Work Wear Friday – Dec. 15th, 2017

Happy Friday!! This week has been insanely busy and I’m glad that it’s the weekend. It was a busy week at work with deadlines approaching before the holidays, on top of it being finals week at school and trying to maintain a new puppy!! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? ?

Even with things getting crazy with school and work, my clothes are a way for me to add some fun into the mix. I am trying to force myself to cycle through my entire fall/winter wardrobe without wearing the same shirt. I’m getting close to the end, and I’m sure like me, you have those clothes that you ignore in favor of other things you love to wear. If I truly don’t want to wear something, I make myself get rid of it. Because I know it will just continue to sit there and I will keep picking other things over it!

When I went through my closet for my last clothing purge, that was my rule. If I don’t love it, I can’t keep it. If it’s a ‘maybe’ item, I said if I didn’t wear it in my first rotation of everything, I would get rid of it. I’m down to my last few things, so another purge may be coming…

I got about 4 hours of sleep total on Sunday night because Oliver wakes up every 2 hours like clockwork and takes a while to fall back asleep. So I wanted to be comfortable! These Liverpool Jeans I got from my second Stitch Fix box and I looove how comfortable they are. They feel like jeggings, so they’re very stretchy, but they also look like jeans. Great combo. This scarf is so warm and fluffy over my cardigan sweater. Cold day comfort outfit. 
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The company I work for is awesome, and they got us these warm and comfy Marmot pullovers embroidered with the company logo. Since I was out of the office most of the day on Tuesday taking tours of properties around the area, I was repping OPG. I wore my OTK Steve Madden boots to stay extra warm, and my darker pair of Paige jeans. One of my co-workers actually gave me this Kate Spade purse for helping her clean out her closet when she moved into a new house. I love it!! It’s a great cross-body bag and fits a surprising amount in it.
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I had a few meetings Wednesday and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel wearing this, as I kinda got dressed in the dark (again, lack of sleep). But I got a lot of love from my co-workers on it. I got this Banana Republic shirt at Marshalls for a steal, and this Express Cardigan is one of my go-to layering pieces. This pair of Liverpool jeans is so stretchy and comfortable, and just throw in some booties for the cold December days. I add my favorite watch to most of my looks, too.
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Thursday was COLD. I wanted to wear some warm pieces so I wouldn’t be shivering at my desk. My Kut from the Kloth Burgundy corduroy pants were the first thing that came to mind. I added this Philosophy cashmere sweater (with another long sleeve shirt under it for added warmth) and my black booties. I was warm! I got this simple bar necklace to layer on the cowl neck for an extra something on top. 
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Oh, Friday. I’ve been waiting for you. Another cold day called for a thick sweater. I got this years ago, and I love it because it’s the same color as my eyes so it really makes them pop when I wear it. I felt simple today, but still cute and professional. I love the look of layered necklaces, so I added 2 to my look today for some extra shine. My Ralph Lauren riding boots are super warm and perfect for those cold days. 
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  • Enjoying a wonderful long weekend trip to Wisconsin visiting Jake’s older brother and enjoying allll the cheese curds 🧀
I’m working on limiting my social media activity and only taking one picture to capture a moment instead of 30 trying to get them perfect. It’s been a nice side effect of minimalism and it’s helping me learn to not be so concerned with what others think, stop playing the comparison game, and live in the moment. I’m much more relaxed and happy without all the unnecessary drama and stress of the world. Definitely recommend trying it out if you struggle with anxiety like I do ❤️
  • I’m not a big selfie person so here’s one with my little ham to make it better while I show you my new hair🤳🏻
. 💇🏻‍♀️ I’ve cut off 8+ inches of my hair since my wedding. This last cut over the weekend was the big finale, an additional 4 inches off. Doing it slowly made it less of a shock and helped me confirm it was really what I wanted. This is the shortest my hair has been since I was 5!! My mom used to cut it and gave me a mullet once sooo I’ve kept it long ever since 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ My sister @juliestanbridge loooves to tell that story to anyone that’ll listen. I was definitely ready for a change and I’m thrilled with this length. .

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of less makeup and less hair care lately 😌 it takes me 15 minutes to wake up and get ready every morning, including making coffee and my lunch! I feel more beautiful in my own skin which has been a life long struggle, laugh lines and all. This simple life is more than I ever expected in so many ways and keeps getting better as I go. How could your life be better with less?
  • Today is a happy excuse to share some wedding photos ❤️ .

I’d be so lost without my mom and sister. I’m so blessed to have such a close relationship with them both. It wasn’t always this way but I’m glad that as I grew up, I realized how much I needed them both. They’re my rocks. .

I’m thankful for my mother-in-law because she’s accepted me wholeheartedly into the family and she raised my amazing husband and taught him how to treat me. Not everyone is so lucky to actually love their in-laws so I really appreciate this and don’t take it for granted!

I’m thankful for my Godmother, Kim, my best friend Courtney’s momma who is literally like a second mom to me and I love her whole family dearly ❤️ they’re a constant blessing. .

And Happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there like me who hold their babies in their hearts instead of their arms 👼🏻 You are celebrated today, too! #happymothersday
  • Getting rid of the extra stuff in our house we never used has been the best way of keeping it clean and organized. Everything has a place. There are still pictures on the walls and decor items on the shelves, but I don’t feel the need to have EVERY INCH decorated like I used to. It’s nice to have more open space, it looks and feels bigger! .

I always thought I was disorganized, but the truth is I just had too much stuff. Because let’s be real, if organizing your stuff actually worked, wouldn’t you be done by now?
  • Happy Saturday ❤️ I’ve been super inspired to write lately so I’m working on multiple blog posts. It feels so good to write again.

When I started talking about minimalism instead of fashion, my engagement dropped dramatically. Like, 70% probably. It was pretty upsetting in the beginning, not gonna lie. .

But likes and comments and followers aren’t what matter. The people that followed me before followed me for something I’m not talking about anymore, so that change is really ok with me. I’m appealing to a new audience now and I love that. I want to provide value to you guys, it’s the only thing that motivates me. I don’t post just to post anymore. I just had to realize that the people that are left still want to hear what I have to say, so I keep going for you! Thank you for being here ❤️
  • I’ve really been enjoying my time away from social media, but I also still enjoy mindlessly scrolling through pretty pictures sometimes. Life is all about balance. I see a lot of my fellow bloggers also struggle with the balance of creating a successful page and knowing when to give ourselves a break. It can be overwhelming! .

I put up a new blog post today about why I decided to give up on my shopping ban and instead focus on a LOW buy year and not a NO buy year. The main reason is it makes more sense for my life because things have come up and I don’t want to guilt myself into not buying something if it will make my life a bit easier. Minimalism is not about deprivation, it’s about intentionality. You can see the post at via the link in my bio ❤️

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