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Two Pieces, Two Way – Day 2

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Two Pieces, Two Ways- Day 2

For Day Two of the Two Pieces, Two Ways remix, Valerie and I are showing you how to wear this snakeskin print top two different ways. Valerie went with a great casual look with a pink accent scarf while I stayed true to my office style but kept the overall look neutral.

Amazingly, I’ve never thought to pair this top with a pair of jeans and my brown riding boots! Adding that to the list of outfits to try for sure. Be sure to visit The Style Files for Valerie’s thoughts on our outfits!

As for my outfit, I almost felt like some kind of office safari guide! Something about all the browns and khakis paired with this belt, I guess. Thoughts?

Snakeskin print blouse, khaki pencil skirt, brown belt and accessories, Chicago style blogger, wear to work

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Shirt – Kohl’s (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) |Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Bracelet – gift | Necklace – The Limited (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

Linking up with Walking in Memphis and The Fashion Canvas

  

Sequins in the Snow

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black turtleneck and sequin skirt outfit

Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (this year’s version) (similar in pink) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace- JF&A Show (similar)

Tonight I have a holiday dinner to attend as part of my role in a professional organization (the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, if you must know) and I was a little stuck on what to wear. I like to use the holidays as an excuse to wear all things sparkly but I thought I’d ask on Facebook and Instagram whether I should go with this sequined skirt or my black and green dress.

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The overwhelming consensus was the sequin skirt. What I failed to take into account is that apparently Chicago decided to turn into Antarctica and it’s single digit temperatures out there! So, um, I’m a bit cold. Although, a guy in the elevator this morning said, “Look at you! You’re just gonna wear a metallic dress and not care that it’s winter!” So, there’s that.

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Also, apologies for the florescent light office photos. It’s just too freaking cold to take photos outside right now!

Linking up with Trend Spin Tuesday

  

Nanook of the North

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Vest – Poshmark (similar) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

Comments I’ve gotten today on my faux fur vest and plaid shirt outfit include “Nice vest!” “You look very ‘Nanook of the North today.” and “Cute vest!” I’m going to go with the idea that the Nanook comment was a compliment. Turns out this is the perfect outfit for the first day with temperatures hovering around freezing while I wait for the train. My core is nice and toasty therefore the rest of me feels just fine.

I recently purchased this skirt from The Limited and even though it’s described on their website as a “mini” it hits me at a perfect length. I bought it a size larger than normal so that it would sit lower on my hips and I suppose it also helps that I’m only 5’4”. But I have long legs! So, if you’re eying this skirt (which is currently on sale) and thinking it might be too short, I’m here to say it’s probably not. And, as you can see, it totally dresses up a Nanook of the North outfit.

Linking up with the Fur & Wool Trend Spin Link Up

  

The Great Cargo Vest Swap

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Old Navy cargo vest, purple sweater, jeans, burgundy suede kitten heels, scarf, belt. Perfect for a Chicago fall!

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Cargo Vest – Old Navy via Librarian for Life & Style (similar) | Cardigan as a sweater – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)| Scarf – gift (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via DSW (similar)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had ordered an Old Navy cargo vest (the one linked above) but that I wasn’t sure it was the right fit for me. I even posted a picture on Facebook asking for opinions. See, I knew which vest I wanted. It’s the one that Jen from Librarian for Life & Style had been wearing for a year and it made me drool over how cute it was every single time. Sadly, the new one from Old Navy was just too long on me.

But, wait! Jen is taller than me! She suggested we try swapping them and lo and behold the swap worked! My new one was the right length on her taller frame and her shorter one was great on my short self.

So, in homage to Jen and her amazing vest that is now mine (!!) I present you my recreation of one of Jen’s cargo vest outfits.

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 Click here for Jen’s original outfit

And now I have my very own cargo vest that I am so excited to wear! So, thank you, Jen for suggesting this swap. I will do my best to make your vest proud.

P.S. This is the same cardigan I wore last Friday! Can you tell? I’m only telling you this so I can link up with AJ and her Friday Remix series.

  

7 Things I Learned At Social Media Week

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Purple dress with leopard cardigan and bow belt

Purple, leopard and a bow

Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Alright, here are the next two pieces in my 7×7 remix: the leopard cardigan and the purple dress.

