Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lavender at the Zoo

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Blazer – The Limited  (similar under $35) | Shell – The Limited (similar under $30) | Skirt – The Limited (similar under $25) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx (similar)

Back in Retinal bleeding surgery I promised you photos of the zoo.  Well, today I finally had a chance to take some outfit photos while at an event at the Lincoln Park Zoo. And what a day to take photos! I’m so glad I waited because, wow. This weather is what makes people love living in Chicago.

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Today was the perfect day to wear this ruffled lavender shell I’ve had hanging in my closet for over a year but have only worn a handful of times. I was inspired to wear it because of the link-up going on at Literately Stylish where we’re encouraged to wear Pantone’s colors of the year. Today’s submission is “African violet.”  I typically think of African violets as a deeper purple but apparently this year it means a lighter, paler shade of purple.

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I was at a professional event so I paired it with my black blazer and my houndstooth printed pencil skirt for a bit of fun without looking too stodgy.  At least, I hope that’s how I looked!

I also have a bit of “African violet” on one of my toes post-marathon. For those of you who are not runners, the occasional “black” (technically bruised) toenail is a badge of honor.  I wore my open-toed shoes proudly sans toenail polish and owned that bruised nail.

And, yes, these photos were taken at the zoo. It’s really more of a park with a zoo in the middle and on a gorgeous day like today I wanted to stay there all day. The zoo’s free, by the way, so if you’re ever in Chicago I highly suggest you stop by.

What to Wear to Run a Marathon




Brightly colored outfit so your spectators can find you? Check. Cute running skirt so you get compliments from random strangers? Check? Visor to keep the sun off your face and the sweat out of your eyes?  Check.

Running 26.2 miles might not be easy, but I did it. 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 32 seconds. You can read the entire recap here.

Classy Jacket and Jeans

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Jacket – J.Crew via ebay (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark | Shoes – MIA via Macy’s | (similar)

Today I am not in the office. I’m in the car headed to Urbana, Illinois to get ready to run 3.1 miles this evening and 26.2 miles tomorrow. But, I always feel better and more alive when I throw on a classy jacket with my jeans so even though I’m not going to the office I decided not to dress like a schlub.

I probably would wear this outfit to the office, though. A tweed jacket always classes up an outfit and this J. Crew one especially seems made to take a jeans and a shirt outfit to the next level.   Jill at Good Life for Less is the one who inspired me to purchase this jacket because I loved the way it made her simple outfits look amazing.

Oh, by the way, I also took Monday off work so my hope is to share my marathon outfit and story with you then. Fingers crossed it’s a good one!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

It’s so cliché to say that a little black dress is a closet staple, but there’s a reason it gets said over and over again. A black sheath dress is incredibly easy to accessorize.  I’ve featured this dress three other times on my blog and it’s also the dress I’m wearing in my blog “logo”!


Wish you had a black sheath dress in your closet?  Here are a few that I think would fit the bill. Yes, the price on these might be sticker shock for some people, but if you think about the cost in terms of cost-per-wear you will get a lot of wear out of a dress like this if you work and it won’t go out of style. So it might be something you want to spend a bit more on. Still can’t stomach the price tag? Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Beal’s or Burlington Coat Factory.  All typically carry a large assortment of dresses and I bet you’ll find something!


Also linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade

March and April Shopping Summary




1. The Limited Striped Button Up Blouse via Poshmark – free with credits (similar) (seen here)

2. J. Crew Tweed Blazer/Jacket via ebay – $78 (similar) (same) (seen here)

3. Athleta Fitness Skirt – $11 after gift cards

4. The Limited Tie-Front Blouse via Poshmark – free with credits (similar)


Total – $89

Yes, seriously, I spent less than $100 over two months. Was it easy? Surprisingly, yes. I just stayed out of stores! And I didn’t really look online, either.

The J. Crew jacket was a splurge but considering I’d been eyeing it for months and I didn’t pay full price for it I’m not that broken up about it. I think it will last awhile, too.

Oh, I did buy a new pair of running shoes (these beauties in pink & green) but considering those are more of  a need than a want I don’t count them toward my monthly total.

As for shopping in May and beyond? Other than trying to figure out how to spend my $50 Sole Society credit I’m going to keep with my shopping hiatus. Nothing declarative, just really thinking about things before I spend money on them.  Although, if that pink gingham shirt at J. Crew Factory goes on sale then I’ll probably buy that. But that’s it!

Blazing in Pink

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Blazer – H & M (similar under $35) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar)


Full disclosure: this photo of me in a bright pink blazer on a sunny day was taken on Sunday. Because today? It’s raining. Again. Also, it is almost May and I’m still wearing hosiery. There is something really wrong with this.

Actually, you can be honest, there might be more wrong with this outfit than the fact that I still have to wear hose. For some reason (I think it’s because I’m currently “enjoying’” being a woman if you catch my drift) none of my clothes feel right this week. Probably a mistake to wear pencil skirts right now, huh? Ladies, can you commiserate?

And now that you’ve gotten way more information about me than you wanted you can go back to your regularly scheduled Tuesday. I’ll be over here tugging down my skirt and trying to figure out if I should unbutton my blazer or not. Thoughts?

Pink for Spring

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Blouse – Gap (similar) | Skirt – NY & Co (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Belt – Target | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

After last week being so dreary, I decided I wanted to wear something fun and bright today. Bright pink, polka dots, and a touch of leopard? Sounds good to me!

