How Not Having A Mirror Helped Me Get Ready For Work

I try to stear clear of click bait-y titles but the title of this post is actually really accurate.

In high school, college, and my first four years of marriage, I had a wall mirror in my bedroom. Each morning I’d grab a haphazard smattering of items I liked at the time and attempt to pull an outfit together that both fit and said something about me as a person (‘cause I’m a millennial, guys). I’d try this shirt with those pants and those shoes with that necklace, in front of my wall mirror, until I felt good about how I looked.

When we moved from San Diego, one of the items I felt wasn’t worth shipping across the country was my trusty Home Goods wall mirror. And we quickly realized after moving to our tiny apartment in the District that there really wasn’t any room to place a wall mirror. Seriously. We have a bathroom mirror, but for those who don’t know, I’m very short and there’s no way I could see an entire outfit in that thing.

wall mirror

No wall mirror, no personal fashion show. No nit-picking every item of clothing I own, obsessing about how it looks on me or what it says about me as a person. My routine now? I have about ten items of clothing that are work appropriate. Each morning, I grab a combination of those items and ask Matt, “How does this look?” He’ll either say, “Looks great!” or, “Don’t you have nude flats?” That’s it. I trust his opinion about how I look and I walk out the door and head to work.

Sure, when I get to work and look in the bathroom wall mirror, there have been days where I’ve thought, “Dang it! I should have worn that top with this skirt.” or, “My black flats would have looked better.” But by that point, who cares? I’m at work, I’m clothed, and my husband said I looked great. I’m good with that.

Recent Favorite Things and Lessons Learned

I know you’re kind of supposed to post your favorite things at the end of the month in the blogger world. I guess I’m breaking the rules! I felt like I hadn’t done one of these videos in a while and I do have a few items to share.

I hope you all are staying warm and having a lovely February.


Burt’s Bees Pomegranate | Eucerin Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin | Victoria Emerson Bracelet | Eddie Bauer Coat | Current Playlist

Working It

I figured you all might be a little sick of my travel posts (if you aren’t, don’t worry Budapest is coming soon!). So, today we interrupt travel posts to bring you a little outfit inspiration. I haven’t done one of these in a while!

You really can’t go wrong with all black, can you? Definitely a rhetorical question.


When I’m getting ready for work in the morning, when in doubt, I go with an all black look. It’s polished, timeless, and simple.




Plus, it’s the perfect canvas for jewelry. Recently, I’ve been loving this black with clear stone wrap bracelet from Victoria Emerson (Use “bougie20” at check out for 20% off!).  I know stacking is all the rage, but with this one piece, I’m ready to walk out the door looking like I spent way longer planning my outfit than I actually did.

VictoriaEmerson_5T-shirt is from H&M, blazer is from Zara, jeans are American Eagle, and the shoes were a gift to myself in Prague!