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Inaugural Bloopers Post

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In the past I would go through all the photos I took for a post, delete the ones I didn’t like, and keep the ones I would consider using on the blog. This meant that I deleted all the bloopers. Unless it was something I considered amusing enough to post such as  this one or this one.

However, in the past six months or so I’ve been keeping all of the photos on my computer and saving the ones I want to use in posts to Dropbox. So last night, in honor of Fran and Miranda‘s prompt for us to post bloopers, I went through and found some to share with you.

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Thanks for the knee kisses, Chewie.
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Hair in my face, belt doing something strange, and a dog who wants nothing to do with being in the picture. Total score.

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God, I hate trying to use this stupid remote.

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Yep.

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Where to find me today

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I have a Stitch Fix item review I need to write but haven’t had time. So, instead of reading that post today, here’s where you can get your Loop Looks fix for the time being!

Getting the Most From Your Little Black (or other neutrally colored) Dress – Guest post on Librarian for Life and Style

Closet Consultation Inspiration – LocalLux was inspired to write a post about being bold and beautiful based on my latest closet consultation.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an outfit featuring my favorite pair of pants!

And, if you still haven’t done so, take this moment to vote for your favorite outfit from July!

Treading Water

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Hello everyone! So far I’m surviving my first week at my new job but there are a lot of things that are throwing some monkey wrenches into taking outfit photos right now.

However, I’ve been rewearing some outfits so here’s a tribute to what I’ve worn so far this week:

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From left to right:

Swap the leopard shoes for my silver boat shoes and this outfit is pretty much exactly what I wore on Tuesday.

No changes from the Viagra manforce for Wednesday.

I used this outfit photo from Mix & Match Fashion to inspire my Thursday outfit. I wore jeans with my pink shoes and my gray moto jacket and my white Target tee (which washed up perfectly, by the way) and got one compliment on my shoes!

I’m just having a really difficult time with my schedule right now, though, so I honestly don’t know when I’ll be able to take photos.

So, if you’re just here for the photos, you can leave and check back Monday or Tuesday. If you want to hear me moan about my schedule struggles, read on.

See, my husband, who just graduated with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, also started his new job this week. His schedule is 6AM to 2PM right now and my schedule is 8AM to 5PM.

We only get a few hours to see each other after work before he goes to bed which we mostly spend making dinner and watching an hour of tv. Both of our work schedules are new to us (I used to work 9 to 5) and are taking some getting used to in terms of energy levels.

I’m also struggling with when I’m going to work out so that I don’t waste our together time in the evenings. I might have to become a SUPER morning person (FYI – I hate mornings) and get up at 4:30 AM so I can get in a workout at 5AM. Or figure out if I can workout at lunch and make it back to my desk in time. I’m currently signed up for a half marathon in August and I’m supposed to be leading a half marathon training group until the end of July. Not sure when I’m going to find the time to do all this running.

Plus there’s the puppy who needs love, attention, and to go outside to pee all the time. And there’s our weekend schedule that is currently ridiculously overbooked.

Which means I’m just trying to keep my head above water right now! I know you all understand but I feel weird leaving you hanging without some kind of explanation.

Life Changes and #RealBloggerBeauty

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Today is the day Maya at Charmingly Styled launches her #RealBloggerBeauty project. I’ve been thinking for a month about what I wanted to write about. And in the past week I’ve had some pretty big life changes that I think fit the bill.

My initial thought was that I wanted to write about these two photos.purple_top_two_ways

The photo on the left was taken in June 2012. The photo on the right is from July 2013. The skirt on the photo on the left has since gone to the donation pile because….it’s too small.

I’ll be honest, I LOVE the way I look in that photo form 2012. I’m not a  fan of the way I look in the photo from 2013. You probably don’t see much of a difference, but I do. And it’s such a silly thing to be concerned about. I’m still in great shape (I ran 7 miles on Saturday, biked 5 and hit up three different festivals) and I know that my worth is not my skirt size. But taking photos of myself everyday for almost two years is a pretty good way to see how my body has changed.

Is it bad? No. Do I need to do something to change the way I look? No. Haterz on the internet have called me frumpy and outdated but this is who I am.  I’m a runner who strength trains. I’m a cheapskate who doesn’t spend a ton of money on clothes and who hates getting things tailored. I am who I am. Am I always happy with the way I look? Nope. But I think that makes me normal. Right?

