The Best of Recovering Shopaholic 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a full year from when I started this blog on January 2, 2013.  Since that time, there have been 122 posts (including some fabulous guest posts!) and countless comments and emails from my wonderful readers.

I’ve grown and learned a great deal during the past year and will be sharing some of my insights in my upcoming yearly “wrap-up” posts.  But for today – the last post of the year – it’s time to look at “the best of 2013.”  Below I highlight the most popular posts of the year, as well as some of my personal favorites. I also revisit my most clicked outgoing links and share a few timely links you’ll want to check out as the year draws to a close.

The Best of 2013

A lot of people do top 10 lists at the end of the year, but I decided to buck with tradition and do top 12 lists instead.  After all, it’s a nice round number that corresponds to the months in the year, so I’m going with it! Continue reading

On Packing, Travel, and Wardrobe Gaps

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently took a trip to the Lake Tahoe area for a pre-Christmas visit with part of my family.  With the exception of one overnight trip my husband and I took in early July, I hadn’t traveled in well over a year.

Like many people, I enjoy visiting other locales, but I find travel to be a stressful experience in many respects, not the least of which is the packing. In today’s post, I share my experience of packing for my latest vacation and what I learned about my wardrobe and how it still isn’t working as well as it could for my life.

Packing for travel

Do you find it stressful to pack for travel?

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Sending Warm Holiday Wishes and Links to Enjoy

Happy Holidays

As holiday festivities get under way for many people around the world, I’d like to take a few moments to send warm wishes to all of my readers.  I just returned from five days in the Lake Tahoe area with part of my family and will be spending tonight and tomorrow with my husband’s family here in San Diego.  I thought I’d have time to write more today, but as is often the case around the holidays, the days and hours speed by and we wonder where the time went!

Christmas Wishes and Gratitude

I’ll be back later in the week with a standard post, but for now I’d like to wish a Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate.   Thank you all for reading my blog and being a part of my life during 2013.  It’s been a blessing for me to have my words read by so many wonderful people around the world and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you. Continue reading

Do Your Clothes Make You Smile?

I recently received an email from a reader, who commented that many of the clothes she’s seen in my accountability posts seem very “practical.”  She wondered if I had any garments that I feel are “pretty” or which make me smile when I look at myself in the mirror.   Although I responded to this reader privately, I decided this would also be a good topic for a post.  I often get some of my best post ideas from the comments and emails I receive from readers.  Your feedback can bring forth insights I would not have otherwise had, and I love the synergy created through our collective pondering.

Clothes make you smile

Do your clothes bring a smile to your face?

Today’s post explores the “happy factor” relating to our clothes, as well as the issue of balance in our wardrobes between practical items and pieces that warm our hearts and bring smiles to our faces.  I know I’ve struggled a lot in achieving such balance and I suspect that many of you have as well.  It’s my hope that the insights and questions I share in this post will help bring enhanced clarity for both you and me. As always, I welcome your thoughts on this topic.  Who knows, another post may arise from what you share! Continue reading

The Dark Side of Alterations

I have long been a strong advocate of alterations.  I’ve had my own clothing tailored for years, and back when I worked as a wardrobe consultant, I always suggested alterations to help take my clients’ garments from good to fabulous.  It’s difficult for many of us to achieve a perfect fit “off the rack,” so tailoring can help fill in the gaps so our garments fit us like a glove.

When I first started having my clothes tailored, I pretty much stuck to standard types of alterations, things like pants hems and minor nips and tucks.  However, at some point, I lost my way and started using alterations as a means of completely overhauling my clothes.  I slipped into what I now term the “dark side” of alterations.

Alterations "dark side"

Alterations – a great tool, but watch out for the “dark side”!

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A Winter Wardrobe “Benchwarmer” Update

In my last post, I shared my November Accountability Update, including what came into my closet, what left, what I wore, and my clothing budget status.  I had intended to include an update on my “wardrobe benchwarmer” project as well, but the post was already more than long enough!  Instead, I opted to do my benchwarmer update separately, so that’s the topic of today’s post.  This way I can also go into the level of detail and statistics that my “inner nerd” enjoys and which many of you appreciate.  Win, win, I say!


Not all “bench warmers” are as cute as these guys!

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November Accountability Update

We’re now knee-deep into the holiday season and there are only a few weeks left in the year.  It’s hard to believe this blog is almost a year old!   It’s time for another accountability update, this time for November.  For my newer readers, I’ve committed to post on a monthly basis about what left my closet, what came in, and how I’m doing with my clothing budget and shopping rules for the year.  I intend to continue doing these accountability posts in 2014, as they help to keep me honest and on track for fulfilling my goals.

Shopping Accountability Updates

What Left My Closet

Let’s dive right in, beginning with what left my closet last month.  During November, I purged 13 items from my wardrobe.  Five of these items were returned to the place of purchase, while the remaining eight pieces were either consigned or donated to charity. Continue reading