Work Wear Friday – Dec. 29, 2017

The last Work Wear Friday of 2017 is here!! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. Christmas  has come and gone, and here we are already at New Years!

This year, I’m spending New Years in Texas with Jake’s grandparents and cousin. We’re celebrating our engagement at the same time, so it’ll be a lot of fun!

For this week, of course Monday was Christmas, and I also had off on Tuesday. Monday I did dress up to look nice for Christmas but Tuesday was a lazy day. Here we go.

Christmas! This is the only picture I have of my outfit from Monday. I felt like being festive for the day, so I wore this split sleeve pearl embellished top with a bright red Calvin Klein scarf. I got this top from Marshalls for only $13 and I love it! Jake said I looked like I was wearing ornaments, so I felt Christmassy. I wore some of my Paige jeans, and my black OTK Steve Madden boots. Christmas tree earrings that you can’t see, but they matched my scarf. This whole day was spent talking about our engagement and discussing wedding plans!
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Tuesday was a lazy day spent entirely in the house. Jake’s older brother is in town from Wisconsin and stayed with us Monday night and we spent the day Tuesday with him and his wife since we don’t see them much. Since they’ve been traveling and Christmas was so busy, we were all more than happy to just cook and hang around the house and watch some movies together. Jake got me these awesome Hue fleece lined leggings for Christmas that are so warm. I wore one of my fleece North Face jackets, and my favorite Lemon slipper socks that are so warm and fuzz lined. Perfect cozy day.
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Back to work! I do love my job, so I don’t mind going back after the holiday. This week was pretty lax since most people were out of the office on vacation, so there have just been three of us. Wednesday the high was only 13 degrees, so I knew I needed to be warm. I wore this wonderful Rip Curl turtleneck that kept me nice and toasty. My dark American Eagle jeans looked great in contrast with the ivory top, and I added matching leg warmers for an extra layer under my Ralph Lauren riding boots. My gold leaf necklace and go-to Kate Spade watch added some gold detail. 
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One of my many gifts from my mom and sister were this maroon turtleneck and floral scarf by A New Day from Target. I love Target’s clothes, I can get in trouble whenever I go in there just by wandering instead of going and getting what I need and getting out. I love this maroon color, and it’s very popular this season. The floral scarf added a nice touch to keep it from being too plain, and I added a long tan cardigan that I’ve had for years. Another pair of Paige jeans and my OTK Steve Madden boots
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It’s the end of the week already! I felt like rocking the New Years vibe and wore this Halogen glittery sweater I got from my first Trunk Club box, over top of one of my many Express Portofino shirts. I added a pearl statement necklace to jazz it up a bit, as I felt the neckline was too plain. I love the glitter of this sweater, metallics are very big this fall. I had on Liverpool jeans and my OTK Steve Madden boots. These boots are my go-to’s right now because they’re tall and warm, and go with everything! I did a close up to show the glitter of the top, it’s so cute.
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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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