Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fall Back

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Dress – Stitch Fix | Camisole – The Limited | Belt – The Limited | Earrings – The Limited | Necklace – NY & Co | Tights – Target | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com

Although I’m sure almost everyone in Chicago is lamenting the return of unseasonably cool temperatures, I actually welcomed the opportunity to wear my new dress from Stitch Fix!  It has a very “fall” feel to it so since our weather is more fall-like than summer-like I decided to dress the part.

When you get a new item in your closet do you wear it right away or do you hang onto it for awhile?

I much prefer to be able to wear my new items ASAP which is why I was excited to be able to wear this dress within a few days of getting it!

Accessory Update

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Chambray shirt – Target | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Belt – The Limited | Necklace – Overstock.com | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s

This is the second time I’ve paired this shirt with this skirt but, as you can see, I’ve totally changed the accessories to make it seem like an entirely new outfit.  Different necklace, different belt, and different shoes.

Sometimes changing up the accessories is all you need to make the same pieces seem new again.

Adjustments

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Blazer – Forever 21 | Pants – Express | Shirt – Old Navy | Necklace – Gordman’s | Earrings – Gift | Shoes – Nine West

I planned to wear the blazer today.  I put it on and then sweated my way through my commute.  It came off the moment I got into my office and has stayed off since.

So here’s what I actually look like.

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Still pretty cute.  Believe it or not, I picked this shirt up on a whim in Old Navy in NYC in March and I’ve already worn it quite a few times.  Even though my husband refers to me as the Hamburglar when I wear it.   What does he know?

Stitch Fix #3

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Time for another Stitch Fix!

Seriously, I love getting the box in the mail.  I’m always so exited to try everything on.  This time I got a pair of earrings, three dresses, and a blouse.

So, here are my thoughts:

Item #1 – Gold Earrings

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Pros – I need more gold jewelry in my jewelry box.   They’re good casual earrings.

Cons – A little more than I usually spend on jewelry but not too bad when you factor in the $20 I already spent for the Fix.

Item #2 – Silk print dress

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Pros – I loved the print and the drape of this dress.  Very classy and perfect for work.

Cons – The waist hit me at a weird spot (zoom in on the pic on the left and you can see the elastic above my belt…and the belt is at my actual waist).  The arm holes were a little too big.  Too pricy for the fit.

Item #3 – Long sleeved Circle Print Dress

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Pros – I loved the print.  I only own one other long sleeved dress.  It’s also a super-comfy fabric.

Cons – A little short and low-cut.  But could be adapted for work with tights/leggings and a camisole.

Item #4 – Strapless Tweed Peplum Dress

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Pros – What a fun print and style!  Even though I don’t really need any strapless dresses in my closet I really wanted to love this one.

Cons – WAY TOO SMALL!  Seriously, it was a feat in and of itself to get this thing up over my hips and there was no way it was going to zip.

Item #5 – Linen patterned bib top

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Pros – Looked pretty good with the black pencil skirt.  Different than other items I have in my closet already.

Cons – Arm holes were too big.  Didn’t like how see-thru it was without a pattern to distract from the sheerness.

So, what did I keep???

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I kept TWO items!!

The gold earrings and the long sleeved circle printed dress.  I really wanted to keep the silk dress, too, but the price was just too high to keep both it and the circle print dress.  And since the circle print dress fills a hole in my closet (long-sleeved dresses) I went with that one.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?  No?  Why not?  Sign up now! No obligation beyond the first $20 Fix!

Fifties Friday

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Top – Moda via MJRsales | Jeans – Old Navy | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s | Necklace – Jeans and a Cute Top Shop (boutique) | Belt – Gift from Italy

Something about this outfit just screams 1950s to me.  Especially when I had it on with my leopard ballet flats for my commute.

Speaking of commute, I rode my bike to work today.  In this outfit.

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Sans heels and with a helmet, of course.  It actually worked really well.

I’m doing a short presentation this afternoon and then I’m off work early to run some errands.  Changing the address on my drivers license and checking out Macy’s for some white jeans.  Which do you think will be more fun?

P.S. Check out the Loop Looks Facebook page for a tip on what to do when you want to keep a belt in place without belt loops!

