shopping for teen girls

I think that The Fan always had a fun time shopping for me when I was Loopy's age. Now, I find it more fun to shop for Loopy than for myself. While I was Christmas shopping, it was easy to spot things I thought she might like.

She fell in lurrve with this frock at the Betsey Johnson store in Chicago over the summer. It was way out of our budget. I think she was entranced by the way it was merchandised in the window: with a pink and white striped tee underneath, and layered with a tulle crinoline under the very poufy skirt. It was a bit of a ghastly creation that could only be appreciated by the eye of a fourteen year old girl.


Since she has no place to wear such a getup (and remember, there is a distinction between outfit and getup), and of course the price point... pass.


Since she lurrves all things Betsey Johnson, I kept an eye out for it. A Betsey Johnson charm bracelet? Again, if the price were right.



The price wasn't great on these Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate shavings. They melt smoothly and heavenly into warm milk and after a sample in the store yesterday, she was hooked. I slipped some into my order, but she found me out - so much for that surprise. She knows that I have them.


These Tokidoki rain boots would match her school bag perfectly. I sort of sashayed her past them casually in the store and she passed the comment that it might be "too much" together... thus reigning me in yet again. When have I ever thought "too much" to be "too much?"

Oh, but her lurrve of Jonas endures. If we could possibly lock-and-load a copy of the new DS Lite game for her, that would be a surefire hit.



She eyeballed this 2010 calendar at the bookstore. I didn't want to buy it right in front of her, so I might have to go back and see if it is still there.
A Jonas Brothers camera? Well, she has a nice little pink Canon camera so this would be redundant but you know that it caught my eye, you know it did. But I passed.



She would adore a little tee from the Jonas merchandise fan page. I fear I have left it too long to order online. Perhaps for her birthday in February.



To decorate her new bathroom (I've painted it and the fixtures are now being installed), what about a cute Juicy Couture gumball machine?



... or these fabulous G&P limited edition Barbie dolls for Juicy Couture. Oh, sorry Loopy... these would be more for me than for you, so I restrained myself. I do lurrve a good Barbie doll.

Of all the cheerleading shirts available on CafePress.com, this one is perfect for Loopy.

She's been eyeing up mini plaid kilts like these for some time... we have one that belonged to The Fan (it's a Mary Quant), vintage from the 60's, and I'd rather she had something a little more kid-friendly to wear at school with her leggings and boots. 

Well, mothers of teen girls... is it tricky to come up with just the right gift? Do your daughters come right out and ask for things, or like Loopy, do they just wistfully admire something in the store and never think of it again when quizzed by well-meaning relatives? Because I swear, at this moment, if you asked Loopy what is on her Christmas wish list, it would be... "um, I don't know, whatever... surprise me".

So, Dear Loopy, I hope you enjoy the hot chocolate and the Snuggie.

16 comments:

the treat girl said...

Thank You Saucy!!! I'm right there with you!! Cindylou is 14 and all she wants is clothes! And of course she needs almost nothing...and I'm sure everything I've picked out will almost certainly be returned :( Off to the Juicy store today...a track suit? a cute necklace??? Hopefully something that will get a "Wow" on Christmas morning!

Cheryl said...

That drives me crazy, my girls are STILL that way, they mention things all through the year and then when I casually ask again about december 1st, what about (blank), they look at me as if i have grown horns!! Totally forgotten, and I too get, I don't know, surprise me!!!!

The French Bear said...

Love the gum ball machine and the Barbies.... I am sure she will love everything!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Grace said...

Ha your beautiful daughter is "smart"! She knows Mom has Fabulous taste and will wow her! And since you have no list you will go crazier..heheh hugs Santa Mom! Grace

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Obviously I covet her ninja t-shirt--AWESOME. And getup--yes, there is a distinction!
Such fun gifts for her!

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

LOVE the ninja T!

Snuggies - what is it about those horrible things??? My 15 year old wanted one too (yeah, I got it) and of all things, a freaking Chia Pet. How many ways can we spell "tacky" today? C-H-I-...

I think a prepaid visa might be a good idea - the Teen is a shopaholic, and shopping online is something she never has a chance to do. Past that, it'll be clothes, clothes, and more clothes under the tree.

SandraD said...

Those teenaged girls certainly know how to drive us crazy. My daughter is only 10. She won't put together a list but then calls out "I want that", everytime a commercial rolls by!

Joanne said...

I love buying for kids (specifically girls!) no matter the age. I don't have kids of my own but am constantly picking things up here and there for my 12 year old and (almost) 2 year old nieces. Such fun!

Lisa said...

Beautiful! My daughter is 11, but already has clothes in mind. Have fun shopping! I agree - shopping for girls is really fun! xoxo Lisa

Amy said...

Mine is pretty good about telling me what she wants. Since she's a tomboy its pretty easy. She did pick out a pink camcorder/camera and the family is getting an Xbox so we just had to get her the games she wanted. And of course her new Jonas Bro/Pepsi charm bracelet.

sassy studio said...

dito on the plaid skirt, would Loopy be mortified to know her oooold aunty wears one weekly! ( I got mine for $5 at ardenne last summer, should have bought 2!)

MJ said...

N is getting a Blu black skirt similar to the one you have posted about. She is in love with this double layered skirt; will send you a photo later! K will get a horse-themed dress with horse tights under the tree ~ she's outgrowing her size 8s already!

They'll get their Madeline dollhouse furniture from Santa this year! My stash is shrinking!!

Rosa said...

I'm finished shopping for my nieces, but oh my! What wonderful things! I have a friend who was doing a signing in NYC and she said BJ came by and wasn't too friendly. Booohisss!! Fame goes to the head, I suppose. Oy. But I do love her look and her stuff! And one of my nieces is a Juicy girl too. I bought her a pick J stocking to put in her room during Christmas. Too cute!!!! ANd yes, that gumball machine is to die for! xoxo

Karen said...

The green dress caught my eye and I went over to check out the Betsey Johnson online store dresses - Yikes - expensive even on sale - but then Pat who is sitting by my side wanting to use the computer piped up that is the price of the gaming system xbox 360 - I think he was putting a plug in for his wish list. Kids gotta love them

Saucy said...

Pssst... peeps... I found that dress for forty bucks at Winners in the fall ;) It was my luckiest day of the year!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Nostalgia - the dress looks like Abilene High School in 1956, only the hem of mine hit the floor - totally elegant! The charm bracelet also rings old bells.