shoe-capsule

Handy Tips For Wearing Boots And Jeans

October 5, 2017

fall boots

Fall season is boot season!

The fall season is in full swing in my area and I couldn’t be happier about it, because fall season is boot season! Pairing boots with jeans is my favorite type of outfit, and it’s a combination that I adopt every year as my fall uniform. And I’m not alone. Browse the shoe department of any retailer and the number one shoe that you’ll find in both fall (and winter) collections season after is season is, yep, you guessed it—boots!

Over the knee boots, knee high boots, midi boots, cowgirl boots, ankle booties, the options are endless when it comes to boots. And if you are a boot enthusiast like me, then you probably own more than 1 style of boot. Pairing boots with jeans sounds easy enough right? Just grab a pair of boots and some jeans and you’re done! Well, not exactly. If you’ve ever tried to tuck a pair of jeans into knee high boots only to have the jeans crunch up and rub against your ankles, or worse, puff up over the top of the boot, then you already know that there are a few tips to consider before pairing boots and jeans.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

September 18, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe before

It’s been 1 month since I started wearing my Fall Capsule Wardrobe. Since fall is my favorite season to dress for (the colors, the layers, the boots, and let’s not forget the pumpkin well everything, yum), my fall capsule is also my favorite wardrobe capsule to work with.

However, my fall capsule wardrobe was prepped back in July and early August, and then sat unworn until now. The long delay gave me a chance to review my fall capsule wardrobe with a fresh set of eyes, and I noticed something disturbing about this capsule wardrobe.

My fall capsule wardrobe began with a staggering 58 items, yowza!  That’s a lot of clothes.

Or is it, really?

The answer depends on how often I want to wear everything in this capsule wardrobe.

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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

spring capsule wardrobe check-in

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?