Floral Blazer Outfits For Spring

May 18, 2017

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One item in my wardrobe that has been working hard this spring season is my floral print blazer.  The fun print combined with a lighter weight material has made this piece a go to item for my spring outfits.  If you own a floral print blazer, here are 6 outfit options you may want to try out for yourself.

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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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Packing For A Beach Getaway—Part Two

(This is a photo heavy post).

May 11, 2017

beach florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

In my last post I talked about what I packed in my checked bag for a beach vacation.  In this post I’ll show you what I wore on the plane, what went inside my carry-on bag, and what my pre-planned outfits were for this trip.

Since I naturally run cold and I was traveling between 50F and 80F weather my travel outfit was all about layers.

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Packing For A Beach Getaway—Part One

(This is a photo heavy post.)

May 8, 2017


Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Spring Break, Easter Break, Memorial Day, Summer Vacations, Fourth of July, and more, the traveling season in the US is already here.  Before I could enjoy the view above, first I had pack what I wanted to bring.  Here is what I packed for a 5-day, 4-night beach getaway (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) by plane using 1 checked bag and 1 carry-on bag.

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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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2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

May 1, 2017


With only 1 month left of spring I’ve already started reviewing this year’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe.  In my last post I began my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past 2 months.

As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe, as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

April 27, 2017

spring capsule wardrobe check-in

It’s time to check-in on my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

My area gets roughly 3 months of spring weather—March, April, and May.  With 2 months under my belt since my Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3), I thought it would be a good time to check-in on how my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  Here’s what’s working, and what isn’t:

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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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