Monthly Archives: November 2012

Double Vision Polka Dots: Copycats Friday

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Wilson Leather (similar on sale) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) (similar)| Blouse – Gap (similar)(similar) | Jeans – Old Navy | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Bracelets – House of Gemmes

Copycats Friday is one of my favorite days of the whole month!  It’s when I try to branch out of my usual style and try something different.  This month I’m channeling the ever-stylish and sometimes a little out-there Blair from Atlantic-Pacific.

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Her double polka dot look has been on my mind ever since I found myself in possession of both a polka dot sweater and a polka dot blouse.  I love the juxtaposition of the two different  background colors and polka dot sizes in the original look.  I also love her shoes but, sadly, I didn’t have any strappy closed toe heels to wear today.

I even searched my neighborhood for some stairs so I could copy her pose.  This is the best I could do.

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All told, I LOVE the way this outfit turned out even if it’s a bit more casual than I would wear to the office.  Still, for a Friday when I have no meetings and the boss is out?  I’ll break out the double polka dots.

Would you wear either of our outfits?

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Blue Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tank – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Belt – Target | Necklace – NY & Co (similar) | Tights – Target | Shoes – Via Spiga via Loehmann’s (similar)

Some days you just want to wear something fun, am I right?  And what could be more fun than pairing bright blue with a touch of leopard?  I actually have several outfits pinned on my Pinterest board that have cobalt and leopard but it just occurred to me to wear my cobalt blazer with my leopard belt.  Crazy, huh?

Anyway, the black top and bottom basically form  a blank canvas to show off the accessories and the blazer.  And I thought about wearing my leopard heels but, in the end, decided to go with the plain black to draw the attention up instead of down.

Don’t have a reason or don’t want to wear a black skirt?  Try this outfit with black jeans or black dress pants.  Don’t have a blue blazer?  What about a blue sweater or cardigan?  Make it your own with what you have!

P.S.  Did you find yourself lusting after a bubble necklace after yesterday’s Gift Guide post?  I’m actually giving one away over at Frills for Thrills!  There are some other great items up for grabs, too.

Three Surefire Holiday Gifts for Her

Shopping · You Pick Wednesday

Do you have a gal on your holiday shopping list that you don’t know quite how to buy for?  Maybe you don’t know their size or their style.  Maybe you’re just not sure what they need or want.  Never fear!  Here are three surefire holiday gifts that will fit anyone, go with any style, and are things no woman really NEEDS but probably wants, even if they didn’t know it.

 

Surefire Holiday Gift #1: A Leopard Print Scarf

 

 

A leopard print scarf goes with just about any outfit and adds some visual interest to plain or patterned tops.  Don’t believe me?  Check back on Sunday when I do my Sunday Remix with my own leopard print scarf! Here are two of my favorites that would look great on anyone and with just about any outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surefire Holiday Gift #2: Bubble Necklace

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The original bubble necklace from J. Crew retails for between $80 and $150.  But you don’t need to spend that much.  Bubble necklaces can be found for much cheaper via ebay and etsy, for instance.  Also, not sure if your recipient will be down with such a large statement piece?  Why not try a smaller version?  Mini bubble necklaces can also be found on etsy for under $20.  Bubble necklaces came on the scene in 2010 but are still going strong.  And since they come in every color imaginable you’re sure to find one that will please the gift opener.

Surefire Holiday Gift #3: Wrap Bracelet or Watch

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Although arm parties full of bangles are very on-trend right now, for those of us who spend our days typing, a wrist full of jangly metal bracelets just won’t cut it.  But that doesn’t mean we have to be left out!  Wrap bracelets can add interest, fit just about every wrist size and aren’t nearly as annoying as those metal ones!  Plus, they come in all sorts of colors and textures with metal studs, rhinestones and embellishments in all shapes and sizes. Some of my favorites are from House of Gemmes (I have these and they are on sale for $5!) and Gorjana (I have been lusting after these for myself).

Think the woman in your life would prefer something more useful?  Try a wrap watch!  All the fun of the bracelet but with a practical time-telling piece.  Target has some beautiful ones for sale from their La Mer Collection.  Or you can go back to etsy where you can find something for every style.

So this December when you’re doing your holiday shopping and find yourself stuck just look for one of these three items and you’re bound to find a gift that your recipient will be happy to receive!

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Not a Red Letter Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Sweater – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – Gordmans (similar)| Shoes – Anne Klein via Macy’s

You know how sometimes you look in the mirror and you think, “Oh yeah, this looks gooood!”  And then you take a picture of yourself and start to think, “Hmm, maybe not.”  Or does that just happen to me?

In the interest of full disclosure, I have worn this outfit before and not photographed it.  Now that I’ve photographed it, though, I’m not so sure it should be worn!

