For many lucky young Shopping Girls, school is out–or soon to be–and a summer full of fun and possibilities awaits!
After spending the school year hauling around a huge, utilitarian book backpack, your young Shopping Girls are probably all about shifting over to cuter options for carrying their gear while on the go.
With all of the things that many Shopping Girls do during the Summer, no one bag is going to cover all of her needs effectively. Different types of activities create different dynamics in relation to one’s outfit and the suitability of your accessories to what you’ll be doing.
Now is your chance to really make Summer great by considering a game plan approach to fulfilling learning and growth experiences that young Shopping Girls may not be able to pick up in the course of their regular schooling. It’s a Big World out there, with a lot going on, and a lot to see, do, and learn.
While you may not have the time to commit every day of the week to a fun activity, you can probably pick one or two days a week where you and your young Shopping Girls look forward to planning and enjoying specially chosen activities. Below are a week’s worth of suggestions, with some ideas on the best choice of bags for your young Shopping Girls to maximize their comfort, convenience, and enjoyment. Go Summer!
Museum and gallery visits offer the opportunity to teach your young Shopping Girl some of the ins-and-outs of fashion, such as putting together outfits suited to a complex range of occasions and activities that she’ll encounter during her lifetime. Museum and art gallery visits are great for this because you have the opportunity to dress up, but need to take your activity level into account. Many such venues also maintain rules about what you can or cannot wear or carry when visiting. This gives you the opportunity to instruct your young Shopping Girl in evaluating her wardrobe choices in relation to such parameters. There is plenty of room for creative self-expression, perhaps in honor of a particular artist’s exhibition, which provides conversational opportunities to discuss the artist’s work and historical relevance.
A visit to a museum or gallery calls for your young Shopping Girl to carry an easy-to-manage bag, such as a body crossover style. Not too large, to risk confiscation by a docent, nor too small to hold her ticket, exhibition brochure, brush, phone, and perhaps a small souvenir, a crossbody style will be non-distracting and secure while looking fashionably suitable to the setting.
Perhaps you and your young Shopping Girl would enjoy planning an outing or activity every week focusing on the exploration and development of different skills and talents? These activities can range from low cost, such as a trail walk to collect pine cones for making glittery holiday ornaments, to rather expensive, such as a shared cookery class. The idea is to try something new and different every week, branching out from your comfort zones. Your young Shopping Girl surely has gifts yet to be discovered, and regular school opportunities cannot offer the broad range of exposure that you can. Not to mention, this will be a fun exploration for you as well!
For activities, your young Shopping Girl’s ideal bag is likely going to be a backpack…but that doesn’t mean it has to be a clunky, boring backpack like the one she hauled around during the school year. A small, well made but cute backpack is a great choice. If you and your young Shopping Girl can get matching backpacks, that’s even better. It will make it easier to keep your gear separate from that of other people, and you to keep track of each other in open or crowded environments.
Wednesdays: Wild Card!
Shopping Girls don’t need anyone to tell them that every one of us is unique. We know how to maximize our life experiences by taking advantage of tricks like setting parameters, making lists, sharing advice, and using structure, but none of that is intended to limit our distinctiveness. You and your young Shopping Girl need at least one day a week to pick whatever strikes your fancy as an activity. There are moments when we feel drawn or called to do something at that time. Intuition may reward responsiveness with wisdom and bright memories. This is a great way to follow a life-affirming impulse that you might otherwise tell yourself you are too busy to do. Experiencing Life is always worth the bother!
Because your choices for Wild Card activities will vary, your young Shopping Girl’s handbag needs will change (another good reason for your kid to have a handbag wardrobe). However, odds are that a duffle, tote or drawstring bag will fit the bill. These are adaptable, easy to carry options. You’ll want to be sure that your young Shopping Girl chooses a bag that has an opening which can be securely fastened to avoid losing her gear on the go. For the most strength, select duffles and totes with handles that are stitched down and wrap entirely around the bag, including the base. Consider keeping a smaller bag, such as a folding shopping tote, in your kid’s regular bag. She can sort her finds (keeping sandy or dirty treasures separate until she gets home). She’ll also have expandable additional space for that just-one-more-must-have item from the flea market or antiques mall.
Thursdays: Help Others!
One day a week, you and your young Shopping Girl will enjoy and learn a lot from undertaking a charitable volunteer project. There is such a wide range of possibilities that you will have no difficulty in finding something ideal for the age, personality, and comfort level of your young Shopping Girl. While many people become deeply involved with one project over time, a good approach for a young Shopping Girl is to experience a variety of different projects. This will help her to perceive the complexities and range of needs in the world. She will develop a better understanding of how all things are interrelated, influence one another, and can be addressed with ideas and action.
