Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Dress Decision

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted or enter the giveaway yet? No? Why not?

I put this dress in my Le Tote closet because I liked the way it looked like it could be casual or dressy. Turns out it was the perfect thing to wear yesterday. Why?

letote-dress-riding-boots-3Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-dress-riding-boots-4Well, I had two non-routine items on my agenda yesterday. The first was attending a board meeting for my professional organization. Everyone else wears business clothes so I wasn’t about to show up in jeans. letote-dress-riding-boots-2The other? Attending a “career night” for a class that a colleague of mine teaches (shout out to any DU students reading this!) I’m supposed to be a “professional” so I figured I’d better dress as such.

Turns out this dress fits me like a glove. Seriously. This might be the best fitting dress I’ve put on in years. Okay, at least since my first Rent the Runway dress. There’s a part of me that wants to add this dress to my closet permanently. The only thing holding me back is the price tag. At $118 it’s pretty pricey! Especially for a piece I might not wear that often. But, dang. It fits so well and I felt so good in it that I might just bite the bullet and buy it.

What do you think? Spend the money or no?

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Cymbalta and insomnia

Cymbalta and insomnia Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Two things first: 

1. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of October! So far it’s a landslide for one of my favorite outfits. 

2. Looking to change up your workout routine? Enter my Flywheel giveaway

You guys, I did it. I wore leggings to work. Something I swore I would never do. Although, to be honest, they’re actually running tights, not traditional leggings, but still. I wore them. And I kind of liked it.

plaid-letote-shift-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Leggings – Old Navy (same) | Scarf -gift (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

plaid-letote-shift-dress-3Of course, I wore them under a dress and not with a short shirt or something. I still can’t endorse that. But wearing them as footless tights? Okay, maybe that I can get behind.  I hate to say it but they ARE pretty comfy.

So, what do you think? Are leggings worn like this okay for the office or am I on a slippery slope to wearing my pajamas to work?

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Flywheel Giveaway (aka why I need to find a tailor)

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted for your favorite October outfit yet? Go do it now and then come back for the giveaway!

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a complimentary class at the newest Chicago Flywheel location in the Old Town neighborhood. Since I was there to workout I didn’t take a lot of photos but here’s a post-workout group pic.

flywheelbloggersThat’s me front row dead center. So sweaty. (Pic courtesy of Flywheel Sports) 

Anyway, even though I’ve been really active for the past 7 years with running and marathoning and gymming I’ve recently decided to see if I can build some more visible muscle. To that effect I’ve been doing a new regiment of strength training paired with high intensity interval cardio. Flywheel is a perfect fit since it’s an interval training spin class with some light weights thrown in.

Many of the bloggers in attendance were a bit apprehensive about Flywheel since they’d heard it was intense. Well, yes, it is. And if you choose to have your name shown on the “torq board” it can get a bit competitive. But, just like many fitness classes, you get out what you put in.

And Flywheel Sports was nice enough to give three of my readers the chance to try it themselves! You can win a free class along with some swag.

flywheel_giveawayTo enter just scroll down to the giveaway widget at the bottom of this post. Each winner will get one free ride card that can be used at any Flywheel location and either the hat, water bottle or sweat band. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 17th.

I’ve been on my new exercise and diet plan for about three weeks now (with a few cheat days) and I’m already finding that several pairs of my pants are getting a little big around the waist. Especially this red pair which has always been a bit big there anyway.

Olive military vest, plaid shirt, red pants, silver boat shoes Vest – Old Navy swapped from Jen (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sperry via ebay (similar)

I had to jerry-rig some kind of system with a belt and a safety pin to keep these pants up! I refuse to give up on them so it’s time for me to find a tailor who can take in the waist but leave everything else the same. I may be losing inches in my waist but all those squats and deadlifts and Flywheel classes are surely not shrinking my butt and thighs!

Want to give your legs a workout? Just enter the giveaway for a free Flywheel class below!

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Favorite Outfit of October

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Looking back at October I realize I wore quite a few neutrals. Gray, black, and navy seemed to be the theme. So maybe that’s why my two favorite outfits are the more colorful ones.

october_favorites_Chicago_style_loop_looksThese are the two outfits that I felt the most “me” in. I think because October was the month when I started experimenting with Le Tote so I was working in pieces that I wouldn’t necessarily have purchased. Like that maxi skirt. Or the floral top.

Also, that white jeans and gray sweater outfit? When I originally wore it I wasn’t sold. But then I wore it again for a photo shoot with Crain’s Chicago Business and ended up liking it more the second time around. Speaking of which, I believe the article is supposed to run on the Crain’s website on November 20th. It may require a log-in but it’s free to set up an account. Hint hint.

