Le Tote Leftovers

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I slowly recover from whatever stomach ailment I contracted while in Arizona, I’m very glad I had this photo from a few weeks ago before I sent back my last Le Tote shipment.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-arrow-blazer-1I actually wore this blazer twice (first time here) and clearly I like to wear it with v-neck t-shirts. But unlike the last time I wore it, this time I wore it to work. I sort of liked the Western vibe I got from wearing these ankle boots with jeans over them instead of tucked inside. However, I wished I had black booties to wear that didn’t have a high heel. So, I ordered these from Shopbop.

I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet since they came right before I left for Arizona and right now my brain is in survival mode and not “put together a cute outfit” mode. In fact, I left work after a morning full of meetings so I could come home and sit on my couch with this face.

chewie_tongueSo, if I don’t have anything interesting to say right now it’s because my brain is mush due to illness and puppy cuddles. Fingers crossed I’m more interesting next week.

December Things

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

December seems to mean two things: glittery holiday party outfits and the stomach flu.

One is clearly better than the other.

gold-sequin-dress-2Dress – Muse boutique (similar) | Jacket – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I wore this dress to my running club’s holiday party. It only gets worn about once a year (typically at the holidays or in Vegas)  but isn’t that the point of a sparkly dress? It’s not every day wear but it sure is fun.

gold-sequin-dress-1Unfortunately, the other thing that seems to happen once a year is that aforementioned stomach flu. Jason had it last month and now I seem to have caught it. On one hand, I’m on vacation so it’s not like I have a lot of responsibilities. On the other hand, I’m on vacation and somehow I have to get home. Fingers crossed I get better before I have to get on a plane!

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Wild and Crazy Outfit

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Greetings from Arizona! I’m visiting my in-laws right now with plans to go skiing and possibly snowboarding. I originally had visions of doing an entire week of posts about what to wear to holiday parties but couldn’t get my act together. Thankfully I was able to get some pics of outfits I wore in the past two weeks to share with you instead.

And hopefully when I get back I can do a run down of what I packed and all the different outfits I could make out of those items.

In the mean time, here’s one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn in the past few weeks. And, of course, it features the ubiquitous blanket scarf.

red-cardigan-plaid-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (same) | Shirt – clothing swap  (similar) | Cardigan – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia via Bergner’s (similar)

I mean, red and black isn’t a crazy combo, but with PLAID!

Okay, it’s still not that crazy.

Also, I’m trying to write this post while my in-laws watch SNL and it’s really difficult. So, I’ll just leave you with another photo of my WILD AND CRAZY outfit.

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The Perfect Gift So You Can Coordinate With Your Dog

Shopping

Is anyone else freaking out about gift shopping right about now? I know I am. I’ve gotten some fun things for people but I’m also feeling really far behind! One of my goals this year was to shop local or at least shop from non-big box stores but it’s been difficult to find the time. Plus, since I’m going out of town for a few days in the middle of this month I’m losing one entire weekend to shop!

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The Yahoo! Style site – thankfully optimized for mobile devices so I can browse at the airport

Which is why I’m glad I learned that Yahoo! Style is putting together some AWESOME gift guides for basically everyone on my gift giving list. They’re doing one each day and each one has a different angle. Of course, I immediately gravitated toward the one for Dog Lovers.  Because clearly Chewie needs a gift for his first Christmas with us.

And what better thing to get him than this adorable collar?

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I mean, really. We already know that I like to color coordinate with Chewie. So, a red and black buffalo plaid collar? How perfect would that be?

He could wear it while I wear my red and black plaid shirt and we’d both be right on trend.

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Or I could exchange the shorts for a skirt or pants and his collar would add just the right amount of pattern to this black and red look.

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I also have plans to take my bow dress and convert it for winter by wearing it over a turtleneck and tights. Wouldn’t the two of us be adorable if we did some pattern mixing?

bow-dress-denim-jacket-1_thumb.jpgOf course, if you’re more of a cat person, Yahoo! Style not only has a gift guide for your feline friend, they also have a great article on what to wear for National Cat Day.  Where’s the article for National Dog Day, you ask? I think I’ll have to get right on creating that one. Clearly Chewie and I have this whole thing down pat.

Now excuse me, I’m off to buy a collar….

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Just a Tribute

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

On Monday night I attended the FABULOUS Windy City Blogger Holiday Party and wore a super cute outfit but since there’s no natural light and my photographer was at work anyway, I got no photos. I’ll just have to recreate it for you.

So, this is not that outfit. But, I still think this one is pretty cute. It’s very similar to an outfit I wore WAY back at the beginning of this here blog and I got the idea to wear it again from Brittany from The F Bombs.

cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Be Good (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

I almost wore my black ankle boots again but, strangely, I haven’t really been feeling the heels all that much lately. I think because the walking part of my commute is longer than it was six months ago. Or maybe I’m getting old. Whatever it is, I decided to wear the leopard flats which I think are a nice change of pace.cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-2This particular t-shirt is a bit boxy on me so by pairing it with a blazer it keeps me from looking too square. Because I’m not!

What I am, however, is a sucker for letting Chewie climb all over me. I mean, who am I kidding? He’s the star of these photoshoots anyway.

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