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Update Your Fall Wardrobe In Two Simple Steps

August 31, 2018

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Gap Classic Bomber Jacket | Gap Textured Knit Tank Top | Gap High Rise Wide Straight Jeans | Gap Flat Mules

Back to school shopping is not just for children and young adults returning to school. Grown-ups who have already graduated from the classroom to a daily commute can also use this time of year to give their wardrobe a burst of fresh air and a jolt of new energy.

Updating a wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or require bags and bags of new clothes. You can update your fall wardrobe in two simple steps.

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Small Wardrobe Victories

August 13, 2018

Rockport Gabby

My 1 pair of sandals for summer | Rockport Gabby Lace Up Sandal in Taupe

When you’re a shopaholic who is trying to change your habits and behavior, the end goal of being able to shop smarter may seem years and year away. And this may be true. For someone who has to battle decades of out of control behavior, this change is not going to happen over night.

Setbacks can and do occur as one walks along the path of a life shaping change. That’s why it is so important to set not only a goal for your final destination—stop excessive shopping—but to also set smaller goals along the way. Goal setting allows you to have both a long-term vision, and a short-term destination. Through effective goal setting, you can focus on the things you want to change in smaller bite sized chunks.

One thing that goes hand-in-hand with goal setting, is celebrating small victories for your wardrobe. If you are struggling to measure your success, perhaps some of my goals will jumpstart your thinking.

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How A Former Shopaholic Shopped The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 23, 2018

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Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is happening now until August 5th. For many people, including myself, this is one of, if not the biggest, sales of the year. What sets Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale apart from the rest, is that you are able to shop for the latest styles and trends at the start of the retail season, instead of at the end when retailers are looking to unload their stock.

Between the limited time frame, and the lure of owning something new, it is easy to become overwhelmed and get caught up in the shopping frenzy of this sale. Year after year I would walk away with bags filled with clothes that I wasn’t sure I needed, wanted, or even liked. All because I “had to grab it before it’s gone.” This was followed up with one trip to the mall after another, as I returned more and more and more, until I was left with barely a fraction of what I originally purchased.

But not anymore.

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Simple Ways to Keep Your Summer Wardrobe Feeling Fresh

July 10, 2018

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Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

In my area we are almost halfway through the summer season and by now my summer capsule wardrobe is well established. I have my favorite outfit combinations that I sport regularly and there are no wardrobe holes to fill.

But that doesn’t stop the urge to want to add something new.

What does someone do when they want to freshen up their wardrobe, without overhauling it?

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Simple Fix For Distressed Denim

May 23, 2018

Shredded Cutoff Denim Shorts

Distressed denim is the term retailers use to describe jeans with holes or patches to create worn in look.  And right now jeans with scrapes, shreds, and holes are everywhere. But sometimes the placement of the hole is not in a flattering spot on your leg, such as when it is on the front of the jean near your pockets. Other times, the hole is already larger in size and you may not want it to get any bigger. When this happens, I have a simple fix to let you keep sporting your distressed jeans for many days to come.

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Essential Pieces When Working From Home — Summer Edition

May 16, 2018

In this increasing digital world, more and more people are working from home. When you work from home it’s very easy to roll into your home office in your pajamas and slippers and just stay that way all day. But sooner or later, this can get drab and boring.

If you’ve been working from home for a while, then you already know that it takes a lot of discipline to sit down and log in 7 to 8 hours (or more) a day, every single day. You can apply this same discipline by getting into the habit of getting dressed so that you feel energized and more productive.

Since you don’t have to dress up as if you are going into an office, you can select pieces that are still casual, but polished. And bonus, when FedEx, UPS, or that unexpected visitor stops by, or you have to run an errand on your lunch break, you’ll already be stylish and put together.

I’ve outlined a few pieces that are going to be cozy, comfortable, and stylish when logging long hours on your computer at home.

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The Perfect Floral Prints For Spring

April 25, 2018

Lace Floral Midi Dress | Floral A-Line Dress

After a long, grey winter, colors and prints are often welcomed. One of the best ways to add a little print to your spring wardrobe is to sport a floral print. To help you add a little spring into your step, here are my favorite floral prints for spring this year. And if you aren’t a fan of florals, check out my previous post on 3 Ways To Dress For Spring When You Don’t Like Floral Prints  or you can inject a little color into your spring wardrobe with Spring Into Colored Pants.

But for the floral lovers, let’s move onto the fun!

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Spring Into Colored Pants

April 19, 2018

Island blue chinos

Gap Girlfriend Twill Island Blue Chinos

One of the hallmarks of spring is the awakening of color.  Blooming flowers, budding trees, grass becoming green again, Mother Nature always puts on a dazzling display of color during spring.

If you sport lots of neutrals with your pants, why not try mixing up your look with some color instead? Pastels are softer colors, known for their soothing vibe and lack of strong contrast.  Plus, pastels are always quite abundant in spring collections.  If you’ve never tried colored pants before, spring is the perfect time to dip your toe into a little color with pastel pants.

Here are some pants I’ve recently tried from the spring collections.

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3 Ways To Dress For Spring When You Don’t Like Floral Prints

April 2, 2018

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BR Sloan Skinny Dot Print Pant

Daffodils, crocus, and tulips are typically some of the earliest spring flowers to bloom. Every year, spring fashion gives a nod to mother nature with floral prints. Pastel, retro, vibrant, regardless of the color, floral prints and spring are synonymous with spring fashion.

But if you aren’t a fan of floral prints, here are 3 ways to dress like spring, with nary a flower in sight.

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Tips To Wear White Jeans For Spring

March 18, 2018

White jeans on a snowy spring day.

White jeans are one of my favorite spring staples. They make every outfit look fresh, crisp, and they really do go with everything. While white jeans can be worn year round, I start sporting mine regularly in the spring and continue to do so all through the summer months. That makes spring collections the perfect time to shop for white jeans.

When shopping for white jeans, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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