8 Steps To Overcome Impulse Buying

I’m not addicted to shopping. At least, that’s what I tell myself and those who question my shopping habits. Yes, I buy multiple items every week and yes, I am also aware of the ridiculous amount of clothing that piles up (most of which I only wore in the few short weeks after buying it, once, or never at all). It’s not like I’m buying things because I want more clothes for the sake of it. It’s just, with each piece I carry along to the register, I feel this feeling of this is the one. This is going to change things. This is going to make me different.

But this month, in an effort to build a budget I can actually stick to, I realized the way out of all my impulse buys isn’t changing my spending habits; it’s in changing my entire approach to personal style!

And why exactly is this so important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is more about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in our confidence.

In terms of your wardrobe, I want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop for what fits your style so that when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!” Whether you shop every week or just feel that urge to buy new clothes every time there’s an upcoming event you’re attending, your buying habits aren’t necessarily the root of the problem. Your personal style is.

Finding (and refining) your personal style can be a struggle. I’ve been there so many times, as I gaze into my closet full of clothes and come to that dreadful realization of “I’ve got a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear.”

In terms of your wardrobe, we want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me! So, we enlisted the help of one of the most stylish women we know, Jamie Krell. Her advice is budget-friendly, and she’s an on-air style expert. You remember her from E! News, The View, Access Hollywood, and The Today Show, right? Read on for Jamie’s tips for finding your personal style, one that is all your own.

“Whether you shop every week or just feel that urge to buy new clothes every time there’s an upcoming event you’re attending, your buying habits aren’t necessarily the root of the problem. Your personal style is.”

Rebecca Jacobs of Darling Magazine says in order “to stop buying things you don’t wear, we need to go much deeper than clothes:”

Steps To Overcome Shopping Addiction | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Happy Friday, y’all. And happy first official day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this sale lately and wondering what’s the big deal? Well, my friend, the big deal is the actual items that are on sale. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a one-of-a-kind event that includes new and current season products at reduced prices. This means brand new items are on sale!!

And even though there may well be over a month of Summer left, it’s never too early to start planning for your Fall wardrobe. Plus, there’s plenty of pieces that are perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall.

But this sale is big (and maybe even a little overwhelming). So in order to help you get the best deals, I’ve scoured the whole catalog and I’m sharing my absolute favorites to help ya out “Friday Favorites” style. From chic coats and jacket to hard-to-resist, take a look at what’s on my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wishlist.

And remember: At Nordstrom, you get free shipping + free returns on ALL orders so you can shop with confidence!

Friday Favorites | My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

Favorite Top: Billabong Birds on High Neck Tie Blouse ($32.90)

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How To Plan A Last Minute Trip

The stress of life can definitely get to you. And sometimes, there’s no better cure than a last-minute trip to get away from it all! I’m actually doing this right now, which was the inspiration for writing this post. If you find yourself in need of some major, much-needed R&R, read these six tips to help you avoid stressing out or overspending as you plan your own last-minute vacay.

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How To Boost Your Productivity This Summer

The sun is shining, your Facebook and Insta feed are filled with vacation shots, and sadly, you are stuck at work. As the days grow longer, it’s only natural to daydream of all the places you wish to visit this Summer. Unfortunately, adulting is a year-round thing which can be a challenge in the warmer months, especially with three-day weekends and your various co-workers coming back from vacation with sun-kissed glows. Though it’s tempting to slack off, read these tips for staying focused and motivated when you feel really (really) distracted.

Seven Tips to Boost Your Productivity This Summer

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12 Best Summer Vacation Spots In The U.S.

There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road. Windows down, music blaring, and a cooler full of beer in the back seat (for later, of course). Road trips are the quintessential way to capitalize on the season’s long days and balmy nights, and some of the most beautiful vacay destinations to enjoy this season can be experienced stateside. Sure the game has changed — smartphones have all but rendered crumpled maps obsolete — but one essential question remains: Where to go? Look no further, my friend. Below, I’ve picked ten of the best places to visit in the U.S. during the Summer. And the best part: you can drive to each one.

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Friday Favorites | Volume Nine

Oh, how I love Friday . . . It’s the day before Saturday which means the start of the weekend. And whether you have a fun trip planned to the beach, a night out on the town with your squad, or you’re using this weekend to recuperate and catch up on your Summer reading, Fridays are all about focusing on what you’re going to do for the next 48 hours! Plus I get to share my favorite findings with you in the hopes of sending a little bit of inspiration your way. Let me know which Friday Favorite you love the most!

Friday Favorites | Volume Nine

Favorite Top: My wanderlust is strong with this Mapped Out Blouse ($48) from Vici Collection.

Friday Favorites: Mapped Out Blouse from Vici Collection | Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Mapped Out Blouse from Vici Collection | Original Caroline

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Vitamin D: What Is It + How To Get It

Typically, you won’t find me in the sun all that often. Sure, I’ll spend some time by the pool during the weekends and probably catch a few rays while I’m driving . . . But by and large, the only light  in my life is of the fluorescent variety. So lately I keep wondering about the importance of Vitamin D and, since I know that it comes from the sun, if I’m actually getting enough.

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6 Ways To Feel More Confident This Summer

We all have our insecurities — reasons to choose certain clothes over others and reasons to cover up at the beach or a pool party. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us have imagined the “perfect” beach body at some point only to look in the mirror unhappy with our reflection. But if you wish to feel more confident, this has got to change! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to focus on our bodies and feel more confident, but you don’t have to do it in a negative way that involves deprivation and hating on yourself in the process.

You deserve to feel beautiful and confident, even when it can sometimes seem impossible. So here are a few ways to stop hatin’ on yourself and start feelin’ yo’self this Summer!

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