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Le Tote Leftovers

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I slowly recover from whatever stomach ailment I contracted while in Arizona, I’m very glad I had this photo from a few weeks ago before I sent back my last Le Tote shipment.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-arrow-blazer-1I actually wore this blazer twice (first time here) and clearly I like to wear it with v-neck t-shirts. But unlike the last time I wore it, this time I wore it to work. I sort of liked the Western vibe I got from wearing these ankle boots with jeans over them instead of tucked inside. However, I wished I had black booties to wear that didn’t have a high heel. So, I ordered these from Shopbop.

I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet since they came right before I left for Arizona and right now my brain is in survival mode and not “put together a cute outfit” mode. In fact, I left work after a morning full of meetings so I could come home and sit on my couch with this face.

chewie_tongueSo, if I don’t have anything interesting to say right now it’s because my brain is mush due to illness and puppy cuddles. Fingers crossed I’m more interesting next week.


December Things

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

December seems to mean two things: glittery holiday party outfits and the stomach flu.

One is clearly better than the other.

gold-sequin-dress-2Dress – Muse boutique (similar) | Jacket – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I wore this dress to my running club’s holiday party. It only gets worn about once a year (typically at the holidays or in Vegas)  but isn’t that the point of a sparkly dress? It’s not every day wear but it sure is fun.

gold-sequin-dress-1Unfortunately, the other thing that seems to happen once a year is that aforementioned stomach flu. Jason had it last month and now I seem to have caught it. On one hand, I’m on vacation so it’s not like I have a lot of responsibilities. On the other hand, I’m on vacation and somehow I have to get home. Fingers crossed I get better before I have to get on a plane!





Wild and Crazy Outfit

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Greetings from Arizona! I’m visiting my in-laws right now with plans to go skiing and possibly snowboarding. I originally had visions of doing an entire week of posts about what to wear to holiday parties but couldn’t get my act together. Thankfully I was able to get some pics of outfits I wore in the past two weeks to share with you instead.

And hopefully when I get back I can do a run down of what I packed and all the different outfits I could make out of those items.

In the mean time, here’s one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn in the past few weeks. And, of course, it features the ubiquitous blanket scarf.

red-cardigan-plaid-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (same) | Shirt – clothing swap  (similar) | Cardigan – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia via Bergner’s (similar)

I mean, red and black isn’t a crazy combo, but with PLAID!

Okay, it’s still not that crazy.

Also, I’m trying to write this post while my in-laws watch SNL and it’s really difficult. So, I’ll just leave you with another photo of my WILD AND CRAZY outfit.



The Perfect Gift So You Can Coordinate With Your Dog


Is anyone else freaking out about gift shopping right about now? I know I am. I’ve gotten some fun things for people but I’m also feeling really far behind! One of my goals this year was to shop local or at least shop from non-big box stores but it’s been difficult to find the time. Plus, since I’m going out of town for a few days in the middle of this month I’m losing one entire weekend to shop!


The Yahoo! Style site – thankfully optimized for mobile devices so I can browse at the airport

Which is why I’m glad I learned that Yahoo! Style is putting together some AWESOME gift guides for basically everyone on my gift giving list. They’re doing one each day and each one has a different angle. Of course, I immediately gravitated toward the one for Dog Lovers.  Because clearly Chewie needs a gift for his first Christmas with us.

And what better thing to get him than this adorable collar?


I mean, really. We already know that I like to color coordinate with Chewie. So, a red and black buffalo plaid collar? How perfect would that be?

He could wear it while I wear my red and black plaid shirt and we’d both be right on trend.


Or I could exchange the shorts for a skirt or pants and his collar would add just the right amount of pattern to this black and red look.


I also have plans to take my bow dress and convert it for winter by wearing it over a turtleneck and tights. Wouldn’t the two of us be adorable if we did some pattern mixing?

bow-dress-denim-jacket-1_thumb.jpgOf course, if you’re more of a cat person, Yahoo! Style not only has a gift guide for your feline friend, they also have a great article on what to wear for National Cat Day.  Where’s the article for National Dog Day, you ask? I think I’ll have to get right on creating that one. Clearly Chewie and I have this whole thing down pat.

Now excuse me, I’m off to buy a collar….

coordinate-with-petI was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Just a Tribute

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

On Monday night I attended the FABULOUS Windy City Blogger Holiday Party and wore a super cute outfit but since there’s no natural light and my photographer was at work anyway, I got no photos. I’ll just have to recreate it for you.

So, this is not that outfit. But, I still think this one is pretty cute. It’s very similar to an outfit I wore WAY back at the beginning of this here blog and I got the idea to wear it again from Brittany from The F Bombs.

cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Be Good (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

I almost wore my black ankle boots again but, strangely, I haven’t really been feeling the heels all that much lately. I think because the walking part of my commute is longer than it was six months ago. Or maybe I’m getting old. Whatever it is, I decided to wear the leopard flats which I think are a nice change of pace.cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-2This particular t-shirt is a bit boxy on me so by pairing it with a blazer it keeps me from looking too square. Because I’m not!

What I am, however, is a sucker for letting Chewie climb all over me. I mean, who am I kidding? He’s the star of these photoshoots anyway.



That Houndstooth Vest

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I mentioned in my November Shopping Summary, I bought the cliched blogger vest: that houndstooth J. Crew one. Of course, mine is a “designer knock-off” but, really, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

And I’m pretty sure they all came from the same factory anyway.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-2houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-3Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)

I wore this outfit the day before Thanksgiving for the car ride to my parents’. Vests are perfect for situations like that because they keep you warm without overheating in the car. Or is that just me?

