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You feel it right?

It’s so in the air.

Oh yeah… it’s Purple Day at Dylan’s preschool (and you thought I couldn’t top Yellow Day. Why do you underestimate me?).

For Dylan, it’s a double layering of purple. Holy aubergine macaroni! She CAN be a team player.


But not a total conformist.


I have never in my life worn socks under flip flops so this granola hipster look did not come from me. I’m thinking my mom might be the inspiration. Although she tends to favor birkenstocks over her socks. Do they still make those?

So after I drop Dyan off at preschool this morning, I am rushing home so Rick can go to work. And that’s when I notice it on Bleeker Street: “Olive & Bette’s 75% off sale.” Through the window, I see heaps and mountains of discounted clothes at my fave shop.

I’m not really a sample sale girl. Our mama bird beauty girl Alex can spend six minutes in a mad frenzy sale and come out completely unscathed, with three fabulous items, all for $7 dollars. This skill is innate. It can not be learned and I don’t have it.

I get overwhelmed.

I find nothing.

I finally buy something that doesn’t fit, I don’t like and I will never wear because I don’t want to pass up the opportunity for such a fabulous steal. I mean, I don’t want some other girl wearing MY posh top?!

So I generally avoid these things, despite their fashionista siren song appeal.

Plus, I know Rick needs me home soon so he can hand Summer off and get to Fox 5 to host an early show.

So, of course, I do what every good, loyal wife would do.

I shop – FAST.

In my frantic rush, with adrenaline flowing like a marked-down dress, I dive into the madness.

The scene is a bit chaotic in the cramped store with women ravaging piles of t-shirts, shoes and sweaters. One babysitter is pushing a very content little boy around in a stroller. But it’s so crowded, the door security guy offers to park the little dude by him and watch over the kid.

She agrees. I’m suddenly wondering if this is acceptable behavior from a babysitter but the store is TINY. And it’s not like she’s running out for a coffee or a manicure. Soon the security guy and the little boy (the only two men in the place) are kickin’ back by themselves and watching over the mayhem. My nanny alert subsides and I focus on my mission.

I find a couple maybe-cute tanks. No, nothing in purple. Color Day? Never heard of it.

I arrive home and Rick is able to get to work on time. I mention nothing to him about my little unscheduled excursion. Look, if he wants to know what’s going on with me, he has to read the mama bird diaries just like everybody else. I’m not playing favorites here.

mama bird notes

The results of our latest poll are in…
What are you willing to do for an entire winter to keep your kids sick free?
42% of you would rather deal with the sniffles than give up anything.
13% would give up chocolate and coffee (now that’s a sacrifice).
13% would wear a former bridesmaid dress every time you go out at night.
12% would skip the make-up.
12% would go alcohol-free.
4% would listen to only Milli Vanilli on their iPod (Blame it on the Rain sista!).

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20 Responses to deep purple

  • Jacki says:

    Totally jealous right now…I always read about these fabuous sample sales in NYC but I live in Washington DC so I never get to go.

    I wear a small, btw. I am 5’4 and weigh all of 105 lbs. Just in case you ever see something really cute. Helping a sister out and all that, you know. πŸ™‚

    Okay, so now I know that Emma isn’t all that crazy….she loves to wear her flip flops in the dead of winter.

  • mp says:

    Socks under flip flops..I don’t understand how the shoes can stay on, it just doesn’t seem possible that someone could walk like that.
    PS..I went to take the poll and almost spit out my coffee when I saw my first chose was Scott Baio..in the day..I woulda hit that..

  • Abby Siegel says:

    Ok look-I’m writing from Sydney, and I spent the first 48 hours here at the best mall in town looking for dresses for my brother’s wedding. SCORE! It’s pink and HOOTTT.. But last night at my friend Giorgia’s wedding I wore purple and it was a hit. My friend John (who I have to say remembered this was called mamabirddiaries when I woke up at 7 am and asked to use the computer and then laughted my butt off at this entry) says that what Rick doesn’t know won’t hurt him. He also said that we are just typical women who love out clothes, and he should know because his apartment is littered with my new aussie clothing. Off to Tasmania today-if you need purple hurry up and email me because I’m sure the crazies there have some purple ts for all of us. Great entry. Made me laugh after a big night at the wedding.

  • Susan says:

    Yes, they do still make birkenstocks but Dylan is far too hip…she is a class act….must run in her immediate family!

  • alex, sample sale goddess says:

    Thank you for the compliment! The bargain hunter skill is innate, but has to be honed with lots of practice. I’ve allowed myself lots of practice over the years. Just ask my husband. The words, “I’m going to Century 21,” make him shudder with fear.

  • michele says:

    I just hate that your friend Jacki is 5’4″ and weighs in at only 105. I guess I should stop eating Summer’s food!

  • Milena says:

    I’m with you Kelcey. I love a bargain but I hate having to wrestle someone for it. Plus, lately all I do is shop online. No physicality there beyond whipping out the credit card and clicking on a mouse. Dylan is a fashionable little lady. No doubt about it. I immediately thought she was going for some Japanese clog look but apparently it is more related to birckenstocks. Anyway, she seemed quite capable of managing the look. I love reading about your child’s mile high streak of clothing-related assertiveness. Your posts, as always, are very fun reads.

  • Jessi says:

    Don’t know where you are from where the horrible crane accident is – but knowing that the place across from you is under construction, I just want to make sure that you are okay. ((HUGS))

  • Kelcey says:

    Thanks for the sweet thoughts. I am fine. I live downtown and that terrible accident happened in midtown. I knew there was a reason that those enormous cranes make me nervous. Such a sad situation.

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