you also work for Portlandia?

It was all lining up…I just couldn’t believe it..

I’m not sure about you…but I love Portland…I  love that I don’t live there anymore but I LOVE shopping, eating and walking around Portland..

after an hour of bumper to bumper traffic I arrived at my destination

ANTHROPOLOGIE….

(This store is hands down my absolute favorite place to shop for clothes…)

and I pulled up right in front and there was parking….I couldn’t believe it. I was so stunned by this sense of luck that I actually stayed in my car for 5 minutes…looking around reading every sign…nope…I was clear…enter ANTHROPOLOGIE..

So to give you a little background about me…I hate to shop…always have…I hate trying on clothes…especially pants…however…I was here because I made a commitment to myself 3 years ago…a reward for myself…after the second pregnancy which was bound to pack on 70 plus pounds like the first one…I was going shopping…after I lost it all..(or most of it)..at my favorite store.

I entered the store and was planning to do the loop around the store that I used to do before b-lining it to the sales rack…

I realized that the store had majorly expanded since I was in last 3 years ago…majorly…it was like 4 times the old size…and now had an upstairs..remain calm…go hang out in home goods..my brain told me…breathe!.

then a lovely sales associate asked me if I would like a basket…why yes…of course…she was so friendly that I bravely told her that I had not been in since the expansion…I was here to reward myself for loosing 70plus pounds and in an instant…I was swept away by a STYLIST….with a french name..

I followed her thru the store and she asked me questions about what I was shopping for  (work clothes) and what kind of work do I do (chiro) and blah blah…mom..and oh yes..70 pounds…she whisked clothes off the shelves and then whisked me into a dressing room…where I met another stylist looking very tattooed and Portland…and the two of them decided that this one shirt was just not quite cool enough for me……these 2 cooler that cool Portland ladies were telling ME that I was cooler that this shirt…I loved these ladies!

I followed her direction and tried on outfit after outfit as she presented them…most of the clothes I never would have picked out for myself. Some I ended up loving..some immediately she said..what’s wrong…not for you? She was still outside of the dressing room at this point..She was swift..I was trying on..she was looking all over the store for the next thing…and she did raid the sales rack. I love this woman..

She comes back…what about the jeans? Did you try them on? I said…sheepishly…well I don’t think I am going to be buying jeans on this trip…french girl…why? I honestly replied..I cannot even get these 3 pairs of jeans past my thighs (I said this without crying..yay….she replied…well then those ones just aren’t for you..but I WILL FIND YOU JEANS that you will love…and sure enough the next pair she bought me…were..simply divine…comfortable yet a little flattering…you know…that pair of jeans you always wear…she found them for me. LOVE her.

then she enters the room…and well…see’s my body…and I told myself..I guess this is how models do it..boobs and all… let’s go…keep trying it on…and get styled.

we chat..she has 2 girls…we talk about girl drama starting too young and we talk about how she is leaving anthro to go back to work on PORTLANDIA..

my stylist dresses the people on PORTLANDIA…well geez…is this real? am I in a movie? I love her..girl with the french name…

and she was…she highlighted my strengths in my body and found clothes that flattered those areas while hiding my more sensitive (fleshy) spots like my thighs. She understood that the whole point of fashion is to make you feel good! and since this is the year to feeling good, I was in.

I walked downstairs with my pretty basket full and a new outfit on…and paid..gulp….for my goodies…which got me into a long chat with the cashier…she said…wow…doing some spring shopping…and I said yep…I’m rewarding myself for loosing 70 pounds…and she said…wow…good for you…and well..can I ask you..how you did THAT? LOOSE 70 pounds…and here’s what I said (you can read in the next blog)..

so my friend…

be beautiful…work hard…put the time in…while I’ve always loved setting goals and meeting them…I’ve never been good at taking it in. taking it in and saying…Sarah…you did this and now go reward yourself…

My reward for loosing that weight was a shopping trip to anthropologie…I dreamed about it for 3 years…and it was totally fabulous..just like me and just like you!

The fashion industry is changing..thank GOD! Finally they are realizing that we are women and we come is so many shapes…our bodies are strong and athletic. our bodies grow and birth babies…we  no longer accept that we must have a certain shape..like long skinny legs with no cellulite…and a perky butt and thin waist and perfectly shaped C cup boobs after nursing…We reject this because if we don’t we will waste precious time on this planet never being satisfied with ourselves. We are enough, just the way we are. You, girlfriend, are way more than enough. Now go do something that makes you feel beautiful and go tell a friend that they are beautiful too! xo