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Skirts and Stuff

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Every few months I get my hair cut shorter and then keep up with it for awhile. But then I get busy and don’t make an appointment and my hair gets long and I get antsy. So then I make an appointment (I currently see Paul at Manchester Salon in River North) and get it all chopped off.

And then I have to decide whether I regret it or not. Right now I’m still on the fence. However, so far I’ve had more good hair days than bad so I suppose that’s a good sign.

05_May_2015 - 1 of 4 (1)Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Top – Langford Market (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)

05_May_2015 - 4 of 4 (1)When I went to get my haircut my hair dresser wanted to know if I was going to wear it straight or curly. Well, I said, it’s apparently summer. So curly it is. I actually don’t mind the humidity since it helps my hair curl.

05_May_2015 - 2 of 4 (1)However, the one thing I’m not necessarily looking forward to this summer? Baring my legs. Unfortunately, none of my dress pants fit so I have a feeling it’s going to be this skirt and a lot of dresses. And why don’t I want to bare my legs?

Well, between what I’m sure it going to be a horrible tan line from my biking and running shorts (yay triathlon training) I’m also working on upping how much I can deadlift in the gym. Right now I’m up to 5 reps of 180 pounds. Deadlifting can leave some nasty bruises and marks on your shins so I’m currently sporting some fun spots which, thankfully, you can barely see in the photos.

I suppose, though, I should wear all those things as badges of pride, right? Yes, let’s go with that.

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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?



Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I mentioned on Wednesday, Jason and I had to fly to Arizona for his grandfather’s funeral earlier this week. It may seem a little morbid or crass to take an outfit photo of what I wore to the funeral, but, like Jason and I discussed, it’s an outfit. I wore it. It’s not spectacular but, then again, it was a funeral. Not a Las Vegas show.

So, in the interest of keeping it real, this is what I wore.

black-dress-black-cardigan-1We did indeed fly out in a snowstorm and apparently we were the last plane out of O’Hare before they cancelled everything else for the day. We were 40 minutes late to Phoenix but still caught our connecting flight to Flagstaff because the Phoenix airport had been fogged in (what??) earlier in the day which caused our connection to be behind schedule.

I don’t know what I believe or don’t believe about the afterlife, but there is a tiny part of me that thinks it would be nice if Jason’s grandfather had a hand in making sure we got to our destination in spite of the odds.



Breaking the Rules: Wearing Leggings to Work

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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You guys, I did it. I wore leggings to work. Something I swore I would never do. Although, to be honest, they’re actually running tights, not traditional leggings, but still. I wore them. And I kind of liked it.

plaid-letote-shift-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Leggings – Old Navy (same) | Scarf -gift (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

plaid-letote-shift-dress-3Of course, I wore them under a dress and not with a short shirt or something. I still can’t endorse that. But wearing them as footless tights? Okay, maybe that I can get behind.  I hate to say it but they ARE pretty comfy.

So, what do you think? Are leggings worn like this okay for the office or am I on a slippery slope to wearing my pajamas to work?



Last of Le Tote

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I read an article this week from the Independent Fashion Blogger website about how you shouldn’t take your photos at lunch because the lighting is bad. This made me laugh because sometimes lunch is the only free time I have!

Although yesterday my lunch hour was especially nice because it started off with a 30 minute chair massage courtesy of work. Nice perk, eh?

In an effort to make the most of my first Le Tote box, I’m wearing another piece from it today. This black and white chevron top.

letote-chevron-top-1Top – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar)

As I mentioned, Le Tote sends you five items. You guys have now seen three. The necklace, the plaid top, and now this shirt. They also sent me a dress that was way too tight and way too dressy for my current job as well as a bangle bracelet that, while cute, would probably drive me crazy at work.

Still, I enjoyed getting this box and trying out new pieces I wouldn’t necessarily purchase. Or, at least, getting to try them out, wear them, and then decide if I want to purchase anything. For example, this top is insanely comfortable but, like the last one, it’s a little boxy on me. Plus, I already have a black and white patterned top and I don’t really think I need two.

Red shoes, though, I might need a new pair of those some day. Although, this particular pair has outlasted three jobs and a marriage. Not my marriage, though. I bought them to wear to a wedding and those people are now divorced.

letote-chevron-top-2I don’t plan to buy anything from this particular Tote, but I’ll definitely be trying it again. Especially since it’s a good way to get out of the “I hate my closet” doldrums without dropping a ton of money on a new wardrobe.

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The Bradamant Bodysuit

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Bradamant bodysuit


Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Bradamant (same) | Pants –  LOFT via clothing swap (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

Aaaaand we’re back to real life. It sounds like you all really enjoyed my Chicago Boutique Week last week, though! I hope I can find more local boutiques to partner with. If you know of one, let me know!

