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Let’s all go to the races

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Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a wonderful day at Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing. Our host, Mike, was the perfect gentleman who took his time to not only tell us all about Arlington (did you know it’s probably the most modern race track in America?) but also teach us how to read the program, the stats, and give us some tips on betting. Oh, and we got to see the horses up close.

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But first, our suite. We had our own room that overlooked the track, a wonderful buffet of food, our own bartender, and our own betting machine. The only criteria? Follow the dress code! No jeans, shorts, or t-shirts and no “abbreviated clothing.” I had to ask Mike what that meant and basically the answer was nothing you wouldn’t wear to dinner to meet your significant other’s parents. Hat are optional, by the way, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have a suite you’ll want one to keep off the sun. arlington-race-track-1

I invited my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, and Valerie and her husband to join us. None of us had been to Arlington before and all of us were in awe at how beautiful and elegant it is.

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Mike took us down to the paddock to see the thoroughbreds up close and then we got to watch the horses race right next to the track! Oh, and my favorite part of the day, feeding a horse mints!

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I rented this Kate Spade dress from Rent the Runway and it was perfect for our day at the track. I also rented a pearl necklace but it was too overwhelming on my frame so I went with one I already owned.

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I didn’t win any money overall but I was having fun betting. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t like to gamble! I don’t think I would ever try to make any money at horse racing but it was fun to play for a day. And Arlington itself is so beautiful that just going there makes you feel like a princess.

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Thanks again to Mike and America’s Best Racing for showing us an amazing time at Arlington. Last weekend was the closing weekend of the season but I have a feeling that I’ll be back next summer. Hopefully I’ll remember everything I learned about horse racing!

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Monday Maxi

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Last week we had that kind of weather where you can wear anything you want. Dress? Sure. Skirt? You bet. Shorts? Of course. Jeans? Not a problem. So what did I decide to do? Break out another maxi dress. One I don’t think I’ve ever worn on the blog before.

Purple maxi dress with navy cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar)

This is my comfiest maxi dress because it’s super forgiving. The only downside is that it’s REALLY low cut. Right now I wear a camisole underneath it but only because I haven’t found the perfect sports bra to implement Jen’s sports bra trick.

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I wore this to work last Friday (and, yes, rode a Divvy bike home in it) and it was the perfect outfit to end the week. I felt classy but still comfortable. Because we all know that wearing a jersey maxi dress to work is like wearing pajamas. Right?

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Tomorrow I’ll have a fun post about my trip to Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing! Spoiler: we had a blast!

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I recently signed up for Le Tote (<–referral link) which, if you haven’t heard of it, is a service where you pay a monthly fee of $49 and they send you a box of 5 items of clothing and accessories that are a mixture of items you choose and that they choose for you based on your picks.  You keep the items for as long as you want and then send them back when you’re done. If you want to, you can buy the items in your box for a discount. Interesting concept, right? I’ve heard it referred to as the Netflix of clothes.

I’ve been busy so I haven’t had a chance to create outfits with the pieces I received but I did throw on one of the necklaces yesterday.

Olive vest with gray and white polka dots and Le Tote necklaceMilitary vest with polka dot sweater and jeans

Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – J Crew Factory (similar) | Collared shirt – Collide Boutique (similar
Utility vest with Le Tote necklace and polka dot sweater I put this outfit together after pinning the top half on Pinterest. I had the vest, a similar sweater, and a collared shirt (although I like the one in the Pin better) but the necklace was the perfect finishing touch.

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I think this outfit would also look great with brown riding boots. And possibly without a tennis ball for the puppy in my pocket. However, this vest is perfect for going to the dog park. Phone, keys, wallet, and a tennis ball without having to bring a bag? Perfect.

Houndstooth dress with blue cardigan and black riding boots

Dress for Dinner

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Last night I went to dinner at Sepia and I have to say it was one of the nicest dining experiences I’ve had in awhile. If you’re in Chicago definitely put this on your list. And considering I walked there from my office it’s definitely within walking distance of the hot tourist hub of River North.

So, since I knew I was going out to dinner, I decided to wear a dress!

