Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Little Bit Ruffled

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears green cardigan with jeans

Cardigan – The Limited (similar in other colors) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Earrings – Stitch Fix (similar)

I’m beginning to think that H&K Style Journey and her friends know about my lack of orange items! This is the second outfit in a row to feature orange!

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And, as we all know by now, there is no orange in my closet. However, there are ruffles, bootcut jeans, and ballet flats. This ruffled cardigan hasn’t been worn in a long while so it was nice to get some use out of it. In fact, in the past I’ve always worn it with my winter white pants so breaking out of that rut and wearing it with jeans was a welcome touch.

Even if my jeans are wrinkled. Seriously. How do jeans even get wrinkled??

Also, funny story, my hair dryer completely died on me while drying my hair this morning. As in, so dead it had to be given a funeral as I lowered it into its trash can casket. Which means I will be going to Ulta on my lunch break and buying a new one. Any suggestions on what I should get?

ruffled grean cardigan, bootcut jeans, nude flats

P.S. Happy Pi Day! I’m actually running a “Pi K” tonight. 3.14 miles followed by pie (both pizza and dessert), beer, and who knows what else. Exciting, right?

The Leopard and the Sweater

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse, black pants and black cardigan

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse and brown bow belt

Cardigan – Target via clothing swap (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory via ebay (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Here’s the deal. Just because you see something on Pinterest that catches your eye doesn’t mean you have to recreate it exactly. Take, for example, the prompt for today.

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I don’t own anything coral (yes, the orange sweater I mentioned on Tuesday has been returned) and I can’t wear jeans on a Thursday. But, I actually own that exact same top so I paired it with black dress pants and a cardigan that I’m pretty sure I got from Sierra at the clothing swap I went to on Saturday. Pants + leopard print blouse + cardigan + brown belt = similar outfit.

Don’t have a leopard print blouse? Just wear something printed! Cardigan + prints = fun outfit!

And in case you’re wondering why this post is kind of short, well, you can thank the Library Bar at the Public  Hotel for that. Complimentary drinks and food for the Windy City Bloggers Collective Happy Hour on Wednesday night? Let’s just say I took full advantage.

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Yes. Seriously.

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – Bauble Bar (similar) | Necklace – New York jewelry store (similar)

Sometimes an outfit is a no-brainer. Sometimes you see pink and black and know exactly what you’re going to wear.

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Actually, in this case I didn’t have a pink and black polka dot top. Yes. Seriously. So I went with just a patterned black and white top. I have five of those. Yes. Seriously.

I might have a black and white patterned top problem.

You know what else I have a problem with? These shoes! They are completely falling apart. I may be the only person I know who can wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart. For example, in college I had this pair of platform boots (similar to these but with a side zipper instead of laces). I bought them in Finland on vacation and wore them basically every day until the platform on one actually split across the middle. And then I wore them for awhile after that. Yes. Seriously.

Am I the only person who does this??

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

The Case of the Missing Blue Cardigan

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Welcome to day two of my participation in the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Believe it or not, today’s cobalt and gray outfit was kind of a struggle for me to put together.

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Why? Here’s why.

1. I only own one pair of gray pants. Okay, technically I now own two after picking up a second pair at a clothing swap this weekend. However, both pairs are more of a bootcut or flared leg as opposed to a straight leg. And right now I’m more into wearing blazers with straight legged pants. I plan to get the pair I grabbed this weekend altered but, obviously, that wasn’t going to happen before today.

2. Which means I was really excited when the cobalt blue cardigan I ordered from the massive J. Crew sale last week arrived earlier than expected. “Yes!” I thought. “I can wear that with my gray pants!” Sadly, when I opened the package this is what I saw instead:

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That is NOT cobalt blue! I immediately called J. Crew but the cobalt blue one was sold out. She offered to replace it with this one for the same price. It’s also blue but not quite as saturated. I decided to go for it but it hasn’t arrived yet.

