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November Recap And Favorite Outfits

November 30, 2017

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Favorite outfits for November.

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram over the past month.

Jewelry is a great way to add interest to your outfits.  But before you buy, there are a few things To Consider When Buying Jewelry, including how much to spend, what styles to wear, and how versatile (or not) you want your new jewelry to be.

Now that the weather in my area is cooling down, I’ll be reaching for my sweaters soon.  Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. But before you toss your favorite sweater there are a few ways to Make Every Sweater Look Like New instead, including using sweater combs, sweater stones, and fabric shavers.

With holiday parties approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear. One item that is Trending Now is Velvet. You can add a little velvet to your look with earrings or a bag, or opt to sport velvet in larger doses with a blazer, pants, or even a dress.

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating, which calls for casual outfits made for relaxing. You can use the same tips for Casual Thanksgiving Day Outfits for a casual Christmas or New Year’s Day too!

Black Friday shopping is one of, if not the, busiest shopping days of the year. To help you navigate shopping Black Friday effectively, here are 5 Black Friday Shopping Tips  that you could use any time of year that the stores are crowded.

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Casual Thanksgiving Day Outfits

November 22, 2017

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In the US tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Turkey. Stuffing. Sweet Potatoes. Cornbread. Cranberry Sauce. Pumpkin Pie. Pecan Pie. Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around eating. And if you are planning to stuff your face, you’re going to need an outfit that is makes you feel good, while also accommodating pigging out.

Here are 4 outfit ideas for a casual Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

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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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What To Consider When Buying Jewelry

November 6, 2017

Jewelry is an easy way to pull a look together.  Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, you have a wide variety of options that can elevate any outfit.  In addition to what piece of jewelry you want to own, there’s another, even more important consideration to keep in mind—are you going to buy costume jewelry or fine jewelry?

In order to decide which option you want, you have to consider what quality of metal and stones you want your jewelry to have.

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October Recap And Favorite Outfits

October 30, 2017

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Favorite outfits for October.

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram over the past month.

Crafting a personal style that is uniquely yours is achieved through a lot of work including: trial and error, an intimate knowledge of how to dress for your body type, and having an understanding of which colors are most flattering on you.  It must also provide you with the clothes that fit into your daily lifestyle, because that’s how you showcase your personal style.  And on top of all of that, is one more aspect you have to consider, The Number One Rule To Having Personal StyleConsistency will carry your personal style through the changes in your life over time.

Fall season is boot season and my favorite way to sport boots with pairing them with jeans.  Here are a few Handy Tips For Wearing Boots And Jeans that you can begin now and use throughout the fall and winter seasons.

In the United States, as well as a few other countries, the last day of October is celebrated as Halloween.  With costumes ideas on my mind and western style having a moment in fashion, I discussed The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume, then flipped those rules to provide a few ideas for Easy Halloween Costumes For The Lazy Gal.  How many statement pieces you wear will affect if your outfit looks like a Halloween costume, or not.

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How To Be A Style Rebel In The Fall

October 26, 2017

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White looks as lovely in the fall as it does at any other time of year.

A style rebel is someone who forgoes the rules and wears what they want to wear, when they want to wear it.  To the style rebel, rules were meant to be broken.  Here are a few ways to freshen up your fall style, while also being a fashion rebel.

Wear White After Labor Day

Packing your white clothes after Labor Day was society’s way of enforcing an invisible battle between rich and poor.  Wealthy women from days long past put their white clothes away to signify status over others.  A wealthy woman had no need to wear her white’s after Labor Day, she has more than enough other clothes to wear instead.

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Spend or Save — Taupe Booties and Quilted Vests

October 19, 2017

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Would you spend or save on this fall look?

One of the things that excites me the most about dressing for fall is that I get to wear all of my boots again.  Since it takes my area time to cool down enough to sport knee high and over the knee boots without overheating, I satisfy my craving for boots with booties first. As a blonde haired gal, I’m especially fond of taupe because it’s a lighter neutral than black, yet just as versatile. And a vest is the ideal topper for layering during transitional weather too. The torso keeps you warm, yet your arms are still uncovered so you don’t overheat.

If you’re thinking about adding a pair of booties or quilted vests to your fall wardrobe the first thing you have to decide is if you want to Spend or Save.

Here are the two options:

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3 Tricks For Busy Women To Get Dressed Fast

October 16, 2017

Sometimes you just don’t know what to wear.

Some days you have to get out the door in a hurry. Those are the mornings when I reach for one of my grab and go outfits. Grab and go (also called fast fall back) outfits are those outfits that I’ve put together in advance. I typically plan at least a few outfits when I set up my capsule wardrobe at the start of each season. But what if I don’t want to wear any of my re-planned outfits and I’m getting dressed in a hurry?

Here are 3 ways I get ready fast, without reaching for one of my grab and go looks.

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Easy Halloween Costumes For The Lazy Gal

October 12, 2017

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Halloween costumes can be cheap and easy.

You can be sweet, scary, or sexy this Halloween without spending a lot of money or driving yourself crazy researching DIY costume ideas. In fact, the trick to putting together a simple, yet effective Halloween costume is to do the exact opposite of my advice in my last post — The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume.

What is the secret for Halloween?

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The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume

October 9, 2017

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Photo by Misael Nevarez on Unsplash

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I adore western fashion. And I showcase this love every week by participating in #westernwednesday where I wear, yep you guessed it, western inspired clothing on Wednesday’s.

This season it appears that designers have caught on to my love of western fashion and themes of the Wild West are everywhere in the fall collections. Embroidery, fringe, suede, leather, studded details, ponchos, dusters, cowgirl hats, and of course, cowgirl boots, western clothing usually consists of statement pieces. It’s a style that is not for the timid gal.

This brought up a reader question:

“How can you do a western look without buying items that are going to be out of style in one season?

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