Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!!! Happy freaking Friday!! Woohoo! We made it to the weekend!!  It’s such a great feeling when we have accomplished another successful week and now we get to relax and regroup before we do it all over again. 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of happiness as a choice we can make.  I have really been trying to focus on this concept in the past few weeks.  If I have to do something I don’t want to do or go somewhere I don’t really want to go, I have been focusing on trying to be happy no matter where I am or what I am doing.  That is not to say that I don’t have moments of frustration, anger or sadness (I certainly do), but I try to find happiness every day.  When I remind myself of all that I have to be grateful for, happiness just fills my soul to the brim.  I really think that happiness is a choice.  No matter the situation, we can choose to be happy or not.  It IS possible to find happiness always.

These guys right here… they are the reason for a LOT of my happiness. 

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I would love to just freeze time right here and now.  I am truly the happiest I have been in years with where I am in my life.  Old enough to support ourselves and be independent, but young enough to only have our pups relying on us right now.  We do want kids, by the way, just not yet.  I always thought I would be done having kiddos by 30, but truthfully now that I am almost 29, I don’t think I will even have one by the time I’m 30.  I really think it is smart that lots of people are waiting longer to have kids these days.  Truthfully we don’t have any friends in Nashville with kids, most of our friends here aren’t even married so I think that gives us the mindset we are in right now because we aren’t surrounded by babies.  We just really love our life right now and are not quite ready to give up our freedom just yet.  My mom is probably tearing up as she reads this… she needs grandbabies stat.  I told her to talk to my sister. 😉

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I get emails from a chiropractic office I used to go to when we lived in Ohio and each week they send out difference snip bits of health related articles so my next two Friday Favorites are from that email blast!

While I do eat fish and dairy occasionally in the form of cheese or greek yogurt, I haven’t eaten meat for the past 14 years.  I personally believe in a more plant-based diet (it is just what personally works best for me and my body) and I think that has really helped me to stay healthy.  While everyone in the fitness world is always talking about how much protein they consume, it is important to note that there is such a thing as too much protein.

Diet: Cutting Down on Meat and Dairy May Reduce Heart Failure Risk. 
Middle-aged men who eat a lot of meat, dairy, and other high-protein foods may be increasing their risk for heart failure. A review of 22 years of data concerning 2,400 Finnish men found that those with a high-protein diet had a 33% increased risk for heart failure, and the risk increased if their primary sources of protein were animal meat or dairy. Researcher Dr. Jyrki Virtanen notes, “Our findings indicate the high protein intake may have some adverse effects on health, especially if the protein is coming from animal sources.”
Circulation: Heart Failure, May 2018

I loved this reading this next piece of information on sleep.  We are always told that you can’t “make up for lost sleep,” but it seems that maybe you can.  I love sleeping in a little bit on the weekends (too much and I am over-tired the rest of the day) and not waking up to an alarm.

Wellness/Prevention: Sleeping in on the Weekends May Help You Live Longer? 
New research suggests that too little sleep during the work week can be counteracted by sleeping in on the weekends. A study involving nearly 44,000 people showed that the risk of early death among individuals who got less sleep during the week and more sleep on the weekends differed very little from those who averaged seven hours per night on both weekdays and weekends. The findings suggest we shouldn’t feel guilty about sleeping in on the weekends.
Journal of Sleep Research, May 2018

That’s all I have for today!! I am ready to enjoy the weekend with a few plans (you probably can guess one of them…) and some down time with my pups.  Have a great weekend yall!!!!

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Do you go out to eat more on the weekend?
  3. Favorite summertime fruit or vegetable? 

My Favorite Supplements… Greens Powder

Good morning!!!  I hope your day is going well so far!! Mine started with a workout at home followed by a long walk with my pups and husband.  We try to get as many walks in as we can and lately we have been incorporating a lot more long morning walk/runs with the doggies because it has been way too hot to do that in the afternoon.  I’ve always been a morning exerciser, but my husband is another story.  He used to be (and sometimes still is) one of those people who sleeps until the very last minute that he HAS to be up. 🙂 . Although I do hit snooze a time or two (my husband would say it’s more like 10 times ;)) I do like to be up and enjoy my morning rather than get up and have to immediately start getting ready for the day.  I also really like my mornings that start with a workout and a walk with my pups because it helps me to wake up and I just feel better when I get my body moving first thing, especially on the days I am at a desk for most of the day.  

