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The scarf of the pop-up you’re going to see

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

As I mentioned in a previous post, the latest Moonfish Pop-Up took place in Chicago recently. I went over there for a morning of mimosas and doughnuts and, of course, did a little shopping.

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LA Made Dress | LA Made Tank Top | KLD Signature Blouse | Necklace & Earrings c/o Moonfish

I didn’t take pictures of all the beautiful clothes, jewelry and purses because I was too busy shopping, sipping, and admiring the decor that is Sugar Fix Dental Loft. Seriously, who knew a dentist’s office could be so beautiful? Sarah at Moonfish does such an amazing job of finding spots to host her pop-up.

And, of course, I had to be the person who wore something from Moonfish to show my support: my favorite scarf.

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Scarf c/o Moonfish | similar cardigan | same jeans | same boots

Sarah gifted me this cardigan when I first met her last fall and it’s been a staple in my wardrobe ever since. Everyone at the pop-up was enamored with it. Personally, I was enamored with all the comfy, neutral items that were available for sale.

Believe it or not, I actually bought the navy dress and the polka dot top to replace items in my closet. So, it was almost a one in-one out situation. Almost.

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If you want to check out Moonfish yourself, the next pop-up will be in June in Edgewater. Make sure you sign up for the mailing list so you don’t miss out! In the mean time, I’ll be over here waiting for the weather to warm up so I can start wearing all of my new purchases.

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Growing Art [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I wanted to highlight one of the pieces of art from the growARTS program I posted about a few weeks ago. This particular piece is still available for sale so if you’re interested, just let me know! Or, just use it to create an outfit and send a picture of it to me by next Tuesday to have it featured here on the blog.

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As a reminder, Garden Center growARTS artisan training program provides a space for individuals of all abilities to create stunning pieces of art as a means of self-expression and as an alternative path to self-employment.

Art for sale is either painted by adults in the growARTS program or is donated by their family or friends. The artists in the program also get paid a commission for each piece that sells.

This particular piece was painted by one of the women in the program. I believe her name is Stephanie. And while I’m not normally drawn to florals, I did like the colors and the fact that she used sequins for some sparkle.

I have a few other favorites of which I snapped photos, so you’ll probably see those pop-up over the next few months.

In the meantime, use this painting to inspire an outfit and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 28th to have it featured on Wednesday, March 29th. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this!

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Lake Effect Snow

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I had a different post queued up for today…but then it snowed and I had to take advantage of it.

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similar vest | similar sweatshirt | same jeans | same boots

Also, hooray for light after work! We shot these photos yesterday when I got home and let me just say, it was NOT sunny when I left for work. Nope. I made the 10 minute trek to the train in blizzarding snow wishing I had snowshoes. And then I watched from my office windows as it snowed sideways once I got to work.

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Thankfully, I can wear this outfit in my office and no one cares that I’m basically wearing a sweatshirt and snow boots all day. The last thing I want to do when the weather is acting up is dress up!

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Chewie loves playing in the snow and, now that we have a backyard, he’s all about running around, sticking his face in the snow, and acting like a total goofball. Man, he makes me laugh. It’s almost worth getting snow in March.

old navy puffer vest and funnel neck sweatshirt

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A study in casual [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

When I posted this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge art, my mom commented that she immediately thought of the red, black and tan plaid top that I wore to Thanksgiving one year and that I gave her for Christmas after she commented how much she liked it (no, I didn’t give her mine. I bought her one for herself!)

So, of course, because mother knows best, I went with that top for this week.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | similar scarf

This outfit is basically the casual version of one I wore back in 2013 when I worked my more “business casual” job. I kept the top the same and kept the same color outer layer and bottoms but swapped out everything else.

I also added my coffee mug since it matched perfectly. Shout out to the local NPR affiliate! This was our thank you gift for donating over the past year.

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I’m really looking forward to warmer days when I can sit on our back deck on weekend mornings and drink coffee. I never thought I’d be someone who would say that but, hey, it’s amazing how you can change over time.

Chewie dog, however, has not changed. He still wants to be outside with us when we’re taking photos, even when it’s ridiculously cold. Although, we have had people over three times since we’ve moved (even if two of those were for brief stints) and he barely ate anyone. He really just wants everyone seated in the same room and then he can relax. Such a herding dog.

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How to shop local in Chicago this week

Shopping

As I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t have time to get any outfit photos this past week. So, instead, I’m going to share two pop-up shops that are happening this weekend that, if you’re local, I think you’ll want to take advantage of.

