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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]

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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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Randolph Street Market Giveaway!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for those who are either local to Chicago or those who can come to the city this weekend!

What am I giving away? Two passes to the Randolph Street Market! Enter at the bottom of this post and make sure you do it quick because I’m picking a winner on Wednesday!

RSMartmktapril2015-final (1)This fun event happens every month but this month is the last one before it moves outside for the summer. The selection changes every time I go but if you’re into looking for treasures (and really good food) then you don’t want to miss it!

It also happens to be a gem of my neighborhood which, now that the weather is nicer, I’m hoping to get more photos of.  I mean, there are only so many times you can see my building’s rooftop, right? So here’s something else:

white-blazer-letote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) white-blazer-letote-dress-3Yep, I found flowers in my ‘hood!

In addition, my neighborhood is currently the hot spot for new restaurants. Which means if you go to the Randolph Street Market and don’t find something to eat there, you can always hit up an amazing spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even an early dinner depending on how long you spend at the Market.

If the weather is decent this weekend I plan to wear this dress with my denim jacket and my new polka dot sneakers. I mean, you gotta love a little black dress for its versatility, am I right? Wear it work one day, wear it out antiquing the next!

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Now, to enter the giveaway!

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Legs are so out

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

You guys! We’re finally getting days in Chicago where it’s warm enough to wear a skirt sans other leg covering (aka tights)! All I had to do was tell Bri that it was too cold to wear my new red skirt and BAM! Chicago proves me wrong.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-1Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Sweatshirt – Three Dots via Stitch Fix (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Necklace - JF&A Show (similar)

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-4I suppose it’s only appropriate that I wear this skirt during Sarah’s Top 10 Remix since seeing it on her was what inspired me to buy it in the first place. I’ve already gotten compliments on it so that means it’s a winner in my book.

However, even though it may be warm enough to wear a skirt to work it’s not quite warm enough every evening to enjoy dinner al fresco. Thankfully, the Weber Grill in downtown Chicago has just built a new patio that can be enclosed and heated when it’s a bit chilly or opened up when it’s nice outside.

My friend Kelsey and I took advantage of their new spring menu last night and I have to say I’m already planning a return trip. Kelsey used to live in the area and went to Weber Grill all the time but I’d never been. Weber Grill is a local restaurant with only four locations in the Chicago area and they have AMAZING food.

weber-grillI’m not a food photographer so I apologize if I made an amazing meal look unappetizing. I also apologize that I forgot to take a picture of the adorable desserts of which I wanted many, many more. Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel bites anyone?

Also, you know it’s a good meal when one of the drinks and the salad contain four food items I typically avoid and I eat them anyway. I am NOT a picky eater but there are a handful of things I categorically don’t like: cilantro, olives, artichokes and gin.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-3One of the cocktails? Gin, blueberries, lemon, lime & cilantro. I still ordered it. I still drank all of it. It was tasty.

The salad? Olives and artichokes. I still ordered it. I still ate it. It was also tasty. Just goes to prove that roasted veggies outrank almost anything else.

Beef brisket with BBQ sauce? Well, I’ll eat that any time. Highly recommended. Kelsey ordered the fish and said it was excellent. Next on my list? The Prime Burger. It comes with fried pickles!

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White is in my jeans

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I think Bri over at Work Clothes, I Suppose was thinking just of me when she chose this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme of white pants.  I mean, not only did I choose white jeans as one of my Top 10 Remix items, I’ve been known to wear white pants in all seasons!

And, as luck would have it, I had already decided to wear them today.

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-1Jacket – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-3There are actually THREE of my Top 10 Remix pieces in this outfit!

Why did I decide to wear them today? Well, today we’re interviewing for a position that will report to me and I decided that I wanted to be a little dressed up…but not too much. So, it’s all business on top but a little more casual on the bottom.

I think white jeans, like black ones, can straddle the line between super casual and slightly dressy. Jason doesn’t understand how one can have “dressy” jeans but I beg to differ. It can totally be done!

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Especially with white jeans. Just look at the all the ways I’ve worn them in the past! I’m thinking a round-up post of all my white jeans outfits should be on the to-do list.

In the mean time, wish me luck on these interviews. I hope we find the perfect candidate!

  

Behind the Instagram

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One of my blogging friends, Katie, recently did a post where she showed what was really going on behind the carefully crafted Instagram shots she had shared recently.

I try to do a decent job of sharing both great outfits and not-so-great outfits here on the blog but it can be easy to only show life highlights. I mean, who wants to read about the grumpy stuff all the time, am I right?

Still, I thought Katie’s idea was genius and, after seeing several other bloggers do the same thing, I decided to jump on the bandwagon. It also helps that I haven’t had a chance to take any more outfit photos yet this week so I needed some filler :-)

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Original caption: Apparently someone in unit 416 left the Easter ham in the oven a bit too long.

