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The Hunt For Brown October

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For at least a year I’ve seen women wearing brown flats. They’re all pretty similar and pretty basic. But, look, a casual brown flat is something I don’t have and something I find myself wishing I could reach for all the time.

For example, I saw this outfit on Pinterest and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it…except for brown shoes. So, instead, leopard to the rescue!


Vest – Old Navy swapped from Jen (similar) | Top – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

Still, I’m on the lookout for brown flats. I ordered these from Zappos but when they arrived I noticed several things:

  1. They came up MUCH higher on my foot at the toes than I like. The vamp, I believe it’s called, covered up my tattoo and just looked really dowdy. However, if you don’t like “toe cleavage” then you might like the rise.
  2. The color wasn’t uniform. It was mottled and lighter in spots and darker in others.
  3. The heel still slipped even though it fit fine in the width at the toe.

So, back they went! I’ve now got these on order. My red MIA flats have lasted me for over 10 years at this point so I think if these fit they should last me awhile. If they don’t work, though, I think my next try will be these. Although, I have a Zappos gift card so I’d prefer to order from there. Suggestions are welcome!


P.S. These are probably the last photos on my rooftop for awhile. Apparently they are closing it to repair our building’s roof. Sad face for me but I suppose a happy face for the people who are tired of leaks.


Feelings of Deja Vu

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I know, I know, I just did a Then and Now post. But today’s outfit IS really similar to one I wore back in December. Just, you know, updated for spring!

utility-vest-chambray-shirt-3Scarf – gift (similar) | Vest – Old Navy swapped with Jen (similar) | Shirt – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)

And, if we’re being honest, I basically wore a version of this outfit all weekend. On Saturday I wore these jeans, a graphic tee, and a chambray shirt open over the top. Plus boots because it was raining.

On Sunday I wore these jeans, the chambray shirt, a different scarf, and these shoes. And my gray puffer vest.

And here we are today. That’s the nice thing about weekends. You don’t see the same people you work with so no one has to know how many days in a row you wore essentially the same outfit.

Except those of you that I saw this weekend and who are now reading this post. But you won’t tell, right?

utility-vest-chambray-shirt-2And, yes, if you’re keeping track I did indeed cheat on the Top 10 Remix over the weekend. So sue me.



The shirt dilemma

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Okay all, I need your opinion. I think I’m in love with this shirt from Le Tote. It’s not like anything I have in my closet, I love all the colors, and I can think of a bunch of ways to wear it.

white-blazer-french-connection-top-2Shirt – French Connection via Le Tote (same at Bloomingdale’s) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Necklace c/o Rocksbox (which you can still try for free with code looplooksxoxo) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar)

white-blazer-french-connection-top-3So why haven’t I bought it already?

I’m trying to decide if it’s worth 60+ dollars. I mean, it’s really just a polyester shirt! I’m basically paying for the brand at this point. But, I mean, I really like it.

I also really like the necklace but it’s similar to one I got for Christmas. So, I’m torn there, too. Although, with my Rocksbox credit it would be only $15….

white-blazer-french-connection-top-1I know, right? First world problems for sure. Which is why I’m turning to you, friends. Tell me: should I spend the money or no?


Then and Now [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Then and Now

I was so proud of myself when I put this outfit together for this week’s Style Imitating Art painting which is totally gorgeous and right up my alley (see it here). Metallic and black and white? Yeah, I can do that!

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Bag – Nine West (same) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-3But, admittedly, there was something nagging me about this outfit. I felt like I’d worn it before. Turns out, I have.


Apparently I really like to wear this faux leather shirt with this cardigan!

Unlike some of my previous Then and Now posts, I like both outfits equally. Probably because the only thing I did was change my shoes and my necklace.

So, if you ever needed proof that I repeat outfits, here it is.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-1Tomorrow I’m unveiling the 10 pieces I chose for Sarah’s Top 10 Remix challenge. I agonized over the items I wanted to choose so you know you don’t want to miss this!

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 7]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

In yet another edition of Pinterest Parallels I’ve gone ahead and copied mostly the top half of an outfit from Pink Avenue. White blazer, pink sweater and crystal necklace.

white-blazer-pink-sweater-1Blazer – Forever 21 (same) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

white-blazer-pink-sweater-3I knew I wanted to wear this outfit as soon as this necklace came in the mail from Rocksbox. I do love a rhinestone necklace, that’s for sure. So of course I wanted an outfit that would show it off.

It also helped that I went to the gym before work and could pack my leopard flats into my gym bag while wearing my (snow!!) boots. Yes, winter has arrived again. And even with a sweater and a blazer I was freezing in my office so I think I’m going to have to layer up even more if I want to survive until summer.

And then, of course, I’ll need to layer up to survive the air conditioning.



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels

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?


