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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!

  
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April Shopping Summary

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Okay, guys, in full disclosure I probably forgot something that I bought in April. I did a LOT of online shopping this month. Mostly because I didn’t have time to go to stores. Of course, in order to hit the minimum for shipping I ended up ordering more than I wanted and still need to return most of it.

I also had grand plans of doing a little fashion show and showing you what I bought but wasn’t keeping and getting your thoughts but life just got in the way. So, just know that I bought this jacket and this one and I don’t think I’m keeping either of them. I really want to love moto jackets and military jackets but every time I put either type on I feel…off. Not sure what’s up with that.

Anyway, on to what I did end up keeping. So far.

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Old Navy Pants – $25 (on sale) – I ordered these and when they came they were too big. So I have the next size down on order now. Fingers crossed they fit both my waist AND my thighs. #athleticthighproblems

Nine West Wedges via Macy’s – $61 (on sale) – I first saw these on Bri and, as mentioned when I wore them here, they were a replacement for a pair that was falling apart.

Kate Spade Flats c/o Shopbop – I’ve been wanting a pair of pointed toe black flats and decided the bow on these was too cute to pass up. They’re a bit tight in the toe width so I might try the sock and hairdryer trick on them.

The Limited Cardigan – $25 (on sale) – This was a “filler” item when I was ordering these shorts (which are too big. Grrr.) and I decided to keep it to replace my original white cardigan from The Limited which is approaching 10 years old and starting to show its age a bit.  Also, I’m planning to try on a smaller size of the shorts if I can find one in stores.

French Connection top via Bloomingdale’s – $54 (on sale) – Yes, in the end I ordered this top from Bloomingdale’s. I wanted one size down and they had it on sale for cheaper than Le Tote. I’m super excited to wear it more this summer!

Ann Taylor Sweater – $35 (on sale) – I’ve been wanting a loose fit mesh-type white sweater to wear this spring and I think this one fits the bill. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find one! Although this one from LOFT is pretty cute, too.

Old Navy Dress – $20 (on sale) – Here’s the thing: I needed a new swimsuit coverup. Mine is old and stained. But mine was a convertible jersey dress just like this one! Of course, it hit me at the knee and wasn’t a maxi. Still, I couldn’t find anything to replace it until I saw this one. I think it’s going to be perfect. I can tie a knot in the hem if I need it shorter and it can be worn as a dress or a skirt. Score!

Ann Taylor Scarf - $20 (on sale) – Another one of those items where I saw an outfit and thought “I need a white scarf in my life!” And then I promptly ordered this one and another one. I debated long and hard about which one to keep (and honestly thought about keeping them both) but in the end this one won out because it’s more pure white and the other one was more off-white. I thought I’d get more use out of the pure white one.

Rocksbox Perry Street Necklace – free w/credit – And, yes, I decided to keep the necklace, too. Thanks to you guys using code looplooksxoxo and getting a free month of jewelry from Rocksbox I get credit to spend with them. So, uh, thanks and keep it up!

Tretorn Sneakers c/o Shopbop – You guys. I am IN LOVE with these shoes. I’ve worn them three times and I want to wear them every day. They are super comfortable because they actually have some arch support. Also, as far as shoes go, I think the price is totally reasonable. And they’re cute. So, yeah, winners all around. I might just have to order them in pink, too.

And, of course, this doesn’t include the sweater, skirt or top I got from the clothing swap.

AND I ALMOST FORGOT! I’m sitting here wearing my new favorite shirt and I just realized I forgot to include it in the original post.

dog shirtThis shirt is AMAZING. It’s super soft, perfectly long and slouchy, and completely accurate. Oh, and she donates 20% of the proceeds to a local animal shelter. I kind of want to buy like three more of the exact same shirt to have them as backups in case something happens to this one.

Overall, I think I added some good items to my closet and stayed away from too many impulse purchases even with all the extra things I ordered. Now, if I can just get a chance to actually return some of this stuff and reclaim my dining room table from the clutter!

Linking up with Fran and her budgeting bloggers.

  
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Feelings of Deja Vu

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I know, I know, I just did a Then and Now post. But today’s outfit IS really similar to one I wore back in December. Just, you know, updated for spring!

utility-vest-chambray-shirt-3Scarf – gift (similar) | Vest – Old Navy swapped with Jen (similar) | Shirt – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)

And, if we’re being honest, I basically wore a version of this outfit all weekend. On Saturday I wore these jeans, a graphic tee, and a chambray shirt open over the top. Plus boots because it was raining.