After a week of fun in the sun I’m happy that the Chicago weather is cooperating and allowing me to ease back into the chilly temperatures. I mean, look, it’s even warm enough for me to finally break out this sleeveless top I won from Engineering in Style!

I admit, I ordered this top because I thought it looked stunning on the model. And then I put it on and remembered I am not a model. It’s interesting; this top is actually a bodysuit. Anyone else remember those? Remember how we struggled with the crotch snaps? Or is that just me?

Anyway, Bradamant wants to make the bodysuit more luxurious. This one definitely has unique styling and all of their bodysuits have adjustable hook and eye closures (similar to a bra strap) instead of snaps. This top is very well constructed but I think I lack A. the long neck and B. the correctly sized torso to really pull it off. I may try it with higher waisted pants or a skirt next time, even though that may make me look like I have even less of a torso.

At least now I have a tan so that I’m not the same color as the fabric?


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The Leopard and the Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse, black pants and black cardigan

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse and brown bow belt

Cardigan – Target via clothing swap (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory via ebay (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Here’s the deal. Just because you see something on Pinterest that catches your eye doesn’t mean you have to recreate it exactly. Take, for example, the prompt for today.


I don’t own anything coral (yes, the orange sweater I mentioned on Tuesday has been returned) and I can’t wear jeans on a Thursday. But, I actually own that exact same top so I paired it with black dress pants and a cardigan that I’m pretty sure I got from Sierra at the clothing swap I went to on Saturday. Pants + leopard print blouse + cardigan + brown belt = similar outfit.

Don’t have a leopard print blouse? Just wear something printed! Cardigan + prints = fun outfit!

And in case you’re wondering why this post is kind of short, well, you can thank the Library Bar at the Public  Hotel for that. Complimentary drinks and food for the Windy City Bloggers Collective Happy Hour on Wednesday night? Let’s just say I took full advantage.


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


Shades of Gray

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same)

I love today’s inspiration photo from Two Birds Inspiration Monday.  A striped shirt under a tweed or boucle jacket, distressed jeans, a scarf tied to her purse.


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Unfortunately, our cool spell seems to be ending so I skipped the fun jacket and went for a boring cardigan. However, this inspiration photo made me think about wearing my gray pencil skirt instead of black one which I normally would have gravitated towards with this shirt.

So, I mean, my outfit is pretty typical office wear. A pencil skirt, a shirt, and a cardigan. Nothing groundbreaking. But I’d like to think the gray skirt gives it a little bit more visual interest than a plain black and white one! You know, shades of gray and all that.


I Always Hated Geometry

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Geometric print shirt, black pencil skirt, black cardigan, Vince Camuto heeled sandals

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same)


So, it’s Thursday. It’s actually the third Thursday of August. Do you know what that means? It mean’s it’s time for the Third Thursday Threads link-up at Work Clothes, I Suppose which this week is geometric prints! I admittedly wracked my brain trying to figure out if I had anything geometric and all I came up with was this shirt. I suppose I tend to gravitate towards smaller prints. Or less abstract prints? I don’t know. Regardless, I think this is the only vaguely geometric top I own.

Although, come to think of it, if I own patterned tops they’re typically polka dots or stripes. Or leopard. Funny how we tend to get in a groove, huh?

Are there any patterns that are overly represented in your closet? Any that don’t show up at all?


P.S. I honestly did always hate geometry. In fact, when I took it in high school our teacher said if we had an A in the class before the final then our final exam score wouldn’t count. I worked my butt off and got that A. So I didn’t study for the final. And got a D on the exam. Thank goodness it didn’t count! That’s the lowest grade on anything I’ve ever gotten in my life.

P.P.S.  You might also notice something different about my hair. Yep, I got it cut last night! Shortest it’s been in almost 5 years!


This Leopard Print Has More Spots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer



Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – NY & Co (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – TJ Maxx (similar) | Bracelet – Gorjana (same)

Yes, yes, I know I just wore this leopard top recently but I figured that wearing it again today was perfect. Why? Because not only is today’s Trend Link-Up animal prints but it’s also One Piece Many Ways at Putting Me Together. And since I can pair this top with just about anything in my closet I’m wearing it again today. And reposting my graphic of 8 other ways I’ve worn it.


Leopard goes great with both other neutrals (white, tan, black) and with brights (blue, green, pink). In fact, considering that I love pairing my leopard heels with pink or this pink necklace with this leopard top that it’s taken me this long to put it with my pink pencil skirt. Definitely a “duh” moment. See, this is why it’s not a bad thing to have multiple types of items in colors that you like. Like pink? Then it’s okay to have a pink skirt, pink blazer, and pink necklace in your closet. You can mix and match them with one others items, in this case leopard print, and have a multitude of outfits for all seasons.