Floral Blazer Outfits For Spring

May 18, 2017

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One item in my wardrobe that has been working hard this spring season is my floral print blazer.  The fun print combined with a lighter weight material has made this piece a go to item for my spring outfits.  If you own a floral print blazer, here are 6 outfit options you may want to try out for yourself.

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Spend or Save — Floral Print Blazer

May 4, 2017


When I think of spring fashion one of the first things that comes to mind is floral prints.  A floral print blazer was one of my workhorse items from my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In.  If you’re interested in trying out a floral print blazer for your spring capsule wardrobe I’ve presented 2 options—Spend or Save.

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2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

May 1, 2017


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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Spend Or Save — Denim Jacket

April 17, 2017


A denim jacket is one of my Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe.  I’ve been sporting the outfit combination of a blue denim jacket paired with a white t-shirt and black jeans for years.  It’s a favorite combination of mine because this outfit provides the comfort of a t-shirt and jeans outfit worn on the weekends, while also looking put together enough for a casual office environment during the week.  And I’m not alone.

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Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe

March 27, 2017

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My top 10 must have’s for a casual spring capsule wardrobe.

What do you do when you want to update your capsule wardrobe but you don’t like any of the latest trends?  Easy.  Ignore them all and make your own!  To help you with assembling your spring wardrobe, here’s my personal list of Top 10 Must Have’s for a Casual Spring Wardrobe, along with the reason why I’ve picked each item.

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5 Hot Trends for Spring 2017

March 20, 2017


It might be snowing in my area but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about spring.  And I’m not alone, I’ve come across multiple trend lists for Spring 2017:

As someone who adores fashion, I’m always interested in learning about the latest trends.  Trend lists are often created based off of 2 sources, what was shown during runway collections and what celebrities are wearing at recent events.  While I find this information interesting, the suggestions are not always practical.  Which begs the question;

How does someone incorporate the trends for Spring 2017 (or any fashion season) into a real life wardrobe, and not a wardrobe designed for runways and promotional events?

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Spend or Save – Black Wrap Dress

March 13, 2017


Spend: Chain Handle Bag | Wrap Dress | Sneakers

Save: Chain Handle Bag | Wrap Dress | Sneakers

Over at the blog youlookfab.com, Angie wrote about her recent trip to the Netherlands and the fashion trend that she saw most often—chain handle shoulder bag and sneakers.  As a long time fan of pairing blazers with jeans, I always adore the idea of mixing dressy items with something more casual.  And I can’t think of anything more fun than pairing one of the ultimate classics—black wrap dress—with a chain handle shoulder bag and sneakers for an up-to-date look.

If you’re interested in this look for your spring capsule wardrobe I’ve presented 2 options, spend or save. The 2 price points are very different, the spend outfit is $788 and the save outfit is $209.93.

How do you pick whether to spend or save? 

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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


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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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 2)

(This is part two of a three-part series.  For part one, click here.)

February 20, 2017


I’m almost ready to start getting some of these!

In my last post I began prepping my spring and summer capsule wardrobes.  Now that I’ve organized what I already own for these two capsule wardrobes, it’s time for me to think about what I am going to go out and buy.

Part Two-Write my shopping list.

Before I can shop, first I have to create a list.  I prepared my shopping list with these 3 steps:

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