Work Wear Friday – Feb. 23, 2018

Guys, can I just tell you how OVER the cold weather I am?? When fall is beginning, I get so excited for sweaters and scarves and boots. But by the time February rolls around, I am ready for WARMTH. I’m always cold, so I don’t really like cold weather. I just like dressing for it because I love big cozy sweaters. But I have definitely moved on to the sundresses and sandals mindset.

I’m going to try this weeks Work Wear Friday a little differently and try to find the things I wear that are on sale, or similar versions that are cheaper. I am a HUGE bargain shopper and will never buy anything full price, so even though my favorite jeans retail for $180, I actually only paid $70 for them!! I’m obsessed with Nordstrom Rack (#rackpack) and TJMaxx/Marshalls. They have great brands at about half the cost (if not more). My friends know I’m a deal hunter, so I can help you be one, too! 
SO, here we go! Shop any of the looks by clicking the green links
Monday started off sooo nice!! 60 when I left for work, 30 when I got home. Gross. I got this jacket from Express, but wait until it goes on sale as I’m sure it will again soon! It fits TTS, I’m wearing an XS. I got this shirt from Target about a year ago. I can’t look at their clothes or I’ll buy something.
I LOVE THIS SWEATER! And it’s on sale right now!! It fits TTS, I’m wearing an XS. The leather boots are a staple and go well with pretty much anything. 
similar sports bra here and cheaper here // similar leggings // shoes, similar cheaper here
My workout outfit is all from Victoria’s Secret and both are currently sold out, but I linked some similar ones. I wear a Small in their leggings as they won’t fit over my hips otherwise, and a Small top.  

sweater // jeans, cheaper here // boots, similar cheaper here
I get so many compliments on this sweater, and it’s been re-stocked AND is on sale for about $50!! I sized up to a Medium for an oversized, OTS look. 
OMG these boots! I wore the black ones all day and had just gotten these taupe ones in the mail. I am in love AND they’re also on sale for under $50!!
Slightly obsessed with this Patagonia vest lately. It’s so warm and soft. I haven’t been able to find it on sale, and it is kind of pricey, so I linked another white furry vest. My pullover and burgundy corduroy pants are both on sale right now!!
similar crop top here, cheaper here // similar leggings // similar yoga mat
I am all about at-home workouts. And if you haven’t tried this green smoothie, it’s amazing. I literally drink it every day. My leggings are Victoria Sport and while they’re a little pricey, I highly recommend them. They’re very comfortable and supportive. If you’re an Angel Card member, you get coupons in the mail every month one one is usually for 20% one item. Best part? You can combine them together AND use then on sale items. I got this top from TJMaxx for $15 and love the detail. 
sweater, cheaper here // jeans // boots
Made it to another Friday! Very happy that 1, I only have ONE more week of in person classes and it’s just to take my finals and 2 that we are almost done with our closings at work so slowing back down to the manageable crazy instead of the overwhelming crazy. I’m considering this outfit for my engagement photos, what do you think? I am having the hardest time deciding on anything to wear

This sweater is versatile and can be worn off the shoulder or as a cowl neck. I’m wearing an XS. I linked a cheaper version for you here, too. My jeans are on sale right now for under $40!! They fit great and are very comfortable. I wear a 26 which is equivalent to a size 2. And my boots that I looove are currently 60% off, making them just over $50!

Is anyone doing anything exciting this weekend?! 



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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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