On Sunday I wore these jeans, the chambray shirt, a different scarf, and these shoes. And my gray puffer vest.

And here we are today. That’s the nice thing about weekends. You don’t see the same people you work with so no one has to know how many days in a row you wore essentially the same outfit.

Except those of you that I saw this weekend and who are now reading this post. But you won’t tell, right?

utility-vest-chambray-shirt-2And, yes, if you’re keeping track I did indeed cheat on the Top 10 Remix over the weekend. So sue me.

 

  
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Then and Now [Vol. 6]

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Just over three years ago I wore red pants and black and white stripes on this here blog. And apparently it’s such a classic that I’m wearing it again today.

striped-cardigan-red-pants-1Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West via Macy’s (same) | Necklace c/o Rocksbox (try it for free with code looplooksxoxo)

striped-cardigan-red-pants-2However, none of the pieces I’m wearing today are the same as they were 3 years ago. Yet, none of the pieces I’m wearing today were purchased super recently, either.

Which I think just goes to show you that the more things change the more they stay the same.

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Although, the necklace, the black blazer, the shoes and the striped shirt are all still in my closet. I really like to hang onto things as long as possible and only replace when they no longer fit, fall apart or no longer fit with my lifestyle.

Take the shoes I’m wearing today, for example. These are replacements for my black Bandolino wedges that had a buckle on the toe and that I wore until the insides literally fell apart. Bri had these on in a post and I thought they would be a good replacement. Turns out they fit great and are quite comfy. So, if you’re in need of black wedges than go for these. They’re on sale right now, too!

And while you’re at it buy some red pants and something striped. Because clearly you’ll get some good use out of those items, too.

  

Weekend in Words

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The beginning of the week are the most difficult days for me to post outfit photos unless I have free time on the weekend to shoot an outfit or two.

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Which is why I’ve been thinking about making Mondays a little bit more about me instead of just an outfit photo or two.

Thoughts?

Anyway, this past weekend didn’t start off so great. Unless you go back to Wednesday when Jason and I went to a Bottle and Bottega painting event at Geek Bar. Jason was a Kickstarter supporter of the bar but we’d never been until last week. I convinced Jason to join me because he could paint a Death Star. And a TARDIS.

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Thursday evening Jason and I went to Brooklyn Boulders, the indoor climbing gym near our apartment.

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Friday afternoon was a work event at Dave & Buster’s so by the time I got home I was pretty wiped (and, admittedly, pretty buzzed from the free open bar).  Both Jason and I basically fell asleep super early because Jason had to be up at 4AM in order to be at work at 6AM (and I had had one too many beers). This is why I sometimes can’t get outfit photos on weekends; my photographer works two 12-hour days in a row.

However, instead of outfit photos, I spent my Saturday morning arguing with several doctor’s offices trying to get a prescription filled. Let me tell you, fighting with people to get your anti-anxiety medication refilled is SO much fun. I hate talking on the phone on a good day. On a day when I’ve been out of meds AND have PMS? Yeah.

Sorry, that was probably TMI. Just trying to keep it real.

Anyway, once I FINALLY got someone to agree to refill my medication, I met a friend at Randolph Street Market where I sampled some yummy pesto and smoked sea salt while perusing both the vintage and non-vintage wares.  I ended up buying some vintage serving platters for myself and a few fun things for gifts. I’m looking forward to going back this summer when there are even MORE vendors to choose from!

vintage-dishesThen it was lunch in Greektown before hopping over to Live Grit to help them celebrate their one year anniversary. I helped start their Tuesday night run club, they’re teaching me how to swim, and they convinced me to do my first triathlon this summer.

Oh, speaking of which, if you need a new training swimsuit and don’t want to pay full price I highly recommend doing the swimsuit grab bag from Swim Outlet. You pick your size, brand and style and they pick the pattern and colors from what they have leftover from previous year’s models. I didn’t care what I got color-wise so this was perfect for me!

swimsuitIt’s this same $70 suit but instead of black and pink mine is bright blue and pink and was 50% off

Sunday morning I went to the Tri Gear Swap Meet hoping to score a wetsuit. I promptly learned that I will be paying the extra money to Live Grit so that they can help me figure out how to put on the darn thing!

