It never ceases to amaze me how small changes can make such a difference sometimes.
My mom bought me this dress for my birthday. When I saw it online, I thought the sleeves might be a little big. Upon arrival, that proved to be true. I tried it on and asked M what he thought. He offered affirmative indifference. Not very reassuring…
A simple DIY alternation to make the sleeves a bit more fitted, however, made such a difference. In fact, it changed M’s opinion of the dress entirely! And mine too, which obviously matters more at the end of the day. A little seam up the inside of each sleeve worked wonders to make the dress much better for me.
Now that I love it, I’m pretty tempted to by this white and purple version (especially considering I have a mad crush on purple, it’s in my size, and it’s 60% off….)
Still Taking Small Steps
Speaking of small changes, I’m still wearing my Jawbone UP3 everyday. Just having the little band around my wrist encourages me to spend so much more time on my feet! Reluctantly, I’ve been more conscious about my sleeping as well. I know it’s good for me, but I hate giving up my time to myself after everyone else is in bed.
As many of us are always trying to be just a little bit healthier, don’t forget about the FREE mini-course called “The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families” I shared about last week. I’ve listened to each of them and found a few helpful tips in each one.
The course contains a collection of quick and easy-to-follow lessons including:
- Essential Habit #1: “Nurturing your Best Self” (with Heather from Mommypotamus)
- Essential Habit #2: “Staying Fit as a Family (Gym Membership Not Required)” (with Crystal from Money Saving Mom)
- Essential Habit #3: “From Scratch Meal-Making” (with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship)
- Essential Habit #4: “Using Natural Remedies” (with Katie from Wellness Mama)
Each lesson comes with a 25-minute audio segment, a PDF transcript, and a practical “Take Action” guide. I listed to the audio segments while I folded laundry and made dinner.
Here’s my sleeve, post- alteration. Nary an eye shall see the handiwork of my mom and her sewing machine (because she was kind enough to do this for me even though I could have done it myself). Thanks Mom!
Sharing Style Ideas with Other Professional Women
I recently signed up for the Work Wear 2015 GYPO Style Challenge. So many women rave about it, especially the Facebook community component, so I wanted to check it out for myself.
The challenge hasn’t started yet. It starts next week, so there is plenty of time to sign up still. The wardrobe list of pieces that will be used in the challenge has been released though, and women in the Facebook group share all sorts of ideas about how to make the list work for them (their tastes, body type, office dress codes, etc…).
It’s really pretty neat and a very positive space where women offer lots of suggestions and feedback. While I can’t yet comment on the whole challenge, just the small component of the Facebook group has shed new light for me on the behind-the-scenes process of getting dressed for work for so many women. It’s really quite interesting!
Cross This Off Your To Do List: Think about and make one small change that might have a great impact on your day-to-day life. I know that sounds fluffy and overly simplified, but we never know how impactful something might be until we try it!
Maybe you check out the Work Wear Style Challenge to help streamline your mornings with the pre-planned outfits? Maybe you listen to the audio series for a tip or two that works for you? Or maybe you have a perfect little trick up your sleeve you’ve been waiting to try? I’d love to hear about it, so be sure to share in the comments!
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