Unlike me, who hasn't quite figured out how to stop shopping, my mom hardly ever treats herself. Ever since she moved from L.A. to a small beach town in Michigan a few years back, the temptation that comes with living near countless shopping destinations is gone, and she rarely shops online. So when she texted me the other day with plans to go into Chicago for the weekend and asked me for ideas of what to get at Nordstrom (where I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Nordstrom is the mecca for just about everything), I was noticeably shocked. Well, shocked and excited. Because the only thing I love more than treating myself is convincing others to do the same.
Naturally, I dropped everything and started researching. We basically had an informational interview, during which she walked me through the missing pieces in her wardrobe; the jeans, dress, and shoe styles that she gears toward most; and the brands that she's been loyal to for years. Then, I got to work.
One too many hours later—I have a tendency to get carried away—the shopping list below was born and subsequently given an excited checkmark from my mom. She saved her version to her phone so she could reference it at Nordstrom. I turned mine into this story. Below, find a comprehensive list of all the pieces on my 58-year-old mom's Nordstrom shopping list. If I had to guess, they'll be on yours, too.
Her response: "I wear earrings every day, and I change my earrings every day, so it's important for me to have a lot of different pairs that are fun and go with everything. That's why these seem great for me. I'm already thinking up multiple outfits to wear them with."
Her response: "Trench coats have the potential to be a bit too oversize for me, but this one looks fitted in a nice way, and I like the length of it for someone who's short like me. I'd definitely wear it tied at the waist to keep it from looking boxy."
Her response: "I always get compliments on my other Shinola watch from the woman who works at the watch shop at home—she's a legend—which is how I know that it's the watch brand for me. Also, how'd you know that I've been eyeing a gold one?"
Her response: "I'm such a fan of wrap dresses for their shape, but I always worry about showing off too much in them. So I like that this one appears to be more covered at the top. Also, this gray shade is so stunning and much more visually exciting that another black dress."
Her response: "Wow, this reminds me that I haven't bought myself a proper bra in years. Usually, I go without or wear a sports bra for classes, but I have been meaning to update my just comfortable and low-maintenance bra selection, and I like how this wouldn't be visible under a T-shirt or tank."