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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

If you use Pinterest you know that it tells you when people have also “pinned” something you’ve pinned. Over the past few months I have two pins in particular that have exploded with being “re-pinned.” Both are outfits I saved as inspiration from other blogs and both are quite simple. So, I figured that today I’d show you one of them and how I decided to make it a reality with my wardrobe.

This pink gingham shirt, gray sweater, and black dress pants outfit as originally see on Outfit Posts isn’t that earth-shattering. I mean, I wear a sweater over a button-up at least once a week. In fact, I just wore this pink gingham shirt last week!

But, today, I paired it with a solid gray sweater and black jeans (instead of dress pants) as my homage to MK.

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-1Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-3At my previous job I would have rocked the dress pants and the heels. But at my current gig black jeans and booties felt more appropriate.

And looking at MK’s original outfit and my parallel I have to say the the wider leg dress pants really help balance out the layers on top. Also, I think her darker gray sweater helps with the color balance between the black pants and the pink. It’s a nicer transition than my lighter gray sweater. Admittedly, I tried this outfit with a darker gray sweater that I have but that one is a v-neck and I just wasn’t feeling the v-neck with the button up and a necklace.

Still, I clearly like the concept and it’s not one that too foreign to me. But trying to parallel the original outfit helps me figure out why some outfits work and some just miss the mark.

What are your thoughts on this particular parallel?

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What to Wear to the Chicago Auto Show

Casual Clothes

Last Wednesday Jason had the day off work so I took the day off as well so we could go to the Chicago Auto Show. In the past we’ve gone on the weekends and, let me tell you, it was SO much nicer to go during the week. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the United States so I’m sure you can imagine that it gets crowded on the weekends.

Of course, while my husband was photographing all the pretty cars I made him take a few photos of my outfit as well.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (similar) | Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

When you go to the auto show the key is to park in Lot C (which is underground!) so you can leave your coat in the car. However, even though you’re walking indoors the whole time the parking garage can get chilly. Hence the vest and the scarf.

I got hot partway through the morning so the scarf came off. But when I got chilly again after lunch I just popped the scarf back on and I was fine.

Layers, people. They work.

Also, as we were leaving our apartment Jason looked at my shoes and said “Are those going to be comfortable for walking around?” Let me tell you; these TOMS wedges? Even more comfortable than my sneakers. I know. I walked dogs at PAWS on Sunday morning in sneakers and my legs were killing me!

Anyway, this outfit also does a great job of incorporating many of the elements of the Style Interpreting Art pick that Salazar chose to celebrate Vietnamese New Year. I’ve got green, brown, red, black and the texture of my vest echoes the texture of the fish in the art.

Oh, and I’ve got a new car.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-2Hahaha, just kidding. Although, I did see a few I wouldn’t mind owning. Time to go play the lottery!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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Through the Windowpane

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

It’s Friday and it’s cold so what’s better than a sweater layered over a button up shirt? Not much, I tell you.

pink-windowpane-sweater-1Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

pink-windowpane-sweater-2Especially when it’s a pink windowpane sweater paired with pink gingham. Pattern mixing is fun!

I bought this sweater as a replacement for a similarly colored argyle one that I ended up sending to ThredUp. You may recall my last adventure with ThredUp was less than stellar but this time I only sent items that my local consignment shop wouldn’t take (they don’t take Gap items and the sweater was from the Gap). They’re items I would have donated to Goodwill anyway so I figured, hey, why not try it again? They just got my bag o’stuff so we’ll see what happens in a few weeks!

Topic change! I’m REALLY glad it’s Friday. I even only worked 4 days this week. I took Wednesday off to go to the Chicago Auto Show with Jason and while it was nice to have a break in the middle of the week, it also kind of meant I had two Mondays. Blergh.

Thankfully, this weekend is going to be filled with puppies and friends. Chewie is due for his annual vet visit and then I’m meeting some people for lunch. On Sunday I’m doing my first volunteer shift with PAWS Chicago.

