Office Appropriate Outfits – Summer

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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.

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A little Throwback Thursday

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Remember when I lived in an apartment building with a rooftop deck that had a great view of the Chicago skyline? No? Well, I did. It was awesome. I loved it. Thankfully, I still have friends who live in that building who have an annual end-of-summer barbecue party up there.

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Kimono via Belle on the Roe | similar jeans | similar shoes | same tank

Which of course meant I had to take some outfit photos for old times sake!

This is actually the same kimono I wore back when I went to an event at 360 Chicago in the spring. And who says kimonos aren’t versatile?

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I’ve also worn this outfit to work, albeit with different shoes. Our office is mostly tile and unfinished ceilings and “open office” concept which means wedges like these echo when you walk. Since I don’t want to annoy all my coworkers, I stick to quieter flats and sandals most of the time.

But, give me a party and I’ll bust out my fancy shoes!

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So, it’s like fall or something?

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In the interest of full disclosure, I took these pictures when it was decidedly not fall. But, I also wear this outfit at least once every two weeks. I saw this top on a woman in my office and then found it at Target and immediately bought it. It’s super soft and comfy, even if it doesn’t look all that flattering in the photos.

Whatever. I wear what I want.

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similar top | jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes 

I’ve worn this outfit with a burgundy cardigan, a gray cardigan, and my olive jacket. I could have tossed any of those items on for the photos, but I have to save some content for later! So, this is the basic outfit as-is.

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I’ve realized recently that most of my favorite jeans right now are distressed. Which is fine for spring, summer and fall but I will definitely want non-distressed jeans for winter! Thankfully, Moonfish is having another pop-up in September and I’m hoping she’ll have some non-distressed Principle Denim in stock. Either that or I’ll need to spend my Shopbop credit on trying some jeans!

Speaking of Shopbop (which is where I bought the shoes I’m wearing in this outfit, they are currently offering NEW customers 15% off their first purchase of a full price item when they checkout using the Shopbop app.

Shoppers can take 15% off full price items on their first Shopbop purchase, at checkout using the Shopbop App with code APP15.

See detail: https://www.shopbop.com/appoffer.

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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!

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Same Dress, Different Art

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Real talk for a second here, everyone. I re-wear items in my closet. A lot. Sometimes I change the accessories. Sometimes I don’t. I feel like the older I get the less time and energy I want to spend on coming up with an outfit.

Which is why this week’s Style Imitating Art outfit features the same dress I wore for the last challenge!

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Dress & Kimono c/o Belle on the Roe

I wore this to attend/work the Chicagogrammers first birthday bash at Gino’s East which, I found out, has an amazing rooftop patio! Said patio also had the perfect backdrop on which to take a photo for this week’s challenge.

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Annabelle and I were there to show off her  Belle on the Roe wares so of course I had to wear my dress and one of her kimonos from her shop. We had fun playing photographer for each other, talking to people about Belle on the Roe, and eating pizza. Seriously, guys, if you come to Chicago and want deep dish, I will recommend either Gino’s East or Pequod’s. And Gino’s East has more locations and is easier to get in to.

Plus, their location on Superior Street in Chicago has this view!

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I mean, Annabelle and I aren’t always included, but we could be!

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to Salazar’s blog to see all the other outfits inspired by this painting.

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Kimono Regret

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There are a few things in my life that I regret not doing. One is buying an amazing blue and black pony print cowboy hat. Another is not taking a job in an archive in southern Illinois. And one is not keeping this kimono from Le Tote.

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same kimono | same tank top | same jeans | same shoes

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I mean, I COULD have them re-send this to me in my next Tote, but I put Le Tote on hold every few months to try and save some money. Right now I’m “on hold” and it seems silly to pay the $49 to have them send me a tote just to pay more money to buy this. Right?

Also, I fully admit that I could buy a kimono from Belle on the Roe (I mean, I actually already have).

Regardless, there have been several times in the past few weeks where I’ve wanted to reach for this kimono only to remember I already sent it back to Le Tote. What to do??

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In the Blink of a Lens [SIA Post]

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I haven’t been doing a lot of shopping online a lot lately but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been adding new things to my closet. Nope. I actually recently added this super comfortable dress to my wardrobe rotation. It’s called a “Carly” style from LuLaRoe. As I’ve mentioned before, my friend Annabelle has her own LuLaRoe business in Chicago and I help her out with a lot of things.

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This also means I’m around the clothes A LOT. At first I wasn’t a fan of this style of dress because I felt it was too big on me. But, it’s SO comfortable. So, when she got this one in and it happened to be in one of my favorite colors and a fun pattern, well, I wore it around the shop for an evening and decided it had to be mine.

