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Winter Wedding: Five Style Tips For Guests

December 7, 2017

The following is a guest post from Peter, a men’s fashion writer at Gentleman Zone magazine from UK and Australia. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Today Peter is joining Shopping Brake to share his advice on dressing for a winter wedding. For more tips follow Peter on Twitter.


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Just as you got a hang of fall wedding style the season changed, and the wedding invitations kept on rolling in. Repeating an outfit is no longer possible so you’ll have to start planning and experimenting again. To make the process easier and more pleasant we have a few tips for you. You always want to look your best when you’re attending a wedding and whether you are a man or a woman these simple steps will get you where you’re going in style.

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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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Make Every Sweater Look Like New

November 13, 2017

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Save your pilling sweaters with the Laundress Sweater Comb.

Nothing makes one of my favorite sweaters a candidate for the donate pile faster than pilling. If you’ve ever seen a sweater with little balls of fabric then you already know what I’m talking about. Pilling is bundles of fabric that have broken off and become tangled, thus forming little balls on the surface of the garment.

Pilling is a result of normal wear and tear, and occurs most often on the areas of a garment that rub the most. In the case of a sweater, this is usually the underarm/underside of the arm. If you’re a fan of handbags that brush up against your torso (typically shoulder bags and crossbody bags that hang on the right or left side, whichever side you favor sporting your bag), you’ll often see pills on those areas too. Pilling is not a sign of quality, in fact the price of the garment does not determine if the sweater will pill or not.

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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!

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Shopping Brake by Lisa Deerwood

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by Lisa Deerwood

Giveaway ends November 27, 2017.

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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 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

Thank you for supporting the Shopping Brake Family!

Now Available For Your Kindle — Shopping Brake — The Book

July 28, 2017

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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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Released Back Into The Sea

September 13, 2016

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Left: Sale Boots // Right: Already Own Boots

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!

But when I brought them home, everything changed.

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A Seasonal Loss

March 6, 2016

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?

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Sweater Withdrawal

December 27, 2015

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?

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