The first is Friday night, March 10th from 6-9pm at 1555 W Diversey.

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I mentioned this in a previous post, but, as reminder, Garden Center growARTS artisan training program provides a space for individuals of all abilities to create stunning pieces of art as a means of self-expression and as an alternative path to self-employment.

Shop for locally painted art and browse the concurrent LuLaRoe pop-up shop, all while sipping on complimentary wine or beer and enjoying snacks. Proceeds from all art sales benefit the program and a portion goes back to each artist.

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Actual items for sale on Friday!

I definitely plan to stop by to show my support and probably buy something. The art is reasonably priced (around $20 or so) and the proceeds go to a good cause. And who doesn’t need more fun art in their life?

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The second is the spring Moonfish pop-up shop at Sugar Fixe Dental Loft, 3346 N Paulina St. This runs from 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday through Monday and you can make an appointment for a free personal styling session here.

You may recall that Moonfish sold me my favorite pair of jeans along with my first real pair of leggings and a super comfy sweater.

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They’ve got more of my favorite denim for spring and I’m excited to see what other fun items I can find. I’m so sick of my winter clothes so I have a feeling that I might do some damage.

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So, if you’re in Chicago or nearby, maybe I’ll see out shopping this weekend!

P.S. I was totally not compensated for writing about these two things. I just like them and wanted to share!

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An unexpected portrait [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art choice from Jen comes from an interesting source: Pixabay.com. Pixabay is a repository of public domain graphics, images and, apparently, art! Jen uses this website to find images for presentations and trainings and, interestingly enough, I do too. I actually found out about it from our training video producer who works for me. Of course, I’ve never looked for art so kudos to Jen for thinking outside the box and finding this.

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Jen, being a good librarian, did some research and discovered the artist’s name and some more of her art here.

I’m hoping I have time this weekend to take some outfit photos for the blog (although the weather is not going to be particularly cooperative). I didn’t have any time to take photos this past week or weekend, sadly. Pretty sure the jeans a t-shirt I wore to paint our old apartment wouldn’t make for good blog fodder.

Anyway, if YOU have time to snap a photo of an outfit you put together based on this painting, just send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday evening (March 13th) to be featured in the round-up.

 

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The things you can do in 36 minutes [Fitness Friday]

Fitness

One of the perks of being a blogger in Chicago is sometimes you get invited to check out new stuff….for free. The latest perk? A class at the brand new Fit36 in Lincoln Park.

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The idea behind Fit36 is that your workout is 36 minutes long. That’s it. But it’s 36 minutes of basically non-stop moving. You do 12 different strength or plyometric exercises each for one minute with 30 seconds of rest between each. And then you repeat the 12 exercises again for a total of 36 minutes.

They limit classes to 24 people so that there is a max of two per workout station. Each station is a different exercise and for the strength exercises it’s either body weight or you can choose a weight. You rotate through twice and, let me tell you, the exercises that felt easy the first time through might be a struggle the second time around!

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They leave time between classes so you can get warmed up using the video they have playing or just on your own.

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Old Navy top | Fabletics capris | Nike shoes

Fit36 also has what they call an A/B workout format. Meaning Monday/Wednesday/Friday are the same workout and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday are the same workout. Which allows you go gauge your progress.

Fit36 also provides heart rate monitors, although in our class we didn’t spend any time going over what our goal heart rate zone should be. They do send you a post-class summary, though.

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This particular location has two bathrooms but no showers. They provide deodorant, dry shampoo, hair ties, and baby wipes, though. Still, if you go to an AM class be prepared to shower somewhere else or make do with a bird bath in the sink.

Because you will get sweaty. So sweaty!

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No, we didn’t use 50 pound dumbbells in class. I’m just goofing off.

They had two instructors for our class and they were both great about providing encouragement, feedback on form, and helping us when we were struggling to figure out an exercise.

Our class also ended with tasty treats from JuiceRX, although I think that was just a blogger perk. Sorry!

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The Fit36 studio is located at 1730 W Fullerton and is right off the 74 bus. Or, if you prefer, you can drive because there is a huge parking lot! And a Starbucks next door.

I actually won a free month of classes so I plan to check them out a few more times in the next few weeks. I already do a ton of strength training on my own, but I like having a HIIT-style class handy for days when I want to get my heart rate WAY up. Plus, I didn’t see any treadmills so if running isn’t your thing then Fit36 might be for you!

