Adventures in Photos

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

With my hair short it’s always a bit of an adventure when I take photos after work. If I go to the gym at lunch or ride a Divvy bike home I never know what it’s going to do. Take last Friday for example.


Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

I swear to you I did NOT straighten my hair. I went to the gym, I got sweaty, I used a blow dryer on it, and the curl just fell out. My natural curl fell out of my hair. I don’t even know what to say about that.

So, I promise you all I did to my hair before I took these pictures was run a brush through it. However, AFTER I took the pictures, well, see for yourself.


Of COURSE the picture I liked the best had a random bug in the dead center of the lens. Of course. And I wasn’t standing far enough way to get the tripod shadow out of the frame. PicMonkey and my minimal photoshopping skills to the rescue.

I actually think it turned out quite well! I really liked the outfit, too. My favorite pants with one of my favorite shirts and my new favorite shoes? How could I go wrong?


Where to find me today

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I have a Stitch Fix item review I need to write but haven’t had time. So, instead of reading that post today, here’s where you can get your Loop Looks fix for the time being!

Getting the Most From Your Little Black (or other neutrally colored) Dress - Guest post on Librarian for Life and Style

Closet Consultation Inspiration - LocalLux was inspired to write a post about being bold and beautiful based on my latest closet consultation.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an outfit featuring my favorite pair of pants!

And, if you still haven’t done so, take this moment to vote for your favorite outfit from July!

Embrace the Awkward

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I recently read a blog post where the author was mocking the “awkward style blogger pose.”  Pretty sure she meant this one.


Blouse – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Belt –gift | Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Hey, I’ll own it. I feel like a dork just standing there. Plus, the wind blows my hair in my face. So, awkward style blogger pose it is.


This outfit, as much as I loved it, was also a bit awkward. I recently ordered these jeans for an upcoming post I’m doing with American Eagle Outfitters. I ordered a size six and they fit perfectly in the legs but are a little big in the waist. So, I wore a belt. And, no, not the belt you can see.

Yes, I’m wearing two belts.


I also have (bike) helmet hair.

Just keeping it real. Real awkward.

And in the interest of keeping it real, I totally stole this outfit from Atlantic Pacific and I’ve actually worn it once before but it never made it to the blog. I wore it on a Friday at my old office but it felt too casual. I admit I’m thrilled that I can wear this to my current office and feel just fine.

The Limitless Closet Consultation

•• Closet Consultations

Recently Lia, the community manager for the new LocalLux marketplace, contacted me to ask if I would do a closet consultation for her friend Staci. Well, of course!


Staci works in HR for a large corporation and her dress code is very similar to mine before I left my last job. The other thing we had in common? She LOVES The Limited! In fact, I would say 90% of her closet is made up of items from there. A girl after my own heart, for sure.

Like a lot of women, Staci buys items that she loves on the hanger but when she gets them into her closet she gets in a rut of wearing them the same way over and over again or, in some cases, isn’t sure how to wear them at all.

For example, this beautiful and unique patterned blazer.


Staci had always worn it with black until I pointed out that there are so many other colors in the jacket: magenta, pink, gray and even yellow!

Then there was the navy gingham blazer that she just wasn’t sure how to wear.


This is just a sampling of the outfits we put together with this blazer. She loved the pink and gingham so much that I got a text later that week that she wore it to work and got a ton of compliments!

We also addressed a polka dot skirt she’d recently purchased from Banana Republic.


Finding items to pair from her closet was easy because she almost literally has something in every color under the sun. Yet, she was stuck in a rut of thinking that colors had to match exactly in order to be worn together. I helped her see that colors can be in the same family and still look good together.



Then there was the question of pattern versus texture. At first she was hesitant to mix patterns with textures but we quickly vaulted that hurdle.


Next, we tackled pairing neutrals with other neutrals and pairing yellow with color.



Finally, the outfit that made her giddy was, appropriately, when I paired her pink blazer with her beautiful slate gray polka dot dress.


Staci was so excited to see her wardrobe in a new light. Because she shops at the same few stores it was actually very easy to pair pieces together. Stores and designers tend to create pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Although they put outfits together on the mannequins that doesn’t mean they need to be worn exactly that way. Which I think we proved here in Staci’s closet consultation.

Oh, and after I left Lia texted me to say they’d color coded Staci’s closet so she could more easily find pieces to pair with one another.


Overall it was a very successful closet consultation! And if you want one of your own, you know where to reach me!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

Divvy not dally

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

On Wednesday I did something I’d never done before.


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

No, not take a blurry picture. I’ve done that plenty of times. No, I rode a Divvy bike!

For those of you not in Chicago, Divvy is our bike sharing program that allows you to check out a bike for up to 30 minutes at a time. I’ve been walking home from work a lot more often now (even though I work slightly further away from home than I used to, the walk is more pleasant) and finally Mag Mile Runner (plus a $10 discount) convinced me to try it.

For $65 a year I have unlimited 30 minute rides. Otherwise it’s $7 for every 24 hours. I figure I only have to ride it 10 times to make back my money and I’ve already ridden it twice.

In fact, these pictures were taken AFTER my Divvy ride! And, yes, I wore my helmet. But since my ride only took me 13 minutes (yes, they time you and you can look it up later) it was only 13 minutes of helmet time so the helmet hair aftermath wasn’t that bad.

Or maybe it was horrible and that’s why I took blurry photos. So you couldn’t tell. You’ll never know!

Until the next time I take photos post-Divvy, anyway. And since I plan to ride home as often as possible, that might be fairly often.


Crazy Weather, Crazy Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Earlier this week you would not have believed it was August. I was wearing a sweater, In August. In Chicago. This is crazy.


