Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A woman's right to shoes

I was watching that Sex and the City episode where Carrie has her Manolos stolen last week with my best friend. We love that one! It came to mind yesterday when I bought a pair of Louboutins in the boxing day sales. They were 60% off the original price, which means that they were probably slightly cheaper than they'd initially have been in the US (designer prices here are crazy, for some reason), so they were a good deal.

Anyway, when I was buying them at David Jones there were 2 ladies behind me in the line commenting that they could've bought 5 pairs of shoes for the price of my Louboutins (my first thought was that I don't need 5 more pairs - I already have about 150!). I'd heard them talking about their children before that, so obviously they were in a different stage of their lives to me. I wasn't sure whether I should've felt embarrassed, offended or guilty about buying the shoes after that, but I decided that I wasn't going to feel any of those things.

I can afford shoes like this at the moment. I may not be able to at any other stage of my life. But as I have no mortgage and no children, and a professional job, I'm going to enjoy the opportunity to buy beautiful, expensive things while it lasts, and no one is going to make me feel bad about it!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Christmas!

I love shopping. That probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, but I love every aspect of shopping. I know people who like owning things and purchasing things, but they're not fans of actually going to shops and browsing around. I think that's the best part!

I have to admit that I go to the mall pretty much every day. It's not really my fault - I work close to the mall, and I have to go there to buy lunch if nothing else. I like to go to different stores every day, because I just love looking around and seeing what's new, even if I don't buy anything.

Christmas is one of the best times to shop, because the malls all look so beautiful with their decorations.

I was considering not going to the boxing day sales this year. (When I told my best friend yesterday, she thought I must've been unwell). Sometimes I look at all the great stuff I already own, and I don't think I need any more. I've now decided that I probably should go to the sales as there are a few things I've been eyeing off (and/or put on hold!) which will probably be cheaper. But I have to keep in mind my 3 rules of boxing day sale shopping:

1. Get there early (find out when the stores open and be there as early as possible. If you're going to multiple stores, work out what you want most and plan when to go where).
2. Check out the stores beforehand (go a couple of days earlier if possible and work out what you want to buy, and even try it on if it's clothes, as the changing room lines are usually awful).
3. Don't buy things you don't need just because they're on sale (I definitely think it's important to go with a plan and not to go overboard with the unnecessary shopping).

I've already had my big family Christmas dinner earlier this evening, and tomorrow will hopefully be a more relaxed day with my immediate family. I love this time of year for so many reasons, and I'm really looking forward to Christmas day :) Merry Christmas!