Work Wear Friday – Mar. 2, 2018


Happy First Friday of March!! I can’t believe we’re already into the third month of the year. It’s crazy how quickly it’s going by. 

Last week was finals week and THANKFULLY I am still maintaining my 4.0. It’s iffy when there’s a math class involved because that’s not my strong suite. But that was my last math class, now all I have left are my capstone HR classes. Thank you, Lord. 
This was a busy week at work not only because we have so many closings going on, but because we had a big party Thursday and there was a lot to get ready for. Thankfully it all went off perfectly and we had a great time and got some knowledge out there about our new Boutique Retirement Club concept. 
As for this weeks outfits, I didn’t find anything exceptional in terms of sales, but still found a few less expensive options just in case. I got a new phone, too, so hopefully the picture quality on my mirror pics will be better from now on!

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I wanted to have a touch of Spring Monday, and blue and white stripes are very on-trend this season. I got this top from Marshalls for $20, it’s Banana Republic (cuter/similar here) and you can’t go wrong with a classic button down. These Liverpool jeans feel like butter, and some simple beige flats made life easy. I also wore my Express Moto jacket over top to be warm. It runs TTS, I wear an XS.

I’m obsessed with these Express Portofino shirts, I have so many of them. They fit great (TTS, this is an XS) and they’re so easy to dress up or wear with jeans. I threw on my favorite pearl statement necklace (similar) that I got from Forever 21 for like $10 and dressed it up a little. Still trying to milk every day of wearing boots I can. 

It was more chilly Wednesday, so I threw on this cowl neck sweater (similar here and here) that I got in one of my Stitch Fix boxes. My black jeans are from Stitch Fix, too. Simple grey booties (similar) to break it up a little and I was so comfortable without looking too casual. 

The day of the party we went in pretty casual since we were running around all day doing stuff to prepare, and then later changed into our fancy outfits. I am obsessed with this Patagonia vest and wear it at least once a week. It’s a little pricey but totally worth it.

I threw in a group shot of my office (plus one of the partners who came into town for the event) just because we all looked so nice. We wear jeans every day, so getting dressed up isn’t a common occurrence haha. I think we clean up pretty well, don’t you think?

THURSDAY – Fancy
Also, I got this suit a few years ago at Express and I found the Blazer and Pants version but couldn’t find the skirt, so I included that instead. I own the pants, too, but it was so nice out yesterday I wanted to be Springy. Seriously trying to force it to happen haha.

Ahh, the almost best day of the week. I don’t anticipate today will be very busy as we will probably be cleaning up and winding down from all of the chaos. I actually got to go in a little late today for that very reason! I love this scarf and want to wear it one more time before it’s too warm. It was a gift and is from Charlotte Russe. They have such cute scarves. My jeans are also from Stitch Fix and are so comfortable they feel like leggings. They’re a little high waisted and I love the support of that lol. Another day where simple flats make life easy.

Sidenote, I love that Oliver just has to be included as often as possible. I’m sure he wonders what I’m doing every day ?

Our engagement photos were rescheduled and they’re happening TOMORROW!! I’m so excited! Anyone else have exciting plans this weekend?? 
XO,
Dani 

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. 💇🏻‍♀️ 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?
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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!
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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.
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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 ❤️
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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 DaniThom.com via the link in my bio ❤️
  • 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!

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