After that it was over to Maggie’s for a clothing swap! I finally got a black collared shirt and the cutest red sweater (among some other things).

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Sometimes I get stressed out when I can’t get outfit photos for the blog and I do miss just writing about my life without worrying about if I have pretty pictures (or, heck, any pictures at all!)

So, I hope you don’t mind the occasional “this is my life” post!

  
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The shirt dilemma

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Okay all, I need your opinion. I think I’m in love with this shirt from Le Tote. It’s not like anything I have in my closet, I love all the colors, and I can think of a bunch of ways to wear it.

white-blazer-french-connection-top-2Shirt – French Connection via Le Tote (same at Bloomingdale’s) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Necklace c/o Rocksbox (which you can still try for free with code looplooksxoxo) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar)

white-blazer-french-connection-top-3So why haven’t I bought it already?

I’m trying to decide if it’s worth 60+ dollars. I mean, it’s really just a polyester shirt! I’m basically paying for the brand at this point. But, I mean, I really like it.

I also really like the necklace but it’s similar to one I got for Christmas. So, I’m torn there, too. Although, with my Rocksbox credit it would be only $15….

white-blazer-french-connection-top-1I know, right? First world problems for sure. Which is why I’m turning to you, friends. Tell me: should I spend the money or no?

  
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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 10]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

In an effort to not default to my white jeans or white blazer EVERY day of the Top 10 Remix challenge, I decided to give my leopard print shirt another try. In fact, I decided to wear it in a way inspired by the creator of the Top 10 Remix Challenge itself: Sarah.

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-2Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia via Macy’s (similar)

This is originally my third attempt at an outfit. As I laid in bed on Monday night I thought “what am I going to wear tomorrow that ISN’T my white jeans or white blazer?” (Because I’m pretty sure I’m wearing my white blazer tomorrow…)

Le Tote had recently sent me a pair of ponte ankle zipper legging pants with the instructions to throw out the rule that leggings are not pants. Well, I thought, even though I don’t agree why not give it a try? So I tried them on with this shirt and crewneck sweater and heels. Which I wore around the house as I made breakfast and packed my lunch.

And realized that even ponte ankle zipper leggings are NOT PANTS and that I felt really, really uncomfortable. So I swapped the crewneck sweater for this cardigan but the cardigan wasn’t long enough to fully cover my butt. I thought about my long black cardigan but the navy and black wasn’t working for me this morning and it didn’t occur to me to try my long tan cardigan.  At this point I was running late so I decided just to use Sarah as my inspiration and throw on  jeans and my red flats.

This shirt still feels too voluminous but at least I didn’t spend the entire day tugging my shirt down over my butt. Win some, lose some, you know?

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-1P.S. Did you win the passes to Randolph Street Market? Winner announced on the original post!

  
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Spring Has Sprung

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for two passes to the Randolph Street Market!

Spring has definitely sprung here in Chicago! I spent my weekend enjoying the weather by running my fastest 10 mile race ever, taking Chewie to the dog park, and wearing the most perfect Spring scarf that came in my latest Le Tote box.

striped-shirt-peach-scarf-2Scarf – via Le Tote (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Earrings – Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (try it free with code looplooksxoxo)

striped-shirt-peach-scarf-4striped-shirt-peach-scarf-5And of course I had to pair the scarf with my white jeans. They are part of my Top 10 Remix after all. Also, I’m apparently addicted to wearing them. I foresee a lot of white in my wardrobe this spring.

Of course, it helped that Jen chose a painting with earth tones and white as the main color for this week’s Style Imitating Art.  I immediately knew I wanted to wear these earrings for interpreting this painting when I opened up my latest Rocksbox. The white stone goes perfectly with the nature scene. They’re not anything I would have ever picked myself, especially because while it appears Kendra Scott is a trendy jewelry designer, I’d never heard of her!

Which reminds me: Lilly Pulitzer for Target. I do NOT get it. I really don’t. Not a huge fan of the prints and, from the sounds of it, women were just snatching whatever they could. I almost went to Target this morning for toiletries. Thank goodness I didn’t! And speaking of designers I don’t understand, Vera Bradley is another. So don’t get it.

Anyway, Kendra Scott. Not necessarily my style but that’s actually what I like about getting subscription boxes like Rocksbox and Le Tote. Their stylists help me try new things. Maybe I like them, maybe I don’t. And maybe they’re the perfect finishing touch to an outfit!

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