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White sweater with floral pants and ankle strap wedges

Shoe Emergency

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

You guys remember these navy suede shoes? The ones I walked all over Chicago to find? Well, I had them on yesterday when some jackass couldn’t wait for me to finish my turn in the revolving metal door at the train station and pushed it into the back of my foot. Sadly, it caused the ankle strap of my right shoe to rip away from the heel.

Thankfully, it’s a clean tear so I think it can be fixed. However, in the mean time I was left with a shoe I couldn’t walk in and only my company-branded flip-flops at my desk. And the End of Summer Bash fundraiser at Hub 51 to attend after work.

All of which added up to an emergency trip to DSW on my lunch break. And finding these Nine West ankle strap wedge heels on the clearance rack for $20.

White sweater with floral pants and ankle strap wedgesSweater – Torn c/o shopbop (same) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (same on ebay) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar peep toe) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar

In fact, the shoes ended up being my favorite part of this outfit. I mean, I love the pants but the sweater with them just wasn’t what I had envisioned. I wanted a more slouchy look and this one is just a bit too square.  I also felt that by adding the brown shoes instead of my original navy ones that I needed to balance it out with a different necklace. I feel like this one from Bauble Bar would be perfect! And it’s currently only $20. Be still my wallet.

But, since I was attending an end of summer party I wanted to give a nod to both summer and fall. The white and printed pants for summer and the darker closed-toed shoes for fall seemed to fit the bill.  And now I have a new pair of brown heels.

Denim jacket, white sweater, animal print pants


Brown Bear

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater, brown dress pants, animal print scarf


Sweater – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I think I’m turning into a bear. My body basically shut down this weekend and I slept a ridiculous amount. Only fitting that I would wear all browns and animal print today, huh?

Inspired by the celebrity photo that Two Birds chose for Inspiration Monday I added the scarf to keep my outfit from looking too plain.


Original Photo

Also, I tried a pole dancing class for the first time on Saturday (details later this week on my fitness blog) and I have some EPIC bruises on the backs of my knees and on the tops of my feet. Good thing the weather is basically telling me that skirts without thick tights are a bad choice right now. I mean, I’m used to bruises from trapeze classes but they’re still not a great accessory. At least, not as great as an animal print scarf.

DIY Animal Print Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Target (similar) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Two things you need to know about this dress:

1. It originally looked like this

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2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.

Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.


White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

White Hot

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White pants with gray blazer and embellished t-shirt

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar)

Hello, Monday! After a long and crazy weekend (that included me sleeping through someone’s birthday party because I’m a horrible friend who had been up since 3:45 AM) I was not feeling that inspired this morning. Thank goodness for Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday post!  I haven’t done one of these in awhile but today the combination of white and gray was what I needed to put together my own outfit.


Since I won’t be wearing a see-through maxi skirt (or are those pants??) to work I swapped Jennifer Lawrence’s skirt for white pants. I kept the t-shirt vibe, though, by wearing a white t-shirt with some shiny embellishments. And, of course, the gray blazer to mimic her gray top and to take the t-shirt up to a more professional level.

I firmly believe a blazer makes just about anything office appropriate. Well, okay, maybe not ANYTHING, but close enough.

Or, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

My Faux Fur Friend

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter


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Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar)| Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Earrings – The Limited | Belt – Target

Faux fur vests were everywhere earlier this fall and winter.  And I totally see why.  They keep you warm without causing you to overheat.  Similar to the concept of wearing a wind-blocking vest when running in the winter.  Keeps your core warm!  I’ve worn my faux fur vest to work at least one other time and I also wore a belt with it then.  The belt helps define your waist so you don’t get swallowed up by the vest.

I actually saved an inspiration photo for this outfit almost 3 months ago.


Original Source

I loved the fur and the animal print with the stripes and the neutral pants.  Apparently this is Joanna Hillman, the senior fashion market editor for Harpers Bazaar and she is known to be quite fashionable.  The fact that I was easily able to recreate her outfit tells me that it can’t be too difficult to emulate looks that you love.  In fact, this outfit may be one of my current favorites!

Of course, it helps that my husband took some rocking pictures!

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Yes, strangely, the parking garage of our building has the best indoor lighting.  Who knew?

Anyway, faux fur.  Love it?  Hate it?


Linking up with Texas Love Birds

Surprisingly Neutral

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan, Necklace & Belt – The Limited

Dress & Tights – Target

Boots – Ciao Bella/DSW


Did you know that black and white (or in the case black & tan) prints can almost be treated as neutrals?  I’m serious.

See, the “safe” route with this dress would be to wear it with a black cardigan or blazer.  But the fun, spring-y route is to treat the dress like a plain black dress and wear whatever color cardigan and accessories I want!  Today I went with fuchsia because that just said “Spring” to me.


Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan & Blouse – Gap

Jeans – The Limited

Booties – Liz Claiborne/DSW

Necklace – NY&Co

The necklace I wanted to wear today broke.  When I checked my email while waiting for the train I had an urgent request from my boss for a 9:00AM meeting….that I got at 9:02 AM.  I’ve been told to cancel all my plans for the day in case my boss needs me for project.

At least I look cute?  And it’s Friday.  Hooray for Friday!