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Putting the Casual in Casual Friday

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

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

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life and Vodka Infused Lemonade 

  

New Spot, New Shoes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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

  

Let’s go to lunch

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Someone asked me once when it was officially appropriate to break out riding boots for every day wear. I said once the high temperature for the day was going to be in the 50s. Well, we definitely hit that in Chicago last week! So weird to think that I went from sweating in a sleeveless dress to freezing in boots and long sleeves.

Blue gingham shirt with leopard print blouse and puffy vest

Shirt – Gap (similar) | Vest – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Boots – DSW (similar)

I fully admit that I wore this outfit to work on Friday AND to lunch with my parents on Saturday. What? You don’t sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row? Did I just say something really horrible?

Anyway, we went to Bar Takito which just opened last month near our apartment. The food was tasty and now I really want to go there for dinner when they have an expanded menu. However, so many new restaurants have opened up in my neighborhood that I feel I need to try somewhere new first!

Although, clearly I don’t necessarily feel the need to try a new outfit on the weekends.

Gray vest, blue gingham shirt, riding boots

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Finally, an eShakti dress!

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Two things to note before I get on with the rest of this post.

1. I wore this dress and took these photos before fall decided to descend on Chicago. I am definitely not wearing it today! But I did wear it twice in the past two weeks. Once to a bridal shower and once to work. These photos are from when I wore it to work.

2. eShakti sent me this dress free of charge with the only stipulation that I use their “customize” feature.

Now, with that out of the way…

eShakti customized dress

Dress – eShakti (same style, different colors) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Jacket –  Langford Market (similar)

For at least a year I’ve admired eShakti dresses on Librarian for Life and Style and was a teeny bit jealous that eShakti kept contacting her to try out their customize a dress option. So, I finally decided I’d spend my own money on one when they were having their Buy One, Get One Free sale. I even added some to my cart but had to wait until I got paid. Then, lo and behold, they contacted ME!

So, I went to their site and found a few that I could see wearing either dressed up or down. I just had to decide how I wanted to customize it. With eShakti each dress has a series of customization options that include things as simple as changing the sleeves, neckline or length all the way to being as complicated as entering your specific measurements.

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I went with the simpler option and took a dress with elbow-length sleeves that was supposed to hit below the knee and made it sleeveless and asked that it hit above the knee.

I know from reading Jen’s blog that eShakti tends to err on the side of making their dresses and skirts a little longer than what you ask for which is why I asked for above the knee. As you can see, it’s a perfect length! eShakti customized knit dress

The one measurement they don’t ask for that I wish they did was torso length. As in, the distance from the tops of your shoulders to your natural waist. I find that those of us with short torsos tend to end up with shoulder straps that are too long. The dress does pull and bunch a bit strangely across my chest and I’m not sure if that’s because the shoulder straps are too long or too short.

Regardless, it’s SUPER comfortable because it’s knit AND it has pockets. Pockets! In fact, most of their dresses do. It’s also really high quality and has definitely made me an eShakti convert. The next time I want to buy a dress I’m pretty sure I’ll be going there.

Linking up with Fashionably Employed More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  

They can’t all be winners

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I mentioned in my August shopping summary that I ordered a blue pleated skirt from American Eagle Outfitters. Well, that puppy costs me $7 and this is the result.

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Vest – Express (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – NYC jewelry store (similar)

Let’s just say that, yes, there are still some items from American Eagle that are designed for teenagers with no hips. But, since it would cost me more to ship it back then I paid for it, I’ll keep it around for a bit and see if It grows on me. Or if shrink in it, is more like it.

As for the vest, I’ve had it a a number of years and I think it’s about time for it to go. It’s too short on me and just cuts me off at a weird spot.

Also, Chewie was NOT interested in playing nicely with the camera. Just in case you thought he was a good dog who listened nicely. He couldn’t have you think that. Nope.

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So, yeah, just one of those days. At least it’s Friday!

