The following is a list of programs and books that I feel may be useful to the readers of “Recovering Shopaholic.” All of the resources listed on this page have been personally vetted by me. I have taken the courses and read the books that I recommend here and give them my stamp of approval.
If you have any other resources you’d like to recommend, please connect with me to share them. Once I have a chance to check them out, I will add the ones I like to the list. I will also periodically add new resources to this page as I become aware of them.
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Online Courses / Programs:
Dress With Less Microcourse – If you’re interested in doing the Project 333 minimalist fashion challenge, this course includes all you need to get started! The course is a week long and includes 9 PDF worksheets, as well as playlists to inspire you while you’re sorting through your closet. You’ll also be given access to a private Facebook group, where you’ll find lots of people ready to answer your questions and cheer you on. I took this course prior to starting Project 333 and found it very informative, helpful, and supportive. I highly recommend it!
A Simple Year – A Simple Year is a year-long course that was designed to help you simplify your life gently and with purpose. There is a new focus – and a new instructor – each month, with topics including clutter, food, relationships, and busyness. Each month’s curriculum includes written articles, audio/video recordings, and a live webinar where you can connect with the topic’s “simplicity advocate” to ask questions. An optional private Facebook group is also offered for interaction with like-minded people on the journey toward a simpler and more meaningful life.
Shop Your Wardrobe – Former shopaholic Jill Chivers has created two online programs for compulsive shoppers. Her “Conscious Clothes Shopping 6 Week Mini-Course” is a short course that provides you with the input to start improving your relationship to shopping. Her premium program, “My Year Without Clothes Shopping,” is a comprehensive full-year course with monthly themes that touch upon all of the key issues related to compulsive shopping. I took both programs and wholeheartedly recommend them!
Shop Less and Live More – This is the newest offering from conscious consumption advocate and creator of “My Year Without Clothes Shopping,” Jill Chivers. “Shop Less and Live More” is a fabulous website and two inspiring and affordable e-products designed to help you live your life, not spend it. Based on the idea that a happy and fulfilling life is not to be found at the mall, Jill shares 365 ideas to help you create a life you love – instead of continuing to acquire more and more things you don’t need.
21 Steps to a More Stylish You – Are you in a style rut? Do you feel you could look a lot better than you do? Or do you feel that your style doesn’t really reflect who you are? If you need help determining what style best suits your body type, lifestyle, or personality, this unique style course from 40+ Style is for you! Each of the 21 steps addresses one key aspect of personal style. By the end of the course, you will know how to move forward, dress better, and take your style to the next level!
Accessorize Me Confident & Beautiful! – Accessories are really the key to great style. Your outfits are not quite complete without the right accessories and can look unfinished or even frumpy. In this unique and extensive course, all types of accessories will be discussed in detail, as well as many expert tips on how to put together outfits that will look great on YOU. You will step away from this course feeling more confident and radiant than ever.
Svelte in Style: How to Look and Feel Great While Losing Weight – Do you put off buying clothes until you lose weight? Do you have no idea how to dress your changing body shape? This program from Imogen Lamport of “Inside Out Style” and Jill Chivers of “Shop Your Wardrobe” is an interactive workbook full of information, exercises, and activities that are helpful for all women, not just those on a weight loss journey! The two main sections of the book address the emotions and habits that may be sabotaging your weight health and show you how to best dress your body in its current and changing shape. Also included are two bonus sections on eating and exercising healthily. I previously reviewed this book on “Recovering Shopaholic” – read it HERE.
Living with Ease: The Mindful Way to Dissolve Stress – Do you feel frayed, frazzled, or fried far too often? This program from Sandra Pawula of “Always Well Within” is a complete road map to dispel stress and prevent it from overpowering you again. The self-study format allows you to start anytime and move at your own stress-free pace, without the pressure of daily e-mails or group participation. You will receive 30 carefully crafted lessons in one, easy to open PDF file.
Books on Shopping Psychology & Ethics:
- To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop – April Lane Benson
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less – Barry Schwartz
- Getting Out from Going Under: Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders – Susan B.
- Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – Elizabeth Cline
- You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You – Jennifer Baumgartner
- Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money – Geneen Roth
- Spent – Avis Cardella
- The Shopping Diet – Phillip Bloch
- The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe – Anuschka Rees
- The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece – Kim France & Andrea Linett
- Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well – Sally McGraw
- InStyle the New Secrets of Style: Your Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day
- Closet Smarts – Emily Neill
- I Don’t Have A Thing to Wear: The Psychology of Your Closet – Judie Taggart & Jackie Walker
- Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body – Clinton Kelly & Stacy London
- The Truth About Style – Stacy London
- I Have Nothing to Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again! – Jill Martin & Dana Ravich
- Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion – Paula Reed
- The Pocket Stylist: Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look – Kendall Farr
- Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond – Kendall Farr
- Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want – Bridgette Raes
- Harper’s Bazaar Great Style: Best Ways to Update Your Look
- InStyle Instant Style: Your Season-By-Season Guide for Work and Weekend
- Sam Saboura’s Real Style: Style Secrets for Real Women with Real Bodies – Sam Saboura
- How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide for Looking Fabulous for Less – Kathryn Finney
- Glamour’s Big Book of Do’s and Don’ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman
- US Secrets of Celebrity Style: A Crash Course in Dressing Like the Stars
Gray Hair Transition Books
- Going Gray: How to Embrace Your Authentic Self with Grace and Style – Anne Kreamer
- Going Gray Beauty Guide: 50 Gray8 Going Gray Stories – Jan Rogers
- Gray Hair Adventure: Things I Learned About Life When I Stopped Dyeing My Hair – Susan Paget
Miscellaneous Personal Development Books:
- Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits – Gretchen Rubin
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
- You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay
- Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual – Dennis Prager
- Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness – Matthew Kelly
- The 5 Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die – John Izzo
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential – Leo Babauta
- You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too – Tammy Strobel
- Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters – Phillip C. McGraw