On the mornings I do exercise first thing, I am really hungry by the time I get showered and ready for the day.  My go-to quick breakfast that I can have on the go is still a big ole protein smoothie.  My base of my smoothie usually stays the same and I switch up a couple things each day.  One thing that has been consistently going into my smoothies is Greens Powder.  

I’ve heard and read a lot about greens powder over the years, but only really started consistently using it a couple months ago (after my surgery) when I couldn’t really eat many greens because they were too hard on my healing stomach.  I knew I would feel better if I got more greens into my system so that’s when I turned to greens powder.  You can absolutely drink it just mixed up in water, but yall, I’m not THAT adventurous.  The taste isn’t great, but I really can’t taste it when I hide it in my smoothie.  

I have used this brand.

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And this brand. 

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Truthfully, I can’t tell a difference between this two, but the Purely Inspired one is organic and LESS expensive than the Helivin brand.  I got them both on Amazon.  

For the purpose of explaining the benefits of greens powder, I will tell you what all is in the Purely Inspired Organic Greens powder.  (Ps this post is not sponsored, I’m just simply sharing some products I like).  This greens powder contains 40 greens, grains, sprouts, fruits and veggies.  It also contains 18 vitamins and minerals and active probiotics.  That is a LOT of nutrients in one scoop. 

While we all know it is important to consume lots of greens, most of us don’t get near the daily amount prescribed from food alone.  This is where the greens powder comes into play.  I do recommend getting your greens in through your food, but we can’t be perfect everyday so I have found this is perfect to supplement my diet.  Greens powder has a ton of benefits ranging from boosting your immune system and energy, helping you absorb another nutrients, balancing hormone levels, and keeping your body in an alkaline state.  As always, consult your doctor if you plan to change/add anything to your normal diet.  

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day!!

Questions:

  1. What is one supplement you use daily? 
  2. Have you ever tried a greens powder?
  3. Have you ever kept track of how many servings of greens or veggie you eat in a typical day?

Weekend Recap 8.5.18

Hey Friends!! Happy Tuesday!!  I hope yall had a nice weekend and a good start to your week!!  It’s been busy busy busy over here, but all good things so I can’t complain!!  

Ever since I had taco lettuce wraps when we did Mexican night a few weeks ago, I have been obsessed with trying to create new dishes involving lettuce wraps.  For some reason they leave me more satisfied than a simple salad even though sometimes they contain the same ingredients.  Last week we did a Mexican themed night and I turned my tacos into lettuce wraps again but this time they contained ahi tuna, avocado, corn, tomatoes, and grilled peppers and onions.  So good!

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I have been in major need of a new indoor grill pan.  Our old one was SO worn out so it was time to invest in a new one.  Amazon Prime to the rescue and we have already put the new one to use. 🙂 . Do you use an indoor grilling pan?

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I found this on my phone the other day and it just made me laugh.  Sweet Callie girl.

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On Friday night we headed to my dad’s to hang out with him and my brother for a bit.  We grilled then hung out in the hot tub for a bit before calling it a night. 

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I don’t know about yall, but it has been HOT here in Nashville so all I want to do on the weekends is lay by/in the pool.  This past Saturday was no different and after my husband finished golfing, he and his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) came over and joined us at the pool.

After a little while we all headed down to the garden to pick some flowers and vegetables.  With the intense heat a lot of their produce got destroyed, but we were able to salvage a few things.

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Saturday night we just hung out at our house and called it an early night.  Sunday morning started bright and early with a walk in the park with my bestie, Lissa, and my pups while my husband played tennis.  My husband likes to get in all his activities on the weekends, while I like to rest after working out during the week. 🙂 

On Sunday afternoon, my mom came over to help us clean and organize for a few hours.  

Lunch break. 🙂 Riley loves Mimi.

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He finally ate his own food after realizing he wasn’t going to get ours. 😉

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We cleaned the whole house, cleaned out our closets to go to Goodwill and I even had some time to meal prep for the week for my husband and I.  My husband eats out at lunch often with his coworkers so usually I don’t do much meal prepping for him so I was just a LITTLE excited when he asked me to make salads for him for the week. 🙂

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Then I helped my mom get an appetizer ready for her book club. yum!

