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Big Hairy Work Dreams

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Good morning! Welcome to Monday. I know some people have today off for Martin Luther King Jr Day but I do not. It’s just another work day for me. So here’s another work day outfit.

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Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Blouse – old (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar

Anyone notice the hidden Chewie in the photo above? 

I spent several hours this past weekend working packet pick-up for the F3 Half Marathon that’s coming up this weekend. I’m working for them part time as a contractor doing customer service and, it’s weird to say, but I love it. I also love working packet pick-up for races. It’s hard to break into the racing management industry and it doesn’t always pay very much, but I love doing it.

I’m beginning to think that if I could make my living doing race management support part-time and personal training part-time I’d be a happy camper. And maybe running my own fitness studio (speaking of fitness, did you see my first post in my new Fitness Friday series?). So, I suppose I’d better get on trying to make that happen. Any suggestions on achieving a big hairy dream like that?

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SIA: Sunrise at Sunset

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

This past weekend Jason and I went up to Lake Geneva so I could run a 5 mile race and party with Valerie and friends.

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I know this photo is out of focus, but I think it looks kind of artsy, right? Anyway, I ran a great race and then we danced for like four hours (the race started at 2:30 pm). When you’re in your mid-30s there aren’t a lot of chances to drink beer and dance, you know?

Sadly, I did not win the dance competition (although I know who did….) but I had a really fun time regardless.

Anyway, when we got home on Sunday afternoon I wanted to snap a quick photo of the outfit I’m wearing today as inspired by Jen’s Style Imitating Art pick. The painting she picked is called “Sunrise” but we grabbed these photos at sunset.

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Top – French Connection (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar

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In my year-in-review of outfits, Jen commented that this top stuck out to her. I think it’s because it’s clearly the perfect thing in my closet to wear for this painting inspiration! However, I do tend to wear it in very similar ways every time.

Evidence? Here you go:

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P.S. Can we talk about my quads/hamstrings in that center photo? I mean, I know I’ve been working on them but, dang. I think it’s probably those that got me to my fastest 5 miles ever on Saturday. Seriously, guys, weight lifting has made me such a better runner it’s crazy.

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How do you fix a horrible, no good, very bad day?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Wine. That’s how you fix it.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Flats – J Crew Factory (similar

Ah, if only I had my parents’ wine cellar. Yes, this is in their house. Yes, I am jealous.

It’s okay, though. I finally cashed in my gift from my parents from back in August when I completed the Chicago Sprint Triathlon. They let me go to Perman’s Wine and buy some bottles. If you live in Chicago and want a nice, local wine shop I highly recommend Perman’s! Even if you don’t drink wine but want something to give as a gift or take to a dinner party, they can pick out something awesome for you. They also have some unique beers, ciders, and spirits if those are more your thing.

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I went on New Year’s Eve to get some wine to take to our neighbors’ as well as to have in the house. It’s come in handy this week when so far I’ve had some pretty crappy days. Tuesday was just a couple crappy meetings with my department VP and Wednesday, well, let’s just say that as I sit at my kitchen island writing this I can’t find my phone.

Yes, my phone is MIA. I had it on my desk at work but when I left the office to go the gym it wasn’t in my bag. I went back to my office but it wasn’t on my desk. Of course, when I can’t find something I get panicky so I might have overlooked it. Fingers crossed it’s actually on my desk when I get there in the morning.

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Otherwise, it’s a new phone for me! Although, I honestly don’t know if the stuff on my phone is backed up. So there’s that.

Anyway, as much as I’ve wanted to drink an entire bottle of wine several nights this week, I didn’t. I stuck to one or two glasses. But, if I have to deal with getting a new phone, well, I might drink an entire bottle. No regrets.

UPDATE: Phone has been located! But I might still drink a whole bottle of wine. Because that was stressful.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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?

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Then and Now [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art · 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.

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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!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

 

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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.

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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?

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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?

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