Casual Friday

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How I take my coffee [SIA Post + Giveaway]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

Where my coffee lovers at?? You still have time to get in on this amazing giveaway! Just use the photo below to inspire an outfit, snap a picture, and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com or post it on Instagram and tag me (@looplooks) before Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM Central Time. No worries if you don’t have a blog! All photos will be entered to win this actual painting. See more details here.

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Until then, let’s take a look at how I used this photo to inspire an outfit.

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top & jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes

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I decided to use my deck furniture and my coffee cup to mimic the blue background of the photo. Since the coffee cup is white and the beans are black it looked like it was time to wear my black and white polka dot blouse and black jeans.

And, of course, leopard print flats because why not?

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I typically only drink one cup of coffee a day and I rarely pay for it. Instead, I drink it at home or I drink the coffee in the office at work. So, although I had dreams of taking this week’s photos in one of the coffee shops in my neighborhood I decided that would be disingenuous. The coffee I do buy? It’s from the donut truck at the farmers’ market on Sunday!

My Sunday morning routine is to take the dog for a run and end at the farmers’ market for coffee, produce, and dog treats before we walk home. I savor that Sunday morning coffee (and the occasional doughnut).  I also only take cream in my coffee. I’m sweet enough already.

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Remember, submit your photos and you’ll not only be entered to win the painting but you’ll also get to see them as part of Wednesday’s round-up!

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A little Throwback Thursday

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Remember when I lived in an apartment building with a rooftop deck that had a great view of the Chicago skyline? No? Well, I did. It was awesome. I loved it. Thankfully, I still have friends who live in that building who have an annual end-of-summer barbecue party up there.

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Kimono via Belle on the Roe | similar jeans | similar shoes | same tank

Which of course meant I had to take some outfit photos for old times sake!

This is actually the same kimono I wore back when I went to an event at 360 Chicago in the spring. And who says kimonos aren’t versatile?

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I’ve also worn this outfit to work, albeit with different shoes. Our office is mostly tile and unfinished ceilings and “open office” concept which means wedges like these echo when you walk. Since I don’t want to annoy all my coworkers, I stick to quieter flats and sandals most of the time.

But, give me a party and I’ll bust out my fancy shoes!

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So, it’s like fall or something?

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

In the interest of full disclosure, I took these pictures when it was decidedly not fall. But, I also wear this outfit at least once every two weeks. I saw this top on a woman in my office and then found it at Target and immediately bought it. It’s super soft and comfy, even if it doesn’t look all that flattering in the photos.

Whatever. I wear what I want.

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similar top | jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes 

I’ve worn this outfit with a burgundy cardigan, a gray cardigan, and my olive jacket. I could have tossed any of those items on for the photos, but I have to save some content for later! So, this is the basic outfit as-is.

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I’ve realized recently that most of my favorite jeans right now are distressed. Which is fine for spring, summer and fall but I will definitely want non-distressed jeans for winter! Thankfully, Moonfish is having another pop-up in September and I’m hoping she’ll have some non-distressed Principle Denim in stock. Either that or I’ll need to spend my Shopbop credit on trying some jeans!

Speaking of Shopbop (which is where I bought the shoes I’m wearing in this outfit, they are currently offering NEW customers 15% off their first purchase of a full price item when they checkout using the Shopbop app.

Shoppers can take 15% off full price items on their first Shopbop purchase, at checkout using the Shopbop App with code APP15.

See detail: https://www.shopbop.com/appoffer.

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Kimono Regret

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

There are a few things in my life that I regret not doing. One is buying an amazing blue and black pony print cowboy hat. Another is not taking a job in an archive in southern Illinois. And one is not keeping this kimono from Le Tote.

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same kimono | same tank top | same jeans | same shoes

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I mean, I COULD have them re-send this to me in my next Tote, but I put Le Tote on hold every few months to try and save some money. Right now I’m “on hold” and it seems silly to pay the $49 to have them send me a tote just to pay more money to buy this. Right?

Also, I fully admit that I could buy a kimono from Belle on the Roe (I mean, I actually already have).

Regardless, there have been several times in the past few weeks where I’ve wanted to reach for this kimono only to remember I already sent it back to Le Tote. What to do??

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The Flower Seller Outfit [SIA Post]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

Is there a blogger out there whose attention to detail you admire? For me, that’s Jen at Librarian for Life and Style. Not only does she kill it with the accessories and details for the weekly Style Imitating Art challenges, but she also looks for the perfect backdrop. Well, for this week’s challenge I KNEW I had the perfect backdrop. A flower seller right in our neighborhood!

