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From my shoes to my hair

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Voting is still open for your favorite outfit from June! 

Today Instagram will be filled with Fri-yay images and quotes and various other comments about how it’s the end of the week. Normally I just smile and scroll past but today I might just shout FRI-YAY myself. At the time I write this I have almost 20 things on my to-do list at work, and huge product enhancement going live this weekend that I need to help support.

Although, honestly, I am much happier being busy than not. It just takes some getting used to sometimes.

I could have some kind of silly segue between that paragraph above and today’s outfit photo, but I don’t really. So, here, have some black and white and pink.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar) | Earrings – Rocksbox | Watch c/o JORD (same

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I wore this outfit on Wednesday to get my hair cut. Originally I was going to wear black flats with this outfit but for some weird reason I like to dress a little fancier when I go to my hair stylist.  He did fawn all over my shoes, though, so I think it was worth it.

Sadly, I think I have to break up with my stylist. He cannot be on time and then he gets a little…indignant when I tell him I need to be done by a certain time. Plus, while he’s never given me a bad haircut, they’re just never really ones I love. Of course, I never really love my hair so there’s that.

Anyway, I think I’ll be trying someone new in the future. Probably after my triathlon in August.

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Then and Now [Vol. 8]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Polls are still open to vote for your favorite outfit from June! Looks like we’re getting a clear winner…but will it be your choice?

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Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Tee- Old Navy (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

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Anyway, I don’t have much to say about this outfit. I got this necklace from Le Tote and was inspired to wear it with blue and black and white. Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn this combination.

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I still have my blue blazer but for this outfit I swapped it out for the blue cardigan. Clearly I like accentuating black and white with cobalt and a little bling. However, out of all three of these looks, I think I like the middle one the best. Or maybe the cardigan and tee with different pants?

Also, you may have noticed that I didn’t post a Fourth of July outfit. Let’s just say I spent my weekend basically in workout clothes having a great time. If that’s not proof that I don’t get dressed up just for this blog, I don’t know what is.

I do, however, make my husband drive to locations with flowers, occasionally, just to take pictures :-)

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What to wear to pick up your triathlon packet

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Astute readers (and those who know me well) are probably already aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a fitness enthusiast. I’ve run marathons, half marathons, 5Ks and everything in between. I currently lift weights at the gym 3-4 times a week and I’ve been swimming and biking as well.

And why am I doing all of that? Because this amazing store called Live Grit opened up a block from my house and because of their encouragement I signed up to do two triathlons this year. And my first one was yesterday.

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I had no idea what to expect, but I will say that I did NOT expect to have to stand in the pouring rain for two hours. Yes, it rained basically from the time we got there until the time we got in the water to start swimming. It was a crazy adventure but, as you can see from my face in the photos, I was thrilled to be out there, feeling good, and completing every part.

IMG_1162But, first, before I could don my wetsuit on Sunday, I had to pick up my race packet on Saturday. And, of course, get my race number marked on my arms and legs. So, what do you wear to make sure the people with the marker have easy access? Well, I wore a dress.

Favorites - 1 of 3 (2)Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar)

Except, I fully admit that on Saturday it was SO hot that the jacket came off almost immediately after I put it on.

Favorites - 3 of 3 (2)And, yes, this dress is strapless. And, yes, I spent most of the day hiking it up because I felt self conscious.

Of course, getting our numbers written on our arms and legs ended up being all for naught because having to stand outside in the rain for two hours basically washed the numbers right off. On Saturday, Jason asked if I was going to wear something sleeveless to work today to show off my numbers. I said they’d be gone by then anyway. Clearly I was doing some kind of foreshadowing.

I ended up wearing this dress to lunch after the race, too. It actually converts to a maxi skirt so I just tossed on a tank top and this dress-as-a-skirt and stuffed my face at a local restaurant near the finish line.

I’m writing this post on Sunday night and right now I feel good. We’ll see tomorrow if I’m sore or feel beat up but at this moment I can tell you that I’m looking forward to a summer of swimming, biking, and running to get me ready for my next triathlon in August. Hopefully at that one the only thing that gets me wet is the actual swim!

Favorites - 2 of 3 (2)P.S. This month’s Third Thursday Threads theme from Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose is denim jackets. I’ll be linking up with her when that post is live later this week.

 

 

 

 

  
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Take Your Mom to Paris

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

I’ve never been to Paris. I was supposed to go once at my old job but it ended up falling through. So, the closest I’ve come was a cooking class I took with my mom this past Mother’s Day at The Chopping Block here in Chicago.

The class was called Take Your Mom to Paris and we made frisee salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, homemade croutons, poached eggs, green beans with tomatoes, croque monsieurs, and a strawberry custard.

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 8.42.44 PM So of course I went with the most stereotypical French outfit I could think of. Black and white stripes with black jeans and red shoes.

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia (similar)

I left off jewelry because I knew I’d be cooking and I didn’t want to worry about getting something in the food. It was chilly and rainy on Mother’s Day, though, so I added a black cardigan and my black and white polka dot scarf.

However, my “in action” photos didn’t capture the cardigan and the scarf. Cooking makes you warm!

10464065_10204099429427808_6148758928482108718_nIt was a great way to spend Mother’s Day and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something to do with your mom next year. Or just something fun to do with your girlfriends. Or significant other. Or, heck, go by yourself! They let you drink while you cook so you’re bound to make some new friends if you order a bottle of wine and share.

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Randolph Street Market Giveaway!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for those who are either local to Chicago or those who can come to the city this weekend!

What am I giving away? Two passes to the Randolph Street Market! Enter at the bottom of this post and make sure you do it quick because I’m picking a winner on Wednesday!

RSMartmktapril2015-final (1)This fun event happens every month but this month is the last one before it moves outside for the summer. The selection changes every time I go but if you’re into looking for treasures (and really good food) then you don’t want to miss it!

It also happens to be a gem of my neighborhood which, now that the weather is nicer, I’m hoping to get more photos of.  I mean, there are only so many times you can see my building’s rooftop, right? So here’s something else:

white-blazer-letote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) white-blazer-letote-dress-3Yep, I found flowers in my ‘hood!

In addition, my neighborhood is currently the hot spot for new restaurants. Which means if you go to the Randolph Street Market and don’t find something to eat there, you can always hit up an amazing spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even an early dinner depending on how long you spend at the Market.

If the weather is decent this weekend I plan to wear this dress with my denim jacket and my new polka dot sneakers. I mean, you gotta love a little black dress for its versatility, am I right? Wear it work one day, wear it out antiquing the next!

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Now, to enter the giveaway!

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Then and Now [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Then and Now

I was so proud of myself when I put this outfit together for this week’s Style Imitating Art painting which is totally gorgeous and right up my alley (see it here). Metallic and black and white? Yeah, I can do that!

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Bag – Nine West (same) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-3But, admittedly, there was something nagging me about this outfit. I felt like I’d worn it before. Turns out, I have.

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Apparently I really like to wear this faux leather shirt with this cardigan!

Unlike some of my previous Then and Now posts, I like both outfits equally. Probably because the only thing I did was change my shoes and my necklace.

So, if you ever needed proof that I repeat outfits, here it is.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-1Tomorrow I’m unveiling the 10 pieces I chose for Sarah’s Top 10 Remix challenge. I agonized over the items I wanted to choose so you know you don’t want to miss this!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

 

  
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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.

black-blazer-red-pants-2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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What to Wear to the Chicago Auto Show

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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!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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Then and Now [Vol. 3]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Then and Now

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?