Shop, shop shop! Enough already!

(41 Posts)
escargot Wed 29-Jan-14 10:39:00

Since I've been here I've spent a fortune on the 'next best thing'!

It has left me feeling inadequate, a bit of a sheep and frankly vain and self-obsessed. My life hasn't been the same since I was HoC'd.

My remedy is to have February off. No more shopping for me, no more winterness and no more bloody lipsticks.

I do have a couple of days of January left though.....grin

Anyone else hitting the brakes for February beauty/style-wise or are all the new must-have Spring things making you itch?

Coumarin Thu 30-Jan-14 16:02:24

Sorry if that was a bit deep. smile

Pinterest is a great way of getting a shopping fix without parting with any cash. I've got an amazing wardrobe on there! (And a gorgeous house, perfect meals and fantastic holidays. grin )

kerstina Thu 30-Jan-14 16:12:55

Coumarin I think you were spot on actually. I lost my dad just before xmas and my online shopping has got a bit excessive lately. I realise it is a form of escapism and addiction. I had decided no more and then a day later I was sucked in by the concealer recommend on here that I just had to have. I wouldn't mind if I was rich I would not beat myself up over it but I am not so really need to stop. Excellent idea about pint interest am off to add to mine. smile

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 16:18:53

coumarin and kerstina I totally agree. My hounding of beauty forums is because I'm bored and I think if only I looked 'just so' then I'd be ok.

In truth, I'm about to be 50 and am totally obsessing over having the right hair/skincare/make-up and wardrobe in place. That's totally nuts though as it evolves over time and rightly so. I just NEED to have it all in place and then I will stop in theory.

FrugalFashionista Thu 30-Jan-14 16:23:24

I'm also looking for light relief, usually because I'm bored/tired/stressed out. Excessive purchases are a byproduct of the process. Winter is a bad time as you are stuck indoors.

Coumarin Thu 30-Jan-14 16:44:03

Very sorry about your Dad Kerstina

Yes, when I miscarried after our fifth ivf attempt I suddenly became convinced my skin was awful and bought all kinds if things to try and correct it. I spent £££ on stuff that I'd use once and then decide it wasn't good enough and so on. Truth is my skin looked how it always did, just fine. But I guess worrying about that was easier than worrying about something I couldn't fix.

I do love make up and clothes and it's a brilliant way of taking your mind off things but if it gets to where it's vexing a stressful thing in itself then I think a step back is wise.

Again, apologies for getting so deep. wink

Coumarin Thu 30-Jan-14 16:45:05

*becoming not vexing.

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 17:01:34

Don't apologise, these are all very valid reasons. I may choose to step away from these type of forums as well as not shopping in February

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 17:02:14

Sorry for your loss kerstina and coumarin.

Coumarin Thu 30-Jan-14 17:10:06

You could still browse Escargot <enabler> wink

Window shopping and dreaming about what you'll buy if often the best bit. smile

(Thank you)

Saurus72 Thu 30-Jan-14 17:22:28

Coumarin sorry to hear you've had such a bad time if it. I've been through bad times in the past, and I do get tremendous feelings of anxiety, which is heightened by the fact that I'm such a control freak.

I've always liked clothes, but I can pinpoint the time that my buying too much became an issue. It was about 15 years ago, and I started to gain quite a lot of weight (started going out with someone and we drank a lot and ate out a lot - all quite decadent). I suddenly encountered clothes not fitting that well, and in fact was on the verge of being a size 16, which in my mind then equalled 'Evans'. So I clearly remember having the feeling if, if it is from a 'normal' shop, and it fits, I'd better buy it because god knows if I will be able to find anything to fit me again. I mean, that's kind if mad! My weight has stabilised, and I never actually did have to buy anything from Evans, and in fact there were enough clothes left in the world to still fit me. But I remember the almost panic buying if it, and I know it still affects me today.

I also have a much vaguer feeling of 'what if I lose my job in the future and can't afford to buy clothes any more?' I better buy this now just in case. When if course if I lost my job I would a) have sufficient clothes to keep me going for around 3-5 years, b) I would most likely get a new job at some point and c) if that didn't happen, and I was indeed jobless fir 3-5 years, clothes would have fallen low in my priority list.

I'm not going to pretend it makes sense confused wink

Coumarin Thu 30-Jan-14 20:53:47

Thank you Saurus Yes it was an anxiety and control thing.

That does make sense. Not sure I've bought things just in case but I know someone who does that. She has a really secure very well paid job too.

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 21:23:21

I've decided to take a little break - it seems right for me to step back a bit - see you in march x

Coumarin Fri 31-Jan-14 00:24:12

See you in March with all the extra £££ you've saved. smile

EndOfThePier Fri 31-Jan-14 07:17:59

Wow escargot - are you me?! Reading this thread is like reading about myself. Turning 50 and fighting this compulsion to spend money on things I don't actually need in pursuit of something elusive/unnecessary that isn't me anyway. I'm not quite sure when I started being defined so completely by my clothes and I don't like this "crutch/obsession" in my life.
That said, I do like having a bit of money to spend on clothes for the first time in my life and I have taken on board all the points up thread re wise/investment buying. Same old adage of less and better for me with a healthy sprinkle of real life in between smile.

Eliza22 Fri 31-Jan-14 07:39:13

Courmarin thanks for expressing that sentiment. I'm exactly the same. I think is easy to be drawn in the "the counters" as I'm ageing (all at once, it seems) and it's so tempting. I really believe that this or that shade of lippy/blush will be the Grail I'm looking for. It never is. It does not exist.

Bonsoir Fri 31-Jan-14 08:52:03

Shopping is a creative outlet. It's very accessible these days, but the downside is that it easily empties your bank account and overfills your wardrobe/home.

If you want to stop shopping, you need to find some other way(s) of fulfilling your need to express your creativity.

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