Sweater – Loft via Goodwill (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

Oh yeah, I also got my hairs cut. I hadn’t done anything to my hair since November and I figured it was time. I seem to be back in the rut of letting it grow out and then getting it all chopped off. I’m kind of digging it short, though.

I was worried that it would look ridiculous after a lunch-time sweat-fest (aka the gym) but it turns out that when it’s short like this it just sort of does it’s own thing and I kinda like it!


Very Little Orphan Annie meets The Great Gatsby, no?

Anyway, I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore my black cropped pants. Let me check. Hold on….

Oh wait. It was here. I highly recommend you don’t click that link. It’s pretty horrible. Anyway, it’s been over a year. Crazy to think that black cropped pants used to be  a work wardrobe staple!

Puppy Update (and an outfit)

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook you might have missed that my puppy Chewie hurt himself at the dog park two weekends ago. Nothing too serious; he basically scraped up his leg while attempting to jump onto a concrete ledge.


Jason took him to vet last Thursday for one last check-up and he was given the all clear to lose the bandage. Thank goodness because keeping Chewie from eating it was driving me crazy!

Anyway, they got done at the vet about the time I was getting home so I met them in the courtyard outside our apartment building for some outfit photography. With the iPhone. Because I forgot to bring the camera.

chambray-shirt-white-jeans-2 Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmeid (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Necklace – Clothing swap (similar)

You can see his healing scrape in this photo. Poor baby!

We haven’t been able to take him to the dog park in almost two weeks because he had to keep the injury dry. As you can imagine, a 10 month old puppy who loves the dog park is going a bit stir crazy without his outlet and daily dog-on-dog interaction.

It’s a good thing he’s so cute.


The Hunt for the White Blazer

•• Shopping

I’m going to be honest. I’m on my fourth white blazer and I haven’t loved any of them.

My first two were from Forever 21. The first one just always felt too boxy and too tight across the shoulders. The second one felt too short for what I wanted.


I mean, looking at the photos they don’t look bad. But when I wore them I didn’t feel good. And if you don’t feel good when you’re wearing something then it’s time for it to move on to another home.

I sold the first white blazer on Poshmark. The second one is currently still hanging in my closet but hasn’t been worn in over a year.

So, I went on the hunt for a white blazer I would LOVE and feel good wearing.

First try, the Target Boyfriend Blazer I mentioned in my July shopping summary.  I had high hopes for it. But, unfortunately, it not only looked like I borrowed it from my boyfriend, it looked like I’d borrowed it from my basketball playing


Um, yeah. That will teach me to buy a blazer online that doesn’t list the length! Thankfully I have a Target Red Card so shipping was free and I was able to return it at the store a block from my apartment. Also, in case you’re curious, it’s more of a really, really light tan than a pure white.

Next up? The beautiful Club Monoco Gala Blazer. Definitely out of my normal price range but I had a c/o Shopbop gift card that would cover it.  I liked that the back was a little more fun but that it would also make it longer without being too long.


It fits great in the arm length and hits me at a decent spot on my hips, but I wasn’t loving it. It was too wide in the waist and too big around. Yet, the arm holes felt really tight on my arm pits. Plus, the split back didn’t look as good on me as on the 5’9” model who apparently doesn’t have hips or a butt. And it is 32% linen which I’m pretty sure would drive me crazy with the wrinkling. Again, thankfully Shopbop shipping and returns are free.

So, back to the drawing board. At this point, though, I feel like I’ll have to wait until next spring as all the stores have started carrying their fall items. It’s not a total loss, though! Now I know that I prefer blazers that are 24-25 inches long. That’s a key stat to know when doing online shopping for sure.

SIA: Pink and Olive

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Once again, this week I am accidentally participating in the Style Imitating Art challenge.

Originally I was just looking for something fun to wear to work and then to a meeting with my professional organization. I settled on this look from Valerie over at The Style Files. But then I got to thinking, wait, doesn’t this week’s SIA challenge painting have similar colors?

olive-jacket-pink-skirt-1Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Shoes – DSW (same)

Sure enough, it does!

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, by John William Waterhouse, 1905 as chosen by Jess of Animated Cardigan.

Although, to be honest, this was not my favorite outfit ever. The white top was too bulky, the skirt irritated me by spinning around on my walk home, and the shoes made the bottoms of my feet feel like they were on fire after just a mile.

The concept was good, though. Olive and pink is a great combination. So, don’t discount it just because this outfit didn’t work for me.



Linking up with Fashionably Employed More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Patterned Skirt Summer Edition Blogger Collaboration

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Printed Skirt - Summer Collaboration CollageGreater Than Rubies | I do deClaire | Loop Looks | Fashionably Employed

Jen from Fashionably Employed had a great idea: get some bloggers together to show you multiple ways to wear a patterned skirt in various seasons. Today we’re showing you the Summer Edition!

I chose my off-white pleated polka dot skirt because I thought it would be the biggest challenge to style for multiple seasons. Turns out I already have some ideas on how to wear it in the winter!

My biggest challenge for this particular post, though, was figuring out how to make this skirt look more casual for my office. My solution? A tee shirt.

White tee with a pleated skirt and polka dot scarfTee – Target (same) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Nordstrom (similar) | Shoes – Express (similar)

Dressing down a pleated skirt with flat sandals and a tee shirtA tee shirt basically makes any outfit casual. Also, pairing it with flat sandals helps out, too.

Of course, my original outfit that I wore when I was at my previous job was still pretty casual with the denim jacket. More of a Casual Friday kind of vibe going on there. Either option, though, is a great choice when you have a semi-fancy skirt that you want to dress down.