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SIA: Le Chien Noir

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Remember last week when I said that this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge was going to feature Chewie? Well, I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison from 8 month old Chewie to almost 3 year old Chewie.


Clearly he’s all ears and legs. I couldn’t quite get him to make the same face as the cat in this week’s art, though.


I went with black and tan with a little pop of red in my accessories. And in Chewie’s collar, of course.


I wore this outfit to lunch at a nearby restaurant that was donating proceeds to One Tail at a Time. Chewie came with us, too, and behaved himself quite well! A couple sitting across from us even commented on how well behaved he was. Hahah, don’t we have them all fooled?


Dress – Eva Franco (similar skirt) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Hat – vendor at a neighborhood festival (similar) | similar black bracelet | similar red bracelet

Don’t forget to visit Jen’s blog to see how the other SIA participants interpreted this week’s art choice!


SIA: An outfit for The Homecoming

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Last week I posted the art Jen chose for our inspiration this week: The Homecoming. Normally when I use art to create an outfit I gravitate towards the colors. This time, though, I went more for the lines in the painting. The grid structure of the bridge paired with the waviness of the water come together in this black and white outfit.


Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar)

Also, I apologize for the lack of outfit photos last week. It’s funny: you’d think that with summer and more daylight getting outfit photos would be easier. But, really, by the time I get home from work lately I’m more interested in throwing in my favorite shorts (which, sadly, The Limited is not carrying this season) and a tee or tank and lounging.

Weekends are usually full or, lately, full of staying indoors in the air conditioning!

That’s okay, though. I know that you’ll still read when I post and that summer is a busy time for lots of us! If you have a moment tomorrow, though, I recommend heading over to Jen’s blog to see how other people used this same art to create what I’m sure will be completely different outfits!



Red and Fabulous

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I’m writing this post while sitting in the airport on my way back to Chicago from Tampa. Let me tell you, as hard as it was to leave the 80 degrees, sunshine and amazingly low humidity, I’m looking forward to seeing this face. And my husband, of course.

In the meantime, I’m happy I have a backlog of outfit photos to share. I wore the outfit below to work on one of the randomly warm days we’ve had this winter. Although, to be honest, I did wear my Uggs during my commute.


Top – Le Tote (same) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (same) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar)


I really, really liked this outfit and debated keeping this top. I used to have a similar one that I wore in a similar outfit years ago that I got rid of because it was just too billowy. This one from Le Tote was almost perfect in many ways, but it ended up being a tad too short. It looks great in the photos but if I lifted my arms it rode halfway up my torso.

Still, when I wore this outfit to work our internal systems project manager told me that I always look amazing. Although, let’s be honest. It’s not that difficult to do in our office. And as much as I like being able to wear jeans, sometimes you’ve just got to wear your bright red pants and look fabulous.



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 17]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels · Style Imitating Art

When I got my new camel blazer for Christmas I knew the exact outfit I wanted to recreate using it. It was this one from Damsel in Dior. Turns out this outfit also kind of works for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge from Animated Cardigan.


Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt- Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman (same)

I know the original SIA photograph that Jess chose is all black and white, but I think the stripes on my shirt echo the trees and the tan jacket just alludes to nature.

In other news, I spent all of Friday and Saturday working at for a local half marathon and a good chunk of Sunday answering post-race emails. Our race shirt manufacturer missed our deadline and, as such, some of our shirts were stuck in transit and didn’t arrive in time for the race. Most people were understanding but there are always those who have to be rude or difficult about things, right?

Anyway, it just reinforces the life lesson that you should try your hardest to be nice to people. Why default to rude when it’s just as easy to be nice, you know?

I fully admit that I am not always the nicest person. Sometimes Jason has to say “Be nice” when I’m getting testy. So even I can stand a reminder now and then. No one is perfect.

Admittedly, even this outfit isn’t perfect. In the interest of full disclosure, I barely wore the blazer all day. After months of being cold our office is finally warm! So, I suppose, that my outfit ended up being a great interpretation of this week’s SIA choice after all.



Big Hairy Work Dreams

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Good morning! Welcome to Monday. I know some people have today off for Martin Luther King Jr Day but I do not. It’s just another work day for me. So here’s another work day outfit.


Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Blouse – old (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar

Anyone notice the hidden Chewie in the photo above? 

