Office Appropriate Outfits – Fall

Celestial Sparkle [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

One of the reasons I love shopping at Moonfish is that half the time I walk in and Sarah, the owner, hands me something and says, “Go try this on.”

That’s what happened with this black turtleneck. Sure, from the front it looks like a simple black turtleneck (with thumbholes), but wait until you see the back.

Turtleneck – Sundays from Moonfish (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar

I knew as soon as I tried it on  I would be wearing it to the Hendrick’s Gin Turtleneck Club party. The dress code said you had to wear a turtleneck. It didn’t say anything about it needing to have a back.

I also knew that it would be the focal point for my outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. I even went so far as to wear it casually to a friend’s house on Friday night and then recreate the outfit in front of my own Christmas tree. Since, you know, it was the tree that inspired this week’s choice.

Jeans – Principle Denim from Moonfish (similar) | Booties – Lucky Brand (similar) | Bralette – (same)

It’s not too late to create your own outfit based on this week’s art choice. And, as you can see, you can take a rather liberal approach! Just snap a picture and send it to looplooks@gmail.com before 7PM central time on Tuesday, December 5th. Then I’ll make sure to include it in the round-up on Wednesday.

My current favorite outfit

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Did anyone do any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? Honestly, I didn’t really. Although, I was tempted to buy one of everything at Old Navy because, let’s be honest, that’s really my current aesthetic.

Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (same in similar color) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Booties – STEVEN (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar)

I wore this outfit on Black Friday when, yes, we went to the mall near my sister-in-law’s house where I did buy two gifts. But nothing for me!

However, I love this outfit so much that I wore it again to work this week. Hey, it’s all different people who are seeing me so they don’t need to know I pulled it out of my suitcase and put it back on.

I LOVE these tees from Target and own them in multiple colors. The booties always get compliments. The jeans are actually jeggings. The cardigan was perfect for a 50 degree day. And the scarf is warm but not too voluminous.

Basically, I love every piece of this outfit and want to wear it every day. Maybe I should have bought multiple of everything during the sales?

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?

A trip to Chicago’s Magic Parlour

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Every so often I get an email in my inbox with an event that A. fits my schedule and B. sounds really, really neat. The chance to attend a show at Chicago’s Magic Parlour was one of those. I’d never heard of this but apparently it’s been going on for six years at the Palmer House Hilton!

Magician Dennis Watkins performs an 80 minute show for a crowd of up to 44 people which, to me, makes it all the more impressive that he’s not only able to enthrall the audience with card tricks, slight of hand, and amazing mind reading skills, but he’s able to get tons of audience interaction and volunteers.

I got to participate in a card trick that even though we got to see it twice, I still don’t know how he did it! I’ll post a short video on Instagram but, basically, I wrote my name on a playing card, Dennis got into a giant balloon, and then when I threw the deck of cards at him he skewered my card with a knife, popping the balloon at the same time. Crazy!

And, yes, Jason came with me. Even though he is a hard-core skeptic he really, really enjoyed himself. Dennis pointed out that while he is the magician it’s really all of us in the audience that make the magic happen. Suspending your disbelief for 80 minutes reminds you of when you were a kid and you believed anything could happen.

similar dress | similar shoes

We started off the evening with drinks at Potter’s Lounge at the Palmer House.  If you weren’t able to get a drink at the bar beforehand, though, they had wine, beer, and soft drinks available at the show.

The dress code is “cocktail attire” so I took the opportunity to wear this dress that hasn’t seen much love. It’s a little too short, a little too low-cut, and a little too dressy for my regular everyday wear (although, I have made it work appropriate before).

Thankfully the cold spell Chicago’s been having took a break so that I didn’t freeze to death!

Overall, I highly HIGHLY recommend The Magic Parlour. Watching a magic show is an amazing form of entertainment. You know they’re tricking you but, dang, they do it with such panache. Jokes, banter, engagement: it all takes a skilled performer and Dennis certainly fits the bill!

I was able to attend for free thanks to this here blog and my membership in the Windy City Blogger Collective, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Jason will agree with me, unprompted, that it was a super fun evening! 

