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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  • 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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