Shopping As An Experience

Shopping in New York

One way to help minimize your impulsive buys is to treat shopping as a special experience. It’s very easy to get distracted when you while away your free time walking the aisles of the department store, but if you make shopping a special “event”, then you’re more likely to spend more time thinking before you make any purchases.

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For example, shopping can be a special bonding event for you and your loved ones. It’s not about wanting to buy things. You don’t even have to buy anything at all. Spending time at the mall testing products and trying out new clothes can be a fun experience. Invite your female friends or family members. If you’re a mom, bring your daughter and spend a fun day looking at great new trends or the latest colors in makeup.

Shopping Tip

Best of all, it’s a short period of time wherein you can exchange ideas and get to know more about your shopping partner. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or not. You probably have some tips or advice you can share. The same thing applies to your shopping partner, who can bring some insight or necessary honesty when you’re looking at clothes.

Here are some tips to remember when out shopping with someone you love and cherish:

  • Encourage! One reason why we love shopping with others is because we want to hear honest feedback. Be honest but not tactless. If the garment doesn’t suit her, then by all means say so. However, it’s one thing to be truthful and another to be hurtful. Be kind. You should also take the time to compliment one another. Sometimes, shopping is a way to lift up your mood. All it takes is a friend’s kind words and sometime checking out nice clothes.

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  • Pick out clothes for one another. This can be fun, and it’s always nice to get some ideas from someone you trust. Your friend could pick out a look that you’ve never considered. Maybe she has some idea of what might look good on you, except you but that you’ve never had a chance to try it. This is your opportunity. Let her pick something for you, and in turn pick something for her. You’re not buying anything yet anyway so just experiment to your heart’s content.

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  • Talk each other away from the ledge. It’s a metaphorical ledge, of course. You don’t want your friend to buy something unnecessary and expensive. Going on a shopping trip together means you can be the sounding wall for her ideas. If the item she wants to buy isn’t something she needs or isn’t something that looks good on her, say so. That’s your job as a shopping wingman! At the same time, your friend can talk you out of unnecessary purchases, too. It’s safer to shop when someone who’s objective is shopping with you.

Shopping Tips

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  • Desiree Lynch says:

    Thanks for sharing your shopping tips for when spending it with someone. I usually do my shopping alone and I must admit, it gets quite boring sometimes, especially when I don’t have anyone telling me whether the clothes I chose is great on me or not. Having someone by your side is highly recommended.

  • Nikki says:

    Wow, I love this look of yours Heidi, lookin’ fine and dandy and elegant, as always 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    You look like a Hollywood star having a photoshoot. Very beautiful!

  • Airish Sophia says:

    Heidi, your beauty stands out in the sea of people. Totally graceful and elegant, too.

  • Helga says:

    I’m thankful for these shopping tips. My friends know I am a crazy shopper and could roam the malls and establishments the whole day and not make a single purchase, simply because I am not organized. I need to change that and be more considerate. So thank you again for doing this post for us.

  • Gabrielle says:

    Why so gorgeous Heidi? You always look like you just stepped out of Vogue magazine, so much beauty and elegance and fashionably chic!

  • Jenni Clarence says:

    I actually prefer it to do shopping with a friend, because I’d get better opinion about the clothes/things I want to buy. Most of the time, I love spending when I am with my sister because she’s got great taste in clothes.

  • Shauna says:

    For some reason, I prefer shopping by myself, maybe because I don’t want to burden my companion with the tedious amount of time I render in one item like a dress or suit. But that’s just me. Sometime I go out shopping with my BFF and I quite enjoy the experience too.

  • Arianne says:

    I wouldn’t mind having you as my bag buddy slash personal shopper, I seriously love shopping! I just don’t have time much anymore to go out and have fun.

  • Pauline Ambrose says:

    If only I could go shopping with you Heidi, I am sure I’m gonna find great items! You sure have fine taste in everything 🙂

  • Olga Fischer says:

    You look stunning with your outfit Heidi. I can go shopping with you all day!

  • RiRi Anna says:

    Shopping is my therapy and going from one shop to another relieves my stress, especially when I’m with my best friend. By the way, I love that Max Mara Tie Waist cotton dress from your shopping essentials, so lovely!

  • Claire says:

    Oh what a beautiful girl you are! You own the streets like you own the cat walk. You’re totally amazing there, Heidi!

  • Taylor says:

    Shopping with a friend is highly recommended. Not only is it fun and exciting to be with someone, it also means she’s gonna be brutally honest with you if she likes a dress you’re buying or if looks epic fail. Just my two cents.

  • Xandra says:

    Ohh, I like that blue wrap dress by DVF, so beautiful!

  • Leigh Curtis says:

    I always love shopping, i’s a great exercise actually, because my feet and legs get all the walking and lifting of my upper torso. Shopping for me is therapeutic. I spend at least one day a week or maybe twice a month shopping with my friends to experience more fun!

  • Yassmin says:

    If my company to a shopping spree looks as gorgeous as you, and dresses fashionably like you, I’ll be happy to do shopping every single day 🙂

  • Nicole Walsh says:

    I wish I could find that someone who would enjoy shopping as much as I do. For me, shopping is not just an experience, but it is also an adventure and discovery!

