The Longest Day


My Mum is brilliant and we get on very well, but we do have one or two fundamental differences. Like our approach to shopping.

My Mum loves spending days browsing through shops, stopping for coffee breaks, trying things on, and coming home with dozens of bags. I buy jeans in multiples of three, mostly from Gap or M&S, and own 12 pairs of Converse boots, in various colours, along with 6 black t-shirts, 6 white t-shirts and 6 grey t-shirts.

Today, me and my Mum went shopping together. I made the mistake of mentioning that some of the finalists in the MAD Blog Awards were dressing up in frocks provided by TK Maxx and John Lewis, and she insisted on buying me an outfit.

Some things I said today:

Converse SO can be dressy. You know they make sparkly ones?

Jeans ARE practical. I might need to do a lot of bending, or something.

I don’t need a handbag. I have pockets.

Alright, I’ll try it on if you promise to buy me coffee.

Tell me honestly what you think.

Okay, tell me a bit less honestly than that.

Really? I have some grey hairs? Thanks.

No, I’m not offended at all.

No, I’m really not.

See that horrible Granny top over there? That’d suit you, that would.


Things my Mum said today:

No, you can’t wear Converse to an awards ceremony. No, not even sparkly ones.

Well, I think chunky jewellery is perfectly acceptable, I don't know why you're laughing. 

Here, try this. It is NOT hideous.

Don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it on.

Hmm. It looked really lovely on the hanger but not so much now you’re wearing it.

I meant that in a nice way.  

Well, maybe it will look better in daylight.

Do you actually own any accessories?

Yes, actually, I am really enjoying myself. 


It was a character-building exercise for both of us, and a compromise outfit was reached. Crucially Mum took her defeat in the accessories conversation pretty well, and I accepted that, okay, I might consider not wearing my new grey Converse, even though they're incredibly comfortable. 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Rosie Scribble
    27th September 2011 / 6:45 pm

    I love spending days browsing around the shops and coming home with loads of bags, so if your mum is ever at a loose end I’m on 079** …..

  2. 27th September 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Sally it has just occurred to me- you are Simon Cowell in female form!
    I love the sound of your Mum. Although I do remember hearing the line ” don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it on” whilst having a discussion over a floral hideous dress in Laura Ashley (complete with bonnet) when I was 16 as my gran wanted to buy me it. I was into goth clothes at the time.
    BTW I have a sparkly heart shaped handbag you can borrow if you like- I bought two for the MADS 😉

  3. becky
    27th September 2011 / 8:10 pm

    You know I think that sounds like a really special day out. Bless your mum..I bet she loved getting you something pretty. Aw..

  4. Vic
    27th September 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Since last year’s ceremony every time I see shiny converse I think of you. You so have to go one better by doing glitter this year!
    Or I can lend you a pair of vertiginous heels…

  5. Midlife Singlemum
    28th September 2011 / 2:56 pm

    Lol. I’d love to see a picture of you in a skirt or dress – what are the chances? Your Mum sounds great. I love shopping too but I like going on my own, at my own pace – still come h0me with lots of bags though.

  6. 28th September 2011 / 7:14 pm

    Sally, it is possible that yours may be the most anticipated outfit of all this year… I can’t wait!

  7. 3rd October 2011 / 1:33 pm

    personally I think silver glittery converse would have looked fab w/ your outfit. Although all black did add length which us shorties need!

  8. Diana Jacobs
    4th October 2011 / 1:56 am

    Yes, shopping with your mom is a bonding experience and a trial of patience at the same time. Good thing my kids are little and I just shop for deals on clothing. They don’t get a say! Save every way you can!