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No St. Patrick’s Day Pinching Here

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago tends to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on the weekend before. Dyeing the river green, tons of drunk people, a parade, and I’m sure some other stuff. I spent my weekend celebrating Pi Day (3-14-15) by running a Pi Day 5K and then eating pie. I also got out on my bike for the first time this year and rode 35 miles.

And then fell and scraped up my elbow. Oh well. There were more highs than lows this weekend, even if I wasn’t celebrating like the rest of the city.

So, instead, I’m wearing my green today!

green-pants-letote-sweater-1Sweater – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

green-pants-letote-sweater-3When I first pulled this top out of my Le Tote box I just laughed. It looked so TINY! And short. And I already have a short torso so I can’t imagine how short it would be on someone other than me. I thought, there’s no way I’m wearing this.

But then I thought, wait, what if I layer it over a black tank top? The black accents on the sides would probably make it look like the tank was part of the design of the sweater. And, you know what, I think it works. In fact, I’m actually thinking I might keep this sweater since it’s currently on sale for $23.

What do you think? Or does that just make you want to pinch some reality back into me since you can’t pinch me for not wearing green?

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Sometimes you just get tired of jeans

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Sometimes I just get tired of wearing jeans. Does that happen to you? Or is it just me? Anyway, last week I had one of my professional association meetings and I decided that was a good enough excuse to wear my new red pants.

black-blazer-red-pants-1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

These are the pants I bought to replace my previous red pair that got ridiculously large in the waist and that I felt never hit me quite right at the ankle. I bought these ankle pants in a Tall so that they actually came to my ankle bone and didn’t end just at the bottom of my calf. To me, that is NOT an ankle pant when they have such a short inseam.

Short girl with long legs problems, I guess.

Anyway, when I was at the office I just ditched the blazer so I didn’t look as dressed up. Thankfully, no one says anything to me. In fact, my boss actually asked my opinion on a t-shirt he was designing for our team since he says “I’m the one with the fashion knowledge.”

Maybe I shouldn’t have showed him that Crain’s article.

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What to Wear to the Chicago Auto Show

Casual Clothes

Last Wednesday Jason had the day off work so I took the day off as well so we could go to the Chicago Auto Show. In the past we’ve gone on the weekends and, let me tell you, it was SO much nicer to go during the week. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the United States so I’m sure you can imagine that it gets crowded on the weekends.

Of course, while my husband was photographing all the pretty cars I made him take a few photos of my outfit as well.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (similar) | Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

When you go to the auto show the key is to park in Lot C (which is underground!) so you can leave your coat in the car. However, even though you’re walking indoors the whole time the parking garage can get chilly. Hence the vest and the scarf.

I got hot partway through the morning so the scarf came off. But when I got chilly again after lunch I just popped the scarf back on and I was fine.

Layers, people. They work.

Also, as we were leaving our apartment Jason looked at my shoes and said “Are those going to be comfortable for walking around?” Let me tell you; these TOMS wedges? Even more comfortable than my sneakers. I know. I walked dogs at PAWS on Sunday morning in sneakers and my legs were killing me!

Anyway, this outfit also does a great job of incorporating many of the elements of the Style Interpreting Art pick that Salazar chose to celebrate Vietnamese New Year. I’ve got green, brown, red, black and the texture of my vest echoes the texture of the fish in the art.

Oh, and I’ve got a new car.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-2Hahaha, just kidding. Although, I did see a few I wouldn’t mind owning. Time to go play the lottery!

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Then and Now [Vol. 3]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I know, I know. I JUST wore a black and white houndstooth outfit. But, in reality, I did actually wear these outfits on back to back days to work. No one noticed (or at least, no one said anything). I’ve admittedly been staying up too late and getting up too early which means my brain reaches for the first thing it sees outfit-wise. And in this case it was a houndstooth dress.

houndstooth-dress-1Dress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Cardigan – Old Navy (same) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Purse – Nine West (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

houndstooth-dress-2My boss at my former job used to wear a very similar outfit. Black and white wrap dress, long black cardigan, tights and flats. I always thought it was a simple and classy outfit. Yet, for some reason, it never occurred to me to wear it until my brain was half asleep and this is what I put on.

Clearly I was saving it in my subconscious for a day when I needed extra inspiration.

This dress was one of my first thrifted pieces that I ended up wearing on a regular basis. So, let’s take a look back at the very first time I wore it!

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The black and white dress with the purple cardigan is still one of my favorite outfits. Sadly, those sandals are no more but clearly the dress is still going strong! And, yes, I still have the cardigan as well.

Do you like the purple cardigan or the black cardigan better? Or are they equally awesome?

  
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How you know your outfit is a winner

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I had a hair appointment last week to get a trim and the instant my hair dresser saw me in this outfit he said, “Your outfit is so cute!”

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-1houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-4Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same)  | Purse – Nine West (same)

I told him that originally I was going to pair this sweater with my smaller houndstooth print skirt but decided at the last minute that I didn’t like them together and threw this skirt on as a last resort.

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-2“Oh, no,” my hair dresser said. “This one is perfect.”

I can’t decide if his gushing over my outfit means it’s a total winner or if it’s just his job to gush. Regardless, I’ll take the compliments and put this outfit on the winner list. houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-3Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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Vested Again

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Pssst! Voting is open for your favorite outfit of December!

