Tag Archives: Clothing

Pie Chart Shopping

4 Nov

Last week I blogged about my personal style, and how it has evolved after I got married.  One thing I have come to realize is that regardless of what style icon I’m channeling at the moment, to achieve that look, some form of shopping (on the Internet or in-person) has to occur.  Right?  I truly believe people don’t change…much.  I was a shopper before I met my husband, and It be unrealistic to believe that because I am married I wouldn’t shop anymore.  I have to admit shopping was once one of my favorite pastimes.  Most Saturday’s my older sister and I would meet up and shop, have lunch, then shop some more.  I tried not to spend more money than I budgeted for shopping.  And I always paid cash, so financially I was ‘responsible’.  Although I have to admit I could have saved much more than I did.

Now that I’m married, I try to limit my clothes shopping to buying seasonal basics and special occasion items.  But, that doesn’t always work.  Personally, I believe that getting married changes your perspectives and priorities, but it never takes away your desire to indulge in fashion.  In an effort to curtail impulsive shopping, I decided to try the Pie Chart Shopping method.  I came across this method while reading I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks.  Amanda suggests making a pie chart to prioritize the areas of your life you dress for.  There are six main areas: work, play/casual, play/elegant, sports/exercise, social functions, and bedtime.

“The pie chart can help you visualize how much time you spend in each area, and how important those areas are to you, and budget accordingly.”

Now when I’m shopping, and I see something I like, my goal is to decide if it belongs one of  my high-percentage shopping categories such casual, exercise, and social.  If not… I don’t buy it.   I will still continue to shop, but with focus on social and casual clothing.  Which allows me to have my cake and eat it too!  Would you try the Pie Chart Method? What methods do you use to curtail spending?


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Leather Shorts Shopping Excursion

2 Nov

I went on a quick shopping excursion to H&M today.  I brought a pair of ‘leather’ shorts.  I saw them styled last month on the blog Altantic-Pacific’s. Fashion blogger Blair Eadie styled a pair she brought from Forever 21.  She wore hers with wedges and an over-sized sweater.  Leather shorts is one of the Fall trends that can be easy and inexpensive to emulate.  Cheap and chic stores such as H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 all carry their own version of this trend.  For $24.95 these H&M shorts are a small investment, and they can be styled up or down depending on the look your trying to achieve, but the overall look should be kept casual.  I love the way Blair styled her shorts, what do you think?

Where to buy: H&M shorts; Theysken’s Theory wedges; Forever 21 Shorts

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Personal Style Redefined

21 Oct

I was browsing in Anthropologie yesterday when I came across the book, I Love Your Personal Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks.  I purchase the book, since it hit on a topic that I’ve occasionally thought about the this year, my personal style evolution.  Every since I can remember my style has revolved around showing off my legs.  I have always believed they were and are my best asset, at 5’9′ I’m taller than your average woman.  I remember thinking long and hard about what to wear when I was going out with my sisters (I have 3 beautiful sisters) and trying to differentiate myself from them.  In my mind, my legs were the key.

Now that I’m older I continue to wear clothing that highlights my legs, which is easy when you live in Florida like I do. Back in the day 🙂 when I worked, my style of dress for the office was classic with a modern twist, now I like to mix several styles.  Here are a few highlights from the author Amanda Brooks on personal style and how to find it:

  • Personal style is a look that is all your own.
  • Embrace yourself and your history.
  • Self-confidence is good for both your soul and your style.
  • Celebrate your creativity, express your different moods, and show off all the faces of your personality.

I believe your personal style will shine through even if you change your look from day-to-day.  Now that I’m not in a structured work environment, I am having fun experiment with different looks, and shopping in a wider range of stores from vintage clothing boutiques to Bloomingdale’s.  I don’t feel any pressure to conform to any rules or trends.  Also, I don’t feel the need to dress like a “wife” ow that I’m married. In the book, there is a section on things to consider when you are working on defining and refining your personal style, one being age.  Amanda writes:

“The word ‘appropriate” gives me the chills and has nothing to do with age when it comes to style.  Women look best when they wear what they look good and what works for their budget and lifestyle.  Everybody’s style evolves over time, but if you know what works for you and what you like you will never have to worry about dressing “appropriately” for your age.”  Not that is some great advice!  Gotta go, I’m headed off to the Bahamas for the weekend…. What should I wear on the plane? :=)

Have a great weekend!


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How to Give Away a Wedding Dress?

24 Jun

I started reading A Practical Wedding (APW) when I first became engaged back in February.   For those of you who are engaged, would like to be engaged, in love, newlywed, married, or you like pure unadulterated writing about love life and marriage, then you should definitely read Meg’s blog. One of the things that I was awe-struck by was the fact that many of APW’s readers come back after getting married, and give their wedding dresses away to a lucky reader (How cool is that?).

I’ve been toying with the idea since purchasing , my second wedding dress back in April (click here to read my Wedding Dress Woes post). Before I started this blog I figured I would offer both of my dresses to APW, but now that I have my own blog, I want to offer them one of my readers But, I’m not sure how I should go about it. Should I have a contest, let readers vote, etc… Readers, I need help!  how should I give away my wedding dress to a reader of my blog?

Wedding dress #1 (never worn)

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