Archives for July 2013

Dressing and Shopping for a Life in Flux

I’m currently going through a period of transition in my life.  My personal styling business is winding down and I’m not sure what’s next in terms of my career.  I’m also working to cultivate new hobbies and interests, which I hope will also lead to new connections and friendships.  At present, I don’t go out much and when I do, my outings are mostly quite casual in nature. The majority of my time is spent at home with my husband and two cats, and I spend many of my days in workout clothes and … [Read more...]

Recommended Resource: “Svelte in Style”

Today’s post introduces a new category for “Recovering Shopaholic.”  Periodically, I will recommend a resource (or several) that I believe will be beneficial for my readers.  This resource may be a product, book, course, website, or even another blog I enjoy.  I’m open to suggestions for resources to review and recommend, so if you know of something that may benefit my audience, please feel free to contact me to let me know about it. An E-Book from Two Women I Admire Today’s resource is an … [Read more...]

Stay True to Yourself

Growing up, I was always insecure about my appearance.  I wanted to fit in, but never really felt I did, especially during the difficult high school years.  Back to school shopping was a stressful ordeal, as my family didn’t have a large budget for school clothes and I wasn’t sure what to buy.  I liked clothes, but I definitely did not have an innate sense of style.  I also struggled with weight issues and carried excess weight on my frame throughout much of my adolescence.   My height only made … [Read more...]

Forget Fast Fashion! Join the Slow Fashion Movement

The following is a guest post from Erin DePew.  Erin is a web developer and graphic designer who happens to love shoes almost as much as “hackathons.”  Her blog, Pixel Perfect, is dedicated to musings on minimalism, client-side scripting, and the pursuit of the perfect pumps. If you have an idea for a guest post on “Recovering Shopaholic,” please connect with me to share your thoughts. Slow fashion is a movement that has been steadily gaining traction over the past few years. As you … [Read more...]

Why I’m Skipping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started last Friday.   This has always been my favorite sale of the year, my “holy grail” of sales shopping.  I looked forward to it all year and when mid-July rolled around, I was ready to shop until I dropped (or at least until I dropped a veritable fortune on clothes, shoes, and accessories!). A Plan of Action and a Change of Heart Up until last week, I thought I’d shop the sale this year as I always have.  However, as a result of what I’ve learned from … [Read more...]

“Benchwarmer Project” Update – July 2013

At the beginning of this year, I designated two new categories for the items in my closet, “wardrobe all-stars” and “wardrobe benchwarmers.”  Since I have been tracking how often I wear everything I own since the start of 2011, I had accumulated a lot of data about my clothing and shoes.  I learned that like most people, I wear some items a lot and other pieces rarely, if at all.  I decided to categorize all pieces that were worn at least eight times in a given year as “all-stars” and anything … [Read more...]

The Cold, Hard Facts: The Missing Piece

When I started this blog in January, some of my early posts addressed some of the “cold, hard facts” of my compulsive shopping situation: The Cold, Hard Facts:  Finances (what I’ve spent on shopping over the past ten years) The Cold, Hard Facts:  What I Did – and Didn’t – Wear (my 2011 & 2012 tracking figures) The Cold, Hard Facts:  What I Have (my closet inventory in January 2013, updated in July) The Missing Link I wanted to be as honest as possible with myself and my readers … [Read more...]