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Then we plopped down on the couch and cuddled. 

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And watched a few episodes of the new season of Shameless.  Do any of yall watch it?  It is really dumb, but pretty funny. 

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I started a new book this weekend too! So far it’s really good! 

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I’ve been working on setting intentions each Sunday for my week ahead.  Sometimes they are big goals and sometimes they are small things I want to work on.  This week I am focusing on being more kind.  This can be shown in acts of kindness or simply speaking to others in a more kind way.  Just thought I would share this with you all.

That’s all I’ve got for today!! I will be back later this week!  I hope you guys have an amazing week!!!! 

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is one goal or intention you have right now?
  3. How often do you clean out your closets?

Weekend Recap 7.29.18 Friends and Family and Sun

Hey friends!!!  

How’s your week going?  Mine is going pretty well and I am happy it is Wednesday already.  Sunday night I could not sleep and when I finally got to sleep it was horrible sleep with lots of tossing and turning for the next 2 hours when I finally called it quits and got up at 2 am to read my book.  Needless to say, Monday at work was not exactly fun.  Then Tuesday I had a doctor appointment in the morning and when I got there the receptionist informed me that my doctor was running behind.  I said… “how far behind?” She said there are 5 patients in front of you….. um no thank you.  So I rescheduled.  I swear this happens to me every time I try to see my doctor and all of the first appointments of the morning are always taken up.  Her other patients know the secret too. 🙂 

Anyways… back to the weekend.  My husband left on Thursday afternoon for a boys weekend at the lake so I made some quinoa (with veggie broth) and roasted veggies (broccoli and carrots) and topped it with pine nuts and avocado.  It was delish!

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Friday night my best friend, Lissa, and I had plans to celebrate her birthday at Woolworth on 5th.  We had some wine and shared the brussels appetizer and I got the shrimp salad and she got the fish special. yum!

Afterwards we went to a nearby bar, Geist to have a drink on the patio since it was so nice outside.  We had lots of fun catching up and having girl talk. 🙂

 

Saturday morning after a long walk with my pups and a workout, I headed to my mom’s pool (like usual) with my bestie, Rachael, for some time in the sun.  We had huge yummy salads for lunch with mixed greens, chickpeas, beets, pecans, goat cheese, hard boiled eggs, and avocado.

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We gots lots of girl time in with my momma and we all read a lot of our books!

 

 

Rachael came over to my house on Saturday evening and we grilled out.  (My husband is probably thinking…”thank god she didn’t burn down the house.”)  We grilled romaine, corn, zucchini, and cod (Rachael brought the cod over… she gets it delivered from Thrive Market.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it was really yummy so I may give it a shot!)

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We were all just a LITTLE excited for this guy to come home.  Callie never lays in the bed at night.. she is always in her bed or on the floor.  Sunday she was cuddled up with Jon because she really missed him.  SO sweet. 

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This girl got up with me at 2am on Monday and licked my leftovers from my snack of banana and almond butter.  

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She never wants to miss out.  Riley wouldn’t get out of bed at that hour if I had a treat.  Okay, maybe for a treat. But he likes his sleep. 

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When we head downstairs in the morning for my workout time, my pups are always right by me.  When I get on the treadmill, they both hop on and I spend at least 5 minutes trying to get them off (and keep them off).  It is really pretty funny.  Riley then brings all his toys and tries to put them on the treadmill.  I throw them a few times but they usually have to go pick up Riley and put him on the couch and tell him to stay. LOL…always wanting to play. 

Someone told me they really liked my hair on Monday…. I told them I am so embarrassed at how long it has been since I washed it and how much dry shampoo is currently in my hair.  I still haven’t washed my hair… maybe tomorrow.  🙂

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Oh… yall! I am reading this book and it is sooo good.  I will definitely finish it this week.  It is about a disappearance/murder that occurred in Nashville a while ago.  

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That is it for today!! I’ll be back later this week!! Hope you all had an amazing weekend and have a great rest of your week!!! 

