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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  • 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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