So anyone want to take any bets on what is in Elliotts cup? I think its hard booze of some kind.
(BTW Elliott is one cool name for a dad)
One thing that I have noticed is that it’s very easy for some to step back and critique compulsive shoppers in general and Gabby and Ali in particular.
This is why I like the way that Ali explains it. She says that it’s a sickness and it functions like a drug for the addict. The difference is that in general they aren’t hurting anyone… just themselves. We (because I’m one of them) DO help the economy and we aren’t a hazard to anyone else or society. We have to work harder to feed our habit… even Gabby has two jobs.
So for the people that want to go over to the video that’s posted over on MTV’s site and post criticisms: you probably have some vice or practice that you enjoy that doesn’t hurt anyone else. Live and let live.
Lots of things in this photo… you see Alis real hair here.
I also adore her outfit! She wearing her houndstooth scarf with a hooded puffer type vest with fur trim on the hood. The red jersey underneath is the perfect piece to layer. This outfit is so great because of how she mixes a classic like houndstooth with her “designer” (not really sure if its designer, but it doesn’t really matter) handbag and then the fun vest and jersey. Absolutely adorable.
Probably just about anything would look cute on her, but I feel that she bought this wig just to buy. Before they stopped in the wig store she said something about wanting to relieve some hostility with shopping (I totally relate to this) so they went into the wig store. Not judging because I’ve done the same thing with shopping… shopping just to let off some steam or get rid of some stress.
I can’t shop right now, but watching them shop makes me feel better. Really, it’s when Ali shops and then she talks about how its such a stress reliever for her.
Gabby never really talks about what shopping does for her. She just says “I’m in reality” to her dad when they talk about it. Ali knows that shopping is a drug for her and she talks about it like a drug.
Sooo… when I get stressed out I watch this episode and it really helps.
While its maybe a but larger than Gabbys closet, Alis closet doesn’t look all that packed out with clothes here. She does have a large dresser, but even with that it’s not that much.
Now THIS looks like the closet of a compulsive shopper. It may be slightly smaller, but I think there are actually way more clothes in there. Plus not all of Gabbys clothes are in there.
“… shopping definitely stimulates for me the same things a drug would… it’s definitely a high for me…. ”
Boy can I relate to her here. The high… the feeling that I get not just from spending, but the anticipation of spending. I’m still getting a rush in anticipation of putting on acrylic nails again and getting spray tans.
I’m not kidding either. I read a transcript from an interview that Ali had with Joyce Behar and Ali asked Joyce if she thought about getting a pedicure weeks in advance… this is exactly how it is. It’s definitely a part of the “rush”.