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similar necklace | dress c/o Belle on the Roe | same sandals

It also works perfectly for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice (by me!) what with the colors matching the flowers and the pattern mimicking the lines of the buildings in the background.

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I know she currently has this same dress in stock in a “creamsicle” color and if you’re in Chicago you can try it on at her official in-person business launch party on Saturday, August 5th from 5-10pm at 1555 W Diversey Ave.

We took these outfit photos while we were hosting a pop-up shop in the south suburbs this past Saturday. I actually got to see one of the places Annabelle works as part of her day job! She does behavioral services for an organization that provides services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and we were hosting a fundraiser for the organization. Annabelle donates part of her proceeds to the organization where she works. I’m actually posing on the grounds of one of their group homes.

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When  I first wore this dress Jason commented that it wasn’t my usual style. That’s true. It’s not quite as fitted or tailored as much of my other clothing. But, hey, when it’s hot or you just want to be comfortable, sometimes it’s nice to break out of your usual rut. Especially when you can still be cute.

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Fire in the Night [SIA Post]

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In a case of serendipity, just before Jen sent this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Jason and I went to the July edition of the Full Moon Fire Jam. The week of the full moon, a group in Chicago puts on a show full of drummers and fire dancers and it’s completely free! And since this week’s Style Imitating Art choice is light in the dark, I realized the pictures Jason took at this event were perfect.

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And we can’t forget my outfit. I realized after the fact that the black dress works as a black background and my tan kimono is the light spot in my dark outfit.

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similar dress | kimono from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes 

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This is the second time I’ve been to the Full Moon Jam. There is something both relaxing and exhilarating about it. If you’re in Chicago when one of these is going on I highly recommend it. Bring some food for a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and get there early so you get a good seat.

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California Dreaming

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

It’s been a month since my vacation to Sonoma and Healdsburg but I still have one more outfit that I wanted to share with you! I actually wore this outfit to the GrowARTS art show the day after I got back from California since it’s both classy and comfy (and was at the top of my suitcase).

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In California, though, I wore it to taste wine at Quivira. My parents belong to their wine club which meant we got treated like royalty! Wine being served to us on the patio? A pour of any wine they had? Charcuterie and olives from their very own farm? Yes, please and thank you. Plus, this view:

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We’d packed our own lunch and basically spent the entire day at the same winery. After we drank and ate our fill we wandered around the gardens on site.

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If you’re in wine country, I HIGHLY recommend Quivira. Even if you aren’t a member of the wine club they’ve got wonderful wine and beautiful but unpretentious grounds full of flowers, vegetables and fruit plants.

Dress – Moonfish | Jewelry – Stella & Dot | Sandals – Shopbop | Hat – Chicago street fest

P.S. If you spend $50 at Stella & Dot using this link before the 15th you can get 50% off any of these beauties! (by the way, I’m only $100 away from hitting my max party hostess rewards so if you’ve been drooling over any of the jewelry I’ve been featuring, now’s the time to order!)

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Greetings from Sonoma: The Outfit [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

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I’m sure you all know how difficult it is to come home from a vacation, but it’s even more difficult when you’ve come home from a place with amazing weather, amazing food, amazing views and amazing wine! And you spent the time with amazing company (shout-out to my mom).

We didn’t have any real plans for our trip other than get to Sonoma and have fun. Well, that’s not entirely true. The one thing I wanted to do was go find this mural at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma since I’d chosen it as this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration.

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And, yes, I succeeded! I wore my latest Moonfish purchase along with my brown and silver tote, silver shoes, and silver necklace (also from Moonfish). I was tempted to wear my gold jewelry and brown shoes but I went with the silver to mimic the metal wall.

Oh, and you’ll notice the hat in all my Sonoma photos. I bought this hat years ago at a street festival in Chicago but I think this was the first time it got worn so many days in a row.

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We ate lunch at the Fremont Diner after spending the morning on the balcony of winery with the most beautiful view: Nicholson Ranch. I’d been there once before almost 8 years ago, so of course I had to take a picture in almost the exact same spot.

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And here I am with my friend Holly, in July 2009!

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(Clearly I have a thing for silver shoes!)

If you weren’t following my Instagram Story, you probably missed out on many of the pictures I took this trip. So, here’s a taste of what we ate at The Fremont Diner (pun totally intended!)

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Fried oyster hash for me, shrimp and grits for my mom. Followed by amazing pecan pie!

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Don’t forget! If this week’s artwork inspired you to come up with an outfit, send it my way (looplooks@gmail.com) by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 20th and I’ll include it in the round-up on Wednesday.