Shopping For the Future

I like to sport new wardrobe items as soon as possible. I’m quite happy wearing a new purchase right out the store if it matches what I’m wearing. When something new comes into my wardrobe, I’ll wear it that evening or the next day. Wardrobe items are there to be worn, and there’s no time like the present. I bat for Team Wear.

Sometimes I will buy wardrobe items knowing that I can only wear them in two to four months because the weather is wrong to wear them right away. When I see a winner that is especially hard to find or fit, I don’t wait till later to buy it because it will be gone in my size and in the colour I like best. I learned that the hard way. Plus, a winner is a winner, full stop. If you made the right decision, you should still love the item several months later.

The right dress and shoe can be hard to fit, so when I find them and they’re within my budget, I pounce. I did just that when I saw the Free People shirtdress and Sam Edelman ballet flats back in January. With snow on the ground and a distant hope for hot weather, I bought these darlings knowing I could only wear them in May. I patiently waited four months and today I’m wearing my new dress for the first time. I debuted the flats a few weeks ago. Love them!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Fall and Winter merchandise is my favourite sale of the year. Because it’s in July, I usually have to wait two to three months to wear the heavier items. Again that’s just fine by me. It’s exciting to have new items waiting in the wings for the right weather.

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Link Love: Sustainable Shopping Tips

Flat footwear aficionado Hannah Rochell of En Brogue put together a comprehensive guide to buying sustainable and ethical footwear.

She also wrote this interesting post on 5 ways to be a more sustainable shopper, and this one about 6 sustainable alternatives for your everyday beauty routine.

Someone else worth following if you are interested in sustainable, low-waste living, is Sophie of A Considered Life, who shares “practical tips on simplifying your life, adopting low-waste habits, wearing sustainable clothes and cruelty-free beauty, to work towards living a considered life that is more purposeful, sustainable, and compassionate.”

Refinery29 lists 7 clothing brands “that will help you recycle your clothes, and will reward you with store credit so that you can responsibly replace those things in your closet you’re totally over with something special that you’re going to cherish for a long time.”

Fab Links from Our Members

’90s fashion is definitely in the zeitgeist — or at least the thrift stores, according to Shevia, so she loved reading this article on why Monica from Friends is this Summer’s unlikely style icon.

Vildy directs us to this article on the Spotlight Effect: anxiety people can feel when changing their style or adding an item that could call attention to itself. Vildy adds: “I don’t think it mentions fear of looking like you are trying too hard, but I would guess it falls into this category as well.”



12 Tips on How to Stop Shopping

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Maybe you need to curb your spending because you’ve discovered you owe a big chunk of money on your taxes (surprise!), you’re facing credit card debt, or you’re trying to grow your savings account … and you’re wondering how to stop shopping. Or maybe you’re trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to spend less. We haven’t talked about how to control your spending in quite a while, so we thought we’d share some tips today. If you’ve ever had to make a change like this, what were your strategies for how to stop shopping? What was your motivation — to pay down debt, put more money into savings (or investments, etc.), or redirect the money toward a goal, such as a down payment on a house? 

Here are 12 tips on how to stop shopping:

1. Use a paper chart to track your spending.

Budgeting programs such as Mint or YNAB can be useful (I use Mint), but I like this option because you can see the whole month at once and (ideally) watch those “zero” days accumulate. In the past, I’ve used this tracker from Frugal Mama. I randomly found it by googling “spending tracker” — and while I happen to be a mom, you can certainly find a similar non-parent chart if you don’t have kids!

2. Leave your credit cards at home when you go out

Leave your credit cards at home when you go out — and perhaps only use debit for a while. (The decision to do this rests on how dire your shopping/debt situation is). The age-old “cut up your cards!” advice doesn’t work for everyone; for example, you may want to keep earning rewards on your credit card (as long as you’re paying off the balance each month, that is!). Also, consider the envelope method for budgeting — with cash. 

{related: how to pick the best rewards card}

3. Make your money inaccessible

If you can, make more of your money inaccessible (or at least less accessible). If your financial situation allows it, increase your 401k payroll deductions at work and/or add a savings account to your direct deposit so that your paycheck isn’t solely going to checking. You can also set up regular automatic savings transfers or automatic investing.

