Are you a shopaholic?

One of my gorgeous readers, Kate from Into the Stratosphere, tagged me in her Confessions of a Shopaholic post.  If you’ve ever been curious about my shopping habits and guilty pleasures, read on!

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Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

Not really.  Although I’ll occasionally have a bit of a shopping spree, I’m really pretty conservative with my buying.  If you’d asked me that question about five years ago though, the answer would have been dramatically different.  I used to be very free with my spending, and it wasn’t unusual for me to buy two or three new things each week.  In the past few years, I’ve pared down my shopping to save money and also to conserve space.

How would you classify your style?

I think that my personal style is very eclectic.  I don’t really stick to one particular style, but rather play around with lots of different styles.  There are elements of vintage, punk, bohemian, hippie, pop and goth styles all blended together in my wardrobe.  I just like playing around and letting my style stay quite fluid so that I can dress however I feel like on any given day.

What store can you not leave without buying something from?

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Since I began crocheting, I can’t go past the bargain bin at Spotlight.  My yarn stash is completely out of control!  Lush is another store that always gets my dollar.  There was a time where almost everything in my bathroom cupboard was from Lush.  Since I’ve moved away from the city though, I don’t visit Lush as often so the temptation to spend is much smaller.

Where do you find your best deals?

Op-shops!  I love buying second hand and I’ve snaffled so many incredible items for only a couple of dollars.  For beauty and makeup products, I love Adore Beauty.  Their prices are great and they often have brilliant discounts for members.

What designer are you willing to splurge on?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not that excited by designer brands.  I’m much more likely to be drawn to something because of the way it looks than by the label.  That being said, I would love to one day own a ludicrously decadent pair of shoes, like a pair of Manolos or something like that.  Just for the heck of it.

Do you have a go-to shopping outfit?

Comfy, slip-on shoes (that can be quickly taken on and off), a long, flowy skirt (so that I can try on pants without getting totally undressed) and a low-necked cotton tee with no buttons (to slip over my head with ease).  I’m all about efficiency and comfort when I’m shopping.

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What is your guilty pleasure?

It changes all the time.  I go through phases where I’m obsessed with buying one type of thing.  I’ve gone through times where I’ve been nuts for underwear, PJ’s , earrings, shoes, nail polish and slogan tees.  Right now though, I’m a tiny bit obsessed with lipstick.

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What is the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?

A really great pair of jeans.  They should be comfy and fit perfectly.  I love jeans because you can style them up or down so easily, they go with practically everything and they’re really comfortable to boot.

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Who is your style icon?

It’s tricky because I have so many.  Gwen Stefani is the first to come to mind.  But I also adore the styles of Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgwick, Noel Fielding, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Isabella Blow, Anjelica Huston, Coco Chanel and so many others.  I take inspiration from loads of places. I think it’s good to have a range of icons, so that you can pick and choose the elements you like best and meld them into a style that is all your own.

Do you think you’re a shopaholic?  Feel free to answer these questions on your own blog, and don’t forget to send me a link so that I can check it out!

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4 thoughts on “Are you a shopaholic?

  1. I’m not much for designer labels either. But I do love to shop. I have to keep myself away from the shops because I can’t go in without “having” to buy something.

    • I always feel like a failure if I go out shopping and come home empty handed. Like I’m doing it wrong. If I shop on my own, I am better at resisting temptation, but shopping with others can be a bit of a trap. My boyfriend always leads me astray, talking me into buying things that I probably wouldn’t have bought on my own!

    • I know what you mean. I recently went on a shopping ban for 40 days. Now that it’s over, I’ve had a bit of a spree, but I’m busy reigning it back in again!

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