Work Wear Friday – Jan. 26, 2018

Oh how I looove the weather changing! This week started cold and rainy, but ended sunny and 60. I sense Spring coming. Except it’s supposed to get cold again next week…boo.
Having school two nights a week for 4 hours is killing me lately. I’m glad we’re almost half way through because I am exhausted. Next semester I only have 1 online class which will be so much nicer. 
On top of the busy week with school, we had a lot of deadlines at work this week so it was super hectic. We did get it all done, though! But it was rough haha.
For the week, here’s the rundown:
Monday was cold and gross out. I scored this sweater from Express for only $15!! They’re having a fantastic clearance sale right now, I highly suggest you check it out. I can’t find this exact one to link, but they still have a lot of other sweaters on sale right now. I love the color of this one, too. It’s different than anything else I have, like a pretty seafoam green. The pictures don’t really do it justice!
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I got this shirt from one of my SuitableYou boxes. I didn’t maintain that service because it didn’t really fit my style. But I did love this top. I wore it on my first in-person interview to my job because it looks great tucked into a pencil skirt. I haven’t worn it again until now because I’ve been trying not to repeat tops until I’ve worn everything. I am finally through all of my fall and winter clothes and can wear things over again! I love this cardigan from Express (similar here), and I also LOOOVE this necklace! I bought it a few months ago and just haven’t figured out how to wear it yet despite how much I love it. Finally figured it out. 
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Excuse my dusty mirror!
Another score from the Express sale!! This top was only $20. I love the sheer ballon sleeves and the keyhole detail on the front and back. We had a very long in-office meeting on Wednesday so I threw a black blazer over this to add a touch of professionalism. I love the look of blazers with jeans. My OTK boots (similar) always add a great touch, too. I got some questions about this necklace; it’s a feed through and it was a gift from my best friend. I believe it’s from Forever 21. 
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We were out of the office on Thursday for a tour of a Smart Unit apartment. We’re planning on making some of our apartments “Smart” so we wanted to see the functionality in person. If you didn’t see already, I took a video and it’s saved on my Instagram story. It was in a really awesome loft in Downtown KC. Afterward we had a really nice lunch on The Plaza because it was so beautiful outside. That’s also on my IG story! Even though it was so warm, I wanted to wear this scarf (similar here and here) while I still could! And I love this Express faux leather jacket. Perfect for Spring! 
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Ah, Friday. All of the hectic-ness of the week came to an end today. We met our deadlines and had a little in-office celebration. My office is definitely not your typical kind of office, and I am so thankful for it. It’s like a family, and because the only people that I work with in my office are all owners of the company, they do as they please. Which means when we get done what we need to get done, we have mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and have a chill day playing catch up on emails and other little things. These Liverpool jeans feel like leggings and I love them. They’re from Stitch Fix. Perfect for a chill day. This top is old, but I found a similar one here.
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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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