I started reading Retail Therapy: Life Lessons Learned While Shopping by Amanda Ford. I thought it was going to be your usual fashion style how-to, but there are many important things to take away from this book.
Amanda Ford offers us shopping and fashion advice, but with a little twist. Many of us shop for the wrong reasons, which she uncovers. To quote from the book:
"It's the extra niceties that surround expensive brands that allure and trap me. I love the fancy tags that hang on a string and are fastened to the clothes with a safety pin, the beautiful magazine ads portraying elegant lifestyles, the fabulous bags and boxes that you get when making a purchase from a designer store. The stores that sell these fancy, expensive clothes are much more appealing to shop in, and the lighting, the layout, the service are so much better than at bargain basements. The problem with shopping this way, however, is that in blindly follow designer trends, you lose the most unique, most vibrant part of your own style.
Ignoring your own desires and getting swayed by brand names and other people leads to a closet full of mistakes..."
And if you're bummed about not being able to afford those new Prada's, may I suggest reading the chapter "Count Your Blessings"....
HIGHLY recommended read!