Let’s deconstruct.  Of course, it could just be the angle of the camera or the way I’m standing but to my eye this outfit does nothing to hide my super-short torso or my hips.  But you know what?  I have a super-short torso and hips.  So if I want to wear my red sweater with my light gray (and slightly sparkly although the camera didn’t really catch that) pants I will.  So there.

Although maybe next time I’ll work on my posture and tug down the sweater a bit.

No Plaid to Be Found on Inspiration Monday

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Blouse – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – Gap | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Tradeshow | Necklace – Gift | Watch – Fossil

Welcome back to the real world!  Or, at least, back to work for those of us who have been off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Going back to work is always such a rude awakening after several days off which is why I’m thrilled that Mondays mean Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!  Usually this makes it easy to figure out what to wear.  Although, I admit, I struggled a bit with this week’s ultra casual choice of plaid and denim.

Original Inspiration: Mary Kate Olsen

Which means you’re probably looking at my black and white outfit and wondering how in the world the two are related.  Well, here’s how:  oversized shirt over tight pants?  Yep.  Booties?  Yep.  A black accessory (mine’s in the form of a jacket)?  Yep.  Sunglasses?  Got ‘em.

There you go.  One inspired outfit that looks nothing like the original.

And with that out of the way, how about I announce the winner of the $50 Visa Gift Card giveaway?

Thanks to all of you, Loop Looks got over 200 page views for 5 days out of the past two weeks.  Which means that anyone who left at least two comments over the past two weeks gets one entry per comment into the drawing.  And everyone who likes Loop Looks on Facebook gets an additional entry.  So….drumroll please….

The winner is: Katie at An Alaskan Weredork: A Style Diary!

Hooray, Katie!  I’ll be contacting you shortly to get you your prize.

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about Loop Looks.  Keep it up!

Casual Friday is Casual

Casual Clothes

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Cardigan – Van Heusen outlet (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – DSW (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  Are you on your couch recovering or have you been out shopping since midnight?  I’m not one to go all crazy with the shopping on Black Friday, believe it or not.  I prefer to shop when it’s nice and quiet and I don’t have to wait in lines a mile long.

Although, if I was going shopping I’d probably wear something like this.  Flat boots are comfy to walk in and layers up top make it so I can strip down if I get too warm.  The scarf add some visual interest to the outfit so it’s not too blah.

I wouldn’t wear this to work, however.  It’s definitely weekend or work holiday casual.   But if I wanted to dress it up for work I’d swap out the skinny jeans for black dress pants, wear a nicer black blouse instead of a crewneck t-shirt, and and wear black, brown or nude dress shoes.

So, tell me, did you do any shopping today?  How was your holiday?  Or did you just have a regular ol’ Thursday?

Why a Faux Fur Vest is the Perfect Thanksgiving Outfit Accessory

Casual Clothes

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 | Jeans – Old Navy | Boots – DSW  (similar)| Bracelet – gift (similar)

Thanksgiving is here and I hope you’re all ready to enjoy your day off, your friends and family, eating too much food, football, putting up holiday decorations, a regular Thursday, or whatever else you’re hoping this day brings.  In addition, since the holiday is about being thankful for what we have, I thought I’d give you a short rundown of what I’m thankful for, including my new faux fur vest which I think is the perfect Thanksgiving outfit accessory.

I’m thankful that I have a job and a lifestyle that lets me blog about things as silly as style and running marathons.  I’ve met so many amazing friends via blogging that have made my past several years in Chicago so wonderful that I don’t know if I ever want to leave.

I’m thankful that my parents live a life that allows me to see them on a regular basis.

I’m thankful that my job allows my husband to go to school for something that interests him.

I’m thankful we have an amazing apartment, too much food to eat, and a car to drive.

If my biggest complaint is that I want a puppy and can’t have one right now, well, I think I’ve got a pretty good life.

And this faux fur vest will just have to take the place of a puppy for awhile.  But why does a faux fur vest make the perfect Thanksgiving outfit accessory?  Well, it’s a bit bulky so you can eat as much as you want and the vest will cover up that food baby.  And it’s soft and comfy so when you pass out from ingesting a week’s worth of calories in one meal you can use it as a pillow.  See?  Two great uses in one!  Plus, faux fur vests are totally in right now.  Stylish and practical?  The best of both worlds.

Do you need something to be thankful for?  Would you be thankful if you won a $50 Visa gift card?  Then don’t forget to help Loop Looks reach 200 pageviews per day!  We just need one more day over 200 and then the giveaway is ON!  Also, you need to leave at least two comments in order to be entered.  I’m extending the contest until Sunday evening and will announce the winner Monday morning!

