6 things all shops need to STOP doing!

I love shopping more than the average person. This has been the case since birth, my mum is a huge shopaholic and has most definitely passed down that obsession to me. Over my years of shopping I have noticed many mistakes shops seem to make time after time and I think if only these problems could be fixed my experience would be even better. So here is my main 6 issues I find when shopping.

Same! Same! Same! but different?

Imagine this, you go in the shop and you find the perfect summer dress. Two weeks later you go into the same shop and see that same dress but in a different colour. You may even be tempted to buy it, after all it fit you great, you had so many compliments on it, why not? Then 3 months later when Winter is on its way in you see that same dress but this time in a darker shade. This is my shopping experience every single year. Sometimes Ive found the same item has made a comeback two years later. Here’s a suggestion how about just coming up with a completely new design as surely nobody wants the same thing in seven different colours. It takes the fun out of shopping for new things.

Where for art thou size?

One of my biggest pet peeves when shopping is when the english size is not the first one on the tag. It’s up there with when the right size is not on the coat hanger (but I can’t always blame the shops for that). There is nothing worse than getting all the way to the changing room to find you haven’t got a size 8 intact you have an American size 8 which is a UK 12. It’s fair to say its not going to fit so then I either have to go find my size or wait until somebody brings it to me. I understand some shops are European based and this why but surely it can’t cost that much money to change the tag over?

But I’m a shopaholic….

Talking of dressing rooms, the main problem I find when shopping, is the maximum number of clothes I can take into the changing room is six or lower. Ten would be an appropriate number or better yet don’t have a max. Topshop has improved this over the years so I think its time for others to follow suit. Lets be honest there really is nothing worse than having to keep coming out and swapping you’re clothes and in the end its a win for everyone as I will end up buying more clothes and the shop gets more of my money.

A Picture is worth a thousand words…

I love walking in the shops and seeing all the model shots on the wall and looking at what clothes are due in for the current season. However I find most of the time the dress that you love and just have to have never ends up coming in store or if it does, it doesn’t actually look like what it did on the model, its made from a cheaper material and doesn’t quite have the same detail. What’s the point? If you have made me need a dress for 3 months at least bring it in store exactly how it appears.

Photoshop be gone!

Talking of photographs why do online stores photoshop there clothes so much. I understand they want to use the best lighting to make the outfit look its best but whats the point if when I buy it, its not even the same colour. There has been so many times Ive seen something online and it says red, and it looks orange on the photograph so I buy it thinking it will be a an orangey red only to receive it and it be a dark red. Or Vice versa it  looks and says it cream yet when it arrives its bright white. Note to stores over photoshopping doesn’t help anybody.

Sometimes you can have too much Prosecco!

I realise that over the last couple of years Prosecco has become very popular however that does not mean I need it to be on everything I buy. From cards to cosmetic bags to T-shirts, even pencil cases! FYI most people using a pencil case aren’t even old enough to drink Prosecco. It needs to stop, lets leave Prosecco in the bars and designers to give me a more fabulous outfit to wear so I have more of an excuse to go out an drink Prosecco. can I get a cheers to that?

 

5 Hacks For A Shopaholic

I am a 26 year old shopaholic who doesn’t believe in wearing the same thing twice. I live in London in a 2 bed flat that I share with my friend and my boyfriend, who almost has as many clothes as I do. Needless to say having storage space is not a luxury I have. My bedroom is essentially a walk in wardrobe with a bed in the middle.

So here are a few helpful hacks to making the most of your space or lack of. Trust me I’m qualified.

1. A Bed is NOT just for sleeping!

I recommend buying a bed with either drawers attached or one that is high enough to fit boxes underneath.  A divan bed is just not suitable for a dedicated slave to fashion. If it’s too late and you have already bought a bed, my thoughts are with you but you should of found me sooner.

2.  SHOES are a girls Best Friend!

If you are lucky enough to own a pair or more, of expensive designer shoes I understand you want to keep the box and rightly so. They cost more than a pet they and they deserve to be treated properly. But for all your everyday shoes it’s time to ditch the boxes. There are some great shoe storage options available. I recommend for your casual flat shoes (eww) and trainers purchasing an over the door holder, not the racks they are terrible and will fall apart but the ones with pockets are great. Then for your heels you can get these great boxes that are clear so you can see which shoes are in them, they also feature sliding drawers so you don’t have to move everything just to get to the bottom pair.

3. Change with the Seasons

Just imagine, it’s spring/summer. Likelihood is you are not going to wear a thick jumper (if living in the U.K. Leave one out as a precaution). So pick out the A/W looks you won’t be wearing and sort through them. If they are just a basic shirt which you probably won’t wear again because you will buy something similar next year in a different colour, put it in a bin bag. However if it is something that maybe costs a bit more money, is Unique or looks timeless put it in a box and store them under your bed. Then when it’s time to change the seasons you repeat the whole process again.

4. Sell! Sell! Sell!

But what about the clothes in the bin bag I hear you ask? Well one option is to throw them away but that just doesn’t seem right. The best thing to do is either take them to a charity shop or if you want a bit of money for them but it’s not worth the hassle of setting up an eBay post,  there are plenty of companies that will buy your items and pay roughly 50/60p per kilo. It’s not a lot however if you have a lot of bags it does start to add up. Some of them even take shoes and bedding. When it comes to the more expensive outfits or maybe evening dresses I suggest Once a year taking a look at what you have, ask yourself am I going to wear this again? Is this a timeless look? If the answer is no.. sell it! eBay! Depop! Instagram!

5. Love or Louboutins?

To all serious fashionistas try to avoid living with a significant other until you can afford an apartment with a Carrie Bradshaw style wardrobe.

carrie's wardrobe

I know having a minimalistic room or house is the dream but if you are shopping obsessed, sacrifices have to be made. So try taking it as a positive and a push you need to work harder. The more money you make the quicker you will get to a walk in wardrobe oh and of course that much needed pair of Louboutins.