October 2015 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

Thanks to all those who offered more suggestions for “shopping support structures” to help encourage mindful and wise shopping.   We’ve accumulated such a wealth of ideas that I’m sure you’ll find a few tips that will work for you if you take the time to read the post and the comments.   There’s still time to add your suggestions to the mix if you have not already done so.

It’s coming up on the end of October, so it’s time for me to share my latest “grab bag” of useful links (see previous editions here).   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 previous “Recovering Shopaholic” posts that you may have missed the first time around (or may choose to revisit now).

Shelter Island at twilight

Shelter Island and the San Diego Bay at twilight, my favorite time of day. 

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How Shopping Support Structures Can Help Us Shop More Wisely

I was apprehensive about posting my most recent accountability update, as I definitely purchased far too many new clothes during August and September.  However, the comments I received on that post were very supportive, encouraging, and helpful.   Although I could use many of these comments as launching pads for new blog posts, there was one in particular that stood out for me.

Shopping Support Structures

What tips and tricks do you use to help you shop more wisely?

Wise Words from Ellie…

A commenter named Ellie wrote the following:

  • “How can you start using your analytical approach before making purchases and maybe model for us a process of managing our shopping? I remember Jill Chivers said that setting up support structures for success was crucial in going through a shopping ban (see her guest post here). I am wondering what the support structures for success are for shopping with a purpose.”

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Cool Weather Wardrobe Planning – Part Two

In my last post, I outlined a six step process for planning and putting together a seasonal wardrobe.   The first four steps of this process should be done before you ever set foot in any brick-and-mortar shop or enter an e-commerce store.  If you take the time to do some planning before buying anything new, you’ll have a much better chance of making the right choices and being happy with what you purchase.   In addition, your wardrobe will be more workable for your actual lifestyle rather than for a past, fantasy, or hypothetical one.

Since the seasons are transitioning from warm to cool where I live (we really only get two seasons here – summer and “not summer”), I thought this would be the perfect time for me to put my method to the test with my own wardrobe.  So over the course of the past few days, I went through steps one through four.  In today’s post, I will recap my process and share what I learned and my plans for moving forward with my cool weather wardrobe.

My New Jeans "Uniform"

These outfits are typical of what I wear during the “cool” weather season…

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Cool Weather Wardrobe Planning 2015 – Part One

Within the next couple of weeks, the cool weather season is going to start for me.   I know that many of you have been pulling out your warmer clothes for weeks now, but the seasons are a bit “off” where I live.  Our summers don’t typically start until sometime in July and they generally last until late October or early November.   As such, I don’t even think much about my cool weather wardrobe until right about now.  I say “cool” instead of cold because anyone who has ever been to San Diego knows that the temperatures never really drop that low here…

In today’s post, I’m going to share the process I’ve outlined for reviewing my cool weather wardrobe and planning for any updates I need (this process can be used for any season).  In between today’s post and my next post, I will follow this process and report back on my findings.  I’m going to “walk my talk” and put my method to the test.   I hope that perhaps a few of you will do so as well so we’ll have more input on how well this works.  I’m definitely open to changes to make things easier and more successful, so your suggestions are welcomed as well.

Cool weather wardrobe planning

What process do you use for seasonal wardrobe planning?

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August and September 2015 Accountability Update

This is the post I have been dreading writing, which is part of why I have put it off for so long.   As you will soon see, I shopped far too much during August and September – mostly during August – and bought a lot of new things, too many.   Fortunately, the dust settled from my shopping “binge” weeks ago, but I now have to re-live it all here in this post.  This isn’t an easy post for me to write, yet I have committed to being accountable here on the blog and I will honor that commitment.

For those who are new to the blog, these reports (which are usually done monthly) are where I share what came into and left my closet and how I did with my shopping budget.   Sharing what I bought, what I culled, and how much I spent helps me to stay honest and on track with my wardrobe and shopping.  It also contributes toward my being more deliberate, which is my theme for 2015.

Telling the Truth

It’s time to tell the truth about my August and September shopping…

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October “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI) Update

It’s been a long time since my last LIWI update, but I have continued to do the challenge in the interim.  As the months have gone on, I keep learning more and more about my wardrobe, my personal style, and myself.  Today’s update is going to be less picture heavy than previous installments, but there will still be quite a few statistics for those who like that sort of thing.

Love It, Wear It Challenge

An Overview of LIWI

Before I dive into my update, here’s a quick reminder of what LIWI is about (read more here).  The objectives for the “Love It, Wear It” challenge are to wear what we love and to have the right types of clothing, shoes, and accessories for our lives… our real lives.  By this, I mean the lives that we are actually living in the here and now – not imagined, wished for, or previous lifestyles.

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Travel Packing Debrief – September 2015 Tahoe Trip

I recently returned from a ten day trip to Lake Tahoe (see my photos here).  It was originally supposed to be a week-long vacation, but I extended my stay for three additional days.   I don’t travel very often and always struggle with what to pack.   Since I have been doing so much refinement of my wardrobe and style over the past year, I wondered how that might affect my packing prowess.   In today’s post, I look at what I brought to Tahoe with me, whether or not my packing served me well, and what I wore during my stay.

Debbie Roes - Lake Tahoe

One night on my recent Tahoe trip – a warm summer evening by the lake. 

What I Packed

Tahoe during September can be a bit “iffy” weather-wise. While it is often still quite warm during the day, the temperature can definitely plummet in the evenings.  It’s also not uncommon to have a cold snap in early fall. All of these factors can make packing challenging.  In the days leading up to my trip, I kept checking the forecast and refining my list of what to take with me on my trip.

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