Office Appropriate Outfits – Spring

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Sweater and Sandals

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Welcome to Chicago in spring. When you can wear a sweater, jeans and sandals at the same time and be perfectly dressed. For like one day.

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Sweater – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Sandals – Madden Girl (similar) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (similar

Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose chose “warm weather white” as this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme and I kind of laughed. We’re still waiting for consistently warm weather in Chicago so you’re getting an outfit that I’ve also worn with my cheetah print wedge booties! So, you see, this outfit is super versatile and be worn all year round. Well, okay, maybe not when it’s actually warm outside but you get my point.

Also, I have to say, this necklace drove me nuts. It kept flipping around and ending up backwards. Does this drive anyone else nuts?

Also also, I fully admit I wore this outfit to meet Jason and Chewie at the dog park and my jeans stayed relatively clean, even though Chewie makes it his personal mission to jump on me like a crazed animal when I walk through the dog park gates. But, I promise I didn’t Photoshop out any paw prints!

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Going to the Dog Prom

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

As promised, I’m going to tell you about where I wore my pretty, fluffy skirt. I wore it to the New Leash on Life 2016 Dog Prom!

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See, it all started with a giveaway on Stile Foto Cibo. Dannie was highlighting Autumn, a pup up for adoption through New Leash on Life and doing a giveaway for an adorable shirt from IHeartDogs,com. Well, I entered the giveaway and told Dannie how much I loved her post the next time I saw her at an event.

And then it turned out I won the giveaway! Plus, a few days later Dannie contacted me to invite me to  the NLOL Dog Prom Fundraiser. So, here we are!

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Dannie’s skirt is from T&J Designs and mine is from Rent the Runway. Both our shirts are from IHeartDogs.com

I technically went to Dog Prom stag since Chewie doesn’t do well with people when he’s on his leash. But, I made sure to have a picture of him on hand, complete with prom appropriate bow tie.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.39.04 AM

Thankfully there were plenty of other pups on which to love.

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I had a great time meeting so many fun pups, seeing their fun outfits, voting for Prom Queen and King, and drinking a beer from Empirical Brewery.

On the way home I decided to stop and take an outfit photo along the lake. And where better to stop than at the dog beach?

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So, thank you, Dannie, for introducing me to New Leash on Life, some great pups, and for giving me a reason to rent this awesome skirt.

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SIA: Girl Reading

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Last Monday we unveiled this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge: Young Girl Reading. I fully admit that I procrastinated a bit on this outfit. Even though the painting has a special spot in my heart, it just wasn’t calling out to me to create an outfit.

But then the skirt I was renting for a different event arrived in the mail and I knew that I wanted to incorporate it into my outfit. Even if, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t wear this outfit anywhere other than for photos. I promise, though, the skirt got worn in public (which you’ll see later this week) and the top and cardigan will be worn this week with a pair of white jeans.

Tulle skirt with purple cardigan and heels

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Tee – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Skirt – Rent the Runway (same for sale, same for rent) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar

And, in case you need a refresher, here’s the painting we were interpreting.

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What to wear with a tulle skirt

And, yes, I used a book as a prop. I chose one of my favorites, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

Also, since I don’t own anything yellow, when I ran past this little spot on the UIC campus I knew I wanted to take my pictures here. That rock takes care of my yellow needs!

These photos were taken kind of last minute since my weekend was jam packed! The weather was cruddy on Saturday so I just did the basics…except for going to dinner with a blog reader who is moving to Chicago next month! She and her husband were in town to find a place to live and after their successful day of finding a great apartment and signing a lease we met up for dinner at MAD Social.

Sunday I spent most of my day at a fundraiser for New Leash on Life…which is where I wore this skirt originally (but with a different shirt and shoes). I took these photos on the way home after changing in the car. Ah, the life of a style blogger.

Semi-casual tulle skirt outfit

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Lousy Smarch Weather

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Okay, yes, it’s technically May and not Smarch (although, I don’t think anyone is super sure when Smarch even is…) but I’m still going to quote The Simpsons to reference how I feel about May.

April showers do not bring May flowers. They bring…more showers.

So, it’s back to some indoor photos.

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Sweatshirt – Stitch Fix (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar

Also, I got my hair cut and I’m still trying to figure out how to look less like a drowned rat after going to the gym at lunch. Even my hair dryer tricks aren’t working right now. It’s one of the reasons I actually prefer my hair long. It just works better for my lifestyle. But, hey, it’s hair. It grows back.

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Favorite Outfit of April

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Here we are at the end of another month! Time for a quick recap of the fun things I did before we get to picking our favorite outfit from the past 30 days or so.

Let’s see….what did I accomplish in April?

And I’m sure other stuff I’m forgetting. I am super swamped at my day job right now and, while I love to be busy, it does leave my brain pretty drained by the end of the day!

So, let’s move on. Favorite outfit of April? Well, to be honest, I struggle with spring weather. I also struggled getting outfit photos consistently. In a way, I feel like maybe the outfit I loved the most didn’t get photographed. So, instead of being the best outfit of April, this is just a tribute.

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Even though I said this jacket made me feel a little bit like a linebacker, I just keep gravitating towards this outfit when I look at the pictures. Whether it’s the red or the pattern mixing or just that I remember being comfy when I wore it, this outfit stands out as my favorite for the month.

So, now, what’s yours? Don’t forget to vote below!

