The only problem with going to a mall that has so many stores, is, well, so many stores. There's just not enough time to get through 170+ stores even if you are there all day. Even if you eliminate the stores that have no appeal, there are still too many stores. But we gave it the college try.
We took off Saturday morning at 9 am because we wanted to be there at 10 am sharp when the mall opened. Little did we know that it would be 8 1/2 hours later (and $20 for parking!) that we would be leaving exhausted but happy.
Because we pretty much knew that we would probably get our party dresses at Macy's we started there. We were almost the first people in the women's dress area and it worked to our advantage. Tiny Friend immediately went bombing through the racks and had about a dozen dresses in her arms within in 10 minutes. One of the ladies working the dress area asked her if she'd like a dressing room and told her only 6 garments at a time. Tiny Friend replied that she was here with "those two" (pointing) and wanted to wait. The lady then replied, "Well, let me give you the big dressing room and all three of you can go in together." It really worked out fabulous.
I had taken my camera because I wanted to have photos for this blog, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise and from now on when I'm doing serious shopping, I will take it with me. You ask why? Because I took photos of us in our dresses and we were able to see ourselves from a completely different perspective and noticed things we would not have had we just been looking in the mirror. It was a great tool!
If you're wondering which dress I bought? That will have to wait until I'm ready to debut it for the party!