For volunteer work, the ideal bag for your young Shopping Girl will likely be a traditional fanny-pack. When you’re doing volunteer work, you don’t have time to fiddle with fussy, fancy accessories. Fanny packs are a great solution and besides, they are now a hot fad (often worn on the shoulder, rather than around the waist or hips). As a volunteer, your young Shopping Girl will need to be able to move about and use her hands without worrying about carrying a bag. There probably won’t be a secure place to leave a bag while she works, and extra clutter can lead to hazards for some people in some environments. A fanny-pack removes all of these problems. It can be positioned with the bag in front, for easy access and security, or maneuvered out of her way to the back. A subtle, time-tested classic for convenience that she’ll also find lots of use for on your other outings.
Friday: Fun Day!
Kids love to be kids, and adult Shopping Girls love to re-visit childhood sometimes too! Fridays could be your chance to re-explore your youth with your own young Shopping Girl. What is “Fun”? So many things are great fun, but in this case, we’re thinking about the kind of fun that kids specialize in. Amusement parks, water parks, playgrounds, tea parties, sports and games, movie theaters, plays, puppet shows, and at least one ridiculously delicious snack treat. There are probably tons of classic kid-fun activities that you haven’t gotten around to sharing with your young Shopping Girl yet, so now’s the time!
As this is a kid fun day, the ideal bag for your young Shopping Girl is going to be practical to the activity, but all-out kid fun too. Here is her chance to go with the teddy-bear backpack, the unicorn crossbody, or the blingy clutch. While normally Shopping Girls like to take quality of construction and materials into consideration for their bag choices, let’s be honest: Many kids’ handbags are meant to be more cute than classy. And hey, if your young Shopping Girl is going to let loose with a cheesy, fun handbag, this is your opportunity to do so too! If anyone has a “comment”, just point out that it’s in the spirit of the day!
Saturday: Shopaholics Unite!
Shopping Girls aren’t born, we’re made. Our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, other relatives, friends, and even all of our friend-strangers on social media, all develop our shopping chops over time. Experience, both good and bad, also teach us how to shop like a true pro Shopping Girl worthy of the title. And now, it is time to pass on your hard-earned knowledge to another generation.
Remember, you don’t need money to shop. Window-shopping, especially in the educational sense, is still great fun. “Shopping” without actually buying anything can enable you to focus on teaching your young Shopping Girl some of the ins-and-outs of the Shopping Hunt and bargaining techniques. Take your young Shopping Girl out on Saturday and focus on a specific topic: High-end clothing boutiques, for example. Point out the details, inside and out, that define well made clothing, the tailoring features that provide superior fit and comfort. Confess your endeavor to the boutique owner or assistant. He or she might get caught up in the lesson as much as you are and, besides, they are real experts and both you and your kid will probably learn a few things.
And don’t limit yourself to apparel. Other good outings would be to explore fine furnishings, antiques, houses, cars, boats; pretty much anything. Your young Shopping Girl faces a future filled with purchasing challenges and decisions. Our culture revolves around shopping, yet we take training youngsters in the art and dynamics of shopping lightly. Teach her to develop her eye for craftsmanship, quality, design, aesthetic merit, and usefulness. Teach her, as well, to bargain, and to know when saving money on an item is better than investing a lot.
For Shopping Saturdays, an excellent bag choice for your young Shopping Girl is one with wheels. This will also be useful for her overnight slumber parties, visits to the grandparents, and other travels. You can take it to the beach or on a camping trip. Since you will likely find so many uses for it, and because it is intended to carry things and thus bear weight while rolling over a variety of different surfaces, it is worthwhile to invest in quality.
Not every Shopping Girl is spiritual, but many people enjoy taking time away from the bustle of normal life for a meditative break. If you and your young Shopping Girl fall into that category, then Sundays are a great day to plan for an outing to a pretty place with the goal of delving into gratitude, peace, hope, and love. If your clan is spiritual, this is a popular day of the week to attend various religious services and, even if you do not have a church, temple, or similar place you like to go to, you can still pick your own place for your own personal worship break.
Shopping Girls often dress up for services, although this may not be required. However, choosing to dress in a meaningful outfit helps to establish a sense of ceremony and commitment to the moment. Humans are wired to respond to the establishment of ceremonial practices, which help to effectively shift your mind and spirit into the right place. Creating shared practices with your young Shopping Girl develops traditions that will become some of the strongest anchors and most meaningful moments of her life.
An excellent bag choice for a Sunday is a handbag with a carry handle that has a broad enough base and enough structure that it will sit well open when set down. Your young Shopping Girl may wish to carry certain meaningful items and scriptures, as well as things such as her brush and handkerchief (yes, you should include one in all of her bags), and being able to set the bag down and shift items in and out without a fuss will limit distractions from the spirit of the moment.