When I got the email, I sat back for a good 15 minutes. I was like “Do I tell her?” (the her being my older daughter). Do I surprise her? Am I brave enough to to do this?
Before I could contemplate further I called her over and said “So. How would like to work on a post with Mommy? Justice asked if we would like to go do some Back to School shopping at their store and you can choose some cool new things from…”
I was interrupted by some Mariah Carey high octave screaming and jumping up and down which was then matched by her little sister.
If you’re reading this going “What’s Justice?” because you are a first time parent whose little toddler daughter is still into all things Princess and thinking whatever is behind your kitchen cupboards are the coolest things to play with, just you wait.
You will be indoctrinated into the Club that is Justice Clothing in the future.
It is inevitable that your sweet little chubby legged ball of cuteness will come home from school one day and ask “Can we shopping at Justice? “So and so” got the cutest t-shirt and notebook from there and can we, please? Go? Today? Maybe?” and will not drop the subject until you drive her there.
How do I explain Justice? Colourful. Extremely colourful. Brighter than a neon rainbow. Filled with all of the stuff that you wish you had as a child but never did and will now look with envy at the wardrobe and school supply selection that your own kids get. I think I had a Muppet Babies lunchbox and my clothing options were whatever green or burgundy corduroy pants that were available.
Taking them there however, will also make you Parent of the Year. We had Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Their imaginary yellow brick road leads to Justice. And because there is no place like home, get comfy because you will not be leaving that store for a good 3 hours after you step into it.
Because you walk inside and it’s head to toe, wall to wall, eye candy.
Clothing. Athletic wear. Gymnastic wear. Fun graphic tees. And endless school and home decor supplies.
There are 3 things my older daughter loves the most right now aside from Minecraft like every other preteen.
Unicorns. Paris. And Emojis.
It’s like they made the store for her dream shopping selection.
Exhibit A. Unicorns.
Exhibit B. Paris.
Exhibit C. Emojis.
Paris and Unicorns.
See? Unicorns and positive messaging. I like this. You ARE better than unicorns and sparkles combined. Damn straight.
At some point, most likely an hour into this browsing session, it was time to try on clothing. It was all casual until my younger daughter realized that she could try on anything she wanted to and actually got to take her top selections home.
Well. Then it was like pandora’s box opened up.
Mind you she barely got out of those leggings. They came home with us because she adored them so much. I would love to tell you I have 1000 photos of all the stuff she tried on but I was too busy being buried in it and helping the really (and I mean REALLY) great staff help us with putting things back and vice versa.
Back to my preteen, she loved this Activity Tracker.
And of course…
So. Many. Unicorns. And emojis.
No I am just kidding. Really. It’s been, what’s the word I am looking for, bittersweet and yet exciting to watch my older daughter grow into her own identity and develop her own tastes. The whole point of this experience and shopping together at Justice was to let her choose her own clothing. The days of when I had a say in what she would wear are long gone as it’s become really obvious the stuff I would have chosen for her was so not what she would want to wear (like a pair of amazing jeans I found and she was like nope. Leggings and comfy pants!).
Letting her have a say in her own style is important because I remember wearing clothing I didn’t want to wear and it hindered my confidence in so many ways. Justice is very passionate about celebrating each girls individual style that makes them unique. Their motto is Live Justice and what that encompasses is that they believe that girls can change the world. That they are fearless and strong. And that their customers – the girls who shop there and influence them – are the center of everything they do.
And I have to say, Justice’s customer service, the girls in the store who helped us are some of the best we’ve experienced. Every time we’ve been in there, they’ve gone above and beyond and they’re always so gracious and fun to chat with. They also have far more patience than I do as a mother. Shhh…
Fast forward to oh approx 3 hours later (not kidding – they have these great couches for parents to sit on by the way, while your children try on clothing) we left with a good haul and Unicorns. Though I don’t know what that has to do with Back to School but really, you can’t leave without the Unicorn. You know that scene in that movie with the toy unicorn? Yeah it was reenacted.
What Justice doesn’t know is that this week – the day I am posting this actually – is my now 9 year old’s birthday. So I just want to say Thank You to Justice for allowing us to not only have this great Back to School shopping experience together but also for providing one heck of a Birthday present for her. Where were you when I was 9?!
Did I mention that they also have a great collection of Birthday party planning swag? Oh yes.
Here is the final list of what my girls went home with and their favourite pieces from the collection:
But what fun is us having our own shopping experience if YOU can’t have one too?
Well, Justice has been so wonderful that they are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to spend on their own Back to School shopping experience! Enter in the Rafflecopter Below. Contest opens to Canadian Residents over the age 18. Contest closes Sept 1, 2016 at midnight. Good Luck!