So, which outfit will you vote for? One of my favorites? The one Crain’s liked? Something else entirely? Click on any of the photos below to go to the full picture and then vote at the bottom of this post!

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P.S. Want to know what won last month? It ended up being the denim jacket, striped shirt, leopard scarf, and white skirt outfit!

Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirt

Pink Sweater Story

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I fully admit that sometimes I put an item on my shopping wish list after seeing it on another blogger. And sometimes I hold out for a long time before I add it to my closet. One of those times was when I saw Penny Pincher Fashion put together the cutest layered outfit with a bright pink sweater. I did not own a bright pink sweater. I did own a bright pink button up but no sweater. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should add one. And then I decided that most of my sweaters are neutrals so it was totally worth it. Plus, there was a J. Crew Factory sale!

Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirtSweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Vest – Target (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Express (same

This outfit is a bit dressier than I normally wear to work but what I’m finding is that unlike many places I’ve worked NO ONE asks me why I’m so dressed up. It’s really refreshing. Still, it was funny. When I put this outfit on I wasn’t digging the skirt. Not because of the look but because of the comfort factory. A little piece of me was thinking, “Just go put on black jeans!” But, no! I will not wear jeans every day.

Not only would jeans every day make for a boring blog it would go against my belief to dress nicely so you feel better. Even if all I’m going to do is sit at my desk and move documents from an old janky template to a new one (that I created thankyouverymuch).

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And because Chewie will no longer let us go take pictures in the stairwell without begging to come along, here are your gratuitous dog photobombs.pink-sweater-houndstooth-skirt-3

 

The Case of the Missing Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Back in June I wore an outfit that I loved. Blue Oxford shirt, navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, jeans, pearls and nude pumps. I’ve been wanting to wear a similar outfit but with my white pants however every time I go to put that outfit together I can’t find my blue shirt!

Did the dry cleaners misplace it? Do I just have way too many clothes and it’s buried somewhere? Am I going crazy? I really don’t know the answer. So when I got this shirt from Le Tote (<-Referral Link) I decided this was my chance to recreate the outfit for cooler weather.

schoolboy-blazer-blanket-scarfShirt – Le Tote | Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Scarf – Target (same) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Unfortunately, this top, even in a size small, is HUGE on me. Like, ridiculously so. The blazer helped keep some of the volume in check but there was a part of me that was hoping this could be a replacement for my missing shirt. Sadly, no. Also, this one wrinkles like crazy. So, I shall stay on the hunt for the missing shirt instead.

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Sweatshirts at Work

Casual Clothes

You may remember that back in August I purchased a gray leopard print sweatshirt from Stitch Fix. In my previous job this would have probably been a weekend-only top, although it’s so comfy that I’m pretty sure I would have found a way to wear it to the office. Regardless, it’s perfect for my current job so to work it got worn.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-1Sweatshirt – Stitch Fix (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Express (same)

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-2I kept the outfit really simple this time around but am already envisioning pairing this sweatshirt with red pants, black jeans, or even a black pencil skirt. Although, I also think leopard can be a neutral so who knows what else I’ll end up putting with it!

Accidentally Happy

Casual Clothes · Style Imitating Art

Saturday was another one of those days when the stars aligned and I was able to accomplish lots of fun things. Including a brunch at Chicago Q with various people, one of which was Erin from Color Me Styled who was able to snap some outfit photos for me.

red-sweater-leopard-scarf-1red-sweater-leopard-scarf-5Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bracelet – gift (similar)

Why were we at brunch? Well, Farissa from WhatRUWearing invited us to attend to learn more about the new novel Accidental Happiness by Meredith Rachek.

accidental-happinessI started the book on my Kindle on Saturday morning and was interested to chat with Meredith about the process of writing a novel. It took her 5 years! The book itself is the story of a relationship between high school seniors, Becky and Brian, told from two different points in time: one before a huge event in their lives and the other after. So far I’m enjoying it and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. If you’re interested in reading it and can’t find a hard copy (in case you don’t have a Kindle) let me know and I’ll hook you up with the author herself to purchase a copy!

Of course, the other thing that made me accidentally happy on Saturday was realizing that once again I’d subconsciously put together an outfit that works for today’s Style Imitating Art challenge. The colors this week were an orange-red, teal, and brown from a painting called “The Canyon“.

red-sweater-leopard-scarf-2So, red sweater, blue pants, and brown shoes fit the bill, right? Also, this is my first attempt at bootsocks. Clearly I need to embrace jeggings if this is going to be a thing. Right now it looks like I’m wearing some kind of knickers!