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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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5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Men

September 14, 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 insights into how men can develop a personal style that will stand the test of time. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


5 Budget-Friendly Style Tips for Men

Every man deserves to be dressed well, period. Now, a large number of men may think that in order to look stylish, they have to break the bank, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yes, we are aware that there is an abundance of high-end and high-street pieces that are ridiculously overpriced, but there are also amazing fast-fashion brands that provide every man with the opportunity to be stylish and well put together on a daily basis. To that end, we’ve decided to lend all the gentlemen out there a helping hand with just a few tips and tricks that will make you look like you just stepped off the runway, but at a fraction of the price.

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5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Women

September 7, 2017

Have you ever followed a fashion blogger or celebrity and felt jealous of their every move? Impeccable outfits, amazing shoes, gorgeous handbags, flawless make-up, perfect hair, a peek into a glam lifestyle can make any women green with envy. The dirty truth behind celebrities and Instagram’s top fashion bloggers is that they often have partnerships with luxury designers, so they either don’t pay for the stuff they wear or they buy it at a considerable discount. They also have a glam squad (hair, make-up, etc.) to help them get ready for events and professional appearances.

Does this mean that if you don’t have the budget or the professionals to help you get ready on a daily basis that you’re doomed to having no personal style? Absolutely not! Personal style is not about how much money you spend, it’s about what you do with your money.

Here are 5 tips on how to look fashionable when your budget doesn’t include buying out the designer’s collections or having a team of professionals to help you get ready.

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The Number One Reason Why Your Closet Is A Mess

August 28, 2017

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How did my closet get so messy (top) when it used to be so neat (bottom)?

Have you ever cleaned out your closet, only to find it looking like a mess again a week or two later? Me too! A few weeks ago I had prepped my fall capsule wardrobe and my closet looked like the closet on the bottom. The shelves had lots of space, there was room in between each hanger, and most important of all, I could see and access everything I had inside my closet.

Yet the other day I looked inside my closet and discovered that it had turned into the mess at the top.  The shelves were overflowing, there wasn’t much space in between each hanger, and overall I couldn’t see or reach for at least half or more of the things in my closet.

Why did my closet become such a mess?

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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!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 5) — Review And Final Decisions

August 7, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe closet

I’ve made it to the final step to prepare my fall capsule wardrobe.  In my last post I reviewed everything I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I picked up lots of goodies during the sale, but alas, one store was not enough to complete my fall capsule wardrobe.  Today I’m going to:

  • Review the additional pieces that I bought for my fall capsule wardrobe
  • Explain what I do with hold items (as well as how many I keep on hold and for how long)
  • Crunch the numbers to see how many items I’m going to start with when I begin using this capsule

Now onto the fun!

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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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2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

July 13, 2017

2017 summer capsule wardrobe (3)

In my last post I began my Summer Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month.  As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers and analyzing everything.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Summer Capsule Wardrobe as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Shopping Brake’s Project 40 Lifestyle Challenge

June 29, 2017

 

The sky is your limit.

Back in April I announced that for 2017 a lot of change was on the horizon for Shopping Brake.  Today I’m excited to announce something new for you to try—a lifestyle challenge.  Before I explain the challenge rules, first a little backstory as to why I created a lifestyle challenge when Shopping Brake has always been focused on shopping, fashion, and wardrobes.

It was summer time last year when I was driving home from work and my car pulled up alongside a red convertible sports car at a traffic light.  As I sat at the red light I couldn’t help but eyeball the car next to me.  After all, it was almost impossible to ignore this car alongside mine.  You see, this wasn’t just any red convertible sports car, it was a red Lamborghini Aventador Spyder convertible sports car.

Now while I may not be a huge lover of cars (I’d rather go shopping for clothes than automobiles), I can still appreciate a nice looking car when I see one.  Then I looked at the person driving it.  Can you guess what my first thought was once I realized that it was an elderly man and not a young adult driving that car?

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