But blogging (and then being able to clean up around my desk afterwards...) makes me happy, so here I am! Last weekend, my husband and I ended up with a Saturday off together, so we made the slightly bad decision to go to the Mall of America! We try to avoid the Mall around the holiday season because it's nuts. Near Christmas, it starts to get so packed that they actually have to turn people away. Basically, the higher you have to park in the parking ramps, the busier it's going to be. We didn't have to go all the way to the top (we've had to a few times; once we weren't even sure we'd find a spot there but we got lucky) and once you actually get into the Mall, it's not so bad. It's so big inside that it rarely gets cramped.
We mostly went to get the lunch specials at Benihana (don't laugh; the Lunch Boat is really tasty!) and exchange some Christmas presents, but, like always, we ended up with more than we expected!
I actually have a couple things that I didn't get at the Mall, but I wanted to include them in this haul because there's not enough to make a video/post. I got some more things on sale at Ulta because I have a problem.
MORE POLISH. Out of the lower mid-tier nail polishes, Orly is probably my favorite brand. It has a pretty good formula and color selection for a lower price than OPI or Zoya (but not really by much). The holiday collection for 2014 had some really pretty polishes (including Bling and Mirrorball, which I also purchased and are in a different haul) so I was happy to find them all on sale. This beauty is Steal The Spotlight; it's a teal glitter with bigger pieces of pink glitter in it.
NOW FOR THE THINGS I ACTUALLY GOT AT THE MALL. There was a toy/calendar shop that was having a "50% off everything" sale! These kinds of sales always depress me a little since you know they have to close the store and try something else. But on the other hand, 50% off of toys. My husband and I bought a ton of blind boxes, but I only took pictures of the My Little Pony ones.
One of the things I had to exchange was some jammies from Sears. I got a ton of pajama pants for Christmas, and the ones from Sears were kind of extras. I don't normally shop at Sears, mostly for the same reasons why I don't normally shop at Kohls (except I like Kohls more, which is sad). I ended up exchanging the jammies for a pair boots!
With the exchanges out of the way, I had one more mission to complete to consider the day a success: get some plain, metal stud earrings. I like wearing low key jewelry at work and I'm getting board cycling through all my pearl earrings, so I thought a good way to "shake things up" would be to get some metal studs. And what better place to get cheap fashion jewelry than Forever 21?
We also hit up Urban Outfitters; you can find some pretty awesome stuff for cheap if you shop there during their half-off of clearance sales. Also they carry a bunch of Korean makeup and skincare, which is awesome.
That's everything I purchased, but I do have one more exciting thing I got at the Mall of America; I got my nose pierced! I don't have any pictures of it since I couldn't get one that wasn't super dark or blurry or just looked weird, so if you want to see what it looks like, you can see it in the video. I had my nose pierced way back when I was 17 (my parents signed the consent for to let me do it before I was 18; I didn't even have my ears pierced at the time, so they were totally cool with it) and loved it; then in college, my stud had fallen out and I wasn't able to find it. I didn't have any backups and didn't really feel like putting in the effort in getting a new one (this was before I really purchased things online; neither me nor my roommate drove and I wasn't as familiar with the area as I am now. Now it would be no problem to get a replacement) so it eventually closed up. It didn't leave a very noticeable scar, but there was an indentation on my nose where it was. I've thought about getting it redone off and on; I think it looks really good on me, but again, I didn't really want to put the effort into it (there's not any reputable piercing parlor that I can easily walk/bus to and my husband wasn't too keen on giving me a ride to one).
But there is an Almost Famous piercing parlor in the Mall of America, and I had Christmas money, so I finally decided to go for it! Not sure exactly how long Almost Famous has been there, but it's definitely been a while now. Not really sure what pushed me to do it, but I'm so happy I did! I never realized how much I missed it until now. It was $45 for the piercing, $20 for the jewelery, and about $5 for the aftercare supplies (a bar of pure glycerine soap and a bag of non-iodized sea salt). It was a little more expensive than other places, but I was happy to pay for the convenience (factor in the extra money for bus fare/gas and it's really not that much more pricey). I think it hurt a little more than the first time, but that might be because they had to go through scar tissue (or I'm older and more of a wuss), but it faded quickly and, after a week, it feels great. It's definitely not fully healed or anything, and I do still need to be careful with it, but I think it's going to heal up nicely (it healed easily and quickly the first time, too). Sorry about the huge wall of text with no pictures, but I wanted to share with you the most exciting part of the trip!
And that's everything! I felt like I had more things from the Mall and fewer extras, but apparently I had my ratio backwards. The Mall is a fun place to visit, especially if you're into people watching, but I don't really find that it offers much uniqueness when it comes to stores. I live in a pretty shop-heavy area and, along with the internet, I have easy access to about 95% of the things offered at the Mall close to home. I didn't actually visit the Mall for the first time until I was in...high school? I think, so the first few times I went were super exciting. Now that I live within a 20min drive (we actually used to live really close and were there almost every single week), it's fun to visit, but not as exciting as those first few times. If you've never been, and you get a chance to visit, I'd say do it, even if it's just to say you were there!
Thanks for reading! <3