Hello and happy St. Valentine's day to you all. I suppose posting thoughts on not shopping on this day of gift giving isn't the best timing on my part but my timing has never been great. It is estimated that Americans will spend over $17 billion dollars today to celebrate our love for each other. We do love our fancy holidays. As a couple we usually exchange cards and have a nice dinner in...so exciting. But anyway we are only a few weeks into the new year and if you are finding yourself getting weak and wanting to give in to the merchandising machine, then I thought I'd share a trick I use that stops me from shopping. It isn't guaranteed to work but I can honestly say that it works a lot of the time for me. I started using it years ago when at the time it seemed as if we were so poor but now looking back...we were so rich. We were young, healthy and in love. Starting to ramble, sorry.
Ok, so this trick I use may or may not work for you but in the off chance it will, I want to share it.
I get the above 2 catalogs regularly in my mailbox, and I don't mind getting them. I also subscribe online to 1 shopping website and instead of fueling my desire for more I use them against themselves. I play a little game with myself as I flip through them. For instance, when looking through the Pottery Barn catalog and something catches my eye, say a beautiful bedroom with gorgeous bedding, I tell myself...wow, I already own a comfortable bed and nice bedding. Next page, pretty lamps, same thing. I take a look around and look at the lamps I already own and that I think are pretty. I'm not struck with the feeling that I have to buy, but rather I get the feeling of how lucky I am that I already own what they are trying to sell me. Oftentimes I own the real thing that Pottery Barn is copying. That's always nice.
I do the same with the J. Crew catalog. I'll even tear out a page or 2 of outfits I like and realize I have something close to it and actually use it for inspiration to expand my own wardrobe. Both catalogs help me to see what I already have and yet they can inspire me to look at things in a fresh way.
Maybe not getting catalogs or even not caring what is "in" or "out" this season works for you and should be something that I should aspire to, but I do like fashion and home decorating so I enjoy seeing how experts in design bring back looks or re-style things. I really don't get caught up in having to have the latest or greatest but it is fun to look and yet not get sucked in. So that's my little trick. Lame? Maybe but it really has worked for me. If you have any tricks, please do share. And really...have a happy day. x