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SIA: Thanksgiving Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Happy Monday! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday I hope it was lovely. For those of you who just had a normal weekend, I hope it was lovely, too.

I spent the weekend eating and hanging out with my family at my parents’ house. I took the opportunity to put together an outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge that highlighted the black, tan and blue in the painting “Freedom from Want“.


Dress as a skirt – Le Tote (same) | Sweater – Loft via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – New York & Co (similar


I took advantage of my parents’ house and chose to take the photos in their dining room to also echo the painting.

My parents have lived in their current house for just over 10 years so although I didn’t grow up there, by now it’s definitely “home”. I think it’s so interesting that no matter where I go or where I live it’s wherever my mom is that I consider “home”.


P.S. When Le Tote sends you a short sleeved dress in the fall, what do you do? You turn it into a skirt, of course! I originally was going to wear this with just the sweater over it but at the last minute I added the button-up. I think it ended up adding just the right amount of interest as well as an additional layer to help me stay warm.

This is the second time I’ve gotten this dress from Le Tote. You can see the first outfit I put together with it here.

Don’t forget you can sign up for Le Tote and get $25 off your first month with code ERIN25!


Attention Friends and Family


First off, I want to apologize. If you’re seeing 101 Shopbop sale posts today it’s because we really want you to be able to take advantage of it. I mean, I’m guessing that a lot of us will be together during the Thanksgiving holiday with our friends and family. Which means now is the perfect time to collate your wish list of items from Shopbop and place one big order together. Because the more you order the more you save and what says “togetherness” more than pooling resources? Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your couch while you’re slipping into a food coma. It’s a win-win!


And in case you need some ideas, here are some outfits I put together from items on my Shopbop wishlist. Some sale exclusions may apply, of course.


Destroyed Skinnies | Plaid duck boots | Plaid Shirt | Messenger bag | Jacket

The jeans and boots are already on sale. The jacket and the bag are total wishlist items because they are WAY out of my price range. And the top, well, I kind of wish I had seen it before I reordered my other favorite plaid shirt.


Striped sweater | Black jeans | Watch | Booties | Scarf

Keeping it nice and basic, here. Because, really, what more do you need than a sweater, jeans, booties and a scarf? Well, other than a black and gold watch which I is the one item I really want for Christmas. Maybe not this exact watch, but something similar. I have a brown and gold watch but no black and gold. My slightly matchy-matchy nature finds this to be a problem when getting dressed some mornings.


Leggings | Sports bra | Sneakers

Okay, in the spirit of full disclosure, I wouldn’t workout in just a sports bra. Unless it was this one. Maybe. I mean, pizza is my FAVORITE food! Seriously. They also had a Powered by Pinot one that I should have ordered already since wine is my second favorite food. Sadly, that one sold out on Shopbop but is still available directly from Barber.

Anyway, I would not be sad if any of these items found their way under the tree. Which means I think I need to have a discussion with my mom after dinner on Thursday.

The sale begins at 7am EASTERN TIME Tuesday November 24th and will end at 11:59pm PACIFIC TIME on November 30th. 


Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 15]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

I pinned this outfit a year ago and had all the pieces to recreate it….except for the shoes. It occurred to me when I finally wore it that I could have worn my leopard flats but, look, I finally have brown flats so I was going to wear them!


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (same)

Also, I know everyone was gushing about the weather in Chicago being abnormally warm for the first part of November but, I have to say, I was enjoying it, too. I mean, I wore this outfit with just my trench coat and was perfectly fine! Even with flats and exposed feet. Crazy, right? This time last year it was boots all the time.


Also, funny story about this plaid shirt. See, originally I got it in a size 2 as a gift. That size always felt a little bit tight across the shoulders and in the armpits, though, so after a few months I sold it on eBay and bought it in a size 4.

Then I was wearing it at work about a month ago. I went to the gym on my lunch break and when I put the shirt back on afterward I realized I had hulked-out of it and there was literally a shredded hole under one arm! Not on seam, either. A legit shredded hole just in the fabric.

I guess there is a downside to weight lifting.

Anyway, I loved that shirt so much (clearly since I’d already bought it myself once) that I immediately took to eBay again. However, this time I couldn’t find it in a 4….so I bought a 6. And it still fits! I probably paid too much for a used shirt, but, hey, when you like something you like something.



