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Red and Black is Back

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After my latest Stitch Fix when they sent me a top with a red and black pattern (that I sent back because it was too big), I decided it was time to re-wear my red and black plaid tank that I bought last fall. So far I’ve only ever worn it with my faux leather pants with a cardigan or a blazer although I’ve also been meaning to wear it with my red pants.

But, the red pants are in the dry cleaning pile so here it is with black jeans and a red camisole.

Plaid print shell with black jeansTop – Langford Market (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same)

I know, man. I’m SO original.

I actually bought this exact same top for my mom last Christmas and she wore it out for our birthday celebration in January with a red pencil skirt and black knee high boots. It looked great!

Admittedly, I’m having some trouble coming up with other ways to wear this top. I’m open to suggestions!

Plaid tank top with black jeansP.S. I don’t mean to match my outfits to my dog, I swear!

 

  

Friday Stripes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

Hello there, Friday! Hello there, schizophrenic weather! Hello there, post-run ponytail!

I actually took these photos on my way to my Thursday evening class and had every intent of showing you how the outfit looked with the cardigan on, but it was way too hot outside. And considering I went for a run at lunch and it took me forever to stop sweating (even after taking a cool shower!) I was not about to make myself hot again.

Thankfully, the cardigan came in handy once I was in class since it’s A. in a computer lab and B. I sit directly underneath a vent. AKA it’s FREEZING in there.

By the way, I’m not getting a third college degree. I’m just taking classes for fun. Unfortunately, this class isn’t going over exactly what I wanted to learn (CSS, by the way) but I have learned a few WordPress tweaks and am in the middle of building a site for the Wurst Running Club Ever for my final project.

I lead an exciting life, don’t I?

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A Gray Kind of Day

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Black J. