Archives for August 2015

August 2015 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

Before I dive into the topic of today’s post, I want to thank everyone who has joined the new “End Closet Chaos” Facebook group.  As of today, we have 117 members from all around the world and the conversation is very lively.  The group has already surpassed my expectations and it’s only been in existence for a week!  Members are regularly starting threads, posting photos, and supporting each other with shopping more consciously, closet downsizing, outfit styling, and much more.  I can’t believe … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Shop for Clothes on eBay

The following is a guest post from Margaret, who is one of the readers of this blog. Margaret lives in New York City and is a lover of style, fashion and interior design. She describes her personal style as an eclectic mix of menswear classic, vintage feminine, and quirky relaxed creative. When not studying for school, she enjoys lifting heavy things, watching interesting TV shows, anime, ballroom dance shows, and reading.  Having grown up during the period of the internet, I have always … [Read more...]

“Flashback Friday” on Compulsive Shopping – and a New Resource

My last post, “Recovery is Not a Linear Process,” generated a lot of comments and emails, as I thought it might.  Clearly, readers have many thoughts on the topic of recovery and the ways in which it might progress and unfold.  That post was sparked by what I viewed as a harsh comment on my July accountability update, but I didn’t expect the follow-on entry to become as contentious as it did.   I am all for spirited discussion, but it went beyond that and that isn’t what I want for my blog.  I … [Read more...]

Recovery is Not a Linear Process

This blog is called “Recovering Shopaholic.”   It started out being a personal log of my progress in overcoming a decades-long compulsive shopping problem.  I never dreamed that I would attract as many readers as I have and have the capacity to touch so many people’s lives.  Over the close to three years that I have written this blog, it has evolved into being about more than just me and my recovery, but that is still the focus of many of my posts, including my accountability … [Read more...]

July 2015 Accountability Update

It’s now time for another accountability report, this time for July.   I can’t believe it’s already halfway through August! I usually do these posts a bit earlier in the month, but I needed some time to receive all of my orders from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NAS) and decide what to keep. I wanted to only write about those items I plan on keeping, if at all possible. For those who are new to the blog, these monthly reports are where I share what came into and left my closet during … [Read more...]

Style Reflections – Summer Outfits Then and Now

Now that summer is well under way, I wanted to reflect on how my warm weather style has changed since I started this blog two and a half years ago.  I took some time to go through my outfit photos from 2013, 2014, and this year.   I selected some ensembles that were fairly representative of what I used to wear, as well as a group of looks that fit my current style quite well. In today’s post, I share eight looks from the past two years, as well as eight looks from 2015.   I highlight what I … [Read more...]

July “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update

I’m glad my last post on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and marketing messages was so well received.  I have been very impressed by the wonderful comments that have been written in response to that post by many of you.  I deeply appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share her thoughts.  Due to the sheer volume of comments, I may not be able to respond to each comment individually, but I am grateful to each and every one of you who has taken the time to contribute to the discussion.   … [Read more...]