Credit where credit is due

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Striped shirt with navy lace pants, Chicago style blogger

Striped shirt with lace pants

Top – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this outfit idea all on my own. Nope. I saw a very similar outfit on AJ Wears Clothes and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it. I just had to wait for the weather to warm up! Now that ankle pant weather is finally here I’m excited to wear these lace pants!

Also, in full disclosure, I recently ordered an almost identical sleeveless collared blouse from The Limited because this particular one gapes at the chest (seriously, my chest is not that big!) and while it looks fine underneath things, there’s no way I can wear it by itself.  I’ll have to see how the one from The Limited works out once it gets here.

Finally, there’s one other thing I want to give some credit to for my wardrobe: Pressbox.  What is Pressbox? It’s a 24 hour dry cleaning pick-up and drop off service!

We used to have a dry cleaner in our apartment building but the quality was so-so, the woman who manned it was kind of surly, and she only took cash. When that closed I started going to the one I walk past on my way to the train but trying to remember to grab my stuff as I rushed out the door eluded me.

Enter Pressbox. They installed a block of Pressbox lockers in our building and I LOVE it! Seriously. I can drop my clothes off in the locker in my pajamas whenever I remember and it’s back to me in two days or so.


You sign up for an account, you put your stuff in the locker, lock it and you text the locker number to the Pressbox phone number. They pick it up, send you an email with the price, and then text you the access code and locker number when it’s back. You can even reuse the bag they return it in!

And last night I dropped some stuff off and then realized after they emailed me the price that I forgot to put the “Replace Button” on the cardigan I put in the locker. I emailed them and they responded within 5 minutes and said they’d take care of it.

I am not a paid spokesperson for Pressbox. I just think it’s an amazing concept created by local Chicagoans. And since I don’t iron or sew, I am all about cleaners who will take care of those things for me. Plus the prices are really, really reasonable! It’s a win-win.

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5 replies on “Credit where credit is due

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Wow! What an awesome and convenient service! I’ve heard of Pressbox–maybe it was on Gilt City, I think?–but I had no idea what it was. Sounds like a really smart concept, especially with the lockers in buildings! Can’t get much easier than that.

  2. Valerie

    Wow- what a genius idea! How convenient…are the prices reasonable?

    And I love the layering with the outfit- a collared shirt, sweater/top and necklace is such a professional, cute combo!

  3. AJ

    This is so cute!! Lol, I had to click through to my post because I was like, I do not remember wearing something that was this cute. Those pants are awesome. Also pretty jealous of your city backdrop.

  4. Maggie

    The office I worked at years ago offered a dry cleaning service. Worked similarly, except it was much more low-tech – basically you left your stuff in a desginated closet, and left payment in a box. Much more convenient than going to the cleaners myself.

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