Saturday, March 24, 2012

Temptation

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I think of temptation as that little devil that sits on your shoulder and tells you to do bad things. There is the red version of you that sits there with a malicious grin and says things like “go ahead..take another cookie..no one is looking…just one more cookie wont make you fat..” Then there is the harp playing, halo wearing goodie two shoes version of yourself saying things like..”You will hate yourself for eating more one cookie.” (Note: I am writing this out while eating Handel’s butter pecan icecream..for dinner). Temptation is what lures us into doing thing we know are bad..like a dangerous magnet taking away inhibitions. Every day we are tempted to do something we know is wrong whether it be eating or drinking the wrong things, spreading that damaging gossip, or ignoring a festering problem. Temptation is designed to make what we aren’t supposed to have oh so desirable. Sometimes we need to give into temptation so we have something look back on as wrong. Life lessons usually come from what we did wrong and not what we did right. We learn from our mistakes and ask for forgiveness….that is what being human is all about.

The one temptation I have been dealing with lately is the urge to splurge. I just want to buy myself something for spring..a swimsuit cover-up, some new strappy heels, a fun scarf. I haven’t bought anything since Lent began somewhere at the end of February. I have been avoiding the mall, shopping at Wal-Mart instead of Target, and deleting any sale code emails that I get. I have been craving a beautiful printed maxi dress or a punchy colored blazer..but alas, I have resisted the temptation to buy anything. Then there was this one Sunday. I am not sure what got to me..whether it was a sale at Urban Outfitters on the shoes I had been oogling at or the effects of a particularly terrible week…but I caved.

I went on UO to get a new paper lantern for our living room lamp. UO has the best selection of fun house decorative accents. Maybe it brings me back to my dorm decorating days, but I love whimsical home accents..and my lamp with rose-headed people was no exception. UO now offers free shipping for items when you spend fifty dollars. (temptation). The lamp was sixteen...but I hate having to pay for shipping. I remembered the shoes. Just a click..to see if they had them. They were suede pumps in an orangey-coral color. They were the center of an email a few months back that I kept in my inbox for longer than I would like to admit. (temptation). I clicked. They came up. They were marked down ten dollars. (temptation). The little devil appeared on my shoulder. “Just buy them. No one will ever know. You could wear them after Easter and say they were your first purchase.” Damn you devil. “No..you shouldn’t buy them. You said you weren’t going to buy anything for forty days. What credibility are you going to have if you can’t be honest?” Shut up Goody Two Shoes. (or should I say Goody no shoes?). I noticed there were only two sizes left. (temptation). 6 and 7. I clicked on the 7. Quantity..1. (no don’t do it!). Add to cart. (close the window..close the window!!!). Click on cart. Begin check out. (noooo..don’t go to the purse. Don’t get the credit card out). Would you like to use Paypal? Yes I would. (no…crap. Paypal you make it too easy.). Log into Paypal. Would you like to authorize purchase? My finger trembled as I slid it across the mouse pad. It felt so wrong. I saw the thumbnail image of the shoes in my cart. Click. Thank you for your purchase from Urban Outfitters. I am weak. I should be ashamed. I tried to resist temptation and caved. Bless me Father for I have sinned…but honestly look at those hot shoes…weren’t they worth it?

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Shirt: Gift
Pants: The Limited
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Urban Outfitters




6 comments:

  1. The fact that the shoes were marked down $10 just proves you were meant to have them. Also, the fact that there was just one pair of size 7's left. I wonder who God had in mind for the size 6 shoes.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn : ) somethings are just meant to be. Someone with tiny feet will also be very lucky

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  2. You look beautiful and I love how the shoes match the necklace.

    You will not regret buying those shoes (especially since you scored them for $10 off!), I own them and seriously wear them ALL THE TIME. Every time I go out I reach for them. I actually need to replace them soon because they've gotten so worn down and dirty. Hope you love them as much as I do! They look great :)

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    1. Thanks Megan! I have already put some miles on these shoes. I thought they were the same ones you wear..but for some reason I thought yours were more coral. They always look so cute on you..the perfect pop of color. I just treated mine with some waterproof spray to keep them from getting water spots..as it rains here all the time. hopefully they last :)

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  3. I am loving the colors in this outfit - they look SO pretty on you! I have the same shoes - LOVE em :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  4. Thanks Annie! the shoes are so worth it...comfy colorful and fun. they may be a blogger staple :)

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