By Claudia Saide | Photography by SUKILYNN
There’s one rule I tend to always follow when it comes to buying shit I don’t need: if I’m on vacation, I’m allowed to be a little frivolous. In Puerto Rico I got a skull bracelet from the W Hotel’s gift shop that I think I wore once, and in Ibiza I bought a beach cover-up that’s been collecting dust in the back of my closet (even though I never wear it, I can’t just can’t throw it out—reminds me of good times). My most recent purchase though, was a pair of I Love Mister Mittens knit shorts that I got while I was in Aruba.
No, they don’t actually sell I Love Mister Mittens clothing in Aruba, and as a matter of fact, there’s really not too much to buy over there. But that didn’t stop me. No, I hit a new low instead one morning while Isaac and Henri were out having waffles. I’d passed on breakfast that day because I really wanted to save my calories for tequilas on the beach, and also because I love it when my boys have “guy time”. It’s the cutest.
So instead of eating, I took my iPad to my hotel room balcony. Like I said, there was nothing to really buy in Aruba, but in that moment I was thirsting for a vacation thrill. And although I’d never really done it in the past (except for this one time when I was stalking a scarf for months and it finally went on sale when I happened to be in Jamaica so I somehow managed to order it on my Blackberry), I figured there was no time like the present to start a new terrible ritual (the things I’m capable of when I’m left alone in the sun).
But as I browsed my usual sites in search of something fun, I somehow remembered the I Love Mister Mittens knit shorts I’d seen a while back. I’d really loved them when I first saw them but just felt like I’d never end up using them, so I passed. But as it turned out, they fit my vacation shopping criteria perfectly.
Sold. I was buying them. And by the time the boys came to get me to head to the beach, they were already mine.
If you’re thinking that I wasted money on something I’d ever end up using yet again, you’d have been right. But then things changed.
Sure, when they first came I’d realized that although they were a thick and wintery knit that they were still so short and that some part of my leg would be exposed to the cold air, and that my warmth is just not something I’m ever willing to sacrifice (I gave up short skirts with no tights in the winter long ago), and that I’d ordered them when I was in boiling hot Aruba and maybe that wasn’t so smart.
But then it actually started to get warm, and unlike most of the other things I’d purchased while on vacation, I was still really into them. So I took ‘em out. Because even though they were made of a chunky knit, they were still shorts, and shorts are always okay in the summer.
And so I wore them. And I have no doubt that I’ll wear them again.
So take that, Bad Vacation Habit. I just figured out how to beat you at your own game.
There’s one rule I tend to always follow when it comes to buying shit I don’t need: if I’m on vacation, I’m allowed to be a little frivolous.