Which is when I realized that, hey, I own a gray skirt! And since it’s actually above freezing so far this week I can wear it and not die of exposure. So that’s what I did. Obviously.

Also, I was totally going to wear my leopard print heels to echo the inspiration photo’s leopard print flats, but at the last minute I decided my zebra print shoes needed some love. They’re still animal print, though, so it totally counts.

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt and zebra print heels

Navy Not Black

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an oatmeal cardigan, navy polka dot top, navy pencil skirt and brown heels. navy_polka_dots_navy_pencil_skirt_2

Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Argh! For some reason I am unable to access my blog from my home network so posts this week might be a little sporadic until GoDaddy gets their act together. Thankfully Jason, who worked in IT for 10 years doing mostly computer networking stuff, was able to give me the lingo so I could explain what’s happening to the GoDaddy support team. But, we’ll see how long it takes to get resolved.

But enough about that. As I mentioned last week, I’m planning to spend the rest of this month (at least until I go on vacation to Puerto Rico!) participating in the Pinned It and Did It event I learned about via H&K Style Journey. Heather and her friends put together a calendar full of outfits to recreate each day this month. And today’s outfit? Navy, turquoise and tan.

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It occurred to me after the fact that my cobalt blue dress is probably a better match than the navy top and skirt I have on (and, yes, they are both navy not black), but I liked the cardigan better with the pencil skirt.

Also, the weather may be acting better this week but it’s definitely not sandal weather!! So, brown heels it is.

Overall, I like the neutral tones in this outfit with just a bit of color from the necklace. What do you think? How would you interpret this outfit with what you have in your closet?

Here are a few more outfits I’ve worn with these pieces:

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Fixing a Boxy Shirt

Casual Friday · Fluoxetine and abilify · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive grean jacket, burgundy faux leather shirt, jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive jacket and a faux leather burgundy shirt

Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Scarf – gift | Hat – gift

How do you fix a boxy fitting shirt? Well, short of getting it tailored you wear a jacket over it. I swear, is there anything a jacket or a blazer can’t do?

As I mentioned the last time I wore this shirt it’s rather boxy on me. But, I loved the way it looked with this olive green jacket so by pairing the two I was able to tone down the square shape of the shirt. Oh, I also ironed it, too, in case you were curious.

All of that to say, if you have a shirt that fits kind of strange try wearing a jacket with it. If the jacket is tapered in at the waist a bit you’ll find that it gives you more shape than the shirt alone.

Oh, wait. I can’t end this post without mentioning my hat. One of my best friends, Rae, made it for me and I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop since December. It’s super warm, cover my ears, and looks cute, too.  So, thanks Rae!

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive green jacket with a burgundy faux leather shirt, skinny jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

Can you use a vest as a pillow?

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wear a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.

Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.

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February Shopping Summary

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1.  Denim Jacket via Langford Market – $45

2. Faux Leather Top via Amazon.com – $29 (same) (seen here)

3. J. Crew Factory Leopard Print Shirt via ebay – $20

4. TOMS Leopard Print Desert Wedge – $78 (same) (seen here)

5. Faux Fur Vest via Comfort Me Boutique – $56 (seen here)

Total – $228

Hey! Have you voted for your favorite outfit from February yet? No? Why not?? Just click that link and pick one. It’s fun and easy, I promise.

Now, onto this past month’s consumerism.

Here’s the deal: I may have already had a denim jacket but it’s literally from at LEAST high school and was too big. I wanted a more fitted, slightly cropped one. And, yes, I could have bought one via Poshmark or hunted down one at a thrift store, but I just wasn’t seeing anything that fit the bill. Until I found this one at Langford Market at 40% off. It’s super soft and has some stretch too it so it’s quite comfy. Now, if the weather would just cooperate so I could wear the thing!

Admittedly, the faux leather shirt was a total impulse purchase. But I’m planning to wear it again this week because it could easily become a one-trick pony and I don’t want that to happen.

