Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it! Since it’s the last day of the October, it’s time for another installment of “useful links” on a variety of subjects. Included below are links to articles I think you might enjoy on the topics of shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, style, and personal development. I’m also sharing a few early “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you may have missed the first time around (or may choose to revisit now).
Yes, there are a lot of links in these posts, but I don’t expect you to click on all of them! Just explore the ones that most intrigue you. You can always go back to this post later via my Archives page if desired. While you’re on the site, you might also want to check out my Recovery Tips and Resources pages, as well as learn about my book, “UnShopping: Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic.” And as an FYI, I’m hard at work on my second book, “End Closet Chaos,” and plan to release it before the end of the year. Stay tuned! Okay, here are the links:
On Shopping and Shopping Psychology
- “Surviving Sales” – It wouldn’t be a useful links post without a link to “Grechen’s Closet“, one of my new favorite blogs. Just today, Grechen shared lots of insights and tips for navigating the holiday sales season. We’d all do well to adopt her personal sales rules! If you like this post, another great one you might enjoy is “What is Minimalism?”
- “The Devious Devices Home Shopping Shows Use to Make You Buy” – Do you like to watch programs on the home shopping networks? Jill Chivers is fascinated by these shows and the tactics they use to get people to buy. In this very informative post, Jill outlines six pillars of influence and gives examples of how the shopping networks use some of them to manipulate buyers. This is an interesting read even for those who never tune in to QVC or HSN, and Jill’s compelling conclusion is applicable to all of us.
- “Almost Buying” – Kali from The Nife en L’Air is in the midst of a six-month shopping fast. While she’s committed to not buying any non-essential items during this time, there have been a number of things that she’s almost In this post, she writes about some of those items, why she almost bought them, how she stopped herself, and what she learned from the experience. Reading about Kali’s shopping motivations can help you to better understand your own.
- “For the Love of Shopping” – I enjoy being able to introduce you to new blogs that you might not otherwise find. “Everyday Small Stuff” is one such blog that is written by fellow recovering shopaholic Andie, who is also an aspiring minimalist. In this powerful post, she shares her own overshopping story, how she’s received help thus far (I’m honored that she mentioned my blog!), and how she’s finding happiness without shopping.
On Wardrobe Management
- “MOderate Wardrobe” – This is a brand new blog from Mo, a frequent commenter here at “Recovering Shopaholic.” Like me, Mo is fascinated with the topic of wardrobe management and loves to crunch numbers and statistics related to clothes. Since there are only a handful of posts on this blog thus far, I recommend reading all of them, but of particular interest to you might be “A Shopping Plan” and “Budget Breakdown”.
- “10 Principles for Creating a Workable Wardrobe” – If everything in your closet disappeared overnight for some reason, what would you include in your new “start from scratch” wardrobe? After years of shopping her closet and being mindful about new additions, Jill Chivers knows a thing or two about wardrobe building. She shares her top ten tips for cultivating a workable wardrobe in this very insightful post.
- “Closet Detox Cheat Sheet” – If you’re at all familiar with “Into Mind,” you know that the cheat sheets presented are exemplary. Since so many of us struggle with having too many clothes and not knowing what to do with them all, this easy to follow flow chart is a great tool to use. I recommend that you try it with a wardrobe “benchwarmer” or two and see how it goes. I promise to do the same and report back in a future post.
- “Styles of Closet Organization” – Lisa of “Shopping Brake” is closing in on a full year of shopping her closet and curating her wardrobe. Along the way, she’s tried several different types of closet organization methods. In this post, she outlines four different options that she’s tried and some pros and cons of each. You just might learn some new ideas for better managing your closet!
- “Evolve Your Style – My Reflections and a Review” – Mette from “The Yogastic Shopping Planner” recently completed a 31-day style exploration program called “Evolve Your Style.” She learned far more than she anticipated and recaps her primary lessons in this fascinating post. She also shares lots of photos of the new looks she tried along the way. Very inspiring!
- “Change Your Style, Change Your Life” – Did you know that changing your style can help you feel more confident, optimistic, and happy? Well, that’s what Sally from “Already Pretty” contends, and I think she’s right. Plus, it’s often far less scary and intimidating to change the way we dress or our hairstyles (although that one is difficult for me!) than it is to switch jobs, end a relationship, or move to a different location. Sally recounts some of her personal journey and offers hope and encouragement to those who are feeling restless and dissatisfied with their lives.
