clothing-care

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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Make Every Sweater Look Like New

November 13, 2017

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Save your pilling sweaters with the Laundress Sweater Comb.

Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. If you’ve ever seen a sweater with little balls of fabric then you already know what I’m talking about. Pilling is bundles of fabric that have broken off and become tangled, thus forming little balls on the surface of the garment.

Pilling is a result of normal wear and tear, and occurs most often on the areas of a garment that rub the most. In the case of a sweater, this is usually the underarm/underside of the arm. If you’re a fan of handbags that brush up against your torso (typically shoulder bags and crossbody bags that hang on the right or left side, whichever side you favor sporting your bag), you’ll often see pills on those areas too. Pilling is not a sign of quality, in fact the price of the garment does not determine if the sweater will pill or not.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy of Shopping Brake — The Book

November 9, 2017

I’m excited to announce that you can enter to win a free paperback copy of my book, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love.  To enter simply click on the Goodreads Book Giveaway below, and good luck!

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Shopping Brake by Lisa Deerwood

Shopping Brake

by Lisa Deerwood

Giveaway ends November 27, 2017.

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Shopping Brake — The Book Is Now Available As A Paperback

August 18, 2017

Shopping Brake Book

Now available as a paperback!

Today I’m excited to announce that the book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is now available as a paperback!

If you have ever done any of the following:

  • Stood in front of your closet and said “I have nothing to wear”
  • Bought something and then tried to hide it because you felt guilty
  • Found clothes in your closet with the tags still on
  • Looked for tips on editing and organizing your closet
  • Struggled to figure out what your personal style is
  • Become bored with your current wardrobe

This book is for you!

Filled with shopping tips, closet organization advice, and insights into the mindset of a shopaholic, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love will provide you with the tools that you need to own a wardrobe that you love.

Check out the Kindle version to read the entire introduction, as well as preview a few additional random pages.  Or grab a print version from any of the following retailers: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Createspace

Thank you for supporting the Shopping Brake Family!

What To Look For When Buying Workout Pants

April 24, 2017

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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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Just Like New

September 25, 2016

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My 6 year old steamer.

One of the things that I adore about new clothes, is the new clothes look and feel.  The colors are bright, the materials are not pilled (or stained, or torn), and there are no wrinkles!  After I wash something, it is just never the same as when it was purchased new.  And sometimes, that desire for something new, spurs me to want to shop.  Until I discovered steaming my clothes.

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A Sign It’s Time To Purge

September 17, 2015

After recently overhauling the jeans in my wardrobe and updating my fall/winter capsule, I began to think.

“When do you know it is time to purge clothes?”

What a great question!  I’ve used a variety of methods to tell myself when to purge:

But my favorite one is also an easy one.

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