Project Runway

12 Oct

Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime Television, previously on the Bravo network, which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are usually restricted in time, materials, and theme. Their designs are judged and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

Our Project Runway was on Saturday. The task was to buy me accessories to attend a wedding banquet. We had 3 hours in a mall with preferably a limited budget. And, the best part was I had my own Tim Gunn in tow. Timothy M. “Tim” Gunn is an American fashion consultant and television personality. I watched him on Jon Stewart once and have been hooked on to the show ever since.

A snippet from Tim Gunn’s “Guide to Style” show

I can hear you. Please let a girl have some life trying to interpret what the fashionable are wearing, even if she roams about in Jeans and Sneakers.

Since K had already loaned me a couple of dresses, I was not too keen on a dress, but more so on buying black sandals which should not be too gaudy, but shiny enough and at the same time comfortable with a perfect fit. With just the right heels. Neither too thin nor too thick. Suresh graciously accepted to accompany me , as I said, my own Tim Gunn. There have been times when Suresh just sat inside the car, refusing to enter a shop recounting all the bad experiences he had had as a shopping accompanist.

On Saturday, Partner being in good mood, helped with scouring various shops for the right shoes / sandals and we finally found one at Naturalizer. The one that I saw another girl trying out. With eager eyes, both me and Suresh were checking out from different angles to see if she was going to buy it or not, not knowing that there were lot more of the same make piled just a foot away..Yes, pathetic, thats me. šŸ™‚

Feeling secured and happy on finding the right shoes,walked into BCBG (following the advice from my friend K, a self proclaimed fashion guru) , found a dress that fitted me well and within the budget that I had in mind. By now, Tim Gunn was morphing into Alton Brown. Yes, Suresh was already eying the Auntie Annie’s Pretzel.

For some more accessories, I walked into Victoria’s Secret, which felt like being received into your in-laws house as a new bride. So many secrets that one would have to unravel. I put down my right foot first, took a deep breath , smiled at the sales girl and started my comradeship with some dumb questions. Alton Brown was busy munching the pretzel ,deciding to let the secret be.
After 10 mintues, walked out with a tiny garment worth $50+tax. No, I am not kidding.Now you know what secret Victoria holds. A brand name and big bucks.

Feeling morose and cheated out of 50 bucks, I walked out of V and saw lingerie stores everywhere in the mall. Where were they all a moment ago, when I was desperately looking for them. Without further ado, I confirmed Suresh’s worst suspicions and wanted to run back to V to return the garment. By now, Alton Brown had morphed into devil with tiny horns, just growing.I pacified him to go to the car , ran to V, got my 50 bucks back and bought the same garment for $5 somewhere else. The fastest shopping one has ever done.


Yes, VANITY. Hits you when you reach mid-30s and makes you dress like a school girl.


Posted by on October 12, 2009 in General


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8 responses to “Project Runway

  1. Desi Soccer Mom

    October 12, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    That was a fun read. Reminded me of the early married days when T would groan at the mention of going to the mall. Seasoned friends took me to expensive shops only for me to return another day to return the stuff cause I was still converting $ to Rs and feeling gulity over anyting spent over $20.
    Now I shope TJ MAx and Marshalls or outlet stores. I like the bras at VS, but I wait for their semi annual sale, when you could get one for $10. Since last year, it is abou $20 but still a bargian, considering the excellent quality.
    I love your BCBG dress. Can I ask how much of a dent it made? Let me know in an email if you feel comfortable discussing it. šŸ™‚

    • shoba

      October 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      I have been in the US for 11 years now and with the cost of living in the bay area, we do get used to spending , but still a bra for $50 is stretching it. I wouldn’t mind spending quite a bit for the dress, though.
      Btw, in my defense, I am not an avid shopper and don’t return stuff that fast either though Suresh might claim otherwise. šŸ˜‰
      Will mail you the cost .

  2. Hema

    October 13, 2009 at 1:31 am

    The dress and the shoes are cute! Regardless of your shopping and un-shopping, think you have got a good deal there.
    My shopping of such dresses has always stopped with the Fitting Rooms! I am missing it badly now…
    Guess what, you may discover the secret of V, after wearing them. Try it out some other time maybe.
    Did Suresh wear Shorts for the wedding, to match up with you?:-)

    • shoba

      October 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

      OK. Will do. Suresh wore a suit to compensate for all my dressing.. šŸ™‚

  3. Saumya

    October 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Nice dress…and shoes! Talk about the return phenomena. Being in the US has spoiled us! Anyhooo….hope the horns have gone down for first half of your blog name šŸ™‚

    • shoba

      October 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, the angel is back. šŸ˜‰

  4. Sujatha

    October 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    You just described me in that post! I would’ve done the same thing, run back in, returned it, and turned around and bought something for the much more reasonable price. Lovely dress and shoes and it sits so well on you!

    • shoba

      October 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you Sujatha. I guess we are all from the same mould. šŸ™‚


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