Another weekend spent doing things other than taking blog photos. I know you guys forgive me! Instead, I was planting flowers with my mom on my balcony, celebrating a friend’s birthday, completing a duathlon (run-bike-run), and doing some indoor climbing.
I know, right? When do I sleep? How about when I pass out on our couch in the middle of the afternoon.
I’m actually really bad at naps. No, wait. I take that back. I’m REALLY good at naps (seriously, our couch is like some sort of nap warp zone). I am not good at waking UP from naps.
Still, I love napping on our couch after a morning of getting stuff done. Whether that stuff is planting flowers or running and biking. I mean, I know I should probably be doing other stuff, like outfit planning or pre-making all my salads for my lunch throughout the week. But when I lay down on the couch it’s lights out.
Last night I was at an event and introducing myself to people and handing out my blog business card. One of the women asked me what my “go-to” store is for work clothes. I told her that it used to be The Limited but now that I don’t have to wear business or business casual I struggle with what to wear and where to shop.
Although, occasionally, I still find things at The Limited that fit my current work dress code. Or lack thereof.
Seriously, though. I’ve been at my current job for just over a year and I still have no idea how to dress! I have an entire closet full of clothes that either don’t fit, don’t fit with my current work environment, or just don’t seem to be “me” right now. Yet, I don’t necessarily want to get rid of all of them because I might need them in the future.
It’s funny because at work I try to convince people that it’s okay to delete old documents. But for myself I struggle with purging clothes. And emails. But that’s another story.
I told myself when I started this job that I wasn’t going to succumb to dressing like a slob. But, I admit, there are days when it’s just jeans and a t-shirt. Which, in reality, isn’t that much different from this outfit. But this outfit isn’t jeans.
In my latest Le Tote box that is on its way to me I’m getting two dresses. I hope they both fit. I also just ordered this dress in red as a causal dress – an item I don’t own very many of. Maybe that’s the answer for summer: casual dresses.
Or maybe not. Maybe I’m still a work in progress when it comes to how to dress casually.
In Chicago we have this awesome blogging group called the Windy City Blogger Collective. The two ladies that run it (Kit and Erin) are amazing and work so hard at organizing events for all of us bloggers to get together and meet one another. On Tuesday of this week we had a happy hour at Seasons 52 where we drank ourselves silly and stuffed ourselves with wonderful food.
And then I rode a Divvy bike home in a skirt and had Jason take my picture before falling asleep. Me, that is. Not him. Although, I think he did go to sleep about the same time as me. We’re a happening couple.
I was inspired to pair this short sleeved sweater with this skirt after Sarah at Sarah’s Real Life did something similar. I didn’t tuck mine in but I might have to try that next time. I just always feel self conscious when I tuck shirts into skirts because it tends to make me look disproportional. You know, since my torso is so short and my legs are so long.
Anyway, it might also seem weird to wear a sweater in June but I think we’re doing all the seasons this week. Hot, cold, spring, summer, fall. But if it snows then I’m moving. Even if Chicago does have the best group of bloggers around!
I’ve been a bad blogger for the past two months. Life is just hectic! Or, you know, I’m lazy. Let’s be honest, I’m enjoying sitting at the dog park or having lunch with friends (or trying not to die while swimming half a mile in Lake Michigan). Taking outfit photos and blogging hasn’t necessarily been at the top of the list.
So, instead, today I’m going to share some upcoming events that have come across my radar that might interest you.
You, too, can own the most awesome swimsuit for even less! I haven’t had a chance to wear mine yet but hopefully I’ll be able to have a beach day…eventually.
For Chicago shoe lovers
Remember my post about Bucketfeet? Well, they have some awesome events at their new Bucktown store (1647 N. Damen Ave) coming up in the next few weeks. You can even design your own shoes!
For Chicago shopping lovers
Last time I went to the Randolph Street Market I ended up buying Chewie a handmade waterproof collar with a hand-etched name tag, a ton of dog treats, and a bracelet for my mom. Clearly I cannot leave without buying something for someone.
Do you need to get a gift or do you just want to experience what the Market has to offer? Let me know! I have two passes to give away for June 27th or 28th!
For Chicago food lovers
[Image from Publican Quality Bread]
I just learned about the Bread Bakers Guild of America Open House on Saturday, June 27th! For one day only some of Chicago’s bakeries will let you tour their facilities and learn about the art of baking bread. There’s a new bakery near me that isn’t open to the public…except on this day! Learn more at DNAInfo. (Note: I was not asked to blog about this, I just think it’s really cool).