I know, I know. You just saw this vest but like I mentioned the last few times I’ve talked about packing to travel, I love to throw vests on because they can change up an entire outfit AND they help keep you warm. And since I took this vest to visit my parents and now since I’m showing you what I wore on that trip, well, you get to see it again.

striped-shirt-olive-vest-1Vest – Old Navy swapped with Jen (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – Dry Goods (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Funny story, though. I wore this outfit without the scarf when visiting my family for Christmas. Why? Well, I really wanted to but, see, I’d put a plain black scarf on my Christmas list and then I ended up getting one from my Secret Safety Officer (our version of Secret Santa) at work and he didn’t even know I had one on my list! But since I didn’t know if one of my family members had gotten me a black scarf I didn’t want to wear it and make them upset that I’d already gotten one.

However, I REALLY like it better with the scarf so this is totally how I wanted to wear it. But, I sacrificed my good looks until after we opened presents. Turned out no one else got me a black scarf so I would have been safe! And I’m happy my Secret Safety Officer asked his girlfriend for help when picking me out a gift.

striped-shirt-olive-vest-2Also, I clearly have a problem when wearing stripes and a vest when visiting my parents. This particular top is replacing the one I wore last time (seen here). I put this one in my closet from Le Tote because I was looking for a replacement for my old Loft one. This one is perfect which is why it’s not getting sent back. Sorry anyone else who wanted it! Just kidding. They have more than one. Proof? Sarah at Sarah’s Real Life wore it the same time I did.

  
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That Houndstooth Vest

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I mentioned in my November Shopping Summary, I bought the cliched blogger vest: that houndstooth J. Crew one. Of course, mine is a “designer knock-off” but, really, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

And I’m pretty sure they all came from the same factory anyway.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-2houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-3Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)

I wore this outfit the day before Thanksgiving for the car ride to my parents’. Vests are perfect for situations like that because they keep you warm without overheating in the car. Or is that just me?

Anyway, my mom said she loved my vest and I always get a thrill out of her liking something I’m wearing. And, like I said in my shopping post, the quality of this vest is amazing for the price. I’m really glad I bought it.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-1P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit from November or enter one of the giveaways I’ve got going on.

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The Arrow Points to Dinner

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For the past three years Jason and I have lived in a booming area of Chicago that is filled with awesome restaurants and new ones opening all the time. However, for most of those three years Jason was in school so we didn’t have the disposable income to go out to eat that often.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Target (same) | Boots – Express (same)

But now that we’re both working we’re trying to take advantage of being able to try all these places so close to us. I wore this outfit to dinner on Saturday night when we went to Kaiser Tiger for sausage, bacon and beer. Seriously. That’s their motto.

letote-arrow-blazer-3I highly recommend Kaiser Tiger if you like any of those three things. I also recommend this jacket from Le Tote. It’s just structured enough to look dressy but comfortable enough to feel casual. I strangely had a tough time deciding what to wear with it, though, so in the end I went with plain white. I might try it one more time with black and white stripes, though. Just to mix it up. Or maybe a burgundy shirt instead.

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Last of Le Tote

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I read an article this week from the Independent Fashion Blogger website about how you shouldn’t take your photos at lunch because the lighting is bad. This made me laugh because sometimes lunch is the only free time I have!

Although yesterday my lunch hour was especially nice because it started off with a 30 minute chair massage courtesy of work. Nice perk, eh?

In an effort to make the most of my first Le Tote box, I’m wearing another piece from it today. This black and white chevron top.

letote-chevron-top-1Top – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar)

As I mentioned, Le Tote sends you five items. You guys have now seen three. The necklace, the plaid top, and now this shirt. They also sent me a dress that was way too tight and way too dressy for my current job as well as a bangle bracelet that, while cute, would probably drive me crazy at work.

Still, I enjoyed getting this box and trying out new pieces I wouldn’t necessarily purchase. Or, at least, getting to try them out, wear them, and then decide if I want to purchase anything. For example, this top is insanely comfortable but, like the last one, it’s a little boxy on me. Plus, I already have a black and white patterned top and I don’t really think I need two.

Red shoes, though, I might need a new pair of those some day. Although, this particular pair has outlasted three jobs and a marriage. Not my marriage, though. I bought them to wear to a wedding and those people are now divorced.

letote-chevron-top-2I don’t plan to buy anything from this particular Tote, but I’ll definitely be trying it again. Especially since it’s a good way to get out of the “I hate my closet” doldrums without dropping a ton of money on a new wardrobe.

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They can’t all be winners

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I mentioned in my August shopping summary that I ordered a blue pleated skirt from American Eagle Outfitters. Well, that puppy costs me $7 and this is the result.

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Vest – Express (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – NYC jewelry store (similar)

Let’s just say that, yes, there are still some items from American Eagle that are designed for teenagers with no hips. But, since it would cost me more to ship it back then I paid for it, I’ll keep it around for a bit and see if It grows on me. Or if shrink in it, is more like it.

As for the vest, I’ve had it a a number of years and I think it’s about time for it to go. It’s too short on me and just cuts me off at a weird spot.

Also, Chewie was NOT interested in playing nicely with the camera. Just in case you thought he was a good dog who listened nicely. He couldn’t have you think that. Nope.

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So, yeah, just one of those days. At least it’s Friday!