Office Appropriate Outfits – Spring

Farewell from the fence in my backyard

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Wow. It’s hard to believe I’m writing this post, huh? I don’t know if this will be my last outfit post, or my last SIA participation post or what. I just know that, like many of my posts, I had grand plans that didn’t come to fruition.

As a reminder, here’s some backstory on the art we’re interpreting this week.

There’s a restaurant down the street from us that has beautiful flowers painted on their windows. I thought it would be a nice nod to the “rainbow” in the title of this week’s art.

However, the temps were in the low 30s and my photographer (aka husband) wasn’t feeling like walking over there. So, we took photos in the backyard.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some red since there are pops of red in the art. I knew I wanted gray or black. And I knew I wanted tan. I saw this top hanging in my closet and thought the pattern mimicked the brush strokes in the painting.

Add in the tan booties that I got at a recent clothing swap and I got in all the colors I wanted!

Of course, we can’t have an outfit post without a Chewie cameo!

I hope that you continue to follow my two Style Imitating Art co-hosts (Jen and Salazar) and I have a feeling that I’ll be showing up there occasionally, even if it’s bathroom mirror selfies. I’ve loved working with these two women and I will continue to support them however I can.

And I hope that all of you continue to check in, continue to be inspired, follow me on Instagram, or leave one comment here sharing something you learned in the years I’ve been blogging.

Also, it’s not too late to participate with me as the host one last time! Send your outfit photo to looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central Time on Tuesday, April 3rd so you can be included in one last round-up post right here on Loop Looks!

Deal? Deal.

Bagels and Blush

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Happy Style Imitating Art interpretation day! Also known as currently the only time I post. I’d say I’m sorry but, hey, it’s my blog and I do what I want!

Also, to be honest, the only reason this outfit got photographed at all is because on Sunday I showered and put myself together so I could go to a cooking class with my mom. We attended a class called “Bagels and Brunch” and, yes, we made bagels.

Photo taken by my mom

Anyway, since I was up and showered and put-together, I was able to throw together this outfit and snap some photos.

As a reminder, this is the artwork we’re imitating this week:

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I realized that I don’t have really any dresses that are appropriate for both A. this time of year and B. this artwork. So, instead, I fixated on my new velvet blush flats. New, in that I got them at a clothing swap and they’re in almost perfect condition.

Of course Chewie joined me. He didn’t have anything super appropriate to wear, but he wanted to be in the pictures anyway. Kids, am I right?

I’ve worn a similar color combo before when I paired this blush top with my olive green pants. Clearly I like blush and olive green together!

Chewie, on the other hand, was much more interested in what the neighbors were doing across the street. 

If you’re more interested in participating than Chewie is, you can still take a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this week’s artwork and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com!

 

 

This Not-So-Danish Girl [SIA Post]

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For this week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen, I wasn’t feeling anything in my own closet. Thankfully, I know a gal who has a clothing shop with a 1000+ piece inventory! Turns out, she also had the perfect chair for me to use as my backdrop.

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Dress & Kimono borrowed from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes | pearls borrowed from Annabelle

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I may have also borrowed her dog, Budweiser, for this photo shoot as well. He and Chewie are best doggy buds and it’s basically impossible for them to not be in the same room as Annabelle and me.

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Of course, when you’re working with dogs, you’re going to have some outtakes. So, here’s a few for your viewing pleasure. Because, let’s be honest, even though this outfit is amazing and a perfect interpretation of her blue dress, pearls, and florals, you’re really just here for the puppy pictures.

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Anyway, this outfit is actually for sale in the Belle on the Roe shop. If you’re in Chicago, you can setup a time to visit using this link. She’s located at the corner of Ashland and Diversey. Or you can join her Facebook group and see all four of us act like fools on the regular and score some beautiful outfits, just like this one!

Also, don’t forget to visit Jen’s blog for the full round-up of all of this week’s outfits! And stay tuned for my turn to host on Monday, September 4th. I’ve got something fun up my sleeve that will also include a giveaway!

