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Getting Back and Giving Back

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A few weeks ago my friend (and side-gig boss) Kimberley invited me to attend a fundraiser for Back On My Feet. If you haven’t heard of them, Back On My Feet is an organization dedicated to helping the homeless, initially by creating running groups and training them to run races but also by providing job skills training and other tools for them to use.

Since BOMF is a running organization, the dress code for the event was cocktail party clothes and running shoes!

While I could have rented a dress from Rent the Runway, I went with my trust stand-by: a black silk halter dress from J. Crew that I bought on eBay 10 years ago, back when J. Crew had a wedding dress department.

And, yes, those are my real running shoes. They’re the ones I wore to run the Miami Marathon, even!

As for the event, it was a lot of fun. I’d never been to a fancy fundraiser like that before. There was even a silent auction AND a paddle auction.

In case you’re wondering, fancy dresses and running shoes is the BEST combination for a fancy event. I was SO comfortable.

If you want to be comfortable at your next event, I highly recommend this combination. AND, if you want, you can do some shopping for a similar combo on Shopbop and save money right now during their sale. And then you can donate the money to save to a charitable cause. Maybe even Back On My Feet. Come on! Let’s make cocktail attire and sneakers a thing!

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Dress 3 

Sneakers 1 | Sneakers 2 | Sneakers 3 | Sneakers 4 

Begins: November 21st, 2017  7:30am EASTERN TIME

Ends: November 26th, 2017 11:59 PM PACIFIC TIME

Personally, I’m always a fan of halter dresses. I know many women aren’t in love with their arms, but I think halter dresses make everyone’s shoulders and arms look good. Even if you don’t have direct overhead lighting that makes every single muscle stand out.

 

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Fire in the Night [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

In a case of serendipity, just before Jen sent this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Jason and I went to the July edition of the Full Moon Fire Jam. The week of the full moon, a group in Chicago puts on a show full of drummers and fire dancers and it’s completely free! And since this week’s Style Imitating Art choice is light in the dark, I realized the pictures Jason took at this event were perfect.

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And we can’t forget my outfit. I realized after the fact that the black dress works as a black background and my tan kimono is the light spot in my dark outfit.

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similar dress | kimono from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes 

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This is the second time I’ve been to the Full Moon Jam. There is something both relaxing and exhilarating about it. If you’re in Chicago when one of these is going on I highly recommend it. Bring some food for a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and get there early so you get a good seat.

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Erin and the Chewie

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge featured “Una and the Lion“, a painting full of neutral colors, a woman in a dress, and some animals. Therefore, I bring you my own version, also full of neutrals, a dress, and an animal: “Erin and the Chewie”.

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Dress – New York & Co (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) |Necklace – Le Tote (same)

This outfit was also inspired by one that Jen wore and it features the vest that I swapped with Jen. And since Jen chose the art for this week, basically this entire post is just all Jen all the time.

In other news, I’m meeting with a start-up this week called Shoe Drop to learn more about their business model and services. Basically, it’s a shoe repair service where you drop off your shoes at kiosks around the city, they pick them up, fix them, and deliver them back to the kiosk for you to pick-up. Perfect if you’re busy and don’t want to hunt down a shoe repair store. If there’s anything specifically you’d like me to ask, let me know! I never used a shoe repair service until I moved to Chicago but now I’m all about it since I walk so much and my shoes take a beating.

Speaking of which, I’ve been wearing these gold sandals so much that I bought another, similar pair. The reviews for my first pair said they run a half size big but I don’t agree with that. I ordered a 7.5 in the gold ones and they feel slightly too big. I ordered a 7 in the new pair and they fit perfectly. Just something to keep in mind!

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The Best View in Chicago

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I’ve lived and/or worked in Chicago for almost 8 years and yet, in all that time, I’d yet to take advantage of what some call the best view in Chicago: the observation deck of the Hancock Building.

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I can see my office from here!

Recently revamped as 360 Chicago, the observation deck is starting to host a ton of great events to get more than tourists to come check it out. In fact, if your zip code starts with 606, you can get tickets to the deck for only $10 until the end of the year!

Plus, they have a bar and a small cafe up there, not to mention Tilt!

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Yeah, this mechanism actually tilts you out over the roof of Water Tower mall from over 1,000 feet high! Trust me, it’s not as scary as it seems. Especially once you’ve had a little wine.

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Neiman Marcus Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Oh, they also have an awesome sunset series where they have special events starting at 6:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday nights you can bring your tripod to take photos, something that’s strictly forbidden the rest of the time.

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On Tuesdays they have Chicago Architecture Foundation docents talking about the buildings you can see in all directions.

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All I can tell you is that there’s the beach where I trained for my triathlon last summer

And on Thursdays they have DJs and drink specials. In fact, in May they’re serving a drink called The Yellow Ribbon where part of the proceeds go to ChicagoVets.org.

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You can also view the Wednesday and Saturday Navy Pier fireworks, the Air and Water Show, and much more! I had no idea, which is why I was happy to attend their media preview event. Jason is already planning to go back for a Tripod Monday night and I am pretty sure I’ll go with. Because for $10, why not? And the view will be a little different every time thanks to Chicago’s weather, I’m sure.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 18]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

When I was chatting with Katie from Personally Paleo on Saturday she was asking me about whether or not I had any series on my blog. Well, of course I do! Style Imitating Art, to mention just one. But it reminded me that I hadn’t done a Pinterest Parallel in awhile. So here’s one for you.

