It’s time to admit that there has been some serious shopping during this trip – when I add everything up.
Decided to take everything out there bags and document everything – such a strange shopping. What I haven’t taken in consideration is the a couple of fridge magnets and 2 T-shirts from Chicago (one I bought to support the “Grand Park Music Festival” ) and one from Victoria.
Started in Seattle at “Nordstrom’s Rack” with the a new sleeve for my netbook – found a lovely blue one from “Steve Madden” and a leather bag from “Kelsi Dagger”, that had cost US$158.00/€118.00/£106.00 and I got both items for US$72.00/€53.75/£48.30. Saw it on sale in Victoria for CA$98.00/€73.15/£65.75 – so I made a good buy there. What I didn’t think about was the natural leather wasn’t treated, so all the natural leather details discolored on the first day – handles and the inside pocket where I had my wallet. I have to ask my saddler in Landskrona to treat it with some shoe fat, so everything gets the same shade.
At Grandville Island did I buy some interesting rock salts – only small package – 3 for CA$10.00/$9.70/€7.25/£6.55.
In Victoria started the real shopping, first a T-shirt and a dress Ralph Lauren – both on the sale rack. It had first 50% off the retail price and then 30% of the sales price. I’m big fan of navy and white, marine look. Never goes out of fashion and it always look fresh. Got both for CA$84.00/$81.65/€61.00/£54.80.
Then I ended up on “Safeway” – the supermarket – and came home with 4 bottles of interesting dressing, 1 muffin tray,2 plastic zip bags, 2 bottles of Maple syrup and 3 tubs of Colgate toothpaste. Bought a tub in Vancouver and it’s the best flavor I had on any toothpaste, Cool Mint. Just had to bring some back to Sweden. Had to go back to Safeway and buy a micro wave poach dish. My friends have one and the eggs come out beautiful.
So then on my last day I went back to “The Bay” – Canada leading department store where I bought my Ralph Laurens outfits and I found a black and white spotted dress silk dress by “Jeanne Beker” and after all discounts came to CA$72.00/$70.00/€52.25/£46.95.
Then I passed a shoe shop and there I found red wedges for CA$15.00/$14.55/€10.90/£9.80 and I also bought none slip trainers for my Zumba class. The ones I have are so slippery. Hope I they will work – never had shoes like this before – only had material ones before and they are not in leather, both came to a total of CA$72.00/$70.00/€52.25/£46.95.
After packing and re-packing through the night and morning – there where things that will never make it to Sweden – all dressings and one bottle maple syrup got a new home in Victoria. Checking on Air Canada’s website about excess luggage – they would become very expensive dressings – they charge CA$100.00/$97.25/€52.75/£65.25 for any kilo between 23-32 kilo – I can get a return flight from Copenhagen to Dublin for that amount, so I have to make my own dressings and I’m sure that many of will provide me very exciting recipes.
I also bought a silk shirt that came in its own silk pouch, couldn’t resist – bought it in a stand at “Market Square” in Victoria for CA$45.00/$43.75/€32.65/£39.35.
My last purchase I will do on Seattle Airport – a bottle of Marc Jacob’s fragrance to my neighbor’s daughter that has looked after all my green plants, “Dots” – because I know she will love the bottle.
But I have also left behind wonderful friends and places, which I really hope that I will be able to see again. It has been one of my best holidays ever, even if it has rough on my feet’s at times – and the budget has still some leftovers, that I can put against a new ticket – I will never be able to get another ticket for US$57.00/€42.55/£38.25.
I will be coming home with fantastic memories and experience, far too many photos and 2 bursting suitcases, more shoes and laundry. Sweden, in 48hrs I will be back – be prepared.
“Shopping is really complicated if you are a girl.”
Photo provided by and thanks to: (Marc Jacobs) fragrantica.com