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Calling the Fashion Junkie Community! I Need Your Help To Curb My Compulsive Shopping Habit!

Fashion Junkie Comes Clean

Fashion Junkie Comes Clean

It’s hard to believe David Letterman, one of my favorite comedians, admitted he suffered from severe depression for 6 agonizing months. I watched his surprising confession on the Oprah Winfrey Network the other night and asked myself, “How could such an incredibly talented and successful person, beloved by so many, suffer from depression?” Then I thought, if only he went shopping!

Joking aside, I too happen to suffer from mild, situational depression along with 19 other adult Americans. But rather than turn to serotonin-enhancing drugs a la Prozac, I’ve masked my symptoms over the years via daily exercise and sadly, compulsive shopping. While I’m not proud of this behavior, nor am I asking for your sympathy, in light of Lance Armstrong’s recent confession, I felt that now seemed like an opportune time to air my dirty laundry.

The reality is depression and compulsive shopping (a.k.a. oniomania, yes, there’s even a clinical name for it) are inextricably linked, with the latter affecting roughly 6% of the American population. I’ve always been aware of my affliction, but, until now, I felt too proud to face the all too many, well-dressed skeletons in my closet. While I won’t divulge exactly how much damage I’ve done to my depleting savings account until Oprah asks me, I am ready to come clean and admit that retail therapy is only a BandAid solution to a much bigger problem. In case you’re wondering, the rush of euphoria that comes from receiving a “present” in the mail pales in comparison to the regret, feelings of guilt and costliness, which lasts far beyond the next fashion season’s new arrivals.

With the proliferation and ease of online shopping, ubiquitous in-store and online retail promotions (end of season sales are my downfall) and advent of flash-sale sites, it’s no surprise compulsive shopping and shopping bulimia  (my personal vice thanks to free shipping and returns) has become so widespread. It came to no surprise that even the Oxygen network debuted a show last fall entitled, “My Shopping Addiction.” For further insight regarding oniomania warning signs and treatment, check out Fashion Junkie’s interview with compulsive shopping expert Terry Shulman.

As a first ditch effort in my recovery, I’m asking the Fashion Junkie community for your support and guidance every step of the way of my rehabilitation. From here on in, every time I get that craving for a coveted pair of Alexander Wang pointy-toe pumps, a buttery-soft leather motorcycle jacket (a major compulsion of mine thanks to Mackage) or an outlandishly priced Celine handbag (surprisingly, something I still don’t own), I promise to post said item on this site and solicit your advice before pulling the trigger. With your help, I’m hoping that this crowd-solving experiment of mine will put me on the road to recovery.

xo
Fashion Junkie

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The French Invasion

Looking to inject a little joie de vivre into your wardrobe? Lucky for you, a plethora of hipster Parisian-based boutiques recently landed stateside. With kooky names like The Kooples, Zadig & Voltaire and Maje, these ultra cool outposts offer the crème de la crème in contemporary fashion. Herein, some sweet French finds to suit every style and budget. Sorry, Laduree macarons not included.

Maje

Channel your inner Rachel Zoe (but French) with flirty ‘n feminine staples from this trés chic Parisian chain. I’m crushing over pretty much everything, including this two-toned lace top, punchy crimson coat (Fall’s “It Color”) and eye-popping electric blue blazer. The ultimate pièce de resistance: a studded black leather cuff. Available at Bloomingdale’s shop-in-shops and Maje.com. Prices range from $79 – $1,200.

Sandro

This hipper sister store to Maje stocks a stellar rotation of on-trend Boho-chic staples that exude that special je ne sais quoi. Available at Bloomingdale’s shop-in-shops and us.sandro-paris.com. Click here for store locations.

The Kooples

You just might go cuckoo over this edgy masstige label. Note the sleek Savile Row-inspired tailoring and androgynous vibe. Strikingly similar to All Saints, n’est-ce pas? Available at select Bloomingdale’s locations. NYC flagship coming soon. Prices range from $50 to $550. Visit thekooples.com

Zadig & Voltaire

Rock ‘n roll accents and somber shades rule at this posh Parisian paradise. Though made to look like effortlessly chic street fashion, the price tags beg to differ. Reluctantly, I’ve become a bonafide Zadigian. Available at select Bloomingdale’s. Click here for flagship store locations in NYC and L.A. Prices range from $65-$900. Visit us.zadig-et-voltaire.com

Other French newcomers guaranteed to empty your wallet: Celine, Jerome Dreyfuss, Isabel Marant, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Surface To Air. Happy spending!

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Hosiery, Haute Couture and… A Handbag Giveaway!

