Monthly Archives: May 2015

Casual Bling

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Once again, it may seem silly to be wearing a sweater when it’s practically summer but I liked this outfit so I wanted to share it with you.

It’s an interesting combination of bling (thanks to Rocksbox) and casual (thanks to my sneakers from Shopbop).

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Necklace – via Rocksbox (you can still try it free for a month with code looplooksxoxo) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)

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Most of the people in my office don’t wear a lot of jewelry so when I wear pieces like this I tend to get comments. Good comments, though. In fact, the day I wore this one I got a compliment on it. It’s fun when people compliment my Rocksbox pieces because I can tell them how much fun it is to try out new jewelry all the time.

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Take Your Mom to Paris

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

I’ve never been to Paris. I was supposed to go once at my old job but it ended up falling through. So, the closest I’ve come was a cooking class I took with my mom this past Mother’s Day at The Chopping Block here in Chicago.

The class was called Take Your Mom to Paris and we made frisee salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, homemade croutons, poached eggs, green beans with tomatoes, croque monsieurs, and a strawberry custard.

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 8.42.44 PM So of course I went with the most stereotypical French outfit I could think of. Black and white stripes with black jeans and red shoes.

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia (similar)

I left off jewelry because I knew I’d be cooking and I didn’t want to worry about getting something in the food. It was chilly and rainy on Mother’s Day, though, so I added a black cardigan and my black and white polka dot scarf.

However, my “in action” photos didn’t capture the cardigan and the scarf. Cooking makes you warm!

10464065_10204099429427808_6148758928482108718_nIt was a great way to spend Mother’s Day and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something to do with your mom next year. Or just something fun to do with your girlfriends. Or significant other. Or, heck, go by yourself! They let you drink while you cook so you’re bound to make some new friends if you order a bottle of wine and share.

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Then and Now [Vol. 7]

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As mentioned yesterday, I wanted to show you a casual way to wear my new wood watch from JORD. Today’s casual outfit, however, might look really familiar since it’s almost the same as what I wore the last time I was in Arizona. Except this time I swapped the black jeans for dark denim, the plain chambray for polka dots, and wore it open over a white tee. So, uh, I guess it’s not quite the same. Except for the scarf and the shoes. And the watch of course.

05_May_2015 - 1 of 10Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Chambray – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)

05_May_2015 - 3 of 10Once again, I wore this outfit when it was still chilly in Chicago. Lately we’ve had warmer weather so thankfully these layers aren’t really necessary. Although, to be honest, I was finally getting the hang of layering!

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Freezing Legs and Free Drinks

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Hey everybody! I’m back!

I realized that I basically went almost all of May without sharing outfit photos with you. I hope you’ll forgive me. Thankfully, as I mentioned in my last post, Jason has started his new job and I have him back on weekends. This means this past weekend we were able to do a photo shoot. I recreated outfits I’ve worn in the past few weeks and now you get to see them.

You’re thrilled, right?

05_May_2015 - 2 of 4Dress – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)

Anyway, I wore this particular outfit about two weeks ago to meet my friend (and neighbor) for drinks at a new restaurant near our offices.

prime_and_provisionThe weather was a bit chilly for bare legs but I didn’t care. I’d gotten this dress in my latest Le Tote and was dying to wear it. At first I thought about pairing it with my black blazer but decided that was too expected. Gray knit moto jacket to the rescue!

Also, because the dress has a fun metallic jeweled neckline I didn’t need any extra jewelry.

05_May_2015 - 4 of 4I did need my new watch, though. JORD contacted me to see if I wanted to review one of their wood watches and of course I said yes. I love that their styles can be dressed up or dressed down. In fact, tomorrow I’ll show you how I wore it with a more casual outfit!

05_May_2015 - 3 of 4Anyway, I chose this dark wood one with a black face because I thought it was the most classic. Although they have so many fun ones that it was a tough choice. This zebrawood and turquoise one is amazing, right?

Other tough choices? Which drinks to choose at Prime & Provisions. My friend had gotten us tickets to a preview event and, as such, we each got three free drink tickets.

IMG_5201I had two drinks and then had to cut myself off because I was meeting Jason and his parents for dinner. I didn’t want to show up too “pre-gamed,” if you know what I mean. Those drinks were strong!

Those drinks also helped keep me warm on my walk to dinner. Weather in Chicago is crazy and one day it can be a high of 50 and the next day it’s a high of 80. So, you just never know. But, it’s May and I refuse to wear tights! So, suck it, weather. I’m going with bare legs if I want.

05_May_2015 - 1 of 4Linking up with Bri’s Third Thursday Threads

 

Randolph Street Market Summer Kick-Off Giveaway!

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Big news, you guys! My husband is starting a new job next week which means he won’t be working nights and weekends any more! Hopefully this will mean I get my photographer back and can get back to some regular posting.

