SIA: Not as good as chocolate

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

I really struggled this week to come up with an outfit for the Style Imitating Art challenge. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t feeling that inspired to A. come up with an outfit B. find someone to take pictures or struggle with the tripod or C. blog.

In the end, though, I managed to pull together some basics that fit the color scheme.


Blouse – thrifted Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)

I had dreams of wearing a tan cardigan or even my blanket scarf but it was 80+ degrees on Monday (when I wore this). I didn’t even need either of those things in my office. And because I was hoping to wear a scarf I totally blanked on jewelry.

Speaking of jewelry, would anyone be interested in attending a Stella & Dot party if I hosted one? Just tossing around the idea but I don’t want to do it and have no one come or people feel pressured.

Anyway, I’ve been debating getting rid of these jeans but I kind of like them with this top and these shoes. And eventually that scarf. Eventually.  In the mean time, you can see how other people interpreted this week’s art over on 14 Shades of Grey.img_1659


Who else remembers Talbots?

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I was in junior high and high school I remember my mom going into Talbots a few times looking for “work” clothes. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait until I had a job where I got to dress up for work in button-up shirts, skirts, and blazers. Well, I got my wish when I moved to Chicago to work at a university. Strangely, I never thought to shop at Talbots.

Recently, though, I was approached to work with Talbots for the blog. Wait, I thought, I don’t work in a business or even business casual environment anymore. I work in a SUPER casual environment. I figured I’d check out the website anyway and see what there was that would fit my current life.

Turns out there’s more than I thought! Boyfriend jeans and sweaters are just two of the options.


Sweater – c/o Talbots (same) | Jeans – c/o Talbots (same) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar)

I chose these boyfriend jeans because I’ve been curious about the style. Still not sure how I feel about them, but they are definitely comfy compared to some skinny jeans. These do run a bit big, though. I’m wearing them in the smallest size but still needed a belt. I also bought them in the longer length but I probably could have gotten away with regular.


The sweater is actually the olive color pictured on the website but it was so sunny on the day I wore it and we took these pictures that it looks a little washed out. I ordered this in a size small and I would say it runs true to size. I’m a little worried that the sleeves will stretch out since I tend to push them up all the time but that’s pretty par for the course for sweaters, I think.


The calf hair on my shoes has worn off in a few spots so I’m looking for a replacement pair. These from Talbots might fit the bill! I’m thinking about ordering them. Never would have thought to check Talbots before now.

Other items they sell that would work for a casual lifestyle? Believe it or not, they sell activewear, too! Like this cowlneck tunic that I would love to have. Or this striped cardigan that would be perfect with leggings and a tee. Yes, I just said leggings.

Long story short, if you thought you could only shop at Talbots if you needed suits and dress shirts, think again. I know I will!

The jeans and sweater were provided to me at no cost via my affiliation with Rakuten Marketing. Links in this post are affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 


Booties and a Maxi Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

I received this dress in my latest Le Tote and I LOVED it. Super comfy, interesting pattern, and I figured it would work well for late summer and early fall.

The only downside? I didn’t have the perfect shoes to wear with it for fall. I tried these gray booties but I wasn’t so sure about the outcome.


Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (similar) | Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same and on sale!) 


Even though the dress has gray in it, I wanted to wear it with brown/tan booties. However, I don’t have any! I have my cheetah wedges but I wasn’t feeling the pattern mixing.


Thankfully, though, Shopbop is having a sale and I’ve got my eye on a few pairs!


The sale ends at midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 14th. So, you can bet I’ll be walking on over to my computer ASAP today to order a pair (or two!) of booties. I’ve linked to my favorites at the bottom of this post.



One last thing before I go

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I ran through my neighborhood last evening I noticed that so many of the restaurants still have their outdoor seating up. We hang onto summer for as long as possible here in Chicago!

So, in that spirit, here’s an outfit I wore last month before summer officially ended.


Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Seychelles (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)


Crazy how just one thing, a necklace, can take a simple outfit up a notch, right?

For fall, though, I’d probably just add a cardigan (maybe in cobalt blue?) or wear a black sweater and black ballet flats. Too bad I already sent this necklace back to Le Tote!

I’m waiting just a bit longer to bust out my riding boots, though. I have this weird self-imposed limit where I won’t wear them until the high for the day is under 60 degrees. For now I’m wearing flats, occasionally booties, and sneakers. I have a feeling the boots will be coming out soon, however.