Monday, April 13, 2009

just plain wrong

as i've blogged about before, i have a love/hate relationship with my city of residence.

love the shopping, love the eating, love our house, love fabulous Dallas friends... but...

... its moments like this that make me want to shred my credit cards, dred my hair, and join a hippie co-op:

let's examine, shall we?

(1) first, the obvious: there are unattended children sitting on the floor of the salon shoe department at Neiman Marcus.

(2) second, they are occupying themselves by watching cartoons on their very own $300 iPhone.

(3) third, i must have missed the fashion memo that the only appropriate footwear to pair with this season's construction paper bunny ears is child-sized Tory Burch boots... yes, you heard me correctly: those $500 black patent quilted TB boots, coveted by women everywhere last season? yep, you (fiscally responsible adult) have been out-styled by a 10 year old, because she's got 'em and you do not.

these pint-sized yuppie WASPs threw me into a shame-spiral of self-loathing for about 10 minutes.

and then i remembered i can drive. and have sex. and drink alcoholic beverages. and i felt better - lacking in buttery quilted patent boots, perhaps - but better.

{note: yeah, yeah, i did take this picture with my phone and i probably looked like a pedophile doing it... but it had to be done. i'm thinking of it less as creep-tastic and more as my Northpark National Geographic Moment.}

30 comments:

  1. Yeah, gotta love the over-indulged side of Dallas, right? Wrong. I hate it, too. I love going to North Park and seeing the high fashion, the beautiful decor, and the designer diggs, but I hate the pompous side of Big D. What happened to the wealthy wanting to show a strong display of southern manners? Exhibiting grace and charm? Nothing gracious about those boots on a child or the kids themselves. I feel sorry for their parents.... in so many ways!

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  2. omg don't you just hate watching some 10 year old walk around with thinks you want/neeeeeed!

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  3. Wow, that would send me into a shame spiral too. Your right though, we can do things those little girls can't. Ugh, I hate when I see kids with things I want!

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  4. This is just wrong!!! Seriously, a ten-year old has better shoes than me!!

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  5. I love coming to your blog because I never know what I'm going to get! I love this post - so funny and too true!

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  6. did you take this photo? were you the creepy lady standing in Neiman's taking photos of small children? I love it, it was totally worth it.

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  7. Just remember. That little girl will have to survive the sorrow of rapidly growing OUT of those Tory Burch boots. Also it's possible that she will develop a social conscience as she ages and this photo will find her in later life and cause her to donate her fortune to a good cause. So worth it.

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  8. Some kids are so ridiculously spoiled. It makes me sad...

    But you are right to look at the side of how many things us "of age" women can do! And those...are very fun things!

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  9. Yikes. Let's even overlook the expense for a moment to wonder if its at all appropriate for pre teens to wear knee high lace up patent leather boots? Isn't that a little to S&M inspired for the primary school crowd?

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  10. I still cannot get over this photo.

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  11. yeahh....this post mostly just makes me miss Dallas shopping. there's pretty much only three things i miss about dallas: northpark, willow bend, and galleria (in that order). okay, mi cocina too.

    Banana shopping at Barton Creek is just so, so sad.

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  12. The expense doesn't bother me so much, as T and J have been gifted with very expensive clothes. Also, my twins are always on our i-phone. But then again, I am a third generation Dallasite, so I guess I am used to this. Ha ha ha

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  13. I am cracking up that you took this picture.

    I am also crying that these kids have an Iphone and better shoes than me. boo those bums.

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  14. Hi future offspring of mine: Here's a Gap Kids gift certificate. Check back in fifteen years and we'll talk Nordstrom. Maybe. But you're on your own with Neiman's.

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  15. dallas, dallas, dallas. i love that you captured this moment to prove to people every where that this exists.

    last time i was there -- just trying on regular old revas-- there was a 13 year old surrounded by salespeople and about 25 pairs of louboutins, manolos, and jimmy choos. no lie. i wanted to throw the reva that i didn't own yet at her.

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  16. one word: ridiculous! BOO Dallas!

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  17. I can see that. The first thing I noticed about that photo was her iphone!

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  18. Fear the Neiman Marcus children. They are almost always dressed more expensively than, and more poorly behaved than, any of us mere mortals. Oh, the ridiculous outfits/ behaviors I've seen.

    This photo was definitely taken in the spirit of service - as in, parents, cut this spoiled child crap out. Right now.

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  19. that is absolutely too much! it amazes me what people buy their children that they will just grow out of in a few months!!

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  20. how much do you want to bet this girl has to pull an anna nicole and marry a 90 year old billionaire to support her shopping habits in life?

    that was uncalled for...maybe i'm just jealous because i have a college degree and a job and still couldn't afford those boots. sigh.

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  21. I am pissed that the kid has better boots than me. Boo!

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  22. Ok, first off...how do we know it's her iPhone? My daughter watches mine all the time when she's waiting around for me. Also, those boots are ugly, we should feel bad for her, not mock her. I think it's the mom in me that makes me want to defend her and her mother. I've bought Lillie ridiculous things, such as she regularly wears jeans that are more expensive than mine and she owns a Philip Lim trench. She has no idea what these things are or how much they cost, she just wears them. I hope that nobody is looking at her casting these judgements on her or me for that mater. I don't think dressing her in clothes that I think are cute AND can afford with no problem is spoiling her. Now, if in a couple of years, she's throwing a fit because I don't buy her these things, we'll have a problem. I'll start making her shop at Target or worse...Wal-Mart.

    BTW, yes, I know I'm a little "on a soapbox" about this, but it's the mama tiger in me.

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  23. Is it also the "mom in you" that wants to insult the boots as being ugly? Because that's just plain hypocritical.

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  24. for the record: I know it was the girl's iPhone because her brother had one as well... with a great cover with a soccer ball on it.

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  25. Ha, I'm sorta from Dallas and I'm not a huge fan. Don't get me wrong, there are things I love, but you just described perfectly what I normally think of!

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  26. @Slynnro- didn't realize I couldn't be a smartass here. Sorry.

    @Kate- seriously? They both had iPhones? I take it all back. Their mother should be strung up in a public square and stoned. That's just ridiculous. I has justified everything in the picture, but no more! You are 100% correct. Except the boots are still kinds ugly IMO. :)

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