Office Appropriate Outfits – Summer

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Erin and the Chewie

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge featured “Una and the Lion“, a painting full of neutral colors, a woman in a dress, and some animals. Therefore, I bring you my own version, also full of neutrals, a dress, and an animal: “Erin and the Chewie”.

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Dress – New York & Co (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) |Necklace – Le Tote (same)

This outfit was also inspired by one that Jen wore and it features the vest that I swapped with Jen. And since Jen chose the art for this week, basically this entire post is just all Jen all the time.

In other news, I’m meeting with a start-up this week called Shoe Drop to learn more about their business model and services. Basically, it’s a shoe repair service where you drop off your shoes at kiosks around the city, they pick them up, fix them, and deliver them back to the kiosk for you to pick-up. Perfect if you’re busy and don’t want to hunt down a shoe repair store. If there’s anything specifically you’d like me to ask, let me know! I never used a shoe repair service until I moved to Chicago but now I’m all about it since I walk so much and my shoes take a beating.

Speaking of which, I’ve been wearing these gold sandals so much that I bought another, similar pair. The reviews for my first pair said they run a half size big but I don’t agree with that. I ordered a 7.5 in the gold ones and they feel slightly too big. I ordered a 7 in the new pair and they fit perfectly. Just something to keep in mind!

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Favorite Outfit of July

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When  I put together these collages it’s always fun to see if there were any patterns to my outfits. Turns out for July the theme appears to be “dresses”. Seriously. I think I wore every dress I could get my hands on!

But what was I doing during the rest of the month whether or not I was wearing a dress?

Well, here’s a summary:

  • Trying to hit my July goals
  • Swimming a full mile in Lake Michigan
  • Going to Mahalo and Jeni’s ice cream with Emily
  • Enjoying happy hour at Formento’s with Margaret
  • Having dinner at Green Street Local
  • Working at packet pickup and as a course marshall for the Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Mile race
  • Volunteering at the Hemingway 8K in Oak Park
  • Riding my bike 40 miles with Live Grit
  • Buying a new dishwasher
  • Watching Jason race his car and visiting his grandmother in Indiana
  • Attending book club at Emily’s
  • Not writing as many blog posts as I would like
  • Playing Diablo II with Jason
  • Working the day job
  • Watching Slasher on Netflix (SO GOOD!)

But back to those dresses. I didn’t do nearly as many outfit posts this month so there are only five outfits to choose from when voting for your favorite. That might make it easier or harder, I’m not sure!

My favorite, though, was the outfit I put together for my Style Imitating Art challenge.

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Three times as nice

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After basically a week straight of dresses I finally got a chance to re-wear (and take photos of) this top and necklace I’ve been loving from Le Tote. Also, these jeans that I showed in my June Shopping Summary.

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Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Top- Le Tote (same) | Jeans – 3×1 c/o Shopbop (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar)

I really enjoy when I get two items from Le Tote that go together perfectly. It makes getting dressed really easy when I’m not feeling creative.

I’m also debating whether or not to keep this top. It’s super comfortable and it reminds me of a top I bought years ago and wore to death. I used to have a lot of items in my closet this color but now I barely have any. Weird, right?

Anyway, I think I’ve worn this outfit three different times and each time I wore it with different shoes. Once I wore it with my Bucketfeet sneakers. One day I wore it with a different pair of sandals. And yesterday, when I got home, I paired it with my new flat sandals to go to a meeting.  I’ve also been wearing those over and over again. I’m even thinking I might get another pair. I don’t know why I held out for so long!

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SIA: Pearl Earrings

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

You would not believe the struggle it was to get photos of this outfit. Seriously. Hurdles I had to overcome included oppressive heat, thunderstorms that were so strong they destroyed a train stop near my apartment, and a husband (aka photographer) who was out of town with our “good” camera.

But, I persevered! Because it’s Style Imitating Art time!

If you need a refresher, this week we’re using The Girl with the Pearl Earring as our inspiration. And, yes, I am wearing pearl earrings.

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Dress – BCBG Outlet (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (similar)

I bought this dress years and years ago. Seven years ago, actually, on a trip to Sonoma & Napa. Facebook reminded me just yesterday morning how long ago that trip was. It’s still one of my favorite vacations to date.

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Anyway, this weekend I was browsing the Tribeca boutique sidewalk sale and realized they had a ton of different dresses in this same blue color. So, if you’re in Chicago and need a blue dress, come on over to the West Loop! I didn’t need another blue dress but I admit I was tempted. Because, like I said last week, I crave dresses in the summer.

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Don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog to see all the outfits inspired by this week’s SIA choice!

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Fit and Flare

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I think every summer I come to the same conclusion: I need more dresses. And more sandals. I just ordered these which are like the quintessential white-girl-in-Chicago sandals but, whatever.

Dresses, though, are tougher for me. I ordered this one that I mentioned in my June Shopping Summary and I actually think I’ll wear it on Friday this week. Friday is my company’s summer party on the rooftop deck of our building and it’s supposed to be ridiculously hot. And then later that evening I’m planning to meet Emily for dinner. Since I bought the dress to wear out and about when it’s hot I think it’s the perfect time to break it out of the closet.

