Believe it or not, I hate shopping.
Sifting through hundreds of items of clothing..having to wait in line for the fitting room only to realize that you’ve gained a couple of pounds and chose all of the wrong sizes..having to repeat the process over and over again.. and then end up buying a scarf, during summer.
I mean really! Who has the time for it?
But after wearing the same thing for 6 months, I could no longer stay away..so, last night at 8 pm, I decided to make my way from my apartment to Hamra main street to see if I could find anything suitable for work..I only intended on staying in Lebanon for a month when I landed here December 29th of last year..so as you can imagine, I didn’t bring anything suitable for work..
As I passed El Dorado, I remembered that someone had told me that it’s a good place to find discount merchandise from H&M and Zara, but judging from the window merchandising, I wasn’t so sure..
I decided to give it a go..
My friend lied.
I didn’t find H&M or Zara, but I found the brand Blind Date Casual by Mister Lady! Believe it or not, I ended up buying the shirt. I have been looking for a plain white v-neck for ages, and couldn’t find one anywhere..Then I remembered that I was in Lebanon.
Lebanese don’t do plain.
I then made my way to H&M..where I wish, just for friggin’ once..they would have normal, simple clothing! Stripes, patterns, glitter, beads, ruffles, frills..you name it..their stuff is just TACKY..all of the time!
Empty handed, I made my way to Vero Moda..where they had “Crazy Offer” signs like this one all over the place..So the overall effect, was, well kind of bizarre. Correct me if I’m wrong, but visual merchandising isn’t strong in Lebanon – at least not in the three stores I visited last night..
All of this to say..I came, I saw, but I didn’t conquer…and trust me, I’ve been everywhere..Hamra..City Mall, Le Mall, Beirut Souks..you name it. I’ve even been to Souk el Ahad! And I always home come home exhausted, frustrated, and empty handed!
I guess I’ll have to wear the same clothes I’ve been wearing for six months for another six weeks, which is when I’ll be going back home. Only for vacation, don’t worry! I’ll be back! 😉
Don’t mean to sound like an obnoxious American..but I kind of do miss the malls and shopping options we have back home..if I could only find clothes that 1. are decent 2. fit well and 3. and aren’t too expensive, I’d happily spend my money in Lebanon..
Until then, I’ll have to wait until I hit Miami.