  • Misty Dew says:

    Oh yes, shopping with someone who knows you is an experience worth spending. Thank you for this Heidi 🙂

  • Lorelei Chung says:

    Is this your shopping look? I love your style, so high-fashion. You nailed it, girl!

  • Love your outfit and this was a really nice read! I love shopping with my sister or friends. Sometimes we just try things on and just look at make up, but it’s actually a good way to catch up, change the environment and visit stores we haven’t been into for awhile. It’s also a good way to discover what your friend likes and dislikes.


  • Selena K says:

    Wow, who’s that pretty woman walking down the street? Oh, it’s you Heidi! You look fabulous!

  • Zara Trentham says:

    You look like a top model cruising the busy streets of the city, Heidi. Spending shopping time with a beautiful lady in a glorious place is definitely a great experience for me!

  • I have so sweet memories of my father taking my mother and I to go shopping. I has such a good taste, and always proposed us items we shouldn’t have chosen, but fitted perfectly with our personalities (and shape : a wise man’s eye could be so useful). Really enjoy your post. Xoxo

  • Quinn says:

    My bestie and I always do our shopping together. We deserve this kind of bonding every once in a while, we find shopping a very soothing and relaxing experience.

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    You look stunning in your white and red ensemble, Heidi. Totally gorgeous 🙂

  • I agree that shopping is not just about buying items, but about a great experience! Great post!


  • Ahmad Babushkah says:

    I love that dress you’re wearing Heidi. So classy and looks sophisticated but also perfect for outdoors.

  • Clarkee says:

    I like to go shopping with my friends because they tell me whether the clothes or shoes I choose look good on me or not, and they;re brutally honest about my fashion taste.

  • Gianna says:

    Shopping with a buddy is always a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade with anyone int he world.

  • Noona says:

    I agree, it’s always a good time and safer to shop with someone you know who will be honest with you.

  • Gerda says:

    I’d love to experience shopping with you Heidi. I am sure I could learn a lot about clothing and fashion when that happens.

  • Bridgette says:

    I don’t do shopping much because the traffic in my place is horrendous. But when I do have time, I always have my friend with me who helps me out with my choices.

  • Tonylicious says:

    I love shopping and I love to do it with my BFF. There’s nothing more exciting than spending money and quality time with a friend who understands my wants and needs.

  • Marceline says:

    I love this cream white and red outfit you’re wearing Heidi. Seems sophisticated but also elegant and casual. I love it.

  • Jaimie Lynn says:

    If only I could persuade my sister to come with me when I do shopping. I bet it would be awesome experience.

  • Lorraine says:

    You’re so beautiful! Perfect jawline, gorgeous eyes, beautiful smile and cheeks… You’re really awesome.

  • Katrina Vokloaba says:

    To tell you the truth, I used to go shopping by myself, I wasn’t really particularly after a companion because I thought she may just lengthen my decisions when buying something I like. But then I realized, it’s more fun being with someone who knows your style, your wants and needs. Shopping with a friend is definitely a good experience and I’m glad I found someone I can turn to. Thanks for this tips by the way.

  • Cassandra Ponce says:

    I really love it when your hair’s all coiffed up like that, so beautiful!

  • Linda says:

    I agree. Shopping with someone by your side is a beneficial experience, both for you and your companion. That’s why I love having my sister with me when I go shopping spree!

  • Katarina Solomon says:

    I’ve got a friend who rather shop alone. She insists shopping by herself eases her mind. Hmm, oh well, to each her own, right?

  • Mahandri says:

    Having someone by your side when doing shopping is indeed an unforgettable and learning experience.

  • Melissa Gibson says:

    Thanks for the tips for when shopping with someone else. I gotta admit, I feel more at ease when I shop alone, but I sometimes I also want someone to accompany me for when I need to choose something for a meeting or an event. Shopping is indeed a great experience.

  • Valerie says:

    Let me just compliment you for your beauty, Heidi. Such a stunner!

  • Irina Bristow says:

    I love this dress you’re wearing here. And that red clutch, it’s divine. I’m gonna shop for this with my BFF!

  • Marj Sampson says:

    You are so lovely Heidi. Simply amazing!

  • Susanna Armstrong says:

    I always prefer a companion when I go shopping, to help me decide best for clothes and items that I need. Having someone beside you is definitely ideal and a wonderful experience.

  • Carmina Nguyen says:

    I usually do my shopping online, but when I do get the time and opportunity to go out to shop, I make sure I have my friends with me so we can have better tailored choices.

  • Kirsten D. says:

    Let me just say, you look absolutely dashing here, Heidi. Love the radiance!

  • Pia Bianca says:

    Love this outfit on you Heidi. And that tips about shopping with a companion is a great experience is definitely true.

  • Minerva says:

    Shopping with a friend or colleague or family member is a great experience because it allows you to make choices and ask them for their opinions. Just a thought.

  • Bernadette says:

    So lovely, Heidi! I really dig your fashion sense. So perfect!

  • Carmel says:

    Let me just say this Heidi, you look absolutely amazing!!

  • Hazel says:

    Wow! You look so glam and fab, Heidi!! Such a beauty!

  • Claire Santos says:

    You are a goddess Heidi!!!

  • Amanda Knox says:

    You look so stylishly beautiful while shopping!! Why so gorgeous!

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