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
Items on the left are new additions, items on the right are to be purged.
I’ve just completed Week 8 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement. There was no check in for weeks 5 or 6, because I had no changes to either my working wardrobe or the boutique. However, for week 8 I’m back to shopping and adjusting both my working closet and the boutique. Sticking to the rules of the challenge for every item going into my wardrobe, double the amount is removed. That’s a tall order for someone who typically struggles to let go of their clothes.
I’ve just completed Week 5 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement. This past week I tackled why the boutique has been on my mind. While I added 5 items to my working closet, I did manage to purge 10 from the boutique. Of course, once I get started with a closet purge, I usually keep going. After removing 10 items from the “2 for 1” purge during the week, I set my sights on another category within the boutique—Jeans. For the past 5 weeks, I’ve managed just fine with 7 pairs of jeans, yet I still have 6 jeans sitting in the boutique.
DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working wardrobe after week 3.
I’ve just completed Week 3 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement. During last week’s recap, I mentioned that my plan for Week 3 was to remix everything I already have in the working closet and to not add anything from the boutique. But life doesn’t always like a plan, and I was given a curve ball—spending my vacation in a climate much colder than my own. This meant I had to add yet MORE items to my working wardrobe.
DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement working closet after week 2.
I’ve just completed Week 2 of The DH Closet Challenge Part II-Wardrobe Refinement. After week one, I added 21 items to my working wardrobe. Of these pieces, I already had 7 bottoms. Therefore for week two, my goal was to focus on only adding tops. Of course, life likes to throw curve balls and I had a last minute business trip, which meant sporting a business outfit. My business trousers are usually kept in a separate closet, since they are not worn weekly. The tops and blazers from my business capsule, I try to pair with jeans to increase their use so these pieces are part of my fall/winter (or spring/summer) wardrobes. Of course, storing clothing in separate closets makes it easy to forget I own the item. Not a good idea.
I want to eliminate the boutique for The DH Closet Challenge (Part II)-Wardrobe Refinement. This means keeping the idea to purge clothing items top of mind. Immediately a number of pieces that were purchased during my favorite sale and have gone unworn since were identified. I returned a total of 8 items (7 clothing and one footwear). Two of the items I returned are above (white/black knit and a black short sleeve poncho).
Purchased in July // Returned in October
I also returned: black and white knit, two tie neck blouses, and short black suede booties. Additional items returned but not in the photos: black and white patterned blazer and bootcut jeans.
Starting The DH Closet Challenge Part II with an empty closet.
I find that the first week of a wardrobe challenge is usually the easiest. For that first week, I’m establishing my wardrobe, and there are very few restrictions. I can pull whatever items I am in the mood for. Unfortunately, the weather itself has been a problem. The beginning of our fall season usually has very large swings in temperature. One day it’s 75F and the next day 55F. Or if we get really lucky, it’s both at the same time (cold in the morning and really warm by the afternoon). The extreme temperature range had me reaching for both warm and cold weather clothing, which can lead to a rather varied capsule wardrobe.