The woman from Venus [SIA Post]

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Early last week we had the most amazing weather in Chicago. Sunny, warm, and perfect. That’s when I wore this outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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I suppose that means I can finally put away that snow shovel, huh? Actually, funny story: I was using the snow shovel to scoop up the trash that the rats in our alley were dragging out of our trash cans. See, the rats chewed a hole in our trash can and, even though I contacted the city about getting a replacement, six weeks went by with no new can being delivered.

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Then when I was visiting my mom and complaining about the rat situation, she said I should call my alderman. Good idea! I found out who it was, sent her an email, and BAM! Literally the next day we had two brand new trash cans!

As the saying goes, I guess that’s just the Chicago way. I may have lived in the city proper for over four years but I’m still getting used to how things actually work around here, It’s like I’m from another planet or something.

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similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals | similar necklace 

Skirt c/o LuLaRoe Annabelle Winters | Sandals c/o Shopbop | Top c/o Le Tote

 

Deck Party Time

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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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Where did all my flowers go? [SIA Post]

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Sometimes photo shoots come together with little effort. Sometimes we find awesome backgrounds and great lighting and the smiles are genuine and the dog behaves and I love my outfit and what I pick matches my own Style Imitating Art choice perfectly.

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Then there are days like yesterday. In the interest of keeping it real, I will tell you that I haven’t actually worn this outfit yet other than for these photos. I tried on a bunch of different things but didn’t like I how I felt in any of them. That while purple is one of my favorite colors, I actually own very few purple items.

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Sunday was a struggle for me. I had almost zero motivation to do anything. Everything was making me grumpy. I woke up dehydrated even after drinking a ton of water on Saturday. I did;t feel comfortable in any of my clothes. I’d ripped a hole in the crotch of my favorite go-to jeans the day before. I told Jason that the photos didn’t matter because “no one reads my blog.”

Yeah, I’m just a ray of sunshine, aren’t I?

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I know it will get better. I know I can turn my own attitude around. Perhaps I need to try that routine of writing down three things for which I’m grateful or that make me happy each day. Have you ever tried that? Does it work?

Or maybe I just need to drink more water and wear more purple. Or remind myself that people do indeed read my blog as evidenced by the SIA submissions I’m getting already! Don’t forget that if you want to participate just snap a photo of an outfit you put together as inspired by this week’s painting and send it to me before Wednesday, May 10th so I can include it in the round-up.

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Same Dress | Similar Cardigan | Similar Shoes

 

Those crazy dog ladies

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Do you love puppies? Do you have a soft spot in your heart for rescue dogs? Then you do not want to miss today’s post!

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This is Flopsie. I’m sure she’s already found a home since puppies don’t stay in shelters very long. Especially since she was so cuddly! 

No, I didn’t get another dog. Chewie is still an only puppy. But I did cheat on him by meeting Christine at The Anti-Cruelty Society for a photo shoot with some of their adoptable pups.

Christine and her blog, The Rescue Runway, are a combination of two of my favorite things: wearing fun outfits and playing with puppies. So of course we had to do a photo shoot together.

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Christine’s blog tries to showcase the puppers that have been at the shelter for awhile. For example, this is Connor. He’d been at Anti-Cruelty since April 5th but I no longer see him on their website, so I think he found a home! Hooray!IMG_7388

They’d better have a couch he can sit on, though. He was all about being on the benches!

I wore my latest Julia dress from Annabelle’s LuLaRoe boutique since I knew it would be easy to move around in. I mean, it’s basically a big t-shirt. And, of course, a cute pair of sneakers so I could chase after puppies.

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Like Chi Chi. He wanted to explore so he pulled us all over the courtyard. But he also gave kisses.

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But, I have to say,  my favorite was Amit, whom Christine already profiled. He’s super sweet and his bio on the shelter website does not do him justice. Or maybe I’m just biased because Amit sounds very similar to Chewie.

Anyway, I don’t plan to bring home another dog any time soon, but I hope you will share Christine’s blog so more people can get their eyes on these puppers who need homes.

 

What’s your big dream?

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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!

 

Going a Little Loco [SIA Post]

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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!

The closet clean-out that only kind of happened

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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!