A little gray angel [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

The last time I went to the Moonfish pop-up I tried on a lot of different things and almost came home with a dark teal cowl necked sweater. And then I saw this beauty and I knew I wanted it instead. Because, as I mentioned, I’m all about the grays and blacks right now. Hence this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge!

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scarf – Moonfish | top – Moonfish | same jeans | same booties

Speaking of Moonfish, the next pop-up is in the city at my friend Annabelle’s store front on November 18th and 19th! That’s right! I love Moonfish so much that I basically brought it to me.

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In other news, work is crazy busy right now and we’re moving towards the busier season for the half marathon I also work for. I’m still helping out Annabelle with her LuLaRoe business and we’re thinking about pivoting a little bit to also use her store front for events (stay tuned for that information).

I’m also still volunteering in a leadership position for Toastmasters and that takes up some time, too. I have a few other things on my plate that I think I need to step back from, though. Do you say “yes” to everything? I’m still working on not doing that!

However, I did say “yes” to attending a magic show event this coming Thursday. We’re supposed to wear cocktail attire! I’ll finally get a chance to bust out a dress I haven’t worn in awhile. Now I just have to pick which one.

And don’t forget you can still submit your outfit inspired by this week’s artwork pick. Just snap a photo and email it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday evening. You don’t have to use a fancy camera; a camera phone works just fine! Chewie told me he wants you to participate.

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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

Booties and a dress plus a vest is best

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

One of the best parts of having a friend with a shop full of clothing is getting to play dress up when I go over there. A few weeks ago, I was wearing this dress and booties when I showed up at Annabelle’s. I found this awesome duster vest in her racks and immediately put it on.

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Dress from Moonfish (similar) | similar booties | Vest from Belle on the Roe | similar necklace

I ended up loving this outfit so much that I borrowed the vest and wore it to a Chicagogrammers outing at Joy District. Amusingly, the style name of this vest is “Joy”. So, yes, I wore a Joy to Joy District.

Thanks to Maggie for pointing that out.

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I have not yet added this vest to my closet, but there’s a good chance it will happen. I feel like a vest just adds that little extra something. And when it’s not quite cold enough to break out the puffy vests a lightweight one like this can be that perfect “completer piece”.

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In other news, I’m still on the fence about booties and dresses or skirts. But, the more I see other people wearing them the more comfortable I am, In fact, I got a lovely compliment on my booties from another Chicagogrammer so clearly the combo doesn’t look as weird on me as I thought it might.  So, yay for that!

Your thoughts on booties and dresses? I’d be curious to see if they’ve changed since the last time I posted about it.

 

 

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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Violet, grey, and tan [SIA Post]

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A few weekends ago I was at the Chicago Northside Pop-Up Bazaar and fell in love with this skirt and top combo. I’d seen them in the shop before but I finally pulled the trigger and made them mine. And then it turned out that they were the perfect pieces to wear for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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Also, how perfect is this photo background? We discovered it while looking for somewhere fun to take photos. When Annabelle (my friend & photog for this outfit) said it would be neat if we could be coming out of the door for photos, I turned the handle and discovered that it was unlocked!

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Don’t worry! We didn’t walk into someone’s apartment. It’s the storage garage that belongs to Annabelle’s landlord. But, hey, if you need a ladder, now we know where to find one.

If you need a pencil skirt to make you feel more professional but you hate that they can feel restricting, these pencil skirts sold by Belle on the Roe are perfect. They’re super stretchy but not so form-fitting that you feel indecent. They also come in tons of fun patterns. I highly recommend you check them out in her shop. Not in Chicago? That’s fine! You can schedule a virtual shopping session with her and she’ll text you pictures of her inventory or do it via FaceTime. For reference, I’m wearing a size small in both the skirt and the top.

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Speaking of Annabelle, here’s a bonus shot of her that also fits this week’s Style Imitating Art theme! Don’t you love her pale pink skirt?

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Don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog on Wednesday for the full-round up of all of this week’s outfits.

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!