Until then, though, I have another giveaway for a pair of passes to the Randolph Street Market Summer Kick-Off weekend on May 23rd and 24th.

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While the Randolph Street Market takes place monthly all year long, May is the first month of the year where they also open up the parking lot to even MORE vendors! Over 8 acres of vendors, actually.

And just look at what I found when I went last month:

vintage-dishesVintage serving platters from one of the many antique dealers

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Utensil night lights from JSSculptures. I bought one for my parents that had a martini strainer on it. 

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Necklace with a crocheted silk “chain” and matching earrings from Zurina Ketola Designs as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom.

My friend Kelsey also found some great wooden cutting board and utensils as gifts and I almost bought some jewelry for myself. Which is why I’m not only excited to go back again on May 23rd but I’m excited to give away another two passes!

I’ll be picking a winner on Tuesday so get your entries in ASAP!

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Top 10 Remix Wrap Up + Favorite Outfit of April Voting

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First things first, guys. Remember that Top 10 Remix Challenge I was participating in during April? No? That’s okay. I failed at taking pictures of a lot of the outfits I wore so it didn’t get mentioned much.

I had grand plans to talk about each piece as I wore it but, man, the days all blurred together. But, I promise you, I didn’t cheat (during the work week, anyway). Even on days when I didn’t get a picture I swear I was wearing one of my 10 pieces.

So here are the outfits I wore that were part of the challenge.

top-10-remix-wrap-upClearly the white blazer and the white jeans were the favorites and I had to keep myself from wearing one of them every day. In fact, what I found myself doing was wanting to pair the 10 pieces with each other. I think that picking them just put them foremost in my mind and it was easier to reach for multiples of them instead of picking one and then building an outfit out of the other pieces in my closet.

I wonder if that would make it easier or harder to do a 30×30 challenge (you know, where you pick 30 pieces and that’s all you can wear for 30 days).

From the sounds of it on Sarah’s wrap up post, lots of us felt the same way. It was definitely an interesting experiment and one I would definitely try again. In some ways it makes it easier to get dressed (grab one thing and build an outfit around it) and in other ways it made it more difficult (but I want to wear all things that weren’t on my list!).

What are your thoughts on the challenge?

However, because I started the challenge a bit late I have three outfits for April that weren’t part of my Top 10 Remix. So, in the interest of consistency, I’m including them for the voting portion of this month’s Favorite Outfit.

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What was your favorite outfit from April 2015?

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As for me, what was my favorite outfit? You know, I actually liked quite a few of my outfits this month which is probably because I was basing them off some of my favorite pieces in my closet. But I think the winner is my white blazer and the multicolored top. I mean, I loved the top so much I bought it after borrowing it from Le Tote!

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Weekend in Words

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 Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Happy  Monday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Mine was super busy and, as such, no outfit photos again today. However, it sounds like many of you enjoyed last week’s Monday post so I hope you enjoy this one.

For the past three years I’ve spent the first Friday and Saturday in May working at the Wisconsin Marathon. A friend and I drive up from Chicago to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday morning and spend 12 hours on our feet in a hotel conference room handing out race bib numbers and t-shirts. Runners are generally nice people so it’s actually fun. Plus, I get to help answer lots of questions from people who are doing their very first race.

Saturday morning we wake up at 3:45 AM to get ready, eat breakfast, put on all the layers, and get to the race site by 4:45 AM. My friend and I typically work at the runner info booth and this year wasn’t much different other than that we were also doing bib pick-up and registration for the newly added 5K. However, after all the races start we have plenty of time to goof around.

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The weather was absolutely beautiful and this was the first year I wasn’t freezing while being outside for another almost 12 hours.

And because I’m crazy I decided that Sunday morning I would also get up early and join my Live Grit team for a 43 mile bike ride. I meant to get a picture of my bike shoes but they’re not all that exciting. The ride, though, that was an adventure. Thankfully other than having a near-miss collision with some of my teammates (everyone is fine; no worries) my ride went smoothly. Not so much for lots of other people in our group, though. We had several mechanical issues, two people missing turns, and lots of other craziness.

By the time we got back from our ride I was exhausted but it was too nice a day to not take Chewie to the dog park. So, off we went so he could play in the water.

chewie_poolOf course I knew I’d get wet so my flip flops made their first dog park appearance. I would apologize for not having my toenails painted but, let’s be realistic, I hardly ever have my toenails painted.

After the park Chewie and I both passed out on the couch until Jason got home from his day of racing his car and we went to dinner at our local bar.

And here we are on Monday. I’ll be putting up a round up of the Top 10 Remix post soon but after that, well, I’m out of outfit photos and not sure when I’ll be taking more. So, don’t worry if you don’t see me around for a few days. However, I do have another fun giveaway to the Randolph Street Market coming up so don’t go too far!