{related: how to set up automatic investing}

4. Unsubscribe from store emails

Unsubscribe from store emails and emails from sale sites (e.g., Shopstyle). Either unsubscribe to each one as you receive their emails, or use a free tool such as

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5. Stop delivery of mail order catalogs. charges $ 2 to remove you from mailing lists for certain categories, such as catalogs, or from individual catalogs. is free but only allows you to unsubscribe from one catalog at a time. (I’ve had success with the latter.) 

6. Delete any store apps and shopping apps from your phone.

It’s even worse to have store apps and shopping apps on your phone than on your computer, because they make it so easy to shop from anywhere at any time — the doctor’s office waiting room, the coffeeshop, the long line at the grocery store, etc.

7. Delete your credit card information from store websites and from your browser’s autofill function.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite as effective if you, like me, have your credit card number memorized. (One of my cards was hacked recently, which was pretty annoying but had the hidden benefit of getting a new card number that I don’t know by heart. Yet.) 

8. When you want to buy something online, only put it in your cart at first.

(Or your wishlist — you should see my Sephora “Loves” list…) Then wait 24 hours. If you don’t completely forget about the item, which is possible, you might at least find that you don’t want it as much anymore and be able to convince yourself to skip the purchase … or at least delay it some more.

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9. Clean out your closet.

You’re more likely to feel good about what’s in there (and therefore feel fewer “I need new clothes!” urges) if you ditch the pieces you don’t really like — the ones you always skip over when you’re deciding what to wear in the morning. You can also shop your closet to try new combinations you haven’t thought of before.

{related: decluttering your wardrobewhere to recycle, donate, and sell your work clothes

10. Try a capsule wardrobe.

You may gain new appreciation for the clothes you already have — and also distract yourself from shopping by having fun putting new outfits together. Also, consider trying our Work Outfit Challenge — sign up for the emails today!

{related: creating a capsule wardrobe for work}

11. Tailor your clothes to make what you already have work for you.

If you have clothes lying around that you’ve been meaning to get tailored, do that now. Sure, you’ll have to spend some money, but unless you’re asking for major alterations, it’ll still be cheaper than buying new clothes. (We’ve had lots of posts on getting your clothes tailored!) 

12. Organize a clothes swap with friends.

I’ve never tried this, but it sounds fun, and it’s a free way to get some new pieces — maybe some styles you never would have picked up at the store but discover that you really like. The Simple Dollar has some tips, and depending on where you live, you may have access to the events organized by I am kind of intrigued… (After their events, they donate unclaimed items to charity.)

What are your tips on how to stop shopping? If you’ve ever tried to cut down, what worked and what didn’t?

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The Grifters Are Coming: Laura Loomer, Louise Mensch, Sheriff David Clarke All Shopping New Books

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Some of the most outspoken political grifters of the Trump era want to sell you books—if anyone is interested in buying.

The success of political commentary books like Fox News reporter-turned-Trump-booster Greg Jarrett’s The Russia Hoax and tell-alls like Omarosa’s Unhinged have inspired B-list political media celebrities to take time out of their tweetstorms and attention-starved antics to pen the next great American rant.

Multiple sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that far-right political activist Laura Loomer, for example, has been trying to shop a book, and has told associates that there may be interest from major publishers.

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Americans are turning to dollar stores for their holiday shopping

Many Americans are looking to stretch the buck this holiday season by visiting dollar stores. A growing number of consumers — including the more affluent — say they will be shopping at dollar stores during the holidays, not because they are short on cash, but because the stores carry the merchandise they want, according to…
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Holiday shopping: The best toys for kids make use of their imaginations, not a screen

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Parents put nature in the shopping basket

In a world of vast consumer choice, ambiguous product descriptions and self-appointed experts, parents face a minefield when picking out food, toys or other products for their children. A new qualitative study indicates that naturalness is the current benchmark for consumer choice among parents.
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Don’t miss the Fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday shopping event

You’re invited to an exclusive Black Friday shopping evening to stock up on all your beauty favourites…

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The Fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday Shopping Event will include 20% off in store for one night only plus a complimentary glass of bubbly and a goodie bag. Taking place at our 5,000 sq ft flagship beauty emporium on Tottenham Court Road, London, you’ll also be able to meet the Marie Claire beauty team for 121 beauty advice and recommendations.

