As I mentioned yesterday, I had a busy weekend! Part of it included being part of a trivia team with fellow ChicagoNow bloggers at a fundraiser for the Asian American Journalist Association. I didn’t know the dress code but I did know I was meeting my husband for dinner so I wanted to wear something fun. Specifically I wanted to wear my faux leather pants but with the cold weather I wasn’t sure what to wear with them. Could one wear riding boots with leather pants?
I hope the answer is yes because I did. I think the key is that my boots are faux suede in the front which contrasts nicely with the leather.
Anyway, in a room full of journalists from Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, UPI and two journalism schools (to name a few) guess who won? If you said the ChicagoNow bloggers you’d be right. Yes, my team won the entire thing! Our team was so well matched in terms of knowledge and we all contributed equally. Not bad for a group of strangers!
Would you like to win something for yourself? How about a $160 gift card to a spa of your choice? Well, you’re in luck because a group of us has gotten together to give away just that!
As the holidays approach, life always seems to get a little crazy. And many of us forget to take a moment or two for ourselves. So not only as a thank you from me to you as a token of appreciation for your readership, but also as encouragement for you to give yourself a little TLC this holiday season, I’ve collaborated with several other bloggers to bring you a great giveaway for a $160 gift card to Spafinder. Among many other wellness initiatives, Spafinder offers gift cards that can be used at a network of over 70,000 spas and wellness retailers around the world. If you’re interested in taking a few moments of time for yourself, check out their network and enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the gift card!
I fully admit that sometimes I put an item on my shopping wish list after seeing it on another blogger. And sometimes I hold out for a long time before I add it to my closet. One of those times was when I saw Penny Pincher Fashion put together the cutest layered outfit with a bright pink sweater. I did not own a bright pink sweater. I did own a bright pink button up but no sweater. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should add one. And then I decided that most of my sweaters are neutrals so it was totally worth it. Plus, there was a J. Crew Factory sale!
Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Vest – Target (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Express (same)
This outfit is a bit dressier than I normally wear to work but what I’m finding is that unlike many places I’ve worked NO ONE asks me why I’m so dressed up. It’s really refreshing. Still, it was funny. When I put this outfit on I wasn’t digging the skirt. Not because of the look but because of the comfort factory. A little piece of me was thinking, “Just go put on black jeans!” But, no! I will not wear jeans every day.
Not only would jeans every day make for a boring blog it would go against my belief to dress nicely so you feel better. Even if all I’m going to do is sit at my desk and move documents from an old janky template to a new one (that I created thankyouverymuch).
And because Chewie will no longer let us go take pictures in the stairwell without begging to come along, here are your gratuitous dog photobombs.
You may remember that back in August I purchased a gray leopard print sweatshirt from Stitch Fix. In my previous job this would have probably been a weekend-only top, although it’s so comfy that I’m pretty sure I would have found a way to wear it to the office. Regardless, it’s perfect for my current job so to work it got worn.
I kept the outfit really simple this time around but am already envisioning pairing this sweatshirt with red pants, black jeans, or even a black pencil skirt. Although, I also think leopard can be a neutral so who knows what else I’ll end up putting with it!
I had every intention of participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge but man, sometimes life just gets in the way. For example, I had visions of wearing my black sweater with my faux leather pants and black booties but I couldn’t find my black sweater. So then I switched it up with this outfit, took pictures, but then didn’t have time to blog until now!
And then I had all kinds of issues with this outfit. The jeans bunched up at my knees with these boots. I feel that the boots are too pointy for what’s in style right now (although, since these are the most expensive shoes I own, I don’t think I’ll be replacing them any time soon). And then I was having troubles taking pictures because it was so sunny.
Sigh. Difficulties all around. Ah, well. I suppose if that’s the worst part of my life right now I’m doing pretty well, don’t you think?
A few weeks ago I asked for your opinions on Facebook about which riding boots I should order from Sole Society. The almost unanimous opinion was that I should order these, the Maddy riding boots.
So, I did.
Here’s what you should know about the Maddy riding boots:
They are made of real leather. Since I don’t have any qualms with wearing real leather I prefer, when possible, to buy riding boots made from it because I feel that they last longer.
The entire back of the boot is stretchy material which is great for those of us with athletic calves
Based on a size 6 the calf circumference is 14”. I ordered a size 8 so the calf circumference was closer to 15.25”.
They come in all full and half sizes between size 5 and 10 and then only full in 10 and 11.
They don’t have a full inside zipper. It’s only up half the inside which I was a bit concerned about it but it didn’t end up making a difference.
When I first put them on I thought they were too bulky around the ankle. But that was on bare legs. When I put them on with my jeans they looked much better. And considering I mostly wear my riding boots with jeans I think they’d be fine. Plus, it can be difficult for me with my 15” calves to find riding boots that fit comfortably over my jeans and these did that just fine.
