Hot topics: What are your cheer-up buys?

You know those days. We all have them. Your heel snaps. You spill toothpaste all down your shirt (and don't notice till 3 pm). You miss the bus. You accidentally Reply All on a very inappropriate email.... basically everything sucks and the world is out to get you.

So what do you do? Well if you are like us -  and we are assuming that if you are female and have a pulse that you are -  you'll probably indulge in a bit of light retail therapy to cheer you up.  So we want to know what it is you buy, and where from when you need a bit of a moral boost. They don't call it retail therapy for nothing!


  • Cocoloco says:

    I like to visit the shoe departmen in DJs or Myer. Just trying on a beautiful pair of heels really does make me feel better. I never buy them though!!

  • Tara says:

    I always end up wandering around Target or Kmart for some reason, probably because I am usually having a bad day because I am broke. I find a $15 pair of heels, or some pretty girlie undies does the trick every time :)

  • Megsy says:

    I always end up at ASOS. Then I black out and a about five days later a massive parcel of very random things arrives. Funny how that happens!

  • DDGD - Kate DDGD - Kate says:

    I like to buy crazy nail colours, then I go back to my desk and sneakily give my self a manicure. Seeing my bright nails while I type really cheers me up :)

    • Melanie says:

      I too cheer up via my sometimes not so perfectly manicured nails! Nothing makes me smile more than some spotty nails or dark nails with one statement nail!

    • DDGD - Kate DDGD - Kate says:

      Love a statement nail :)

  • Karen says:

    Shoes, shoe, shoes, shoes!

  • monisme says:

    Anything and everything is in the firing line when I am down… from a small bag of chocolate coated peanut brittle to a $600.00 Rachel Gilbert top (yes it has been done!)

  • Peta says:

    A new underwear set usually cheers me up, and if that fails, new skincare range always helps! There is nothing like a face mask to make my day a little bit better. A rinse out hair colour in a bright colour (applied Friday night before going out) also helps if you have had a bad week.

  • Libby says:

    Definitely some sunshine if it’s out to play. There’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to boost the endorphins.

  • Libby says:

    oops i missed the ‘buy’ bit…nothing better than a freebie right?

  • Elly_cat says:

    Pretty, good quality make-up. Recently it was gorgeous shimmery-but-natural eye-shadows from make-up store. The girl gave me a great make-over – always does wonders for the mood.

  • Dana says:

    I’d buy chocolate first and then almost everything else that I see and fancy! A dress, shoes, makeup, you name it!

  • Elly says:

    I love going to Djs and Myer during lunch for a browse…as soon as I walk in…I am no longer stress.

    I love massages, even if it’s a hand and arm massage.

    I love getting my nails done, only if the store doesn’t smell like varnish or polish.

    And eating muffins! Yum

  • kristinalouise says:

    On my “off-days”, there’s nothing like buying some bling from the local retail stores (think Sportsgirl, Witchery, Lovisa). I’m a suck when it comes to sparkly bangles, rings or statement necklaces! If it’s an extremely bad day I will splurge on bright and lacy undies … or a Nutella Calzone! (must be tried!!!)

    • Elly says:

      oh I walked past Lovisa today and they have some really, really pretty jewellery in there!

  • A new bright nail polish makes me happy : )


  • jasmine says:

    unique jewlerey and clothes, i love secondhand shopping for bargains!

  • jamieconnolly says:

    I am obsessed with trying new cosmetics, skincare and hair products. Then after a bit of a shop I like to spritz myself with a tester perfume so I smell good for the rest of the day

  • Zerotolove says:

    Usually new nail polish, cheap and effective! x

  • Zerotolove says:

    As well as new lippy! x

  • amylim_1 says:

    A dress from Myer seems to be my thing.
    Ahh you should see my wardrobe! haha

  • Samdri says:

    shoes and / or Chocolate :) always cheer me up!!

  • fengari says:

    Chocolate, or costume jewellery!

  • misspriluvsu says:

    I don’t know why, but its always nail polish, like the really bright kind as well :)

  • Laura says:

    I always like to head somewhere cheap like Tempt, Target or Cotton On and grab myself a bargain… always helps to boost my day!!!

  • BlairRachael says:

    i love going to Hart & Heim.
    they always have something quirky to cheer me up!

  • alexandrajayne says:

    Whenever I’ve had a really bad day, I always hit up online shopping! Shoes, clothes, jewellery, make-up, the works! I instantly feel better!

  • Meowners says:

    Definitely something crafty and cute from Etsy

  • ichigo says:

    Shoes or a nice new blazer! Retail therapy always helps when you’re down

  • lorryx3 says:

    Books – you can’t get depressed trying them on! and there are always plenty in stock. and you can buy online or in store!

  • heather says:

    Cowboy boots! No matter how bad my day has been I’m instantly cheered up by buying cowboy boots or just looking for a new pair. I have an extreme love for buying unique cowboy boots. Lingerie is also another item that I seem to buy when I’m having a bad day,something about all the pretty things to choose from makes everything seem alot better

  • cherg says:

    Bubble bath. That way I can relax and wallow away all my troubles.

  • thecatwhosawstars says:

    If I am having a bad day I will need a coffee and bacon & egg muffin for starters. Then I will need to do some online retail therapy. Equals instant cheer. Food, clothes, shoes, makeup and homewares are all great.

  • Wonderwoman says:

    I really like to have a little bit of luxury when I need cheering up.
    One of my friends recently bought me a birdsoap from mosey to brighten my day.
    The simple act of washing my hands now makes me smile.

  • GraciRose says:

    Whenever I feel down I always seem to buy myself something that makes me feel pretty. Last week I bought a gorgeous hand and nail cream from Allegra Rhodes. It smells delicious and the simple act of massaging it into my hands instantly relaxes me. I can also never go past a good book. It is the best form of escapism!

  • Andy7819 says:

    Hand creams! Love the MOR, Crabtree Evelyn and L’Occitaine ones! I give myself a little mini pampering session!

  • ichigo says:

    Definitely when I’m down a bit of online retail therapy always helps! I love buying dresses. So a gorgeous dress always cheers me up when I’m down :)

  • allybee says:

    Fancy lingerie! I always feel beautiful when I’ve got something lacy in my bag :)

    • Brides says:

      I’m with your allybee. Lingerie. I love finding a pretty/sexy new bra that fits well. Always puts me in a good mood. But it has to be lacy.

  • prittykitty says:

    Scented candles, tea and/or a raspberry macaron (Brunetti’s is the best!). There’s nothing nicer than feeling like a lady when you’re down :)

  • StyledByNatasha says:

    Lately it has been all MAKEUP MAKEUP MAKEUP…
    Sephora & MAC are my guilty pleasures. is amazing and I recommend it to everybody

  • Marisa Robinson says:

    If i have a bad day or need an instant pick me up I go to Mag Nation. Im magazine obsessed and can easily spill $100 of the latest fashion mags or gossip rags! Then I get home make a ginger and honey tea and get lost in them for hours. Yes, I sound like a nanna but it’s a guilty pleasure :)

  • sharna green says:

    Candles,bath, tea and chocolate!!

  • Amelia Murden says:

    Whenever I have a bad day, I hit up ebay for a new pair of shoes or some cool jewellery. As soon as I hit ‘buy this item’ the anticipation of a new item arriving in the mail box gives me the much needed boost (& yes, I know it takes ages for anything to arrive, but it still works).

  • Beautynutter says:

    Chocolate and something pampering like a massage.

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