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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  • 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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