Work Wear Friday – Jan. 5, 2018

This week was another weird week with New Years Day being on Monday. Jake and I were fortunate enough to spend last weekend in Texas visiting his family. When we got back on Tuesday, we really just had time to pick up Oliver and come home to relax a little before I left for a business trip on Wednesday morning. It was only 3 hours away, and I am very happy to be back home today after being away for pretty much the entire week.

Even though it was only a three day work week for me, I still have a full week of cute outfits to share!

MONDAY
Happy New Year!! Although we were in Texas, it was still super cold! I was surprised to see it would only be in the 30’s all week. This Express sweater is so warm and comfortable. I have it in maroon and I loved it so much I bought it again in ivory! I wore my lighter pair of Paige jeans, tan booties, and gold leaf necklace. 
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TUESDAY
Tuesday was travel day, so I wanted to be cute but comfortable. I love cowl neck sweaters, and this one is very comfy and super cute. Another purchase from my Express sale. I added a pink pendant necklace, Liverpool jeans, tan booties, and my favorite Kate Spade bag that carries everything. It was full of things for the flight. 
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WEDNESDAY
Early morning Wednesday before heading out. Another day comfort was very important. This is another one of the sweaters from my Express sale extravaganza. Big and comfortable, obviously my style. I wore my black Liverpool jeans from Stitch Fix, and my grey booties. The black scarf is from Express, too, but is old.

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THURSDAY
Staying warm and comfortable. Day 2 of the trip was great. I paired this plain grey long sleeve shirt with my maroon skinny jeans. My scarf was a Christmas gift last year from my best friend, from Charlotte Russe, but I found one sort of similar. I wear my hair up when I’m feeling lazy. 
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FRIDAY
YAY for making it to another Friday!! I was unsure about this sweater when I got it, but after today, I fell in love. It’s amazingly soft and warm. Of course it has the cowl neck design I love, and I really love the slight bell sleeves. I paired it with some Liverpool jeans and my OTK boots. I felt great in this today, and it was still surprisingly comfortable to make my three hour drive in.
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Have a wonderful weekend!!

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. 💇🏻‍♀️ 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!
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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.
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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 ❤️
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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 DaniThom.com via the link in my bio ❤️
  • 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!

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