Work Wear Friday – Dec. 22, 2017

Happy Friday!! I’m so excited that Christmas is on Monday. This week has flown by pretty quick, despite how excited I’ve been. It doesn’t help that I got a cold this week. So most of the week was spent focusing on comfort (even more than usual).

I’m very blessed with many aspects of my job, but one of the nice perks is that we are heavily on the casual side of the business casual spectrum. Of course, when I do wear a pullover, it’s something my company gave to me. Otherwise, I prefer to look on the nicer. Always dress for the job you want, not the job you have! I meet a lot of new people all the time and it’s important to make a good impression. Especially in Real Estate Development.

SO. Here’s the week:

Getting close to the end of my fall/winter wardrobe for work before I will start repeating things, so what all I have left are things I haven’t picked yet. When I went through my stuff, I purged everything I didn’t like, so I do like what I have left. But sometimes I forget how much I like things until I put then on. This shirt is a good example of that. It’s just plain navy with pockets, but has a cute V neck design and the pleats in the front. Looking at it on the hanger, it’s not as appealing. But when I put it on, I love it. Paige jeans, my grey Express sweater, and grey booties. The necklace was a gift from my best friend 2 Christmases ago, and I love the navy bead on it to match this top.
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Tuesday I wore this plum Express Portofino blouse and another pair of my Paige skinny jeans. I have this shirt in 6 colors, I think. It fits great and can be easily dressed up or down. I love my OTK boots; they keep my legs warm. I added a black floral statement necklace to have less of a plain look. Throw on one of my Express cardigans, and I’m off.
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My cold really started to kick in Wednesday and I just wanted to be comfortable. Another one of the gifts my company gave me was this embroidered Eddie Bauer pullover. It’s warm and simple and perfect for a sick day. I hate missing work, but ended up being sent home early, as they didn’t want my germs lol. My Level 99 jeans are so comfortable, too. I got them in one of my Stitch Fix boxes.
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The cold was in full effect Thursday. Ugh, I didn’t want to do anything but lay in bed. BUT, I love my job. So I sucked it up and went to work. One of my big fluffy scarves was the way to go. These Liverpool jeans are like butter, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing jeans at all. 
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YAY! I made it! I felt much better on Friday, so I had to play up the Christmas spirit. I took my Office Christmas presents to work for everyone. It’s a tradition in my family to give ornaments to each other every year, so I decided to give everyone an ornament based on what they like. I wore another of my Express Portofino shirts, another pair of Paige jeans, and my Christmas tree earrings I got last year at Target. They’re so cute. I also got my nails done to be more festive. I only worked 4 hours today, so I was thinking about wearing this again on Christmas Day. What do you think??
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Do you have your Christmas outfit picked out yet?? 

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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
  • Happy Easter 🐰❤️
  • Casual Good Friday ❤️ this was yesterday’s work outfit but I jazzed myself up before we went to church with Jakes mom and stepdad last night. I cried like a baby. Good Friday always both kicks my ass and reminds me how blessed we all are. 
The beautiful KC weather this weekend is so exciting!! I’m so happy when it’s Spring weather 😍 Have a beautiful Saturday!!
  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
Happy Good Friday ❤️
  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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