One Top For 3 Types Of Holiday Parties

December 5, 2018

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Gibson Glam Squad Shaeffer Lace Top

The holiday season is the perfect time of year for dressing up in something a little extra special. Three of the most common holiday parties I attend during the holiday season are for work, for friends, and for family, and each party has its own dress code.

While 3 different holiday parties is a great excuse to buy 3 different holiday outfits, I prefer to stretch my dollar further and buy only ONE top that I remix 3 different ways.

Shine, sparkle, and lace are all stylish options that look festive for the holiday season and can be remixed into different outfits. Here’s the 1 top I’m planning to style 3 different ways for the holidays.

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Holiday Shopping Tips To Keep You On Budget

November 23, 2018

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is often considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. It can be easy to become overwhelmed, with what to buy, when the stores are shouting “sale, sale, sale” everyday from now til December 25.

Here are a few tips to help keep you focused and on budget when shopping this holiday season:

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The Cost Of A Fall Capsule Wardrobe

November 15, 2018

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A capsule wardrobe is when you take a select portion of your wardrobe and wear only those pieces for a specific length of time. For myself, my daily outfits are picked out from a seasonal capsule wardrobe and, since I live in a four season state, I sport my capsule wardrobe for 3 months before switching to a new capsule wardrobe.

Our fall season this year has included a wide range of temperatures, daytime highs have been has warm as ~70F and as cool as 32F. With such dramatic swings in temperatures, I’ve had to be careful to ensure that my fall capsule wardrobe included pieces that would work well for both cool and warm days.

Here’s everything included in my fall capsule wardrobe for 2018:

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Stop Impulse Shopping Fast — 4 Questions To Ask Yourself, Before You Buy

October 25, 2018

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Making unplanned purchases—impulse shopping—is one of the areas that a shopaholic struggles to contain every single day. It’s also the apple in the eye of business owners and marketers.

Impulse buying is an important sales driver of businesses and they spend a lot of time and money to make sure consumers that enter their brick and mortar stores, or online websites, do exactly that. Free shipping, sales and promotions, well designed websites, and mobile optimization are all methods employed to encourage consumers to buy something.

With so many methods carefully crafted to get you to buy, buy, buy, how do you stop yourself from making an impulse purchase when you are in the heat of the moment?

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself:

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Why Celebrities Look Good In Their Clothes—And How You Can Too

September 12, 2018

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Jennifer Aniston is known to regularly tailor her t-shirts and jeans | Image Source: Pacific Coast News Online and popsugar.com

Celebrities are often decked out in expensive clothing from the latest fashion collections, which certainly helps them look good in their clothes. But there’s 1 secret to getting any outfit to look just right—tailoring.

Speak to any personal stylist to the stars and they’ll tell you, in order for a star to get that “I look fabulous” look, regardless of their outfit, every piece of clothing they wear—jeans, t-shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc.—will have been tailored for a perfect fit.

Here are 4 ways that you can look good in your clothes too:

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Update Your Fall Wardrobe In Two Simple Steps

August 31, 2018

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Gap Classic Bomber Jacket | Gap Textured Knit Tank Top | Gap High Rise Wide Straight Jeans | Gap Flat Mules

Back to school shopping is not just for children and young adults returning to school. Grown-ups who have already graduated from the classroom to a daily commute can also use this time of year to give their wardrobe a burst of fresh air and a jolt of new energy.

Updating a wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or require bags and bags of new clothes. You can update your fall wardrobe in two simple steps.

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Small Wardrobe Victories

August 13, 2018

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My 1 pair of sandals for summer | Rockport Gabby Lace Up Sandal in Taupe

When you’re a shopaholic who is trying to change your habits and behavior, the end goal of being able to shop smarter may seem years and year away. And this may be true. For someone who has to battle decades of out of control behavior, this change is not going to happen over night.

Setbacks can and do occur as one walks along the path of a life shaping change. That’s why it is so important to set not only a goal for your final destination—stop excessive shopping—but to also set smaller goals along the way. Goal setting allows you to have both a long-term vision, and a short-term destination. Through effective goal setting, you can focus on the things you want to change in smaller bite sized chunks.

One thing that goes hand-in-hand with goal setting, is celebrating small victories for your wardrobe. If you are struggling to measure your success, perhaps some of my goals will jumpstart your thinking.

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How A Former Shopaholic Shopped The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 23, 2018

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Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is happening now until August 5th. For many people, including myself, this is one of, if not the biggest, sales of the year. What sets Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale apart from the rest, is that you are able to shop for the latest styles and trends at the start of the retail season, instead of at the end when retailers are looking to unload their stock.

Between the limited time frame, and the lure of owning something new, it is easy to become overwhelmed and get caught up in the shopping frenzy of this sale. Year after year I would walk away with bags filled with clothes that I wasn’t sure I needed, wanted, or even liked. All because I “had to grab it before it’s gone.” This was followed up with one trip to the mall after another, as I returned more and more and more, until I was left with barely a fraction of what I originally purchased.

But not anymore.

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Simple Ways to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Feeling Fresh

July 10, 2018

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In my area we are almost halfway through the summer season and by now my summer capsule wardrobe is well established. I have my favorite outfit combinations that I sport regularly and there are no wardrobe holes to fill.

But that doesn’t stop the urge to want to add something new.

What does someone do when they want to freshen up their wardrobe, without overhauling it?

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How To Wear Black In The Summer

June 6, 2018

A hallmark of summer collections is color, and lots of it.  The bolder the better.  But sometimes you get the itch to reach for something that is simple, and basic, like black.

In the summer months, sporting all black (or even partially black) outfits often gets a bad rap.  You’ll look like a moody teenager, or, you’ll look like you’re dressing out of season.  But none of this has to be the case.  You can wear black on the hottest days of the year, and still look seasonally appropriate for summer.

How?

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