Monthly Archives: May 2012

Traditional Dots

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Blazer, Dress & Necklace – The Limited

Shoes –  Nine West

And the polka dot dress makes another appearance!  This time I went the more traditional route and wore it with a black blazer.   I think with the strappy sandals and bare legs it easily transitions from winter dress to spring even if it is black.

Plus, it IS sleeveless.  And what’s more spring/summer than that?

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Black and Tan

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Blazer – Macy’s

Tops & Pants – The Limited

Necklace – Jeans & a Cute Top Shop Boutique

Earrings – Gift

Shoes – Unisa via

My pants and camisole are actually brown, not black, but a colleague referred to me as a “black and tan” today.  That’s some kind of drink, right?  Something to do with Guinness?

As you can probably tell, I mostly stick with wine.

Also, remember how yesterday I promised you actual photos of my outfit?  Well, check out the Loop Looks Facebook page to see them!

Pink and Red All Over

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Jacket & Pants – Gap

Blouse & Shoes – Old Navy

Belt – Target

Earrings & Necklace – ???

I have an unusual work week this week.  Some days I can be pretty casual (today) and others I have to be pretty dressed up.  I took advantage of my ability to be more casual today and tried out a combo I’ve been wanting to wear for awhile:  red and pink.

My husband told me this morning that I was very “bright”.  Perfect for a sunny, warm day don’t you think?

Red and pink together.  Yay or nay?

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Leopard Spots

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Tank & Jeans – Old Navy

Cardigan – The Limited

Shoes – Nine West

Necklace – Accessory Palace, NYC

With our schizophrenic spring weather I check the weather app on my iPhone incessantly when planning what to wear.   Today, though, I think I actually nailed it.

Originally I was going to wear a black cardigan with this outfit but changed my mind at the last minute and tossed on the fuchsia one.  It’s pretty similar to what I had on last Friday but just enough different, which I think just shows you how versatile certain patterns and colors can be in your wardrobe.

Pretty as a Peacock

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Dress & Belt – Dots

Cardigan – Target

Shoes –

Necklace – gift

Originally I tried this outfit on with my white blazer but it just wasn’t working for me.  Then I saw an outfit on the Banana Republic website where they paired purple with this oatmeal color and I thought “Ah ha!”

See, you don’t have to purchase every item on the store model to recreate a look.

Also, this dress comes with a same-colored skinny fabric belt that I might use if I was just wearing this dress to the beach or around the small Michigan town we’ll be in this summer for vacation.  But to work?  Put on the fancy belt!

Spring Green

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Blazer & Necklace – The Limited

Blouse – Gap

Cropped Pants – Express

Shoes – Bandolino

I’m holding an apple in this photo because after one bite into it I thought “I should take my outfit photo before I get food on myself”.  So, I did.

And then as I sat down to write this post I took another bite and promptly dropped an apple bit on my pants.  See how well I know myself?

Also, yes, the green pants are back! I hope you aren’t sick of them after my green pants challenge!

I originally had this outfit on with strappy black heeled sandals…but it’s currently 48degrees outside and my toes were cold. Ahh, Spring in Chicago.

Spring Fling

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Jacket, Skirt & Necklace – The Limited

Blouse – Express

Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s

Today was a suit day.  This is what I consider to be my warm weather suit.  It’s got a fun, flirty skirt and since it’s brown it can be paired with lots of different colors without being too harsh.  For some reason, though, I almost always pair it with pink.  I think one of my new goals will be to pair this suit with something other than pink.  Suggestions?

Dots Spring & Summer Style Party



A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Dots Spring & Summer Style Party at their Hillside, Illinois store.  The purpose of the party was to introduce us to the remodeled Dots store and their new clothing options.  Of course, they plied us with champagne and a $50 gift card to spend on whatever we wanted in the store.  Since everything in the store is under $40 that gift card goes a long way!

There was also an outfit challenge.  Put together an outfit from Dots clothing and the winner will be featured on the Dots website.  The winner hasn’t been announced yet but I thought I’d share some of the outfits I put together with you.  Can you guess which one I submitted to the contest?


I’m in the center in a polka dot skirt, polka dot halter top, cropped green blazer, and polka dot wedges


Same skirt and shoes, different tank top and shrug


Purple dress, peacock feather belt, same shoes


Pink blazer, tank top, lace skirt, polka dot wedges


Same blazer and skirt but with layered lace and solid camis


Polka dot skirt & wedges, layered lace and solid camis, shrug

I also made a few outfits with a pair of white jeans but unfortunately those photos of me are totally awkward.

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I went home with the white jeans, pink blazer, striped tank, purple dress, and peacock belt.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the dress and the jeans.  Shopping and champagne are a dangerous combination for me!

dots-chicago-112So, which outfit did I submit to the contest?  This one:


Which means I’m thinking about going back for that skirt….


Which outfit would you have submitted? 

Want to see all the photos?  Check them out here.

Pink Pinspiration

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Blazer – Dots

Top – Forever 21

Jeans – Old Navy

Shoes – Mia via Bergner’s

I fully admit that MANY of my outfits are inspired (or completely copied) from outfits I see online and then “pin” to my Outfit Inspirations Pinterest board.  Which is why Simply Sarah’s current challenge was perfect for me.

Here’s today’s inspiration pin:

                                                      Source: via Erin on Pinterest


I don’t own a red belt, though, so I added my touch of red with my shoes.

Using Pinterest as a way to save outfit ideas is amazing.  I just pull up my board on my phone when I can’t figure out what to wear and put together an outfit.  I highly recommend it!