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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 2]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Pinterest Parallels is my attempt to recreate outfits I’ve saved on Pinterest using items that I haven’t purchased recently.

I saved this photo about two months ago because I’m always looking for ideas on how to “dress down” my dresses. And since I have a short sleeved black dress that doesn’t get enough love I thought, hey, I can do this one!

black-dress-brown-boots-1Dress – Nieman Marcus outlet (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (same) black-dress-brown-boots-3This outfit? So comfy! I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day. However, I also felt cute and spunky which, let me tell you, I normally do not feel when I’m wearing my pajamas. Plus, I think it was a great way to take this black faux leather trimmed dress (which I have also worn out to events) and make it more appropriate for my casual office.

black-dress-brown-boots-2It also got me mixing brown and black which is something I’m always a tad bit hesitant to do. But I actually liked the way the brown boots looked better than if I had worn black boots. I think black boots would have made it look too dressy.

What do you think?

Notes: Dress is from August 2013. The tee is so old I can’t remember. The scarf is from at least two years ago. The boots and the watch are the most recent additions to my closet.

  

Then and Now [Vol. 2]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’m wearing it now and talk about what I changed and why.

My bow tie print dress has been hanging in my closet since I wore it to my last day at work at my old job. I hadn’t worn it to my new job because it just felt too…over the top, I guess. But I decided recently that I didn’t care and was going to wear it anyway,

bow-tie-print-dress-2bow-tie-print-dress-3Dress – Comfort Me Boutique (same on eBay) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar)| Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – c/o t+j designs (same)

I also figured this was a good chance to do another Then and Now installment. Here’s how I wore it the last time it was chilly outside.

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Clearly I like to stick with a black and gold pallet, huh?

This time I left off the belt and wore ankle boots instead of heels. I also added more opaque tights. And, to be honest, I like the look of the cardigan and the heels (and the belt) much better.

I sort of felt like a little kid all day in my dress over my turtleneck. I’ve worn dresses over turtlenecks before (evidence) but it tended to be with more streamlined dresses. I think the belt and the cardigan help tone down the fullness of the skirt and the heels definitely do a better job of not cutting me off at the ankles. I still don’t like the look of ankle boots with dresses or skirts no matter how many times I try it!

So, what do you think? Do you prefer one outfit over the other? Why?

  
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Weekend Wear

Casual Clothes

On Saturday Jason and I actually had time to run errands, enjoy lunch out AND take Chewie to the dog park. Plus, it was warm enough for a lot of the day that I didn’t have to wear a coat. Instead, I wore my white blazer with a scarf and my current favorite graphic tee.

white-blazer-graphic-tee-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Megan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar)

One of our errands was checking out two furniture stores. We’re thinking about getting a new bed and want to find this one since it has so much storage in it! Unfortunately, while we can order it, we haven’t found a place in the city that has it in stock so we can see it in person.

However, while we were at one of the furniture stores I realized we were minutes away from Bad Apple and decided that I wanted one of their amazing burgers. Excellent lunch decision.

Then it was off to the grocery store and then home to change in order to take Chewie to the park. I’m pretty brave but not brave enough to wear white and be surrounded by pups!

Also, it occurred to me that although I didn’t set out to create this outfit as part of this week’s Style Imitating Art it kind of does. My scarf and the heart on the tee both echo the color of the accents and the gray background of my top stands in for the silver. Also, you hardly ever seen jewelry photographed on a white background like that (I feel like it’s usually black) so I think my white blazer helps the rest of the outfit stand out, just like the photo background.

 

  
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Respectable Fun

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Apologies for the radio silence last week. I was super busy at work and at home after getting back from Florida. I even had to bail on a blogger event at Blaze Pizza. And when I pass up free pizza (and wine!) you know I’m swamped.

One of my jobs at work is to train new employees on what it is exactly that our company does and why. I don’t really train them on how to do their jobs, but I talk to them about our products, our general workflows, and which departments do what.

Although our company doesn’t have a dress code and we can basically wear almost anything we want, when I have new employees to train I try to dress nicely (not that I dress like crap the other days or anything) but not too over the top lest I scare them.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Target (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I had two new employees to train a few weeks ago and I figured a blazer with some fun jeans and a tee was just the ticket, I think. The blazer makes me seem like someone they should totally listen to but the moto jeans and leopard print say that I’m not super serious.

Or maybe I’m just deluding myself. Anyway, I really liked this outfit and thought it was a good way to wear these jeans that I’d only worn one other time.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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What to wear to Green Street Meats

Casual Clothes

Last week Jason randomly said, “Let’s go out for dinner!” Never mind that it was one of the coldest nights of the year. When Jason suggests leaving the house of his own accord I’m not going to argue (my husband is a bit of a homebody).

So, we bundled up and walked up the street to try Green Street Meats. I’d been told by several people that we should try it so off we went.

FYI – If you want to fit in at Green Street Meats, wear plaid.

plaid-shirt-snow-boots-1Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sorel (this year’s version) | Necklace – VO Jewelry (same)

plaid-shirt-snow-boots-2Necklace made out of a bullet casing is optional.

