Work Wear Friday – Jan. 19, 2018

Happy Friday! Does anyone else feel like this week flew by? I can’t believe it’s already the weekend. Not complaining, of course.

I actually got to spend my first full week back in the office in the last 4 weeks, and it was extremely productive. It’s such a nice feeling to get so much done. I love it. 

Also, if you noticed, the blog got a makeover! I am in love with the new design. It feels so clean and consistent. 

I’m getting a Keratin treatment for my hair in a few weeks to keep me from having to straighten it all the time, so I’m wearing it up a lot so that I don’t have to damage it more before I get it treated. You’ll be seeing it up a lot over the next 2 weeks and I am deep conditioning it every week now to ty and moisturize it. Because it’s so curly, it dries out so easily. I hope this treatment breathes some life back into it. 

As for this weeks outfits, here we go::

From my big shopping spree at Express, I seriously love this sweater. If you haven’t picked up, I really love cowl neck sweaters. It’s like having a built in scarf. Big extra layer around the neck = warmth. These Liverpool jeans are so comfortable, always part of my rotation. I added the leg warmers and warm boots since it was a whopping ZERO degrees here in KC earlier this week. I was all about warm sweaters this week.
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Another sweater from my Express sale splurge that I am in love with. The slight bell sleeves add such a cute touch but aren’t too dramatic. I love the front detail, and of course the color. Ivory is so clean and bright. It is nice to be able to wear jeans to work. I wore my boots again because it was so bitterly cold and they are pretty nicely insulated. My Kate Spade purse (similar here) was a gift from a co-worker and I love it. It’s the perfect cross-body bag and goes with everything.
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This sweater is also from Express, but I got it before the big spree. I DID buy it again in ivory during that spree, though, because I love it so much. I get so many compliments on it. The balloon sleeves are so fun and the color and design in general are beautiful. These jeans are American Eagle and I actually got them at Marshalls for only $17! I am literally addicted to Marshalls, TJMaxx and HomeGoods. It’s so dangerous. 
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We had a few meetings Thursday so I decided to look nicer than just a sweater. I got this blazer (similar here) from The Limited a few years ago and got it tailored. I get a lot of my work clothes tailored because I love for things to fit properly, especially blazers. I have this Express Portofino shirt in 6 colors because I love how it fits and it’s perfect for work. Paige jeans are obviously my go-tos – I have 3 pairs. They’re on sale right now!! My necklace was a gift from my sister and this was the first time I’ve worn it and love it.
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My company got us MORE embroidered pullovers (mine is Kuhl, but similar here) and since these are the softest and most comfortable yet, I had to break it in. The weather was surprisingly nice today, but we did go out and do a site walk so I was glad to have such a thick layer with the wind blowing. I got these jeans in a Stitch Fix box and I love them. They’re super comfortable and I love that they’re not overly distressed but have a little extra. I wish I could have thrown on some Uggs with this outfit, but I put on booties because I try to avoid being TOO casual at work. Even this pushover is pushing the limit, but it is FROM work, so of course it’s ok. I much prefer to look my best at work since you never know what they day will bring!
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I hope everyone had a wonderful week!! Let me know what you think of the blog’s makeover or what your favorite outfit was below!

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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. .
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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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