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Shopping excuses

Posted on: 30 March 2009

These bags are all empties...I promise!
Dress(tfnc) Cardi (Oasis) Belt (Gift) Scarf (H&M), JerseyCoat (UO)

I was reading this article this morning which looks at how women shop far more and spend more money on impulse buys during the later stages of their menstrual cycle. So as the article says, at least we (or rather, female readers) can blame some silly purchases on our hormones. I can appreciate the article but it really doesn't come as any surprise does it? To me though, it just seems like an easy excuse for female shoppers.

Though of course there are plenty of other reasons why people end up impulse buying. We've all done it, a bit of good news provides a sufficient reason as to why a more expensive price tag suddenly becomes OK. Isn't it funny how some excuses that you can provide can prove meaningless only a few minutes later. For example allowing yourself to buy a dress that might be worth two tops with the premise that you would not buy the tops. Only for that idea to backfire later on!

I've not been on my shopping ban long but for me, shopping is more of a bad habit and used to buying myself the regular new purchase. I'm by no means a shopaholic but it comes down to the fact that I work part time in a busy shopping centre and avoiding the big Topshop after work is no mean feat. I'm breaking the habit and keeping my cards at home with the hope that by the end of this ban (until at least May) I will be a smarter shopper, save lots of money and be able to buy something much more worthwhile rather than spending it on bits that I will easily forget about. Still, it doesn't help when I am reading hundreds of stylish bloggers with great style everyday and I know that we all dream of having wardrobes like Paula Abdul...
If only...
Instyle.com

Referring back to that BBC article, if you find yourself buying things for,"adornment, including jewellery, make-up and high heels" then you might have a sneaky feeling as to what's up.

.....but it may not explain why you're still clicking on topshop's website everyday.

27 comments:

  1. really. thanks for the faq i did not know that! wow very excited to see it for meself now.

    hmm i carefully skimmed (oxymoron) thru the article... things like that always make me skeptical. they make it sound like it has to be only hormones and biological stuff when a lot of it I'm sure is social. I also don't like generalizing studies. I, for one, to not buy anything when i'm on my period and am more likely to splurge when I'm in a good mood on a sunny day and i happen to be bored! haha. BUT, thanks for sharing the article.

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  2. Hormones inform SO MANY of our behaviors that to say they influence impulse buys is a bit obvious. And I agree that a study/article like this could be interpreted as an excuse to buy during a certain point in your cycle - tricky, that.

    Winnie, I didn't know you were doing a ban! Rock on, lady. I look forward to hearing more about how you feel and what you learn about yourself throughout the experiment.

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  3. I read this article earlier, very interesting. I do quite like the idea though of being able to blame my shopoholic tendencies on hormones though! Haha.

    And I love your chain handle bag! I love them so much, I might start collecting them haha.

    xoxo

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  4. haha, i heard about this on the radio tonight and i thought they're not really telling us anything we don't already know. my hormones definitely run my life!

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  5. This is a really interesting post! Though I agree, I dont think it really explains why I look at topshop.com every day!

    I've recently found your blog and I love it, do you want to exchange links?

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  6. I never knew that, but it's so true! Whenever I have my period I always end up with armfuls of impulse buys that I end up returning to the shop. At least I have an excuse for my monthly binges now!

    x

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  7. i can sooo relate to this post!! i sometimes forget i want to buy things i told myself were too expensive and then buy something even more expensive without thinking! i agree, blogs do make you want more things, but i've bought so much that's not really my style and so don't wear them as much. now i stop and think 'does this contribute to my own style or will these acid wash jeans look way better on a blogger who i wish i was!' i wish i could go on a total shopping ban though, i feel bad for you for working in town!!

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  8. I am extremely envious of your belt. It looks so good on you.

    Bah, I hate blaming things time of the month. It's always been a pet peeve of mine.

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  9. Love your belt. That article sounds interesting. I hate excuses for my own shopping--I tend to just feel guilty for spending money but knowing I am the one with the control and the only one to blame!

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  10. Haha, I'm terrible to making excuses and buying things and then I just feel terrible guilt and return them. I must wreak havoc with Topshop's sales statistics. I really like your cardi. x

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  11. i always love your outfits!

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  12. I really hope the sun and the warm weather will come to u sooon ! :)
    Love the wall, dude its perfect :)
    And also... Good post !

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  13. My mother designed it :) it's lovely

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  14. oh my god, that actually makes so much sense to me!! i no longer feel so guilty now that I have something to blame haah. awesome post xx

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  15. ahh i think i just died a little looking at paulas closet :( i realized the other day that there is nothing in my room but a bed and places to put clothes, i even got rid of my desk to make more space!

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  16. Ha, that's so funny.I would have never made a connection like that. That would have been quite the shopping spree it those bags weren't empty.

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  17. i think i've mentioned this before but i love that butterfly belt! and consistently use the excuse that i lack self-control so therefore i buy too much.. haha not a really good excuse!

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  18. Ugh, I hate hormones. I'm glad your shopping ban is going well so far.

    I love the belt. I have one like it (albeit smaller) that I really ought to pull out.

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  19. I love Ur grey dress!

    xoxo: Janet

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  20. I think we always have excuses for shopping, it's kind of silly to blame the hormons!

    Great outfit, your dress is so cute!

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  21. You should have said the bags were full haha. I love your chain strap handbag.

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  22. I'm glad you're still sticking to the shopping ban, I am weak and it didn't take much to break me but I'm back on it now! I think I actually am a shopaholic...Char x

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  23. I totally love your butterfly belt and that scarf!! And I did find the BBC article quite interesting. I think anyone will be more prone to succumb to impulse buying when they are feeling a tad down, whether it be hormones, being ill or just a little unhappy!

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  24. Hi there-uh-oh, just been on Topshop online this morning and into Debenhams this evening (also due on this week, LOL!)buying too-but I'm not regretting my purchases!

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  25. Hmmmm, I had no idea about the connection between the menstrual cycle and impulse shopping. It makes sense, I guess...

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  26. that grey dress is gorgeous and so is the vivienne westwood scarf
    unicorn-alliance.blogspot.com

    xo.

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