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

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Transitioning Summer To Fall

August 17, 2017

Navy Sweater and boyfriend jeans

Outfit #1 // Navy sweater and boyfriend jeans from summer to fall.

With a few simple styling tips I can easily transition some of my favorite summer pieces into fall.  Mixing my summer and fall clothes allows me use 2 capsules at the same time, a win win!  It also stretches my creative juices so that I don’t grow bored as the seasons change.  When it’s time to start using my fall capsule I don’t have to pack up my summer capsule right away, I can use transitional dressing to get a little more use out of my summer clothes before they are put aside until summer rolls around again.

Here are 3 summer outfits that I plan to transition for fall:

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Now Available For Your Kindle — Shopping Brake — The Book

July 28, 2017


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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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

July 10, 2017

2017 summer capsule wardrobecheck in

It’s been 1 month since I assembled my Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  With only 2 months to go until the seasons in my area change again (they change roughly every 3 months) this the perfect time to check-in on how my Summer Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  This wardrobe hit a few speed bumps over the past month, but now it’s functioning nicely.  Here’s what happened.

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How I Shop For Shorts

July 6, 2017

Shorts shopping tip

Shorts shopping tips

When the weather gets hot one of the things that I think about is keeping as cool and dry as possible.  Shorts is a great way to help me do just that.  But finding a good pair of shorts can turn into a struggle if you don’t know what to look for when you shop.  As a gal with an athletic shape, short in height, and more curves below my belt than above, I’ve become an expert at how to fit clothes for my challenging bottom half.

When it comes to fitting shorts, the 2 areas I am focused on are the fit at my waist and the fit around my thighs.  Shorts is one of my most challenging wardrobe items because I’m short in height, athletic in build, trend towards the pear body shape, and my waist is much smaller than my curvy rear.  Everything I do is centered around making sure that the fit in the waist and thighs is going to work for me.  I’ve boiled down this process into 3 simple features that I look at: material, inseam, and the details on the waist itself.

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Going All In or A Gentle Touch — July 4th Edition

July 3, 2017

July 4 outfits

For the Fourth of July will you be Going All In or sporting A Gentle Touch?

On July 4, 1776 13 colonies gathered together to sign the Declaration of Independence, thus severing their political connection to Great Britain.  This was a monumental event.  Selecting what to wear to honor this occasion is not nearly as big of a decision as severing political ties to another country, but it is still a decision that you’ll have to make if you want to sport an outfit for this holiday.

In honor of the Fourth of July tomorrow today’s Going All In and A Gentle Touch outfits use the exact same shorts (the Faded Glory Bermuda shorts are $13.46) for both looks.  Doing so keeps the total price for these options very similar.

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Hiding Extra Weight In The Summer

June 26, 2017


Summertime is here!  But what if your beach body is lagging behind?  Or you’ve simply eaten a little too much during your recent vacation?  The reason why you have weight to hide doesn’t really matter.  What’s important is that you have options in your summer wardrobe that will keep you and most important of all—feeling comfortable.  Here are my 3 favorite ways to hide that extra weight when it’s hot outside:

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