So that’s what you wear with leggings

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

As I’ve mentioned previously, I have this weird thing with leggings. But, this is why I love Le Tote. One of you lovely readers mentioned I should try a tunic or a dress that seemed just a tad too short and see if I could make leggings work that way. Good call! Because one day last week I just wanted to be comfy. Thankfully I had added this tunic/dress to my Le Tote closet and it was perfect.


Dress – Le Tote (same) | Leggings – Old Navy (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar)

I really liked this outfit….except my leggings were too big! I never thought I’d need to buy leggings, though, and Old Navy doesn’t have these exact ones any more. I’ve heard good things about the Zella leggings from Nordstrom, though, so I might have to check those out.

Also, I think I might re-wear this exact same outfit for Thanksgiving before I send back my Tote. Leggings plus tunic seem like the perfect combination for eating and lounging, am I right?



Then and Now [Vol. 10]

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First, thanks for the great discussion on Friday’s post! Along those same lines, instead of bathroom selfies today, we have the return of the stairwell photos!


Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – Loft (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same

When I wore this outfit last week I spent a good portion of the day feeling a sense of deja vu. Why? Because I basically wore the exact same outfit earlier this year. Just with a different sweater.


Original outfit

I think one of the times I wore my camo jeans one of you mentioned that they would look good with red. That was the thought that was on my mind when I put together this outfit, not that I’d already worn such a similar outfit in the past.

But, hey, I see comments all the time that people like seeing the same pieces worn again so hopefully you’re not all like, “Ugh. Can’t she come up with something else?”

At least my hair is different?



The Bathroom Selfie OOTD Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve recently noticed quite a few Chicago bloggers getting awesome partnership deals, finding amazing photographers to take their photos all over the city, even appearing on ads around town.


Scarf – gift (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

I am not one of those bloggers. My photographer is my husband. I don’t hustle and pitch to brands. I can barely manage to get photos once a week. If you ever needed any proof of that, this post is it. As I previously mentioned, my husband started a job that means we both leave the house before the sun is up and we both get home after the sun sets. Weekends have been full of exciting things which means no outfit photo shoots then, either.

Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Which is why today we are resorting to photos I took in the bathroom at work. Yep.

I don’t lead a glamorous blogger lifestyle and, you know, for as much as I envy some of those bloggers who have amazing photos and amazing brand partnerships I know that they worked really hard for those and they treat their blog like a part-time job.


Vest – Old Navy swapped w/Jen (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

I blog because it’s a fun hobby. Could I turn it into a full-time gig? Maybe. Maybe if I wanted that hustle. But sometimes I like being able to work my day job and leave work at work.


Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Shirt – Loft (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

So, I temper my jealousy with knowing that as perfect as it may look there’s always struggle and hard work and late nights and, I’m sure, tears. And the day my blog brings me those is the day I quit.


Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Boot cuffs – gift (same)

Although I will pimp for Le Tote and say that this dress and this scarf may be my two most favorite items so far. And you can try them yourself for 50% off the first month if you use code ERIN25!


Carmel Topping

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Continuing with my current theme of outfits-I-wore-awhile-back, here’s one from the last time we were in Carmel, Indiana.


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same)  | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Downtown Carmel, also known as the Arts District, has so many great places to take pictures that we had a difficult time deciding. On the plus side, this means that I can have a mission every time we go to visit. Take pictures in a new place! Although, I think the next time we’ll be there it will be so I can run the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon.



In the meantime, let’s talk about this outfit. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about it. It’s just jeans, a sweater, a scarf and boots. Just hand me a Starbucks cup and I’ll be about as basic as can be, right? But you know, there’s a reason it’s such a great formula that it’s become a stereotype – it works. It works for fall weather. It works for fall events. It just works.

And not every outfit has to be ground-breaking, am I right? Sometimes they just need to be functional but still a little bit cute. I think in this case it’s the scarf that put that finishing touch on an outfit that would otherwise just be blah.

I really like this particular scarf because it has the interest of a blanket scarf without being totally overwhelming. And sometimes you just don’t want to be overwhelmed by your accessories. You just want to be whelmed. 


Games and Adventures

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of October yet? 

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was full of adventure including a Game of Thrones themed party at a local bar, exploring an abandoned grain silo with a view of downtown, and working at one of the largest races in Chicago.

Which means that you get a few photos from the weekend and an older outfit photo that I originally shared on Instagram. So let’s start with what you’re probably here to see: the outfit photo.

