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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!

  

Little Changes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of August or enter my Fossil watch giveaway!

In a fit of feeling uninspired, I decided to look through the blog archives to what I was wearing last September. I landed on this outfit and decided that I was just going to recreate it but add my leopard print flats instead of heels.

And then I started getting dressed and the outfit kind of took on a mind of its own.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Faux leather shell – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

The cardigan and jeans are the same, but I swapped a plain black tank for my faux leather one, skipped the mini bubble necklace in favor of my floral statement piece, and went with zebra instead of leopard print. Clearly I still needed some kind of animal.

I ended up really liking this outfit. In fact, I think I like it more than the original. Too bad the pictures turned out horribly. .

Except this one.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-1Which was taken by a random dude on my apartment building’s roof. He saw me with the tripod and the remote and offered to help. He had a bunch of his own camera equipment out so I said, sure, why not. Too bad he didn’t understand when I said I wanted a full body shot. And no camera could help that it was the end of the day and most of my make-up had worn off.

Just keeping it real over here, folks.

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Hot and Misty

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

So, for some reason my comment notification emails are no longer showing up in my inbox. I’m not sure what’s up with that and I hope you guys are still getting my responses. Because I do try to respond to every comment I get! Even if today they are about how leggings are not pants.

White chiffon top and black leggings with scarf and fedora Top – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Hat – Taste of Randolph street festival vendor (similar)

Or maybe your comments will be about how my smile looks a little crazed. I took these pictures on Sunday and it was HOT and I just wanted to be done. I was sweating like crazy. But this outfit is actually perfect for my office and the weather today. Mainly because these are pants, not leggings. I swear! And the weather has cooled off substantially so wearing a scarf in July isn’t totally odd.

Although, just typing that seems odd. I swear, am I the only person who checks the weather a hundred times before deciding what to wear? You just never know in Chicago!

For example, like I said, on Sunday when I took these photos it was ridiculously warm outside and people were pressing the mist button on this sculpture at the park like crazy. Yes, this sculpture has a mist function. It’s super fun and I’d actually never seen it in action until Sunday.

Summer scarf with black and white outfit

See it in the background? And see the guy staring at it? That was basically everyone’s reaction. So, if you ever come to Chicago and want to see the misting sculpture, let me know. I’ll hook you up.

  

Simple but Good

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.

Striped shirt with black pleated skirt

striped-shirt-pleated-skirt-3Necklace – Express (same) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (similar)

The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?

And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.

Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.

Black pleated skirt outfit

  

Casual Professional

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Apologies for the lack of outfit posts this week. Holiday weeks just throw me for a loop. Not that I’m complaining about four day weeks at all. Trust me.

Anyway, I don’t even have that exciting of an outfit for you today. It’s a suit. A black suit. At least I added some stripes?

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

I had a meeting today at a location with a “casual” dress code but I didn’t want to show up in jeans. So, in order to make my suit more casual I added a tee shirt and rolled up the sleeves of the jacket.

Admittedly, it took me a lot longer than it should have to come up with this outfit! I’ve gotten so out of the rut of wearing my black pants that I honestly forget what to pair with them. Something so simple shouldn’t be so difficult, right?

Anyway, if I had wanted to wear jeans I would have kept everything else the same and just swapped out the black dress pants for my bootcut jeans. See? Easy casual Friday look all set for you for tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I’ll be posting my Favorite Outfit of May round-up so don’t forget to come back and vote!

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P.S. There might not be any close-up shots of my left side for awhile. I, uh, accidentally gave myself a black eye on Saturday morning while hurriedly pulling on my arm warmers before going for a run. My hand slipped and I literally punched myself in the face. See? Bloggers are not perfect.

  

Cardigan Swap

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Purple cardigan with black and white printed top and black pants, Chicago style blogger

Gray scarf with black and white printed top and purple cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – clothing swap (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

For everyone who says that blazers aren’t their thing I just want you to know you can still get plenty of outfit ideas from photos of people wearing blazers. Take this outfit from Skirt The Rules, for example. I don’t have a blazer that color but I do have this cardigan! So I decided to recreate her look with pieces I’ve had in my closet for awhile.

I added the scarf because this particular top is kind of low-cut and it’s cold outside. The scarf keeps me covered up, warm, and office-appropriate. Plus it adds some nice visual interest to my outfit.

Okay, enough talk about clothes. Let’s talk about my weekend. I actually wore this outfit to the office on Wednesday because today I’m on my way to Cleveland!! Why? Because my friend Rachel is running her very first half marathon on Sunday and I’m running with her. I’m super excited for her. We’re going to have a great time. And I then I hear we’ll be going to some place called Melt for lunch. I believe they are the land of grilled cheese sandwiches? I’m definitely down with that.

Black and white paired with a purple cardigan

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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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