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.

THURSDAY
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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FRIDAY – PART 1
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!

XO,
Dani

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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. .
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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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