Friday, February 06, 2009

My Shopaholic Confession

Hi My name is Lace and I'm a Shopaholic!

Shopping at The Venetian in Macau

There’s something about carrying a posh shopping bag on my right hand. Actually, I slip their delicate handles to hang on my right elbow as I turn the hallways of a mall into a runway. Magically, the shopping bags make me feel taller and safer from the prying looks of lipstick jungle’s inhabitants. How could a 19 year old college student afford to shop every week just to feed this fetish of hanging shopping bags on her elbow?

Shopaholic's Closet

Blame it on the college fair when a super hip music video channel tied up with a bank that’s just across the university. Everyone in my class was given a form and in less than a week, I had a shiny magic plastic card to feed my shopping frenzy.

Suddenly, my shopping bags had more popular names and they became a staple to my everyday outfit. I will never go on a date without stopping by a boutique to complete my outfit. The boys I dated grew fond of my shopping addiction and they said they found it “cute”.

Shopping carts ready at Singapore's Duty Free!

Shiny plastic card and I became best friends reaching shopping destinations like Singapore and Bangkok where I acquired International shopping bags from almost all the shopping malls in Orchard road. My closet and room was filled with piles of clothes, bags, accessories and gifts that I intended to give in some unknown occasions.

12 midnight, flea market in Bangkok, Thailand

Though my friendship with shiny plastic card was expensive, I skipped lunch and snacks just to keep it alive and kicking with credit. I sold clothes to relatives but annual fees are so much more expensive. My shopaholic days were counted and days passed when my outfit was missing its centerpiece- the shopping bag. I had to say good bye to my best friend and ritually cut it in half like a broken-heart. This also happened when I was in the middle of reading Sophie Kinsella’s first book – Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Signal no. 5 in Hongkong won't keep me away from Louis Vuitton!

Yet, I still received letters from shiny plastic card reminding me to pay BILL. Breaking up with a credit card can be so agonizing! I promised myself never to retain credit again but save so I can shop with a peace of mind.

I learned so much from being a shopaholic and opened up a blog called Pinay Money Maker to help other recovering shopaholics veer away from excessive use of credit cards and to focus on saving. Being a shopaholic also pushed me on how to become stylish sans the debt and become more creative when it comes to fashion. This is one of the reasons why I also opened the Style and Relax blog. Being a shopaholic has never been this so enlightening!

Catch "Confessions of a Shopaholic" in Cinemas on February 18, 2009!


Azrael Coladilla said...

wow!!! great adventure with shiny plastic card

pehpot said...

I find it cute that boys you date finds your addiction cute.. LOL

My confessions is here

Make or Break

Anonymous said...

This is one way of shopping but iam talking about another way of shopping by online...

Ecommerce basically means buying and selling of products online. Ecommerce solution refers to the shopping cart software that allows the store owners to setup, run, and maintain online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved.

Liza said...
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KCee said...

Congrats! You're one of the winners! :D

SNN said...

congrats po

earthlingorgeous said...

Uy! COngrats sis we won! See yah soon!

~*~ Badet ~*~ said...

Congrats! You're one of the top 20 winners! Hope I could meet other Nuffnang peeps tomorrow. =)

Azrael Coladilla said...

oi congrats

kasali ka sa top 20

Dinah said...

Hey, kasali tayo sa Top 20! Congrats to us!

theworkingmom said...

At least you won't need your credit card to watch the movie :)



michael (ph)ierce said...

Hi Lace!

love the fact that you, being a shopaholic, help others to cope from the habit of credit card abuse.

love that even mother-nature herself can't stop you from going to Louis Vuitton!! very funny! :D

Congrats! well-deserved top20 spot..

mike (blog-hopping from Nuffnang)

suzaku_lace said...

Thanks everybody! It was nice meeting all of you at Heaven & Eggs last night.

I bet all of us had fun except that there was only one Gucci bag! x.x

Lets keep on shopping wisely and let the money go around and fight recession.


Anonymous said...

congrats and see you soon

- Derek Smeath

Anonymous said...

hi Ms. Lace,i'm Hannah, i work as a researcher sa Rated K (Ms. Korina Sanchez)..we're coming up with a segment about a pinay shopaholic and while researching for the said topic, i came across your blog...Ms. Lace, i find your story cute and inspiring..would it be okay kung ma-interview namin kayo for the show? (rated k)...please..please..please..your story will surely inspire pinays here and abroad who are undergoing the same dillema---being a shopaholic and spending too much..the segment's treatment will be ala-confessions of a shopaholic can also promote "pinay money maker" on the show to help others who have the same dilemna.. Ms. Lace, i'll be looking forward for your response asap sana...thanks in advance! God bless..

415-22-72 loc 5466

suzaku_lace said...

Hi Hannah,

You can email me personally at lacellanora[AT]

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

hi! you also got this message from rated k? how was it? any progress?