Shopping in the Movies and Media

The Story of My Life, Part 3

In the first and second parts of this post, I shared how the story of my life came to be chosen as worthy of being told by Australia’s premier film school, and day 1 of filming. You can catch up on part 1 here and part 2 here. We pick up the story on day … Continue reading

The Story of My Life, Part 2

In the first part of this post, I shared how the story of my life came to be chosen as worthy of being told by Australia’s premier film school.  You can catch up here. So I’m picking up the story after all the preparation and when filming actually commenced. There were two filming days – … Continue reading

The Story of My Life, Part 1

Long before the lads of boy band phenomena One Direction exploded onto the scene and told us the story of their young lives (very toe tapping, that song), some of us over 30 have been reflecting on our own lives. I got to reflect on my life, at least a portion of it, recently when … Continue reading

Is Shopping Wrecking Your Life? Musings from The Project

This week, I was fortunate enough to be included in a story about shopping addictions on a very funky show here in Australia called The Project.  It airs at 6pm Sundays through Fridays and is a news and comedy show that is presented in a panel format.  It’s news, but not as we usually know … Continue reading

A Shortcut to Spending Less

Welcome to our second or third last blog posting of 2011.  Today we have a short article for you, then some other news you might find interesting.  Here’s something I discovered recently.  The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab in Boston have created three prototypes of wallets that help shoppers spend less.  What the? Yep, … Continue reading

Listen to This

Welcome to another 2011 blog posting!  Today I’d like to share with you an interview I did on Australia’s Triple J drive time radio show Hack last week. Triple J is an edgy radio station, broadcast nationally.  It skews to a younger, hip audience and they showcase music by indie and up-and-coming artists.  Last week, … Continue reading

Do Shopping Addictions Really Exist?

Sometimes people ask me this question: do shopping addictions really exist? Sometimes this question is asked outright, in words very similar to those.  Sometimes it is asked without any words being spoken, and the question is there in the lift of an eyebrow when I tell people what I do with my time and my … Continue reading

Inheriting a Shopping Addiction

Recently I was asked if I thought whether shopping addictions were genetic or learned. The Daily Mail in the UK posted an article about whether shopping behaviours were in the genes.  I’m sure I spelled that last word correctly. It sure sparked some interesting comments on the Daily Mail site, and it must’ve pricked the ears … Continue reading

Wearing Nothing New

I so enjoyed this short TED talk from ‘color loving’ Brooklyn designer Jessi Arrington that I’m making it today’s blog posting.  In this less than 6 minute talk, Jessi shares these key messages: It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to look good.  You can look good for less than $50. If you … Continue reading

What Men Can Teach Us About Shopping

Yes, you read the title correctly: what men can teach us about shopping. The commonly accepted school of thought is that women are the shoppers and men are the collectors. So this recent study conducted by a British firm and reported in TIME caught my attention. It says some interesting stuff about impulse buys (women’s … Continue reading