Monthly Archives: June 2012

Copycat Friday–White on White

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer
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Blazer – The Limited | Tank Top – Marshall’s | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied via Bloomingdale’s | Necklace – New York & Co | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s
Today I’m linking up with Frills for Thrills for her Copycat series.
FrillsforThrills CopyCats

I admit, I did my copying a little backwards.  I had pieces of an outfit in mind so I just Googled until I found something that would tie it all together.



At first I was a little annoyed by how all the ‘”whites” in my outfit didn’t match exactly.  But after looking at the picture I see hers don’t either!  One of those fashion “rules” it’s okay to break: colors don’t have to match exactly!

A few other interesting notes:

  • I do own a white blazer, but since it’s another warm summer day (and the air conditioning in my office was on the fritz yesterday afternoon) I decided to go with this short-sleeved option.
  • And speaking of this short-sleeved option, it actually goes with the shorts I had on last week.  Don’t you love things you can wear as separates?
  • Don’t want to wear leopard print heels when it’s hot outside?  I don’t really, either.  Here’s what I wore on my commute.

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The Limited

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Summer Romantic

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – THML via Stitch Fix | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Necklace – | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx | Earrings – gift

If I had my way today I wouldn’t leave the house.  I’d crank up the AC in my apartment and sit on the couch watching old episodes of Supernatural.  The heat and humidity was already stifling at 8:30 AM.

Alas, I not only have to go to work I also have to facilitate a professional organization meeting this evening.  What do you wear when it’s going to be a scorcher outside?

Something lightweight!  This top that arrived in my latest Stitch Fix fit the bill perfectly.  It’s 100% cotton and the top is just a little bit sheer.  Unfortunately I need to wear a camisole under it to make it totally work appropriate but otherwise the material is perfect for a hot, summer day.

Sadly, the blazer I plan to wear with this for the meeting this evening is not so summer appropriate.

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That will definitely be going on at the last minute, for sure.

Is it hot where you are?  What do you wear when the mercury climbs?

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How to Style a Gray and Navy Striped Blazer

Welcome to the first installment of You Pick Wednesday!  The whole purpose of this series is to let you, my readers, tell me what you need help with!  Maybe it’s a piece you saw in the store and you want to know could work it into your wardrobe.  Maybe you saw something on Pinterest that intrigues you but you don’t know how to make it happen in real life.  Maybe you have that one (or two or three) item(s) in your closet that you just never know what to do with.  Or maybe you recently purchased something and what to see what else you could wear it with.

That’s the case with today’s submission from Jen at Librarian for Life Style.  She recently purchased a gray and navy striped blazer on super clearance at Gap (seriously, that girl knows how to find a bargain!) and although she had a few ideas of how to wear it she was wondering if I could help punch it up in the color department.
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Way #1 – Pair it with a bright top, fun shoes, and jeans for a Friday casual look.

Way #2 – Move the color to the bottom and put it with a complimentary patterned top for some fun visual interest.  Keep the accessories neutral so as not to compete with the color and the pattern.

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Way #3 – Another brightly colored top (pink this time!) along with white skirt, a bright floral scarf and fun but not over-the-top shoes scream fun summer date night or spunky day at work.

Way #4 – A more low-key approach that would work for a cooler day or just when you don’t want to be quite as bright.  Solid colored dark bottoms and chambray keep the look more down to earth but the fun shoes give it a little interest.  Again, the necklace is interesting but not making too much of a statement.

And Way #5?  My own take with my own striped blazer.  A solid colored dress in something other than black or white and simple accessories to keep the focus on the color and the stripes.

Blazer – Express | Dress – Dots | Belt – The Limited | Shoes – Unisa via

Thanks for submitting your suggestion, Jen!  I hope this has given you some ideas on how to wear your new blazer.

Which look is your favorite?  Which one can you see yourself wearing?

So, who’s next?  Don’t forget to submit your suggestions or questions for You Pick Wednesday to!

Black is Always in Style

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Tank – Ann Taylor | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Pants – The Limited | Belt – Old Navy | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx | Necklace – New York & Co

Sometimes you just have to go with the old standby – black.  It always looks professional, you can dress it up or down and it goes with just about anything.  In fact, when I got married I asked my bridesmaids to wear a black dress.  They got to choose whatever they wanted.  I knew that black dresses accentuated with lavender shawls (my gift to them) would look incredibly classy.

So when I don’t know what to wear I pull out my black pants and pair them with a fun top.

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Black may not be the trendiest thing on the planet, but it’s always in style.

But what about those trendier items?  Do you want to see what they look like in the real world?  Or maybe you just want to see how to jazz up a pair of black pants in other ways. Well, now’s your chance!


You Pick Wednesday starts tomorrow!  So, send your picks to to get in on the fun!

  • See a photo of an outfit online that you love and want to know how to make it happen in real life?  Send the photo to and I’ll show you how!
  • Have something in your closet that you’re not sure how to style?  Send a pic or a link to a similar item to and I’ll take on the challenge.
  • Did I wear something that you want to see again?  Let me know and I’ll make it reappear!