Anyway, my mom said she loved my vest and I always get a thrill out of her liking something I’m wearing. And, like I said in my shopping post, the quality of this vest is amazing for the price. I’m really glad I bought it.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-1P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit from November or enter one of the giveaways I’ve got going on.

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


Favorite Outfit of November

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Guess what everyone! It’s time for our monthly wrap-up and your chance to vote for your favorite outfit from November.

Of course, first I’m sure you all want to know what my favorite outfit from the month was. I’ll be honest, I think it’s a three way tie. And that I am glad I bought new riding boots.

favorite-november-outfitsI love these three outfits because they all felt so…me. Preppy with edge. I think that’s how I’m describing my style these days. I felt amazing in all three outfits and would wear them or something similar all fall and winter. By the way, a very similar outfit won for October: the plaid scarf and cream sweater with, you guessed it, jeans and riding boots.

Clearly you guys feel the same way as me. That’s why we like each other.

So, what will it be this month? One of my favorites or something else entirely? Don’t forget to vote using the poll below and remember you should be able to click any of the thumbnails to see the full outfit.

What was your favorite outfit from November 2014?

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Do more than just make a wish list this year: raise money for charity with #WishesDelivered


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last night I went to pick up the white vest I ordered that I mentioned in my November Shopping Summary post and our doorman hilariously acted as though he was exhausted from sorting packages. I told him that he’d better get ready because from now until January he was going to be busy with people having things delivered (like me!) and he was going to get to be good friends with our UPS person.


And speaking of UPS, they’re doing a fun campaign this year called #WishesDelivered. Every time you tweet or Instagram a wish for someone else (until December 31st) and use the hashtag #WishesDelivered in the tweet or Instagram caption they will donate $1 to one of their charity partners such as Toys for Tots Literacy Program (up to $100K). Don’t have Twitter or Instagram? You can submit your wish manually on the #WishesDelivered site.


Of course, while UPS is delivering all those material goods that we’ve ordered as gifts, it’s probably a good idea to wish for experiences as well. Or, heck, even that everyone has enough to eat for dinner this year. My office building is currently doing a huge food drive for the Chicago Food Depository so my wish is that they collect enough food to feed families for the rest of the year. Having volunteered at the food depository in the past I know what a huge operation it is and how much they depend on our help and donations to meet their goals.

So what will I be tweeting? How about “I hope the @FoodDepository meets their goals and is able to help Chicago families this year! #wishesdelivered”

How about you? What wish will you tweet to raise $1 for charity?

Or maybe you prefer Instagram. If so, you can either take a photo that portrays your wish (full bags of canned goods!) or a photo of you holding a sign that says #wishesdelivered with the hashtag and your wish in the caption.

Want to see what other people have wished for? Visit the UPS #WishesDelivered site and be sure to tell me in the comments what your wish is this year!

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One Le Tote Sweater, Three Mediocre Outfits

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One of the things I like about Le Tote is that I can add things to my closet that I wouldn’t normally purchase or even try on in store. Take, for example, those waterfall cardigans or whatever you want to call them. You know, the ones that are all flowy in the front and don’t button?

le-tote-cardigan-three-waysCardigan – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Ankle Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market | Leggings – Old Navy (same) |Riding Boots – DSW (similar)

It looked so cute on the model and then on me I felt like I struggled with it all day. It kept falling off my shoulders, the front drapey part hit at a weird spot on my hips, the tag was on the bottom and kept showing. Etc, etc.

I tried it with the necklace but felt like the chunky ankle boots and the chunky necklace were fighting with each other.

Sans any accessories is how I wore it to work but, like I said, it annoyed me all day.

Then on the weekend I threw caution to the wind and wore it with leggings! Yes, leggings. Who am I and what have I done with Erin? Believe it or not, this was the look I liked the most. And, in fact, someone who had seen me in both the jeans and the leggings looks told me the sweater was cute and I should keep it.

But I’m not planning on it. Why? Because that’s the joy of borrowing something! You get to try it out and then return it. And if I find myself craving another try with a sweater of this type I’ll just request this one (or another one) again.

P.S. Another shill for the $650 Express giveaway and the Blogger Favorites Basket giveaway!


The Windy City Blogger Gift Basket Giveaway!


First, I apologize for running two giveaways in one week. This is what happens when you go in on a group giveaway – you don’t necessarily get to pick the date.

However, this one is really fun because 30 Chicago bloggers have gotten together and created 3 different gift baskets! Yes, there are three chances to win this giveaway AND you can pick if you want to enter to win just one or all three baskets.

The best part? We all picked something we consider to be a favorite, ranging from food to accessories to books to kitchen items. There is something for every one here.

For example, the basket my item is in? It’s the gift For The Glam Girl and retails for over $350


Items in this basket include:


I chose a leopard print scarf from Sole Society as my favorite thing. Yes, I know that plaid scarves are all the rage this winter but a good leopard scarf is still totally a neutral.

If you’re more interested in the Social Butterfly basket, visit any of these bloggers below to enter!

Gift Basket #2 [ retail $250 ] // For the Social Butterfly

Finally, we have the basket for the Holiday Hostess. To enter to win this one just visit any of the blogs listed below.

Gift Basket #3 [ retail $250+ ] // For the Holiday Hostess 

But if you want to win the Glam Girl basket, just use the Rafflecopter widget here to enter! The giveaway ends next Wednesday, December 10th so don’t delay!

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Note: this is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry international friends!