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
During my favorite sale, I fell in love with the green plaid boots on the left. I went back and forth, undecided on purchasing them. They weren’t on my shopping list, and I had already picked up a pair of short boots during the sale. BUT….they were super cute and they were on sale!
Right before the sale ended, I snatched them up. After all, they were from a brand (Sorel) I already knew, they were a wedge heel (ie comfy for my fussy feet) and did I mention the most important point of all—they were on sale!
We are entering the spring season in my area, which means lots of cool, rain filled days. Our winter season was unusually warm this past season. While the warmer weather was a welcome change from our rather cold winters these past few years, it also meant that I rarely had the opportunity to sport my heaviest and warmest sweaters/jumpers. With so few days allowing me to sport my cold weather things, it begs the question, what do I do, with all the leftovers?
We are having a unseasonably warm winter season thus far. And while I am enjoying the break from the biting cold temperatures of winter (it was almost 70F on Christmas Day, and typically it is 25-35F), the warm weather does not have me reaching for any of my sweaters/jumpers. This presents an interesting dilemma, what to do with the sweaters that I own, but am not using?
I have sweaty feet and when I wear cotton socks my feet always end up soaking wet by the end of the day. The cotton just can’t absorb all of the moisture.
Most wool socks I find too scratchy against my skin, but the Smartwool brand works really well for me. I’ve picked these up in sporting good stores, The Walking Company, and ordered them directly from Amazon. They come in many options and I prefer the “casual” style as it has the same thickness throughout the sock (photo above) which works well for me as a daily sock. In fact these work so well, I sport them year round as my daily socks.
If your feet are like mine and sweat easily, you may want to give the Smartwool brand a try!
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.
Part One I reviewed and purged my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Three I’ll check-in on my total wardrobe and highlight how the changes to my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe affected my total wardrobe for The 80/20 Challenge.
After prepping my wardrobe in Part One, it was time for my favorite part—the SHOPPING! As I mentioned in this post about my favorite sale, I was unable to visit the brick and mortar stores for this year’s sale, so I ordered online. Fifty-two items! And here’s what that looks like.
How on earth was I going to whittle down so many items?