I have never been very athletic. When I was a kid I tried different sports in hopes that I would be good at one of them, but unfortunately, I was not coordinated or graceful enough (my friends and family would say that I'm still not coordinated or graceful). Knowing that sports were not my thing, I gave up on any hopes of being an Olympic athlete at a very young age. However one thing that I have always been good at, and if I do say so myself have exceeded at, is shopping. Michael Phelps may currently hold the record for the most Olympic gold medals won, but that's only because shopping is not an officially-sanctioned Olympic competition. If it were, I'd beat Phelp's record a hundred times over.
With the 2012 Olympics in full swing in London, I thought I'd put my medal-winning shopping skills to the test at Miracle Mile Shops and buy as many Olympic-themed items as I could find. Here's what I bought:
Vintage Olympic t-shirts
GAP has an exclusive collection of tees for adults and kids from past Olympics. I couldn't resist the t-shirt from the 1948 London Games.
BOBS canvas shoes
For every pair of BOBS shoes that is sold, Skechers gives a pair to a child in need. If that isn't enough of a reason to buy these comfy and cute canvas shoes, the fact that you can buy a pair with the American flag or the British Union Jack on them should be. I bought a pair of each and I'm going to wear one American and one British shoe at a time to celebrate the Olympics.
I cannot pass up a good accessory, and if it's a sparkly one, I need it in every color. I bought the cutest rhinestone studded American flag cuff bracelet and a Union Jack rhinestone belt at TAGS Evolution, along with matching rhinestone iPad covers to go with each. Then I stopped by Luxury Gadgets and Gizmobies to pick up my American flag and Union Jack rhinestone iPhone covers.
You can never have too many sunglasses, so when I saw that Sunglass Hut has an exclusive Oakley Team USA Collection of sunglasses I realized that buying a pair would be the closest I'm ever going to get to being on the U.S. Olympic Team (Oakley is the team's official eyewear supplier).
What better way to show your support of the amazing Olympic athletes than to buy framed and signed photos and memorabilia featuring them? It's also a great way to decorate your walls with some good-looking athletes with beautiful bodies. TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia has items from past and current athletes from the afore-mentioned Michael Phelps to basketball players on the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team to the Miracle on Ice U.S. Hockey Team of 1980.
It's very important to wear attractive athletic attire when working out, even if that working out is just walking out of your house to get your mail. I found great workout clothes in patriotic red, white and blue at the following stores: American Apparel, Champs Sports, Mimi Mango, Foot Locker and Lids where I got a baseball hat embroidered with U.S.A.
I couldn't make it to London for the Olympics but I wanted to rock some British style right here in Las Vegas. Luckily Miracle Mile Shops has lots of London-based stores and designer items that I found -French Connection, The Body Shop, United Colors of Benetton and Sisley are all stores from England, and I found Burberry perfume at Sephora, Alexander McQueen sunglasses at Solstice Sunglass Boutique, and the all-important fascinator hats at Hattitude (not a British brand but like the Brits, I love a good hat).
Tally-Ho and Go Team U.S.A.!