Office Appropriate Outfits – Summer

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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

 

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Playing in the Garden [SIA Post]

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Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I actually spent some time with Annabelle and, since I had the painting I chose for this week at my disposal AND a room full of clothes, I played dress up.

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There were so many floral patterns to choose from, but I went with something a bit more abstract since that’s what I prefer. This skirt is a stretchy pencil skirt from LuLaRoe and the style is called “Cassie.” It’s currently still for sale if you’re interested!

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The top I’m wearing is actually a LuLaRoe Julia dress! That’s the same style I have on in this post and it works perfectly as a top when tucked into the Cassie skirt. It’s also for sale currently.

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The necklace is one that Annabelle keeps on hand for playing dress up in her boutique. She told me she bought it on clearance from ModCloth awhile ago.

The shoes, though, are all mine. They’re these from Shopbop.

I had a lot of fun playing dress up and putting on an outfit style that I would have worn to my previous job. Over the past two years I’ve been getting rid of most of my pencil skirts since I don’t have any reason to wear them. So, it was a nice change of pace to have a (fun) reason to get a little bit dressed up. Even if was only for the photos!

Don’t forget to send me your outfits as inspired by this painting! Just snap a picture and send it to looplooks@gmail.com. I’ve already gotten a few and they’re all so different. I’ll be putting them all up on Wednesday.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek since Annabelle couldn’t help but play dress-up, too.

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One last thing before I go

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As I ran through my neighborhood last evening I noticed that so many of the restaurants still have their outdoor seating up. We hang onto summer for as long as possible here in Chicago!

So, in that spirit, here’s an outfit I wore last month before summer officially ended.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Seychelles (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

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Crazy how just one thing, a necklace, can take a simple outfit up a notch, right?

For fall, though, I’d probably just add a cardigan (maybe in cobalt blue?) or wear a black sweater and black ballet flats. Too bad I already sent this necklace back to Le Tote!

I’m waiting just a bit longer to bust out my riding boots, though. I have this weird self-imposed limit where I won’t wear them until the high for the day is under 60 degrees. For now I’m wearing flats, occasionally booties, and sneakers. I have a feeling the boots will be coming out soon, however.

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Favorite Outfit of September

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Here we are with another month gone! September was a busy month, though, which is probably why it went fast. Did it go fast for you? Anyway, what was I so busy doing?

  • Ate dinner at Three Greens Market with Jason
  • Tried City Mini Golf and explored Maggie Daley park with Jason
  • Got concretes from Shake Shack
  • Had dinner at Umami Burger with friends
  • Ran the Park Ridge 5K
  • Grilled on our rooftop deck
  • Took Chewie to Nellcote
  • Signed up for a marathon (!!)
  • Attended a usability study for the CUTGroup
  • Attended a fundraiser to raise money for science scholarships
  • And, of course, working my day job, my contract job, and blogging

It’s a good thing I had some outfit photos saved up, huh? Speaking of which, one of the photos I took very early in September ended up being my favorite outfit of the month.

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Original post here

I just loved how this outfit felt, looked, and took advantage of an item (the sports bra) I didn’t even buy with the intention of wearing with this dress. Sometimes my sub-conscious must be working overtime.

Anyway, now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite! Just use the poll below the collage to make your choice. Hopefully it will be less contentious than the U.S. election season, am I right?

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SIA: Colors and Patterns

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When it’s my turn to pick a piece for the Style Imitating Art challenge I swear I don’t pick pieces that work with photos I’ve taken and haven’t posted. It just seems to work out that way sometimes!

For example, take this week’s challenge. I picked a Detroit street art piece that has a ton of color and pattern to it. And guess what? I have an outfit photo saved that includes a top full of color and pattern!

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – 3×1 c/o Shopbop (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I kept this top from one of my recent Le Tote orders because I loved the versatility of the colors and I actually have very little in the way of patterns in my closet. It’s perfect for warm weather and can easily be worn under a cardigan this fall.

Or, you know, when acting silly on the golf course behind your parents’ house. Harassing birds. As you do.

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This outfit might not have any street art in it, but I think it still embodies the playfulness of the piece I picked for this week.

If this week’s art inspired you to come up with a fun outfit don’t forget to email me a picture to looplooks@gmail.com before 8PM central time tonight! Then come back for the round-up tomorrow. I’m excited to share all of the outfits.

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SIA: Le Chien Noir

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Remember last week when I said that this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge was going to feature Chewie? Well, I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison from 8 month old Chewie to almost 3 year old Chewie.

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Clearly he’s all ears and legs. I couldn’t quite get him to make the same face as the cat in this week’s art, though.

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I went with black and tan with a little pop of red in my accessories. And in Chewie’s collar, of course.

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I wore this outfit to lunch at a nearby restaurant that was donating proceeds to One Tail at a Time. Chewie came with us, too, and behaved himself quite well! A couple sitting across from us even commented on how well behaved he was. Hahah, don’t we have them all fooled?

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Dress – Eva Franco (similar skirt) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Hat – vendor at a neighborhood festival (similar) | similar black bracelet | similar red bracelet

Don’t forget to visit Jen’s blog to see how the other SIA participants interpreted this week’s art choice!

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Sports bra to the rescue

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

A few summers ago I bought this maxi dress at Old Navy but it’s so low cut that I always had to wear a camisole underneath it. But then I read about Jen’s idea to wear a sport bra under tops and dresses instead and I thought, “hey, I need to do that.”

However, all my sports bras were too, well, sporty. Until now.