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And, as promised, my thoughts on Social Media Week Chicago!  In case you aren’t familiar with Social Media Week, it’s basically a week of mostly free sessions on all aspects of social media that take place in cities across the world and online. Some sessions are very focused on one topic whereas others are just about social media best practices or, for beginners, how to even use things like Twitter or Facebook.

I attended 8 sessions through out the week including:

1. Confessions of a Community Manager

2. Good Habits of Successful Social Media Managers

3. SEO Strategies for PR Social Media

4. Boost Your Business with Social Media

5. Social Media 101 for Nonprofits and Community Organizations

6. Social Media & Internet Marketing

7. #ThinkAgain: Revised Social Media Disclosure Guidance

8. 9 Beautiful Tools That Will Help You Become Internet Famous

My favorites were definitely numbers 1, 2, 3, and 8.  Why? Here’s what I learned.

7 Things I Learned at Social Media Week

1. I need to learn what Facebook Pixels are. I Googled it after session #2 but am still confused!

2. If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load then your Google SEO rankings go down. Use Page Speed Insights to test your own website. A score lower than 70 means you need to do some revamping!

3. Don’t forget to mobile optimize your website! WordPress definitely has an option for this. Use it! Google will eventually start penalizing websites that are not mobile optimized when indexing them.

4. Google prefers branded and partial match “organic links” when indexing. There are three types of links:

Branded links – Brand name or website is the term that is linked

Example – “Loop Looks announces the 7×7 remix” where “Loop Looks” links to looplooks.net

Partial match – The link anchor includes several words or terms

Example – “Great fall looks include faux leather so check out these awesome 5 faux leather outfits.” Where multiple words link to a website or post on the topic that you are using as your SEO term.

Exact Match – Only the search term is used as the link anchor

Example – “Great fall looks include faux leather.” Where only “faux leather” is linked to the website or post.

Try to use Branded and Partial Match links, especially in press releases or when posting somewhere else to drive traffic to your blog. You can use a service called Remove’em to look for those exact match backlinks that Google may consider “spammy”.

5. Use Tweriod to determine the best times to tweet so that your followers see them!

6. A good Twitter background picture should be left-side heavy and 2340×1200 pixels in size.

7. Tell your story on your About page. People want your story, not just your product! I will be updating my About Me page to explain why I started this blog.

Not all the sessions I went to at Social Media Week were that great, though. A few I felt that I knew more than the presenters I don’t even do this for a living! In fact, after one of the sessions I looked up a tool the presenter recommended and discovered it had been discontinued in July! Oops. Not all of the sessions were a great match for my current interests either but in most of them I walked out with at least one interesting tidbit. For example, did you know that the people who run the Twitter accounts for alcohol companies can’t reply to or retweet accounts where they can’t figure out how hold the person is? They basically have to be super-sleuths and guesstimate using pictures you post on Twitter to determine if they can interact with you! Fascinating.

Anyway, if you’re at all interested in the field of social media I definitely suggest you check out a session or two either in person or online. You never know what new piece of information could come in handy!

Linking up with the Trend Spin Link Up

  

I Always Hated Geometry

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Geometric print shirt, black pencil skirt, black cardigan, Vince Camuto heeled sandals

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same)

 

So, it’s Thursday. It’s actually the third Thursday of August. Do you know what that means? It mean’s it’s time for the Third Thursday Threads link-up at Work Clothes, I Suppose which this week is geometric prints! I admittedly wracked my brain trying to figure out if I had anything geometric and all I came up with was this shirt. I suppose I tend to gravitate towards smaller prints. Or less abstract prints? I don’t know. Regardless, I think this is the only vaguely geometric top I own.

Although, come to think of it, if I own patterned tops they’re typically polka dots or stripes. Or leopard. Funny how we tend to get in a groove, huh?

Are there any patterns that are overly represented in your closet? Any that don’t show up at all?

 

P.S. I honestly did always hate geometry. In fact, when I took it in high school our teacher said if we had an A in the class before the final then our final exam score wouldn’t count. I worked my butt off and got that A. So I didn’t study for the final. And got a D on the exam. Thank goodness it didn’t count! That’s the lowest grade on anything I’ve ever gotten in my life.

P.P.S.  You might also notice something different about my hair. Yep, I got it cut last night! Shortest it’s been in almost 5 years!

