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The Furry Ones

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

On Tuesday I put this outfit on, went to work, and was at my desk less than two hours when my husband texted me to ask where the thermometer was.

Uh oh.

red-turtleneck-white-jeans-1Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (similar) |Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Yep, my husband caught a stomach bug. So, I left work and came home to take care of him (and Chewie). The white jeans went back in the closet and I put on regular ones. I did, however, put the white jeans back on to go to the Milk Handmade pop-up shop I mentioned yesterday.

I really liked this outfit, though, and I feel that it didn’t get the screen time that it should. So, I have a feeling I will be wearing it again closer to the holidays. I mean, it IS the perfect casual outfit to wear to work and still feel festive.

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The Gray Zone

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Last night I attended the opening of the Milk Handmade Pop-Up Shop which gave me SO MANY gift ideas for this year. Including hats. If you’ve always lusted after my gray winter hat I’m here to tell you that Milk Handmade has the hook-up on similar ones.

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-2Hat – Boutique in Sausalito | White shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Karen Kane via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Attending the launch gave me a great idea for a post about my favorite places to shop local in Chicago. I’ll admit, I see bloggers do gift guides all the time but in a way I feel like they are just a way for them to get clicks on their affiliate links in order to earn money. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money. But it feels disingenuous to create an entire post of just links.

Perhaps that’s hypocritical since I do link to similar (and same!) items using affiliate links when I post an outfit and occasionally do posts where I link to additional similar items in case you want to shop. But for some reason the gift guide to department and chain stores irks me.

So, instead, next week I’ll be sharing at least three places I am looking forward to shopping in Chicago and why they are my picks. And if you’re not in Chicago? Small boutiques might not have the best online shopping experience but I know that the ones I’m picking will be more than happy to help you over the phone!

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-1P.S. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on right now!

  

Faux Leather and Faux Suede Plus a Spa Card Giveaway

Giveaways · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a busy weekend! Part of it included being part of a trivia team with fellow ChicagoNow bloggers at a fundraiser for the Asian American Journalist Association. I didn’t know the dress code but I did know I was meeting my husband for dinner so I wanted to wear something fun. Specifically I wanted to wear my faux leather pants but with the cold weather I wasn’t sure what to wear with them. Could one wear riding boots with leather pants?

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto (similar) | Boots – Express (same) | Necklace -c/o ONecklace (same)

I hope the answer is yes because I did. I think the key is that my boots are faux suede in the front which contrasts nicely with the leather.red-shirt-leather-pants-2 (1)

 

Anyway, in a room full of journalists from Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, UPI and two journalism schools (to name a few) guess who won? If you said the ChicagoNow bloggers you’d be right. Yes, my team won the entire thing! Our team was so well matched in terms of knowledge and we all contributed equally. Not bad for a group of strangers!

Would you like to win something for yourself? How about a $160 gift card to a spa of your choice? Well, you’re in luck because a group of us has gotten together to give away just that!

As the holidays approach, life always seems to get a little crazy. And many of us forget to take a moment or two for ourselves. So not only as a thank you from me to you as a token of appreciation for your readership, but also as encouragement for you to give yourself a little TLC this holiday season, I’ve collaborated with several other bloggers to bring you a great giveaway for a $160 gift card to Spafinder. Among many other wellness initiatives, Spafinder offers gift cards that can be used at a network of over 70,000 spas and wellness retailers around the world. If you’re interested in taking a few moments of time for yourself, check out their network and enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the gift card!







  

Green Pants and All That

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, congrats to Erica, Tanya and Katrina for winning the Flywheel giveaway! I’ll be in touch soon. Also, I have another group giveaway starting tomorrow so if you didn’t win this Flywheel one I hope you come back for that!

Anyway, I had one busy weekend! Trip to the dog park, Beaver’s Donuts, a trivia contest (more on that tomorrow as well), dinner with my husband, going for my first run in weeks, and doing the usual Sunday grocery run.