I also tend to shy away from boots that have straps around the ankle but with these the strap sits lower on the front of the shoe making it less likely to cut off your leg, visually, which I liked.
However, I ended up returning them. Why? Because the size 8 I ordered was too big in the heel.
I’m in a weird gray zone between a size 7.5 and an 8. The front of my foot is an 8 but my heel is a 7.5.
Sole Society doesn’t currently do exchanges so I’ll just have to hope that after they process my return they still have a 7.5 in stock that I can order to try. Otherwise I’ll be using my store credit to try another pair.
Yeah, that’s the other thing about Sole Society. They charged a $7.95 restocking fee if you ask for a refund instead of store credit.
Still, I really liked the elastic back and the leather was nice and smooth. I do worry that they might start to get slouchy around the ankles but hopefully the elastic on the back would help with that.
So, there’s my review of the Sole Society Maddy Riding Boots. Hopefully the 7.5 will work better for me because otherwise I really liked them!
I know I just said that the polka dots on this top are navy and not black but here I am wearing the top with black jeans. Why? Because this tweed jacket has both blue AND black in it (not to mention both silver and gold threads) so it’s totally okay that I’m wearing navy and black together.
It’s Friday and that means JEANS! So of course I had to find a way to wear something from yesterday with jeans.
Anyway, I don’t have much to say today. Except that last night I went to an AWESOME workout session and I’ll be writing about it on my fitness blog next week. If you don’t already, you can follow me over there or like Eri-thon on Facebook.
And stay tuned next week to see what items from my closet I remix into new outfits!
So, this week’s Trend Spin is Jewel Tones. I admit, I had to Google which colors were considered jewel tones. Turns out, there’s not really a consensus. I suppose technically they are colors that resemble gemstones, such as emerald, dark red, purple, and dark blue. The opposite of a jewel tone would be a pastel or lighter version of the darker colors.
I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones but strangely I was having a difficult time coming up with an outfit today. See, I also wanted to participate in Sarah’s Take One, Pass It On challenge 2.0. I did this in February as well and it was a good exercise in remixing items in my closet. However, since I didn’t wear any jewel tones yesterday I decided to take the boots and pass them on to today!
So, which item will I pass on from today’s outfit? Guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!
Probably over a year ago I saved an image from the Nordstrom website of a purple dress with black riding boots. I loved the dress but it was a bit too pricey for me. So, image how excited I was when I found this one at The Limited on the clearance rack and it fit me perfectly? Now the key was finding the right time to wear it.
A cool fall weekend where you go to brunch, run errands or whatever it is you do outside of the house on weekends is the perfect chance for this outfit. Adding riding boots to the dress take it from work to casual and make it comfy enough for walking around the city.
And that, my friends, is the end of the 7×7 Remix! 7 items from my closet paired with different accessories and rearranged in different ways gives you 7 different outfits.
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)
It’s officially fall so I suppose that means it’s okay to break out the boots! I typically try to wait until the highs are in the 60s before I take my boots out of the closet for fall. Don’t want to rush the end of summer, right? Or maybe that’s just me. Because I don’t drink coffee I can’t get on the style blogger fall bandwagon and have a pumpkin spice latte in my hand (unless it’s a pumpkin spice chai latte from Argo Tea) and I don’t want to wear boots before it’s time.
Also, I could NOT come up with an outfit that involved pants for today’s Inspiration Monday photo.
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Olivia Wilde is beautiful and apparently has a really long torso. I do not have a really long torso. So while I contemplated black pants with my white studded leopard print shirt I knew it wouldn’t look nearly as good on me as it does on her. So, instead I went with the black, white and red color theme in her shirt. And boots. Because it’s fall. And I don’t want to fail at ALL the style blogger stereotypes.
Last week I wore this lace dress as a skirt for the first time and wasn’t too sure how I felt about that outfit. But I didn’t give up! No! Lace is very on-trend right now (I even saw an adorable eyelet lace dress at Old Navy yesterday) and I really wanted this sleeveless dress to work for colder weather. So, taking your advice from last week to add some black on top to balance out the black on bottom and using this and this as inspiration, I topped my lace dress with my black turtleneck, my leopard belt, and my black mini-bubble necklace.
Yes, I know, it’s technically spring. But the weather in Chicago didn’t get the memo and it’s still freaking cold here. So a turtleneck is totally appropriate.
Although, to be honest, I’m not actually at work today! But if I was, this is what I’d be wearing. So what am I doing instead? I’m on my way to Cleveland, Ohio to visit my best friend from college! I’m sure much hijinks will ensue. Well, at least as many hijinks as you can get up to when you’re in your mid-30s and one of you has a kid.