Casual Friday

Weaving A New Scarf [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Last week I managed exactly one blog post: announcing this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Why so little blogging? Well, I was on a work trip to Oakville, Ontario (just outside Toronto) and we worked hard and played hard. Thankfully, I was still able to get my life back on track somewhat this past weekend and managed to get some time in with friends.

That’s where we took this week’s outfit photo: at the entrance to a friend’s neighborhood. The things you see in the suburbs!

For my interpretation outfit, I went with tan and a navy blue accent scarf. I recently purchased this scarf at a local craft show. Not local to Chicago? No worries. You can find them on Etsy from Jaclyn Faye.

Actually, when I first saw this week’s art, I was tempted to wear my cobalt blue top that has a gold zipper. But, believe it or not, I wore that this time last year for an SIA challenge!

So, instead, I went for my tan sweater and my new scarf.

BB Dakota Sweater (similar) | Paige Jeans (same) | STEVEN booties (similar

This past weekend I also went shopping at the latest Moonfish pop-up, had lunch with friends, and finished watching Stranger Things 2.

How about you? What have you been up to recently?

Not so black of a cat [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

And we’re back to Monday! I had a busy but fun weekend. Hanging with my mom on Friday, attending a fundraising gala on Saturday, and visiting a craft show on Sunday.

Speaking of the craft show, it was being held at the Revolution Brewing tap room that is less than half a mile from my house. I thought this was a great opportunity to actually wear a sweater, a scarf, and a puffy vest so that I would be warm enough on the short walk there but not feel too warm or bulky when I was navigating the wares.

I paired gray, black and brown together as inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art Choice, “Black Cat.”  It reminds a lot of another SIA challenge we did about this time last year where I also wore black jeans, this vest and these boots.

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This vest is perfect for wearing to something like a craft show. The pockets are large enough that I can put my wallet, phone and keys in them and not have to worry about carrying a purse.

Speaking of the craft show, I was there with Annabelle and some other people scouting out vendors for the monthly vendor fairs they host at the storefront we’re calling Collage Collective! The next one is on November 12th and you get all at the details here.

 

Be a unicorn

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I think the official saying is that you should always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn. But that’s kind of unwieldy for a blog post title, right? So, “be a unicorn” it is.img_9501.jpg

Being a unicorn is great when you’ve had a long day, your hair is a mess, and your make-up has worn off. Just put on your unicorn face and you’re good to go! It may be after Halloween but that’s okay. The unicorn “Donnie Darko” look is good all year round.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | same unicorn head

I mean, what else livens up an outfit full of neutral colors than a rainbow-maned unicorn head? Of course you need one of these in your life. It’s exactly what that saying is talking about. Be yourself. Wear those neutral colors. But every so often, don’t forget to be a unicorn.

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This post may or may not have been brought to by wine. But it was definitely brought to you by a previous Sip & Shop event. You should join us at the next one so you too can be a unicorn!

 

Delayed trip to the Galaxy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

So, remember when I posted that awesome mural titled “Galaxy” but then never posted the outfit I was inspired to wear? Well, I did share my outfit in Jen’s round-up and on Instagram, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.

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However, it ended up some getting some wonderful compliments! I chose this t-shirt because it’s a reference to the book/movie The Martian and when you’re interpreting a painting titled “Galaxy” you have to wear something space-related, right?

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I went with my olive colored pants and my denim jacket to pick up some of the other colors in the mural. Admittedly, as I mentioned on Monday, I’ve really been feeling blacks and grays lately so I struggled to come up with a colorful outfit.

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I also struggled to get a photo because it’s starting to get dark by the time I get home from work and fall in Chicago typically means rain. Thank goodness for our covered deck and its fun party lights! They kind of look like stars, right?

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Anyway, I very thankful for the compliments people gave me on my outfit, both on Jen’s blog and on Instagram. It helped me get over feeling “blah” about it and inspired me to post it. Even if IS a bit delayed.

similar pants | similar shoes | similar tee | similar jacket

Outfit for Sale

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

This past weekend everyone in Chicago was talking about the weather. We had some 90+ degree days which makes it hard for those of us who are tired of our summer clothes to bust out our fall layers. Thankfully, I was able to do so a few weeks ago and snap a photo of what will probably be my go-to fall outfit.

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A few things to note. One, our neighbors got new siding on their house so it no longer looks like it’s falling apart. And two, basically my whole outfit is currently on sale at Shopbop.

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This jacket is probably one of the best items I’ve ever purchased. I wear it ALL the time (well, when the weather allows) and the cost-per-wear now is so low. If you’ve been looking for an olive jacket, I highly recommend this one.

In other news, this past weekend Jason and I got to be extras in a film one of my coworkers is making. Then on Sunday I went and watched Jason and Annabelle at an autocross event. Yes, we did all of that in those ridiculously high temperatures!

Which means I’ll be more than happy when the weather changes and I can wear this outfit again without sweating all the way through it.

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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!

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.