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SIA Outfit: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Last week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar was a lovely 19th century painting featuring two young girls, loads of greenery, and spring flowers. I immediately knew I wanted to wear something pink. So what’s better than a pink dress?

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Dress – c/o eShakti (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Target (similar) | Neckace – JF&A Show (similar)

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I wore this last week on one of our random warm days. And then it got cold again. It’s that stupid time of year when summer is so close you can taste it but it’s not quite here. It makes me grumpy.

Actually, to be honest, I’m kind of grumpy right now anyway. I’m super busy at work and while I enjoy being busy, honestly, I’m not used to it!

Maybe that’s why at dinner on Saturday night I got feisty on social media with a local restaurant, Nellcote. We had 8PM reservations but when we still hadn’t been seated, our coats taken, or even offered a drink by 8:30 PM I started tweeting at them. Guess what? We ended up getting free Prosecco and a seat in the lounge while we waited. Still, while I’m impressed with their responsiveness (well, kind of. I had to tweet at them several times) I’m less than impressed that it took me being passive aggressive instead of them just having their act together. I think from now on I’ll stick to their $10 beer & pizza happy hour and avoid them on Saturday nights.

Anyway, if you want to see how other people interpreted this painting and maybe read someone less grumpy, head over to Salazar’s blog and see what we all came up with!

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Red shell top with denim jacket, white jeans, and leopard print flats

Twice as nice

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

As I mentioned on Monday, this past weekend I went to brunch at a restaurant in my neighborhood (thus accomplishing at least one of April’s goals). I met Sarah from Windy City Wanderlust at The Publican where we had some tasty eats. I’ll let her blog about the food so be sure to follow her blog so you can find out more!

Anyway, we then wandered over to the Randolph Street Market and on the way we stopped to take some outfit photos. Of course, I always forget to check the settings after Jason uses the camera and this time was no exception. So, sadly, I had it on manual instead of automatic. Which meant that the background is perfectly in focus but the foreground (i.e. me) was not.

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However, I liked this outfit so much that I recreated it to try again. And, it’s not really cheating because I did wear it twice last week!

Red shell top with denim jacket, white jeans, and leopard print flats

Top – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

Plus this time you get bonus Chewie cameos!

Anyway, when I wore this outfit to work I showed up to a meeting and the first comment was “Wow! You look spring-y!” Well, I suppose that’s appropriate since it’s spring and all.

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Inspired by a blogger

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

When you’re trying to come up with what to wear what do you do? Well, if you’re me, you turn to one of your favorite bloggers: Jen!

She wore her olive green pants with an adorable printed top, a gray cardigan, and her brogues. I thought about wearing one of my striped tops to echo the eyeglasses print of her shirt, but in the end I went with plain white and a necklace.

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Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Top – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Sperry (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

I’ve been thinking about replacing my black and white striped short sleeve tee. I’ve had it for years and I think I want something with a slightly thinner stripe and that fits a bit more loosely. Is it silly to want to replace a perfectly functional piece of clothing because your tastes change, though?

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Oh, random tangent – do you watch Chicago PD? If so, you might occasionally recognize my neighborhood! Two weeks ago they were filming inside the physical therapy office that’s less than half a block from where I took these photos! Chicago Fire used to film in the building next door to my apartment, too. I’ve yet to see any of the stars of the show but I do see the film trucks!

Just one of the many reasons I love my neighborhood. Other reasons include the dog parks, the restaurants, and the ability to walk so many places. Like the dentist. Which is where I went while wearing this outfit. I lead an exciting life, right?

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The almost perfect gray jacket

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I’m always on the lookout for jackets or blazers or what have you that can elevate a casual look from super casual weekend to less causal work but still be comfy.

I thought I’d found it with this jersey fabric jacket from Le Tote and, while it looks awesome in the photos, it has some weird shoulder pads going on that seem to be making my shoulders look really broad.

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Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Tank top – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar

The shoulder pads seem to be part of the design and structure of the jacket, though, so it’s not like I could just snip them out.  Which is too bad because this jacket is super comfy, has pockets, three-quarter sleeves (my favorite!) and is otherwise perfect. In terms of comfort level It’s more like a sweatshirt than a jacket and that’s a-okay by me.

Actually, to be honest, I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow on toothpicks lately. I have to wonder if my shoulders are actually getting broader or if it’s my imagination! I mean, I have no problem with them getting broader but it does mean I might have to rethink some of what I wear.

Or not. I’m still undecided.

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Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose

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SIA: Tiffany Glass

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

If I was a good little blogger I would have actually gone to the Chicago Cultural Center and taken today’s blog photos underneath the Tiffany glass dome that inspired them. However, I am not that good of a blogger so instead you get photos that we took right before we left town for the weekend.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Shoes – c/o Fibi & Clo (similar) | Purse – Le Tote (same)

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I chose this top because I thought both the colors and the pattern did a nice job echoing the colors and the idea of the stained glass window. I chose these shoes because I liked that the embellishment on the toe was reminiscent of the figures of the zodiac inlaid in the dome.

I wish I had been able to make to the Chicago Cultural Center and get some photos, though. But with my husband working in the suburbs, the only time we would have been able to go would have been on a weekend. And considering this past weekend consisted of a whirlwind trip to Indiana so I could run a race and Jason could race his car, well, it just wasn’t going to happen.

Trust me when I say I certainly don’t plan my life around my blog!

Speaking of which, I’m writing this post at 9PM on Sunday night which means it’s almost my bedtime. And after this weekend I definitely need my beauty sleep!

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