I spent several hours this past weekend working packet pick-up for the F3 Half Marathon that’s coming up this weekend. I’m working for them part time as a contractor doing customer service and, it’s weird to say, but I love it. I also love working packet pick-up for races. It’s hard to break into the racing management industry and it doesn’t always pay very much, but I love doing it.

I’m beginning to think that if I could make my living doing race management support part-time and personal training part-time I’d be a happy camper. And maybe running my own fitness studio (speaking of fitness, did you see my first post in my new Fitness Friday series?). So, I suppose I’d better get on trying to make that happen. Any suggestions on achieving a big hairy dream like that?



The Bathroom Selfie OOTD Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve recently noticed quite a few Chicago bloggers getting awesome partnership deals, finding amazing photographers to take their photos all over the city, even appearing on ads around town.


Scarf – gift (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

I am not one of those bloggers. My photographer is my husband. I don’t hustle and pitch to brands. I can barely manage to get photos once a week. If you ever needed any proof of that, this post is it. As I previously mentioned, my husband started a job that means we both leave the house before the sun is up and we both get home after the sun sets. Weekends have been full of exciting things which means no outfit photo shoots then, either.

Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Which is why today we are resorting to photos I took in the bathroom at work. Yep.

I don’t lead a glamorous blogger lifestyle and, you know, for as much as I envy some of those bloggers who have amazing photos and amazing brand partnerships I know that they worked really hard for those and they treat their blog like a part-time job.


Vest – Old Navy swapped w/Jen (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

I blog because it’s a fun hobby. Could I turn it into a full-time gig? Maybe. Maybe if I wanted that hustle. But sometimes I like being able to work my day job and leave work at work.


Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Shirt – Loft (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

So, I temper my jealousy with knowing that as perfect as it may look there’s always struggle and hard work and late nights and, I’m sure, tears. And the day my blog brings me those is the day I quit.


Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Boot cuffs – gift (same)

Although I will pimp for Le Tote and say that this dress and this scarf may be my two most favorite items so far. And you can try them yourself for 50% off the first month if you use code ERIN25!


When it rains

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

My life has generally been going pretty well, you guys. I had a great summer, I kicked butt at the Chicago triathlon, and all seemed right with the world.

And then my driver’s license and all my credit and debit cards were stolen.  Jason had some car issues that meant we had to go to Indiana two weekends in a row (three if you count this upcoming weekend when I will not be going with). Chewie seems to have developed the hacking crud and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not dog flu. In other words, all the shit hit the fan at the same time.

So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I go with a mindless outfit and revert to a basic color combination: red, white and black.


Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar

IMG_9004Bad things come in threes, right? So here’s hoping that I’ve had my share of crap for the time being. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I got my driver’s license replaced the same day it was stolen (thank goodness for having a passport). I got my credit cards shut down and reported before the thief could rack up too many charges and they’ve all since been replaced. Jason’s parents were nice enough to lend us a car and Chewie is young and healthy so I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery.

Still, it would be nice to end the summer on a high note and start to feel inspired to create outfits again. So, keep your fingers crossed the universe turns around and at least the rest of this week goes well. Mmmkay? Thanks.




One Box, Two Shoes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As a member of Brandbacker, I recently got the opportunity to try a pair of Alterre shoes as part of their pre-sale launch. I wasn’t asked to blog about them but think the concept is pretty neat so I wanted to share them with you.

See, you buy a “lift” and then you change the “look” with different ankle straps. They have both closed-toed and open-toed versions. I was sent the Mist Grey Sandal Starter Kit and the first time I wore them I kept it simple with the grey Jackie ankle straps.


Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Sandals – c/o Alterre (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar

IMG_2272At first I felt like they might be a little too dowdy or “old lady” but I got quite a few compliments on them from random women of all ages in my office building. So, I suppose they do appeal to everyone.

The strap across my toes was a bit tight when I first put them on but since they’re made of soft leather it did stretch out throughout the day. However, I did take a day off in between wearing them with the gray ankle strap and the navy ankle strap just to give my feet a rest. Otherwise they were quite comfy.

And speaking of the navy ankle strap, I’ll have those up for you in my next post. Stay tuned!

P.S. Last Sunday I fell while riding my bike and scraped the crap out of my left knee. These photos were taken before then, so if you suddenly notice a huge scab you’ll know why. Those would be post-falling photos 🙂



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.



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


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.





Then and Now [Vol. 8]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Then and Now

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?


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


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.


Now | Then | Then

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 🙂