Questions:

  1. Best part of your weekend?
  2. Reading anything good right now?
  3. Watching any good shows currently? 

Friday Favorites 7.27.18 A Little Bit of Everything

Happy Friday friends!! We made it!! woooo!  I hope you guys have some fun things planned for the weekend ahead!  I am going to dinner tonight with one of my besties and am looking forward to some more pool time with another bestie tomorrow!  Besides that, I don’t have much on the agenda, which is how I like my weekends these days. 🙂 

This week’s Friday Favorites are quite random and includes a bit of everything so feel free to just skip on past this post if I’m too disorganized for you (I’m a little too disorganized for myself sometimes so I get it ;)).  

My husband and I made ahi tuna tacos earlier this week and to save a few carbs I opted for romaine lettuce leaves instead of corn tortillas, which ended up being delicious…. even if I didn’t have quite enough room for all of the fillings. 🙂 

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We included tuna, raw cabbage slaw (I love the pre-chopped cabbage that can be found in the salad section at the grocery), raw corn off the cobb, tomatoes, and avocados.  Topped with salsa and crack  balsamic glaze.  SO so so good. 

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On Tuesday morning after a couple of hours at work, I headed home to meet my mom to head to the doctor for another epidural spinal injection for my neck/upper back.  When I was in the hospital my back pain was non-existent and I can’t figure out if it was because I recently had an injection before I got sick, because I was basically laying in bed for over two months straight or because my stomach hurt so badly that I didn’t notice my back hurting.  A few weeks after I got home from the hospital my back pain went back to full force and has been driving me crazy ever since.  I am really hoping this injection kicks in soon (it can take a few weeks to take full effect).  After my appointment my mom and I stopped by Uncommon James, Kristin Cavallari’s new store in Nashville.  It has the cutest baby clothes and really pretty jewelry.  

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Unfortunately we didn’t run into Kristin or Jay Cutler, her husband, while we were there. 😉  Have you all been watching her new show Very Cavallari?  It is fun to watch shows that are shot all around Nashville.  I know a couple people on the show from high school so that is always fun to watch!

My mom and I made sure to not miss the opportunity for a photo shoot at the store. 🙂

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Isn’t she the cutest?

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Afterwards we headed to Bread & Company to pick up some lunch to eat at home so we could hang out with Riley.  I made my own salad (and topped it with leftover grilled tuna) and my mom got a breakfast sandwich.  We both loved our meals!

After lunch we got to cooking!  My husband is headed to the lake this weekend for a boys weekend so I offered to make some food for them (otherwise they just live off of hot dogs and chips) to take with them.  My mom and I made 4 quiches, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, blueberry muffins, a green bean casserole, a corn & bean dip, fresh chopped pineapple and watermelon, a mixed salad, and veggies for dipping into hummus.  We also made these sesame seed cookies my mom wanted to try.  It was a LOT of cooking, but we enjoyed it…. until the construction workers on our street hit the water line and we were without water for a couple hours.  We needed it for a couple recipes so we had to improvise with milk and everything turned out fine… thankfully. 🙂 We attached directions to all of the recipes that need to be cooked or reheated in the oven so the boys cannot mess it up. LOL.

After a very hot walk with my pups, I sat down to watch this week’s episode of the Bachelorette.  Do any of you watch it?  I really like Becca…she seems so down to earth.  I snacked on some olive tapenade hummus with rice crackers. yum!

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My husband and I had zucchini pasta with onions, garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes the other night.  I think this will always be one of my favorite meals.  We used this mint pesto  to top our dish and it was fantastic.  I love how this pesto uses two fresh herbs, no cheese, and almonds instead of pine nuts (so much more cost efficient).  

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I made these chocolate chip zucchini muffins earlier this week and my husband and I have been loving them.  I love crumbling them in a greek yogurt for a morning snack!  Next time I make them I am going to use dark chocolate chips and walnuts! 

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I’ve told you about my new obsession with One Bars, but I still haven’t tried all of the flavors.  I had this one for a snack earlier this week and boy was it yummy!!!!

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Casually reminding my momma to drink her water!!  And all of you… drink up!!  I feel SO much better on the days that I drink a ton of water.  I aim for 3-4 liters per day.  

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And a smile for you today to remind you to always smile and choose happiness!!! 

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That is all for today!! I hope you all have a really great weekend!!!!!  I will talk to you next week!! xoxo

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Any pool or lake time included in your plans?
  3. How much water do you drink each day?  Do you struggle to drink enough?

