Whistle while you work
buying is definitely a panacea for me and the results are less than stellar when it’s over-prescribed. i’m trying to wean myself off and primarily use shopping as a tool to shape my wardrobe, not as retail therapy. i say “primarily” because shopping provides a very nice high and i see no reason to deny myself that but i have to be more alert when i am doing it for emotional reasons and shop accordingly.
i have also been an active part of the e-shopping revolution. it takes a while to develop an e-eye for how something will fit, feel and even actually look just based on a picture on the screen, but, for better or worse, i’ve pretty well mastered it. with it comes mistakes, for sure, but also a whole new shopping experience that includes insta-delayed gratification. you can click “buy now” and take the item off of your shopping list, which makes you feel productive, but then you also get the week of anticipating the item’s arrival, thinking about it with expectations of use (remember, you haven’t tried it on yet and discovered the ten ways it doesn’t work) and basically this turns the process of shopping into a literal gift-getting experience (there’s a box and everything).
would you forsake the pleasure of shopping, browsing, discovering for an all custom-made wardrobe?