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Actually, I saw an even more perfect stall at our local farmer’s market the weekend before but when I went this week they weren’t there. Sad face! So, I made do with the one I found.

Interestingly, this was my second time going to our local farmer’s market and while many of the vendors were the same, they were in different spots! I suppose that’s a good marketing strategy since you have to wander the whole place to find the one you want. And you never know what else you’ll see along the way.

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Like seeing other dogs. So many other dogs. Chewie really wanted to sniff all of them. 

Also, I know I just wore this top on the blog but, let’s be honest, I wear it like twice a week now. It’s just so comfy! And the colors of the top and jeans, along with my silver sandals, just matched so perfectly with the art for this week.

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Oh, these are my newest Principle Denim jeans and I love them just as much as my other pair. I cannot wait for the next Moonfish pop-up!! I’m not kidding when I say that my entire outfit (minus the shoes) is from Moonfish. Top, jeans, bralette and necklace. I’m definitely a convert.

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Don’t forget that you still have time to send in your own outfit inspired by this week’s art choice!  See the full post here with all the details.

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What to wear to host brunch at your house

Casual Friday · Shopping

Well, okay, I not only wore this outfit to host brunch, but I also wore it wine tasting in Healdsburg, CA. And that’s where we took these pictures. But, I did wear it this past Saturday, too! Awesome outfits totally deserve to be worn more than once.

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On Saturday I made brunch for several of my friends and had Julie, a Stella & Dot stylist over to show off her wares. When I packed for California I only took two necklaces and two pairs of earrings. One of the necklaces (the one pictured in these photos) and one of the pairs of earrings were from Stella & Dot. Specifically, the Rebel pendant and the Pave Triangle Ear Jacket. I wore both multiple times and, since the earrings are actually several pairs in one, I was able to mix and match them depending on how fancy I wanted to be.

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I love supporting women who have their own hustle (and getting hostess perks aren’t bad either!). Actually, if you’re looking for some super versatile jewelry, I’d love it you used my link! You can also get my amazing leopard print watch, which I also wore a ton in California.

Speaking of women who have their own hustle, both my top and my bralette are from Moonfish, another women-owned business. I think I’ve mentioned before that Sarah at Moonfish is amazing at picking out items for me to try on that I would never think to try myself. Case in point, both the top and the bralette are items I would have not picked out to try on.

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I now want to wear this outfit every day! I even wore the top and bralette with my black Principle Denim jeans (also from Moonfish) to dinner on Sunday and again to work on Monday. I might have a problem.

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Deck Party Time

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

When we moved from an 8th floor apartment in the hottest neighborhood in the city to a two floor apartment in a house in a neighborhood no one has heard of, I admit I was a little heartbroken.

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But, of course, we moved in January and nothing is fun in the winter in Chicago. However, as spring and summer approach, I’ve been enjoying our back deck and making plans for making our yard and outdoor spaces into a true extension of the house.

I ordered two of these chairs from Target (in teal, not white, though) and plan to get a rug, some ottomans, and some cafe lights for our back deck. Combine that with the two tables we already have that I’m planning to spray paint and we’re going to have an awesome little outdoor room!

By the way, all the outdoor stuff at Target is on sale until Sunday!

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similar cardigan | similar top | similar jeans | same shoes | similar necklace 

I’ve also got plans to plant some more flowers in the flower beds and in the pots I brought over from our previous apartment balcony.

And if you want to enjoy my outdoor space with me, I’m having a get together on Saturday, June 24th! 

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Yes, I will have a Stella & Dot stylist there, but it’s really just an excuse to finally have people over to our house! Consider it a girls-only housewarming party with no pressure to shop. If you want to come, let me know and I send you the info via email!

I don’t usually have parties because I feel like a loser when no one comes. So, uh, help me feel like less of a loser? I promise to be a good hostess AND you’ll get to sit in my awesome new chairs.

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What’s your big dream?

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

On Monday I took the day off to attend a LuLaRoe training with Annabelle, since I’ve become her right-hand-woman as she starts her own business. We’re even becoming a “brand” in her VIP group on Facebook due to our shenanigans during FB Live sales (join the group so you can experience it for yourself).

Anyway, while some of the training was kind of cheesy and some was downright weird, I fully admit that when we were asked to write down our big hairy dream, I was a bit stumped. But then Annabelle asked me what mine was…and I started crying.

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Top via LuLaRoe Annabelle Winters | same jeans | same boots | Necklace via Stella & Dot | Watch via Stella & Dot

All I’ve ever wanted was to work a job where I felt like I was wanted and needed. Like I wasn’t fighting against the tide. Like I wasn’t trying to change everyone’s mind all the time. Like I wasn’t begging people to want to work with me.