Although, admittedly, I haven’t worn this skirt since November and I seem to remember it fitting better then. Does anyone else get a little apprehensive about putting on a piece of clothing you haven’t worn in a while?

Also, you may notice this week that I’m wearing flats instead of heels. That’s because at the end of this week I’ll be running the Illinois Marathon and I’m trying to save my feet, knees, and legs for the 26.2 miles I’ll be running on Saturday!

April Showers Bring Drowned Flowers

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Still catching up from being in Phoenix for the first part of the week.  I left this:


And came home to this:



Which is why for this week’s outfit photo you get office bathroom selfies! I wanted to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Trend of florals but the only thing I own that has flowers on it is a scarf. This scarf, actually.


I originally had this on with gray dress pants but there was a button incident before I left for work and now those are in the repair pile.  Also, after my trip I had to say goodbye to my pink gingham shirt.

Turns out that this:


Leads to this:


RIP, pink gingham shirt. I will mourn you and then I will replace you. The question is, do I go with this one from J. Crew Factory or do I hunt for one on Poshmark?

At least the pink gingham shirt had one last hurrah. Not only did it get worn on a mechanical bull, it also got to pet a miniature horse!



Finally, many of you know I am a runner. I had many, many friends at the Boston Marathon on Monday and, as I wrote on my fitness blog, my heart broke on Monday. But on Tuesday I went for a run in the dessert and knew we would persevere.


Next week I will be back to the normal posting schedule. Enjoy your weekend!

You Don’t Have To Look Like Me

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Today I’m flying home from Phoenix. And I’ve had the idea for this post in the back of my head for awhile but just haven’t had time to write it. So, here’s the CliffsNotes version.

Here’s the thing. I’m going to be honest; I know I’m probably smaller than a lot of other people. I’m 5’4” and I typically wear a size 2 or 4. I’m also in my early 30s so I can probably get away with some things that other people can’t. I’ve gotten comments from people that indicate that my outfits may not always be accessible to everyone. I mean, I hope I give you enough ideas that you can go out and incorporate them into your own wardrobe (the rule of three, wearing monochrome, pattern mixing, etc) but I know some people are visual learners.

Not all style bloggers look like me, I know.  But do you know what that means? Even if you don’t look like me, you don’t have an excuse to dress like a slob.  Nope.  Sorry.

Instead, why not check out one of these lovely ladies and get some inspiration! You can click on each picture to go to the full post.


Hems for Her

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A Colorful Canvas



Girl with Curves


Not Dead Yet Style

And because I don’t want to leave anyone out here’s a list of some other style bloggers you might be able to relate to.

Also, the ladies over at Work Your Wardrobe have some great tips that can apply to anyone.  Every day they feature a different blogger with a different style which means you get to get tips from all ends of the spectrum.

Plus, you know you can always ask me for help, right? Even if we don’t have similar body shapes or similar amounts of lines on our face I can still help you figure out what to wear to an event, on a daily basis, or with that piece you bought that just called out to you. Just send me an email!


Packing for Phoenix

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As I mentioned on Friday, I’m in Phoenix this week for a conference for work. I’m both attending and presenting at the conference and let’s just say I’m mostly excited to go somewhere WARM and SUNNY! Chicago weather is really getting me down. It snowed on Saturday, people. Snowed. Anyway, Phoenix’s 80 degree weather will be a treat but packing for it was a bit challenging.


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For my travel day I decided on a striped tank top under a sheer white three-quarter length sleeve top with jeans, my black blazer, and my leopard flats. I plan to wear the blazer throughout the week and this way it doesn’t get all wrinkled in my suitcase. Plus, you should really wear your bulkiest item when traveling and in this case that’s my blazer. When I get to Phoenix I can ditch the blazer and the sheer top if necessary and revel in the fact that it’s warm enough to wear a tank top!




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For Tuesday I’m busting out my green cropped pants, a simple striped t-shirt, the black blazer again, and the leopard flats. This is my day to attend conference sessions and the dress code at this conference ranges from jeans to suits so I figured I could get away with some fun colors and pattern mixing.  The blazer is because I’m sure the conference rooms will be freezing but the short sleeves are for outside.



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Tuesday we give our presentation so I dressed it up with my black and white polka dot sheath dress and my black blazer and open-toed black patent heels. And some jewelry, of course.


Tuesday Night

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Tuesday night is the customer/attendee appreciation party which I’ve been told is a pretty crazy event. This year it’s at a Western-themed locale so I decided to bust out the gingham and pair it with white jeans and a white tank top. And nude heels because I don’t own cowboy boots.


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On Wednesday we fly back to Chicago.  And since it will probably be in the 40s when we land, I’m adding a scarf to my black, white and leopard outfit.  Plus, this is classy enough for a casual conference attendee look if I choose to attend any last day sessions.

Other items I packed but didn’t photograph? A black cardigan, white shorts, a swimsuit and a swimsuit cover-up, one running outfit, running shoes, some other jewelry,  and, of course, pajamas and underwear. Basically, everything except the dress can be mixed and matched with the other items I brought, too, so if I need to make a quick switcheroo for any reason, it should be simple enough.

And if it wasn’t for that pesky liquids restriction I could have gotten away with just a carry-on! Sadly, I couldn’t find a hair mousse I liked that came in a FAA-approved size.