Houndstooth dress with blue cardigan and black riding bootsDress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Cardigan – J Crew (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar

Of course, I made the dress a bit more casual with my flat riding boots. I actually don’t wear these boots all that often because they are SO TIGHT on my 14.5″ calves. Why do most riding boots have a 14″ shaft circumference?  Who are you skinny calfed people? Show yourselves!

Anyway, I’m definitely still on the lookout for a new pair of black riding boots.  And then I can sell these to someone with tiny calves.

Riding boots with black and white dress

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White sweater with floral pants and ankle strap wedges

Shoe Emergency

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You guys remember Lexapro wellbutrin side effects? The ones I walked all over Chicago to find? Well, I had them on yesterday when some jackass couldn’t wait for me to finish my turn in the revolving metal door at the train station and pushed it into the back of my foot. Sadly, it caused the ankle strap of my right shoe to rip away from the heel.

Thankfully, it’s a clean tear so I think it can be fixed. However, in the mean time I was left with a shoe I couldn’t walk in and only my company-branded flip-flops at my desk. And the End of Summer Bash fundraiser at Hub 51 to attend after work.

All of which added up to an emergency trip to DSW on my lunch break. And finding these Nine West ankle strap wedge heels on the clearance rack for $20.

White sweater with floral pants and ankle strap wedgesSweater – Torn c/o shopbop (same) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (same on ebay) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar peep toe) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar

In fact, the shoes ended up being my favorite part of this outfit. I mean, I love the pants but the sweater with them just wasn’t what I had envisioned. I wanted a more slouchy look and this one is just a bit too square.  I also felt that by adding the brown shoes instead of my original navy ones that I needed to balance it out with a different necklace. I feel like this one from Bauble Bar would be perfect! And it’s currently only $20. Be still my wallet.

But, since I was attending an end of summer party I wanted to give a nod to both summer and fall. The white and printed pants for summer and the darker closed-toed shoes for fall seemed to fit the bill.  And now I have a new pair of brown heels.

Denim jacket, white sweater, animal print pants

 

Inaugural Bloopers Post

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In the past I would go through all the photos I took for a post, delete the ones I didn’t like, and keep the ones I would consider using on the blog. This meant that I deleted all the bloopers. Unless it was something I considered amusing enough to post such as  this one or this one.

However, in the past six months or so I’ve been keeping all of the photos on my computer and saving the ones I want to use in posts to Dropbox. So last night, in honor of Fran and Miranda‘s prompt for us to post bloopers, I went through and found some to share with you.

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Thanks for the knee kisses, Chewie.
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Hair in my face, belt doing something strange, and a dog who wants nothing to do with being in the picture. Total score.

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God, I hate trying to use this stupid remote.

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Yep.

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Rent the Runway Oscar Wilde Dinner Dress

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This past weekend two friends of mine got married  and I used it as an excuse to try Rent the Runway (<–referral link) for the first time. What is Rent the Runway? Well, it’s your chance to wear a dress you could never afford  and not have to worry about dry cleaning or when you’re going to be able to wear it again.

Rent the Runway Oscar Wild Dinner Dress I chose the Yoana Baraschi Oscar Wild Dinner Dress which apparently retails for $495 but I was able to rent it for much less than that.

My first time renting was a little odd, though, because when I first added the dress to my cart it was showing as renting for $35 for four days. But when I went to check out the price had jumped to $75! I called their customer service who told me that they were having issues with their prices showing incorrectly. They gave me the $35 price (I took a screenshot to prove to them that it said $35 at the time) which was nice but now looking at it I see that it’s currently renting for $35-$45. So, I’m a little suspicious of that $75 price! Still, the customer service was helpful in getting me the original price.

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I ended up renting the necklace as well because, heck, if I’m wearing a fancy dress why not wear a fancy necklace? And renting was much easier than trying to hunt down the perfect necklace in the limited time that I had to shop.

Badgley Mischka necklace

But how do you make sure that the dress fits? Well, Rent the Runway asks for reviews and photos from the women who rent each dress and you can filter reviews by people who are the same size as you. For this dress most of the reviews said it fit small busted women with small waists and that it runs a little large. You get to pick two sizes of the same dress so you can try them both on. I listened to the reviews and picked one size smaller than my normal size and that one ended up fitting me perfectly.

