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Trending Now: Velvet

November 16, 2017

velvet blazer

My new velvet blazer from White House Black Market.

One fabric that I see year after year in both fall and winter collections is velvet. This timeless fabric consists of densely woven, raised fibers that are soft to the touch.  Velvet garments are costly to produce. Two fabrics of same thickness are woven together, then cut apart and rolled onto separate rolls before using. The laborious manufacturing process and high price tag is why velvet was often associated with nobility.  Another form of velvet that typically pops up in fall and winter collections is corduroy, which is a raised form of velvet.

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Make Every Sweater Look Like New

November 13, 2017

sweater comb

Save your pilling sweaters with the Laundress Sweater Comb.

Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. If you’ve ever seen a sweater with little balls of fabric then you already know what I’m talking about. Pilling is bundles of fabric that have broken off and become tangled, thus forming little balls on the surface of the garment.

Pilling is a result of normal wear and tear, and occurs most often on the areas of a garment that rub the most. In the case of a sweater, this is usually the underarm/underside of the arm. If you’re a fan of handbags that brush up against your torso (typically shoulder bags and crossbody bags that hang on the right or left side, whichever side you favor sporting your bag), you’ll often see pills on those areas too. Pilling is not a sign of quality, in fact the price of the garment does not determine if the sweater will pill or not.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy of Shopping Brake — The Book

November 9, 2017

I’m excited to announce that you can enter to win a free paperback copy of my book, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love.  To enter simply click on the Goodreads Book Giveaway below, and good luck!

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Shopping Brake by Lisa Deerwood

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by Lisa Deerwood

Giveaway ends November 27, 2017.

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3 Tricks For Busy Women To Get Dressed Fast

October 16, 2017

Sometimes you just don’t know what to wear.

Some days you have to get out the door in a hurry. Those are the mornings when I reach for one of my grab and go outfits. Grab and go (also called fast fall back) outfits are those outfits that I’ve put together in advance. I typically plan at least a few outfits when I set up my capsule wardrobe at the start of each season. But what if I don’t want to wear any of my re-planned outfits and I’m getting dressed in a hurry?

Here are 3 ways I get ready fast, without reaching for one of my grab and go looks.

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Easy Halloween Costumes For The Lazy Gal

October 12, 2017

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Halloween costumes can be cheap and easy.

You can be sweet, scary, or sexy this Halloween without spending a lot of money or driving yourself crazy researching DIY costume ideas. In fact, the trick to putting together a simple, yet effective Halloween costume is to do the exact opposite of my advice in my last post — The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume.

What is the secret for Halloween?

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Handy Tips For Wearing Boots And Jeans

October 5, 2017

fall boots

Fall season is boot season!

The fall season is in full swing in my area and I couldn’t be happier about it, because fall season is boot season! Pairing boots with jeans is my favorite type of outfit, and it’s a combination that I adopt every year as my fall uniform. And I’m not alone. Browse the shoe department of any retailer and the number one shoe that you’ll find in both fall (and winter) collections season after is season is, yep, you guessed it—boots!

Over the knee boots, knee high boots, midi boots, cowgirl boots, ankle booties, the options are endless when it comes to boots. And if you are a boot enthusiast like me, then you probably own more than 1 style of boot. Pairing boots with jeans sounds easy enough right? Just grab a pair of boots and some jeans and you’re done! Well, not exactly. If you’ve ever tried to tuck a pair of jeans into knee high boots only to have the jeans crunch up and rub against your ankles, or worse, puff up over the top of the boot, then you already know that there are a few tips to consider before pairing boots and jeans.

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Spend Or Save — Fall Jacket

September 25, 2017

Both jackets are photographing black, but they are really navy. Should I Spend or Save?

Falls cool days is perfect jacket weather. While my favorite fall jacket is a leather jacket (or pleather is you prefer fake), some days it’s too wet outside to wear one. That’s when I reach for a jacket that is water resistant or water proof instead.

This year it was time for me to upgrade my fall jacket. Before I shop I always decide in advance exactly what I’m looking for. I already know that I’m shifting my wardrobe into more blues, so my search was narrowed down to the following criteria: blue, lightweight, water resistant (or water proof), upper to mid thigh in length, and a zipper closure. Features I was flexible on included whether or not the jacket had a hood, and the color of the hardware. My budget was set at $200. Once I had the specifics sorted out it was time to shop. Deciding before I walk into a store what I’m looking for helps me to stay focused when I shop. I can quickly weed through the selections and avoid becoming distracted by all of the pretty things!

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2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

September 21, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe final_intro

In my last post I began my Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month. My fall wardrobe was all ready to go after I culled it down to a manageable 42 items. Until I walked into Target to buy stuff for my home, and walked out with stuff for my closet.

Does this ever happen to anyone else?

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

September 18, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe before

It’s been 1 month since I started wearing my Fall Capsule Wardrobe. Since fall is my favorite season to dress for (the colors, the layers, the boots, and let’s not forget the pumpkin well everything, yum), my fall capsule is also my favorite wardrobe capsule to work with.

However, my fall capsule wardrobe was prepped back in July and early August, and then sat unworn until now. The long delay gave me a chance to review my fall capsule wardrobe with a fresh set of eyes, and I noticed something disturbing about this capsule wardrobe.

My fall capsule wardrobe began with a staggering 58 items, yowza!  That’s a lot of clothes.

Or is it, really?

The answer depends on how often I want to wear everything in this capsule wardrobe.

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5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Men

September 14, 2017

The following is a guest post from Peter, a men’s fashion writer at Gentleman Zone magazine from UK and Australia. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Today Peter is joining Shopping Brake to share his insights into how men can develop a personal style that will stand the test of time. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


5 Budget-Friendly Style Tips for Men

Every man deserves to be dressed well, period. Now, a large number of men may think that in order to look stylish, they have to break the bank, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yes, we are aware that there is an abundance of high-end and high-street pieces that are ridiculously overpriced, but there are also amazing fast-fashion brands that provide every man with the opportunity to be stylish and well put together on a daily basis. To that end, we’ve decided to lend all the gentlemen out there a helping hand with just a few tips and tricks that will make you look like you just stepped off the runway, but at a fraction of the price.

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