Compare notes: Before you hit the shops, stop for a coffee and chat about your goals for the day. Share yours, but take note of your friend’s, too. As you browse around, keep her list and criteria in mind, and pull items for her to try. You are an objective set of eyes, and will undoubtedly select items for her that she would’ve passed right over.
Make a plan: Your buddy may have different tastes, or just have different goals for the day. Unless you’re exploring a new city and have absolutely no obligations until bedtime, make a rough plan so that you’ll know which shops you’ll be visiting. It’ll help you budget for the outing, and also create balance: You can hit the stores you need, and make sure your friend hits her targets, too.
Originally posted 2011-08-05 06:19:59.