Insider Promo Day 1: Stalk Ingenue Coat in Dusty Blossom & Black color. Fawn over Dusty Blossom. Pet computer screen. Discuss smart and chic-ness of Black and how it is perfect for Paris. Hem and Haw over which color I like best. Decide on BLACK. Put black size 6 in cart. Go to bed.
Insider Promo Day 2: Wake up promptly at 6am. Feel good about choosing black Ingenue (even though me loveth the dusty blossom fabulousness) coat. Log in to computer and check cart. & then... gaaaaaahhhhh.... find the dreaded orange ring of death around my beloved coat choice. You know the orange ring of death, right? The one that shows your cart item is now missing / removed / no longer yours to ogle. Size 6 black ingenues sold out (or might as well be... next availability? Jan 2010). PANIC SETS IN. Go back to coat page. Find dusty blossom -- the back up and close second choice -- also sold out in the size 6 until Jan 2010.
Lose all will to go on. Feel like cancelling Paris trip.
Then - light bulb moment - what about size 8 Petite?? I have a Carrie coat I bought earlier this year in a size 8 that is too big in the bust and too long in the sleeves. I wear an 8 Petite in pant length and conclude this may work. Check measurements of coat. Looks promising. Yes, they have black available. What am I waiting for? Add to cart and check out.
Spend rest of the day worrying about petite fit and if the coat will show up with incredibly short sleeves. Bite nails.
The Clincher: I came home from work, checked J.Crew and found --- HORRORS --- that now that the Insider promo is done, size 6 is available for immediate purchase. Miraculously, there is no wait til Jan 2010. If I want the size 6 in black, I can just push the button and ta da! Instant gratification... at 20% more than I paid that morning.
Feel wretched. (Looks for wine)