As for the leopard shirt, well, I’ve been lusting after that puppy for at least a year. It sold out on J. Crew and J. Crew Factory and I finally decided to stalk one on ebay. Got it for $19.99 shipped and it fits perfectly. I’ve already worn it once (although not on the blog) and I’m looking forward to wearing it more.

Of course we have to talk about the wedges. After deciding I HAD to have a pair and not finding the ones I fell in love with in my size anywhere I found these. Are they the exact pair I wanted? No. But they are super comfortable, were the same price (on sale and with free shipping) and since they’re TOMS some of my money goes to a good cause. I think that’s a win-win.

Finally, the black faux fur vest. I bought this on clearance and had a $25 gift card. Comfort Me Boutique is a local Chicago business and it felt good to support them and get a piece that I can see myself wearing in several different ways. On one hand, I want spring to get here. On the other, I want to wear my faux fur a few more times!

And that’s it! I spent a bit more than I had planned but I think I got some quality items. Plus, I’m going to a clothing swap in a few weeks where I’m planning to take quite a few items and hopefully bring home less than I brought to the swap. Closet clean out time, for sure.

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Stripes and Checks

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears striped blazer, navy gingham shirt and gray pants

 Blazer- Express (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit of February yet? I’ll be posting the winner on my Pinterest board next week so get your vote in now!

Second, you may or may not notice that I categorize all my outfit posts with the season. I’ve got Summer, Fall, Winter and Fluoxetine and abilify. Today’s outfit, though? I’m putting in both Winter and Spring. Why? Because technically you can put March into meteorological spring. But it was snowing when I left the house on Monday morning. And I had to layer a shirt, sweater and a blazer since the air temperature was something like 8 degrees.

So, yes, it’s kind of spring. But it’s also mostly winter. Hence both categories.

Also, I’ve decided that it’s a good thing that Hollywood is in California. I attended an Oscars shindig last night with the Windy City Blogger Collective (you can see pictures of my outfit and hair on Facebook) and trying to navigate the snow, slush and ice in 4” strappy heels was quite the challenge.

And speaking of challenges (gee, I’m just knocking these segues out of the park today, right?), H&K Style Journey and some buddies are currently doing a month long challenge where everyone participating interprets the same outfit each day. As you know, I plan my outfits out a week in advance so I’m not participating this week, but I will be for the rest of the month!

Hey, you guys did tell me you wanted to see more fashion challenges and more Pinterest interpretations! Should be a fun time. Feel free to play along!

P.S. I recently wrote an article about SEO (search engine optimization) for bloggers from a non-expert perspective (meaning in plain language) that you might find helpful! It should be up on the Windy City Blogger’s website today.

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Favorite Outfit of February

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One of the most interesting things about taking pictures of what you wear every day is that you can compare from year to year and see if the winter really is a horrible as it seems. Well, from what I can tell you based on what I was wearing and where I was taking pictures this time last year, there was still snow on the ground at the end of February but I was taking a lot more photos outside. This tells me that while it may have been snowy, it wasn’t as cold!

Overall, though, February was a pretty grueling month weather-wise. Still, I managed to do a blog collaboration with Valerie, celebrate my blog’s anniversary, attend three fun events with members of the Windy City Blogger Collective, ride as part of team Braking Bad at the Cycle for Survival event, celebrate my husband’s birthday, finalize the hotel and plane tickets for our spring break trip to Puerto Rico, have some drinks with friends, and place second in my age group at a 5K race.

Oh, and wear my favorite outfit of the month.

Tan sweater with winter white pants, polka dots, leopard print and pearls

I have a feeling this outfit is going to be a crowd favorite as well. I just love the neutral color palate paired with the fun touches of the necklace, the leopard print shoes and the metallic polka dots in the blouse. In fact, I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit again so if it stays chilly for a bit longer I won’t mind. Okay, I will mind but at least it helps with layering!

Now, it’s your turn to tell me if the outfit above is your favorite or if it’s something else from this past month. Vote in the poll below! Remember, you can click on any of the images to go to the original outfit post.

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What was your favorite outfit of February 2014?

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