My Favorite Tank Top

June 19, 2017

tank top

My favorite tank top is $26 and worth every penny.

A core item in my summer capsule wardrobe every year is a tank top.  I use tank tops to provide coverage for tops that are sheer or have crochet details and would otherwise showcase a bra.  I’ll also layer a tank top to prevent showing off more of the girls than I prefer when tops are cut too low in the front.  And on summer’s hottest days I’ll swap out my t-shirts and knit tops for a tank top as the layering piece paired with my cardigans and light weight jackets.

If you are thinking that it sounds like my tank tops become workhorses in the summer months you would be correct.  And my favorite tank top is this one, at a whopping $26 for ONE tank top!

Why would I spend so much on 1 tank top, when there are cheaper options available?

Because all tank tops are not the same.

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5 Hot Trends For Summer 2017 — For Men

June 15, 2017


In honor of Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, June 18, here’s my 5 hot trends for summer 2017 —for men.  If you are stuck on what to get the special man in your life, to both 2 and 4 legged children, maybe this list will give you some gift ideas.

Shopping Brake’s 5 Hot Trends For Summer 2017 — For Men

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3 Ways To Restyle A Wedding Guest Dress

June 12, 2017


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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Memorial Day Sales—The Perfect Time

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Sale Signs

Memorial Day Sales At JCrew, Target, and Macy’s.

Memorial Day Sales come at the perfect time of year—the beginning of the summer season.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you already know that I really enjoy shopping the Memorial Day Sales.  I sport my summer capsule wardrobe for 3 months, starting June 1, which makes the timing for Memorial Day sales perfect for me.  If I wait until Fourth of July, when seasonal merchandise gets the clearance sale treatment, I’ll already be halfway through the summer season.  And besides, by mid-summer, I’m already starting to think about upcoming back-to-school sales and my fall capsule wardrobe.

While I enjoy shopping during this holiday weekend, I don’t want to spend the entire weekend visiting the stores.  To ensure that my shopping sessions are short and fast I follow these 3 steps:

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5 Hot Trends For Summer 2017

May 22, 2017


The summer season is approaching fast, which means it’s time to assemble my summer capsule wardrobe.  But before I write my shopping list, first I want to know what the fashion trends are for 2017.  I’ve come across a few trend lists during my searching

The last link asks a very good question—would I really wear these trends?  Well, it really depends on the trend itself.  With multiple Summer Trend lists and Summer Must Have’s to consider, the first thing I like to do is create my personal list of my favorite trends for the season.  For Summer 2017, 5 trends have not only caught my eye, but have also been added to my summer capsule wardrobe:

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Big Sign, Little Saved

May 15, 2017

shopping trigger

That orange sign is a lot bigger than the white one.

I was in the store the other day when I stumbled upon this display.  The orange sign immediately caught my eye, especially the price listed on it—$1.00!  At first, I stopped in my tracks.  After all I can’t recall the last time I was in a store (that wasn’t a dollar store) and saw something advertised for $1.00.  My old shopaholic tendencies immediately resurfaced and I began to reach towards the display, eager to grab at least 1 or 2 of the Lip Smackers that were on sale.

Then I looked at the orange sign again, and my hand paused in mid-air.

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Spend or Save — Floral Print Blazer

May 4, 2017


When I think of spring fashion one of the first things that comes to mind is floral prints.  A floral print blazer was one of my workhorse items from my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In.  If you’re interested in trying out a floral print blazer for your spring capsule wardrobe I’ve presented 2 options—Spend or Save.

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What To Look For When Buying Workout Pants

April 24, 2017

workout pants

Both pants are printed, but only 1 is good for weight lifting.

Wearing the right workout clothing can make or break your workout.  Cycling, yoga, running, weight lifting, each of these activities has a different need to consider.  Cycling pants are most comfortable when the material has vents and moisture wicking properties and the fit is tight so as not to get caught on pedals.  Yoga pants require stretch and to fit close to the body along with a waistband that will stay in place when performing poses.  Running pants should have a snug fit, moisture wicking properties, and reflective marks to be seen when on the road.

Then there’s my personal favorite type of pants to shop for—weight lifting.  And as with other activities, pants for weight lifting have special needs to consider.  If you go to the gym sooner or later you’ll see what I’m talking about.  A girl is wearing a pair of pants that look great when she walks around but when she does squats, lunges, or any other bending and lifting move all you see is her thong—eek!

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Why Everything I Just Bought Was Black

April 20, 2017

Everything I bought was black

The stores are fully stocked with the spring collections right now.  Blush, mint, coral, sky blue, lavender, pale yellow, daisies, roses, tulips, forget-me-nots; everywhere I look I see pretty pastel shades and fun floral prints.

But if you take a look at my recent shopping haul one color in particular immediately stands out—black!

Why would I buy so much black when there are so many other pretty colors to pick from?

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Spend Or Save — Denim Jacket

April 17, 2017


A denim jacket is one of my Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe.  I’ve been sporting the outfit combination of a blue denim jacket paired with a white t-shirt and black jeans for years.  It’s a favorite combination of mine because this outfit provides the comfort of a t-shirt and jeans outfit worn on the weekends, while also looking put together enough for a casual office environment during the week.  And I’m not alone.

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