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The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume

October 9, 2017

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Photo by Misael Nevarez on Unsplash

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I adore western fashion. And I showcase this love every week by participating in #westernwednesday where I wear, yep you guessed it, western inspired clothing on Wednesday’s.

This season it appears that designers have caught on to my love of western fashion and themes of the Wild West are everywhere in the fall collections. Embroidery, fringe, suede, leather, studded details, ponchos, dusters, cowgirl hats, and of course, cowgirl boots, western clothing usually consists of statement pieces. It’s a style that is not for the timid gal.

This brought up a reader question:

“How can you do a western look without buying items that are going to be out of style in one season?

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Handy Tips For Wearing Boots And Jeans

October 5, 2017

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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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Shopping Brake — The Book

September 29, 2017

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Shopping Brake — The Book

Available at: Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Createspace

Own too many clothes, yet never have anything to wear?

Unable to walk out of a store without buying something?

Struggle every day getting dressed?

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 is the right choice for you.

Pick up your copy today!

Available at: Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Createspace

Spend Or Save — Fall Jacket

September 25, 2017

Both jackets are photographing black, but they are really navy. Should I Spend or Save?

Falls cool days is perfect jacket weather. While my favorite fall jacket is a leather jacket (or pleather is you prefer fake), some days it’s too wet outside to wear one. That’s when I reach for a jacket that is water resistant or water proof instead.

This year it was time for me to upgrade my fall jacket. Before I shop I always decide in advance exactly what I’m looking for. I already know that I’m shifting my wardrobe into more blues, so my search was narrowed down to the following criteria: blue, lightweight, water resistant (or water proof), upper to mid thigh in length, and a zipper closure. Features I was flexible on included whether or not the jacket had a hood, and the color of the hardware. My budget was set at $200. Once I had the specifics sorted out it was time to shop. Deciding before I walk into a store what I’m looking for helps me to stay focused when I shop. I can quickly weed through the selections and avoid becoming distracted by all of the pretty things!

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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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How To Transition To Fall Without Spending A Single Penny

August 24, 2017

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With the weather starting to cool down (it was 61F this morning) and the stores filled with gorgeous fall colors, the only thing on my mind right now is dressing for fall.  But what if my budget hasn’t caught up yet and I don’t have any money to spend on new clothes for fall?  No worries, because I can transition my wardrobe for fall without spending a single penny.  In fact, I don’t even have to cross over into my fall capsule wardrobe to start wearing outfits for fall.

The 3 outfits at the top of this post contain pieces from only my summer capsule wardrobe and they all have a nod to the fall season.

What did I do to transition these summer clothes for fall?

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Spend Or Save — Fall Florals and Loafer Mules

August 21, 2017

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Would you spend or save on this outfit?

Last week I demonstrated how I can take 3 of my favorite summer outfits and transition them for fall. But what if you’re tired of your summer clothes and you want an entirely new outfit instead? Then it’s a great opportunity to refresh your style with a couple of trendy pieces.

Two of my picks for the 5 hot trends for fall 2017 for women were floral prints and raw hem jeans. No longer just for spring, this year designers have extended the life of flowers right into their fall collections by placing gorgeous blooms against dark backgrounds. Shaking up the classic skinny jean this season is their cousin, the raw hem jean. And while you could pair floral prints and raw hem jeans with ankle booties, I’m going to add in a different footwear option instead—loafer mules. Loafer mules first popped up in high fashion spring collections and their popularity is still going strong today. If you have a mild fall season, or you’re simply not ready to commit to boots yet, a loafer mule is a fun option.

But before you can shop first you have to decide which option you will pick—spend or save.

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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!

5 Hot Trends For Fall 2017 — For Men

August 14, 2017

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In the past men’s and women’s fashion were quite different.  Men’s fashion operated within a much tighter framework than women’s fashion and rarely featured anything with big silhouettes (ie avant garde) or dramatic statements.  Instead the garments kept the focus on the details of classic pieces with a keen eye to tailoring, and a flair towards military and sportswear styles.

Today the lines between men’s and women’s fashion have become blurred.  Fashion sneakers such as the Adidas Superstar are worn by both men and women alike.  The same can be said for loafers, oxfords, boyfriend style jeans, and tweed blazers.  Plus, men’s clothing is sometimes cheaper than women’s (and better quality), which further encourages crossing over the lines of which sex is wearing what.  In today’s day and age, everyone can wear everything!  That’s why I keep an eye on both men’s and women’s fashion trends.

These are my picks of the 5 hottest trends I’m seeing in the stores for fall — for men:

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