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
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?
Part One I reviewed and purged my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Three I’ll check-in on my total wardrobe and highlight how the changes to my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe affected my total wardrobe for The 80/20 Challenge.
After prepping my wardrobe in Part One, it was time for my favorite part—the SHOPPING! As I mentioned in this post about my favorite sale, I was unable to visit the brick and mortar stores for this year’s sale, so I ordered online. Fifty-two items! And here’s what that looks like.
How on earth was I going to whittle down so many items?
In my last post I began reviewing my fall/winter capsule wardrobe for the end of the season. Today I’m going to wrap up the analysis by reviewing the color capsules as well as the totals for this capsule wardrobe.
Now that spring is here, it’s time to review my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe one more time and pack it up until fall rolls around again. In truth, I don’t actually pack up my seasonal clothes (although I used to) but I do tend to shy away from many of the items from my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe and use my Spring/Summer capsule once the weather changes.
To help prepare for the next time I shop for this capsule, which would be in late summer, I’m going to review not only what’s in my wardrobe at the end of the season, but also, the color capsules in this wardrobe.
A few of the pieces from the French Capsule Challenge wardrobe.
I recently purchased a few new items and now it’s time to figure out how these pieces will work with my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. After The French Capsule Challenge, I discovered that black is one of the core colors in my wardrobe. Yet I don’t think it is the most flattering neutral on me and I would like to incorporate it as an accent color instead. But I do not want to shop just to shop, so I will have to adjust my wardrobe slowly over time. I’m going to mix in my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe with my new additions, into my spring/summer capsule wardrobe, by using my color capsules.
I declared I would not shop for one month here. My one month time frame is over. And similar to someone on a diet who ‘binges’ on a cheat day, I binged with my shopping for new shoes. My goal was to purchase two new pairs of shoes: a replacement for the black buckle loafer from this post, and a new addition to the total number of shoes for my business capsule wardrobe. But I ended up coming home with fivepairs instead, yikes! So, why was I shopping and what went wrong?
(Lots of analysis this week, this is going to be a long post with lots of photos!)
June 15, 2014
Clothes not in the French Capsule Challenge Wardrobe.
I recently began a French Capsule Challenge. I am working with a capsule wardrobe of black, white, blue, and green for my workday and weekend looks. But as the photo above shows, my challenge clothes are not all of the clothes in my spring summer capsule wardrobe. Now it’s time to assemble the additional capsules in my working closet for workdays and weekends. (I am not including an analysis of my gear clothing but if you want me to run one just let me know.)
Identifying capsules by colors is helpful in a few ways: