Work Wear Friday – Mar. 16, 2018

Have you ever gone on a trip and when you finally get to come home it’s pretty much the best day of the week? Maybe not if you’re going somewhere you actually enjoy, but I was in Western Kansas for a business trip this week and let me tell you I could not be more thrilled to be back home and in my own bed.
I found a few things on sale this week that I thought I’d share with you guys. A lot of my looks from this week featured pieces from Express, who is having an awesome sale right now:
 30% off all women’s tops, and $25 off when you spend $100 with code 3622.
Please excuse the less than desirable photo quality from my hotel room, I could not get good lighting to happen for the life of me.
Shop any of the looks by clicking the links, or under the SHOP tab at the top of the page!
I was so excited that it was more on the chilly side on Monday so I could wear this sweater (and it’s on sale!). I sized up to a medium in this for the oversized fit. It’s a perfect Spring color, and I am so in Spring mode already I was like you know what, I’m gonna throw this on with some white jeans and open toe booties and feel bright and cheerful. Both are on sale right now, and both fit TTS, I’m wearing a 26 in the jeans and a 7 shoe. I could possibly do a 6.5 in the shoes if I wanted.
I have still been getting over my cold this week, but I thought “if I don’t feel good at least I can look good”. It helped! I also recently treated myself to new luggage and this Delsey Chatelet set is gorgeous and fits SO MUCH! I fit 4 days of clothes in there; outfits, shoes, PJs, all my travel stuff, and my steamer for my clothes. Crazy. It was definitely a splurge, but well worth it since I’ll be traveling more now.
Day 2 in Salina. It was warmer there than it was in KC so I got to wear my cute new block heels (less expensive here). They were comfortable for the first day and a half but I was ready to wear flats by Thursday haha. I recommend breaking them in more before wearing them for 3 days in a row. But since they’re a block heel they’re definitely better than stilettos. Liverpool jeans, Express portofino blouse and Express black blazer (less expensive here) to feel a bit more put together. I love adding a simple pearl statement necklace to a look like this to dress it up even more.
I was glad I brought this sweater because it was more chilly on Wednesday. This sweater is on MAJOR sale right now, btw. And it’s cashmere! That along with this faux leather jacket kept me nice and warm. I love this jacket and have already worn it so much this year. It fits TTS, I’m wearing an XS. I didn’t bring other shoes besides my heels (less expensive) and the open toe booties I wore Monday, but we went out for drinks and a nice dinner at the Country Club so I felt appropriately dressed for that at least.
Our last day!! We didn’t even go to the office because my boss (and everyone else is my office) went to KU (University of Kansas) and is OBSESSED with March Madness. So we left first thing in the morning to make sure we were back. Which was fiiine with me! I was so happy to go back home.
These jeans are so comfortable and easy to travel in. I got this top off eBay, it’s from White House Black Market and it has a really cute back cutout. Hence the blazer over it. The one I linked in the same one in a Small, mine is an XS. I like that it’s not your typical striped top. I’ve tried to find similar ones for you guys in other sizes but it’s proven difficult so I got as close as I could here and here.
Again, this luggage is AH-MAZING. I got tons of complements on it. I’ve been told by other bloggers that it’s best to clean it with a Magic Eraser if it ever gets dirty, so I put one in there just in case but had no issues. It’s a hard case and not fabric, so I think that helps.
I can’t even tell you how happy I was to wake up in my own bed today! Oliver has not left me alone, despite the fact that we took him to the vet last night to get his last round of shots and schedule his snip snip 😱. He won’t be too happy with us after that I’m sure. He did really well so we got him some new toys last night as a treat, which if you watch my Insta-Stories, you saw we went a little overboard haha.
It’s not the best weather today but I didn’t realize it was raining when I decided to wear my Tory Burch sandals today. They run slightly on the smaller side, I will typically get my sandals in a 6.5 but these I definitely needed a 7 since my foot is RIGHT at the edge. I was hoping it’d be nice like it was yesterday. Oh well, at least I’m comfortable and it’s supposed to stop later.
My jeans look black but they’re really just a very dark blue demin. This sweater (similar here and here) is super comfortable and came in my last Stitch Fix box. And I just threw it over a plain black Tee and added my gold leaf necklace. I knew we didn’t have much going on at the office today so I could do more of a casual vibe.
Don’t forget to check out the Express Sale going on right now!  
30% off all women’s tops, and $25 off when you spend $100 with code 3622.
What is everyone up to this weekend? It’s St. Patricks Day, and while I’m quite Irish, I plan on just enjoying being back at home with my boys and probably cleaning our apartment haha.
Happy Friday!!
XO,
Dani

