Casual Friday

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Dogs and Tattoos [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

So many things to tell you about today! We’ve got dogs, and hair stylists, and tattoos and more.

First, though, is this week’s Style Imitating Art outfit.  In case you need a refresher, this week we’re doing a painting by a Japanese artist that features cats. And tattoos. It’s also black, white and red with a spot of blue. So, that’s what I wore.

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Top – KLD from Moonfish | Jeans – Principle Denim from Moonfish | Shoes – similar 

And, yes, I am wearing mostly items I purchased from Moonfish. I love that I can create an entire outfit when I go!

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Also, you may have noticed that my hair is super curly in these photos. Well, I visited Spoke &  Weal, an Aveda salon in Chicago, for a complimentary color session from stylist Noemi. She introduced me to some new hair products and did some crazy magic with my curls. It’s crazy! She also did some subtle balayage to add more of my natural highlights.

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She also told me that stylist Siobhan is the best at cutting curly hair. I didn’t get it cut this weekend but it almost feels like I did with the way my curls are behaving! Also, all of their appointments start with a neck and shoulder massage. Yes, please! I also got a hand massage while waiting for my color to process. I suppose that helps take part of the sting out of the two hours it takes to color my hair.

Other things I did this weekend? I took Chewie over to my friend Annabelle’s place. Chewie is not the best at going to new places or dealing with new people but he was actually amazing at Annabelle’s! It gives me hope that maybe one day he’ll be totally chill with new experiences.

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Oh, yeah, we also got our backyard partially landscaped this past weekend. No more mud! Hooray! Also, we now have a patio in addition to a deck. The perfect spot for taking some photos of my Spot tattoo. Jen suggested I highlight my tattoos that honor my animals since this week’s SIA was about tattoos and animals.

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My other two dog-related tattoos are on my back and I wasn’t planning to go shirtless on the internet. So, here’s my tattoo honoring the first dog Jason and I adopted: Spot. He was 10 or 11 when we adopted him and that was the name he came with so we didn’t change it. Although, have you ever actually met a dog named Spot?

Overall, it was a pretty amazing weekend. For both humans and dogs.

Oh, and don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog tomorrow to see the round up of everyone’s SIA outfits for this week.

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That photo that makes you cringe

Casual Friday

Dannie at Stile Foto Cibo recently wrote a post about what happens when you see “that” photo. You know, the one that makes you cringe? The one you can’t seem to laugh off. Yeah, I had one of those photos recently. And I’m going to share the outfit that caused it. Because, I don’t want to seem like I’m perfect or I have it all together. I’m a real person!

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I’ve written in the past about my workouts, my weight lifting, and even how I tracked all my fat, carbs and protein “macros” to get a six pack, crazy arm muscles, and still lose 10 pounds. But, I kind of quit doing that about a year ago. Partially because I wasn’t eating enough for my activity level or I had lost too much body fat. Either way, my body was giving me signs that I needed to back off.

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similar sweater | similar hat | similar scarf | same jeans | same boots | same socks

And then I started marathon training last October and definitely didn’t track what I ate. However, I also haven’t gotten on a scale in months. I’ve gained body fat, for sure. But I know I’ve gained some muscle and I’m definitely stronger! I finally broke my long-standing PR of a 100 pound bench press (managed 105 pounds!), can do six unassisted pull-ups, am able to do 5 reps of 65 pounds on my overhead press, and I ran a marathon time I never expected to be able to do.

So, even if I am not as lean as I was almost two years ago, it’s really okay. These quads and glutes are allowing me to do some awesome stuff. Having a six-pack is not necessarily sustainable long term for me. And sometimes you just gotta drink some wine, eat a burger and finish up with ice cream, you know?

Plus, as I was cleaning up in the locker room post-workout on Monday, another woman said to me, “So, I notice you every day at the gym and you look amazing. I’ve tried to figure out your routine. What’s your secret?” We are our own worst critics sometimes, aren’t we?

P.S. I created a “Shop My Closet” page that allows you to get some sneak peeks of upcoming outfit posts and see product details for them in advance!

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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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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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spring snowstorm outfit

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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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!

just want to hang with my dog tee

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Out of the Woods [SIA Post]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

Not taking outfit photos for the past few months actually left me in a bit of an outfit rut. In fact, I struggled to come up with an outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge…even though I was the one who chose the art!

Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

Georgia O’Keeffe, Pond in the Woods

I had quite a few ideas, but I felt that many of them I’d either worn on the blog before or would just be me putting on something to take the photo and not something I would actually have a chance to wear any time soon.

For example, this dress would have been perfect…but I have no reason to wear it right now. I did decide while finally unpacking my jewelry that I wanted to wear my necklace with the green gemstone.

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So, I did. And I paired it with a cream-colored tank top, my burgundy cardigan, my newly DIY distressed black jeans (as in, I did it 20 minutes before I wore them), and my tan booties. I couldn’t figure out how to add purple or blue to this outfit, though. Plus, I’ve just been more of a fan of neutrals, lately. Or I’m wearing burgundy for Valentine’s Day. Either way!

