got 9 shoes only, 4 pairs plus one lonely shoe -I lost its sister at some festival but since it was my first pair of paraboots I have an emotional attachment to it.

Funny that whenever I go to NY I can never find anything I like when I go shopping. There are only two shops worth visiting for me: the one on West Broadway where they sell vintage movie posters from all over the world and the one a bit further up (about 20 blocks north) where two Polish ladies sell a strange mixture of catholic, jewish and orthodox christian craziness. Weird.

Buona domenica a te e Red!

03 December, 2006 12:39  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red: But i couldn't find one. Sorry Candy, too.

Karen: I know! And... I know!

Milla: Funny that you have nine shoes with one uncoupled boot! Bless. They sound like cool shops. I hunt up cheap DVD shops and cool T-shirt and shirt vendors. Also the Levi's store. But you know, just as much it's about eating at expensive restaurants at what are, comparatively, cheap prices. You know we love our food! Yum. Buona domenica anche a voi due.

03 December, 2006 13:11  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Cool shirt - sounds like fun shopping too, except for the conversions. Somehow there never seems to be enough shoes - I have more than ever, yet forever looking through the closet for the "right" pair..........

03 December, 2006 16:20  
Blogger Soupdragon said...

Ah.... Ture Romance...
"I don't know about coke, but we have a Pepsi machine right down the hall...."

Fucking ace film, that. Along with the "I'm not happy till the spoon stands straight up", which has become a classic in me house....
Especially when yer on about vodka and coke. Pepsi. Stuff.



03 December, 2006 18:54  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

1 pound = 2.50 aussie dollars.

Heh don’t ye just love the shop workers who act like they are doing you a favour by you buying something. Gits.

03 December, 2006 23:14  
Anonymous cappy said...

so you go to spain next month. you should have told us earlier! fnaar!

p.s. i was wondering where imelda marcos went to!

04 December, 2006 02:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sound like a productive day of shopping! I am currently in shoe envy. But don't worry about me, I'll get over it soon enough.

04 December, 2006 03:42  
Blogger Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

wow 3 pairs of shoes.... lucky girl... My husband is just the same... I love shoes... but I never rush into buying them... unless I am really sure. We have had arguments several times because we have gone shoe shopping and come home empty handed...

There's a little christmas something for you at my blog...

It's giving me a bit of a problem with the links... but it's up.

04 December, 2006 08:05  
Anonymous cappy said...

but on saying that, if i had the money and a pair of properly shaped feet, i would prostitute myself for a cupboard full of shoes!

do you know weller has his own line of them? very nice they are too.

04 December, 2006 09:56  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Dollface: Those conversions aren't great for Americans visiting here, that's for sure...

Soupdragon: It's a damn good film, and no messing.

APP: I think the Aus $ is strengthening then. It used to be about 3:1 about five years ago, no? I know about those shop workers: it was a real Pretty Woman moment, cos the twat he was devoting all his time to walked out without buying anything, whereas we did make a purchase. Dick.

Cappy 1: I think I did tell yers. Imelda, not so much. She rarely buys shoes -- or anything for herself for that matter. And the last pair of shoes before that was probably in February. And we have separate bank acocunts anyway, so it's her money, you know?

04 December, 2006 12:40  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Olives: Ah, shoe envy: that most female of jealousies!

Wendy: We don't like coming home empty-handed, because it usually means you've failed in your intentions, doesn't it? So it was a good trip. Successful.

Cappy 2: So you like shoes, huh? Didn't know about the Weller ones. That's funny! Not as funny as Madness on Strictly Come Dancing the other night, though!

04 December, 2006 12:42  
Blogger Suze said...

I have never been a big spender on shoes either but I must admit there are some very tempting fetish shoes out there.

Just wish I could afford to buy them. lol

04 December, 2006 13:59  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Hey Suze. Fetish shoes are lovely, it's true.

04 December, 2006 15:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely day of shopping. How was the whole weekend? I gasped at first, I thought that might be Tony and YOU almost. Cool t-shirts, we were just talking about these, the other day. I haven't seen any around here.

I have hardly any shoes or clothes. I got rid of an entire wardrobe last year...was I nuts? No needed to travel light and get new stuff. Have I? Nope, I have one pair of combat pants, redish cordorys, and then a sexy par of jeans. Shoes...well, actually, I have been known to haver a shoe fetish. But I only own about 8 shoes these days. Purses...I was going to make a post of some of my purse collection. I've been known to have 30 purses. Mostly vintage or collected second hand.

I have a pair of mukluks right now, my only boots. I keep putting off buying proper boots...and of course, it snowed like crazy the other day. I couldn't leave the house!

I am not in a shopping for clothes mood at all. I don't spend a lot of money getting things for myself. And now, I will probably wait until after the holidyas.

Of course, I have clothes I can't fit inot. I am on a rather severe diet right now. If I lose a few pounds I'll have a huge wardrobe so that is my inspiration.

Now I'm just fucking rambling good good, where am I going with this comment?

I've got nothing to wear!

(but it's my own doing...hee hee-I'll go nuts in the new year)

04 December, 2006 17:15  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: It was great, and the weekend was cool, too, thanks. I watched five movies, so reviews will be up in the coming days. I'm looking forward to hearing what you thought of Death of a President.

It's cool that you're able to have a big downsize of stuff from time to time. Stuff chains us to our pasts. I wish I could get rid of stuff, but I'm a terrible hoarder. (What are mukluks, by the way?)

You can ramble here as much as you like, pet. Sorry you've got nothing to wear, though.

04 December, 2006 18:19  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: I also meant to say, it's funny that you thought that might be me with Tony Scott, whom i'm guessing you recognized right away, being as you're such a big fan. Like an Englishman could ever be that tanned!

Also, when I was looking for a pic of a celeb in MY T-shirt, this was the only one I could find, but I was glad it was Tony Scott, who is kinda cool and looks like he could actually wear that kind of gear. so many of the celeb pics were so obviously guys who had just been given this stuff right there and then as a gift and asked to pose. Tony probably had, too, but at least it suits him somehow. The Michael Madsen pics are embarrassing!

to be fair, though, the Madonna pic was good: she had just been papped wearing hers in the street.

04 December, 2006 18:23  

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