Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 1) — Action Plan

July 20, 2017


It’s almost time for me to shop my favorite sale of the year!

It’s the middle of July which means that it’s time for my favorite sale of the year—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  And I’m not alone.  Fashion bloggers and social media are a buzz with everyone’s top picks on what to buy at this year’s sale.  Here are some of my favorite’s:

But I can quickly become overwhelmed with all of this chatter about “what’s a must buy” and “what should be passed on” for this once a year sale.  All of these suggestions are great, but need to shop with an action plan for this sale.  I’m not good at on-site decision making and I’m an ex-shopaholic.  If I enter a store without a plan is going to be absolute chaos because I’ll be swept up in the excitement of the moment, succumb to the thrill of a great buy, and I most certainly will have on sales goggles and start buying things because I think it’s “a good deal.”  I shop best when I’ve outlined ahead of time what I’m going to buy.  Advance planning helps me to stay focused when I shop so that I buy things that fit my personal style, my lifestyle, and my budget.  It also helps to keep my shopaholic tendencies under lock and key, right where they belong.

If you’re a fellow shopaholic hopefully this plan will help you shop this sale with a focused eye.  And if you’ve already bought your stuff but can’t figure out what to keep and what to return, well this plan might help you too.

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2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

July 13, 2017

2017 summer capsule wardrobe (3)

In my last post I began my Summer Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month.  As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers and analyzing everything.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

July 10, 2017

2017 summer capsule wardrobecheck in

It’s been 1 month since I assembled my Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  With only 2 months to go until the seasons in my area change again (they change roughly every 3 months) this the perfect time to check-in on how my Summer Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  This wardrobe hit a few speed bumps over the past month, but now it’s functioning nicely.  Here’s what happened.

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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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Shopping Brake’s Project 40 Lifestyle Challenge

June 29, 2017


The sky is your limit.

Back in April I announced that for 2017 a lot of change was on the horizon for Shopping Brake.  Today I’m excited to announce something new for you to try—a lifestyle challenge.  Before I explain the challenge rules, first a little backstory as to why I created a lifestyle challenge when Shopping Brake has always been focused on shopping, fashion, and wardrobes.

It was summer time last year when I was driving home from work and my car pulled up alongside a red convertible sports car at a traffic light.  As I sat at the red light I couldn’t help but eyeball the car next to me.  After all, it was almost impossible to ignore this car alongside mine.  You see, this wasn’t just any red convertible sports car, it was a red Lamborghini Aventador Spyder convertible sports car.

Now while I may not be a huge lover of cars (I’d rather go shopping for clothes than automobiles), I can still appreciate a nice looking car when I see one.  Then I looked at the person driving it.  Can you guess what my first thought was once I realized that it was an elderly man and not a young adult driving that car?

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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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Work Travel Capsule For Summer

(This is a photo heavy post.)

June 22, 2017

If you’re following me on Instagram then you already know that I recently went on a 5 day, 4 night trip by plane for work.  As a seasoned traveler I rarely use more than 1 checked bag for a business trip, even when it requires multiple outfit changes throughout the day.  Here’s what I packed for 4 days of meetings require a business professional dress code (bring on the suits) and outfits for squeezing in a little sightseeing in between meetings (bring on the jeans!)  I’ll discuss how I put together my work travel capsule.

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