Monthly Archives: April 2014

Trophy Attire

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Tights – Express (same)

Today I got to do one of the best things I’ve done all year: I awarded a trophy to a department that had done some amazing things and ended up going almost completely paperless. You should have seen the excitement in their faces when I handed them their giant trophy at our annual appreciation breakfast. Made my entire day.

One of the things I love about my job is training people to take control of their environments and make their lives easier. Unfortunately this is just a small piece of my job. I’d love to do it full time! Helping people is a passion of mine.

Because I don’t get to do that full time is one of the reasons I have this blog. Am I the best dresser on the planet? Nope. Do I expect you will run out and copy every single outfit I wear? Nope. But when people tell me that my blog has inspired them to look at their closet in a new way it gives me the same feeling I got when I saw how thrilled that department’s staff was to have that trophy.

So, thanks to those of you who give me those trophies. It makes what I do here more worthwhile.

April Shopping Summary

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Chicago style blogger, shopping in april, what I bought in april

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Note: prices listed are what I paid, not necessarily what the item is currently retailing at

1. Express Portofino Blouse – $29.94  (same)

2. Express flat sandals – $29.94  (same)

3. Express Pleated Keyhole Top – $29.94  (same) (seen here)

4. Sole Society Heels – $46 (sold out)

Not pictured: Express camisole – $11.94   | Express tights – $10.14  (same)

Total = $157.90 – $25 Express gift card = $132.90

All items from Express were purchased during their 40% off sale plus I had a $25 gift card. The Sole Society shoes technically cost me 0 additional dollars because I STILL have store credit from when I bought the Maddy riding boots and didn’t love them.

But you know what? I actually shopped a lot more in April, but I ended up returning most of it. My list of what I purchased and returned is just as long as what I purchased and kept. The tops I mentioned ordering from Ann Taylor here came and were ivory in color, not white. So those got returned. I also ordered a navy and white striped sweater from Gap that was way too short on me. And I don’t even have that long of a torso!

The one thing I didn’t buy but should have? A white sleeveless blazer from Express. I didn’t think I needed it but now I can’t stop thinking about it and it’s sold out! Ah, first world problem for sure.

Anyway, the reasons I bought and kept the pieces listed above are 1. I needed a replacement red blouse since I’m hulking out of my other one; 2. I don’t own any solid navy shirts; 3. my current heeled nude sandals are falling apart; and 4. I don’t own any nude flat sandals.

So, basically, almost a one-in-one-out kind of month. Almost.

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Monday Tweed

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Chicago style blogger, J. crew tweed jacket, navy and burgundy

J. Crew tweed jacket, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Top – Express (same) | Pants – LOFT | Shoes – DSW (similar; same in other colors)

Hello and welcome to another week of work! Are you excited? Be honest. I’m planning to look on the bright side this week even if the rainy and cold weather means I still have to wear a coat and rain boots. At least I got to wear my new top from Express and pair it with this jacket. Normally I wear this jacket with black so it was fun to try something new. Unfortunately the rainy weather means indoor photos for now.

Hilarious to think that on Saturday it was in the 70s in my hometown. And that I was doing this:

Illinois half marathon 2014

Yep, that’s me running the Illinois Half Marathon. I’ll be writing about it over at my fitness blog if you’re interested in knowing more. Let’s just say I had a good time.

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

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Chicago style blogger, maxi dress

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Maxi dress – New York & Co (similar) | Sweatshirt – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)

I’m off work again today as I travel to my hometown to run the Illinois Half Marathon tomorrow. So this Friday you get another outfit that I wouldn’t necessarily wear to my office. However, it is an outfit that I wear on the weekends. In fact, I’ve worn this outfit to brunch and to a meeting where I helped a former colleague set up a Facebook page for her new business.

There are two things I really like about this outfit. One is that it’s perfect for days when it’s chilly in the morning but warms up in the afternoon. Why? Because underneath that sweatshirt is a full maxi dress!

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Put your sweatshirt in your bag, keep the scarf, and ta da! You’re ready for warmer weather. The other thing I like about this outfit is the scarf. Why do I like this scarf so much? Because of its shape.

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This isn’t folded in half. Nope. It’s actually a triangular scarf. It makes it super easy to wear without worrying about how to tie it or fold it or finagle it. My mother-in-law brought this back to me from Italy a few years ago and Linda, if you’re reading, a few more of these would be great!

Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t worn this dress to work before because I definitely have as you can see here. So, whether you need a casual or a dressier outfit, I’ve got you covered. In a maxi dress.

Tres Chic Fashion Thursday

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Chicago style blogger, pink pencil skirt

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar flats)  | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar)

Sigh. You guys. This outfit looked so cute in my head. I wanted to wear my bright pink skirt today but I was struggling with what to wear with it. I put on this blazer and decided I looked cute. And then I saw the pictures and realized it makes me look super wide because the piping at the waist hits me at my rib cage instead of at my narrowest part. And this necklace just isn’t working at all.

So why did I even post this picture? Because I’m a real woman and I make real mistakes. I don’t claim to be a fashion expert. I’m just trying to wear what I have in my closet in as many ways as possible. And maybe this piece doesn’t need to be in my closet anymore. Learn from my mistakes!

