It’s the last day – and the last post – of the month, so it’s time for me to share my latest “grab bag” of useful links (see previous editions here). But before I do, I want to thank everyone who gave me such kind feedback on my last few posts related to the subject of hobbies. I loved all of the wonderful suggestions I received for new interests, as well as the compassion you extended to me regarding my challenges of late.
In addition, I was very pleased that so many of you liked the photographs I shared in my last post. It meant a lot to me that some of you complimented my eye for composition. I feel like I’m on the right track with my new hobby and I’m sure my photos will only improve with time. A few of you mentioned that you’d like me to share more of my photos in future posts, so I plan to do that periodically. In fact, I took the photo below just yesterday at the La Jolla Cove! It was a beautiful day here in San Diego, so it was nice to spend a bit of time at the beach capturing the landscape for my sick friend and all of you.
Included below are links to articles I think you’ll enjoy on the subjects 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).
I certainly do not expect you to click on all of the links in these posts. 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 two books. Also, if you’re new to “Recovering Shopaholic,” I invite you to visit my Start Here page, which contains useful information about the blog, as well as links to some of my most compelling and helpful posts. Okay, here are the links:
On Shopping and Shopping Psychology
- “Who Made Your Clothes? A ‘Slow Fashion’ Revolution Rises” – The rise of “fast fashion” has led to myriad human rights violations in garment factories, as well as unregulated pollution of the environment. This article on Fortune.com shares some of the ways activists and responsible brands are working to turn things around, including the recently created Fashion Revolution Day.
- “Shopping Addiction Symptoms, Causes and Effects” – If you’ve ever wanted to read a concise overview of shopping addiction, this guide from PsychGuides.com fits the bill. It covers the different types of compulsive shopping, common signs to watch out for, how to tell if you or someone you love is a shopaholic, and more. Although this guide is sponsored by an addiction recovery center, I feel the information is unbiased and covers key points on the topic of compulsive shopping.
- “Common Mistakes Women Make When Shopping” – Shopping can be fun and enjoyable, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing, even for seasoned shoppers. This article from My Year Without Clothes Shopping highlights the three most common mistakes that women make when they shop. Mistake number two is something that I wrote about very recently, having shopping as one’s only or default hobby.
On Wardrobe Management
- “How to Make Your Closet More Sustainable Without Buying a Thing” – Many of us care deeply about the environment and want to transport that caring over into our closets. Yet we don’t want to have to buy a whole new wardrobe (which would be pretty counterproductive anyway…). This excellent post from Grechen’s Closet outlines four simple steps that we can all take to cut down on wardrobe waste.
- “Is it Useful? Does it Bring You Joy?” – Not long ago, I wrote two posts about using Marie Kondo’s method from “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” to downsize my book and compact disc collections. Although I haven’t applied the KonMari process to my closet (yet… I still might), that’s actually where Kondo recommends we start our de-cluttering. But is “does this spark joy?” the right question for analyzing all of our possessions? Sally from Already Pretty explores that topic and recommends that we add a second question to the equation.
- “How to Create a Casual Wardrobe Capsule Outfit by Outfit” – Capsule wardrobes have been a hot topic in recent years, and my favorite stylist Bridgette Raes decided to address this subject in a recent post. I loved this post because it delved into putting together a casual capsule wardrobe – and it includes lots of photos. The way Bridgette breaks everything down makes perfect sense, as usual. In addition to the ensemble photos she usually posts, she also included a lovely photo of one of her own recent casual outfits.
- “10 Ways Personality is More Important than Body Shape When Choosing Flattering Clothes” –Many magazine and blog articles focus on the importance of dressing for our body shape – and that’s definitely an important factor to consider. However, personality can often be an even more important facet of how to dress in a flattering manner. Read what Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style has to say on this topic.
- “Why I Don’t Believe in Dressing for My Body Type” – Anuschka Rees not only believes that body type shouldn’t be the most important factor in getting dressed, she doesn’t really think it’s significant at all. Check out what Anuschka has to say about wearing what we like, figure flattery be damned.
- “Helpful Necklace Guide” – I don’t know about you, but I tend to wear necklaces far more often during the spring and summer months. And I can tend to get confused about the best necklace to wear with any given ensemble. This simple guide from Tall Snob can help steer us all in the right direction. Of course, we can also opt to follow Anuschka’s recommendation above and just wear whatever makes us happy!
On Other Topics
- “How to Stop Checking Your Phone Like an Addict” – This article starts out with the almost unbelievable story of a woman who walked right off a pier in Australia because she was staring at her smart phone. I’m not to that level yet, but I have become a bit too addicted to checking my phone. This article from Medium highlights some recent research on the negative effects of mobile phones and presents two solutions for having a more balanced relationship with our devices.
- “How Marie Kondo Changed My De-cluttering” – My two posts on using the “KonMari Process” to downsize my possessions (see here and here) were very popular with readers. There will be more posts on that topic, but for now I thought you might be interested in reading about how another blogger de-cluttered using Kondo’s tips. This post from The 3rd Chapter covers clothing, shoes, bags, books, and papers and includes lots of photos.
- “How I Live My Life on Purpose” – Do you ever feel like your life is just happening to you and you’re not really where you want to be? I definitely feel that way sometimes, so I was very interested to read this article from Yes and Yes. Check out Sarah’s four-step process for making sure she is consciously creating her life instead of just having it happen to her. Not only is this a great article, but I love the opening photo. It’s interesting how I’m noticing photos even more keenly since I started to take some of my own…
From the Archives
Each month, I share a few early “Recovering Shopaholic” posts (you can see all of them on the Archives page) that I think you might enjoy reading. If you resonate with these posts, I’d love to get your thoughts. I wish I could leave comments open on all posts, but I’ve had to close things out after two weeks because spammers really like to ruin our fun. Please feel free to share any comments you have about the archived posts here.
- “The Serial Return Phenomenon” – Do you have a tendency to return a large number of the clothes, shoes, and accessories you buy? At the time when I wrote this post two years ago, I estimated that I returned at least half of my acquisitions, and it wasn’t just because they didn’t fit well or strike my fancy. I frequently made returns so that I could shop more. If you identify with my experience, you may want to check out this early post.
- “Challenge: Shopping with a Friend” – Shopping is often a social activity that women do with their friends and family members. However, we frequently end up buying things we don’t really want or need when faced with peer pressure and the opinions of others. In this March 2013 entry, I share about a recent shopping trip with a friend and suggest a few ways to mitigate any potential damage of this common activity.
- “The Ups and Downs of Uniform Dressing” – Sometimes having a type of formula for getting dressed can help us get out the door more quickly in the mornings and streamline our shopping process. However, there are some downsides to dressing according to a uniform. In this June 2013 post, I outline the pros and cons of uniform dressing and show a celebrity uniform example, as well as three of my own.
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.
I’ll be back soon with my April accountability post and an update on my “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI – see previous posts here). If you have questions for me or suggestions for future posts, please share them in the comments section or contact me directly via email or social media. Have a wonderful weekend!