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Favorite Outfit of November

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For the past few months Jason and I have been trying to have a date night of some kind each week. However, recently our date nights have consisted of viewing apartments, townhomes, or duplexes that have garage space where Jason can work on his car.

Yes, there’s a really good chance we’ll be moving out of Chicago’s West Loop. This makes me sad but I’m trying to look forward to a discovering a new neighborhood. Our plan is to stay in the city, though. Our lease isn’t up for several months, however, so I’m a bit stressed about what happens if we find a great spot but can’t find someone to take over our lease.

Speaking of which, anyone want to rent an awesome condo in the West Loop?? I’m not kidding.

Anyway, when we weren’t looking at places, I kept busy doing other things. Such as…

  • Attended the Illinois Science Council Cocktail Party
  • Took our second welding class
  • Watched Jason at his last car race of the year
  • Sat on a panel for a friend’s class (he’s an adjunct professor)
  • Started looking at new apartments/townhomes/duplexes
  • Had dinner at our neighbor’s while listening to actual vinyl records
  • Learned to swim like a mermaid (post coming soon!)
  • Celebrated Thanksgiving with both our families
  • Finally made it to a Moonfish pop-up shop
  • Kept up with my marathon training and weight lifting

And, of course, wearing outfits. Below are this month’s choices for your voting pleasure. My favorite is probably the cold-shoulder top outfit. Although I’ve now worn the purple sweater outfit at least three times. So, that one wins for comfiest!

What’s your pick? Don’t forget to vote below!

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Favorite Outfit of October

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve heard several other people say it and it seems totally cliche, but what the heck happened to October?? Why it is November already?? Seriously, this is ridiculous.

I almost didn’t write this post because, as I mentioned on Friday, I feel like I’ve been slacking on blogging. But, it turns out I do have some outfits to share in the monthly voting round up.

First, though, how did I spend my month?

  • Running a 10K PR
  • Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon
  • Attending an event at a friend’s jewelry store
  • Trying a new brewery
  • Going to my first Stella & Dot party
  • Being in a bar when Chicago found out the Cubs were going to the World Series
  • Attending a clothing swap hosted by Mag Mile Runner
  • Going to an F3 meeting
  • Learning how to weld at Arc Academy 
  • Brunching at Highline 
  • Running the Lake Bluff Pumpkin Chase 5K
  • Hosting an event at Shoe Drop
  • Running almost 80 miles
  • Working my day job

So, yeah, I guess thats where October went!

Anyway, since I also wore clothes in October and took a few pictures of some of those outfits, did I have a favorite of the ones I shared? Well, if I went based on the number of times I wore an outfit, it would be this one.

But, in terms of the one I like the look of best, it would be this one:

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And what about you? Did you think October flew by? What were you up to? And what was your favorite outfit? Vote below!

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Favorite Outfit of September

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Here we are with another month gone! September was a busy month, though, which is probably why it went fast. Did it go fast for you? Anyway, what was I so busy doing?

  • Ate dinner at Three Greens Market with Jason
  • Tried City Mini Golf and explored Maggie Daley park with Jason
  • Got concretes from Shake Shack
  • Had dinner at Umami Burger with friends
  • Ran the Park Ridge 5K
  • Grilled on our rooftop deck
  • Took Chewie to Nellcote
  • Signed up for a marathon (!!)
  • Attended a usability study for the CUTGroup
  • Attended a fundraiser to raise money for science scholarships
  • And, of course, working my day job, my contract job, and blogging

It’s a good thing I had some outfit photos saved up, huh? Speaking of which, one of the photos I took very early in September ended up being my favorite outfit of the month.

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Original post here

I just loved how this outfit felt, looked, and took advantage of an item (the sports bra) I didn’t even buy with the intention of wearing with this dress. Sometimes my sub-conscious must be working overtime.

Anyway, now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite! Just use the poll below the collage to make your choice. Hopefully it will be less contentious than the U.S. election season, am I right?

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august-outfits

Favorite Outfit of August

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Let’s take a minute and talk about summer. And August. And how I barely posted any outfits in August! Which should make choosing your favorite pretty easy, right? Anyway, I wasn’t really posting outfits because I was keeping pretty busy and when I’m busy it actually means less time for photos.

I had a lot of fun in August, though! Here’s a sampling of what I was up to.

So, of course, now we move on to the voting portion of today’s post. Only four options to pick from and, to be honest, I loved all of them. Although, I think I felt the sassiest in the black peplum top and striped skirt.

But I’m really more interested in your opinion. Which is your favorite? Vote below!

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P.S. I’m wearing something from Le Tote in every single one of these outfits AND I have three FREE totes to give away! If you’re interested, leave me a comment with the email address where you want me to send the invite.

july-outfits

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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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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Favorite Outfit of May

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I have a feeling I know what outfit you all are going to pick for May. Although, you might surprise me! But, before we get to my pick and your chance to vote, let’s do a little recap of some of what I was up to in May.

