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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  • 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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