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The dress and necklace arrived on Thursday, I threw the box in the car for our trip, and put the dress on for the wedding on Saturday. I dropped the return bag at a UPS store this morning and it’s on its way back to Rent the Runway. I really enjoyed the experience (other than the weird pricing issue) and, in fact, have already rented another dress for an event this weekend!

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Putting the Casual in Casual Friday

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Really quick before I dash out the door for a weekend away, I still feel REALLY weird wearing sneakers to work. But, my feet were killing me because of the shoes I wore yesterday and sneakers sounded good.

Basically, it may feel weird mentally but physically I’m enjoying that sneakers are “on-trend”.

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Scarf –gift (similar) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Sneakers – Bucketfeet (same)

This outfit felt really, really casual and there’s no way I could have worn it to my old job. But, it fits right in at my current place of employment and it was perfect for a day when I just wanted to be comfortable.

I based my outfit on something I found on Pinterest when I searched for “casual Friday sneaker outfits”.

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Thank you, Pinterest.

What do you think? Did I get close?

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Also, I have to say, I LOVE living in the city. Love, love, love it. I rode a Divvy bike to the beer event on Wednesday and then walked home (with a stop at a neighborhood bar on the way). I was able to get a last minute eyebrow (and lip, let’s be honest) wax on Thursday on my lunch hour without even leaving my office building. I rode a Divvy bike back to my neighborhood on my way home and stopped off at a local boutique to buy a gift. And all of that was super easy.

Never thought I would be a city-loving girl who wore sneakers to work, but there you have it.

Blogging and Beer

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I tried to be a good little blogger yesterday and take my outfit photo at my new lunch spot. I walked over there, set up the tripod, and realized that while I had my camera case I did not have my camera. Blogger fail.

So, I took a photo when I got home while the chili I put in the crockpot was cooking.

Red blazer with leopard scarf and jeansBlazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – NY street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar

And then I proceeded not to have any of that chili. Why? Because instead I attended the Don’t Fear Your Beer event at Lakeshore Beverage with quite a few other Windy City Bloggers.

photoTheir event space is AMAZING. Not only do they have a huge room with a giant bar in the middle, a faux fireplace, bookcases, and comfy seating areas, they also have a theater with stadium seating for presentations. So, after enjoying beers at the bar we went into the theater to learn about how to taste beer. I personally learned that I still don’t like IPAs and stouts (although, stout over ice cream is do-able) but that Belgian-style wheat beers and farmhouse ales are where it’s at for me.

So, thanks to Lakeshore Beverage for showing us the ways of beer! And for making me want to throw a party in your event space. Maybe a beer tasting party for my birthday?

red blazer and jeans for casual Friday

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New Spot, New Shoes

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When I left my old job it also meant leaving my back-up photography spots. I normally try to take my photos on weekends or after work when my husband can use our fancy DSLR or I can attempt to use it with our tripod and remote. But, in a pinch, I was able to bust out my point-and-shoot and my purse-sized tripod and take pictures in the park across the street from my office.

Now, though, I have to find new spots to take photographs if I need to do the point-and-shoot method. So, yesterday at lunch I ventured out to find something.

At first I thought I’d try on one of the bridges but the foot traffic is ridiculous. Then as I was walking around I found a stairway that went down to a path alongside the river. And there was no one down there.

Pink blouse, black moto vest, leopard print flats

Blouse – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Target (similar) | Pants  – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same)

So now I’ve found my new go-to spot when I need to snap some outfit photos on my lunch break!

I’ve also found my new go-to leopard flats. These are my third pair and I think these are the winners. My first pair I wore the faux calf hair right off and they were always a tad bit too tight. The second pair, my D’orsay ones, never fit quite right and I thought that the D’orsay style wouldn’t work very well in the cooler months.

Then I found these on Shopbop and since I get shopping credit for having their widget on my blog I was able to get them for free. And I LOVE them. They have a slight wedge, a pointy toe, and are super comfortable. There may be something to this whole paying more for shoes thing…

Pink blouse, moto vest, and black leggings