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Bundled Up with Faux Fur

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Dress – Target  (similar short sleeved, similar long sleeved) | Belt – The Limited | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

The university where I work puts on a huge Christmas choir concert every December.  The office that I report to is in charge of the planning for this event and, as such, I get recruited to help out with ushering and other duties as assigned.

Usually it’s freezing cold, snowy and icy when we have this event.  And since the vestibule of the church where the concert is held gets really cold we tend to bundle up.  Hence the fur vest and the sweater dress.

This year, though, it’s not as cold as in the past so I have a feeling that I’ll get pretty warm throughout the evening.  Which is why I can always strip off the vest, re-tie my belt, and ta da!  Another outfit!

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I have to credit to Katie and Pinterest for giving me the idea to wear a belt over my faux fur vest.   I like how it gives it some extra shape and keeps it from looking quite so bulky.

Black and Leopard: Inspiration Monday

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Cardigan –Lucky Brand (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Gap | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

Two Birds chose a deceptively simple look for today’s Inspiration Monday.  Black and leopard?  What could be easier?

Original Inspiration: Kate Moss

Still, I struggled with this outfit.  It’s strangely warm and rainy in Chicago today so I wanted to wear boots.  But I don’t really have a black top that I like wearing with these pants.  And my turtleneck is at the dry cleaners even if it had been cool enough to wear it.

Kate’s sweater looks as though she has a running race bib on it so I actually toyed with the joke idea of wearing one of my many race bibs for the photos.  But, this weekend was crazy with no chance to take outfit photos.  So I’m sneaking them in before work wherever I can and this AM I didn’t have the chance to take a silly photo.  So I subbed the white of the print with my new pearl necklace.

All of this to say, I love the idea of this outfit but not my execution.  But I’ll still keep playing around with it until I find something I like.  Because, again, black and leopard?  What could be easier?


The Black Turtleneck

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar)| Turtleneck – Old Navy (similar)| Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar)| Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW | Bracelet – JF&A Trade Show

In honor of submitting two looks with this black turtleneck to Jessica’s What I Wore Challenge: Fall Remix I thought I’d show you a third look here today.

But first, go check out my entry on Jessica’s post.  I’ll wait.  My entry is second from the bottom.  One look you’ve seen before.  The other is brand new and includes my faux leather skirt that has yet to be featured here!

Done?  Now you see why I think a black turtleneck is a fall closet staple?  It just goes with so many things.

For years I refused to wear turtlenecks because I felt like they were choking me.  Maybe you feel the same.  A black crewneck sweater can have the same role in your closet as a black turtleneck.  Not a fan of black?  Choose another neutral color like navy, camel or gray.  With a scarf, a blazer or a statement necklace you can dress it up or down for any occasion.

But don’t forget your jacket!

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Copycat Friday–Black Cat

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Pants – Gap | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)| Earrings – Bergner’s

It’s CopyCats Friday from Fills for Thrills!

I don’t even want to tell you how many images I looked through on my Pinterest boards try find something I wanted to copy.  Not sure why I was having such a difficult time this week.

In the end I settled on this outfit.  It’s a fun cross between Casual Friday and regular office sophistication.  And it’s based on an outfit from Wendy’s Lookbook.


I went with a pinstriped blazer instead of a solid black one because, well, my solid black one needs to go to the drycleaners.  However, this pinstriped one is a little bit too big so it might be going in my Poshmark closet very soon.

What do you think?  Did I hit the nail on the head with my copy?


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The Closet Workhorse

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Wilsons Leather | Blazer – Gibson via Nordstrom Rack | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark | Dress – The Limited | Boots – Cole Haan

Do you have a black dress in your closet?  One that can be dressed up or down?  If not, I highly recommend getting one.  I don’t really like to make lists of items that you HAVE to have in your closet because everyone’s lifestyle and favorite looks are different.  But a versatile black dress?  It’s pretty hard to find a woman who couldn’t benefit from having one.

Take this one for example.  I’ve also worn it two other ways since I started this blog.   Anything you can wear in both June and October just by switching up the accessories is a closet workhorse for sure.

Do you have a versatile black dress?  Would you want to own one?

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Blacks and Blues

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Top – Old Navy | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW

Yep, the boots came out today.  A gray, cloudy, windy day in Chicago?  Perfect boot weather.  I’m also working from home and then helping out with prep for the large conference I’m attending next week so I can go a little bit more casual than normal, even on a Friday.

This outfit mixes both black and blue which I’m sure many people think is a no-no.  But, actually, as long as they aren’t too similar in shade, you can wear them together.  It’s when they look like you couldn’t tell that one was a different color that it starts to get questionable.  Same with chambray or denim on denim.  You don’t want the colors to be too close to one another.

Oh!  I’m adding a new series to the blog on Saturdays and it starts tomorrow.  I hope you’ll check back! Here’s a sneak peak:

Otherwise, enjoy your weekend!

Surprisingly Neutral

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan, Necklace & Belt – The Limited

Dress & Tights – Target

Boots – Ciao Bella/DSW


Did you know that black and white (or in the case black & tan) prints can almost be treated as neutrals?  I’m serious.

See, the “safe” route with this dress would be to wear it with a black cardigan or blazer.  But the fun, spring-y route is to treat the dress like a plain black dress and wear whatever color cardigan and accessories I want!  Today I went with fuchsia because that just said “Spring” to me.


Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Scarf – Gift

Necklace, Belt & Skirt – The Limited

Sweater – Old Navy

Tights – Target

Boots – Ciao Bella/DSW


Needed something I could traipse around outside in while it’s raining or sleeting or whatever it’s doing.  Going apartment hunting this afternoon!

Also, would you believe my hair looked freaking adorable…until I left the house.  The combo of hat+wind+moisture took its toll within ten steps.  Oh well. 

The Fur is Flying

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Top – LOFT

Vest – LOFT

Necklace – Gift from my mom

Jeans – The Limited

Boots – Ciao Bella/DSW


This vest and this top were bought when LOFT was having 60% off of all sale merchandise.  They were kind of impulse buys but since stripes are really in this year I’m thinking I’ll get a lot of wear out of this top.

The downside to the vest is that it’s made of some kind of furry acrylic and it sheds all over everything.  So even though I no longer own dogs my jeans end up looking like I do. 

The Eyes Have It

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Glasses – OGI

Necklace – Gordman’s

Sweater – The Limited

Skirt – Banana Republic

Tights – Banana Republic

Boots – Ciao Bella/DSW


Why, hello late winter cold virus that is making my eyes so dry I can barely wear my contacts.  Hence the glasses.

I bought this particular pair of glasses about a year ago but rarely wear them out of the house.  They’re pretty cute, though, right?