IMG_0079Vest – Le Tote (same) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

I felt totally awesome and badass in this outfit and I can’t even explain why. The vest was slightly too big so I might request it again from Le Tote in a size smaller. But overall I really liked this outfit. Noting too fussy but it felt put together and comfortable. And, yes, I’m wearing open-toed shoes with a turtleneck. No, I can’t explain it.

What I can explain is my Game of Thrones party outfit!

nymeria-sand-snake-costumeI decided to go as one of the Sand Snakes…but only if I could find what I needed at Goodwill. I don’t historically have good luck at Goodwill but I decided to chance it. And I found everything I needed! I was in shock and super thrilled.

The dress was a J. Crew bridesmaid’s dress that I got for $7 and trimmed with brown duct tape and ribbon. The leggings were $6. The belt was $3 and the dog leash that I wore like a whip was $2. So, all of that for $18 plus the duct tape and ribbon at Michael’s Crafts and the boots I already owned. I didn’t win the costume contest but that’s okay. I had a great time putting my costume together!

That was Friday night. Saturday morning we got up early to go do some urban exploring. There are some abandoned grain silos in an industrial area of the city just southwest of downtown. They are apparently a haven for urban decay photographers so I joined my husband and some of his friends for an adventure.

IMG_0383 IMG_0437My husband hasn’t finished processing all of his photos yet so I just grabbed the two that I’m in to give you a taste. I also took a few with my iPhone that you should be able to see here. I’m looking forward to going back on a warmer day (and with more advanced notice) to shoot some outfit photos here. There are so many cool backgrounds!

Because you guys might be tired of just seeing the stuff around my apartment.


Wednesday, though, I’ve got a new location for you! More photos from Carmel, Indiana!






Favorite Outfit of October

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Time to choose my favorite outfit of October! To be honest, I had a few that I really liked this past month but, going on gut instinct and picking the outfit that I felt the best in, I have to go with my white blazer and navy top. I don’t know what it is about that blazer, but I think I pick the outfits with it as my favorites more often than not. Just look at how often it shows up on my My Favorite Looks Pinterest board!


Funny story about this blazer – I bought it while tipsy after drinking at (and winning) a team trivia event last year. I had time to kill between the event and meeting Jason for dinner so I wandered into Forever 21 to look at white blazers and, after trying on about 10 of them, settled on this one. At first I was afraid I would regret my choice to shop while tipsy but it’s been the exact opposite! Perhaps I should shop while tipsy more often.

Actually, no, that’s a bad idea.

Let’s move on! Do you love my white blazer as much as I do or do you have a different favorite from October? Share by voting in the poll below!


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October Shopping Summary



Old Navy Active TopOnzie Sports Bra c/o Shopbop | The Limited Blazer (seen here)| Koral Activewear Leggings c/o Shopbop (seen on Instagram here)| Heroine Sport Leggings c/o Shopbop | Old Navy Leggings | Dr. Scholl’s Flats

During Shopbop’s friends and family sale I decided to splurge and use the credit I’d saved and get some awesome new workout leggings and a fun sports bra that I could wear under my mesh Old Navy active top. I wore the top, the sports bra, and the Koral Activewear leggings to the gym and my trainer said I looked sharp. I also managed a personal record for deadlifts that day, too. New workout clothes always put a spring in my step!

And speaking of steps, I had a $75 gift card to Zappos I earned from doing some product testing and I FINALLY found some cognac flats. After I ordered and returned at least 4 other pairs, I decided these Dr. Scholl’s ones were the winners.

I also splurged and ordered a shirt via eBay. See, I actually “Hulked out” of my J. Crew black watch plaid shirt one day in the gym locker room! I put it on after my workout and realized there was a huge shredded hole under one of the arms. Not at the seam, though. Nope, just randomly in the middle of the fabric! And since this is one of my favorite shirts I new I had to replace it. Thankfully I found one via eBay even though it was a little bit more than I would have liked to have paid for a shirt that is several years old. Oh well. Worth it.

You may notice that I didn’t put prices on the items I bought. Everything from Shopbop was covered by my credit (except for $16 in tax) and the shoes were purchased with a gift card so no money out of my pocket for those, either. And, to be honest, Old Navy and The Limited have so many sales that it’s impossible to see an item for the same price day-to-day there. I will tell you, though, that the Old Navy items are GREAT quality for the price. Seriously. Just go check them out. You won’t be mad.

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