Basically, Wednesdays are YOUR day to tell me what you want to see!

Blues and Greens

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy | Pants – Express | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s | Necklace – The Limited | Earrings – Bergner’s

Some Mondays you  just can’t face getting all dressed up.  Am I right?  Thankfully the weather cooled off to a more manageable degree that gives me a lot more options in my closet.  Plus, we’re on “summer casual” at work so I get a bit more leeway.

So, I broke out the green pants!  I paired them with this navy shirt with sheer stripes because I loved green and navy together.  The stripes give this shirt some interest while the sheerness keeps it summer-appropriate even though it’s a darker color.  And, of course, leopard flats because why not?  They go with just about everything.

The other reason I wore the green pants?  Well, remember when I had you vote on which item you wanted to see me style?  You chose the green pants and I had a lot of fun styling the reader suggestion.

Which is why I’m introducing my new series:  You Pick Wednesday!


On Wednesdays I will be showcasing reader suggestions!  Which means I need your help!  What can you do?

  • See a photo of an outfit online that you love and want to know how to make it happen in real life?  Send the photo to and I’ll show you how!
  • Have something in your closet that you’re not sure how to style?  Send a pic or a link to a similar item to and I’ll take on the challenge.
  • Did I wear something that you want to see again?  Let me know and I’ll make it reappear!

Basically, Wednesdays are YOUR day to tell me what you want to see!

So, start sending in your suggestions!  Let’s do this thing.

Dressing for the Job You Want

About Me

I’m being featured over at Simply Sarah today!  Today’s theme is dressing for the job you want, not the job you have!

When I started my current job 4 years ago I knew it was going to be a change in many ways from my previous job.  The first thing I did was go out and drop a bunch of money at The Limited buying pieces (and suits!) that would have been a bit too dressy for my old job.

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Over time I’ve evolved my style as I’ve learned there are more ways to look professional than just throwing on a suit.  In fact, last year when I picked up a chambray shirt at Target I had no idea I’d be wearing it to work and making it look professional.

But I do.  And I’ve done it more than once!  Head on over to Simply Sarah to read her take on dressing for work and how I incorporate my style into my philosophy about how what you wear can affect your attitude at your job!  And see how I styled my chambray shirt in two different ways that are still office appropriate!

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White Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Old Navy | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – Jewelry Palace (NYC) | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

Summer is still bringing us warm weather so even though I’m wearing pants I stuck with a lightweight, sheer shirt to help combat the heat.  Also, I think the white pants with the leopard print top is an unexpected but sophisticated combination.  Sometimes leopard and black gives off a little  bit too much of a streetwalker vibe so the white tones that down a lot.

Leopard print actually goes with a surprising amount of colors.  Here are some examples of what I’ve worn it with so far this year.

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The Longest Short Day

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Gap | Shorts – The Limited | Necklace – New York & Company | Shoes – Nine West

Another hot day so another day of trying to stay cool while looking professional.  Now, shorts are probably not the most professional thing out there and normally I would save these for a Friday, but since my boss was out of the office today I figured hey, why not?

Although, since they are the same length as a pencil skirt, there really isn’t that much difference.  Pair them with some heels instead of flats and you’ve got one comfy but classy outfit.

P.S.  Check out the post by my latest closet consultation!  We took her from looking like a Southwest flight attendant to using items she already owned to punch up her wardrobe!

My Own Advice

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Skirt – Banana Republic Factory Outlet | Shoes – Nine West | Necklace – gift from my husband | Earrings – Bergner’s

Last night I did a closet consultation with the goal of helping her break out of the rut of neutral bottoms and a plain top.  As someone whose uniform consisted of very similar things for years it was fun to help someone else see how to jazz up plain items.

Which is why I found it funny that this morning I was drawn to the very  mold I was trying to break my consult out  of!  However, I stuck to the “rule of three” I taught her last night.  Neutral bottom (black skirt), colored top (with some fun details), and simple but funky jewelry (big hoop earrings).  We also talked about not wearing two blousy things together.  That just makes you look frumpy!

It can be difficult, though, to talk office appropriate and fashionable outfits when it’s almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside!  When it’s this hot a skirt, tank  and simple jewelry are about all I can handle.

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Lacy Day

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Dress – Marshall’s | Shoes – | Necklace – Jeans & A Cute Top Shop Boutique | Earrings – StitchFix

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I went into Marshall’s two weeks ago looking for a maxi dress….and walked out with this.  Something about it just called to me from the rack.  I picked up and put it back at least three times before I finally said, oh, why not and took it into the dressing room.

Turns out it’s almost the same cut as my favorite black dress (complete with pockets) so why wouldn’t I love it?

I had to attend a work luncheon today so I thought it would be the perfect way to have a little fun on a hot, humid Chicago summer day.

The necklace I paired it with is actually a much shorter strand (seen here) so how did I get it to be longer?  By inserting a silver ankle bracelet between the clasps!  I actually do this with a few of my necklaces to make them more versatile.

And speaking of versatile, I’m looking forward to finding more fun ways to wear this dress this summer!

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