Work Wear Friday – March 30, 2018

 We’ve made it to Friday again! I am so thrilled about today for two reasons. First, it’s my sister’s birthday! I got to talk to her for about 40 minutes this morning and she has a lovely day planned and I’m very happy for her. I do wish I could be there to celebrate with her, but that’s how it goes living 1200 miles from your family. 

The second reason is I get my wedding dress back today! I dropped it off in January and get to pick it back up today. Thankfully it fits like a glove, so the only thing I had to do was get the bustle added which was pretty inexpensive. But I can’t wait to go try it on because every time I do, I never want to take it off! I seriously feel like a princess. 
Here’s this weeks outfits:

SUNDAY

MONDAY

 
 
 
 
 
 
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I’m always so happy to get home on Friday afternoon and know that I’ll get to sleep in the next day. Anyone else feel that way? The weather is not helping with me wanting to be home and sleep lately!
 
These white jeans I wore are so comfortable and perfect for Spring. I’m trying to look Springy since it doesn’t feel that way. When it finally gets warm here, I have plenty of outfits I plan to wear them with. I have so many cute floral Springy tops that I just haven’t been able to wear yet since it’s too cold, but white makes me feel polished and put together. The top I wore with them is from Target, but I linked a similar one here for you guys. I get in trouble when I shop at Target…I always leave with way more than I intended to. 
 
I get a lot of compliments on these Dolce Vita open toe booties, and they are sooo cute and perfect for spring! The blush laser cut shoes I wore on Thursday are perfect for Spring! I got mine from Justfab, but I found very similar ones here and here, and I also LOVE this pair and this pair. 
 
This week at work, we had a lot of big meetings to make some important decisions for some of our projects, and it gave me an excuse to break out my blazers more than usual. Here is my black one (less expensive here) and my light grey one here.
 
I love getting a chance to wear a blazer with jeans (or a full suit) because it gives me a wonderful confidence boost! I feel so put together and like a best version of myself. If you’ve ever seen Never Been Kissed, that scene in English class where Mr. Coolson is talking about Shakespeare and how what you wear can be liberating and make you act or feel differently. Blazers just give me that extra oomph to take on the day. 

My shirt from Sunday’s outfit is actually from this matching PJ set. I love how soft and comfortable it is (and I love matching sets!) so I figured I’d throw a blazer over it and no one would know! The floral pants is comes with are amazingly comfortable, they’re like jogger leggings and both have gotten even softer since I washed them. 
 
The other two things that made me feel good this week are these amazing leopard print Steve Madden loafers and this super soft faux suede Moto jacket. I can’t emphasize enough how comfortable it is. It’s super stretchy and isn’t restricting at all, which is my favorite thing about it. I also love the drape front of it because it’s kind of like a cardigan Moto jacket combo. It’s so very lightweight, so it’s perfect for Spring. Love, love, love it. 
 
Both of these items are from my last Trunk Club box! My stylist actually got promoted so I just got a new one, but I’m excited to see what her take on my style will be. My sweater from today is from my last Stitch Fix box, and I just got another one so that review will be up soon! 

I’ve also gotten a bunch of questions about how I’ve been styling my hair this week, and I plan to make a tutorial over the weekend and share my new T3 curling wand with you guys and how to use it, so stay tuned for that in the next week or 2! 
 
Easter is this weekend, but it’s supposed to be really cold Sunday so I’m hoping I can still wear my new dress! I might just have to layer up.
 
What are your plans for this weekend??
 
XO,
 
Dani
 
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  • Enjoying a wonderful long weekend trip to Wisconsin visiting Jake’s older brother and enjoying allll the cheese curds 🧀
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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!
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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 ❤️
  • 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 DaniThom.com via the link in my bio ❤️

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