Anyway, instead of listening to me whine (sorry, guys, I’m just having a slightly grumpy week. Can I blame it on the half marathon I have coming up on Saturday?) why not visit one of the amazing blogs linking up this week as I co-host Trés Chic Fashion Thursday with Vodka Infused Lemonade! Let’s turn it over to Agi:

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 86 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) A great turnout, I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at vodkainfusedlemonade@gmail.com. If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

My fabulous co-host this week is Erin from Viibryd vs zoloft

Loop Looks

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

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Love, Iris

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Pink & Pretty

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My White Whale

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Chicago style blogger, mint cardigan, red necklace, brown pants

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Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Tank – Old Navy (same) | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar)

Today I want to talk about tank tops. Specifically wearing a tank top to the office. Personally, I am not a fan of wearing a jersey knit tank top to work. But, clearly, people do it all the time. In fact, this outfit in today’s Pinterest challenge is what prompted me to try it out.

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I swapped the coral for red and used it in my necklace and put the mint in the cardigan. Mint and brown is a lovely combination so I wanted that to be the focal point.

However, I feel that a jersey knit tank like the one I’m wearing from Old Navy is just too casual for work. I have one plain white shell that I wear all the time instead. In fact, I wore it yesterday. But, as with all things white, it’s probably a good idea to have more than one since they can stain so easily.

Which lead me on the hunt for another white shell I felt was dressy enough for the office.

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First up, I went to Express. Actually, speaking of Express, I’ve got a little feature over at On The Daily Express showcasing my current wishlist of items from there. I actually put top number one on my list and even ended up buying it navy. The white, though, was too much of a cream color and since the keyhole hits me a little low it would need a camisole underneath. And trying to match that cream color was going to drive me nuts so I said PASS.

Tops number 2 and 4 I ordered during the 50% off and free shipping sale from Ann Taylor and they haven’t arrived yet. Fingers crossed one of them works out!

Top number 3 I originally saw on Marion of Marionberry Style but haven’t tried it on or gone in search of it. If it goes on sale, though, I’ll be there!

Finally, top number 5, also from Express, looked promising on the hanger but when I put it on the rolled sleeves were so bulky and uncomfortable! Bummer. Otherwise I loved that the fabric was a bit less sheer than white tops usually are.

Searching for the perfect white shell is tough! Even now when the stores are carrying summer clothes and whites and pastels seem to be all the rage. So here’s what I say to that:

Chicago style blogger, brown pants with mint cardigan

P.S. It occurs to me that I’m wearing my sunglasses in all my posts this week. I’m not trying to look like a spy or something. It’s just it was sunny when I was taking my photos and it was either the sunglasses or squinty eyes. Speaking of sunglasses, I discovered I had three of the exact same pair in the bottom of my purse. I guess when you finally find some that fit your tiny head you buy them in bulk!

 

The Classic and the Trendy

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Chicago style blogger, J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, printed pants

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Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Short necklace – The Limited (same) | Long necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

You know, sometimes certain things are meant to be. Like, take these pants for instance. I had a very similar pair saved on my Pinterest wish list (the ones linked above, actually) but couldn’t bring myself to spend money on them. I loved the print but I wasn’t sure if I could justify another pair of black and white bottoms.

And then I attended Maggie’s clothing swap and saw these in the pile. Same cut, similar pattern, but different colors! Thankfully the fit was perfect and they came home with me.

I’ve actually worn this outfit once before but it only made the blog in a small snippet of the Blaze Pizza recap. So, since I loved it so much the first time I knew it needed to get a chance to be in the spotlight. I really enjoy pairing fun and trendy pieces with more classic traditional pieces. Like, in this case putting these printed pants with this classic navy blazer.

Chicago style blogger, J. Crew schoolboy blazer, printed pants

Subtle Pattern Mixing

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Chicago style blogger, polka dot dress, striped shirt, pattern mixing, black and white

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.

I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

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Originally I was thinking my green pants with my Cymbalta for pain management but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.

So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.

First world problems, right?

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It’s A Good Friday

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Chicago style blogger, navy and green

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Tank top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

Awhile ago I got some requests for more casual outfits. Well, to be honest, I am one of those people who tends to wear mostly workout clothes on weekends or, if I’m feeling spunky, I’ll put on jeans, a tank top, and a cardigan. Nothing too crazy.

But, today is a holiday for me and I took this casual outfit a few weeks ago before we left for vacation so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s too casual for my office but it’s perfect for a day I’m not at work.

So, here you go. A casual outfit!

Or, if you’re really just here for the work-appropriate stuff, head over to Basic Training – Corporate Style where I’m being interviewed about my job and my work-wear.

Chicago style blogger, green, navy cardigan, boat shoes

A New Look For Spring

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Chicago style blogger, floral skirt, blue cardigan

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Cardigan – J. Crew (same) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

Good morning! Have you noticed the new look around these parts? Lindsay of White Oak Creative just redid my blog layout and I love it! She took a new logo that a friend made for me and designed my new blog layout around it and I think she did an amazing job.

I did not do such an amazing job taking these photos, though! I don’t think they do my new redesign justice. It was one of those situations where I decided on a location and then some random lady walking through our neighborhood decided to kind of stop and stare and wait for us to take the photos. I usually don’t care but she was literally the only other person on the sidewalk besides us and it was just so strange! Hence the awkward quickie photo shoot.

Also, yes, I’m wearing this floral skirt again. Today I’m interpreting this outfit from Poor Little It Girl that’s part of this month’s Pinterest challenge board. I don’t own any floral tops so I swapped the print from the top to the bottom. Although looking at that photo makes me want pink heels. Or is that too ridiculous?

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