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Dress- Old Navy (similar) | Sports bra – c/o lululemon (same) | Sandals – Sole Society (similar)

When I attended the grand opening of CycleBar back in July I got a gift certificate for a free lululemon sports bra. Now, I fully admit I’d never tried on, let alone purchased, anything from lululemon. But, I wasn’t about to turn down a free bra!

So, off to the lululemon in Oak Brook I went. I originally had my eye on this one but it was too…short? I dunno. I felt like I was going to have some under spillage. And I’m not even that well endowed! Anyway, I ended trying on this one. Turns out, it works perfectly with my maxi dress!

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I’ve even surprised people by pointing out it’s a sports bra and not part of my dress! I’m now probably only going to wear this dress with this sports bra instead of the camisole I used to wear. Hooray for sports bras with fun backs! I’m really loving this trend.

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Favorite Outfit of August

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Let’s take a minute and talk about summer. And August. And how I barely posted any outfits in August! Which should make choosing your favorite pretty easy, right? Anyway, I wasn’t really posting outfits because I was keeping pretty busy and when I’m busy it actually means less time for photos.

I had a lot of fun in August, though! Here’s a sampling of what I was up to.

So, of course, now we move on to the voting portion of today’s post. Only four options to pick from and, to be honest, I loved all of them. Although, I think I felt the sassiest in the black peplum top and striped skirt.

But I’m really more interested in your opinion. Which is your favorite? Vote below!

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P.S. I’m wearing something from Le Tote in every single one of these outfits AND I have three FREE totes to give away! If you’re interested, leave me a comment with the email address where you want me to send the invite.

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SIA: Great Wave of an Outfit

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Well, look at that everyone. It’s Tuesday and it’s September! But you know what, I’m still wearing my summer clothes. Take that, fall! Okay, to be honest, I do have some scarves from Moonfish Mama that I’m dying to wear, but they’ll just have to wait a few more weeks.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at what I wore for this week’s Style Imitating ArtThe Great Wave.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Earrings – Le Tote (same) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I know the painting doesn’t have any bright pink in it, but something about this dress just seemed appropriate. Whether it was the pattern that echoes the wave spray, the blue that I tried to bring out more with the earrings, the ivory background, or the pleats on the front of the dress, it just worked for me.

Actually, I really liked this dress in general. It reminds me of my little black dress that I wear all the time in the summer. I’m debating keeping this one from Le Tote because it’s just so easy to wear! However, summer IS coming to an end so I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to wear it this year.

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I have, however, already worn it twice since I’ve had it. Once to work and once to get boozy sno-cones. I’m slowly trying to get Chewie accustomed to outdoor patios so that we can take him more places in the summer. So far we’ve been to two and he’s done remarkably well! My little boy is growing up! He’ll be three next month, by the way.

Anyway, don’t forget to head over to 14 Shades of Grey to see how other people interpreted this painting!

 

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Save your favorite shoes with Shoe Drop

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was meeting to chat with one of the men who started Shoe Drop and I asked you all if you had any questions for me. I was surprised that several of you mentioned that you hadn’t even realized you could get shoes repaired! To be honest, being able to get shoes repaired is one of my favorite parts of living in a big city. I’m hard on my shoes. Because I walk at least half a mile every day as part of my commute they get scuffed, the heels get caught in sidewalk cracks and tear or gouge, and the heel tips of my high heels get worn down.

Since I’ve lived in Chicago I’ve gotten several pairs of shoes repaired but it was always a chore. Finding a place that got good reviews that was also convenient, trying to communicate with the guy behind the counter, not having any idea how much I was going to get charged, getting my shoes back with masking tape stuck inside that I couldn’t remove without leaving a sticky residue.

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The outfit I wore to visit Shoe Drop

Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar

Overall, while it certainly extended the life of my shoes, it wasn’t always the most pleasant experience.

Enter Shoe Drop. Started by Duncan and Brandon, two self-described shoe lovers, Shoe Drop aims to bring shoe repair into the 21st century. Shoe Drop started with 40 Shoe Drop-specific drop off locations and 110 Pressbox partner locations around Chicago. One of which is in my apartment building! I’d used Shoe Drop before and didn’t even realize it! Anyway, create an account in their app, drop off your shoes at a designated drop off location, fill out the form in the app, and you’re done! They come pick up your shoes, repair them, charge your credit card, and then return your shoes in about 5 days to where you dropped them off. And they text you when they’re ready!

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In June of this year they opened their first physical location at 353 N Clark Street where you can not only talk to a cobbler and drop off shoes for repair, you can also get them shined. I wanted to know what happens if I show up with my blush pink leather flats and Duncan told me that was no problem. They have hundreds of colors of polish or they can even shine them with a clear polish that helps hide scuff marks.

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If you do drop your shoes off with them they go to a 4000 square foot facility near the United Center where their team of cobblers work on them. Duncan said that the people in the shoe repair business in Chicago love being able to just fix shoes and not have to worry about running a business. It’s a win-win!

My other personal favorite is that they have a price list and only take credit card (and no need to tip!)

I left my favorite black heeled sandals with them when I visited. They needed new heel tips, a shine, and the heel coverings repaired. When I got them back I swear they looked better than the day I bought them! Plus, they were returned to me in a bag that I can use to drop off more shoes!

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Shoe repair might be a little pricey for some people but if you have a pair of shoes you love I say go for it. It sure beats trying to find a replacement pair!

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Photo courtesy of Shoe Drop

Shoe Drop’s goal is to open more physical locations where you can stop in for a shine or just drop off all your shoes for repair at once. In the meantime, if you’re in Chicago, check out their locations map and then head on out to bring your sad shoes back to life!

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P.S. I’m working with them to put together an event that would offer FREE (or discounted) shoe shines and repairs. Stay tuned!