As longtime readers of “Recovering Shopaholic” may recall, I used to publish a list of useful links on a specific topic every Friday (you can see the resources archive here). I stopped doing that last year, but still periodically include article links at the end of some of my posts. I’ll probably still do that on occasion, but I’ve decided to consolidate most of my helpful links into a monthly post.
Included below is the June 2014 edition. The list includes some articles written by or about me, as well as a number of excellent posts from other bloggers. I hope you enjoy this assortment of links. Please feel free to share links to other articles you’ve enjoyed in the comments section.
Articles Featuring “Recovering Shopaholic” and My Book
About My Book
I’ve been fortunate to have had several other bloggers review my new book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” since it was released last month. In addition, I was recently interviewed about the book on one of my favorite blogs.
Here’s what people have been writing about me and “UnShopping”:
- Imogen Lamport of “Inside Out Style” reviewed my book in her “Weekend Reading” series last week.
- Robert Wall of “Untitled Minimalism” shared his thoughts on “UnShopping” in a blog post titled “Putting the Clotheshorse Out to Pasture.”
- Jill Chivers interviewed me about my book, my blog, and my future plans on her “My Year Without Clothes Shopping” blog.
I also wrote a couple of articles for other publications this past month:
- I share my experience with the dress-with-less challenge, Project 333, including why I started, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve worn, in this week’s Project 333 Style Story.
- I wrote about my recovery from compulsive shopping for the June edition of Complete Wellbeing Magazine. This is a print magazine and the article is not yet available online, but you can view a PDF version here.
Other Articles I Think You Will Enjoy
- There are many “red flags” that can signal the difference between smart buying and shopping addiction. This article from U.S. News presents six danger signs of emotional spending. This is a good list to bookmark and consult periodically as a reality check. All six of these signs applied to me at one time and I still have to watch out for signs 4 and 6 in particular, but it feels good to realize my emotions aren’t completely running the show anymore.
- Some of the comments to my last post on buying once brought up the concept of perfectionism when it comes to shopping. Kali of “The Nife En L’Air” has a lot to say about perfection and how the quest for the best can drive us to buy more. She offers an alternative that can help all of us who struggle with the search for perfection. I highly recommend sticking around after the post to read the comments, as well as Kali’s responses. Lots to learn there!
- Many of us avoid ordering clothing online because we feel that dealing with potential returns can be more of a hassle than shopping in the stores. Janice of “The Vivienne Files” disputes this common view and offers lots of tips for making mail order work for you. I especially love tips 7 through 9!
- But before you order anything else online, be sure to check out Jill Chivers’ tips for avoiding senseless online shopping. As an ex-shopaholic herself (check out her wonderful programs for overshoppers here), Jill provides a unique perspective on how to navigate what can be an all-too-easy to overbuy situation. At the end of the post, there are links to two other articles on e-commerce shopping that you might want to read as well.
- I’m sure many of you have heard of the concept of the ten-item wardrobe, popularized by Jennifer of “The Daily Connoiseur.” Well, Cristina of “Unshopping and Unraveling” recently decided to pursue that ideal and has made a few important realizations that I feel will resonate with many of you. I invite you to read her posts, “Hidden Danger of a 10-Piece Wardrobe” and “Little Victories,” for some powerful insights.
- There’s been a lot of discussion on color in the comments sections of many of my recent posts. In addition to the importance of selecting a color palette, we also need to know how to pair colors together in our outfits. This excellent color theory primer on “Into Mind” explores topics such as the color wheel and color harmony, and also links to some useful resources related to color.
- Did you know that there’s a “sweet spot” for the hems of your sleeves, pants, tops, and jackets? In “X Marks the Spot,” Imogen Lamport visually depicts how hems can make us look shorter or taller, as well as slimmer or wider. She also links to additional resources for those who want to learn more about these figure flattery concepts.
- Sally from “Already Pretty” looks at how proportion matters when it comes to untucked tops worn with skirts and pants. She illustrates the concept with some compelling visuals and also delves into how pant rises have changed over the decades.
- Do you struggle with what to wear on the weekend that’s casual and comfortable yet still chic? Bridgette Raes offers some simple tips for how to use accessories to customize your weekend looks for various occasions.
On Other Topics
- Many of us are looking for ways to cultivate simpler and more meaningful lives. Sarah of “Goedeker’s Home Life” lists 101 steps we can all take to further this pursuit. Tips are provided related to our homes, technology, health & wellness, finance, holidays, and lifestyle. There’s something for everyone!
- Have you noticed that many people answer, “Busy,” when you ask them how they are? This article from the Harvard Business Review looks at the current trend to do more, more, more, and the group of people called “essentialists” who are moving in a different direction.
- We hear a lot about work/life balance, but we don’t usually read much about the value of play in our lives. Sandra of “Always Well Within” shares the play prescription she recently received and provides some questions we can ask ourselves to assess our ideal work to play ratios. If you like this post and want to delve deeper, I highly recommend Sandra’s e-course, “Living with Ease.” I was in her pilot group for the course and it was fabulous then, but I know she’s added even more value since that time.
Yes, I know that was a lot of links (there probably won’t be so many next time!), but you have a month to enjoy them until my next useful links post rolls around… Plus, you can pick and choose the ones you’d like to read and leave the rest. I don’t know about you, but I often suffer from “fear of missing out” (FOMO) in many areas of life, including shopping and reading. I have to remind myself that there will always be great clothes to buy and interesting articles to read. I don’t have to buy them all or read them all today! This is true for all of us, and my useful links posts is no exception!
Before I go, I just want to thank all of those who have purchased my book. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’d love to get your feedback. I’d also really appreciate your posting a short review on Amazon (thanks to those who have already done so!). The reviews can help others decide whether or not a book is right for them, so if you have a few moments to share your thoughts, it will make a difference.
I’ll be back next week with my latest closet inventory, as well as some thoughts on “closet set point,” a topic I’ve briefly touched upon in previous posts. Since I believe this phenomenon impacts many of us on an ongoing basis, I plan to probe a bit deeper. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!