- “Outfit Journal” – Reader and frequent commenter Meli decided to take my recommendation to start an outfit journal this summer. On her own blog, “Mejorar” (which means improve), she recaps what she’s learned from journaling about her outfits over just one short month. I was very impressed by all of the powerful insights that Meli has gained and realized that I share some of them myself. Meli is also doing Project 333, so you may want to check out her posts on that topic if you’re considering taking on that challenge (read what I learned from Project 333 HERE).
- “How to Use Accessories to Get More with Less” – Bridgette Raes is the Queen of accessorizing, which is why I always feel compelled to include one of her posts on that topic in these link round ups. Many of us think we need to buy more and more clothes in order to achieve the variety we crave in our outfits, but accessories are what really give us the power to change our looks. Bridgette provides visual proof of this assertion in this post, as she shows a multitude of different ways to wear a simple navy skirt. She even showcases one of the outfits on herself, a rare occurrence on her blog.
On Other Topics
- “Minimalism: A Beginner’s Guide” – Anuschka of “Into Mind” veered away from her usual topics of style and wardrobe management this week to share her thoughts on minimalism. My favorite part of this article is the list of questions at the end for anyone who wants to get started on living a simpler life. The following day, Anuschka offered 9 easy ways to start living a simpler, more intentional life. If you’re at all interested in simplifying your life, I recommend that you try at least one or two of Anuschka’s tips.
- “Soul-Crushing Comparisons (and How to Refocus)” – The great Mark Twain once said that “comparison is the death of joy.” As someone who has a very bad habit of comparing myself to others, I can definitely attest to the veracity of that statement. If you also struggle with soul-crushing comparisons, you’ll love this post from “The Connected Life,” which closes out with some concrete ways to decrease your tendency to compare.
- “When Things Build Up” – Sometime we manage to cut back on the excess stuff in our lives, only to find that the number of things we have starts to creep back up again. It may be our clothes, jewelry, books, blog subscriptions, to-do list items, or a whole host of other possessions, information sources, and commitments. This post from “Be More With Less” suggests three steps you can take to reduce your build-up and get back on track.
- “Why You Don’t Need to Run with the Cool Kids” – No matter how old we are, we often feel a pull to be one of the “cool kids.” But within us, there’s often an even stronger desire to be ourselves and hold true to our own feelings and preferences. This short post from “Becoming Minimalist” was meaningful for me and may resonate with you, too. It was a good reminder to me to listen to my own inner voice more than the opinions of others and the ever-changing trends being put forth by the fashion industry.
From the “Recovering Shopaholic” Archives
- “The Reasons We Shop Too Much” – This post from March 2013 presents a brief overview of the many reasons for compulsive shopping. Although I expand upon some of these reasons in later posts, you may find yourself nodding as you read these ten reasons, all of which have been true for me at one time or another.
- “The Tried and True vs. the Shiny and New” – During my first stint of Project 333, I realized that many of the pieces I selected weren’t even close to being new. That led me to explore some of the wrong reasons for buying things, as well as the characteristics of my tried and true wardrobe items.
- “Shopaholic Lies and Covert Operations” – This post wasn’t easy for me to write, as I had to reveal some less than flattering behaviors in which I engaged related to shopping. Such covert operations included lying, hiding, creative accounting, and other means of covering my tracks. As the saying goes, the truth shall set you free, and I took some steps toward freedom by opening up about my not so stellar past.
- “Buyer Beware – The Dangers of Fast Fashion” – This was the very first guest post on “Recovering Shopaholic,” way back in May 2013. Reader Deby shared a powerful story in the comments section and I asked if she would be okay with my using it as a guest post. Deby recounts a shopping story that highlights the decline in garment quality and the negative side effects of “fast fashion.” If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I highly recommend that you read “Overdressed” by Elizabeth Cline, as well as the blog “This Kind Choice.”
I hope you enjoyed this installment of useful links. Feel free to comment on any of the topics from this post and/or share links to articles that you’ve enjoyed recently.
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back next week with my October accountability update and more posts related to wardrobe management, shopping, personal style, and other related topics. If you have a suggestion for a future post, please share it in the comments section or contact me via email or social media.