Weekend Silver Lining

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

So, I mentioned on Friday that I was looking forward to having an entire day to myself on Sunday. I had grand plans! Go to Goodwill and look for jeans to turn into cut-offs. Head to Athleta to cash in some gift certificates. Do ALL my laundry. Guess what I did instead?

Floral skirt with cardigan and silver flats

Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Top – Old Navy (same) | Skirt – White House Black Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)

I actually ended up spending two hours at the dog park with my husband and my pup. See, on Saturday Chewie figured out how to play in the doggie wading pool and we wanted him to enjoy it some more.

It took him awhile but, if you follow me on Instagram, you see that he ended the day as one wet pup.

I also took a nap, which seems to be my weekend M.O. lately. I put on some old episode of some forensics show from the Investigation Discovery channel via Netflix and pass out on the couch.

And, of course, since it’s Sunday I made our weekly dinner menu and grocery list and we went to the store.

But what about my outfit?

Mint cardigan, floral pencil skirt, silver shoes

I’ve wanted to wear this skirt with this cardigan ever since I got this skirt! I don’t know why it took me so long. And the shoes? I’m in love with them. I’ve been wanting a pair of silver heels for almost a year but couldn’t find any that weren’t super-duper high. Then I found these silver flats at Sole Society. I still had credit there and flats are more my office dress code speed these days.

These shoes might be making a lot of appearances so hopefully you won’t get sick of them!

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Making life a little bit more glamorous

•• Casual Friday

Yay for Friday! Does anyone else feel like this week went by super slowly? Or maybe it’s just because I spent most of it working on a 160 slide PowerPoint presentation. My life is totally glamorous.

J. Crew Leopard Perfect Shirt with skinny jeans and wedge sandals

Top – J. Crew Factory via ebay (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Madden Girl via DSW (same)


Well, I suppose, even if my life isn’t glamorous my shirt can be. I mean, leopard print is pretty glamorous, right?

And, yes, this is the second time I’ve worn leopard print with these shoes. Not sure why I keep pairing the two things. Maybe it’s a sign that my brain is fried and is just making me reach for items it already knows go well together?

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow I’m working for CEP at the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon Expo (yay for money to help pay off my credit card!) and then on Sunday Jason is taking his new car (college graduation gift to himself, by the way) racing and I have the entire day to myself! I’m giddy with thoughts about what I’ll do. In reality, I’ll probably end up glued to the couch. Let’s hope I find some motivation to do other stuff instead, okay?

Casual Friday with leopard print blouse and jeans

Short Suit

•• Casual Clothes - Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

You know when you see things in a magazine as being on-trend and you think, “Who the heck can wear those things to work?”

I now have the answer.

I can. And I’ll still be more dressed up than some of the people there. Like the girl I saw yesterday whose dress barely covered her butt. Black blazer with black shorts and red blouse

Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shorts – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Shoes – c/o Fibi & Clo (same)

I’ve seen that shorts suits are apparently in style right now and it turns out I can actually wear one to work! Although, to be honest, this one didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned. It feels a bit frumpy to me and I think it’s because the jacket is too long for the shorts. And my shirt is tucked in funny.

But, hey, when you’re trying to take outfit photos while wrangling a bratty dog who won’t listen you take what you can get.

Although, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn shorts to work! Nope! I actually wore them at my old job, too.  Of course, those were longer. And, come to think of it, I haven’t worn them in a long time. I should break them out again. And then be sad at how I’m pretty sure they won’t fit.

Sigh. Anyone want some adorable pinstriped walking shorts? How about an adorable but bratty puppy?

Black shorts suit with red shirt

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Hot and Misty

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

So, for some reason my comment notification emails are no longer showing up in my inbox. I’m not sure what’s up with that and I hope you guys are still getting my responses. Because I do try to respond to every comment I get! Even if today they are about how leggings are not pants.

White chiffon top and black leggings with scarf and fedora Top – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Hat – Taste of Randolph street festival vendor (similar)

Or maybe your comments will be about how my smile looks a little crazed. I took these pictures on Sunday and it was HOT and I just wanted to be done. I was sweating like crazy. But this outfit is actually perfect for my office and the weather today. Mainly because these are pants, not leggings. I swear! And the weather has cooled off substantially so wearing a scarf in July isn’t totally odd.

Although, just typing that seems odd. I swear, am I the only person who checks the weather a hundred times before deciding what to wear? You just never know in Chicago!

For example, like I said, on Sunday when I took these photos it was ridiculously warm outside and people were pressing the mist button on this sculpture at the park like crazy. Yes, this sculpture has a mist function. It’s super fun and I’d actually never seen it in action until Sunday.

Summer scarf with black and white outfit

See it in the background? And see the guy staring at it? That was basically everyone’s reaction. So, if you ever come to Chicago and want to see the misting sculpture, let me know. I’ll hook you up.

Simple but Good

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.

Striped shirt with black pleated skirt

striped-shirt-pleated-skirt-3Necklace – Express (same) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (similar)

The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?

And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.

Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.

Black pleated skirt outfit

Time for Blue

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

First off, apologies for dropping off the face of the blog-land last week. As I’ve mentioned before, we are still trying to find a balance between work, life and puppy.

However, I was able to find some time this weekend to take some outfit photos ahead of time. I promise, I WILL be wearing everything you see this week. It’s just easier sometimes to take all the photos on the same day.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m wearing today:

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

And why am I wearing this today? Two reasons. This first is that I’m doing my very first presentation at work and I wanted to be a bit more dressed up than usual.