And I’m honestly not sure I’d be able to do anything about it anyway. I mean, I mentioned some big life changes.

You may recall that we got a new puppy.

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Chewie is sweet and adorable and he finally loves my husband just as much as me. But he hates being outside, he barks non-stop at anyone who comes into our apartment, and he is afraid of other dogs.

In short, he’s going to take a lot of love and training to become a secure, friendly, sociable dog. Honestly, that’s not what I wanted but it’s what I got. And as long as he loves Jason and me that’s a good start. But, it’s stressful.

Finally (and this is my big news), I’m starting a new job next Monday. A new job with a casual dress code. Would you believe I’m stressed out about what this means for Loop Looks?

I’m so excited to start a new job in a new position at a new company, but I’ve always wanted to be a blog where women who CAN’T wear jeans to work could turn for outfit ideas. And now I’ll be one of those women who CAN wear jeans every day.

I DON’T know what that means for Loop Looks just yet. I really don’t. But I hope you stick around whatever happens. Because we’re all in this together, right?

And speaking of dress codes, I’ve got a giveaway going on that those of you who read Loop Looks because of your office dress code might like!

BqM2ESPCAAId5itLinking up with  On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me

New Fur Addition

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I want to apologize in advance. Posting is going to be a little sporadic for at least this week. Why? Because of this:

Chewie-collageMeet Chewie! After not having a dog for four years we decided it was finally time to add one back to our family.

Chewie is an 8 month old German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He weighs about 40 pounds, loves me to death, but is super timid around almost everyone and everything else.

This is the youngest dog we’ve ever owned and getting used to a puppy is going to take some time. I’m all ears (hahah) for suggestions on the best ways to housebreak him and get him to come out of his shell.

So, yeah. Puppy trumps blogging, at least for this week. I’m sure you’ll understand!

#RealBloggerBeauty Project

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You’d think that if I had a long weekend I could get my act together and take some outfit photos. But, I didn’t. Instead, I spent my weekend drinking way too much beer at Chicago’s West Loop Craft Beer Fest, visiting the Randolph Street Market, getting my butt kicked at Crosstown Fitness and planting flowers on my balcony.

Oh, and celebrating my 11 year wedding anniversary.

Sometimes I think I get caught up in thinking that I HAVE to take photos or I HAVE to post at a certain time. But, really, this is a hobby and if I spend my weekends not planning outfits or taking photos so be it.

That’s why I’m glad Maya from Charmingly Styled ask me to take part in the #RealBloggerBeauty Project.

real-blogger-beautyAs Maya said,

In reality, there’s an incredible beauty in our imperfections, insecurities, and the real people we are when we’re not in “blogger” mode – and I think it’s something we all should celebrate!

We’ll all be linking up over at her blog on June 16th if you want to join us! Share a story, a struggle (either now or in the past) or something that inspires you.

I’m still thinking about exactly what I want to write about. Do you have any ideas?

Why there’s no outfit post today

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I had an outfit all planned last week. My husband took pictures of it last Thursday. I was going to write my Style Interpreting Art post today using this amazing picture.

However, before I got my photos off the camera my husband deleted them. Why? So he could take pictures of this:

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My best friend from college, Rachel, ran her very first half marathon yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. Since I was there when she ran her first 10K and her first 10 Mile race, I knew I had to be there for this.

So I was. And we had a great time.

So I forgive my husband for deleting my photos so he could get up at 5:00 AM to cheer and take pictures and be there for us.

Regularly scheduled programming will continue tomorrow.

Packing for Puerto Rico

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As you read this I’m most likely already on my way to San Juan, Puerto Rico for 5 days in the sun! After that, I’m headed to Tampa, Florida to visit family for a few days. You can probably imagine how excited I am to get out of the Chicago winter that will never end and to somewhere warm and sunny. I promise I won’t even complain about the humidity!

I’ve gotten pretty good at packing over the past two years (this blog has helped a lot with that!) but for some reason this trip was really throwing me off. I made a conscious decision not to plan every second of our trip and instead have a few ideas of things we could do and decide when we got there. However, this made packing a bit difficult since I wasn’t sure exactly what activities I’d need to be ready for.

