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The Casual Dressy Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I asked for this dress from Le Tote I thought it might be a tad dressier than what I normally wear to work. And I was okay with that.

le-tote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

I ended up belting it because it sort of felt like a giant sack without some definition. Maybe that’s because I’m short and curvy? Who knows. Anyway, I really ended up liking it. The faux leather details on the sleeves are really fun, too. And it has pockets!

le-tote-dress-3It’s really sheer, though, so definitely not something you would wear in the dead of winter. Definitely more of a fall dress so it actually worked perfectly for a Chicago October day. And, plus, no one at work asked why I was so dressed up and the dental hygienist told me I looked cute. What? You don’t put on a dress to get a cavity filled?

le-tote-dress-2P.S. I have no idea what’s going on with my point-and-shoot camera. All the photos look really grainy and out of focus lately. Maybe I went over one too many jarring bumps with it in my bag on my bike….

  

SIA: Textured Neutrals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Happy Monday!

I’m actually writing this post on Friday (yay for Friday) because this weekend I’m going to be busy. So, let’s pretend it’s the future and I’ll you about my weekend.

I went up to Benton Harbor, Michigan and stayed in a house with some friends and then we went to run the Michigan Wine Trail Half Marathon & Galloping Grape 5K. I stuck with the 5K distance so I could enjoy wine and pool time instead of worrying about running 13.1 miles.

But before I did all that, I wore this outfit.

Lace shirt with black pencil skirt and brown bow belt Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

This was another instance where I put together an outfit (based on this pin, actually) and realized after the fact that it fit with the Style Interpreting Art theme since Salazar chose a painting with neutral colors for this week’s inspiration.

 “Blackboard” by Winslow Homer

Of course, since my office is freezing and I sit between two air vents. I had to wear a cardigan for most of the day.

Lace tee with black cardigan and brown accessories

Lace shirt with brown bow belt and black skirtThis outfit is a great example of how swapping out just a few pieces can create an entirely different look. The shirt and the belt are exactly the same as in this outfit with my pink skirt but adding black and brown instead of pink and pearls takes it from girly to….well, I wouldn’t say tough but definitely tougher. Also, I liked that the strappy wedge sandals took it down a notch and made it feel slightly more casual.

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Put a bow on it

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Happy Friday! Today is my last day at my current job and we’re having an appreciation lunch for some departmental liaisons which means I’m only in the office half a day. What could be a better way to end six years here? Well, wearing my favorite bow dress certainly adds some extra joy to a day that will be bittersweet.

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Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Comfort Me Boutique (same) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

If you had told me seven years ago that I would be moving on to my second job in downtown Chicago and living in a two bedroom apartment in the city with an 8 month old puppy I would not have believed you.

I moved to the city area for this job six years ago and in those six years my life has changed so much. I’ve grown so much professionally and personally. I’ve learned skills I didn’t even know I had. I’ve made more friends in six years than I had in all of high school and college combined.

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Everyone keeps asking me if I’m excited to start my new job and the answer is yes! I am looking forward to the new challenge which is not something I thought I would ever say about myself, either. I will certainly miss some of my coworkers and some of the perks of my current job but I’m ready to do something new.

As I mentioned on Monday, I don’t know what the new job will mean for the blog but hopefully you’ll stick around for the ride. I’m sure it will be fun for everyone!

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Red and Comfortable

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Red blazer with black and white dress, Chicago Style Blogger

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was packed full including:

  • Leading my first group run with the Chicago Area Runners Association
  • Going to my nephew’s little league game and my niece’s kiddie soccer game
  • Drinking way too many beers while hanging out with my family
  • Going to brunch with my Ragnar Chicago team (that’s a 200 mile running relay, by the way)
  • Visiting the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago for tacos and tamarind Italian ice (and to marvel at what is basically a flea market)
  • Passing out for a nap.

And because I’m going to be super busy today attending a conference I had to take these pictures last night. But since I fell asleep and then it started raining we had to sneak them in using the flood lights on the roof.

I think, though, that the lighting makes the red really pop. Of course, pairing red with black and white always makes red pop. I needed something comfortable to wear today and this dress is probably the most forgiving item I own. The last time I wore it I also paired it with a belt but wore a cardigan instead of a blazer. Not sure why I haven’t featured this dress on the blog since then! I’m thinking it needs to become a summer staple.

Chicago style blogger, how to wear a red blazer

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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!

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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!

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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!