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!! 



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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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