They have several more free classes coming up during their soft opening, including this Saturday and Sunday (March 4th and 5th) at 9:30 AM if you want to check it out yourself. Just RSVP to lincolnpark@fit36fitness.com. Or you can get your first week free any time after Sunday.

These sweaty bloggers recommend it!

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I attended this class for free but all opinions are my own.

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The outfit you need if you want to hang with my dog

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Actually, if you want to hang with my dog, well….so sorry. He likes me, my husband and the people at daycare (apparently). He’s not too keen on other people. Although, to be honest, sometimes I’m not, either. And on those days I wear this t-shirt.

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same tee | similar shirt | same jeans | same boots

And, yes, I wear this shirt to work. And on weekends. And, really, any time I can. It’s one of my favorites. It’s soft and comfy and just the right amount of slouch. Maybe too much slouch. Looking at these pictures I’m realizing that I should probably stop eating like I’m still marathon training.

Actually, you know what. Screw that. I’m working on some major gains in the gym and I need to fuel those muscles!

Let’s move on to something else. Like, these duck boots. I bought them a few months ago and they are perfect for the weather we’ve been having in Chicago. They’re more versatile than rain boots or snow boots. They’re waterproof but easier to wear with regular clothes. So, if you’re on the fence about duck boots and you live in Chicago, get off the fence and go get yourself a pair!

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Song for the Weekend [SIA Post]

Casual Clothes

I’m such a hypocrite, you guys. When I first started at my current job I swore I wasn’t going to be the person who wore jeans every day. And now I basically do. I also swore I would never wear leggings. But, you know, when you wear jeans almost every day maybe you want to be even more casual on weekends.

And leggings are basically the same as running clothes, right?

So, in the interest of full disclosure, this is what I wore all weekend. Well, except when I went to the annual Wetsuit Formal. More on that on Friday, I promise!

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similar cardigan | same tee | similar scarf | similar boots | LuLaRoe leggings

Athleisure is a thing now, right? That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

I’m also telling myself that this outfit works well for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice. It helps that I found the perfect backdrop a block from our apartment.

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Oh, and if you’re interested in recreating this outfit and saving some money, you can get very similar pieces from Shopbop during their huge sale!

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The sale officially starts at 7:18 AM Eastern Time on February 28th and ends on March 5th at 4 AM Eastern Time.

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Fashion Philanthropy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Shopping

I have a friend. Her name is Annabelle. She’s one of the nicest, most interesting, hardworking people I know. I’m thrilled that I’ve gotten to know her a bit better recently since I’ve ended up behind the scenes of her latest endeavor to raise money for services and create jobs for adults with disabilities.

She recently became a LuLaRoe consultant, which, if you don’t know what that is, is a clothing line that is sold online via Facebook groups or at houses during pop-up shops. Yes, a lot of women sell it to make extra money but Annabelle is hoping to use her side business as a way to create jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. She’s even donating part of her proceeds to her “day job” employer, Garden Center Services.

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LuLaRoe dress | same jacket | similar scarf | similar shoes

Because I think this is so awesome, I’ve been helping her out when I can. And spending my own money on things like this dress. It’s called a Julia and it’s basically stretchy t-shirt material.

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The thing about LuLaRoe is that when you see a pattern and style you like, you’d better grab it. Consultants order sizes and styles but don’t get to pick patterns. Which means that what they have is always a surprise! I was helping Annabelle unbox her initial inventory shipment when I spotted this dress. Lucky me!

The best way to shop Annabelle’s inventory is either via her Facebook group or at her pop-up shop in Lincoln Park, Chicago. In fact, she’s got one coming up on March 10th from 6 to 10 PM that will coincide with another fundraiser for Garden Center Services – the growARTS art show! So, you can shop for art or you can shop for clothes and either way you’ll be helping fund Garden Center Services.

I did both at the February art show and not only came home with the dress, I also came home with some lovely art.

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Art for sale is either painted by adults in the growARTS program or is donated by their family or friends. The artists in the program also get paid a commission for each piece that sells. There is truly something for everyone, though, and I had a difficult time sticking to just this one piece.

Same thing with sticking to just one dress. I have a feeling that if I continue to help out Annabelle behind the scenes I’ll own a lot more “LuLa”.

Oh, and speaking of art, there is so much street art in our new neighborhood! All three of these photos were taken within a 5 minute walk of our house. So fun! And, yes, it’s been warm enough in Chicago to dress like this. I’m loving this weather, too!

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