Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

April 27, 2017

spring capsule wardrobe check-in

It’s time to check-in on my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

My area gets roughly 3 months of spring weather—March, April, and May.  With 2 months under my belt since my Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3), I thought it would be a good time to check-in on how my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  Here’s what’s working, and what isn’t:

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What To Look For When Buying Workout Pants

April 24, 2017

workout pants

Both pants are printed, but only 1 is good for weight lifting.

Wearing the right workout clothing can make or break your workout.  Cycling, yoga, running, weight lifting, each of these activities has a different need to consider.  Cycling pants are most comfortable when the material has vents and moisture wicking properties and the fit is tight so as not to get caught on pedals.  Yoga pants require stretch and to fit close to the body along with a waistband that will stay in place when performing poses.  Running pants should have a snug fit, moisture wicking properties, and reflective marks to be seen when on the road.

Then there’s my personal favorite type of pants to shop for—weight lifting.  And as with other activities, pants for weight lifting have special needs to consider.  If you go to the gym sooner or later you’ll see what I’m talking about.  A girl is wearing a pair of pants that look great when she walks around but when she does squats, lunges, or any other bending and lifting move all you see is her thong—eek!

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Why Everything I Just Bought Was Black

April 20, 2017

Everything I bought was black

The stores are fully stocked with the spring collections right now.  Blush, mint, coral, sky blue, lavender, pale yellow, daisies, roses, tulips, forget-me-nots; everywhere I look I see pretty pastel shades and fun floral prints.

But if you take a look at my recent shopping haul one color in particular immediately stands out—black!

Why would I buy so much black when there are so many other pretty colors to pick from?

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Spend Or Save — Denim Jacket

April 17, 2017


A denim jacket is one of my Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe.  I’ve been sporting the outfit combination of a blue denim jacket paired with a white t-shirt and black jeans for years.  It’s a favorite combination of mine because this outfit provides the comfort of a t-shirt and jeans outfit worn on the weekends, while also looking put together enough for a casual office environment during the week.  And I’m not alone.

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Easter Outfits

April 10, 2017


Floral Print Dress | Light Pink Lace Dress

Floral Print Blazer | Floral Print Jeans | Blush Blazer | Blush Mules |Blush Trousers

Next Sunday is Easter Sunday in the United States which brings with it 1 very important question—what are you going to where for Easter?  As with any holiday you have 2 options: “going all in” or “a gentle touch.”

Sporting a new dress on Easter Sunday is the classic outfit for this holiday.  While any style and pattern of dress will do, the most common Easter dresses are typically floral prints or pastel colors.  If you’re interested in “going all in” for Easter Sunday, a dress is the perfect choice.

But what if you’re like me?  I’m not a dress gal, at all.  In fact, my current wardrobe doesn’t have even one-single-dress.  So what’s a gal like me to do for an Easter Sunday outfit?

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3 Years, 200 Blog Posts, And My First Giveaway!

April 3, 2017

Giftcard giveaway

You can win this giftcard!

Today marks the 200th blog post for Shopping Brake!

Three years ago I started this blog.  It was at a time when I struggled to overcome a shopping addiction and fought to shape my out-of-control wardrobe into something that I would be happy to own.  At this point in my journey I’m proud to say that I no longer struggle with the day-to-day urges of a shopaholic, and I own a wardrobe that I not only love, but also use.

This is an exciting time for Shopping Brake.  A lot of change is on the horizon for 2017.  In fact some of it has already begun, including:

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Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe

March 27, 2017

top ten spring wardrobe must have

My top 10 must have’s for a casual spring capsule wardrobe.

What do you do when you want to update your capsule wardrobe but you don’t like any of the latest trends?  Easy.  Ignore them all and make your own!  To help you with assembling your spring wardrobe, here’s my personal list of Top 10 Must Have’s for a Casual Spring Wardrobe, along with the reason why I’ve picked each item.

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5 Hot Trends for Spring 2017

March 20, 2017


It might be snowing in my area but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about spring.  And I’m not alone, I’ve come across multiple trend lists for Spring 2017:

As someone who adores fashion, I’m always interested in learning about the latest trends.  Trend lists are often created based off of 2 sources, what was shown during runway collections and what celebrities are wearing at recent events.  While I find this information interesting, the suggestions are not always practical.  Which begs the question;

How does someone incorporate the trends for Spring 2017 (or any fashion season) into a real life wardrobe, and not a wardrobe designed for runways and promotional events?

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St. Patrick’s Day Outfit

March 17, 2017


Today is St. Patrick’s Day in the US and if you are thinking about dressing for the holiday today you have 2 options; “going all in” or “a gentle touch.”  The 2 outfits on the top are examples of “going all in.”  The first outfit is the ultimate example of “going all in” when dressing for a holiday because it’s a costume!  The fun top in outfit #2 is another strong nod to the holiday.  The 2 outfits on the bottom are examples of “a gentle touch.”  Both outfits have colors that align to the holiday, without the bold patterns and prints of the first 2 options.

How do you pick which outfit to wear?

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Spend or Save – Black Wrap Dress

March 13, 2017


Spend: Chain Handle Bag | Wrap Dress | Sneakers

Save: Chain Handle Bag | Wrap Dress | Sneakers

Over at the blog youlookfab.com, Angie wrote about her recent trip to the Netherlands and the fashion trend that she saw most often—chain handle shoulder bag and sneakers.  As a long time fan of pairing blazers with jeans, I always adore the idea of mixing dressy items with something more casual.  And I can’t think of anything more fun than pairing one of the ultimate classics—black wrap dress—with a chain handle shoulder bag and sneakers for an up-to-date look.

If you’re interested in this look for your spring capsule wardrobe I’ve presented 2 options, spend or save. The 2 price points are very different, the spend outfit is $788 and the save outfit is $209.93.

How do you pick whether to spend or save? 

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