The second is that this week’s Style Imitating Art chosen by 14 Shades of Grey involves white and blue.

“Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer” (1913) by Egon Schiele

So with my dark hair, my white top, and my blue pants, not to mention my red lipstick, I think I’m hitting this one right on the money.

Of course, it’s not always about recreating something exactly. Just like when you see a picture in a magazine that you love you don’t have to recreate it down to every detail. It should just inspire you to try something new!

Speaking of which, if anyone has any suggestions on how to fit in blogging, working, puppy-training and exercising with spending time with your SO and having a social life, I’m all ears! THAT I might imitate exactly!

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

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Leopard Saves the Day

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of June!

Is everyone ready for the weekend? I sure am! I found out that I get off work at 3PM today because tomorrow is a holiday. And my day is packed full of meetings so I know it will go quickly.

Leopard print shirt with white lace pants and wedge sandals

Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Madden Girl via DSW (same)


Continuing my trend of dressing up more than I have to, I decided I wanted to wear these lace ankle pants but struggled with what to wear with them. I tried my blue and tan tie neck blouse but something just wasn’t working for me no matter if I tucked it in or left it untucked.

Leopard print tank with white lace pants and strappy wedge sandals

So, since I know that I like wearing this leopard print top with white I tossed it on and ended up liking that from a distance the pattern mixing is subtle but up close you get a nice visual contrast.

I ended up adding a sheer tan cardigan (last seen here) while in the office and really liked the overall palate of neutrals but with pattern.

I have no plans for the Fourth of July since my husband has to work (yay for holiday pay!!) and this will be our puppy’s first Fourth of July so we have no idea how he’ll react to fireworks. I sense we’ll be staying in and watching tv. Exciting life we lead, right?

Tell me what fun things you’re doing this weekend so I can live vicariously through you!

Leopard print shirt with white lace pants

Changing My Mind

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit of June yet? I love seeing if you guys agree with me or not. So far, it’s not! Maybe you’ll make me change my mind about my favorite outfit from last month!

Speaking of changing my mind, here’s what I originally put on to wear to work:gray_tee_floral_skirt_1

Shirt – Target (same) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace (above) – clothing swap (similar) | Necklace (below) – NY & Co (similar) | Denim jacket (below) – Langford Market (similar)

It’s okay, right? I mean, it’s a fine way to make a pencil skirt work for a more casual office. But there was something just off about it. I wasn’t sure what it was until I changed my necklace and added my denim jacket. Then I liked it a lot more.


Oh, and the hat because it was windy.

I think the colored necklace adds some dimension to the gray t-shirt and keeps it from looking washed out. It also echoes the blue in the skirt which ties the top and the bottom together. Finally, the denim jacket adds extra visual interest but keeps it more casual than a cardigan would have.

Sometimes just changing an accessory is all an outfit needs to make it more fun or interesting. Plus, accessories are cheaper than a whole new wardrobe, right? So try changing them up and you might find you’ve taken an outfit you only felt so-so about it and made it one you feel good wearing!

Favorite Outfit of June

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Wow, guys, we made it through June! This month has been a whirlwind.

Historically, June has been my lowest month in terms of number of outfit posts. Usually because I go on vacation. This year, though, June is still my lowest but it’s not because of vacation!

Nope. Here’s what I did in June instead:

  1. Ran a 200 mile, 12 person relay
  2. Got a new puppy
  3. Quit my job of six years and started a new one
  4. Watched my husband graduate from College 2.0 and start a brand new career

I think the only thing we didn’t do (other than go on vacation) was move! And I don’t plan to do that for awhile. Hopefully.

Interestingly, even though I don’t have that many outfits to choose from, picking one was still difficult. However, I have to say the outfit I felt the most awesome in was my navy and floral look.

floral-pants-navy-shirt-1_thumb.jpgI think this is the second time I’ve picked an outfit with these pants as my favorite! Apologies if you’re tired of seeing them. If you are, go look at what won as YOUR favorite outfit for May!

Or vote for something other than these pants. Your call.

What was your favorite outfit from June 2014?

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Stripes and Polka Dots

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After my minor freak out on Friday, I was able to carve out some time this weekend to run 7 miles, attend my first Milwaukee Brewers game, get in a great workout at Crosstown Fitness, and take some outfit photos!

I didn’t want to miss today because it’s another Style Imitating Art pick, this time by Animated Cardigan.

Luggage Barcode Sunset No. 4, by Douglas Coupland

Interestingly enough, the outfits that came to mind when I saw this were ones I’ve already worn. One was even for another Style Imitating Art post and the other was for a different style challenge I used to do. So, I figured, why mess too much with a good thing?


striped_tank_polka_dot_skirt-2Scarf – Nordstrom (similar) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar)

This outfit is actually quite comfortable and even though it’s something I would have worn to my less-casual office job in the summer, it still works for my current job. Albeit, I’m probably one of the most dressed up people in the office (seriously, cargo shorts and flip flops are the norm for guys and let’s not even talk about what some of the women on the phone sales team wear). Still, I feel good in this outfit and, for me, that’s part of the reason I get dressed. Sure, I could wear a ratty tank top and jeans to work, but why?

Although, this winter I’m pretty sure I’ll be all about the jeans. Which means I need to go shopping for jeans. Ugh. I’d rather go swimsuit shopping!

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