Transitioning Summer To Fall

August 17, 2017

Navy Sweater and boyfriend jeans

Outfit #1 // Navy sweater and boyfriend jeans from summer to fall.

With a few simple styling tips I can easily transition some of my favorite summer pieces into fall.  Mixing my summer and fall clothes allows me use 2 capsules at the same time, a win win!  It also stretches my creative juices so that I don’t grow bored as the seasons change.  When it’s time to start using my fall capsule I don’t have to pack up my summer capsule right away, I can use transitional dressing to get a little more use out of my summer clothes before they are put aside until summer rolls around again.

Here are 3 summer outfits that I plan to transition for fall:

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

August 7, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe closet

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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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 4) — Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Keepers

August 3, 2017


I ordered every single item here, but how many will I keep?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is winding down (August 6 is the last day before prices go back up to full price) and I’ve finally received almost all of the stuff that I ordered online.  Today I’m reviewing what I kept, what didn’t work for me, and why.  If you’ve been eyeing a few things from the sale, hopefully my product reviews will help you as you decide what to buy before the sale is gone.

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Now Available For Your Kindle — Shopping Brake — The Book

July 28, 2017


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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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3) — Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

July 27, 2017


I ordered every single item here, but how many will I keep?

Today I’m going over every single item that I ordered online from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and more importantly—why.  But a conundrum has popped up.  How can I buy anything from the Anniversary Sale when my fall capsule wardrobe already looked complete after I finished Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 2)?

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How I Shop For Shorts

July 6, 2017

Shorts shopping tip

Shorts shopping tips

When the weather gets hot one of the things that I think about is keeping as cool and dry as possible.  Shorts is a great way to help me do just that.  But finding a good pair of shorts can turn into a struggle if you don’t know what to look for when you shop.  As a gal with an athletic shape, short in height, and more curves below my belt than above, I’ve become an expert at how to fit clothes for my challenging bottom half.

When it comes to fitting shorts, the 2 areas I am focused on are the fit at my waist and the fit around my thighs.  Shorts is one of my most challenging wardrobe items because I’m short in height, athletic in build, trend towards the pear body shape, and my waist is much smaller than my curvy rear.  Everything I do is centered around making sure that the fit in the waist and thighs is going to work for me.  I’ve boiled down this process into 3 simple features that I look at: material, inseam, and the details on the waist itself.

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Going All In or A Gentle Touch — July 4th Edition

July 3, 2017

July 4 outfits

For the Fourth of July will you be Going All In or sporting A Gentle Touch?

On July 4, 1776 13 colonies gathered together to sign the Declaration of Independence, thus severing their political connection to Great Britain.  This was a monumental event.  Selecting what to wear to honor this occasion is not nearly as big of a decision as severing political ties to another country, but it is still a decision that you’ll have to make if you want to sport an outfit for this holiday.

In honor of the Fourth of July tomorrow today’s Going All In and A Gentle Touch outfits use the exact same shorts (the Faded Glory Bermuda shorts are $13.46) for both looks.  Doing so keeps the total price for these options very similar.

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Hiding Extra Weight In The Summer

June 26, 2017


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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