DH Closet 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 Boutique Is Out Of Business (Week 54)

November 16, 2014

After 13 1/2 months, the boutique is finally closed.

After 13 1/2 months, the boutique is finally closed!

DH and I were discussing The DH Closet Challenge the other day and what to do about the remaining Baker’s Dozen worth of clothing left in the boutique.  The whole point of the challenge was to figure out the number of clothes I needed to own in my wardrobe to:

  1. Fit my current lifestyle and laundry habits
  2. Give me enough variety to be happy with my wardrobe
  3. Sport the majority of my clothing most of the time

And after 54 weeks of participating in the challenge and editing my over 300 item wardrobe, down to a total of 111 items (58 for fall/winter and 53 for spring/summer), and 13 items sitting in the boutique unworn it looks like I have succeeded with the challenge.  So what about that Baker’s Dozen sitting in the boutique?

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Finding Your Inspiration (Week 53)

November 9, 2014

Postcard from Paris.

A postcard from Paris.

 

What has helped me stay focused on reducing the size of my wardrobe over the past year—inspiration.  These daily, or weekly reminders remind me of my end goal, to own a smaller sized wardrobe filled with clothes that I not only love, but also use.  Here are 2 of my favorite’s:

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One Year DH Closet Challenge Summary (Week 52)

November 2, 2014

I’m very excited to announce that the one year mark of The DH Closet Challenge is here!  When DH first gave me this challenge neither one of us thought I would make it through the first month.  And here I am, still participating an entire year later.  This blog highlights many of my observations from the past year, so I selected my favorite 10 take-aways that I’ve learned from working with a smaller sized wardrobe:

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The Boutique’s Bakers Dozen (Week 51)

October 26, 2014

The Boutique's baker's dozen

The Boutique’s baker’s dozen

The 1 year mark for The DH Closet Challenge is quickly approaching, which means it is time once again to take a look at the “boutique” (a last look at the boutique was here).  Although I’ve made great strides during the past year in reducing the size of my total wardrobe, I still have a number of unworn items in my wardrobe, which are sitting in the “boutique.”  Since one of my personal goals is to wear the bulk of my wardrobe, most of the time, I really need to put the boutique out of business at some point.  So I rolled up my sleeves and got down to business and I have once again purged items from the boutique.  I find myself left with a final total of 13 items.  Here are the items STILL in the boutique and why I am holding on to them.

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Planning Before Shopping

October 9, 2014

 

Top row: From the boutique. Bottom row: Items to purge.

Top row: From the boutique // Bottom row: Items to purge.

With the Fall French Capsule Challenge now complete, I’ve been able to return to my entire fall/winter capsule wardrobe.  And after working with my entire fall/winter capsule wardrobe once again, it’s time to adjust some of the items in my wardrobe.  I’ve noticed a wardrobe hole with my current fall/winter capsule—mid-weight layers.  I have plenty of heavier weight sweaters, which will work well once our weather drops a bit more in temperature, but I’m struggling to successfully layer my current wardrobe items.  Which means it’s time once again to shop the boutique first to fill this wardrobe hole.  But before I go shopping, I want to plan what I’m looking for so that I can shop for items that will seamlessly integrate into my current fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

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The Lonely Hanger (Week 47)

September 28, 2014

An empty hanger.

An empty hanger in my closet!

Now that the Fall French Capsule Challenge has been completed, it’s time for me to return to my entire fall/winter working wardrobe.  Since my last check-in, I’ve added 3 items from the boutique to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe, as these were used for the Fall French Capsule Challenge wardrobe. (Wardrobe totals at the bottom of this post)

And I’ve noticed something very unusual for my closet—an empty hanger!

While this may not seem like a big deal to some, it is a HUGE deal to me.

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The Cost Of A Capsule Wardrobe (Week 46)

September 21, 2014

 

Newly refreshed spring/summer wardrobe.

Newly refreshed spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

I’ve had a few reader questions recently regarding the cost of a capsule wardrobe.  I don’t think there is any one answer to this question.  One’s personal budget and preferences for materials will always influence the cost of a wardrobe.  But as long time readers of Shopping Brake know, one thing that I really enjoy to do, is to crunch some numbers!

Today, I’m going to review the costs of my current spring/summer and fall/winter capsule wardrobes.  I’m also going to include the cost of my current Fall French Capsule Challenge wardrobe.  Since I’ve been tracking the Cost Per Wear (CPW) of my wardrobe for a few years now, I have the purchase price for everything currently in my wardrobe, including the boutique.

(For today’s purposes I’m going to include the total cost of the wardrobe and the cost by categories.  If you are interested in an item by item cost breakdown for one or all of these wardrobes, let me know in the comments section and I’ll write a new post taking a closer look at the wardrobe you are interested in.)

Now onto the number crunching!

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Last Days Of Summer (Week 45)

September 14, 2014

Final Spring/Summer Wardrobe.

Final Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.

I took one last look at my spring/summer capsule wardrobe and decided to refresh this wardrobe now that it’s the end of the season.  Originally I was going to wait until the start of the spring/summer season to update my wardrobe, however, I still have quite a few items left in the boutique, so I figured why not update this wardrobe sooner rather than later.

The photo above was my final spring/summer capsule wardrobe from this post.  Out of these items, a few pieces have become worn out and I’m ready to pass them on.  I’ve also noticed, despite having a much smaller wardrobe than I’ve had in the past, I still favor some items over others.  The items I’ve been passing over all season I’m also going to move on to a new home.

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