Remember back in April when I did the 10 piece wardrobe challenge? And all I wanted to do was wear my white blazer? Well, this is one of the outfits I wore that I never got a chance to photograph. And I liked it so much that I wore it earlier this week.
Let’s not talk about how I could wear the same outfit in April and in June. Stupid weather.
Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo should still get you a month free)
This past Tuesday evening my friend and neighbor invited me to go with her to see the Barenaked Ladies in concert at Northerly Island, an outdoor concert venue on Lake Michigan. Hard to believe, but even wearing jeans, ankle boots, a long-sleeved top, a sweater, a scarf and gloves I was cold. In June! At least the concert was entertaining. Highly recommend going to see Barenaked Ladies even if you don’t know all of their songs. I don’t normally enjoy concerts but this one was great.
I suppose the only plus side to the chillier weather (and the fact that my desk at work is freezing until mid-afternoon) is that I can still wear blazers to work and not sweat to death on my commute.
And, yes, I just wrote a post that was mostly about the weather. My life is just that exciting.
I am not a sports fan. I only watch sports on tv when I’m visiting family. And since most of my family ARE huge sports fans, I’m always vaguely aware of what’s going on.
I also live in a city that LOVES sports. I mean, seriously. Chicago has two pro baseball teams, a pro football team, a pro soccer team, pro basketball teams, and, in case you missed it, we have a pro hockey team that just won the national championship aka The Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawks also won the championship back in 2013 and since at the time I worked right next to where the congratulatory rally was being held, I made sure to wear the team colors to work.
This year I didn’t plan ahead but I inadvertently dressed the part of a sports fan on Monday, the day after the Blackhawks won The Cup. And in case you don’t know what the Stanley Cup looks like, well, it’s a big silver thing. And the Blackhawks wear red jerseys. I suppose my subconscious was channeling those things when I got dressed.
Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)
I no longer work right near the parade route or the rally but I have a feeling I’ll be able to see part of the parade from my office’s windows today. Seeing all the red and white is quite a spectacle and now I’m thinking I should be wearing this outfit today instead!
Astute readers (and those who know me well) are probably already aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a fitness enthusiast. I’ve run marathons, half marathons, 5Ks and everything in between. I currently lift weights at the gym 3-4 times a week and I’ve been swimming and biking as well.
And why am I doing all of that? Because this amazing store called Live Grit opened up a block from my house and because of their encouragement I signed up to do two triathlons this year. And my first one was yesterday.
I had no idea what to expect, but I will say that I did NOT expect to have to stand in the pouring rain for two hours. Yes, it rained basically from the time we got there until the time we got in the water to start swimming. It was a crazy adventure but, as you can see from my face in the photos, I was thrilled to be out there, feeling good, and completing every part.
But, first, before I could don my wetsuit on Sunday, I had to pick up my race packet on Saturday. And, of course, get my race number marked on my arms and legs. So, what do you wear to make sure the people with the marker have easy access? Well, I wore a dress.
Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar)
Except, I fully admit that on Saturday it was SO hot that the jacket came off almost immediately after I put it on.
And, yes, this dress is strapless. And, yes, I spent most of the day hiking it up because I felt self conscious.
Of course, getting our numbers written on our arms and legs ended up being all for naught because having to stand outside in the rain for two hours basically washed the numbers right off. On Saturday, Jason asked if I was going to wear something sleeveless to work today to show off my numbers. I said they’d be gone by then anyway. Clearly I was doing some kind of foreshadowing.
I ended up wearing this dress to lunch after the race, too. It actually converts to a maxi skirt so I just tossed on a tank top and this dress-as-a-skirt and stuffed my face at a local restaurant near the finish line.
I’m writing this post on Sunday night and right now I feel good. We’ll see tomorrow if I’m sore or feel beat up but at this moment I can tell you that I’m looking forward to a summer of swimming, biking, and running to get me ready for my next triathlon in August. Hopefully at that one the only thing that gets me wet is the actual swim!
P.S. This month’s Third Thursday Threads theme from Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose is denim jackets. I’ll be linking up with her when that post is live later this week.
When I attended the Bucketfeet event on Tuesday night I had such a good time that when I left to meet my husband for dinner (at Piece Pizza & Brewery!) that I totally forgot my gym bag at the Bucketfeet studio! I wasn’t able to get it back until Thursday but by going to retrieve it I found out that Bucketfeet HQ is super close to my apartment AND they have an office dog. Seriously, I could not love this company more.
Anyway, all of that drama meant that on Wednesday I was NOT feeling inspired to put together a decent outfit considering I had left my “good” makeup in my errant gym bag and I had to throw together some backup items so I could go to the gym. Let’s just say that Wednesday’s outfit shall forever be lost to annals of time. Instead, let’s focus on Thursday’s outfit.