So, instead, I stuck to a simple blue, green and black color palate (note: that tank in the top left? I do not own it but I really, really want to. I just chose it because I couldn’t find a good representation of the tank top I am bringing) with five tank tops, one dress, three pairs of shorts, two pairs of jeans, and two cardigans.

Of course, we can’t forget the reason we’re going to San Juan in the first place: so I can run the Puerto Rico Half Marathon! I won the race entry (but not the trip; don’t get too jealous) from Swirlgear so I’m totally going to represent them while I’m enjoying paradise.

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Also, while I’m visiting family I can do laundry so if I have the desire to rewear something I can wash it when I get to Tampa.

Finally, for those of you like lists, here’s the basics of what I’m bringing in list form!

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Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey Results

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First, thank you to the 41 people who took my Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey!! It was a lot of fun to see the responses and you just keep reminding me why I write this blog. I love all of you!

But for the 33 of you who said that the daily outfit posts were your favorite, sorry, there’s no outfit today. I wanted to share the survey responses and give my thoughts.  I mean, isn’t it annoying when you fill out a survey and have no idea if your comments even get read? Well, I promise you, they got read. And here they are.

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I was genuinely surprised that the You Pick Wednesday posts were the least favorite! Someone mentioned that the survey forced them to pick one (I don’t remember making it a required question but maybe I did) so I’m guessing that it wasn’t that you guys hate these posts, you just prefer the others more. I suppose many times the You Pick Wednesday posts are targeted at one specific reader or just aren’t particularly relevant to you. Or maybe you just prefer seeing my smiling face.

I’m interested to see that most of you want to see more style challenges and interpreting other outfit photos. That’s a change from last year so either that means my readership has changed a bit or I’m just more awesome now. Not sure which. Either way, I have a few month long challenges saved that I’m thinking about doing soon. And if you know of one that you think sounds interesting, let me know!

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Hahaha, like you can read those comments! Basically, though, if you can’t, you all seem to enjoy that I post links to similar items and that I dress like a real person. And that you get inspired by me. Which I LOVE hearing! Seriously. See, I work in a job which basically exists to help people deal with red tape and following a policy that they don’t always want to follow. So doing something that people actually WANT keeps me from throwing myself out of my eighth story office window some days. So, yeah, I’m thrilled you are overall happy to be here!

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I also loved that some of your least favorite things are that I don’t post on weekends! That means you want to see more!! And, yes, I do take weekends off. That’s when I spend time with my husband or friends or just watch Netflix on the couch. If I blogged for a living you bet you’d see me on weekends. But, as it is, if you want to see what I’m doing when I’m not here I guess you’ll have to head over to Instagram or Twitter.

One comment I specifically wanted to address, though, is the one about not having the same body shape as me. I really hope that doesn’t deter you from trying similar color combinations, patterns or accessories! I admit that I don’t spend much time talking about how to dress for different body types because I don’t think I’m an expert on it. I know what works for me and makes me feel good but it took me several years of trial and error and I still sometimes put something on, look in the mirror and think “NO WAY.”

Oh, and there was one comment that the photography quality was someone’s least favorite thing. Sadly, I am not married to a professional photographer and many times we’re taking pictures as I dash out the door for work or at the end of the day so we don’t always have time to get it perfect. We’re still learning what works best with our camera and lenses so hopefully you’ll bear with me!

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There were some great comments in the open-ended field, too! Two I specifically wanted to answer:

1. What does the “Spot” tattoo on my foot mean?

This is Spot.

 

Spot was the first dog my husband and I adopted when we moved in together back in 2002. He passed away in 2005 and the tattoo is my memorial to him. I also have tattoos on my back for Ashley and Trinka Deu, the other two dogs we’ve had in our lives. We tend to adopt “senior” dogs so, sadly, they aren’t with us for very long. Although, our current landlord just gave us the okay to get a dog (under 40 pounds) so hopefully we’ll go from a currently zero-dog household to a one-dog household within the year!

 

2. Do a closet tour!

I did one back in July 2012 and it’s basically still the same set-up since we’re still in the same apartment.

 

And that concludes the summary of this year’s reader survey! Again, I really appreciate every single one of you who comes here on a regular basis, whether you comment or not. I am here for you so if you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out!