  • I worked at the Wisconsin Marathon on what might have been the windiest day ever.
  • I attended the New Leash on Life Dog Prom fundraiser.
  • I had dinner at MAD Social with a blog reader who is moving to Chicago!
  • I went to the summer kick-off party for the Randolph Street Market.
  • We had a low-key 13th wedding anniversary celebration with dinner at our local pub.
  • I watched my husband race his car and took pictures.
  • Rode my bike almost 60 miles in my hometown.
  • Helped my mom with some yard work and hilariously used almost every tool in their garage to do one job.
  • Said goodbye to my favorite personal trainer and started working with a new one.
  • Took Chewie to the dog beach for the first time this year.
  • Wrote 14 blog posts.
  • Helped finalize the Good Life Race’s gift to our charity partners.
  • And, as always, worked my day job.

I’ll get into it a little more in my goals post tomorrow, but May was a tough month for me. I’m honestly not sure why, but I’ve been feeling a little lost and aimless. Not sure what that means. Maybe it’s just the change in the seasons!

Anyway, on to happier things. Like awesome outfits! So, which one did I pick as my favorite for May?

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Yep, I went with this outfit because I actually wore it twice which is how I know it’s a winner.

Which one is the winner for you? Vote below for your favorite!

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Favorite Outfit of April

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Here we are at the end of another month! Time for a quick recap of the fun things I did before we get to picking our favorite outfit from the past 30 days or so.

Let’s see….what did I accomplish in April?

And I’m sure other stuff I’m forgetting. I am super swamped at my day job right now and, while I love to be busy, it does leave my brain pretty drained by the end of the day!

So, let’s move on. Favorite outfit of April? Well, to be honest, I struggle with spring weather. I also struggled getting outfit photos consistently. In a way, I feel like maybe the outfit I loved the most didn’t get photographed. So, instead of being the best outfit of April, this is just a tribute.

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Even though I said this jacket made me feel a little bit like a linebacker, I just keep gravitating towards this outfit when I look at the pictures. Whether it’s the red or the pattern mixing or just that I remember being comfy when I wore it, this outfit stands out as my favorite for the month.

So, now, what’s yours? Don’t forget to vote below!

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Favorite Outfit of March

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

So, March is over and I feel like I didn’t accomplish very much. But, since one of my March goals was to not overschedule myself, I suppose that’s to be expected.

What did I do in March?

  • Learned how to make some new cocktails with Femme du Coupe while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Tried Lyfe Kitchen for the first time
  • Tried Shake Shack for the first time
  • Participated in a user experience study for the Illinois Sunshine website
  • Made a pie with my mom (more on that tomorrow)
  • Ran a Pi Day 5K fun run with friends
  • Attended my first Idea Potluck
  • Learned proper kettlebell form at OTG Bootcamp with Personally Paleo
  • Visited the Goose Island Tap Room for the first time to say goodbye to some friends who moved to North Carolina (and drink beer)
  • Visited the Lagunitas Tap Room for the first time to hang with my running club (and drink beer)
  • Started a new weight lifting program
  • Wrote 20 blog posts
  • Ramped up the email sending and marketing for the Good Life Race
  • Started studying for the NSCA exam (more on that tomorrow, too)
  • Helped a friend shop for a new wardrobe
  • Worked my day job
  • Taught Chewie how to shake
  • Celebrated my husband getting a new job with dinner at Saigon Sisters
  • Got interviewed by Jen for her librarian style spotlight which is live today!

Although, when I write it all out like that, it seems like I was super busy!

And, like usual, in between all of that I had to figure out what to wear. So, without further ado, here’s my pick for my favorite outfit from March. And, like usual, you can vote for yours below!

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Nothing really earth-shattering about this outfit, but this vest always makes me feel good. That’s really all.

So, let’s move on. What was YOUR favorite outfit from March?

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Favorite Outfit of February

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

At least one of you said that you liked my little list last month of stuff I did during the month. So, here it is again!

In February, I:

  • Traveled to Tampa
  • Ran my fastest half marathon ever
  • Won enough money to cover my drinks at the horse racing track and come home with $4
  • Participated in my first paid in-person focus group (about grocery shopping and store brands)
  • Tried two new-to-me restaurants (RPM Steak and Forno Rosso)
  • Met a ton of Chicago foodie Instagrammers at an event at Fremont
  • Visited the Garfield Park Conservatory for the first time
  • Published 21 blog posts!
  • Continued to lift literal tons of weight at the gym
  • Became the VP of Education for my work’s Toastmasters club
  • And, of course, worked my regular day job

So, while I was doing all of that, what outfit was my favorite? Actually, I think it was one that’s pretty much a throwback to how I used to dress.

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When I dress like this I still feel powerful and professional. Plus, it was nice to bust out some color in what is generally a fairly dreary month.

But, enough about me. I want to know what YOU think! Which of the outfits below was your favorite in February?

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