Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hot outside, cool inside

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Last week I had the opportunity to take Friday afternoon off work and attend a Chicago Cubs game courtesy of my VP. When I showed up to work on Friday in jeans and a t-shirt (my go-to ballpark wear) one of my coworkers mentioned that I seemed dressed down. “You hardly ever wear just jeans and a t-shirt,” he said.

Okay, well, what about just jeans and a sweater?

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Sweater – Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same

Seriously, though. I came up with this outfit when it was warm outside but chilly in my office. I thought it was a nice alternative to a tank top with a cardigan. Instead we’ve got a tank top with a mesh sweater over top.

This sweater does tend to give me fits, however. It snags and since it’s not three-quarter sleeves I spend a good chunk of my day rolling the sleeves up and then back down which stretches them out. Still, the concept is a good one.

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SIA: Roses

Style Imitating Art

Welcome to Monday! And welcome to this week’s edition of Style Imitating Art. Salazar wanted to pick something summery and what’s more summery than roses?

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The Roses of Heliogabalus

Although, if I’m being honest, Japanese iris are my favorite flower. But they’re kind of pointy so having a bunch of them dumped on you would probably not be the most fun thing in the world.

Anyway, there’s a lot of pink and green along with some neutrals in this painting. I have a top coming in my next Le Tote that might be perfect for this so we’ll see! Maybe white jeans, a blush top, and some green jewelry?

Remember, if you want to participate just snap a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this painting and send it to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, June 13th. Then check back to see yourself in the round-up and find out what everyone else was inspired to wear!

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of May!

Five Goals for June

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Maybe one of my goals should be to get more than 20 people to vote in my monthly outfit poll. If you want to help me out, go here

It’s time once again to talk about the goals I made for last month and the goals I’m making for June. As I mentioned yesterday, May was a rough month for me. Normally when I say I’m going to do something I make sure I do it. But this past month I wasn’t feeling particularly appreciated in a lot of areas of my life and I think it made me a bit depressed. And, as you probably know, when you’re depressed it can be tough to find the motivation to do stuff.

So, in the interest of honesty and disclosure, here’s are my goals from May and how I did with them.

  1. Complete at least two more chapters in my NSCA book.  – Ha. Ha ha ha. This did NOT happen. Honestly, I’m just not feeling it. The more I learn the less I want to learn. I LOVE working out but I also like having someone else tell me what to do. Trying to learn the science behind it actually takes some of the fun out of it for me. So, uh, anyone want a $400 book? Plus, the trainer I’d been working with at the gym who was my main cheerleader left for an office gig so that didn’t really help my motivation there, either.
  2. Play one of the new board games I just bought – This actually happened! Jason and I played a few games of Castle Panic and started a game of Red November. So far I would say Castle Panic is easier to learn and play.
  3. Go to dinner at a new-to-me restaurant in my neighborhood. – YES! And I made it to MAD Social. We didn’t get to sit outside (May was a special month, weather-wise) but I was happy to get out and try a new place.
  4. Run a mile in under 7 minutes. – Nope. This didn’t  happen either. I did manage .6 of a mile with the treadmill set to 9.0 MPH. I’m pretty sure I can do this and the Chicago Area Runners Association is doing free timed mile events throughout the summer so I’m not giving up on this goal yet!
  5. Read another book. –  I started Pretty Girls and so far I’m really enjoying it! Actually, I’m enjoying it so much that I don’t want it to end! So, I’m dragging it out a bit.

And, you know what, looking at that list I actually completed more than I thought! I’m still torn about what to do with the whole NSCA certification, though. Any thoughts?

Anyway, moving on to my June goals!

  1. Run a mile in under 7 minutes. (yes, this one is staying on the list)
  2. Have weekly date nights with my husband.
  3. Go to Mario’s Italian Lemonade.
  4. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  5. Go on either one bike ride or one swim with Live Grit.

How about you? Do you have goals for June that you want to share?