In the mean time, here’s one of the other dresses I own that gets a workout in the summer.

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Dress – c/o eShakti (same) | Sandals – c/o Shopbop (same in other colors, similar) | Necklace – gift (same in different color) 

I think part of my issue stems from feeling like my dresses need to have different silhouettes. Like, how many fit-and-flare dresses can one have? Honestly, this is a silly thing to think. If that’s the style you like and feel comfortable in than that’s what you should buy! I tried a trapeze dress recently and Jason just shook his head. Apparently it wasn’t flattering.

I also own some sheath dresses but those are sometimes too formal or constricting or too clingy for my mood.

So, fit-and-flare dresses it is, I suppose.

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Cool in the Summer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Okay, okay, it might not be so cool today but, hey, I wore this outfit a while back when it was one of our cooler days. However, you will never hear me complain about how hot it is! I’ve grown to love the heat. Maybe it has something to do with not running as long of distances in the summer? I don’t know.

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Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same)

Or maybe it’s just that I’m not cool enough for my neighborhood anymore! Seriously, you guys. When I moved to Chicago’s West Loop the street about half a mile north of me was known as “Restaurant Row” but now it seems that the entire neighborhood is getting trendier by the minute! A new restaurant opens up every week it seems. We have two new boutique hotels going up. So many new condos and apartments that are already out of my price range. It’s crazy.

Oh, and McDonald’s is moving their headquarters to a few blocks from me. Not to mention Google has their building across the street from where we board Chewie.

Sometimes I feel bad for not taking advantage of all these new places but, hey, I’m not making “new” money so I guess I’ll just have to continue to be warm and not cool.

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SIA: The Art of Independence

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

A few weeks ago I had a gift card to redeem at lululemon but it was only redeemable at one in the suburbs. So, we decided to make it a date night and head over to Oak Brook mall so I could shop and we could eat dinner.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same at Le Tote, same for sale) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar

I wore this dress and it turned out to be the perfect outfit to go along with this week’s Style Imitating Art choice.

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Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela, My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011, glass beads sewn onto fabric

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The blues, the patterns, and the fact that my necklace is a bead work so well, right?

Also, I want to take a moment to talk about lululemon sports bras. This was the first time I’d ever actually tried anything on in that store and the sports bras were so….tiny! I don’t even have that big of a chest and yet I felt like I was going to accidentally flash myself in the dressing room.  Their stuff looks so cute on other people but I’m not sure how I feel about it. Any of you have thoughts?

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Favorite Outfit of June

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Well, here we are at the end of another month. I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of the summer which is why it’s been kind of quiet off and on around here. Also, I’m about to start a pretty busy period at work but I’m hopeful that due to a few changes it won’t be AS crazy as the last time. As the person in charge of new employee training it helps when they start a bunch of new hires on the same day as opposed to staggered starts!

Anyway, what have I been up to so far this summer? Well, in the month of June I:

Plus, of course, doing my regular job, seeing friends, and continuing to re-watch The West Wing with my husband.

And wearing outfits. Of course. But, did I have a favorite from June? Well, I suppose I did. In fact, it was this one:

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I really like the combination of blush and olive and I was happy to finally find a new blush top to replace mine that fell apart in the wash.

So, what about you guys? What have you been up to this summer? And what was your favorite outfit from the past month? Don’t forget to vote below!

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It was a weird day

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

You know how you have those days when you just want to be comfy but you still have to go to work? How about those days when you pretend that because your pants have back pockets that they’re actually pants and not leggings?

Yeah, I know. I wore leggings.

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Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

I wore these pants (I’m calling them pants. Live with it.) for a half day at work. I was having one of those days where I just couldn’t make it a full day. I came home, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and curled up on the couch.

And then I wore this outfit to try the Italian lemonade that everyone talks about: Mario’s. I got banana and, well, I have to say I didn’t think it was all that. Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot out. Maybe I just didn’t get the right flavor. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.

I don’t know. It was a weird day. I wore leggings and didn’t love dessert. I don’t even recognize myself.

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SIA: An outfit for The Homecoming

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Last week I posted the art Jen chose for our inspiration this week: The Homecoming. Normally when I use art to create an outfit I gravitate towards the colors. This time, though, I went more for the lines in the painting. The grid structure of the bridge paired with the waviness of the water come together in this black and white outfit.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar)

Also, I apologize for the lack of outfit photos last week. It’s funny: you’d think that with summer and more daylight getting outfit photos would be easier. But, really, by the time I get home from work lately I’m more interested in throwing in my favorite shorts (which, sadly, The Limited is not carrying this season) and a tee or tank and lounging.

Weekends are usually full or, lately, full of staying indoors in the air conditioning!

That’s okay, though. I know that you’ll still read when I post and that summer is a busy time for lots of us! If you have a moment tomorrow, though, I recommend heading over to Jen’s blog to see how other people used this same art to create what I’m sure will be completely different outfits!

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