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Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Dress – Neiman Marcus Outlet (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar

I based it on this outfit that I saved on Pinterest. I mean, it’s pretty simple. A black dress with brown riding boots, a tan cardigan, and a leopard print scarf. I’ve had items like this in my closet for years. I even have two “little black dresses” that would have worked for this outfit.

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Jason and I took these photos outside my parents’ house. They live on a golf course and this tunnel goes underneath the road. I was hoping that it would be less windy down there but, alas, not so much. Also, we forgot our camera so we borrowed one from my parents. Resourceful, that’s us.

looplooks.net occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services…..like these boots. 

Let’s Get Dressy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before we move on from holiday outfits, I have one last one to share with you. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you probably saw that last week I was debating which dress to wear to the Windy City Blogger Collective Holiday Party at the Hyatt Centric. Long and black with a cut-out back or red and short.

Turns out the long and black dress won by a landslide so that’s what I wore.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Purse – Kate Spade (similar)

I am wearing a necklace, but it’s tiny and delicate so you can’t see it in the photos. And of course I didn’t think to take a close-up.

Also, Chewie did not join me for the party, however. He’s not a party kind of dog.

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Oh, and in case you’re curious, it’s really difficult to get a good photo of your back when you’re trying not to freeze while taking pictures with an impatient husband and a dog who would rather be playing at the park. This is the best we could manage.

Anyway, the dress got lots of compliments as did my hair. I got it re-dyed right before the party so it looked fresh and curled. I can’t curl my own hair (seriously, I am the worst) which is why it looks the same in most photos: either totally straight or kind of curly in its natural state.

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All of my holiday parties are finally done – except, of course, for the family gatherings I have coming up at the end of the week. But I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting all gussied up for those.

I hope you enjoyed all my holiday outfit posts. I totally didn’t plan to have three of them but, hey, I think it worked out well!

I also hope you have a great holiday or, if you don’t celebrate this week, that you enjoy your week!

Boots and Black and Bar Siena

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

A few weeks ago I finally got to try a new restaurant in my neighborhood: Bar Siena. I went with a group of friends and we enjoyed some yummy food and drinks. I knew I would be walking to and from the restaurant and I wanted to wear an outfit that was both cute and practical.

Hence, black dress and knee high boots.

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Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Nieman Marcus Outlet (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar

After I put together this outfit and wore it to dinner, my mom sent me some fun knit boot cuffs that would have gone perfectly with this! So, I foresee wearing this outfit again soon so that I can wear my new accessory.

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Also, amusingly, two of my three friends I was meeting for dinner showed up wearing red jackets. I ALMOST wore my red trench to dinner instead of my denim jacket. Wouldn’t that have been amusing? Clearly I’m friends with some ladies with good fashion sense.

Same Black Dress, Different Place

Casual Friday

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This past weekend Jason and I drove to visit his parents in their new home in Carmel, IN. I didn’t realize until after the fact that the last time we visited them I wore this same dress, albeit under completely different circumstances.

No more mountains in the background, for one. Carmel, Indiana is quite a bit different than Flagstaff, Arizona.

IMG_8938Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)

Other than Jason breaking our car to the point where we had to borrow one of his parents’ cars to drive home and now we have to go back this weekend so he can repair his car, I actually enjoyed my visit. Carmel has an adorable downtown that I hope to feature in future posts. It also has a great biking/running/walking trail that I explored two days in a row. One day while running and another day while biking. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s bike and rode over 20 miles on it. And stopped for Square Donuts.

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I may have also boasted that I’m pretty sure I can eat the Big Ugly burger at Bub’s and now I think someone is going to hold me to that. Maybe I’ll run the half marathon there on December 12th. Pretty sure I can eat a one-pound burger after that.

Anyway, Carmel might not have the skiing that Flagstaff does, but I think I’ll find enough stuff to keep me busy. Other than visiting my in-laws, of course!

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P.S. It was in the 90s while we were there and I hate wearing shorts in the car, so I went with this dress since it can be dressed up or down.  Also, I just noticed that my attempt to photoshop out the HORRIBLE bruises on my shins from deadlifting 215 pounds turns out kind of ridiculous in the last photo. See if you can tell….#humblebrag

 

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.

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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 🙂

 

Randolph Street Market Giveaway!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for those who are either local to Chicago or those who can come to the city this weekend!

What am I giving away? Two passes to the Randolph Street Market! Enter at the bottom of this post and make sure you do it quick because I’m picking a winner on Wednesday!

RSMartmktapril2015-final (1)This fun event happens every month but this month is the last one before it moves outside for the summer. The selection changes every time I go but if you’re into looking for treasures (and really good food) then you don’t want to miss it!

It also happens to be a gem of my neighborhood which, now that the weather is nicer, I’m hoping to get more photos of.  I mean, there are only so many times you can see my building’s rooftop, right? So here’s something else:

white-blazer-letote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) white-blazer-letote-dress-3Yep, I found flowers in my ‘hood!

In addition, my neighborhood is currently the hot spot for new restaurants. Which means if you go to the Randolph Street Market and don’t find something to eat there, you can always hit up an amazing spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even an early dinner depending on how long you spend at the Market.

If the weather is decent this weekend I plan to wear this dress with my denim jacket and my new polka dot sneakers. I mean, you gotta love a little black dress for its versatility, am I right? Wear it work one day, wear it out antiquing the next!

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