80/20 Wardrobe Challenge

Shopping Brake — The Book Is Now Available As A Paperback

August 18, 2017

Shopping Brake Book

Now available as a paperback!

Today I’m excited to announce that the book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is now available as a paperback!

If you have ever done any of the following:

  • Stood in front of your closet and said “I have nothing to wear”
  • Bought something and then tried to hide it because you felt guilty
  • Found clothes in your closet with the tags still on
  • Looked for tips on editing and organizing your closet
  • Struggled to figure out what your personal style is
  • Become bored with your current wardrobe

This book is for you!

Filled with shopping tips, closet organization advice, and insights into the mindset of a shopaholic, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love will provide you with the tools that you need to own a wardrobe that you love.

Check out the Kindle version to read the entire introduction, as well as preview a few additional random pages.  Or grab a print version from any of the following retailers: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Createspace

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Now Available For Your Kindle — Shopping Brake — The Book

July 28, 2017

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Shopping Brake — The Book now available on Kindle!

I’m excited to announce a new addition to the Shopping Brake Family today!

The book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is now available for your Kindle.  This is a self-help book for 2 types of people: those trying to overcome a shopping addiction and those who wish to improve their wardrobe.  In this comprehensive how-to guide I provide real-world advice about everything related to overshopping and managing a wardrobe, including:

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The 80/20 Check-In And Wrap Up (Month 12)

October 4, 2015

I’m at month 12 of The 80/20 Challenge and it’s time for my monthly check-in.  Here’s how the numbers look for my entire wardrobe since the last check-in at month 10:

  • Shoes: 20 pairs (added 1 pair of booties from vacation/holiday shopping)
  • Business and Special Occasion Capsule: 10 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Beach/Swim Capsule: 8 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Lounge/Sleep Capsule: 12 items (updated but no increase in total number)
  • Spring/Summer Wardrobe: 58 items (added 2 shirts and 1 pullover from vacation/holiday shopping since the last check-in)
  • Fall/Winter Wardrobe: 65 items (no change since the last check-in)

Now I’ll take a closer look at where my current wardrobe is at for size.

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The 80/20 Check-In (Month 9)

July 26, 2015

I’m at month 9 of The 80/20 Challenge and it’s time for my monthly check-in.  Here’s how the numbers look for my entire wardrobe since the last check-in at month 7:

  • Shoes: 19 pairs (6 added and 6 purged [second to last photo in this post], no change to total number; this total includes the 5 shoes from the business and special occasion capsule)
  • Business and Special Occasion Capsule: 10 items (2 trousers added; 3 shoes added, 3 shoes purged; increased by two since the last check in)
  • Beach/Swim Capsule: 8 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Lounge/Sleep Capsule: 12 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Spring/Summer Wardrobe: 55 items (increased by 7 items since the last check-in)
  • Fall/Winter Wardrobe: 69 items  (no change since last check-in)

In addition to updating my shoes and spring/summer wardrobes, back in month 5 I shuffled wardrobe items.  I incorporated the tops from my business/special occasion capsule into the appropriate seasonal wardrobe.  By adding these items to my daily wardrobes, I’ll get more use out of them.  Essentially the tops, which now work double duty.  All of my blazers are also in my seasonal capsules, to maximize their use.

Here’s a recap of the items that do not work double duty, and stay in my Business and Special Occasion Capsule:

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Mid-Summer Refresh (Part Two)

July 23, 2015

Updated Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Updated Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe for 2015.

In my last post, I refreshed my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.  A lot of items were added and donated.  Now it’s time to look at how this affected the size of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

The last time I checked in on my spring/summer capsule wardrobe, I had 48 items.

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Mid-Summer Refresh (Part One)

July 19, 2015

Wave One: In with the new

Wave One: In with the new

I’m about halfway through our summer season.  This is a good time to freshen up my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe, while I await the items from My Favorite Sale, to update my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.  Refreshing one time, in the middle of the season, should be enough change for this capsule to get me through the rest of our spring/summer season.

Items I’m Adding: Wave One

For wave one, all items are gear/casual.

  • Gear Tops X2
  • Hoodie and Printed T-Shirt (both gifts)
  • Black Cardigan
  • Blouse and Tank (the blouse is too sheer without the tank)
  • Black Blouse

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The 80/20 Check-In (Month 7)

May 17, 2015

I’m at month 7 of The 80/20 Challenge and it’s time for my monthly check-in.  Here’s how the numbers look for my entire wardrobe since the last check-in at month 5:

  • Shoes: 19 pairs (no change since last check-in)
  • Business and Special Occasion Capsule: 14 items
  • Beach/Swim Capsule: 8 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Lounge/Sleep Capsule: 12 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Spring/Summer Wardrobe: 48 items
  • Fall/Winter Wardrobe: 69 items 

Crunching the numbers

My current wardrobe total is 170 items.  To use 80% of this wardrobe only 34 item should sit unworn.  However, this is across seasons.

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The Super Six For Fall/Winter

May 25, 2015

Six Unworn Fall/Winter Capsule Items

Six unworn Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe items.

Finishing up reviewing my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe from this post, these are the six items that went unworn in my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe and why I am keeping them for another season.

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Add In, Then Taketh Away

April 12, 2015

 

Five Items to purge.

Five Items to donate.

The problem with focusing on one’s wardrobe is that sometimes, it becomes difficult to stop adjusting.  I know for myself, once I get started with adjusting my wardrobe, it’s like pushing a rock from the top of a cliff, it starts rolling and then picks up speed.

Lately I’ve been adjusting some of the capsules in my wardrobe.  I recently overhauled my Business/Special Occasion Capsule to make it more cohesive for colors and remixing abilities.  I also merged five of these items into my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe to increase the use of the new additions.  However, I’m trying to decrease the size of my total wardrobe.  Adding these five new items was pestering me.  I added items in, but what did I remove?  Nothing!  Until now.

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Shuffling Capsule Items For Spring/Summer

April 6, 2015

Current Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Current Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe with the new additions.

In my last post I merged a few of my new Business/Special Occasion Capsule items into my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.  I added give items into the capsule I use more often, to increase their frequency of use.

Five Items from the Business/Special Occasion Capsule

Five Items from the Business/Special Occasion Capsule

This shuffle reduced the number of items that sit in my Business/Special Occasion Capsule, but increased the size of my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.

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