Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shame Meter - Alison's Tally

The concept of the Shame Meter is simple, yet brilliant. Kym and I talk about things that we want to buy or we actually have bought, then hopefully feel so much shame and embarrassment based on your feedback that we either walk away empty handed or return our purchases.

I thought Kym's meter would be off the charts, but the sad, shameful truth is that my meter is wayyyyyy off the charts. In the past two weeks, I have gorged on Anna Sui at Target (though I should get credit for the fact that we are talking about Target prices), bought a couple pairs of pants and a bunch of tees at Gap, a shirt and jacket (for my Montreal trip) from Forever 21, purchased two items I definitely didn't need from Neiman Marcus in order to take advantage of a 10,000 bonus points offer, and bought the maximum 5 pieces from the Christopher Kane collection at Topshop.

Just writing about how much I bought has totally disgusted me. But even thinking about writing this made me go return some of the Anna Sui items. So if you refer to my previous post, I am now left with: sleeveless blouse, puffy coat, gray t-shirt, and tablecloth dress.  Only four items out of , not too bad, right? And with NM, I am returning the more expensive of the two items. So far, so good. Now, I just have to wait for the CK items and I'm sure some of it will be shipped back.

What I've learned from this experience is that even though I'm trying to shop at mostly discount places, I'm still going overboard. I promise to do much better next month, really!

- alison

1 comment:

  1. Alison, I feel your pain. I have to confess that I've recently gone overboard with my shopping, too. (And I still haven't gotten around to checking out the Anna Sui collection at my favorite store, Target!) Notwithstanding the fact that I really did need some of the items to update my wardrobe (like a really great pair of jeans, nice-yet-casual-but-not-tshirt tops, grey cardigan, black blazer, various undies), the remainder of my purchases glare back at me as if to say, really? (sigh) I'm planning a trip back to the mall on Sunday to return some items that I realize have no place in my closet or jewelry box, and I can only pray that I don't walk out of there with any other items.

    Then again, it's the first time in nearly a year that I've indulged in such a spending orgy, and it is my b-day.... I've gotta look good to usher in a new decade, right? Right? Um....