Work Wear Friday – Feb. 2, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! This week was one of the slower ones I’ve had recently, and I’m glad to be to the weekend again. It’s been so busy lately with work and school, I haven’t had much of a break. But since we had more of a slow week than normal at work getting all of our applications done, it was less “crazy busy” and more “manageable busy”. 
Since most of the office was out of town in Texas this week, I did get to bring Oliver to work with me on Wednesday. I do enjoy having him with me so he isn’t alone so much, but he is a big distraction for the others in my office! They love him and want to come love on him throughout the day more often than they would typically come in. Which is good, I’m glad they love him so much! 
Here we go with this weeks outfits:

Monday was back to being cold. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the weather in the Midwest is that it’s up and down all the time. It was 64 over the weekend, and snowed a little Monday! I’ve had this top for a few years and am pretty sure I got it at TJMaxx. It’s got a cute bow on the front and the top has a little sheer detail. I tried to add some similar ones to shop. The sweater is from Express, and I have it in 4 colors! I love it. It’s sold out right now but they always have new ones coming out. I’m always cold, to it’s nice to have. My Kut from the Kloth burgundy corduroy pants are on sale right now!! I’m also a huge fan of Kendra Scott, which is this necklace you see me wear a lot. 
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Lunch date with my co-worker Ro
I am still taking full advantage of sweater weather. I realized this week that I’ve had this sweater since High School, meaning it’s 8-10 years old! I love it because it’s the same color green as my eyes. I tried to link similar ones but couldn’t find one very similar. I’m also trying to wear my OTK boots as much as possible before it’s too warm (mine are sold out, but here’s a similar pair). Again, this wonderful Kendra Scott necklace. 
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Here’s Oliver! He’s getting so big I can hardly hold him like this anymore. All of the lighting was being difficult so it’s hard to see the color, but it’s a plum purple. I have the Express Portofino shirt in at least 6 different colors. I love the way they fit and I love the style. Simple and classy. I am a HUGE fan of Liverpool jeans because they feel like pajamas, seriously. And you see my Express sweater here in another color lol! Also my favorite watch
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He loves to be involved in anything.

I just LOVE sweaters. Since it’s getting closer to Spring I’m really trying to wear all of mine before it gets warm. I would be the person to wear them year round and get weird looks as I’m always cold, though. This Rip Curl one is sadly sold out, but I’ve linked some similar ones here. I’m also trying to wear my tall boots while I still can as well. My American Eagle jeans are extra dark and contrast well with the light sweater.
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We made it to Friday again! Yay! Today we had a few meetings in the morning so I threw on my favorite blazer (similar) over one of my many Express portofino shirts to feel on the nicer side. I’ve been wearing my hair down natural a lot because Monday I’m getting my Keratin treatment and I haven’t been wanting to straighten it and cause any more damage. I have 3 pairs of these jeans in slightly different colors and I just love them. So comfortable, can’t recommend them enough. I promise they’re worth the money!
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Friday – Part 2
Since out office is being renovated and no one wants to work there, I did get to work from home for half the day today which was wonderful. I love being in my bed with my laptop. I get so much done in the peace and quiet! That is, when Oliver wasn’t demanding my attention. I changed into my favorite yoga pants (I have two pairs because I love them that much) and this Lululemon 1/2 zip puller that is SO comfortable and warm. It has a cute quilt looking stitching across the front that I tried to show.
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Anyone excited for the Super Bowl this weekend? I can’t believe we’re already into February!


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  • Enjoying a wonderful long weekend trip to Wisconsin visiting Jake’s older brother and enjoying allll the cheese curds 🧀
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!

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.

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 via the link in my bio ❤️

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