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Fabled by Marie Claire is the one-stop-shop for beauty junkies, with an extensive range of premium and niche brands, including Benefit, ghd, Urban Decay, NARS and Perricone MD. But here’s the game changer: now you can get the products you love, exactly when you want them. As well as our huge store, Fabled by Marie Claire is online at to provide you with next-day delivery. You can choose an allocated delivery time slot, seven days a week, so you never have to wait for that all-important parcel again.


Thursday 22nd November


6.30-9.00 pm


Fabled by Marie Claire, 21 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BJ


£10 each; includes 20 per cent off in store, a complimentary glass of bubbly and a goodie bag, one per customer. You can buy your ticket here.

Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-refundable. Goodie bag given with every ticket purchase, one goodie bag per person.

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The most beautiful shopping malls around the world


When you go out for your weekly shop, or to buy your annual wardrobe (yes, I’m talking about you, men!) you probably just venture to your local mall, with your budget department stores and your food market. You probably don’t expect to be greeted with gondola rides, rollercoasters, or giant aquariums, do you? Well, in certain parts of the world this could be your local shopping mall. Bet you’re regretting your house location now. Let’s all move to Dubai!

Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you’ve ever been to Dubai or the United Arab Emirates, you’ll know that they don’t do anything by halves. Everything is excessive, everything is elegant, everything is clean, and everything is beautiful. Including the shopping malls. As well as being one of the most beautiful malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is also the largest in the world and comes complete with 1,200 shops to its name, an Aquarium and Discovery Center, an ice rink, a theme park, a 22-screen cinema, the largest candy store in the world, an interactive children’s center, and one of the most spectacular indoor fountains on the planet! Not much, then…

The Grand Canal Shoppes – Las Vegas, United States of America

Don’t worry if you’ve never visited Venice because you won’t need to if you take a trip to the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas! This Venetian-themed hotel comes complete with its very own Grand Canal Shoppes featuring incredible waterways, which you can travel using Gondolas – with your very own Gondola driver who might even sing for you if you’re lucky. The mall offers 91 shops connected by cobbled streets and a moving clouded ceiling. And of course, no Venetian street would be complete without street performers.

Canal City – Fukuoka, Japan

Just like the Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, Canal City shopping mall in Japan has based its mall around incredible canals. The canals serve as the main event in this mall, with the shops built as if they surround the water. But these buildings aren’t your typical run of the mill two-up two-down buildings. Instead, they are all curved, with water features, fountains, and sculptures which have been designed and constructed to trick the eyes of its visitors. As well as some of the most prestigious shops and brands, the mall also houses art exhibitions, gaming centers, cinemas, a music stadium – and the piece de resistance is the fifth floor of the mall which is solely dedicated to ramen! Time to tuck in.

Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Despite the fact the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Malaysia is Asia’s largest shopping mall, the grandiose mall is actually designed around the streets and bright lights of New York’s Times Square. With a makeshift subway station, big billboards and bright signs, you could easily mistake it for the Big Apple! The shopping mall offers its visitors over 1000 stores, as well as an incredible indoor theme park complete with roller coasters (yep, inside), a haunted house, and more. As if it wasn’t already pretty epic, the mall also throws in the extra awesomeness of a giant musical staircase to entertain you (and your kids) for hours.

West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada

The West Edmonton Mall is one of the most beautiful malls in the world because it is one of the most unexpected. As you walk through the doors, you’re bombarded with a huge area full of fun and activities. As well as the obvious stores and food halls, this mall offers the largest indoor waterpark in the world, complete with a wave pool and 83-foot tall water slide, an ice rink, a lake which features sea lions, a mini-golf course, a shooting range, bowling alley, arcade, music Stadium, a chapel and an indoor theme park! Could you need anything else?


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