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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

Thank you for supporting the Shopping Brake Family!

5 Hot Trends For Fall 2017 — For Men

August 14, 2017

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In the past men’s and women’s fashion were quite different.  Men’s fashion operated within a much tighter framework than women’s fashion and rarely featured anything with big silhouettes (ie avant garde) or dramatic statements.  Instead the garments kept the focus on the details of classic pieces with a keen eye to tailoring, and a flair towards military and sportswear styles.

Today the lines between men’s and women’s fashion have become blurred.  Fashion sneakers such as the Adidas Superstar are worn by both men and women alike.  The same can be said for loafers, oxfords, boyfriend style jeans, and tweed blazers.  Plus, men’s clothing is sometimes cheaper than women’s (and better quality), which further encourages crossing over the lines of which sex is wearing what.  In today’s day and age, everyone can wear everything!  That’s why I keep an eye on both men’s and women’s fashion trends.

These are my picks of the 5 hottest trends I’m seeing in the stores for fall — for men:

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5 Hot Trends For Fall 2017 — For Women

August 10, 2017

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The fall season is approaching fast which means that it’s time to start putting together your fall capsule wardrobe.  If your wardrobe from last year looks a little dated sometimes all it takes is adding 1 or 2 on trend items and suddenly that old wardrobe will feel new again.  These are my picks of the 5 hottest trends I’m seeing in the stores for fall:

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 5) — Review And Final Decisions

August 7, 2017

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I’ve made it to the final step to prepare my fall capsule wardrobe.  In my last post I reviewed everything I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I picked up lots of goodies during the sale, but alas, one store was not enough to complete my fall capsule wardrobe.  Today I’m going to:

  • Review the additional pieces that I bought for my fall capsule wardrobe
  • Explain what I do with hold items (as well as how many I keep on hold and for how long)
  • Crunch the numbers to see how many items I’m going to start with when I begin using this capsule

Now onto the fun!

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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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2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

July 13, 2017

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In my last post I began my Summer Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month.  As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers and analyzing everything.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Hiding Extra Weight In The Summer

June 26, 2017

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Summertime is here!  But what if your beach body is lagging behind?  Or you’ve simply eaten a little too much during your recent vacation?  The reason why you have weight to hide doesn’t really matter.  What’s important is that you have options in your summer wardrobe that will keep you and most important of all—feeling comfortable.  Here are my 3 favorite ways to hide that extra weight when it’s hot outside:

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3 Ways To Restyle A Wedding Guest Dress

June 12, 2017

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The summer months are a popular time of year for weddings, parties, dates, and galas. This can only mean one thing, finding a dress for all of these special occasions!  But what are you supposed to do with your new dress after the special event?

For myself, the dress would typically be found inside it’s garment bag shoved to the back of my closet.  Or maybe even in a separate closet other than my daily closet.  Regardless of where it was stored, the simple fact remained, after the special event my new dress always sat unworn.

But not anymore.

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Prepping A Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Part 3)

June 8, 2017

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This is part 3 of a 3-part series where I am preparing my summer capsule wardrobe.  Here’s an overview of how I’ll work through this process:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my summer capsule wardrobe
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my summer capsule wardrobe
  3. Part Three I’ll review what’s in this capsule wardrobe and pre-plan how to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my summer capsule wardrobe

Now onto the fun!

Part Three-Review Your Capsule & Plan Your Outfits

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Prepping A Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Part 2)

June 5, 2017

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It’s time to start adding a few of these!

This is part 2 of a 3-part series where I am preparing my summer capsule wardrobe.  Here’s an overview of how I’ll work through this process:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my summer capsule wardrobe
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my summer capsule wardrobe
  3. Part Three I’ll review what’s in this capsule wardrobe and pre-plan how to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my summer capsule wardrobe

Now onto the fun!

Part Two-Write my shopping list and go shopping

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