Because I’m embarrassed to admit it


We had a little girls night out planned. A little dinner and maybe a drink and just some chatting and hanging out. I had gone shopping with my sister and had the perfect new outfit to wear

Then, it got cold. Like in the upper 30s cold and dark. But, I was going to wear it, because hello, it’s cute (and, it’s fits and whisker free). Cute, right?

Cato Fashions

{Somebody teach me how to pose for pictures by myself. And, to get a different light so we don’t need a flash}

I digress.

Girls Night Out

The ladies and I had a fun time chatting it up. We kept the conversation very interesting and kept each other on our toes.

I even checked in with Mr. Serious (who isn’t in fact ICE M…I just cut off the rest of his name) to make sure E had calmed down. 

Cato Fashions Review

Only, instead, I asked if he calmed down. Whoops. He took it like a champ, though.

It was time to go and our waitress had already separated the check out for us (thank you!). The other three handed over their credit cards. I quickly did my math in my head and gave her my exact change + tip so she didn’t need to do anything else with mine.

We hung out a little longer then we all went our separate ways. I got home and Mr. Serious and I were recapping our evenings and it hit me. I meant to leave $3.65 (20%) for our waitress and I only left her $2.65 (less than 15%). I’m so embarrassed. I waited tables in both high school and college. I understand the importance of a good tip. I’m also embarrassed that I have an advanced degree and a math minor and I totally botched it. Yes, it’s only a $1, but it’s the meaning behind it. Next time we are in that area, I’m going to make sure to run in and give her at least $1 and apologize, because that’s what we should do, right?

The Clothes

Maybe it was the compliments about my outfit from Mr. Serious that had gone to my head and clouded my mathematical skills. Who knows. But, I’ll take it. I found the super cute pants and shirt at Cato. I had actually never been into a store before and had to look up where it was. When we walked in (I went with my sister), we were super impressed with how cute the new dresses were. Worried about the price, we found that all three of these were under $30! Score. Cute and affordable.

Cato Fashions

My jeans and shirt combo was just under $40. And for those looking, they had the full range of sizes from petite and size 0 to plus sizes to fit all women. My sister was super happy she got to come along because she’s found another store to check out once her little one gets here.

Take home message 

Just because your hubby compliments you on your looks, doesn’t mean you should forgo double checking the calculator and being a good tipper.

I received a gift card to use towards the purchase of the clothing. All thoughts are my own no other compensation was received.

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  1. Aww you look cute I always forget about Cato they have some nice outfits. I never calculate tip. If I go out I normally leave between 5 to 10 bucks depending on where we go and how good the waiter was. If the waiter was horrible I leave nothing. I have only had to do that a couple of times in my entire life.

    1. Thank you! This definitely won’t be my last time in one!

  2. I had so much fun! And it was cold! I’m heading to Cato soon for some new clothes since I’m losing weight!

    1. They have super cute stuff, and inexpensive, so if you lose more, you won’t feel upset about spending a ton!

  3. My math skills are laughable. I probably never tip right. 🙂

    Your outfit is SO cute and so is your pose (I haaaaaate posing myself. It feels so weird).

    LOVE the text fail.

    Happy Thursday!

    1. I really have good math skills..I was just tired, I guess. But, I do like it when places have the 15 and 20% amounts clearly calculated on there for you.

  4. I love the top, it is so pretty. Compliments are powerful things and for many they are often lacking in life, enjoy the words and just think how surprised the waitress will be when you do return


    1. Thank you!

      And, you are totally right, they are hard to come by these days.

      I still haven’t made it up that direction:(

  5. You look fabulous!!! I love the outfit!! I love the clothes inside of Cato but haven’t bought anything from there yet. Its sad but I gave never been out to where I had to calculate a tip.

    1. Meaning you’ve never been out to a place to calculate a tip, or you are lucky enough to never have had to pay?

  6. grandma pat says:

    Very cute outfit. Pretty funny I was just at Kroger on Grand Parkway and there is a Cato in the same shopping center. I have never been in and was wondering what they have. Next time, I am going to go in. I love new, NICE CHEAP clothes.

  7. A night out with the girls! How fun! And a cute outfit to boot! Woohoo! 🙂
    Well, at least the tip was 15% and not something horribly embarrassing. I must admit that I am always a bit of an over-tipper. Especially when the service is really good. Good service is very important to me.

    1. Good service is important to me…especially when I’m out with the kids…I’ve been some places where they treat me terribly because I have my well behaved kids with me and/or I order water (hey, I like water and don’t’s not a crime, server!)

  8. Super cute! We have one of those here and I haven’t been in it in years. May go check it out soon!

    1. They had some very trendy stuff at the store, for sure!

  9. You look super cute! And we have all had those flustered days! 😉

  10. LOVE the outfit. I totally wear summer clothes in the winter if it’s a night out. I wore a single strap tank in January. Sat by the door and froze my tookus off the whole night. But I looked awesome!

    1. Thank you! I hope I get to wear it again when it’s a little warmer.

  11. You look really cute! I totally believe that fashion is worth sacrificing comfort for. and I thought that text was hilarous!

    1. Thanks! I know you are all about fashion sacrifices….I’m just not as good at it!

      The text is still cracking me up!

  12. I love the outfit. You look so good!

  13. This sounds like a great time. You look adorable in that picture. No need to fix it or change. I like the coloured pants too.

    1. You are too sweet!

      I was hesitant with the pants, but I thought blue would work.

  14. Sounds like a fun time and you look great! I’ve never heard of Cato, not sure we have one around here! But wow $40 for that outfit is awesome!

    1. Yeah, definitely worth looking into…I hate spending a ton on clothes because let’s face it, a kid is probably going to stain them.

  15. I’m positive you’re not alone in making that mistake. We’ve all goofed from time and time and sometimes the server benefits because of it! Your outfit is totally adorable!

    1. Thanks, Liz! And, that makes me feel better. I know we goof, but I still hate doing it.

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