I had plans to take a bunch of outfit photos while there was light and Jason was available but snow and my laziness (sleeping in is such bliss) made it so that instead of having my husband take photos I was left to my own devices using the tripod and the timer.

Navy cardigan with hunter green pants and gold polka dot blouseCardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

So, apologies for the slightly fuzzy photos. Also, I apologize for not being that inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art pick.

“Lady Folding a Letter”, or “Comtesse de Cérès”, by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Yellow is one of my least favorite colors and I don’t own anything in that shade. Gold, though, I do own which is why I went with my gold polka dot top. The green pants echo the green of the desk, and the navy cardigan echoes the dark shawl and the bluish hat. navy-cardigan-green-pants-3The red eye is all courtesy of the flash I couldn’t figure out how to turn off

However, even if this outfit isn’t all that inspired it is comfy. These jeans are nice and soft and the thin blouse layers nicely under the cardigan. And just like in my fall uniform post, I’m digging the navy and dark green combo.

navy-cardigan-green-pants-1In other news, my hair seems to have decided it no longer wants to be curly. I’m kind of okay with this except for the fact that curly hair is actually easier to deal with after my lunchtime gym sessions. I’m getting a haircut on Wednesday with a new stylist so we’ll see what he has to say.

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The Gray Ankle Boot Holy Grail

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

As I mentioned back when I wore floral and argyle together, I’ve been on the hunt for a great pair of gray booties. I fell in love with the Rag & Bone Harrow style but, alas, they were out of my price range. However! Thanks to my partnership with Shopbop I was able to save my gift certificates for this H by Hudson pair!

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Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Jeans and a Cute Top Shop (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Booties – c/o Shopbop (same)

So these are now officially the second most expensive pair of shoes I own. And they are worth every penny. But, no worries if you can’t afford them yourself but want a pair of gray booties for yourself! I’ve put together a list of 9 pairs that range in price from under $30 to just under $300 with most being under $150.

Shopping for Gray Ankle Boots and Booties

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 Ankle booties are very “in” right now. Second only to riding boots, I would say. Of course, they don’t keep your ankles as warm as riding boots so don’t forget to wear socks with them! And if you’re not sure how to wear your skinny jeans with ankle boots, try rolling them at the ankle like I did in today’s outfit.

gray-hudson-ankle-bootsSpeaking of today’s outfit, I’m not in love with the top half. Every time I wear this vest I feel like Spongebob Square Pants. Except square and black and furry instead of square and yellow and porous.

plaid-shirt-faux-fur-vest-2No, I do not have kids. Yes, I still know words to the theme song.

Anyway! I do love faux fur vests but maybe I should look for a more fitted one? Or just accept the fact that this one, while soft and fuzzy and pocket-having, just doesn’t work for me and own it regardless.

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Fall Uniform

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I wore this outfit to work last week (and again yesterday) and while I was in the bathroom washing my hands another woman said to me, “I love your sweater with that shirt and necklace!”

green-sweater-gingham-shirtSweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) |  Necklace – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I told her that I would dress like this every day if I could. I mean, I suppose I could but that might get a tad boring for you all. Still, I think this is my fall and winter “uniform”. I just love pairing a blingy necklace with the more traditional sweater and button up shirt.

The navy and the green are great fall colors and go well together without being overly matching. And, of course, the riding boots because I think it’s a rule that women in Chicago wear riding boots in the fall.

Okay, maybe not a rule, but it’s pretty standard. Especially when fall seems to have become winter overnight! I’m pretty sure that if we want to take Chewie to the dog park this week I’m going to have to bust out my snowsuit. Yes, I own a snowsuit. It’s for skiing.

Funny related story: growing up I couldn’t say snowsuit. I always said snowsnoot. To this day I have to think about the correct pronunciation before I say it out loud.

Thank goodness my daily uniform isn’t a snowsuit.

P.S. Due to some construction in our building our photo shoot was interrupted by an upstairs neighbor bringing his dog up the back stairwell. This is the only photo where neither Chewie nor I are making some weird face or pose. And even that is arguable.

  

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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Breaking the Rules: Wearing Leggings to Work

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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