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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

If you use Pinterest you know that it tells you when people have also “pinned” something you’ve pinned. Over the past few months I have two pins in particular that have exploded with being “re-pinned.” Both are outfits I saved as inspiration from other blogs and both are quite simple. So, I figured that today I’d show you one of them and how I decided to make it a reality with my wardrobe.

This pink gingham shirt, gray sweater, and black dress pants outfit as originally see on Outfit Posts isn’t that earth-shattering. I mean, I wear a sweater over a button-up at least once a week. In fact, I just wore this pink gingham shirt last week!

But, today, I paired it with a solid gray sweater and black jeans (instead of dress pants) as my homage to MK.

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-1Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-3At my previous job I would have rocked the dress pants and the heels. But at my current gig black jeans and booties felt more appropriate.

And looking at MK’s original outfit and my parallel I have to say the the wider leg dress pants really help balance out the layers on top. Also, I think her darker gray sweater helps with the color balance between the black pants and the pink. It’s a nicer transition than my lighter gray sweater. Admittedly, I tried this outfit with a darker gray sweater that I have but that one is a v-neck and I just wasn’t feeling the v-neck with the button up and a necklace.

Still, I clearly like the concept and it’s not one that too foreign to me. But trying to parallel the original outfit helps me figure out why some outfits work and some just miss the mark.

What are your thoughts on this particular parallel?


Then and Now [Vol. 2]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Then and Now

What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’m wearing it now and talk about what I changed and why.

My bow tie print dress has been hanging in my closet since I wore it to my last day at work at my old job. I hadn’t worn it to my new job because it just felt too…over the top, I guess. But I decided recently that I didn’t care and was going to wear it anyway,

bow-tie-print-dress-2bow-tie-print-dress-3Dress – Comfort Me Boutique (same on eBay) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar)| Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – c/o t+j designs (same)

I also figured this was a good chance to do another Then and Now installment. Here’s how I wore it the last time it was chilly outside.

bow-dress-two-ways(original post)

Clearly I like to stick with a black and gold pallet, huh?

This time I left off the belt and wore ankle boots instead of heels. I also added more opaque tights. And, to be honest, I like the look of the cardigan and the heels (and the belt) much better.

I sort of felt like a little kid all day in my dress over my turtleneck. I’ve worn dresses over turtlenecks before (evidence) but it tended to be with more streamlined dresses. I think the belt and the cardigan help tone down the fullness of the skirt and the heels definitely do a better job of not cutting me off at the ankles. I still don’t like the look of ankle boots with dresses or skirts no matter how many times I try it!

So, what do you think? Do you prefer one outfit over the other? Why?


Weekend Wear

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On Saturday Jason and I actually had time to run errands, enjoy lunch out AND take Chewie to the dog park. Plus, it was warm enough for a lot of the day that I didn’t have to wear a coat. Instead, I wore my white blazer with a scarf and my current favorite graphic tee.

white-blazer-graphic-tee-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Megan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar)

One of our errands was checking out two furniture stores. We’re thinking about getting a new bed and want to find this one since it has so much storage in it! Unfortunately, while we can order it, we haven’t found a place in the city that has it in stock so we can see it in person.

However, while we were at one of the furniture stores I realized we were minutes away from Bad Apple and decided that I wanted one of their amazing burgers. Excellent lunch decision.

Then it was off to the grocery store and then home to change in order to take Chewie to the park. I’m pretty brave but not brave enough to wear white and be surrounded by pups!

Also, it occurred to me that although I didn’t set out to create this outfit as part of this week’s Style Imitating Art it kind of does. My scarf and the heart on the tee both echo the color of the accents and the gray background of my top stands in for the silver. Also, you hardly ever seen jewelry photographed on a white background like that (I feel like it’s usually black) so I think my white blazer helps the rest of the outfit stand out, just like the photo background.



Respectable Fun

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Apologies for the radio silence last week. I was super busy at work and at home after getting back from Florida. I even had to bail on a blogger event at Blaze Pizza. And when I pass up free pizza (and wine!) you know I’m swamped.

One of my jobs at work is to train new employees on what it is exactly that our company does and why. I don’t really train them on how to do their jobs, but I talk to them about our products, our general workflows, and which departments do what.

Although our company doesn’t have a dress code and we can basically wear almost anything we want, when I have new employees to train I try to dress nicely (not that I dress like crap the other days or anything) but not too over the top lest I scare them.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Target (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I had two new employees to train a few weeks ago and I figured a blazer with some fun jeans and a tee was just the ticket, I think. The blazer makes me seem like someone they should totally listen to but the moto jeans and leopard print say that I’m not super serious.

Or maybe I’m just deluding myself. Anyway, I really liked this outfit and thought it was a good way to wear these jeans that I’d only worn one other time.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express


Patterns on Patterns

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Welcome to 2015! I typically do my “year in review” post in February during my blog’s birthday month so don’t expect a full recap from me right now.

I’m sure you’re relieved, right? There ARE only so many year-end-recap posts one can read at a time, I’m sure.

