It’s funny what you fall out of the habit of doing when you live somewhere else for awhile. When we first arrived to Denmark, everything seemed so expensive that shopping wasn’t often in the cards unless it was needed. Also sales here (unless they’re right now, meaning, end of season) were infrequent and maybe in the 10-20% off range at best so things still felt very expensive, especially at the old exchange rate. But over time, you get used to things, and while you get used to your new life, you stop paying attention to all the constant stream of sale messages that come your way via email and the social media. You actually become a bit immune to it…
Still, because it was indeed so expensive here, after a year or so I figured out how the cadence worked here, and I also learned to keep better track of what we might need for ourselves or for the kids – or even kept track of what you might like for an occasional indulgence. That way, in the rare phases that there were sales, we were better prepared since savings really do matter here.
Now that we’re heading back to the US, I wonder how that relationship with shopping will change. I’ve removed myself from a lot of lists and mailings which has been great in the long run at focusing shopping during the key times of year when we need it. Which also means that I recognize a good sale – a really good one – right off the bat, like the Nordstrom anniversary sale which kicked off today. A move to another places always means a change in climate, and a few things for the home, and the kids are getting ready for their new lives and routines in schools and classes. Luckily my lists are ready to go to make sure that we don’t miss out on the important stuff while not getting roped into the things less so. Plus, maybe there’s a little indulgence to be had here and there too. After this, I’m going to right back to thinking about summer and only of summer!
For the Diplo-Me
The jackets are really something in this round-up of sales. I can’t help by have my eye on that black one with the wide gray collar (a bit too Olivia Pope for DC?), and the funnel neck one. The green army light jacket would go nicely for a more casual work environment. We have an overall “dress for your day” policy so we have a lot of leeway with what we wear, but still, I feel like I need to come to the office with some modicum of polish. Speaking of polish, I have been eyeing diamond solitaires for years and while diamonds are never cheap per se, the sale definitely makes them cheaper in a way that doesn’t happen often (like these…$3000 off…of course you still have to come up with the rest but lots of more reasonable sizes as well too). And since I’m coming into the office, perhaps actually doing my hair and putting on a spot of neutral, classic make up wouldn’t hurt either.
For the Diplo-Home
Moving, moving, moving…le sigh. I’m actually extremely excited for our new house in Washington, DC – I think it’s going to be a fun one. And most of our things should already fit from our previous apartments, but none the less, I can’t help but take with me after all this time in Denmark, a love of all things gray, monochrome, or textured. These sheepskins will add some much missed hygge, while I think there might be a home for a classic black and white rug in my own room. A few baskets to corral all the toys, as well as a few poufs and pillows to add a bit of soft and color around the room. I’m struggling to remember what on earth we even had for plates and table settings, but until I figure that out, can’t go wrong with a few coupes, tumblers and a legit cheeseboard. And finally, perhaps a bit of bedding and sheets for the bedroom? One thing I won’t miss about Denmark is our rather outdated bathroom where everything is a bit of a struggle – our new places has brand new ones which I think I’ll enjoy, so why not add a few new towels to pull it all together.
For the Diplo-Girl
I feel like she was still a baby when we first got here, and now she’s on her way to Kindergarten. And in a traditional school no less. It makes me a bit sad that we won’t be going out to get all the forest and rain gear this year, but we’ll still be pretty true to our fleeces and vests even outside of Denmark . We’ll have fun stocking up on a few back to school outfits that could work a few different ways like cargo pants and tops with a bit of girliness but not too much. Weirdly, she’s excited to be wearing real socks – i.e. not all the weatherproof bulky wool ones for winter days in the forest. But gold shoes? Those (and these) still as a big of a hit as when we first came here.
For the Diplo-Boy
It’s funny to start thinking of more than one child, and also to start thinking of life beyond just the “onesies solve most problems” phase. Our smallest isn’t quite school age yet, but could probably benefit from a few new things as he’s growing like a weed – starting with his feet and shoes. Like his sister, he knows you can’t go wrong with layering sweaters and vests, and he loves a good fun sock too (sharks!). But it’s not just clothes – we can’t figure out if possibly we need one more car seat and Maxi Cosi hasn’t let us down yet. The bottles are finally exiting stage left and our oldest loved these cups that were given to her by a friend so hoping her brother feels the same. And finally, while we’re not quite ready to give up the stroller, we have grown to love this idea her in Denmark of the “kiddie cart”. These are best for when you have a park or a playground with littles in tow and random gear and such. You can rent them at the entrances to most parks, and many people have their own – they cost easily twice as much here so maybe this is a way of keeping just a bit of our new traditions in our old home.