wardrobe-prep

Broken Washing Machine? No Problem!

November 27, 2017

The following is a guest post from Cassie, an editor at Think Tank Home. Today Cassie is joining Shopping Brake to share her insights into how to recognize and overcome basic washing machine problems. For more tips on home appliances including buyer guides, reviews, and fixing basic problems check out Think Tank Home.


 

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

When you hear an ugly noise coming from the washer, or see water trailing out of the bottom, it can seem like disaster. Especially so when you’ve been making your dollars stretch through making the most of your clothes purchases. Your prized delicates can be ruined by a faulty machine or cycle, costing you more in the long run and increasing that impulse to go out on a shopping binge.

For many homeowners, this will see you reaching for your phone to get hold of a plumber. Indeed, many Americans, and millennials, lack basic DIY skills. Getting a worker out to fix your appliances is expensive, though. But why would you save money on shopping yet not save money on home maintenance? In this article, we’ll be showing you a few of the most basic washing machine problems and how to overcome them.

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Trending Now: Velvet

November 16, 2017

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My new velvet blazer from White House Black Market.

One fabric that I see year after year in both fall and winter collections is velvet. This timeless fabric consists of densely woven, raised fibers that are soft to the touch.  Velvet garments are costly to produce. Two fabrics of same thickness are woven together, then cut apart and rolled onto separate rolls before using. The laborious manufacturing process and high price tag is why velvet was often associated with nobility.  Another form of velvet that typically pops up in fall and winter collections is corduroy, which is a raised form of velvet.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy of Shopping Brake — The Book

November 9, 2017

I’m excited to announce that you can enter to win a free paperback copy of my book, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love.  To enter simply click on the Goodreads Book Giveaway below, and good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shopping Brake by Lisa Deerwood

Shopping Brake

by Lisa Deerwood

Giveaway ends November 27, 2017.

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at Goodreads.

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3 Tricks For Busy Women To Get Dressed Fast

October 16, 2017

Sometimes you just don’t know what to wear.

Some days you have to get out the door in a hurry. Those are the mornings when I reach for one of my grab and go outfits. Grab and go (also called fast fall back) outfits are those outfits that I’ve put together in advance. I typically plan at least a few outfits when I set up my capsule wardrobe at the start of each season. But what if I don’t want to wear any of my re-planned outfits and I’m getting dressed in a hurry?

Here are 3 ways I get ready fast, without reaching for one of my grab and go looks.

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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

2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

September 21, 2017

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In my last post I began my Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month. My fall wardrobe was all ready to go after I culled it down to a manageable 42 items. Until I walked into Target to buy stuff for my home, and walked out with stuff for my closet.

Does this ever happen to anyone else?

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

September 18, 2017

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It’s been 1 month since I started wearing my Fall Capsule Wardrobe. Since fall is my favorite season to dress for (the colors, the layers, the boots, and let’s not forget the pumpkin well everything, yum), my fall capsule is also my favorite wardrobe capsule to work with.

However, my fall capsule wardrobe was prepped back in July and early August, and then sat unworn until now. The long delay gave me a chance to review my fall capsule wardrobe with a fresh set of eyes, and I noticed something disturbing about this capsule wardrobe.

My fall capsule wardrobe began with a staggering 58 items, yowza!  That’s a lot of clothes.

Or is it, really?

The answer depends on how often I want to wear everything in this capsule wardrobe.

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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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The Number One Reason Why Your Closet Is A Mess

August 28, 2017

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How did my closet get so messy (top) when it used to be so neat (bottom)?

Have you ever cleaned out your closet, only to find it looking like a mess again a week or two later? Me too! A few weeks ago I had prepped my fall capsule wardrobe and my closet looked like the closet on the bottom. The shelves had lots of space, there was room in between each hanger, and most important of all, I could see and access everything I had inside my closet.

Yet the other day I looked inside my closet and discovered that it had turned into the mess at the top.  The shelves were overflowing, there wasn’t much space in between each hanger, and overall I couldn’t see or reach for at least half or more of the things in my closet.

Why did my closet become such a mess?

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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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