Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!

Shopping Made Me Happy

February 21, 2014 // Beauty

The other day I was feeling sort of gross and grungy and had a little extra moola hanging around in my purse and knew that a bit of shopping therapy would boost me right up. I totally embrace the science behind shopping as  a mood and so I dutifully followed my own advice and shopped.

This past summer I had fallen in love with a fragrance from Jo Malone while shopping at Nordstroms in Portland, and it’s been on my ‘WANT’ list ever since. So, I went to Holt Renfrew downtown and stood in front of the Jo Malone shop knowing exactly what I wanted. It felt fantastic buying the bottle of Red Roses perfume that I had been coveting since August. It’s now my current scent and each spritz makes me feel kind of happy.

The fancy touches like wrapping the bottle up in a box with tissue paper and tying it all up with the perfect black bow, plus a generous amount of samples, just sent me over the edge. Soon my bad mood became more distant and I started feeling perky and even had a spring in my step. Each time the wind wooshed past me on my walk home, I caught a sniff of the perfume and all was good. I’m sure that my serotonin was just flowing because my gross grungy feeling was replaced with a good chunk of happiness and each time I give myself a spritz I feel very satisfied.

I know I’m not alone here. Have you ever bought yourself something to lift your mood? If you haven’t, I can make a strong case for you to buy yourself a present. Who doesn’t like a nice present?



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Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!


  1. I too love Jo Malone and find it hard to just own one bottle. As per shopping, I gift myself all the time! Nurse and nurture the nurse and she can continue to give back

  2. That is my favourite Jo Malone scent as well!

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