  

Crotchless Yoga Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

 

Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

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Dress – NY & Co (similar) | Belt – The Limited (same and 40% off plus free shipping for The Limited fans on Facebook) | Necklace – The Limited (same & also 40% off) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)  | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

The Limited is having a killer sale today! Want to learn how to make the most of your money? Vote for me! I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button. And, yes, you can vote once a day!

Yes, I did just go there with the title of this post. Actually, I got it from Whitney at Along the Lines of Style who posted the following image on her blog this week:

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Although, to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about maxi skirts and dresses being as comfortable as yoga pants. Actually, with both I always have the underwear question (yes, I’m going there too). I feel like no matter what kind of underwear I put on you can see some kind of panty line. Maybe this means my maxi dresses and yoga pants are too clingy or they’re all being manufactured by the same company that made the see-through Lululemon pants. I don’t know. But I do know I always feel a bit self-conscious in both maxi dresses and yoga pants. Which is too bad because this particular maxi dress is great for when it’s hot outside. A little bit of a hi-lo cut, a crocheted back but enough coverage everywhere else to wear it to work.

And, yes, I’ve worn it to work before.

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2

Anyway, what are your thoughts on maxi dresses or skirts? What about yoga pants?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites Remix.

  

Colorblock and Stripes

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

Sometimes you see an outfit on someone and you think, “That works, but I don’t know why.” That’s what I thought when I saw Rachel from Suburban Style Challenge put a striped shirt with her patterned a-line skirt. I immediately thought about putting my black and white striped shirt with my purple, black, and pink pleated skirt. This skirt has no white in it but yet the two seem to go together.

Already I’ve gotten two compliments on this outfit. One from my husband who told me it was cute and another from a worker who said she liked my “dress”.

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I think it’s because this outfit has repeating bands of color but they are separated by a large section of solid purple that your eye is tricked into seeing it as a cohesive outfit. Also, for anyone who is afraid of horizontal stripes, wearing a belt at your narrowest spot (typically your natural waist) will keep you from feeling like the side of a barn.

How do you feel about horizontal stripes?

  

The Best Chambray Shirt

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Shirt – Target (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – BCBG outlet (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Show (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Total outfit cost = $123

Today I  have a lunch meeting to meet a new department head so I decided to forgo my usual Friday Casual jeans and instead wear this pleated jersey skirt (with pockets!) with my very first chambray top. Today is the day to showcase your favorite Target score for Whitney and Heidi’s  “We Love Target” link-up.

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I bought this chambray shirt almost two years ago off the clearance rack at Target. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but I do know it was probably my best Target purchase in awhile (other than my red trench coat that also came off the clearance rack).  Unfortunately the Target closest to my apartment – the one I can walk to – doesn’t have the best clothing section, clearance or otherwise, so I haven’t gotten any good deals recently.

This skirt, though, I bought in 2009 at an outlet mall in Napa, California for a song. It’s super comfy and has held up amazingly well for jersey material. It has a slightly casual feel to it but it’s also easy to dress up, as evidenced by the time I wore it to work with heels.

However, to keep with the Target love theme, the shirt, skirt, and shoes listed in the links above are all from Target! Because, really, who couldn’t use a black skirt, a chambray top, and a pair of red ballet flats?

 

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Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

To Bare or Not to Bare

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Dress – Stitch Fix (similar)| Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) Booties – Old Navy via Threadflip (similar)| Tights – Target (similar)

Welcome to another Monday morning! How was your weekend? Did you have Friday off or was it just like any other week? I ran 22 miles (yay marathon training), hung out with friends, and tried my hand at making a glass paperweight.

And now it’s Monday and back to work. I’m glad I have Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday series to help me pick out something to wear. I admit, when I first saw this photo I thought, “Yeah, right.”  Turns out, though, it was just the thing I needed to remind me to wear this dress.

 

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However, I still can’t love the look of booties with bare legs on myself. So I have to give you the photo of what I prefer.

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Which look do you prefer?  Heels or booties?

Also, I want to give you a head’s up on a fun series I’ll be doing next week with Jen from Librarian for Life and Style.

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We’re going to be sharing our own takes on outfits inspired by one another! This should be a great way to see how you too could use someone else’s style to remix your wardrobe!  Be sure to follow both of us so you can see all the outfits.