Happy hump day! Since there’s so much exciting news to report in the week’s Fashion Junkie Fix, I might as well just cut right to the chase.

imageEditorsCloset.com: Exclusive “Red Carpet” Discount!
If you’re a fan of flash sale sites like Gilt and Haute Look, you’re gonna flip for Editors’ Closet – the latest by-invitation-only sample sale site that offers members VIP access to jaw-dropping designer clothing brands at up 75% off retail, sans the catfights. Click here to take advantage of your FREE EditorsCloset.com membership and exclusive $40 discount today!

imageBulga Handbag Giveaway on iVillage.com!
You might not be aware, but aside from managing FashionJunkie.com, I’m also the Shopping Editor at iVillage.com. One of my many roles is to manage “Steals & Deals” – a daily blog informing frugal fashionistas of the best fashion and beauty buys. In case you missed my latest post, I arranged an exclusive Bulga handbag giveaway exclusively for iVillagers. Don’t fret… for your chance to win the stunning $800 Bulga satchel shown here, make sure to visit this “Steals & Deals” post. Good luck!

And Now For This Week’s “Re-Tales” Blog Round-Up:

imageHosed!
According to The Wall Street Journal, women everywhere are peeling off their panty hose year round – even at the office. What’s your take on the workplace panty hose policy? Wear or go bare? Read all about this clothing conundrum right here!

imageUS Weekly Mistaken identity
Having once worked at the now-defunct TV show A Current Affair, I’ve developed a bit of disdain for trashy print tabloids. That said, I typically end up perusing US Weekly by default during my weekly trips to the pedicurist. And I must admit, there’s some pretty decent celeb fashion coverage! After flipping through “The Ultimate Recessionista Guide” in this week’s issue (turn to page 69), I came across a comical case of mistaken identity. Click here to read all about the FashionJunkie.com US Weekly snafu.

FashionJunkie.com Featured On Brand Habit!
Our friends at BrandHabit.com, an addictive online shopping directory for the fashion obsessed, just featured a Q&A with FJ on a host of topics that somehow all relate back to, shopping… of course! Click here to read the complete profile!

If you have a fashion emergency or need some retail therapy, drop me a line at contact@fashionjunkie.com!

xo
-Fashion Junkie

 

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Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

In case the thought may have crossed your mind, I haven’t been neglecting you. I simply didn’t send out a Fashion Junkie Fix last week due to the Memorial Day holiday. Cut me some slack… a girl’s gotta take time off for some power shopping every now and then! But I’m back now (better dressed although much poorer), with a round-up of this week’s “Re-Tales” posts:

Fashion Junkie Featured on ABC NewsRadio… and PRCouture.com!
When it rains, it pours! Not only was FashionJunkie.com just featured in The Wall Street Journal, but FJ also provided tips for a live Komo 1000 NewsRadio broadcast in Seattle (ABC affiliate) about finding bargains in the depressed economy. To hear the voice behind the caricature, tune in right here!

Plus, our friends at PRCouture.com, a sassy fashion PR source, just featured a Q&A with FJ on a host of topics ranging from blogging to shopping. Click here to read the complete profile!

imageLook Out for Luxury “Flash Sale” Sites!
Have you been invited to shop at Ideeli.com yet? In case you haven’t joined the club yet, Ideeli is a members-only luxury sample-sale site that’s the biggest thing to happen to shopping since Al Gore “invented” the Internet. In fact, I just wrote about this trend on the Fashion Junkie “Re-Tales” Blog. Read the post right here!

imageExclusive Ideeli.com Deal Just For YOU!
Since Fashion Junkie is all about sharing the love, we’ve arranged a FREE membership to Ideeli.com exclusively for FJ subscribers. Once you’ve signed-up, you’ll receive an e-vite to a new designer sale each day, from deeply discounted Prada purses to Gucci shades! Plus, when you register, you’ll automatically get $25 off any Ideeli item of your choice. Happy shopping!

If you have a fashion emergency or need some retail therapy, drop me a line at contact@fashionjunkie.com!

xo
-Fashion Junkie

 

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Haute Happenings

Having just received an influx of new FJ subscribers, I thought I’d begin today’s newsletter with a heartfelt welcome. And if you’re a returning visitor, thanks so much for tuning-in again! Since there’s so much exciting stuff to report in this week’s Re-Tales blog round-up, I might as well just cut-to-the-chase.

imageFashion Junkie Featured in The Wall Street Journal!
In the shameless act of self-promotion, I thought I’d share the latest press mention with my peeps. FashionJunkie.com was profiled in The Wall Street Journal in an article about bargain shopping in the depressed economy. Click here to read the article!

imageComic Couture:
Hot-on-the-heels of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy,” came the announcement of Diane von Furstenberg’s latest venture: a capsule collection of, you guessed it… Wonder Woman-inspired clothes! Read all about DVF’s haute heroine lineup right here!

imageShop Talk: Harlem’s Uptown Emerging Designers Market Debuts!
A hot new retail destination for cutting-edge wardrobe essentials, the UEDM is a bi-monthly market that will feature 50 of the country’s top emerging designers’ wares, including apparel, handbags, jewelry and décor. Check out this post to read all about it!

Stay tuned for next week’s shopping obsessions and confessions! And if you have a fashion emergency or need some retail therapy, drop me a line at contact@fashionjunkie.com – I love hearing from you!

xo
-Fashion Junkie

 

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