 

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  • “Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own” -Joshua Becker

This quote hits home because I never realized how cluttered our apartment was and how that clutter, even though it was organized, was holding us back in unexpected ways. 
This weekend we re-arranged our house a bit and I’m so in love with the results. We used to have our computer desks both in our bedroom. Although our room is pretty big, having so much furniture made it feel small and cramped. Not at all relaxing. 
Since I’ve been getting rid of things like it’s my job, I sold all of our guest room furniture except the bed, leaving a whole lot of space in there. We moved the desks into that room and it made both rooms feel like a whole new space!! It’s amazing what happens when you let go of things. Happier, quieter, less cluttered. Have a wonderful Monday!
  • “Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.” -unknown

Happy Friday!!! I’m so excited for the weekend 🙌🏻I love this quote because people sometimes think having and buying more will make them better somehow. Happier, more stylish, cooler, more liked. .

Sadly, in high school, this was true. When I started wearing brand name clothes, people literally treated me completely different. I got invited to more things, different people started talking to me. It was crazy. But those people were not my real friends and I literally haven’t spoken to any of them since high school. So, goes to show how those things don’t actually matter!! Have an awesome weekend 😘
  • In honor of #nationalproposalday I want to give a shoutout to my handsome husband @jacob.thompson87 for totally nailing my engagement ring 💜😍
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 I knew I wanted something unique with a colored stone. I didn’t want a big expensive diamond or a ring that would look like anyone else’s. Jake knows my favorite color is purple so he got me a lavender sapphire with a petal halo. I also love my simple twisted wedding band. I took this picture on our honeymoon because I was so happy to finally be able to wear them together! I love how they complement each other. I never want to take them off. Have a wonderful Friday Eve!
  • “Forget the Sales price. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it.” .
As a fun challenge for myself, I’m going to do a shopping ban. If you’re familiar with the book “The Year of Less”, Cait goes an entire year without buying anything unnecessary (actually she ends up doing a second year after). I just finished reading it and I love the idea of not buying anything new that I don’t need. 
While I’ve been purging, I’ve seen just how much I really have. There isn’t anything I need. The sales price used to get me. That seductive little red sticker would catch my attention and convince me I needed that piece in my closet because it’s such a great deal. BUT it’s not if you don’t need it. Save your money for things you truly love and put thought into buying, not impulse buys that will hang unworn in your closet.
  • Have you ever been so excited about something that every time you talk to someone who you see could benefit from it, you just want to tell them every single thing about it because you just want to help them? That’s how I feel about minimalism and living with less. It’s changed my life and my mindset in so many ways and all I want to do is tell people about it. But I don’t, unless they ask. 
You can’t force change on people. They have to come to their own conclusions in their own time. They have to have their own inspiration *ah ha!* moments like you had. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but they won’t HEAR you until they’re ready. The best way to show them how great something is is by being an example! Be the change you wish to see. Maybe you can inspire others with your happiness. Happy Tuesday!
  • “If you don’t have time for things that matter, stop doing things that don’t.” - @bemorewithless .
This weekend (and in general, lately) I took a little break from social media. Since I started my new job, this weekend was the first actual weekend Jake and I have spent together since we got back from our honeymoon in October. Crazy, right?! It was wonderful to spend time with family and get stuff done together and just enjoy the time we had. Making time for what’s important is so crucial to your mental health and the health of your relationships! If you’re too busy, remove the things that aren’t actually important and make time for the things that are.

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