Archives for June 2015

June 2015 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

It’s the last day of June (how did that happen so quickly?), so it’s time for me to share my latest “grab bag” of useful links (see previous editions here).   Included below are links to articles I think you’ll enjoy on the subjects of shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, style, and personal development.  I’m also sharing a few previous “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you may have missed the first time around (or may choose to revisit now). As with last month’s useful … [Read more...]

Lessons from My Outfit Journal – Summer Then and Now

It’s been a little while since I last shared some entries from my outfit journal (see the most recent installment here), so it’s high time for another post in the series.  For those who are new to the blog, I’ve been keeping a journal of my outfits since last summer.  In this journal, I write what I wore, where I wore it, how I felt about my outfit, and what I would change if I had it to do over again.   I also try to take photos of my outfits most days so I have both a visual and written … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Pieces that Stand the Test of Time

Last month, I did a post on wardrobe turnover in which I looked at how old the various items in my closet are.  I learned that roughly half of the pieces in my closet were purchased in 2013 or later, another 34% were bought during 2010 through 2012, and the remaining 17% were from 2009 or earlier. In the comments section, a few readers were curious about some of my older items.  They wanted to know what they had in common and what characteristics led them to remain in my closet for so … [Read more...]

Lessons from Closet Favorites – 2015 Cool Weather Items

Way back in the fall of 2013, I wrote a post about lessons from closet favorites, using my summer wardrobe from that year as an example.  In that post, I shared photos of my favorite items from that season and looked for common threads among them that could inform my future shopping.  Today I’d like to do the same with my cool weather wardrobe (the cool weather season spans from December through June where I live – we don’t really get true winters here). For most people in the northern … [Read more...]

Lessons from a Clothing Swap

This past Sunday, I attended my very first clothing swap event.  I was invited by one of my local Facebook friends and mostly went because I was intrigued and wanted to get out of the house. I still had some of the clothes I’d purged during my May “KonMari Process,” as the local consignment store was only interested in a portion of my cast-offs.  So I decided to take those items with me to the clothing swap and see if anything there caught my fancy.  In today’s post, I share my clothing swap … [Read more...]

May “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update – Part Two

I could have included this part of my May LIWI update in with my last post, but it was just getting too long.  I’m trying not to do such marathon posts anymore because I know not everyone has the time (or the inclination) to read them.  I won’t go into this level of detail every month, probably just one other time towards the end of the year. But since I’ve done almost half a year of LIWI and summer is upon us, I wanted to take some time to look at what hasn’t been worn yet and why. A few of … [Read more...]

May “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update – Part One

I have now completed five months of my “Love It, Wear It” Wardrobe Challenge (LIWI).  I’m so glad I decided to take this challenge on, as I have learned a great deal about my wardrobe and myself through the process.  I’m now in a much better place with both my closet and my attitude toward my clothes and shopping than I was at the beginning of this year. I have a lot to share, so I’m going to split this update into two parts.   In today’s post, I will cover what’s in my working closet as of … [Read more...]