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5 Steps To Switch Up Your Style

February 27, 2020

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Uncovering your true style increases confidence and makes shopping and getting ready easier, and faster. When you present yourself to the world in a way that you want to be seen—in a manner that is aligned with your true style—everything changes. How you walk. The way you speak. How you hold your posture, the list goes on and on. These changes stem from a place of increased self-confidence. When you think you look good, you feel good, and that feeling manifests in how you interact with the outside world.

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How You’ll Shop In 2020

January 16, 2020

With a new year comes new trends with retail and ecommerce. The emergence of instant gratification and the desire for a shopping experience is changing the way consumers make purchases and in turn changing the face of retail. Below are innovative retail trends that you will see in 2020.

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Stylish Updates To A T-Shirt and Jeans

September 10, 2019

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A t-shirt and jeans is a simple, classic look that is super comfortable to wear. It’s also very easy to put together, grab two things and your done! But it can sometimes get a bit boring to sport the same look every single day.

Here are a few suggestions to help make your t-shirt and jeans outfits interesting again:

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Shopping Brake Is In The News, Again!

May 16, 2019

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I’m pleased to announce that the book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love  recently received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite.

Read the full review here!

Thank you to Readers’ Favorite for featuring Shopping Brake!

Why You Have A Closet Full Of Clothes, Yet Nothing To Wear

April 14, 2019

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Image by Mike Gattorna from Pixabay

One of the most common phrases someone says when standing in front of a closet filled with clothes is:

“I have nothing to wear.”

When you take time to consider the facts, this statement is actually quite the contradiction. If you’re closet is filled with clothes, then you technically do have something to wear. If you’re hangers and shelves are more full than empty, then you actually have plenty of things to wear.

Then why do we say otherwise?

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January No Spend Challenge — Final Check-In and Recap

March 13, 2019

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Image by kinkate from Pixabay 

Back in January I embarked on a no spend challenge. For the entire month of January, I tried to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. Except for one mishap early in the challenge (the first week, ack!), I’ve been able to stick to the challenge rules all the way until now. That’s 5 1/2 weeks longer than I originally planned to do the challenge!

I’d say that this challenge was a complete success.

I enjoy participating in wardrobe and spending challenges for multiple reasons.

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The Shopping Momentum Effect

February 21, 2019

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Newton’s cradle uses swinging spears to demonstrate conservation of momentum.

Shopping is often described as a two-step process. First is the “deliberation or evaluation phase,” which is when you decide whether or not you want to purchase something. During this phase you browse items for purchase, create a list of what you want, and ultimately you weigh the pros and cons of the item in question.

The second phase, is the “buying phase,” which is when you actually make the purchase. During this phase a shopper experiences the “high or thrill” of suddenly owning something they wanted. Unlike the first phase, which can take a while, this phase is short lived. And if you’re a shopaholic, then you’re quite familiar with the urge to continue to “buy, buy, buy” because you are consciously (or subconsciously) seeking another “high or thrill” from your purchase.

Unfortunately, seeking a shopping high is not the only thing that a shopaholic (or anyone who is shopping) has to worry about, there’s something else too—The Shopping Momentum Effect.

What is The Shopping Momentum Effect?

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The Habits That Break A Shopping Ban

February 8, 2019

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A few things to think about when you’re participating in a no shopping challenge.

Imposing a shopping ban is a popular endeavor, especially if you’re struggling with shopping too often and owing too many clothes that you do not wear. Participating in a period of “no shopping” may even enable you to change your shopping mindset.

However, no shopping challenges can be fraught with obstacles that interfere with your success. I’ve participated in numerous shopping challenges over the years, and today I’m going to discuss some of the factors that I’ve noticed can wreak havoc with a person’s non-shopping goals, and how to overcome them.

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January No Spend Challenge — Four Week Check-In

January 28, 2019

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I’m heading into the fourth and final week of the January No Spend Challenge, where for the month of January I’m trying to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. For the rules of the challenge, check out this post.

Week three was rather uneventful, in fact, I didn’t even do a check-in because nothing happened. But now that I’m at the home stretch, and have only a few days left until I can shop, the temptation to do so is stronger than ever. Everywhere I look I feel like there’s something on sale that I want to buy.

The things I did in week three worked very well and I plan to continue these activities to get me through week four:

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