Weird that I’d want to start helping out with what is basically a retail sales gig, right?

But I love customer service. I love helping people. I love connecting people with the information, people, or items that will enrich their lives or help them out in some way. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it’s one of the reasons I went to library school.

Unfortunately, because I didn’t know it at the time, I went a completely different way with my career and ended up in positions where I was managing change. Where I was moving people’s cheese and trying to get them to like it. And it wears you down, you know?

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Do I want to be my own boss? I honestly don’t know if I have the hustle for that. One of my favorite jobs was actually processing criminal case files at the county courthouse because it was fun for me and didn’t require me to do any kind of change management. It just didn’t take as much time as they thought it would (or I’m just really, really efficient) so I was bored a lot. I hate being bored.

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I don’t know exactly what my big dream is. I don’t know exactly what I want to be when I grow up. I just know that I want to do something that helps other people without me having to tell them how much it will help them if they just stop resisting change. And maybe it includes some data entry. Because I weirdly like that.

In the meantime, I’ll help out Annabelle, cry occasionally, and try and figure it out.

What’s your big hairy dream? What do you want to be when you grow up?

Oh, and if you want, I’m hosting a shindig at my house in June where you can shop for these exact Stella & Dot pieces in person. If you want an invite, just leave a comment and I’ll send it to you!

 

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Going a Little Loco [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Last week I was invited to attend a launch party for Captain Morgan’s new Loconut coconut liquor at a trendy Hawaiian restaurant called Mahalo. We had an AMAZING weather day and we were able to party on the rooftop. In Chicago. In April. Yes, I was in love with the weather, the drinks, and the company. Jason came with me! But, no pictures of him. Instead, he played photographer.

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similar top | same jeans | similar shoes

I knew I wanted to wear something fun and colorful and figured this was also a good chance to wear my Style Imitating Art outfit for this week. The pattern of this top works perfectly with Jen’s SIA choice.

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I’ve actually worn this top with white bottoms before. At my previous job I wore it with white flared leg dress pants and strappy wedge sandals.

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Personally, I like this new outfit so much more. I guess I’ve embraced the casual life. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I wore my nude flats around the office. See? Casual life.

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Also, the launch party was super fun. Being a blogger and having an Instagram account in Chicago definitely has its perks. Like getting to enjoy a normally packed rooftop bar with free drinks on a random Tuesday night.

Speaking of Tuesday’s, don’t forget to visit Librarian for Life and Style on Tuesday to see the SIA round-up!

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The closet clean-out that only kind of happened

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I first saw a pair of leopard print sneakers on Shopbop a few years ago but I didn’t buy them when they had my size. I debated purchasing them on eBay, but never pulled the trigger. Then I saw these and knew it was a sign.

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same shoes | same jeans | same watch | similar shirt | same tank 

Yes, I know, this makes three pairs of leopard or cheetah print shoes that I own (sneakers, wedges, and flats). I recently took my leopard print heels to a clothing swap, though, so at least I don’t have four pairs!

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I recently read an amazing post on Style by Joules on how she got rid of a huge chunk of her wardrobe and paired it down to essentials. It’s very motivating, albeit a bit scary, to see how just her shoe collection diminished!

I got rid of a bunch of stuff when we moved but there are still things I can’t seem to part with. Like my navy J. Crew blazer. I longed for that thing but now I rarely wear blazers. Still, I am loathe to move it out of my closet. Even if my uniform most days is skinny jeans with a top like this or with a tank or tee and a cardigan. Because, yeah, this outfit is very similar to one I wore a few years ago…but that one had a blazer!

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Heels, though, I’m slowly donating. Some have ended up in Annabelle’s LuLaRoe boutique so if you’re trying on a dress you can see how it looks with heels (if you’re a size 7.5 or 8, anyway). Some have just gone to clothing swaps and ended up in thrift shops. Some I can’t get rid of just yet, though. Like these pink puppies.

Speaking of getting rid of things, these particular jeans I have on this photo gave up in the waistband (they’re actually jeggings and the elastic gave out), so I just bought them again. I’m not a fan of Old Navy’s “sculpt” jeggings, but their regular ones are some of my favorite things to wear.

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I’m also in love with these tanks from Target and will buy them in every color given the chance. Although, honestly, I should just buy 10 of the gray one and move on. I would wear it every day if I could.

Sigh. I should really just realize that all those fancy business clothes in my closet are just taking up space. Anyone need a blazer or two?

P.S. Did you win the Chicago swag giveaway? Go check!