What I was really thinking: I’m strangely calm about the fact that our building could have burned down. I’m mostly just annoyed that no one can figure out how to turn off the fire alarm. Thank goodness the weather is nice since we have to stand around outside!

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Original caption: Radler and gin? Well, okay. #palomino #milwaukee #dangerzone #brunch 

What I was really thinking: I just ran my second fastest half marathon ever and I have no friends or family here to help me celebrate. The bartender took forever to get to me and I’m so lonely and woe is me and OH LOOK FOOD.

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 Original caption: A little bummed that I spent a good chunk of a beautiful Saturday inside, but I loved helping people register for the Good Life Race in #oakpark! #fleetfeet #runchi

What I was really thinking: Thank goodness they let me enter registrations and do troubleshooting all day! If I could do this for a living I’d be in heaven.

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Original caption:This morning’s post-run fuel brought to you by @eastmanegg and @thewestloopisthebestloop #thewestloopisthebestloop

What I was really thinking: The amazing sandwich I’m about to have is NOT on my diet and I don’t care. But, man, it would be nice if I could eat whatever I wanted no matter how far I ran or how many weights I lifted.

 

  
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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 9]

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Oof, you guys. I apologize in advance for this photo and, really, this outfit. I wanted to wear my leopard shirt since it’s part of my Top 10 Remix and I wanted to wear it with my green jeans in order to try and emulate this pin.

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 Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace c/o t+j designs (similar

Yes, I swear my  jeans are a dark green color. Not that you can tell because I asked my husband to snap a photo using my iPhone after a long day of work, riding a Divvy bike home, and meeting him at the dog park.

Anyway, I wanted to love this outfit but it just wasn’t working for me. The jeans are too high waisted to tuck the shirt into so I tried leaving it loose (looked too big) and I tried tying it in a knot (felt sloppy).  Kind of a lose-lose situation.

I originally added this shirt to my Top 10 Remix because I lusted after it for almost a year before I broke down and bought it online. Now, though, I hate to say it, but it feels too big! It might become a shirt I only wear under things instead of on its own.

Also, when looking for similar jeans I kind of fell in love with these pants from Old Navy. Their pants don’t normally fit me but it couldn’t hurt to order them, right?  It wouldn’t hurt to have more casual pants, right?

  
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Why I finally added graphic tees to my wardrobe

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When I worked in a business casual office we sort of had an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t wear any shirts with words on them. Unless, of course, it was a shirt from the university bookstore (yes, I used to work at a university). So when I’d see gals online wearing cute graphic tees with fun jewelry and jackets I’d get sad. I didn’t even own any graphic tees that weren’t from some running shoe manufacturer that I got for free in a raffle or from a race.

But now at my current job I can basically wear whatever I want. So, I do. And the first thing I decided was that I wanted to add some graphic tees to my wardrobe.

So I did.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-2Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Tee – Meghan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-3I originally saw this top at Milk Handmade, a local boutique, but they didn’t have my size. So imagine how excited I was to find it at the One of a Kind show I went to back in December. I’ve since included this top in my 12 Pieces, 12 Ways post and I get excited every time I think of a new way to wear it. Which is why I included it in my Top 10 Remix Challenge.

The tee has a little heart where Chicago is which I think it appropriate. I never EVER thought I would end up loving the city so much. I never thought of myself as a big city gal. But, it turns out, I am. I may not stay in Chicago forever, but I will love it forever for many reasons.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-1P.S. Getting Chewie to look at the camera was NOT going to happen. Way too many dogs walking by just off-camera.

Sharing this Top 10 Remix outfit with Sarah who started this whole thing. This post has TWO of my pieces in it which I think means it has to be shared.

  

The White Jeans Whale

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About two years ago I decided I needed white jeans. However, I wanted the PERFECT white jeans. My criteria? Not so tight in the thighs that they looked painted on. Not too tight in the ankles (no jeggings, please). And not see-thru.

You would not believe how difficult it was to find a pair that fit all these criteria! I think I went to almost every store in Chicago. And then I ventured into Bloomingdale’s. I felt really, REALLY out of place in there but, lo and behold, I found my perfect white jeans. And paid an arm and a leg for them. Or, I guess, two legs.

gray-sweater-white-jeans-2Jeans – Adriano Goldschmied via Bloomingdale’s (same) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I love these jeans, though. I paid full price for them and, while at the time I thought it was a ridiculous amount to pay, I’ve worn them enough that I’m pretty sure the cost-per-wear is pennies by this point.

That’s why I chose them for my Top 10 Remix. White jeans may not be the most crazy item in my closet and they might not scream “Erin” like, say, my leopard print flats, but I did search high and low for them and would be super duper upset if they got ruined.

Thank goodness I found another pair that ticked all the boxes at LOFT. Those are now my extra pair in case something does happen to this! But, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that these particular jeans last a good while longer.

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