  

Pinstripes and Peplum

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

The title of this post sounds like something that could have come out of the fashion blog name generator, doesn’t it? Man, I hope no one named their blog that. Because I honestly don’t know if peplum is still a thing. I think it is. But, then again, I’m not necessarily one to give up a trend as soon as its “over” as long as it still looks good. And peplum hides the fact that I haven’t been working out as much as I used to!

black-peplum-gray-pinstripe-1Scarf – gift (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Show (similar)black-peplum-gray-pinstripe-5

Don’t forget you can win this watch! Last day to enter!! 

This outfit came about because Behind the Leopard Glasses is doing a pattern challenge this month and while many of the patterns she chose are not ones I have in my closet, I DO have pinstripes! But, it turned out that I’d either donated or sold many of my pinstriped items and these pants seem to be the only pinstriped bottoms I have left. black-peplum-gray-pinstripe-4While I was at work I alternated between using my scarf as a shawl and wearing my denim jacket. It’s way too cold in my office to wear just a sleeveless top. But, I really liked the way this outfit turned out with the peplum so even if it’s too cold or even if it’s too out of style, I’m still wearing it.

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I don’t know what it is about this particular top, but every time I wear it I feel 6 feet tall (in case you didn’t already know, I’m only 5’4″). I think it’s because it tricks the eye into thinking my waist is lower than it is. And I’m totally cool with that.

And because I know you’re all just here for the Chewie pics, here’s one more.

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Also linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life 

  

Little Changes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of August or enter my Fossil watch giveaway!

In a fit of feeling uninspired, I decided to look through the blog archives to what I was wearing last September. I landed on this outfit and decided that I was just going to recreate it but add my leopard print flats instead of heels.

And then I started getting dressed and the outfit kind of took on a mind of its own.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Faux leather shell – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

The cardigan and jeans are the same, but I swapped a plain black tank for my faux leather one, skipped the mini bubble necklace in favor of my floral statement piece, and went with zebra instead of leopard print. Clearly I still needed some kind of animal.

I ended up really liking this outfit. In fact, I think I like it more than the original. Too bad the pictures turned out horribly. .

Except this one.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-1Which was taken by a random dude on my apartment building’s roof. He saw me with the tripod and the remote and offered to help. He had a bunch of his own camera equipment out so I said, sure, why not. Too bad he didn’t understand when I said I wanted a full body shot. And no camera could help that it was the end of the day and most of my make-up had worn off.

Just keeping it real over here, folks.

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SIA: Scarves and Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

Navy maxi dress for fall with cardigan and scarf

Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

Maxi dress for fall

In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.

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He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?

  

Favorite Outfit of August

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Were you wondering if you were going to get to vote for your favorite outfit of August? Never fear! I didn’t forget. I just actually had enough blog content for the past week that this post got pushed until today. Oh, and don’t forget that some of that content includes a giveaway of a Fossil watch!

August was a month of me getting into more of a routine with my “new normal.” I’ve discovered that I actually prefer working 7AM to 4PM and, as someone who hates mornings, this is crazy. I’ve learned that I’m no good with the remote and our camera on a tripod but it’s better than nothing since I need to take photos after work and my husband won’t always be home.

We’re getting Chewie on a pretty regular routine and my husband’s work schedule seems to have settled down…for now. We’re pretty sure it’s all going to change again in the next two weeks. So, I’ll let you know in the September wrap-up post if I’ve gone crazy again.

So, to go along with the whole getting into a routine to keep things simple, I think my favorite outfit from August was actually one of my simplest.

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It helps that I love this picture, too. But, overall, the lightweight chambray shirt with my white jeans and silver loafers is my pick for my favorite outfit from August. It’s simple, summery, and still allows me to not feel like a schlub at work even though I’m wearing jeans.

Although, I have to say I also really like the pleated skirt with the white t-shirt and polka dot scarf….

So, you tell me: which is your favorite? Vote in the poll below!

 

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Oh, and in case you’re curious, this was the outfit that won last August! Still one of my favorites!

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