Archives for November 2014

November 2014 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

Since it’s almost the last day of the November (where did the time go?), it’s time for another installment of “useful links” on a variety of subjects.   A lot of my fellow bloggers are taking some time off this week, but since I enjoy having blog posts to read on holiday weekends, I figured some of you might feel the same way.  Plus, I know my useful links posts are both popular and appreciated.  Even those who have been extremely busy this week might want to take a few moments to relax and read … [Read more...]

Tis the Season to Overshop – Or Is It?

The holiday season is upon us once again, along with all of the associated pressures and temptations to shop.  A year ago at this time, I offered a number of tips for dealing with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other related holiday challenges.  As I re-read that post yesterday, I pondered what else I could write about the subject of holiday shopping – and overshopping.   I decided that I do have more to say, but I’m going to veer off in a bit of a different direction, to a topic that isn’t … [Read more...]

We Don’t Have to Try So Hard

I’m a big fan of the singing competition television show, “The Voice.”  Last week, right on the heels of my “Who Are You Dressing For?” post (that was hard for me to write and helped me to turn a powerful corner), one of the competitors on the show sang a song which cut right through to my soul.  I knew the moment I heard it that I needed to write a blog post about the thoughts and emotions it evoked in me.   The sentiments expressed in the song not only affect me personally, I know they also … [Read more...]

The End of Season Wardrobe Analysis

Most people around the world switch out their wardrobes a few times each year as the seasons change.  In many instances, this involves moving items from one closet to another or packing and unpacking pieces from boxes or suitcases.   Even those of us who live in temperate climates generally have some sort of wardrobe transition as the weather shifts to either cooler or warmer. Believe it or not, summer is only now coming to an end where I live.   The warm weather typically arrives quite late … [Read more...]

Styling Advice from Bridgette Raes – Favorite Outfits

I’m posting some more outfit photos today.  While this has often been a nerve-wracking thing for me to do, I feel better about it this time for a few reasons.  For one, today’s photos are of ensembles I actually like, in contrast to the last few installments (here and here) of unloved looks about which I was seeking advice from Bridgette Raes.  Additionally, writing “Who Are You Dressing For?” last week helped me to turn a corner.   I now feel more able to dress for myself after processing and … [Read more...]

The Future of Recovering Shopaholic

As the year draws to a close and I’m coming up on the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m starting to ponder the future.  While I have no plans to end “Recovering Shopaholic” (so don’t worry about that!), I may want to change it in some way.   I have some thoughts about how I might want to do this, but it’s not only my opinion that matters! A Brief History of this Blog When I launched this blog back in January 2013, I had no idea how many people might read it.   As is true of all blogs, … [Read more...]

Who Are You Dressing For?

Who are you dressing for?   Although you might immediately answer this question with “myself” and that may be a spot-on response for you, it’s not the case for all of us.  Many people dress more to please or impress others than to make themselves happy.   This is a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and I will share some of my thoughts in today’s post. On Fashion Forums and Lemming Behavior A few years ago, I used to spend a lot of time on fashion forums.   Some of the … [Read more...]