I still wasn’t feeling THAT inspired so I turned to my trusty friend: Pinterest. And decided to go for something colorful with this blue and green outfit.
These are currently the only pair of dress pants that fit me. And that’s because I almost replaced them with some a size or two larger. But, hey, all this working out I’ve been doing is working so here they are fitting me again!
However, for some reason I felt like I belonged on the set of the Golden Girls in this outfit. I’m honestly not sure why. I welcome your thoughts!
At the end of the work day on Thursday one of our marketing directors came up to me and said, “I have something kind of weird to ask you.” Uh…okay.
Turns out the company had an extra ticket to an event last night and the marketing director thought I would be a good person to go because A. I fit in with the group that was going because I know how to look and act professional and B. I know how to comport myself at events with open bars. Sadly, I was unable to attend and I’m a little bummed about it. Not because it was an open bar (although, let’s be honest, that’s quite nice) but because it would have been a good opportunity to do some networking. Ah, well. It’s nice to know that in the slightly-less-than-a-year I’ve been at the company I’ve made a good impression on people! Even if I do sometimes feel like a Golden Girl.
Last night I attended a preview opening of the new Bucketfeet store in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Bucktown is known as a hipsterish haven and, as an owner of an original pair of Bucktfeet shoes, I was totally a fan before they were popular. Which makes me hipster, right?
And, yes, I was totally that person who wore the shirt of the band they were going to see. Except in this case it was the shoes to the store I was going to visit.
Bucketful believes art is for everyone so they work with artists to design the art that goes onto the shoes they sell. Their latest Chicago store front (only the third in the world!) has an art studio in the back and a spot where you can create your own shoe design and upload it so their head of design can review it. If he likes it you can bet you’ll see it on shoes on their website and in their stores.
I totally brought home those lavender shoes c/o Bucketfeet. I lurve them.
I learned a lot about the Bucketfeet history, though. While drinking a cocktail created by Chop Shop I met the Bucketfeet founder and the head art director/co-founder. Turns out the head art director drew on a plain pair of canvas shoes that the eventual founder wore all around the world and got tons of compliments and questions about. When he got back to Chicago he decided to start a shoe company that would give artists another place to share their art. Bucketfeet’s slogan is Art is for Everyone and their Bucktown location aims to embody that philosophy with not only shoes but a whole host of coloring books and other art-related stuff for sale.
To be honest, I wear my original Bucketfeet all the time in the summer and I wore them with this dress before I even got the invite to their store opening! Kismet, right? Everyone who works for Bucketfeet was so excited to see my “OG” shoes.
I also learned that Bucketfeet shoes are machine washable which is good because my teal pair need to be washed something fierce.
Cleary, since I spent my own money on a pair of Bucketfeet, I recommend them as a nice casual shoe that is a compromise between a sandal and a running shoe. And since patterned casual sneakers are very on-trend this year I definitely think you should invest in a pair if you need something to fill that gap in your shoe wardrobe. My husband thinks I’m adorable when I talk about shoes with such enthusiasm but, look, I love shoes. And I love my Bucketfeet. And I’m excited to have another pair to wear this summer!
Two weekends ago Jason and I drove to our hometown to do a little celebrating. And what exactly were we celebrating? My mom’s retirement! And this is what I wore to her shindig.
Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shirt – French Connection (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
It ended up being a chilly, drizzly day so even though I originally wanted to wear a fun dress or my red skirt I went with jeans instead. Sadly, this necklace didn’t come from Le Tote until after the party so I just recreated the outfit for work and added some sparkle.
I’m super excited for my mom and I hope she uses her free time to catch up on her scrapbooking, traveling, and finally finding the perfect cake recipe (suggestions are welcome, I’m sure).
Other things to celebrate? Chewie’s one year anniversary with us! Yep, we adopted him one year ago yesterday. Crazy how time flies.
Awww, look how little he was!! Such a baby boy. I mean, he’s still my baby boy, but he’s all grown up.
He got some treats from Chewy.com (appropriately named, no?) to celebrate.
He’s so funny when you give him a hard treat that requires chewing. He takes it very gingerly from you and runs off. He kind of rolls it around in his mouth and then drops it. And then picks it back up. He repeats this for a minute or two and then he usually starts crying. You should see it when we give him a bully stick or a rawhide. It’s both pathetic and hysterical. Of course, after the hysterics he always eats whatever it is, but it does take him awhile. I can’t wait to see what he does with his new dental chews. Thank you, Chewy.com for the treats!