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Winter Wedding: Five Style Tips For Guests

December 7, 2017

The following is a guest post from Peter, a men’s fashion writer at Gentleman Zone magazine from UK and Australia. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Today Peter is joining Shopping Brake to share his advice on dressing for a winter wedding. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


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Just as you got a hang of fall wedding style the season changed, and the wedding invitations kept on rolling in. Repeating an outfit is no longer possible so you’ll have to start planning and experimenting again. To make the process easier and more pleasant we have a few tips for you. You always want to look your best when you’re attending a wedding and whether you are a man or a woman these simple steps will get you where you’re going in style.

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5 Tips To Help Shopaholics Survive Shopping For The Holiday’s

December 4, 2017

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It’s time to go shopping for the holiday’s!

Sales, targeted marketing, and “special offers.” The passing of Black Friday begins the official start of the holiday shopping season. From now until Christmas, and truthfully even a bit after Christmas, the stores will be filled with sales, “special offers,” and targeted marketing, all with one goal in mind, to get you to buy. After all, one of the traditions of the holiday’s is exchanging presents!

For most people, the gift they decide to give to others is something that they have bought, not something that they have made. Clothes, beauty products, electronics, jewelry, when you’re surrounded by one “good deal” after another, and even non-shopaholic’s are shopping more than usual, it can be very difficult to reign in the shopping beast.

Here are a few tips to help you stay on track while shopping during the holiday’s:

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

November 24, 2017

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Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

For many people shopping on Black Friday has become a once a year event. It’s a time to snag some great deals, while spending time with a close friend or family member. With so many deals, and so little time, it can get easy to become overwhelmed, or simply miss out on something special.

To get the most out of your shopping time, here are 5 tips.

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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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Trending Now: Velvet

November 16, 2017

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My new velvet blazer from White House Black Market.

One fabric that I see year after year in both fall and winter collections is velvet. This timeless fabric consists of densely woven, raised fibers that are soft to the touch.  Velvet garments are costly to produce. Two fabrics of same thickness are woven together, then cut apart and rolled onto separate rolls before using. The laborious manufacturing process and high price tag is why velvet was often associated with nobility.  Another form of velvet that typically pops up in fall and winter collections is corduroy, which is a raised form of velvet.

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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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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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Shopping Brake — The Book Is Now Available As A Paperback

August 18, 2017

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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

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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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