How about you? Are you glad it’s Friday? Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

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Jackie Kennedy as a Style Icon [sponsored by Boohoo.com]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Shopping

I received this dress and monetary compensation from Boohoo.com. As always, all opinions are my own. 

A few weeks ago Boohoo reached out to me to see if I would be interested in putting together a Throwback Thursday look inspired by a past style icon. I perused their website full of fun and well-priced items but was having a really difficult time figuring out just who my style icon even is!

So, I asked a friend who I think just started naming off brunettes. But when she said Jackie Kennedy I realized that she’d hit the nail on the head. Especially because I was already eying a dress that fit Jackie’s style perfectly.

jackie-kennedy-red-dress-inspirationDress – c/o Boohoo (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)  | Shoes – MIA (similar)

boohoo-persie-dressThis dress is perfect for those of us that either have hips and want to camouflage them or don’t have hips and want to look like we have curves. The pleats at the waist give the lower half of the dress a really interesting silhouette and (bonus!) add pockets! And you know how I love a dress with pockets.

It also comes in a light peach color that echoes Jackie Kennedy’s dress as seen here:

jackie1Except this Boohoo Persie Pleat dress has a bow on the back instead of the front.

boohoo-red-dress-5When I was looking at the Boohoo website I found that quite a few of their dresses are very “mod”. Boohoo is a British website (although they have free shipping to the U.S. if you spend $50 or it’s only $4.99 if you spend under $50) so it made me wonder a bit if the style in the UK is trending toward 1960s “mod,” I’m definitely more of a fan of Jackie’s classic early 1960s style so I was happy that I found a dress that fit my aesthetic.

Boohoo does have a lot of fun options, though, and would be a great choice if you’re looking for something trendy at a palatable price point (and can’t stand going to the mall). Just one word of caution: pay attention to the size conversions. I ordered a UK size 8 which they say is a US size 4. This dress fit me perfectly but sometimes the UK conversions run a tad small. Evidenced by the fact that in many stores I can fit into a US size 2.

Regardless, I’m glad Boohoo reached out to me. I’ve linked to some of their items as similar to ones I already own in the past and I was happy to get to try something in person. The quality was decent for the price and I was excited that it fit so well.

Now I just need a place to wear a Jackie Kennedy-esque red dress. Anyone need me to go to any Presidential functions any time soon?

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Then and Now [Vol. 3]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I know, I know. I JUST wore a black and white houndstooth outfit. But, in reality, I did actually wear these outfits on back to back days to work. No one noticed (or at least, no one said anything). I’ve admittedly been staying up too late and getting up too early which means my brain reaches for the first thing it sees outfit-wise. And in this case it was a houndstooth dress.

houndstooth-dress-1Dress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Cardigan – Old Navy (same) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Purse – Nine West (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

houndstooth-dress-2My boss at my former job used to wear a very similar outfit. Black and white wrap dress, long black cardigan, tights and flats. I always thought it was a simple and classy outfit. Yet, for some reason, it never occurred to me to wear it until my brain was half asleep and this is what I put on.

Clearly I was saving it in my subconscious for a day when I needed extra inspiration.

This dress was one of my first thrifted pieces that I ended up wearing on a regular basis. So, let’s take a look back at the very first time I wore it!

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The black and white dress with the purple cardigan is still one of my favorite outfits. Sadly, those sandals are no more but clearly the dress is still going strong! And, yes, I still have the cardigan as well.

Do you like the purple cardigan or the black cardigan better? Or are they equally awesome?

  

Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 4]

Casual Clothes

Originally the only plans Jason and I had for Valentine’s Day were to sit on the couch, order a pizza, and watch Netflix. Yeah, we’re pretty awesome.

But then my brother invited us out to dinner with him, his girlfriend, my sister and her husband. Oh, and by the way, it was like -15 with the windchill. Time to layer!