Beards and skinny jeans are also haute couture at Green Street. It’s definitely got a laid back hipster vibe to it. But dang good food! A little pricey but if you want no frills and just tasty meat then this is the place for it.

Or just go for a drink. They have a pretty awesome bar, too.

Anyway, today I’m on a plane to Florida so the snow boots are staying home. I’ll be back on Monday night, though, so they won’t be lonely for too long.

P.S. If you have suggestions of things to do in Tampa, I’m all ears!

  
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I swear it’s navy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Do you know the most difficult color to photograph? It’s navy. I swear it is.

schoolboy-blazer-gray-jeans-2Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Booties – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

jcrew-plaid-scarfIt’s the navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer but it NEVER photographs as navy. I don’t know why!

I know, I know. First world problems. Other first world problems? I’m flying to Florida tomorrow to visit my dad and I haven’t packed or even thought about what to pack. Or what to wear on the plane. Or finished running all my errands.

I need a personal assistant.  Preferably one who can figure out how to photograph navy.

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Pinterest Parallel [Vol. 1]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Another series, you ask? Why, yes, yes it is. And what’s this one? Well, I mentioned that I was thinking about doing posts where I recreate looks from my Pinterest boards but not go shopping.

Well, I have bought a few things already in January but I’m trying my best to leave my closet alone from now on. Except I know my dad wants to take me shopping for my birthday when I visit him this weekend!

Anyway, this particular outfit is a copy of a recent one from The Closet Crush and all of the items here were purchased before 2015!

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-1Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jacket – J Crew via eBay (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

The shirt is one of the older things in my closet as I think it’s been there since before I moved to Chicago. The boots were one of my first purchases after we moved here (so…2008?). The jacket I bought on eBay early last year and the necklace was added earlier in 2014 as well. The jeans are the newest items and those joined my closet this past fall.

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-3I don’t know why I never thought to put this jacket and this shirt together because they seem like a natural pairing. And I love that the necklace sits right in the opening of the shirt and brings out the gold thread in the jacket.

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-2Overall I felt very “me” in this outfit. I think I’m still struggling with defining my style but this is definitely a pretty good start.

 

  
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Then and Now [Vol. 1]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I mentioned in my December shopping (and gift) summary, my mom bought me a new pink blazer. I had a pink blazer from H&M but it always fit a little bit too small.  So, I decided that I would use my new pink blazer to kick off a new series that I’m calling “Then and Now”.

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What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’d wear it now and talk about what I changed and why.

I’d like to make this a weekly series, but I can’t promise anything right now. Regardless, I hope you like it!

So, on to this week’s “Then and Now” outfit.

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-1Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Kohl’s (same)

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-2For this outfit I clearly swapped the old blazer for the new one and the pearl collar necklace for this teardrop multi-colored one. The regular blue jeans are swapped for black jeans with matching black booties to make it more streamlined on the bottom.

I never did care for the way those gray boots cut my leg off mid-calf so I was more than happy to go with the ankle boots instead. Overall, though, I think I liked this sweater with the pearls a bit more than with the teardrop necklace although I do like that the necklace has both pink and gray in it which ties the two pieces together.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the “then” or the “now” versions?

 

  

It’s my birthday and I’ll dress up if I want to

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Yep, it’s true. Today is my 35th birthday. I don’t mind saying my age because no one believes me anyway. And you can find it on all my race results anyway so there’s no reason to hide.

purple-dress-white-blazer-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – JF & A Show (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Tights – Express (similar)

This outfit is way dressy for my current job but would have been totally perfect for my previous position. And for as comfy as jeans are, I do miss the opportunity to dress up. So today I am. So there. And so what if it’s super cold out? I miss dresses and skirts. I might have to layer two pairs of tights but I’m doing it anyway. I mean, if I wore a skirt on one of the coldest days of the year last year I think I can wear one this week.

I don’t have any fancy plans for my birthday. Apparently this makes my friends sad. But, you know, having a birthday so soon after Christmas makes it difficult to plan unless you get it done way in advance. So, we’re going out for drinks on Thursday. Jason is taking me out to dinner on Tuesday. And tonight? Tonight I have my first swim lesson to help me get ready for the two triathlons I signed up for this summer.

Starting my 35th year off with a bang. And a dress.

purple-dress-white-blazer-2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

And it’s SIA time! Visit 14 Shades of Grey to see what art we’re imitating this week.

 

  
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I need a new shirt

Casual Friday

Today you get a “real blogger beauty” photo. What do I mean by that? I mean we took it last night after I’d worked all day (and gone to the gym). You get end-of-day make-up and end-of-day hair. Proof that I really wore this to work, I suppose.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-2Sweater – The Limited (same) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bag – Nine West (same)

Jason and I braved the coldest temperatures of the year (not kidding) and met for drinks after work at Bar Takito which is right next to the train stop and around the corner from Chewie’s day care. So these photos are post-drink as well.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-3Also, I need shopping advice. Yes. Me. I need to know where your favorite chambray shirt is from (if you own one that you love). This one is just a tad too short on me and I don’t love that it’s a bit stiff. And the collar acts funny. So, I need a replacement. I’m intrigued by the one I linked above from Express but I’d love to crowdsource some ideas as well.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-1I’ll even take you out for a drink.