Instead of a picnic on Memorial Day, I made my first trip to The Promenade Shops to do a little Lehigh Valley shopping with my mom (I had a new National Geographic Mastercard to break in). Most of the shops were a bit too trendy (and expensive) for my taste, but I did have a few favorites: Amazing Jake's for casual duds, Aerosoles for comfy yet feminine shoes and L.L. Bean, which is where I spent my money that day.

After passing through the mens section, glancing at the GPS units and a quick sweep through the shoes, we headed to the womens section and split up. I was on the hunt for some shorts and tank tops; Mom was looking for ... I'm not quite sure, but she ended up with a T-shirt and a hammock pillow.

With my arms full, I made my way to the dressing room, which is where I learned the following things:

  1. L.L. Bean's pants and shorts run small.
  2. L.L. Bean's tanks and tees run big.
  3. Non-florescent lighting makes it easier to accept that you can't fit into the same size you used to wear in high school.

The shorts that best suited me ended up being the Day Hiker Cropped Pants, but they didn't have my size in the colors I wanted (chocolate brown and dusty olive, if you're interested). However, there were uber-friendly sales ladies behind every rack of clothes who were happy to look in "the back" for what I was searching for. 

My sales lady returned from "the back" with a blue tank top I wanted that wasn't on the shelf, but not the crops. Sigh ... this is why I hate shopping. But before I could mope away, she was on the phone ordering me exactly what I wanted, which will be delivered to my home at no charge later this week!

Have you had any luck shopping at L.L. Bean or the Promenade?