Shop Your Wardrobe Blog

This is the Shop Your Wardrobe blog where we talk shopping, consumption, body image, personal style, fashion, shopping your wardrobe, self-care and self-awareness, attitudes and habits, and living your life.

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The Devious Devices Home Shopping Shows Use To Make You Buy

I’m fascinated by home shopping shows.  Maybe you didn’t know this about me, but its true.  These shows are like watching B comedy movies or classic television shows from the 1970s to me.  They’re an intriguing spectacle, and I often find myself marvelling at what I’m seeing – could they really be saying that?  Don’t … Continue reading

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Stop Shopping and Live Your Life [No.31]

Weekly inspiration and ideas for living, not spending, your life. Please feel free to share these beautiful, fun and inspirational postcards.  I only ask that you share them in their entirety/without any cropping or editing. You can find them all in Living Your Life.

Making Mistakes

10 Simple Truths About Making Mistakes

Mistakes. I’ve made a few. But unlike ole blue eyes in the classic song, unfortunately they haven’t been too few to mention. Here’s what I’ve learned about making mistakes. We all make mistakes. Yes, every single human on the planet has made mistakes of one kind or another. Big. Small. Catastrophic. Life ending. Microscopic. Forgettable. … Continue reading

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Nifty Notes [No.9]

All Nifty Notes (Mondays here on the blog) contain an original image — all photographs taken by me (everywhere from Sydney to San Francisco) — and a thought-provoking, fun and/or quirky message.  To inspire you to think about your shopping in a new and fresh light. Nifty Note #9 Feel free to share these original … Continue reading

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I Am Happiest When [No.48]

The Power of Vacations Recently I had to do some research on the value of holidays, for a client project.  I discovered some interesting facts: Holidays are as important as sleep The health impacts of holidays include lowered blood pressure, increased sleep quality, and an improved sense of wellbeing and resilience A US study found … Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful Woman

The other day I was skipping through the channels on TV when I caught the music channel.  k.d. lang was singing Hallelujah. I’d heard this song before of course, it’s a very evocative and beautiful song, and I love it and how it makes me feel when I hear it. But this time I noticed … Continue reading

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Stop Shopping and Live Your Life [No.30]

Weekly inspiration and ideas for living, not spending, your life. Please feel free to share these beautiful, fun and inspirational postcards.  I only ask that you share them in their entirety/without any cropping or editing. You can find them all in Living Your Life.

Working Wardrobes

9 Simple Truths About Working Wardrobes

  I never thought about my wardrobe as being ‘working’ or otherwise before I started my year without clothes shopping late 2009. Since then, my focus has become very clear that a working wardrobe is what one’s wardrobe should be – it should work. Many women report wearing 10 – 30% of their wardrobes. The … Continue reading

Nifty Notes [No.8]

All Nifty Notes (Mondays here on the blog) contain an original image — all photographs taken by me (everywhere from Sydney to San Francisco) — and a thought-provoking, fun and/or quirky message.  To inspire you to think about your shopping in a new and fresh light. Nifty Note #8 Feel free to share these original … Continue reading

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I Am Happiest When [No.47]

The Power of No I’ve always known there is great power in saying no.  That sometimes we get our best YES’s when we have said NO to something, or someone. But there’s a big difference between knowing something, and doing it. I’ve often found it difficult to say no.  It has somehow felt combative or … Continue reading

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How Big Is Your Wardrobe?

US photographer Yassine El Mansouri created a fascinating project about people and their clothing.  He invited people to bring into his studio the contents of their entire wardrobes, and to photograph them surrounded by their clothing.   For some photos, he had to use a multi-storey crane to get far enough away from the subject, lying on the floor … Continue reading

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Stop Shopping and Live Your Life [No.29]

Weekly inspiration and ideas for living, not spending, your life. Please feel free to share these beautiful, fun and inspirational postcards.  I only ask that you share them in their entirety/without any cropping or editing. You can find them all in Living Your Life.