Work Wear Friday – Feb. 16, 2018

Hi All! I took a much-needed break last week, but am happy to be back. Last week was midterm week and things have been crazy at work, so I’m trying not to burn the candle at both ends. I also worked from home all of last week, so I only had leggings and Jake’s sweatshirts to show haha!

I am happy to report I got A’s on both midterms and am so happy I’m half way done with these classes because having to be in class in person from 6pm-10pm 2 days a week is reeeallly wearing me thin these days. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! This was my first Valentine’s Day with Jake (we started officially dating a week after last year), and I love LOVE so Jake knew it needed to be special. Valentine’s Day is also my half birthday (meaning the 6 month mark right in between). If you follow me on Instagram (which you should!), you already know Jake came to surprise me at work and hand deliver an Edible Arrangement to me to just make me smile. He knows I’ve been stretched thin lately with work and school being so busy. It was so, so sweet of him. He even got a bigger one so I could share it with everyone! Bonus points. I’ve included a picture for you below 🙂 

Since I have class on Wednesday nights, he took me to a very nice dinner on Thursday at the place where we had our first “fancy” date. It’s called Bristol Seafood Grill, and if you live in KC you NEED to go! It was so wonderful to be able to go back almost a year later and reminisce on how much has changed since we started dating. Who knew 10 months after we had that date we would get engaged!! (He did, I did not haha)


Now, for the weeks outfits:


The week started off cold, so I had to break out a turtleneck. This simple grey one with all black everything else really captured my Monday feelings lol. I’m kind of obsessed with this necklace I got from Nordstrom Rack and loved how it added to this outfit. These Liverpool jeans from one of my StitchFix boxes are so comfortable they feel like leggings. I love them!

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I wasn’t feeling anything too special on Tuesday. I’m pretty over my winter wardrobe by now and am trying to force myself to re-wear everything in different ways. If I don’t reach for it, I plan on getting rid of it in my next closet purge to make room for the things I reach for all the time! This navy top is old, I got it from Charlotte Russe a few years ago and it just doesn’t do that much for me anymore. I threw one of my favorite Express Cardigans over it with some grey booties, but felt pretty meh that day.

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Valentine’s Day! Of course, I had class so we didn’t celebrate that night, but I did love my lunch time surprise visit. I am always festive on V-Day, so I wore this red Express Portofino shirt (which I literally have in 6 colors). My forever faithful Paige jeans, and Steve Madden OTK boots (mine are sold out, similar here). Oh, I love them. I was nervous when I bought them thinking “will I ever wear these?” Come to find out I wear them at LEAST once a week. Talk about L-O-V-E.

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So close to Friday… Still feeling festive, I wore this pretty blush pink top that I scored from Marshalls for $20 a few months ago. I love the light pink, it’s very popular right now. This cardigan was from my last Stitch Fix box, and I knew that I wouldn’t want to wear heels all day and then again at night since we were going to dinner, so I opted for my flat riding boots. I love this necklace, it’s so simple (and cheap!) and matched perfectly to add a cute little touch.

*I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the dress I wore to dinner Thursday so I’ll be doing a separate post on that!*

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Finally! The last day before the weekend! I am living for the weekends with how busy life is right now…it’s my own bit of downtime and I need all I can get. It was cold again today, so I went for one of my oversized cowl neck sweaters. Most of my sweaters this season have been from Express, this one is no exception (and it’s on sale!). Again, I didn’t feel like wearing heels all day, so riding boots were an easy choice. Plus, with Spring coming, I have to wear them while I still can!

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I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend!! 

XO,

Dani

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  • Enjoying a wonderful long weekend trip to Wisconsin visiting Jake’s older brother and enjoying allll the cheese curds 🧀
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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!
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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 ❤️
  • 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 DaniThom.com via the link in my bio ❤️

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