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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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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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2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

May 1, 2017

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With only 1 month left of spring I’ve already started reviewing this year’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe.  In my last post I began my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past 2 months.

As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe, as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

April 27, 2017

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It’s time to check-in on my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

My area gets roughly 3 months of spring weather—March, April, and May.  With 2 months under my belt since my Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3), I thought it would be a good time to check-in on how my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  Here’s what’s working, and what isn’t:

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Updating A Business Capsule Wardrobe

March 6, 2017

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Five new additions to my Business Capsule Wardrobe.

Striped Cardigan | Ivory Sleeveless Blouse

Cobalt Pants | Burgundy Blouse (similar) | Black Lace Up Flats (similar)

While I was shopping for my Spring and Summer capsule wardrobe I found an opportunity to update my Business Capsule wardrobe too.  When I wrote my shopping list (in this post) I had 4 items I wanted to add to my Business Capsule wardrobe (1 new outfit consisting of three pieces and 1 blouse to pair with my current trousers).  I came close to this goal and added the 5 items at the top of this post.

Here’s what I bought and why:

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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3)

(This is part three of a three-part series.  For part one, click here and for part two, click here.  This will be a long and photo heavy post.)

February 27, 2017

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9 new additions to the spring capsule wardrobe

Camo Hoodie | Boyfriend Shirt | Turtleneck Tunic (similar)

Ivory Blouse | Ivory Knit (similar) | Olive Knit (similar)

Blue Short Bootcut Jeans |Black Straight Ankle Jeans | Brown Flat Shoes

In the last couple of posts I’ve been working on updating my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  It’s time for Part Three, where I’ll review what I purchased and how I am planning to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.

Part Three: Purchase Review and Wardrobe Planning.

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Repair Don’t Replace

February 1, 2015

New laces instead of new boots.

New laces instead of new boots.

As I shop less often, and keep items longer, I’m starting to run into a new issue with my wardrobe—repairs!  These lace up booties have been worn 92 times for a current cost per wear of $1.96.  The laces ripped for the boot on the right.  In the past, any slight problem with an item in my wardrobe and I was off to the malls to shop for something to replace it.  These booties have two factors that would have previously caused me to shop for a replacement:

  1. Low cost per wear
  2. In need of repair

Except this time, I purchased new laces instead.

Do you prefer to repair or replace items?  

Own Less Shoes, Wear More Often

January 11, 2015

Eight pairs of boots in my shoe capsule.

Eight pairs of boots in my shoe capsule.

Today I’m going to do a review and edit of my show capsule.  I currently own 18 pairs of shoes (1 purged since the last check-in) of which, eight are boots.  The mid calf boots with the heel are from my business/special occasion capsule.  The two cowboy boots are worn on the non rainy days for spring, summer and fall.  In the winter months, I don’t use them (the salt and slush and grime would ruin them).

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Back To The Shoes (Week 41)

August 17, 2014

 

One in and one out.

One in // One out

I wasn’t expecting to return to my shoe wardrobe so soon, but DH was cleaning out his shoe wardrobe the other day and offered to help me with mine too.

  • My first round of shoe purging was here. At this time I added a few pairs and purged a few pairs, but ultimately ended up increasing the size of my shoe wardrobe to 20 pairs.
  • Later I analyzed my shoe wardrobe here.  This time around I realized that I could purge 60% of my shoe wardrobe (12 pairs) and still own enough shoes to cover the various occasions for my shoe wardrobe.  Fellow reader Lynn passed along great advice in the comments section of that analysis post:

“Sometimes it is easy to get carried away with the idea of a minimal ‘perfect’ wardrobe

and forget that the true issue is to buy less and buy what you really need.”

Following the comment, I decided to focus on discarding instead of replacing shoes as they wear out.  Over time, this will decrease the total number of my shoe wardrobe.

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