Wearing | DIY headband • Forever 21 leopard print top • Modcloth cherry red coat • H&M black bandage skirt • vintage belt • ASOS chevron knitted tights
I know I'm playing right into the hands of devilish marketers, I know I'm being sucked into unhealthy consumerism, I know I'm being coaxed into a capitalist trap in which I'm cod to spend way beyond my means... but 'tis the season to go bankrupt. I really, really love Christmas shopping.
I adore the sensation of crossing the threshold from the parking lot into the snow-globe sanctuary of a mall during the holiday season. Hearing the low hum of voices and wispy contrails of music as I step into the glass doors, admiring all the inevitable over-commercialized Christmas glory as I loiter through the concourse and pass window displays decked out in gleaming holiday finery. Wherever your shoes clack on the marble floors, it smells like some idealized version of home: toasty cinnamon from the food court, vanilla scents lingering out of the bath and body shops, and all sorts of different aromas from peppermint to lavender everywhere else that reminds you of your favorite warm memory by the fire. Big smiles, good vibes, and red Starbucks cups, what's not to love?