Your eyes might not be relieved at this outfit, though. It’s a lot of pattern. But, it’s what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my family and no one’s eyes started bleeding so I think it’s okay.

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-2Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-3 Other patterns I’ve noticed over the past few months?

I’m having a difficult time figuring out my new style. Am I casual? Am I dressy? Do I care what people at the office think? I didn’t realize how much I actually enjoyed being “forced” to dress up or just how much having a boss with amazing style impacted me.

I am in awe of people who post “flat” outfits on Instagram using those white backgrounds and no shadows. How is this possible?

In the same vein, how do they keep all those Instagram style challenges straight? And do I want to do the same thing?

Finally, I mentioned awhile back (and maybe just on Facebook...) that I’m thinking of trying something new starting in February. I’ve saved so many outfits on Pinterest that I want to recreate with items I already own. So I’m thinking I want to try and purchase as few items as possible and use what I already have in my closet to put together outfits using Pinterest as inspiration.

I know there are already blogs out there that recreate inspiration photos and blogs that recreate stuff on Pinterest but do any of them do it without shopping? Hmm…




Post-Christmas Greens

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

I hope everyone is enjoying the end of their year! This is the first time in six years that I haven’t had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off and trying to fit in all the things I  used to do during that time is….interesting. I was so spoiled!

Anyway, I had a great time celebrating Christmas with my family and thankfully my stomach bug cleared up so I was able to eat whatever I wanted. Which is why I was grateful for this incredibly comfy sweater.

olive-vest-gray-sweater-1Vest – Old Navy (swapped with Jen) (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – gift (similar)

I bought this sweater on a whim at Old Navy one day and hadn’t really worn it much. But when I layered it over a white tank top I never wanted to take it off.

This outfit isn’t particularly ground-breaking or anything but it’s a good example of my casual style. Also, I’ve really been into vests this winter. And sweaters. But, I mean, winter in Illinois means sweaters.

It also means gifts. How’s that for a segue? I’m hoping to get my usual budget/gift post up this week (I know. You’ll just die without it.) but remember that previously mentioned no time off work? Yeah.

Maybe I’ll put it up on New Year’s Day when no one’s reading anyway :-)


The Gray Zone

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Last night I attended the opening of the Milk Handmade Pop-Up Shop which gave me SO MANY gift ideas for this year. Including hats. If you’ve always lusted after my gray winter hat I’m here to tell you that Milk Handmade has the hook-up on similar ones.

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-2Hat – Boutique in Sausalito | White shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Karen Kane via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Attending the launch gave me a great idea for a post about my favorite places to shop local in Chicago. I’ll admit, I see bloggers do gift guides all the time but in a way I feel like they are just a way for them to get clicks on their affiliate links in order to earn money. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money. But it feels disingenuous to create an entire post of just links.

Perhaps that’s hypocritical since I do link to similar (and same!) items using affiliate links when I post an outfit and occasionally do posts where I link to additional similar items in case you want to shop. But for some reason the gift guide to department and chain stores irks me.

So, instead, next week I’ll be sharing at least three places I am looking forward to shopping in Chicago and why they are my picks. And if you’re not in Chicago? Small boutiques might not have the best online shopping experience but I know that the ones I’m picking will be more than happy to help you over the phone!

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-1P.S. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on right now!


Erin Go Scarf

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, green scarf, black dress, faux leather

Dress – Neiman Marcus Last Call (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Although you wouldn’t know it since the city of Chicago turned into a giant frat party on Saturday, today is actually St. Patrick’s Day. Or at least that’s what I’m told. I’m also told that if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you get eaten by snakes. Or pinched. Or something.

Anyway, this is the outfit that H&K Style Journey and her friends chose for us to interpret for the holiday.


It took me a long time to come up with something to wear today that was inspired by this. Our Chicago temperatures are not going to allow for bare legs or short sleeves today so this summery outfit will have to wait.

Instead I decided to layer this dress with a sweater, tights, and a scarf. I don’t think this particular dress has made it to the blog before beyond a quick snapshot from last October. And I don’t think I’ve ever worn it to work. But it layers well and the faux leather accents add some extra visual interest so I have a feeling that it might show up more often now that I can think of more ways to wear it!

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style


Can you use a vest as a pillow?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wear a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.

Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade


A Wrinkled Perspective

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a burgundy faux leather shirt and leopard print cardigan


Cardigan – Gap (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Admittedly, one of the downsides of reading personal style blogs is that I tend to fall in love with outfits or specific pieces of outfits and then I end up hunting them down. This burgundy faux leather shirt falls into that category. I basically saw this exact same outfit on Penny Pincher Fashion (aside: I’ve been loving her style the past few weeks) and when she linked to this similar shirt I had to find it.

Thankfully it’s available for under $30 on Amazon.com and I had Amazon gift certificates I could use. The downside? It’s a little boxy and has some weird creases from the packaging. But, I’m hoping that once I remember to take an iron and a damp cloth to it (remember, I hate the iron) and figure out a few other ways to wear it I’ll have found a fun shirt that didn’t break the bank.

P.S. In case you missed it, I shared the results of the Reader Survey yesterday.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade