Our Writers


Michelle is a citizen of the world and has lived in the Bay Area, Amsterdam, and London…so far. She believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of burritos and thinks that every person needs to experience jumping out of a plane at least once in their lifetime. She is a music-enthusiast, sushi-connoisseur, and devoted lover of all things purple. When she’s not blogging, she thoroughly enjoys wallowing in the calming sounds of nature, bubble baths, and pretending she can play the guitar. Her idea of the perfect seven-course supper involves a large pizza and a six-pack; throw in a RomCom and you’ll never get rid of her. And yes, she is a natural redhead, so quit asking.



Janel is from all around the Bay Area where she went to school and became very territorial of the word “hella.” She has a large collection of unread books and a photo album filled with over ten years worth of movie ticket stubs. She loves to write and paint and sing show tunes while washing dishes, but she spends most of her time thinking about what she should be doing and doing something else instead.





People ask me why I support Fulham. I never have a good answer.

I’ve found that Heathrow has the worst McDonald’s of any major airport in the world. And I’ve never understood why they feel they can charge me for ketchup.

I’m convinced all Scottish women sound like bagpipes. But Rod Stewart, on the other hand, he’s quite alright.

I speak German fluently, but have begrudgingly come to accept that it’s a rather crass language.

I’ve lived in Europe, and can’t figure out why it’s so challenging to serve a Coke that isn’t room temperature. At least the lager is almost always cold.

If you’ve never been to New Delhi, you don’t know the true meaning of utter chaos.

Taking an afternoon nap and eating dinner at 9pm tells me the Spanish have a proper handle on the meaning of life.

I can’t stand Anime, though I am immensely impressed by Japanese architecture.

No matter where you go in the world, you will run into Germans, Dutch, and without fail, Australians.


I’ve lived in London, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel and meet new people. When I’m not blogging, I enjoy running/jogging/shuffling – I’ve run four marathons, which some people would consider a form of masochism, but I keep forgetting how painful they are, so I keep signing up for them. I also spend large chunks of time reading, watching movies, trying to cook and scarring myself in the process and, of course, shopping.


Hi! I’m Brendan, and I like writing about products. I especially enjoy putting those writings on the internet (usually on a web log, or “blog” as the kids like to say) for the whole world to see. I also really enjoy dinosaurs and milk. My background is in synchronized swimming (2004 men’s pair’s regional champion) and I recently had to hang up the old Speedo due to a hip injury. My biggest fear is probably tapeworms, although lawn gnomes are a very close second.

Turn-ons: Miniature Horses, Organic food, Monster Truck Rallies, the smell of burnt popcorn, Roulette

Turn-offs: crying, open sores, curling irons, toddlers, robots, music




I love losing myself in my favourite blogs, redecorating the flat, stuffing my wardrobe ever fuller, and of course, browsing for deals online. Everything inspires me, from the colours I see in my lunchtime sushi to the funky furniture I often stub my toes on at weekend flea markets . And when I’m inspired, I commit all the way. If I think the flat looks drab in the morning, my flatmates just might come home to new wallpaper. If my coworker shows up in gorgeous new boots, not only will I find an adorable pair for myself, I’ll find a better deal. And if the boots don’t fit in my wardrobe, so much the better – I might just have to go furniture shopping as well! When I’m searching for deals and I’m in the zone, you might not get your blog post on time. But it’s alright, you’ll thank me later because I promise to pass everything along to you.

Jeff O.

Jeff is a writer, whittler, and Revolutionary War re-enactor who lives in the Cotswolds with his wife Olivia and 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Albert.  He has written over 50 novels for adolescents and his journalism credits include Decanter, Good Housekeeping, and Cat Fancy Magazine.






Do not be fooled by his age, Ranjit Steiner is the grizzled veteran and leader of the blogging masterminds here at Become UK. He encapsulates everything that is man. Every man wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him. He looks out for those around him: friend, woman, stranger. He does not cook, but is an extraordinary chef. He is practiced in the art of dance, but prefers to avoid it. He has the innate ability to communicate with animals, dogs in particular. In his spare time, he races cars and practices kung fu. He does not make mistakes, but if he did, he would own up to them. He does not care for violence, but will stand up for the cause, because he, like all real men, has a cause. He can tell time by the position of the sun in the sky. He once wrestled a Tiger for the thrill.

Jeffrey H.

I like to pretend that I am an enigmatic individual who enjoys a long walk to the pub and rewatching Terry Gilliam movies at home, in that order. I was practically raised on British TV (probably too young when I started watching Black Adder) and am an English major with a focus on British and American literature. I’ve abandoned John Constantine as a role model because I’ve recently given up smoking and trench coat wearing in favor of polo shirts and light garden salads. Currently, I’m catching up on Terry Pratchett novels and am practicising my Ninjitsu (but needs more training because people can still see me).


My life so far is about travelling and discovering new places and cultures: from the spice plantations of Zanzibar to the Midnight Sun beyond the polar circle in Northern Europe to gorgeous valleys and waterfalls in the United States.

Besides that, I love learning languages (five different ones to date), reading books (preferably historical stuff) and hiking to mountain tops. A variety of outdoor equipment takes up half of our storage space…

I can proudly say that I have seen all the major National Parks in the western parts of Canada and the US. I could probably be a decent guide at one of my favorite Parks: Yosemite.

When not hiking or travelling, I appreciate the relaxing effects of knitting–socks and scarves are no problem, jackets and sweaters might be a tough challenge though. Speaking of challenges, I always like to accept them as long as I don’t have to climb rocks or walk along steep slopes…


I love to travel, meet new people and learn their customs and traditions while exploring my new surroundings. I enjoy eating and cooking and I’m constantly on the lookout for tasty new recipes. My passion for food also compels me to sample all the local cuisine when I travel. I love to listen to all kinds of music and give my best vocal performances in the car and shower. I have a degree in Communications and Literature so I talk and write excessively. I’m also getting into golf, where a single shot that flies and lands as planned keeps you hooked and determined to fight through the next bucket full of shots that stray wildly.

But when I’m not doing those things, you’ll usually find me online, chasing the best deal on the cute little dress I saw in Cosmo, or finding that great sale tucked away in the dark corner of the web. Reading others’ blogs helps tremendously. I now know where to get dark chocolate bacon ice cream in Ottawa and where to get great cheap coffee in Chennai. Now all that’s left is getting to Canada or India.


Having been born in San Francisco but raised in London, England, I decided to return to my roots in the summer of 2009. After graduating from the University of Leeds, the lure of a spontaneous adventure across the Atlantic took hold and I found myself on a plane heading for America. Following stints working in Michigan and North Carolina, I finally made it to ‘The Golden State’ almost a year after leaving British shores.

Due to the friendly people, plethora of activities and unbeatable weather, I definitely plan on sticking around for a while. Not for too long though, future me has plans to retire early to Northern Italy and I wouldn’t want to let him down…


I’m originally from San Jose, California. My family is from the Philippines and I can understand three Filipino dialects but I can’t speak them and I don’t really know why. I lived and studied in Brussels, Belgium for five months. During my time there I worked for the BBC Brussels News Bureau. My time abroad was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. Now, I love Belgian beer. I love Jersey Joe’s cheese steaks and Jersey Shore (please don’t judge me) and I spend my free time hanging out with friends and family. I love music and dancing and I’m always on facebook. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, I’m great at Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox!!


I like to see the world inside out. Do you know how I discovered that? When I arrived at work the other day, Simon politely drew my attention to the fact that I was wearing my jersey inside out. “Uups” I said, must be because it’s Monday morning!

