Since it’s almost the last day of the November (where did the time go?), it’s time for another installment of “useful links” on a variety of subjects. A lot of my fellow bloggers are taking some time off this week, but since I enjoy having blog posts to read on holiday weekends, I figured some of you might feel the same way. Plus, I know my useful links posts are both popular and appreciated. Even those who have been extremely busy this week might want to take a few moments to relax and read some interesting and informative articles.
I hope all of my readers in the United States had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. Mine was low-key but enjoyable. My husband and I took his mom (who lives near us) out to a waterfront restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. The photo below was taken just before sunset with the San Diego skyline in the background. Even though the temperature was in the low 80’s (apologies to my East Coast friends!), I tried my best to be festive with my outfit. It’s kind of difficult to get into the holiday spirit in such summery weather, but I’m not exactly complaining…
This post includes links to articles I think you’ll enjoy related to shopping and shopping psychology, wardrobe management, and personal style. As a special addition this month, I also offer a special section of holiday-themed links. To avoid overwhelming you with too much information, I’ve omitted the “Recovering Shopaholic” posts from the archives this time, but that feature will be back next month. In the meantime, you can always revisit my previous articles HERE (you can view posts by category, search by a keyword or phrase, or just peruse the list by date).
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 if desired. Okay, here are the links:
On Shopping and Shopping Psychology
- “Novelty and Variety” – This introspective post from MOderate Wardrobe looks at how we can find a balance between the push for new, new, new all the time and feeling satisfied with what we have. How can we have enough novelty in our wardrobes without too much consumption?
- “Size is Just a Label” – Many women tend to attribute meaning to the size they wear, but it’s really a very arbitrary number. Style expert Imogen Lamport wisely advises us to ignore the numbers on the labels, focus more on fit, and remember that we can be beautiful and stylish at any
- “How to Buy Less and Stop Overspending” – This post from Into Mind explores why we overspend and outlines four ways in which we can avoid impulse buys. It also includes a free printable quote to remind us of what really matters in terms of shopping.
- “We Buy An Obscene Amount of Clothes. Here’s What It’s Doing to Secondhand Stores” – This thought-provoking article from The Huffington Post looks at the impact that “fast fashion” is having on thrift stores. The article is chock full of statistics, some of which may just blow your mind!
On Wardrobe Management
- “I Am Not a Minimalist” – I really love the weekly “Minimal Closet” series on Grechen’s Closet, and this post is no exception. We often feel the need to adopt certain labels in order to give ourselves a defined identity. But in truth, we are many things and also none of them. We are just us and that’s okay! This post kind of defies classification, but I include it here since it touches upon minimalism and capsule wardrobes.
- “The Point…” – Why count how many clothing items we own, create shopping plans, and take outfit photos? The point is to wear what we have and buy what we will wear. An analogy is made to grocery shopping, which really makes things crystal clear.
- “The 80/20 Wardrobe Challenge” – Lisa from Shopping Brake recently completed her one-year “DH Closet Challenge,” so she decided to take on a new wardrobe experiment. You may have heard that most people only wear 20% of their clothes. Well, Lisa is turning this figure on its side as she endeavors to wear 80% of her wardrobe on a regular basis in the coming months.
- “Should You Keep or Bin It?” – The language we use to describe a garment is often a good tip-off as to whether we should keep it or pass it on. If something fits us but is referred to in negative terms, there is usually something wrong. Simple but powerful advice!
On Personal Style
- “12 Pieces, 14 Outfits – Fall Packing 2014” – This is a time of year when many people travel, which involves the often dreaded task of packing. This guide from Putting Me Together can help you pack fewer items (just two pairs of shoes!) while still being able to wear a wide variety of stylish ensembles.
- “Day to Evening Looks Without an Outfit Change” – Office parties and post-work social activities also abound during the holidays. Bridgette Raes to the rescue, with some quick and easy ways to switch up your looks using accessories.
- “How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Be Happy Where You Are Right Now in Terms of Style” – This post from 40+ Style hit very close to home for me. It’s very common for women to compare the way we look to others and feel like we’re coming up short. Sylvia presents five solutions to decrease the feeling that the grass is always greener on the other side of the street.
- “How I Found My Personal Style When I Let Go of Most of My Clothing” – This great post from XO Jane was shared by reader Leah, who I crown the “Queen of Links.” The writer shares the journey she took to arrive at the belief that less is more when it comes to style.
On The Holiday Season
- “One Less Gift – A Holiday Gift Exemption Certificate” – Are you tired of holiday consumerism? Miss Minimalist came up with a beautiful and powerful solution for this problem, the “One Less Gift” certificate. This certificate can be given to friends and family to convey the desire to share time and experiences together (lots of suggestions are given!) instead of exchanging gifts.
- “Tis the Season for More Joy & Less Clutter” – Clutter has a tendency to accumulate during the holiday season, but Courtney of Be More With Less offers twelve suggestions to minimize this phenomenon while also cultivating more joy in our lives.
- “Getting Rid of Gifts” – The Minimalists tend not to give physical gifts to people, but that doesn’t mean they are “Scrooges” during the holidays. They love to gift experiences to their loved ones and share some helpful suggestions for those who want to do the same. They also give advice to those who worry about offending people when by not accepting gifts or letting go of previous gifts they’ve been given.
- “A Holiday Joy Challenge” – While the holidays are always presented as a joyous time of year, many people approach this season with a feeling of dread. Sandra of Always Well Within wants to help turn that around by means of her mini-guide to holiday joy. If you want to eliminate at least one holiday “downe”r this year, follow Sandra’s four steps for creating your holiday joy plan.
- “9 Things that Shopping Can Never Deliver” – Americans are expected to spend $616 billion dollars this holiday season! But no matter how much we shop and how many new things we buy, there are at least nine important feelings that can never be found in the accumulation of material possessions. This post really struck a chord with me and I’m sure it will for many of you, too.
- “The Minimal Closet: Gratitude” – I close out this links round-up with today’s post on Grechen’s Closet. Grechen wisely realizes that the real key to happiness is gratitude. The more we appreciate what we have, the less we want. Many of us know this and it’s often written about, but Grechen is honest about the need to continually cultivate gratitude in our lives.
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 November 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.