Copycat: Polka Dots and Purple

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Top – Gap | Skirt – The Limited | Belt – Target | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s

Frills for Thrills does this fun series on the last Friday of every month where she encourages you to copy an outfit that you admire.    I know it’s not Friday but I wanted to wear this outfit today so I’m copying a day early.

And what am I copying?  J from J’s Everyday Fashion!

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My skirt is actually a bit brighter in person but this purple color is so hard to photograph!  Regardless, polka dots, purple and leopard.  Who would have thought?  Well, J, apparently!

FrillsforThrills CopyCats

The White Time

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Necklace, tank and pants – The Limited

Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

Cardigan (shown below) – Lucky Brand

High of almost 80 today?  Pretty close to Memorial Day?  Time to break out the white pants!

Actually, I don’t care about the no-white-before-Memorial-Day rule but I do have my own rule that it has to really “feel like” summer before I’ll wear my white pants.  I don’t know what exactly that means but I think it has something to do with the temperature.

Although, when you work in an office sometimes you have to take the air conditioning into account.  Which means at the last minute I grabbed a cardigan out of my closet just in case.  The leopard works well with the plum color and the stone in the necklace echoes the brown and black of the print.  Way better than a plain black or white cardigan, don’t you think?

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Pop of Pink

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Blazer – Dots

Top – The Limited

Skirt – Nordstrom Rack

Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx

Necklace – NY & Co

Earrings – ??

As I was sitting in a meeting this morning I looked around and realized everyone in the room was wearing black, brown, or some other neutral color.  The most exciting it got was the green sweater one of the people leading the meeting had on.

Color can be so fun and it doesn’t have to be over the top.  Take this look, for example.  Black and white paired with a pop of pink.  Isn’t that more fun than just another plain black and white outfit?

Of course, neutrals have their place, too. Neutrals can look very sophisticated.  But for those days when you can have a little fun?  Why not punch it up a notch?

April Shopping Summary

Shopping

1.  Nine West Peep Toe Wedges – $53 (similar)

2.  Old Navy Burn Out Tee – $9

3.  Old Navy Blouse – $17

4.  Old Navy Tank – $17

5.  Old Navy Sandals – $21

6. Dots Tank Top –   $8 (similar)

7. Dots Blazer –  $20  (similar)

8.  The Limited Tank – $6 (similar)

9. The Limited Dress – $29 (similar)

10. Dots Dress –  $18  (similar)

11. Target Belt – $16  (similar)

12. Dots Belt – $8 (similar)

This post is a bit late but I was saving it for a “rainy day”.  Where rain = moving!  New apartment here I come!

I did some major shopping in April but, admittedly, the two Limited pieces were gotten for a song when I exchanged the blazer I bought in March.  In fact, I ended up with a credit of $1.00!

Also, many of the Dots purchases were c/o the $50 gift card provided at their Spring & Summer Style Party.

Overall, I added some fun new pieces to my wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Shopping goals for May?  Find some white jeans!

A Loop Girl and Her Shoes

About Me

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Working in downtown Chicago sounds glamorous.  And in many ways it is.  But one of the staples of working in “the Loop” is an entire shoe wardrobe under your desk.  Or in a desk drawer.  Or in a bag in the corner of your office.

Many people who work downtown have a commute of some kind.  Whether it’s by train or bike or walking or some combination of the kind.  Even if you drive there’s a chance you’ll still have to walk somewhere.  And while some people can walk from place to place in heels others of us prefer to change into our heels once we get where we’re going.

Then there’s the weather.  Rain, snow, puddles, wind.  One day it’s 80 degrees and then next it’s 40.  You just never know what the day is going to bring.

So, unless you want to haul your shoes back and forth (and some people do!) the office shoe selection is a must.

As you can see, I have what I consider to be the staples:

  • Sneakers
  • Emergency snow boots
  • Brown heels
  • Gray heels
  • Brown/tan peep toes
  • Leopard print heels
  • Black strappy heeled sandals
  • Black peep toes

Basically I can show up to work wearing whatever shoes I want and I can swap the originals out for anything here.

Of course, these aren’t all my shoes.  Not by a long shot.  And some of these pairs will rotate throughout the seasons.

The only downside is remembering to take a specific pair home if you’re going to need them outside of the office.  Still, it beats getting stuck wearing your rain boots with your suit all day!

What shoes do you consider to be staples for your job?