Work Wear Friday – Jan. 12, 2018

I haven’t worked a full 5 days in my own office in the last 4 weeks, so even though I did work all 5 days, because I worked from home Thursday, it felt like a short week. With Christmas, then New Years, going on a business trip, and now a snow day, it’s throwing me off haha!

Despite all that, I still love to be able to share these posts with you every Friday 😊. One reason (of many) I love my job is the ability to work anywhere my laptop is, if needed. So when the weather was terrible here in KC on Thursday, we all got to stay safe at home and not have to worry about going to the office. Another bonus, Friday I got to bring Oliver to work with me! My office is only 6 people, and 3 of them are owners of the company. So it’s a very close knit group and it’s very much like a family. And they LOVE Oliver. They were so happy to see him and how big he’s gotten!

Now, on to the week:

Oliver loves to follow me around, can you tell? He’s the cutest photobomber. Mondays call for warmth and comfort even more than any other day. I love the lace on the bottom of this sweater, it adds such a cute detail. But this sweater had reached the end of it’s life, I think. It’s started to just get too worn. So I believe this was it’s just hoorah. Big comfy infinity scarf, some distressed jeans and booties are an easy combination when I just don’t feel like thinking much at 7am Monday morning. All of these exact items are sold out, so I tried to find similar!

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Excuse the dusty mirror — just wanted a close up!
Excuse my yoga mat in the background, I didn’t roll it up lol. Tuesday I went out to Topeka with my boss to look at a hotel our company was considering buying. It was a short trip as someone had broken in to steal the copper pipes and it was flooded. BUT I felt like since we were going out and about, I’d rep the company swag they so generously gave everyone for Christmas. I love this pullover, it’s so warm and fits great. Not to mention our logo looks great. OTK boots for freezing weather, and I definitely have fleece lined leggings on under my jeans as we were outside a lot.

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I loved this outfit! I ended up wearing the scarf a different way, but still loved it. These burgundy corduroy skinnies are warm and a great color. I just had on a black boat neck top under the jacket and black booties, but I just got this jacket and this was the first time I wore it and I love it. Great purchase. And it’s still on sale!!

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Thursday I was able to work from home, so I didn’t actually leave my house. BUT I figured I could share my workout outfit from that day instead, since that’s really what I wore around. Part of my New Years resolution is to really maintain my workout routine. Since we’re getting married in October, I really want to look my best. Even though I’m thin, I struggle with self image just as much as everyone else. People make some pretty rude comments to skinny people! Working out also helps me sleep better, so that’s an added benefit. This sports bra is from Victoria’s Secret, and the leggings are underarmour.

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When I woke up on this wonderful Friday, it was a whopping 6 degrees out. SIX. So, big sweater, big  scarf, leg warmers, boots, and yes, I do have leggings on under my jeans again. I am always cold, so I have to dress warm always. It’s a solid reason why you’ll rarely, if ever, see me in shorts even in the summer. This scarf was a gift from my best friend, but I tried to find similar ones. It’s from Charlotte Russe. 

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Also, just for fun, here’s some cuteness from Oliver being at work with me today. He was a very good  baby and just hung out and slept under my desk. You would think he’s be a distraction to me, but really he distracts my co-workers who kept coming in my office to love on him! How could you not, though? He’s precious. 

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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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