 

Linking up with Writes Like a Girl

Favorite Outfit of May

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I have a feeling I know what outfit you all are going to pick for May. Although, you might surprise me! But, before we get to my pick and your chance to vote, let’s do a little recap of some of what I was up to in May.

  • I worked at the Wisconsin Marathon on what might have been the windiest day ever.
  • I attended the New Leash on Life Dog Prom fundraiser.
  • I had dinner at MAD Social with a blog reader who is moving to Chicago!
  • I went to the summer kick-off party for the Randolph Street Market.
  • We had a low-key 13th wedding anniversary celebration with dinner at our local pub.
  • I watched my husband race his car and took pictures.
  • Rode my bike almost 60 miles in my hometown.
  • Helped my mom with some yard work and hilariously used almost every tool in their garage to do one job.
  • Said goodbye to my favorite personal trainer and started working with a new one.
  • Took Chewie to the dog beach for the first time this year.
  • Wrote 14 blog posts.
  • Helped finalize the Good Life Race’s gift to our charity partners.
  • And, as always, worked my day job.

I’ll get into it a little more in my goals post tomorrow, but May was a tough month for me. I’m honestly not sure why, but I’ve been feeling a little lost and aimless. Not sure what that means. Maybe it’s just the change in the seasons!

Anyway, on to happier things. Like awesome outfits! So, which one did I pick as my favorite for May?

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Yep, I went with this outfit because I actually wore it twice which is how I know it’s a winner.

Which one is the winner for you? Vote below for your favorite!

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SIA: Spring Round Up

Style Imitating Art

Time for another Style Imitating Art round-up! Apologies for it being one day late. I had to move Fitness Friday to Tuesday for reasons beyond my control. Anyway, here’s what we’re interpreting this week.

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Spring by Charles Demuth

First we have Stephanie who went with a mix of patterns to echo all the patterns in the inspiration painting. I love the double polka dots and how the green striped shirt plays off the green dots in the scarf, skirt and earrings.
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Next we have Mike who chose the red and white striped card in the painting since he says he knew exactly what shirt to wear when he saw it! He also says he wore jeans, even though he’s not usually a jeans guy, since he felt that made it more “Memorial Day” appropriate. Plus, he included a post card of his own that he made! Such a cool hobby.

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And then we have SIA newcomer, Emily! Emily is a blogger and one of my “real life” friends and I’m super thrilled to have her participating. She says she tried to capture “capture the beige backgrounds with my beige pants; the stripes via my shirt; and the overall combos of turquoise, pink, and purple via the jacket, shirt, and scarf.” Personally, I love her jacket and I think I need something that color in my life.

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SIA co-host Jen says “I paired stripes and polka dots together for a very simple (but pretty bright and bold!) outfit.” That’s what I love about Jen. she can take simple pieces and make a stand-out look! Get all the details on her outfit here.

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Salazar, our other SIA co-host wrote, “Rather than trying to match the painting exactly, I chose to interpret it more loosely in my pattern mixing (three – stripes, polka dots, and leopard print – four if you count the floral print on my tiny owl brooch.)” I think that’s one of the reasons I love SIA – you can interpret the colors, the patterns, or just the general vibe of the piece! Also, I  may not have polka dot pants, but if I did I would recreate this outfit in a heartbeat. It’s a great casual spring/summer outfit.

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Next up is Karen from She Thought She Could. I do believe this is the first time she’s been featured on my blog. So, welcome, Karen! She writes, “This top reminded me of all the squiggles and dots in the photo. I also tried to incorporate the wood texture in the background with my background.”

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Then we have another colorful outfit from Rabbit Style News! I think a lot of us definitely gravitated towards the blue in the photo. The pink flowers in the background go with the theme, too.

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Finally, we have another SIA newcomer, Chris! Yay for more men’s style! Gotta love how the striped belt adds some visual interest to the solid-colored shirt and shorts.

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Thank you to everyone who participated this week! I loved seeing so many new faces and outfits. Don’t forget to check back next week for Salazar’s pick!