Favorite Supplements…L-Glutamine

Hey guys!!! 

Today I am sharing another favorite supplement of mine with you all…. L-Glutamine.  

L-Glutamine is an amino acid (building block for proteins) that is naturally occurring in our bodies.  It is produced in the muscles and distributed by the blood to the organs that need it.  I use this brand and really like it.  I simple add a teaspoon to my smoothie each morning after my workout.  It doesn’t have a taste so it is perfect to add in a smoothie, but you could easily just mix it with water or juice.   

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There are SO many benefits from L-Glutamine so I will list them in bullet form to keep it easy to read! 

  • digestion and gut health (used for ulcers, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
  • depression, mood disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability 
  • enhancing exercise performance and recovery (one of the main reasons I use it)
  • improving recovery after surgeries (I like this benefit too)
  • immune system support
  • helps when the body is under stress 

There are a LOT more uses for L-Glutamine, but these are some of the reasons I use it and love it.  It is an easy add-in to my diet and I can see the benefits.  

Questions:

  1. Do you use an L-Glutamine supplement?
  2. What is one supplement you cannot live without?
  3. Do you take a multi-vitamin?

Week in the Life… Fashion Edition

Hey there!!! How are you all doing?  My week is going great!  This week is a lot less busy than last week, which is a nice change of pace.  My husband is one to have some commitment each night of the week and I am the very opposite.  I like to have most of my nights during the week free from commitments and save them for the weekend when I have more time (and sleep :)).  

I hope you guys don’t get the wrong idea by the title of this post… I am so far from ever being a fashionista.  Most of my wardrobe comes from Target or Old Navy, but I do love popping into cute boutiques when I am with my mom or sister.  I have never loved shopping, but I do enjoy it more when I am with my mom or sister and have some help.  I really don’t shop for clothes often because it’s just not something I do by myself and I hate buying clothes online because they never fit me right (my husband appreciates this about me :)).  

In honor of branching out of my blogging comfort zone and incorporating more unique and different type posts, today I thought I would share some outfits that I regularly wear to work.  When it is chilly out, I love a good pair of slacks or capri pants, but since it has been extremely hot, I have been wearing a lot more dresses and skirts to work.  My work if very relaxed about the dress code, but I try to dress up just a little bit so that I am comfortable, yet a little stylish.  I think taking the time to look presentable is important because it makes me feel my best and I am more productive if I am all ready for the day.  With that said, most of my outfits are very comfortable. 🙂 

I am obsessed with long-sleeve dresses.  I like long-sleeves, which are normally too hot for summer, but if they are on a shorter dress, it is the perfect combination for me.  I can’t remember exactly where I found this, but I will venture to say it is from Target from a few years ago.  

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It’s super comfortable too!

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I love this skirt paired with a solid top.  The skirt is quite a few years old from Forever 21 and my sister gave me this top when we cleaned out her closet last year.  

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One of my favorite dresses ever.  It is SO comfy and can be casual or dressed up depending on what jacket/sweater and shoes it is paired with.  Pretty sure it is from Target or Old Navy.  I love these Kendra Scott earrings too.  I really like big earrings with a ponytail… it’s a nice way to dress up a simple pony.  

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I’ve actually worn this dress to a couple weddings.  The material is really stretchy, which I love.  I think it is from White House Black Market.  It is from a few years ago so I am not positive.

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I love a good statement necklace to add a little excitement to an outfit.  

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As you can see, I am pretty simple with my work outfits.  I like to look nice, but not fancy.  I sometimes wear heels, but more commonly I wear nice wedges, flats, or dressy sandals.  I don’t wear a ton of jewelry besides my wedding rings, but I do love some earrings, a bracelet, or a nice necklace to dress up an outfit.  When it comes to work attire, I like to keep it simple, yet cute.  I think it’s important to put effort into the way you present yourself, but it doesn’t have to take a long time or be complicated.  I wash my hair one or twice throughout the work week and supplement with dry shampoo for the rest of the time.  It saves me SO much time (my hair is SO thick), which is awesome during the week.  That means more sleep and time to workout.  🙂 

Thanks for reading today!  I would love to hear about what you wear to work!

Questions:

  1. What is your dress code for work? 
  2. Do you wear a lot of jewelry?
  3. What are your statement pieces of clothing for the work week?