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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  • “Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own” -Joshua Becker

This quote hits home because I never realized how cluttered our apartment was and how that clutter, even though it was organized, was holding us back in unexpected ways. 
This weekend we re-arranged our house a bit and I’m so in love with the results. We used to have our computer desks both in our bedroom. Although our room is pretty big, having so much furniture made it feel small and cramped. Not at all relaxing. 
Since I’ve been getting rid of things like it’s my job, I sold all of our guest room furniture except the bed, leaving a whole lot of space in there. We moved the desks into that room and it made both rooms feel like a whole new space!! It’s amazing what happens when you let go of things. Happier, quieter, less cluttered. Have a wonderful Monday!
  • “Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.” -unknown

Happy Friday!!! I’m so excited for the weekend 🙌🏻I love this quote because people sometimes think having and buying more will make them better somehow. Happier, more stylish, cooler, more liked. .

Sadly, in high school, this was true. When I started wearing brand name clothes, people literally treated me completely different. I got invited to more things, different people started talking to me. It was crazy. But those people were not my real friends and I literally haven’t spoken to any of them since high school. So, goes to show how those things don’t actually matter!! Have an awesome weekend 😘
  • In honor of #nationalproposalday I want to give a shoutout to my handsome husband @jacob.thompson87 for totally nailing my engagement ring 💜😍
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 I knew I wanted something unique with a colored stone. I didn’t want a big expensive diamond or a ring that would look like anyone else’s. Jake knows my favorite color is purple so he got me a lavender sapphire with a petal halo. I also love my simple twisted wedding band. I took this picture on our honeymoon because I was so happy to finally be able to wear them together! I love how they complement each other. I never want to take them off. Have a wonderful Friday Eve!
  • “Forget the Sales price. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it.” .
As a fun challenge for myself, I’m going to do a shopping ban. If you’re familiar with the book “The Year of Less”, Cait goes an entire year without buying anything unnecessary (actually she ends up doing a second year after). I just finished reading it and I love the idea of not buying anything new that I don’t need. 
While I’ve been purging, I’ve seen just how much I really have. There isn’t anything I need. The sales price used to get me. That seductive little red sticker would catch my attention and convince me I needed that piece in my closet because it’s such a great deal. BUT it’s not if you don’t need it. Save your money for things you truly love and put thought into buying, not impulse buys that will hang unworn in your closet.
  • Have you ever been so excited about something that every time you talk to someone who you see could benefit from it, you just want to tell them every single thing about it because you just want to help them? That’s how I feel about minimalism and living with less. It’s changed my life and my mindset in so many ways and all I want to do is tell people about it. But I don’t, unless they ask. 
You can’t force change on people. They have to come to their own conclusions in their own time. They have to have their own inspiration *ah ha!* moments like you had. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but they won’t HEAR you until they’re ready. The best way to show them how great something is is by being an example! Be the change you wish to see. Maybe you can inspire others with your happiness. Happy Tuesday!
  • “If you don’t have time for things that matter, stop doing things that don’t.” - @bemorewithless .
This weekend (and in general, lately) I took a little break from social media. Since I started my new job, this weekend was the first actual weekend Jake and I have spent together since we got back from our honeymoon in October. Crazy, right?! It was wonderful to spend time with family and get stuff done together and just enjoy the time we had. Making time for what’s important is so crucial to your mental health and the health of your relationships! If you’re too busy, remove the things that aren’t actually important and make time for the things that are.

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