I scoured Pinterest for an outfit idea that would allow me to wear as many clothes as possible and landed on this burgundy sweater, gray scarf, and jeans outfit from Swank and Dapper.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-2Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I’ll have you know that under my cardigan I had on a tank top and a long sleeved top. Under my jeans I had on a pair of leggings. And of course I was wearing wool socks.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-1All of that so that we could take a cab from our place to our parents’ place to meet up with everyone and then take another cab from there to FatPour.  By the way, if you like beer then you should definitely put FatPour on your list. Also, the appetizers were amazing and those who got tacos enjoyed them. Jason and I had burgers but weren’t that impressed. I’m still thinking about the fried cheese curds and the pretzel sticks, though.

By the way, Chewie did not want us to leave and was doing his best to get in all the photos.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-3My baby has gotten so tall!

Notes: cardigan is from January 2013 and the scarf was a gift last year. Jeans and boots are from fall 2014.

  
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How you know your outfit is a winner

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I had a hair appointment last week to get a trim and the instant my hair dresser saw me in this outfit he said, “Your outfit is so cute!”

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-1houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-4Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same)  | Purse – Nine West (same)

I told him that originally I was going to pair this sweater with my smaller houndstooth print skirt but decided at the last minute that I didn’t like them together and threw this skirt on as a last resort.

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-2“Oh, no,” my hair dresser said. “This one is perfect.”

I can’t decide if his gushing over my outfit means it’s a total winner or if it’s just his job to gush. Regardless, I’ll take the compliments and put this outfit on the winner list. houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-3Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  

How to Dress for Valentine’s Day at the Office

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Today’s post is brought you to by three things:

  1. Valentine’s Day
  2. Throwback Thursday
  3. I am out of outfit photos for the moment

All of which means I thought  I would give you a retrospective look at what I’ve worn to celebrate Valentine’s Day at work for the past three years.

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I know Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year but maybe you want to be a little festive beforehand at the office. If that’s the case, it’s pretty easy to wear red or pink without resorting to the Valentine’s Day version of a cat sweatshirt.

Actually, come to think of it, does such a thing exist? Hmm, I guess it kind of does.

As you can see, I’m all about colors and not in-your-face patterns when it comes to dressing for Valentine’s Day at work. Just trying to keep it classy over here!

Do you dress up for holidays at work? 

  
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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 3]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Back in 2012 when this blog was in its infancy and I had just discovered other fashion blogs and Pinterest I saved this outfit from What I Wore. I remember showing it to my mom and saying that I loved the patterned topper with the dark teal shirt but that I didn’t have anything like it. She pointed out that I didn’t need those exact items. Instead I just needed something black and white patterned to wear with something else that green color.

Fast forward to three years later (almost exactly!) and I found myself putting together this outfit using my herringbone vest, a dark teal sweater and my leopard print TOMS wedges.

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-1Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar)

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-3I love that I didn’t go out and try to recreate that outfit right away. I was patient and kept it saved for when I ended up with all these pieces in my closet. I acquired them each over time and have worn each of them in several different ways (examples: sweater | vest | necklace | shoes) .

I also love being able to mix and match the pieces in my wardrobe to create so many different looks. One of my goals of this blog (and my closet consultations and You Pick Wednesdays) is helping people to see that they can wear things many different ways. Don’t get stuck in a rut! And don’t rush out and buy all the pieces to recreate an outfit because chances are you’ll find that rut and stick there. Instead, if you see an outfit you love save it and know that it will always be there when you realize, hey, I DO have something similar!

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-2Apparently Chewie disagrees with me. Or he’s bored. Sitting nicely for the camera is exhausting for a puppy.

  

What to wear in the mountains

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Although Jason and I had to fly to Arizona last week for a not-so-fun reason, I have to admit that I was a bit loathe to return to Chicago. Why? Well, for one, the views are amazing. The other? It was in the 50s! I was able to wear this outfit without a coat!

chambray-shirt-black-jeans-2Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

chambray-shirt-black-jeans-1I actually wore this outfit on the plane. I always bring a scarf in case it’s cold and these boots are perfect for plane travel because they slip on and off easily. This shirt is really, really soft and the jeans fit me well.

I also felt like I fit right in while in Flagstaff. It’s not a very fancy town so plaid, chambray, jeans and boots are all perfect for the casual, rustic, rural vibe.

Do you have a typical go-to travel outfit?

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