you get what you pay for

last fall when i was still aunti-nannying cutie c, we would often find ourselves at the local loblaws for our afternoon walk/outing. the brother and sil ana’s loblaws is neat – inside the grocery store, there is a dry cleaners, a bulk barn, a canada post…and a huge dollar store:

you name it, it's in here...and only a dollar (or more!)!

so, one day last year, cutie c and i popped in – i bet we were in search of window decals for either thanksgiving or hallowe’en – and my eye spied a display of leggings. they were awesome! they looked like distressed jeans, but were just tights. since tights are my #1 choice for covering my lower body, i had to get a pair. and for $7.99, i was super pleased with my deal. [*great* – now, not only am a walmart shopper, but i get clothes at the dollar store! :S]

the "jeans"

i stowed the tights away in the closet and kind of forgot about them. i didn’t wear them all last winter because they’d not be warm enough. i didn’t wear them all summer because i live in shorts while i can.

sunday, i finally thought to pull them out and wear them to work. wow! i was super impressed – the leggings were incredibly comfy – and quite stylin’! they drew compliments, believe it or not. i just loved how great they felt – tights are perfect for the store because i’m alternately squatting, stretching, walking around…and i wasn’t constricted at all in my fake jeans.

monday, i wore them again, i was so in love. i was at theOTHERstore when at some point (a washroom break?) i noticed something felt off right on the bum in the back centre of the “jeans”…

look at that white line there...

oh no!!! there was a run originating in the crotch and quickly heading north! how embarrassing. for the rest of the evening, i tried to keep my butt to the counter and my face to the customers and hoped the whole backside would not disintegrate before i got home.

drat my luck – second wear, and the fab tights were now history. i felt quite forlorn.

but then i had an idea! i’d simply check back at the dollar store on aunti day, and see if they still carried the fake jeans!

wednesday, i couldn’t get over to loblaws fast enough.

wayyyy back in the corner, i spied some leggings…

i couldn't make this up if i tried

uh, no. even i draw the line at wearing a print of what appears to be russian porn stars.

and then….there! one lonely pair of fake jean leggings – it was meant to be! the price was now $9.99…yes, i decided to try again.

this pair is slightly different...

i confess that my purchase is a bit…jersey shore. for example…

there is indeed a sequined butterfly on the upper left thigh...

…and i now have a code name at the ready! [or an alias, should i decide to de-lurk on GOMI]:

yes, i am now a diva angel

i’m terribly excited to wear these to work today! i’ve got an 8.5 hour shift at theOTHERstore, so if i spring a leak develop a run, it’s gonna be a long night…fingers crossed!

it’s friday! what are your plans for today? oktoberfest begins in kitchener-waterloo today – it’s the biggest one in north america! i do not “do” oktoberfest!

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  • Zo  On October 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Too funny… That’s the worst when you’re so happy to have something new and it all goes wrong. Hope pair 2 worked out better for you.
    I’ve also done the GOMI lurk.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      thanks, zo, but too late. i am hiding my rear end as we speak…good thing it’s a slow customer night! GOMI – i just can’t look away!!!

      • Zo  On October 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        Sorry to hear the jeggings didn’t make it. Maybe in the $10-12 range there’ll be something that endures.

  • Holly  On October 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Cathy too bad about the leggings! I have had a pair of pants split in the crotch when I was in high school — I had a sweatshirt to tie around my waist for the rest of the day thankfully!

    I love your JS leggings — I missed last night’s episode (and last week’s too I think!)

    Plans for today: I’m done with work in a bit, then I’m going home to relax with dinner/movie I think.

    I love that you lurk on GOMI. I do too.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      holly, GOMI is my latest guilty pleasure. i think it tops js, even! enjoy your eve – i know your free time is rather precious these days. i think a dinner/movie is a great idea! i hope to watch js this weekend. last week you missed the pregnancy scare drama!!!

  • Johanna B  On October 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I hope to read that your bum remained hidden through your shift. I’ve bought items like that and been disappointed too.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      guess what: i got to work at 12:30 p.m. at 12:54…pop! a run! now i’ve got 5 hours left…at least it’s not as bad as the last pair! i’ll be doing a followup on this!…

  • Stephanie  On October 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I laughed out loud at the russian porn star leggings. I would pay way more than a dollar for those. I want them. No, I seriously want them.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      are those not just hilarious? glad you got a laugh, stephanie! (and they are $9.99 leggings…still worth it??!) guess what – i’ve already got a run in my new tights – it took 24 minutes. 😦 i will try to do an exchange next week – shall i go for the russian girls?!! 🙂

  • Lisa  On October 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    OMG, this is hilarious! I love the jean-leggings —- I’ve seen them advertised as “jeggings” around here but never tried them (yet!).

    Today I observed a yoga class (for my teacher training), then I intended to get my work done (still haven’t started), and later I’m going on a walk with mom and then working out with ugi balls with a friend. Nothing too exciting, but it’s all good stuff!

    Hope your day is great—I wouldn’t “do” oktoberfest either!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

      yes! jeggings! duh, i didn’t put two and two together. i’ve got ’em on now and they are just as awesome as the first pair! you have a wonderful day lined up, lisa. “unexciting” stuff is very fun when it makes us happy! we have the most spectacular sunshine…and it’s going to be like this allll weekend – hope you have the same!

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