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The Number One Rule To Having Personal Style

October 2, 2017

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Personal style is just for you.

Transitioning from college to an office job. Dressing after having a baby. Entering retirement. These are a few example of the many challenges that life throws at us. And along the way your wardrobe has to adapt, while also maintaining your personal style.

When your closet contains the clothes that are in line with your personal style, you face the day with confidence. And when you walk out the door wearing things that you don’t love and are not in line with your personal style, your outfit feels “off” for the day. You don’t feel like “me.”

Developing a personal style can be a lot of work. It takes trial and error, intimate knowledge of how to dress for one’s body type, understanding which colors are most flattering on yourself, and the clothes must fit into one’s daily lifestyle. Which brings up an interesting question.

How do you keep personal style consistent in light of lifestyle changes?

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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!

Now Available For Your Kindle — Shopping Brake — The Book

July 28, 2017

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Shopping Brake — The Book now available on Kindle!

I’m excited to announce a new addition to the Shopping Brake Family today!

The book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is now available for your Kindle.  This is a self-help book for 2 types of people: those trying to overcome a shopping addiction and those who wish to improve their wardrobe.  In this comprehensive how-to guide I provide real-world advice about everything related to overshopping and managing a wardrobe, including:

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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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Updating A Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Part Two

August 16, 2015

 

Wave One of the online orders.

Wave One of the online orders.

Wave two of the online orders.

Wave two of the online orders.

This is Part Two of a Three Part Series.

  1. Part One I reviewed and purged my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
  2. Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
  3. 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? 

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Reviewing Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe Colors

April 19, 2015

Denim color capsule.

Denim color capsule.

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.

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Updating A Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe-Part Two

(Note: This is a long and photo heavy post.)

February 19, 2015

The Revised Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The revised Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.

I’m at month 4 of The 80/20 Challenge and it’s time for my monthly check-in.

This is part two of a three part series, Updating A Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe:

  1. Part One I reviewed and purged my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.
  2. Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe.
  3. Part Three I’ll check-in on my total wardrobe and highlight how the changes to my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe affected my total wardrobe for The 80/20 Challenge.

Now onto the fun!

Part Two-Plan and Shop

Once again I used 2 steps, this time to plan and shop for my Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe:
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Shifting a Core Wardrobe Color (Week 36)

July 13, 2014

A few of the pieces from the French Challenge Capsule 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.

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After A Shopping Fast (Week 35)

July 6, 2014

I went shopping for two pairs of shoes.

I went shopping for two pairs of shoes—whoops!

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 five pairs instead, yikes!  So, why was I shopping and what went wrong?

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