Shopping in the mall vs. online

Dubai Mall

It surprises me how many women of my generation have yet to discover the convenience of shopping online.

I buy most things online now and whilst I have messed up a few times (especially with shoes but that’s another story!) overall I have been really successful in finding what I am looking for, often at a better price.

This was really bought home to me the other day when I went to the mall to buy two items which should have been a simple trip but turned into a frustrating experience.

A week earlier I had bought some expensive skincare and had been given a goody bag with some samples to try.  In that bag was a lipstick which was the absolutely perfect colour.  Now finding the perfect colour isn’t easy and I was overjoyed.  So off I trot to buy the real thing only to be told that that particular colour is not available in the UAE!  Talk about turning a positive into a negative!

Unfortunately that is so typical of this region.

Oh well I thought, I will just get the second item on my list – a plain tortoiseshell hair clip.  I had seen exactly what I wanted in J Crew in the summer but the queue was large and I was with the boys so it didn’t happen.

Well if I want a tacky fake gold, diamante encrusted piece of bling I am spoilt for choice!  Another example of the shopping experience centred on youth!

So after a thoroughly frustrating two hours I left the mall empty handed.

At school I was sharing the experience with friends who offered to get their friends or family to bring me these items on their next trip.  Suddenly it dawned on me that this was unnecessary.  Two minutes after I was home I had the lippie and the clip purchased and on their way to me.

So now I will buy all of my makeup, skincare and accessories online as well.  It’s cheaper; I can get exactly what I want and its loads more convenient.

Judith Hobby Clothing

Judith Hobby started Judith Hobby Clothing in Dubai in 2011 in response to the lack of affordable fashion forward clothing in the market. Previously Judith had travelled overseas and bought back items that she thought would be of interest to her clients, however, interesting and affordable pieces became increasingly difficult to source. In response to this she tried her hand at designing a couple of simple pieces to see if anyone would be interested – the demand was overwhelming and she sold out in one day! Recognising the region she lives in and the requirements for a more conservative approach to dress, the pieces are designed for mixing, matching and layering year around. You can find her on <a rel="author" href="">Google +</a> and <a href="">Facebook</a>