J.Crew, A Hairband & Embarassment
I was newlywed. I had arrived back from my honeymoon just ten days prior. I hadn't seen my best friend (and maid of honor) since the day after the wedding. It was Black Friday and my apartment was down the street from a very nice shopping center, so we made plans to shop there.
When we got there, I had my phone screen fixed. She got some athleisure attire. We were having a great time and laughing a ton. Then it happened. We decided to go to J. Crew.
I like J. Crew. It's nice, but I usually buy a little cheaper. At the time I was looking into buying more expensive brands under the idea that the "quality" might let me wear them more in the long run. (Now I think fashion is fleeting and quality only marginally goes up while the price increases exponentially, but that's another blog). So I went in to the store and started browsing.
When I was browsing, I was relatively unamused at the choices. It seemed like neither of us were going to buy anything when I cam across a small stand toward the front. & I saw it! The most useful and cool thing I had seen all day. I had previously come across this useful product on pinterest. It's basically a cute wristband that is made to hold your hairband. I almost always have a hairband around my wrist so this would exponentially change my life!
I was really excited about finding this product. I yelled at my friend to come here and loudly explained to her what it was I found. The employees up at the front were laughing, probably because of my excitement. I marched up front and told the cashier what a great find it was. She was so friendly and kept smiling and giggling at me. I bought two--one for me and one for my sister whom I knew could use it. I thought about how productive I was buying a Christmas gift so soon.
We left the store. I started wearing the wristband (it came with a hairband--how nice!) and then it hit me about an hour later. This was not a special bracelet made to hold a hairband.... It was just a cool looking metal piece hairband. The people at J. Crew were laughing at ME. I made a fool of myself. I had been wearing a metal hair clip around my wrist for an hour. I just wasted $30 on something I had back home.
My first beef was with my friend. But she said she saw it and just believed me. Secondly, what the heck to the employees who knew that I thought it was something else but sold me two of them anyway. Thirdly, why the heck did I think that?!?!?!?!?!
I laugh at this story often. Partially because it's so silly but also because it's a reminder that a little embarrassment can add great value to your life. It was a great reminder to not take myself so seriously. Embarrassment teaches you the art of having a sense of humor. & also, in this case, not to buy from J. Crew ever again.
What are some of your embarrassing moments?