Wardrobe

Dressing For A Cold Spring

February 23, 2018

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WHBM Mint Trophy Jacket |WHBM White Single Pleat Shell TopWHBM Mint Comfort Stretch Pant | WHBM Vanilla Snake Embossed Pumps | WHBM Mint Colorblock Tote

With spring weather right around the corner and the spring collections available now in stores, it’s time to start prepping for a wardrobe transition. The spring weather in my area is often cold, wet, and rainy, which brings with it a unique set of challenges. These are my favorite 4 tips for dressing for a cold (and rainy) spring.

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3 Great Trends For Spring That Will Last

February 6, 2018

Classic styles help ground a wardrobe, and the trendy pieces keep your look current and prevent wardrobe boredom. But how bold to go with a trend is a personal choice. Some woman go all in, and can rock a loud, bold, extremely trendy item that looks like it walked right off the runway and works perfectly for 1 season only. Other woman, like myself, are more comfortable giving a gentle nod to trends by picking pieces that will last beyond 1 season. With that in mind here are 3 spring trends that immediately caught my eye and will work both this year, and beyond.

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The Simple Trick To Making Boots More Comfortable

January 18, 2018

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Nothing beats a good pair of socks. Socks keep your feet warm and comfortable. And during the winter months, your socks can do something else, save your feet when you insist on owning cute-but-not-comfortable shoes, or in the case of wintertime—boots. Boots are typically one of the highest priced items in a wardrobe, and that’s why when you buy a pair of boots and they aren’t comfortable, it can be a difficult decision to get rid of them.

But all of that can change, with a simple switch of what type of socks you pair with your winter boots.

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Steps To Dress Warm In Winter, Without The Bulk

January 10, 2018

BP Plaid Cape / Cashmere Fringe Wrap / Reversible Fringe Ruana / Fringe Ruana / Cashmere Ruffle Wrap

Living in a Northern climate, at this time of year the daily temperature in my area can run cold—very cold. How cold? Last week our daily high was 0F, and with the wind chill it was -10F. With those types of temperatures the easy solution of simply cranking up the heat isn’t always going to work. Heating systems are often inefficient, leaving a second floor boiling hot while struggling to warm up a cold a first floor. Forced hot air can also dry out your eyes and nasal passages. When the weather grows cold, you can take a few steps to dress warm so that you don’t have to raise the heat and burn out your furnace. But dressing warm doesn’t mean you have to look like a marshmallow, especially when indoors wearing a down coat or parka isn’t really comfortable.

Here are my favorite steps to staying warm indoors, without the bulk.

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5 Fashion Resolutions To Make In 2018

January 3, 2018

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Resolutions don’t have to be something that you make at the start of the new year and then it falls by the wayside in a month. Instead, pick a resolution that can have a positive impact on your wardrobe so that you can enjoy it for the entire year.

Get out of a wardrobe rut and inject a little fun into your personal style with one of these 5 fashion resolutions to make in 2018.

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Shopping Brake Is In The News!

December 22, 2017

I can’t think of a better Christmas Gift than to see Shopping Brake in the news! The book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love was featured in the Community Magazine December 2017 Colts Neck / Holmdel / Lincroft Edition!

It’s the perfect gift, to discover that my book is helping people to conquer their shopping addiction, one book at a time.

Read the full article below!

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Winter Wedding: Five Style Tips For Guests

December 7, 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 advice on dressing for a winter wedding. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


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Just as you got a hang of fall wedding style the season changed, and the wedding invitations kept on rolling in. Repeating an outfit is no longer possible so you’ll have to start planning and experimenting again. To make the process easier and more pleasant we have a few tips for you. You always want to look your best when you’re attending a wedding and whether you are a man or a woman these simple steps will get you where you’re going in style.

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November Recap And Favorite Outfits

November 30, 2017

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Favorite outfits for November.

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram over the past month.

Jewelry is a great way to add interest to your outfits.  But before you buy, there are a few things To Consider When Buying Jewelry, including how much to spend, what styles to wear, and how versatile (or not) you want your new jewelry to be.

Now that the weather in my area is cooling down, I’ll be reaching for my sweaters soon.  Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. But before you toss your favorite sweater there are a few ways to Make Every Sweater Look Like New instead, including using sweater combs, sweater stones, and fabric shavers.

With holiday parties approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear. One item that is Trending Now is Velvet. You can add a little velvet to your look with earrings or a bag, or opt to sport velvet in larger doses with a blazer, pants, or even a dress.

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating, which calls for casual outfits made for relaxing. You can use the same tips for Casual Thanksgiving Day Outfits for a casual Christmas or New Year’s Day too!

Black Friday shopping is one of, if not the, busiest shopping days of the year. To help you navigate shopping Black Friday effectively, here are 5 Black Friday Shopping Tips  that you could use any time of year that the stores are crowded.

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Broken Washing Machine? No Problem!

November 27, 2017

The following is a guest post from Cassie, an editor at Think Tank Home. Today Cassie is joining Shopping Brake to share her insights into how to recognize and overcome basic washing machine problems. For more tips on home appliances including buyer guides, reviews, and fixing basic problems check out Think Tank Home.


 

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

When you hear an ugly noise coming from the washer, or see water trailing out of the bottom, it can seem like disaster. Especially so when you’ve been making your dollars stretch through making the most of your clothes purchases. Your prized delicates can be ruined by a faulty machine or cycle, costing you more in the long run and increasing that impulse to go out on a shopping binge.

For many homeowners, this will see you reaching for your phone to get hold of a plumber. Indeed, many Americans, and millennials, lack basic DIY skills. Getting a worker out to fix your appliances is expensive, though. But why would you save money on shopping yet not save money on home maintenance? In this article, we’ll be showing you a few of the most basic washing machine problems and how to overcome them.

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