Archives for August 2014

August 2014 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

It’s time once again for me to share an assortment of useful links I’ve compiled on the topics of shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, style, and other relevant subjects.  This month I’m also adding a few links to early “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you might have missed when they were first published. On Shopping and Shopping Psychology “When Does it Stop?” – This post from Jill Chivers was inspired by a comment made on this blog!  In response to this post, Renee … [Read more...]

Doing Project 333 Without Even Trying

I first took on minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 in April 2013.   It took me literally days to select my capsule wardrobe and I was riddled with intense anxiety as to whether I could actually dress with only 33 items for three whole months.   I even modified the rules of the challenge to make it easier for me, only counting clothing pieces and allowing myself carte blanche to wear as many shoes and accessories as I desired.  That helped somewhat, but I still made a number of swaps along … [Read more...]

Virtual Styling Session with Bridgette Raes – Part Two

In my last post, I shared that I recently had a virtual styling session with Bridgette Raes.  I highlighted my reasons for doing this, included excerpts from my pre-session questionnaire, and showed some inspirational images of style aesthetics that I appreciate. Today’s post focuses on my actual session with Bridgette, including the style advice that she gave me.  Please note that the session was really jam-packed with information, too much to include in a blog post, even considering the … [Read more...]

Virtual Styling Session with Bridgette Raes – Part One

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve seen that I often link to articles written by style expert, Bridgette Raes.  Bridgette is a New York City based personal stylist and blogger who writes frequently about creating a cohesive wardrobe, the power of color and accessories, and how to shop wisely. I love Bridgette’s witty writing style and refreshing attitude toward fashion.  While many other stylists focus predominantly on current trends and continuously shopping to keep up, … [Read more...]

“Full Life Project” Update – August 2014

I’m long overdue to share an update on what I’ve termed my “2014 Full Life Project,” as the last time I wrote about this at any length was back in April.  Today’s update is going to be a bit different from the last one I gave.  Instead of going through each of the goals I made and reporting on the current status, I’ll be doing more of a “stream of consciousness” update.  I’ll write about how my life is going today - what is working and what is not working, as well as highlight the areas in which … [Read more...]

July 2014 Accountability Update

Before I dive into today’s topic, I want to thank all of those who offered support and encouragement to me following my “On Relapse, Reasons, and Recommitting” post.  Many of you told me I was being too hard on myself, and I agree!  We all have our ups and downs and we just need to keep picking ourselves up and trying again whenever we falter.  So that’s exactly what I’m going to do, but first I have to close out last month by sharing my July accountability update. Most of you are familiar … [Read more...]

How Curbing My Shopping Habit Taught Me to Take Care of Myself

The following is a guest post from Christine Li, Ph.D., whose story of finding lost time by looking in her closet is part of my “Stories of Recovery” series. Christine is a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping her clients recover from chronic procrastination and anxiety.  She started her blog, Procrastination Coach, in 2013 and recently released the book, Stepping into College.  In this book, Christine and her co-author, Diane Elkins, share their thoughts and tips on how incoming … [Read more...]