Three Ways to Wear Riding Boots Without Skinny Jeans

You Pick Wednesday

Riding boots and skinny jeans go together like chocolate and peanut butter.   Like butter and popcorn.  Like Thanksgiving and mashed potatoes.  Seriously, it’s not Thanksgiving if there are no mashed potatoes.  But I digress.

Outfits with riding boots and skinny jeans

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Riding boots and skinny jeans were made for one another.  Or, at the very least, riding boots and skinny pants.  I mean, just look at how they were designed to be worn.

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However, it has come to my attention that there are people who would love to add some riding boots to their closets but who aren’t comfortable with the whole skinny jeans or pants idea.  While I could do a whole post about why skinny pants aren’t necessarily evil, instead I decided to share with you some alternate ways to work riding boots into your wardrobe so you can wear riding boots without skinny jeans.  Thanks in advance to Pinterest & Polyvore which made my job a lot easier.

Way #1 Leggings and Riding Boots

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Yes, yes, I know that leggings are essentially just another form of skinny jeans or pants, but some people might find them more comfortable since they are designed to be worn with oversized, long tops.  In fact, leggings are NOT pants and shouldn’t be worn with anything that doesn’t cover your derriere.

Way #2 Skirts and Riding Boots

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If leggings aren’t your thing, about how a skirt or a dress with riding boots?  The key is to match the style of the boot to the style of your outfit. A more casual outfit?  Go with a more casual boot.  A dressier outfit?  A dressier boot, of course. The smoother the leather and the fewer the embellishments typically the dressier the boot will look.   At least, to my eye.  Tights or no tights, the choice is yours.

Way #3 Riding Boots under Pants

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Finally, you can wear your riding boots under a pair of bootcut or flared leg pants or jeans.  Why would you do this and hide any fun embellishments on your boots?  Well, in Chicago it can be an additional barrier against the cold and the wind in the winter.  Also, if you keep the embellishments on the boots (buckles, etc) closer to the ankle then people will get a glimpse of it as you walk or when you sit.  Make sure the boots have a slight heel as well to keep the look lean.

And there you have it.  Three ways to wear riding boots that don’t involve skinny jeans.  Although, if you aren’t afraid of skinny jeans, I have two looks coming up for you tomorrow and Friday that involve riding boots and skinny jeans.  I’m off work for the holiday so you’ll get to enjoy some of my more casual outfits for a change.

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Burgundy and Navy: Fall for a Touch of Lace

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan – Nordstrom (similar) | Shirt – Gap | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Navy lace cropped pants may not scream Chicago in the fall to you but I purchased them in October and they’ve been sitting with the tags on just waiting for me to decide when or whether to wear them.  We’re having a bit of a warm streak this week so I decided that the pants had been sitting around long enough.  I actually have a few ideas of what else to wear them with (including a new top making an appearance on Thursday) so I suppose they can find a home in my closet.

And, of course, you have to throw some burgundy into the mix right now.  It’s so very in for fall!  I’ve had this cardigan for a few years and usually wear it with dresses or jeans and riding boots.  However, pairing it with the cropped pants and heels definitely makes the pants seem more cool-weather appropriate as well as balancing out the length of the pants by making me look taller.  Or, at least, that’s what I’ll keep telling my 5’4” self.

So, what do you think?  Would you wear lace pants?  What would you wear them with?

 

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Inspiration Monday: Stripes with the Fringe on Top

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Shirt – Loft (similar) | Cardigan – Target (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar)(similar)

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that one of my favorite things to do is take an inspiration photo where the person is wearing jeans and figure out how to make it appropriate for an office where jeans aren’t considered every day work wear.  In the case of today’s Inspiration Monday photo I changed things up by swapping the jeans for dress pants, adding a plain cardigan instead of a fringed Bohemian style one, and ditching the boots for heels.

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I kept the stripes and the neutral accessories color scheme, though.  And I added my new mini bubble necklace in black as a sort of fringe.

Speaking of this necklace, Maggie introduced me to Groopdealz which is a great website that sells all sorts of jewelry, home accessories, and crafty goodness for really reasonable prices.  In fact, I’m planning on doing a giveaway with Frills for Thrills next week with an item I purchased from there!  I’ve already drooled over quite a few of the offerings but am trying to behave myself this close to the holidays.  Perhaps I should unsubscribe from their emails, huh?

But, you know, if anyone is looking for a gift for me, Groopdealz might have one or two things.  Specifically in the jewelry and scarves sections.  Not so much in the inspiration quotes or baby clothes.

P.S. Emily recently asked if leopard heels are office appropriate.  As you can see, I definitely think so.  Just wear them with black pants if you want to keep them toned down at first.

P.P.S.  Don’t forget these are the last few days to boost Loop Looks readership and win a $50 Visa gift card!  For your reference, here are the stats:

Days with more than 200 page views: 3 (we just need two more days!)

Number of Facebook fans: 66 (just 34 more!)

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