Next layers - this little black jacket has been a treasure for years. I remember Natalie wearing it in college to a dance with jeans. I always feel a little cool when Natalie choose something from my closet :) to wear. Its just a fun little jacket that goes over many things. This pink sweater I found at American Eagle on my way to meet a friend for lunch last Friday. I love how it fits and wish I had it in more colors. The white button up layer is one of my favorites from Banana Republic a find a few years ago on clearance. I just rediscovered it in my closet, and its like buying a new shirt :). Black boots - so comfortable and with just a little heel they work great with pants or a casual dress. They are an easy height to walk with Cricket in as well.
How do I shop alone? With a guide dog, I walk into the store, ask Cricket to find the counter (if someone hasn't talked to us yet), and then ask for some assistance. Sometimes I need to explain to them how they can help me for example, I am blind and need a little assistance finding a black coat and anything else that you might have that is fun. The ending of the sentence is where I find out what they might have on sale, what is the fun item for the season that I might want to remember, etc. For example, as we are walking back to the clearance coat section they may say - springtime you will be wanting a bright splash of color. It also helps them feel more relaxed if they are unsure how to be helpful. I walked into Sur La Table and said I need a new cheese grater. They showed me a couple fun different options. I chose the grater with the cheese falling into a measuring cup - how cool is that! Gateway is one of the places that I shop alone. It is an easy layout of fun stores and easy pick up or fun meeting places. Yes it has its moments of challenge. Sometimes we have to sit down and have a lemon cookie (with frosting) and a diet coke just to regroup :).
Hope you have a great Monday!