What to wear in the mountains

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Although Jason and I had to fly to Arizona last week for a not-so-fun reason, I have to admit that I was a bit loathe to return to Chicago. Why? Well, for one, the views are amazing. The other? It was in the 50s! I was able to wear this outfit without a coat!

chambray-shirt-black-jeans-2Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

chambray-shirt-black-jeans-1I actually wore this outfit on the plane. I always bring a scarf in case it’s cold and these boots are perfect for plane travel because they slip on and off easily. This shirt is really, really soft and the jeans fit me well.

I also felt like I fit right in while in Flagstaff. It’s not a very fancy town so plaid, chambray, jeans and boots are all perfect for the casual, rustic, rural vibe.

Do you have a typical go-to travel outfit?



Then and Now [Vol. 1]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Then and Now

As I mentioned in my December shopping (and gift) summary, my mom bought me a new pink blazer. I had a pink blazer from H&M but it always fit a little bit too small.  So, I decided that I would use my new pink blazer to kick off a new series that I’m calling “Then and Now”.

polka-dot-sweater-two-ways(original post)

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’d wear it now and talk about what I changed and why.

I’d like to make this a weekly series, but I can’t promise anything right now. Regardless, I hope you like it!

So, on to this week’s “Then and Now” outfit.

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-1Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Kohl’s (same)

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-2For this outfit I clearly swapped the old blazer for the new one and the pearl collar necklace for this teardrop multi-colored one. The regular blue jeans are swapped for black jeans with matching black booties to make it more streamlined on the bottom.

I never did care for the way those gray boots cut my leg off mid-calf so I was more than happy to go with the ankle boots instead. Overall, though, I think I liked this sweater with the pearls a bit more than with the teardrop necklace although I do like that the necklace has both pink and gray in it which ties the two pieces together.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the “then” or the “now” versions?



Vested Again

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Pssst! Voting is open for your favorite outfit of December!

I know, I know. You just saw this vest but like I mentioned the last few times I’ve talked about packing to travel, I love to throw vests on because they can change up an entire outfit AND they help keep you warm. And since I took this vest to visit my parents and now since I’m showing you what I wore on that trip, well, you get to see it again.

striped-shirt-olive-vest-1Vest – Old Navy swapped with Jen (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – Dry Goods (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Funny story, though. I wore this outfit without the scarf when visiting my family for Christmas. Why? Well, I really wanted to but, see, I’d put a plain black scarf on my Christmas list and then I ended up getting one from my Secret Safety Officer (our version of Secret Santa) at work and he didn’t even know I had one on my list! But since I didn’t know if one of my family members had gotten me a black scarf I didn’t want to wear it and make them upset that I’d already gotten one.

However, I REALLY like it better with the scarf so this is totally how I wanted to wear it. But, I sacrificed my good looks until after we opened presents. Turned out no one else got me a black scarf so I would have been safe! And I’m happy my Secret Safety Officer asked his girlfriend for help when picking me out a gift.

striped-shirt-olive-vest-2Also, I clearly have a problem when wearing stripes and a vest when visiting my parents. This particular top is replacing the one I wore last time (seen here). I put this one in my closet from Le Tote because I was looking for a replacement for my old Loft one. This one is perfect which is why it’s not getting sent back. Sorry anyone else who wanted it! Just kidding. They have more than one. Proof? Sarah at Sarah’s Real Life wore it the same time I did.


The Gray Ankle Boot Holy Grail

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

As I mentioned back when I wore floral and argyle together, I’ve been on the hunt for a great pair of gray booties. I fell in love with the Rag & Bone Harrow style but, alas, they were out of my price range. However! Thanks to my partnership with Shopbop I was able to save my gift certificates for this H by Hudson pair!


Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Jeans and a Cute Top Shop (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Booties – c/o Shopbop (same)

So these are now officially the second most expensive pair of shoes I own. And they are worth every penny. But, no worries if you can’t afford them yourself but want a pair of gray booties for yourself! I’ve put together a list of 9 pairs that range in price from under $30 to just under $300 with most being under $150.

Shopping for Gray Ankle Boots and Booties


 Ankle booties are very “in” right now. Second only to riding boots, I would say. Of course, they don’t keep your ankles as warm as riding boots so don’t forget to wear socks with them! And if you’re not sure how to wear your skinny jeans with ankle boots, try rolling them at the ankle like I did in today’s outfit.

gray-hudson-ankle-bootsSpeaking of today’s outfit, I’m not in love with the top half. Every time I wear this vest I feel like Spongebob Square Pants. Except square and black and furry instead of square and yellow and porous.

plaid-shirt-faux-fur-vest-2No, I do not have kids. Yes, I still know words to the theme song.

Anyway! I do love faux fur vests but maybe I should look for a more fitted one? Or just accept the fact that this one, while soft and fuzzy and pocket-having, just doesn’t work for me and own it regardless.

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