It feels like forever since I’ve posted to this blog! I’m still away but I wanted to check in and share a few things with you, including links to some articles I’ve read and enjoyed recently. I’ll be back later this week with a full debrief on how I did with packing for my trip – what I wish I would have brought, what I should have left at home, what I wore, and more! Stay tuned…
Recovering Shopaholic on “40+ Style”
The first thing I want to share is my guest post on the “40+ Style” blog. I was interviewed as part of their “Style Interview” series, but some additional questions were added related to the topics of wardrobe management and compulsive shopping. I also wrote a bit about my Project 333 experience and shared photos of some favorite outfits from the past year.
I enjoy writing about my recovering shopaholic journey both here on the blog and in other venues. I want people who are struggling to know that it’s definitely possible to shop smarter and cultivate a workable wardrobe. I’m not “there” yet, but my progress is proof that recovery can happen for all of us!
What I’ve Been Reading Lately…
As I’ve mentioned previously, I read a lot of blogs. Although I’ve been paring down the list of blogs I read along with decreasing the size of my wardrobe, I’ll always keep the best ones around. I love to share my favorite articles with you from time to time. Perhaps you’ll discover new blogs you’d like to follow or learn a few tips and suggestions that can serve you in terms of your shopping, your wardrobe, and your personal style. Included below are my latest installment of “useful links.”
On Wardrobe Management
- “Five Favorite Tips for Packing” – Lisa from “Shopping Brake” (who previously wrote an excellent guest post on this blog!) published this informative short article after I did my post last week on packing for travel (otherwise I would have included it in my list of links!). I definitely plan to incorporate her helpful tips on my next trip, especially her recommendation to include one outfit in our carry-on bags.
- “Pinterest, Paintings, and Questioning the Importance of Ownership” – While it’s true that we can relish works of art in museums without pining to take them home with us, is the same thing true about clothing? Emma from “This Kind Choice” ponders whether or not we can enjoy and appreciate items of clothing without actually owning them. The comments on this post provide additional insights and are well worth reading.
- “Top 10 Capsule Wardrobe Struggles (and Solutions)” – In Terra’s guest post last week, she shared a lot about her experiences with Project 333. I know many of you are intrigued by that minimalist fashion challenge but have concerns about taking it on yourselves. This post from the creator of Project 333 addresses ten common challenges related to capsule wardrobes and how to address them.
On Smart Shopping
- “Bypassing Buy Now: More Tips to Avoiding Senseless Online Shopping” – Many of us struggle with buying too much online. Jill Chivers of “Shop Your Wardrobe” offers three specific and helpful tips we can use right away to better manage our e-commerce shopping. If you want to read more from Jill on this topic, be sure to check out her earlier two posts on this topic (here and here).
- “Making Mail Order Work for You” – This post from Janice of “The Vivienne Files” dispels the myth that it’s simpler and better to shop in brick and mortar stores rather than online. Many people avoid online shopping because it’s frequently necessary to return purchases that don’t work out. Although e-commerce returns can be a hassle, Janice contends that shopping online is often easier and smarter than going to the stores! She provides a step-by-step process to make e-commerce shopping work for you.
- “Shop for Trends with Practical Passion” – Although I’m not overly concerned with trends, I do find that adding a few “of-the-moment” pieces from time to time helps to modernize my wardrobe. Bridgette Raes states that it’s better to purchase on-trend accessories instead of items of clothing. She recommends that we follow the “2 P’s” when buying trendy pieces – passion and practicality – and shares a personal story to illustrate her points.
- “How to Assess the Quality of Garments: A Beginner’s Guide” – Garment quality is a topic that was explored in detail on “Recovering Shopaholic” by means of an excellent guest post from Dottie. Anuschka of “Into Mind” recently wrote a two-part series on this subject, complete with a cheat sheet (PDF) for readers to use for easy reference when shopping. Part One covers fabric quality and Part Two addresses seams, tailoring, lining, and other details. As is true of all of Anuschka’s post, this one is well worth a read!
See You Soon…
I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful articles I shared above. Feel free to comment if you have thoughts to offer on the topics presented or if you’d like to share additional links. I’ll “see” you later this week for my travel debrief post. Until then, I wish you wardrobe bliss and shopping success!