I love travelling and experiencing new places and people. I learned that the world appears in many different colours and shades, and it changes depending on how you look at it. When I am not travelling and studying people I love surfing on the internet for the newest trends and odd ideas of people. I especially enjoy tech blogs which explain new gadgets and inventions from people around the world.

Enjoy our colourful blog posts with trends from around the world as we relate our stories to real life and people. And who knows, maybe one day the famous trend of wearing our clothes inside out will be started here at Shopaholic!


Besides hiking and working out, I love skiing and snowboarding (of course as a real Austrian). I like to collect music from all over the world, go to movies, plays or music concerts. Another interest of mine is learning about languages. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to study a language perfectly but I am always interested in the differences of expressing yourself in another language. Therefore I am always keen to hear about different cultures, how people think and behave.

On the internet, I am obsessed with the newest technology trends. I love reading about the newest gadgets and what people say about them. hope that I can pass my knowledge on to other readers in this blog. Please be so kind and comment on my posts, it is highly appreciated.

Auf Wiedersehen!


Bonjour! My name is Isabelle and I am half French and half Italian.

I love languages and travelling and have been fortunate enough to have lived, studied and worked in several different cities around the world: from my native city of Lyon, to the picturesque winding streets of Torino, to the rustic and rainy charm of Glasgow, to the cold yet fascinating corners of East Berlin and finally ending up in the wonderfully hilly SF that I remember only seeing in Hollywood films.

I love living in San Francisco and even though the sunny weather and California beach culture I imagined seem to be a myth, I appreciate all the wonderful sights and sounds that the Bay Area has to offer.

When I am not wondering around the city with my bike and discovering all the hidden sights of SF, I enjoy relaxing at home cooking a nice meal.

Oh! and of course, I love chocolate and… chocolate and…


I’m originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in marketing. My passion is sports and I’m an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers… sometimes I wonder why I live in NorCal.

I’ve played soccer internationally in Spain and France and have also spent a little time in Italy.

If I’m not snowboarding during the winter, I enjoy a good movie… anything that stars Edward Norton (American History X, Fight Club…). I never miss an episode of The Office or Jeopardy and also like to spend countless hours re-watching 24 and Entourage on DVD. There’s nothing like a good board game such as Catch Phrase and Monopoly (preferably with a couple beers).

My other interests include listening to music, (Nas and Rage Against the Machine), finding new places to eat, brewing my own beer, and watching baseball.

My dream is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and watch a game.

Oh yea, I can solve a Rubik’s cube.


If I have to say two typical things about me, it would be “fruitaholic” and “travel junkie”. I can barely survive the day without fruit. I love traveling and getting to know different cultures. Coming from a beautiful city with just too much rain, I went to see the world: I lived in New York and California, Australia and Spain, using every semester break to go to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

I am a passionate Spanish speaker. Every time I hear Spanish in the streets my heartbeat goes a little faster. I just love the sound of the language. I think it also has to do with the lovely weather—I connect with it and with the big variety of delicious fruit you can find in the markets. I love going to the farmer’s market and buying a lot of fruits to make fruit salad and smoothies.

Nice weather makes a big difference: People seem happier, everybody is outside and you can wear colorful spring and summer outfits. Especially in Spain, I noticed that people like to wear colorful clothes. As for my part, I noticed I have too many black and grey colours in my closet (as you can see in the picture…) The picture was actually taken when I was flying over the city of Hamburg in a Cessna. And after seeing all the colorful containers in the port from above, I promised to buy more colorful shirts from now on!


Hi! My name is Mikaela and I am originally from San Jose, CA but just recently moved from Boston, MA where I had been living for the past five years. While in Boston, I attended Babson College and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology. I really loved Boston and life on the East Coast, but am happy to have finally moved. Some other things I also really enjoy is playing with my puppy “Nilla” (a little white maltipoo), finding great deals while shopping whether in person or online, and going to the theatre on the weekend!

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May 4, 2012
#1 tracy collins :

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