DH Closet Challenge II

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 DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 10)

December 22, 2015

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The current working closet is looking a little crowded.

I’m halfway through week 10 of the The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  This post is the continuation from my week 8 check-in, my apologies for the delay in writing this number crunching post.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 8)

December 6, 2015

Items on the left are new additions, items on the right are to be purged.

Items on the left are new additions, items on the right are to be purged.

I’ve just completed Week 8 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  There was no check in for weeks 5 or 6, because I had no changes to either my working wardrobe or the boutique.  However, for week 8 I’m back to shopping and adjusting both my working closet and the boutique.  Sticking to the rules of the challenge for every item going into my wardrobe, double the amount is removed.  That’s a tall order for someone who typically struggles to let go of their clothes.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 5)

November 8, 2015

Six pairs of unworn jeans.

Six pairs of unworn jeans in the boutique.

I’ve just completed Week 5 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  This past week I tackled why the boutique has been on my mind.  While I added 5 items to my working closet, I did manage to purge 10 from the boutique.  Of course, once I get started with a closet purge, I usually keep going.  After removing 10 items from the “2 for 1” purge during the week, I set my sights on another category within the boutique—Jeans.  For the past 5 weeks, I’ve managed just fine with 7 pairs of jeans, yet I still have 6 jeans sitting in the boutique.

And here’s the crazy part.

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Targeting The Boutique

November 5, 2015

 

Five new items.

Five new additions to the working closet.

In my last check-in I was happy to report that I did not add anything new into my working closet from the boutique during week 4.  Yet, despite this achievement my wardrobe, or more specifically the boutique itself, was constantly in my thoughts.

Which begs the question.

Why?

To find the answer, I went back to my behavior over the last week.  I did not add anything to my working closet.  Again, I asked, why?  I looked at the working closet.  Right now, I really like everything I’ve selected.  I went back to looking at the boutique and the light bulb went off.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 4)

November 1, 2015

The boutique after 1 month.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement boutique after 1 month.

I’ve just completed week 4 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  As I stated during the Week 3 check-in, for Week 4 my goal was to NOT add anything to my working closet.  And I am happy to report, that I did not.  Yay, progress!

I still have 49 items after Week 4 and here’s the list:

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 3)

October 25, 2015

The Working Wardrobe after Week 3.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working wardrobe after week 3.

I’ve just completed Week 3 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement.  During last week’s recap, I mentioned that my plan for Week 3 was to remix everything I already have in the working closet and to not add anything from the boutique.  But life doesn’t always like a plan, and I was given a curve ball—spending my vacation in a climate much colder than my own.   This meant I had to add yet MORE items to my working wardrobe.

At first, I was horrified.

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The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement (Week 2)

October 18, 2015

The Working Closet after Week 2.

DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working closet after week 2.

I’ve just completed Week 2 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe RefinementAfter week one, I added 21 items to my working wardrobe.  Of these pieces, I already had 7 bottoms.  Therefore for week two, my goal was to focus on only adding tops.  Of course, life likes to throw curve balls and I had a last minute business trip, which meant sporting a business outfit.  My business trousers are usually kept in a separate closet, since they are not worn weekly.  The tops and blazers from my business capsule, I try to pair with jeans to increase their use so these pieces are part of my fall/winter (or spring/summer) wardrobes.  Of course, storing clothing in separate closets makes it easy to forget I own the item.  Not a good idea.

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Taking A Little Off The Top

October 15, 2015

Purchased in July and returned in October.

Purchased in July // Returned in October

I want to eliminate the boutique for The DH Closet Challenge (Part II)-Wardrobe Refinement.  This means keeping the idea to purge clothing items top of mind.  Immediately a number of pieces that were purchased during my favorite sale and have gone unworn since were identified.  I returned a total of 8 items (7 clothing and one footwear).  Two of the items I returned are above (white/black knit and a black short sleeve poncho).

Purchased in July and returned in October.

Purchased in July // Returned in October

I also returned: black and white knit, two tie neck blouses, and short black suede booties.  Additional items returned but not in the photos: black and white patterned blazer and bootcut jeans.

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