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Disposable Clothing

Before Forever 21 moved to its current location in Mall St. Matthews, and before it became the 2nd largest Forever 21 in the world, there was a time when I lived for Saturdays at the mall looking through heaps of poorly made foreign clothing- or disposable clothing, as I have come to call it. It was manageable then. Shopping was still a positive experience. In an out in less than an hour  99% of the time.

Now, what used to be my favorite store, has become a daunting, frustrating, and overwhelming experience. The first time I visited the new locale I was in shock. At a staggering 110,000 square feet, Forever 21 at Mall St. Matt’s is only second to the 126,000 sqaure foot store in Las Vegas. It takes the better part of 2 hours to cover the first floor.

Just the first floor.

On my last visit, one particular room had more clothes on the floor than on the racks, and there is always at least one dressing room closed due to the mountains of clothing that lay on its floor. And don’t even think about asking an employee about where a particular item is or if they have a different size. The workers are almost as lost as the customers.

Even though I don’t particular like or enjoy my time at Forever 21, it doesn’t it mean I refuse to shop there. I wish I was stronger. I wish I could resist the draw of polyester blends and and zippers that break after the third zip. I can’t. I’m a slave to the fashion machine.  In the mean time I’ll secretly berate the store behind it’s back and cackle at the hilariousness of wtforever21.com.

 

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Outlook’s Good

If you have lived in Louisville long enough, the novelty of the Highlands on a Friday or Saturday night wears of pretty quickly. Traffic is slow, drinks are expensive, and the crowds at each bar are pretty well polarized.

However, there is a standout among the line of Irish pubs on Baxter Avenue: the gem that is Outlook Inn.

 

Situated on the corner of Christy and Baxter Avenues, for the last couple of weeks Outlook has been my home base Thursday night through the small hours of Sunday morning. It’s always my Plan B if other plans don’t pan out, and a great spot to start out the night. Not too trendy, not too hip, Outlook provides a happy medium for those that are looking for a casual, animated space to grab strong drink, talk with friends, maybe shoot some pool, and pick a few songs on the juke box.

The best part? No cover.

The other best part? The bathroom doesn’t smell like whiskey and vomit.

The other other best part? Made-from-scratch Bloody Mary’s…and super strong LITs…and $2 PBRs…and…do you really need another reason?

 

 

 

 

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Urban Attic

While looking for something fabulous to reward myself with for a surviving the GRE earlier this week, I found myself in the Highlands wondering in and out of the boutiques on Bardstown Rd. I went to all the fashionable spots: Cherrybomb, General Eccentric, Dot Fox, Hey Tiger…and I left empty handed. Something in my brain just won’t allow me to blow $40+ dollars on a fashion forward blouse or skintight skirt that I’ll only wear a handful of times.

Back on Bardstown Road, I‘m walking dejectedly towards my car when I notice an open door. I don’t know why I have never noticed this particular door before considering I’ve walked this section of Bardstown Road probably 100 times in my life, but it caught my attention.

 

ENTER:

 

Thank you, Jesus for this fabulous business model and an even more fabulous consignment shop. Urban Attic is a situated between The Guitar Emporium and De la Torre’s and is a great place for both men and women’s consignments.  It is a huge space full of vintage and modern pieces that are incredibly reasonable.

For example, I purchased a black, v-neck sweater that still had the original tag ($14.99) for only $6.00. For that price I couldn’t not buy it. Not to mention the store is filled with dresses, skirts, flats, boots, heels, boots, polos, suit separates, and ties. Currently they are even taking and selling Halloween costumes.

I feel like a lot of consignment shops really jack up the prices on the majority of their merchandise, but nothing in this store was more than $30.00. It’s great quality clothing for a nice price. Plus if you have your own consignments, Urban Attic will sell your gently used clothing and accessories and return  %45 of the sell price to you. Urban Attic will even mail the check directly to your home. How sweet is that?

      

 

 

Check it out at shopurbanattic.com 

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