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similar cardigan | similar jeans | same booties | similar necklace 

Also, welcome to our backyard which, right now, is basically a mud pit. We’ve asked our landlord for help in landscaping it so that the dog doesn’t track muddy paw prints all over the house if we don’t wipe off his paws every single time he comes in from outside.
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I’m still getting some great submissions from others who have been inspired to create an outfit based on this painting. And it’s not too late for you to submit yours! The round-up will be posted on Wednesday so send your pictures to looplooks@gmail.com to be featured!

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Favorite Outfit of November

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For the past few months Jason and I have been trying to have a date night of some kind each week. However, recently our date nights have consisted of viewing apartments, townhomes, or duplexes that have garage space where Jason can work on his car.

Yes, there’s a really good chance we’ll be moving out of Chicago’s West Loop. This makes me sad but I’m trying to look forward to a discovering a new neighborhood. Our plan is to stay in the city, though. Our lease isn’t up for several months, however, so I’m a bit stressed about what happens if we find a great spot but can’t find someone to take over our lease.

Speaking of which, anyone want to rent an awesome condo in the West Loop?? I’m not kidding.

Anyway, when we weren’t looking at places, I kept busy doing other things. Such as…

  • Attended the Illinois Science Council Cocktail Party
  • Took our second welding class
  • Watched Jason at his last car race of the year
  • Sat on a panel for a friend’s class (he’s an adjunct professor)
  • Started looking at new apartments/townhomes/duplexes
  • Had dinner at our neighbor’s while listening to actual vinyl records
  • Learned to swim like a mermaid (post coming soon!)
  • Celebrated Thanksgiving with both our families
  • Finally made it to a Moonfish pop-up shop
  • Kept up with my marathon training and weight lifting

And, of course, wearing outfits. Below are this month’s choices for your voting pleasure. My favorite is probably the cold-shoulder top outfit. Although I’ve now worn the purple sweater outfit at least three times. So, that one wins for comfiest!

What’s your pick? Don’t forget to vote below!

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SIA: Tempest in a Hat

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I think I must still be in a food coma because I’m struggling with writing something interesting today. We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and then Jason’s family so there was a bit of travel and a lot of food!

On Thanksgiving proper we were at my parents and, although I had a different outfit originally planned, I ended  up in my favorite black jeans and this cobalt blue top. And, true to form, it was only after I had it on that I realized it worked perfectly for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice.

And of course I had to borrow a hat from my mom since she had the perfect one sitting in her closet, unworn!

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Scarf – gift (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

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I also didn’t do any Black Friday shopping, although that’s not unusual for me. I think last year I bought a purse but that was it. This year? Nothing as of yet. And I’m totally okay with that. Instead, on Friday we went for a 3.5 mile walk, drank margaritas, and played Sequence.

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Saturday we drove to Indianapolis to visit Jason’s family where I got in a 12 mile run before spending the rest of the day with them.

Now it’s back to the grind for a few weeks before I take a short vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico and then celebrate Christmas!

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Things I’ve worn 100 times

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

Don’t forget to enter the Moonfish giveaway!

I have this habit of wearing something 100 times right after I buy it because it’s foremost on my mind. Currently it’s either these flats or, since it’s gotten colder, these boots.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Booties – Steven c/o Shopbop (same

I enjoy buying shoes from Shopbop because they carry my two favorite brands: Sam Edelman and STEVEN. They even restocked my favorite Sam Edelman riding boots.

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These jeans are also my favorite black jeans I’ve ever bought. Highly, highly recommended.

And, guess what? It’s all on sale, just in time for holiday shopping for yourself or someone else.

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Sale ends 11:59 PM Pacific on Monday, 11/28

Last year during this sale I bought my leather cross-body tote bag. This year? I haven’t decided yet. I’m debating either another pair of the Sam Edelman flats because they are SUPER comfortable. Or maybe a pair of Sperry duck boots. Or maybe I’ll be generous and buy some Christmas gifts. Anything you want me to pick up for you?

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All Moonfish, All the Time [Giveaway!]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Shopping

Remember my post about how I finally found leggings that I would actually wear out in public thanks to Moonfish? Well, I finally  made it to a Moonfish pop-up shop and, let me tell you, they have so many other cute things and Sarah, the woman behind Moonfish, does a GREAT job of picking out items for you to try on that you probably wouldn’t have picked yourself but, once you have them on, you can’t imagine taking them off.

For example, the entire outfit I wore literally the day after I went shopping at the pop-up at Beermiscuous.

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Scarf c/o Moonfish | Top – LAMade via Moonfish | Jeans – Principle via Moonfish | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Soko via Moonfish

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These jeans, you guys, These jeans. I want to wear them every single day. They are the best fitting pair of denim I currently own. Finally! Jeans that fit my waist AND my thighs. And they were around $100 which, yes, is more than Old Navy but for something I can wear all the time now? Yes, I want many, many more pairs.

Which is why I will be doing my best to attend the next Moonfish pop-up at the end of November.

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In the mean time, I have a great giveaway of just two of the awesome items you can find at Moonfish: a hat with a furry pompom and a wonderfully cozy scarf!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want another chance to win something awesome from Moonfish? Check out Erica’s giveaway!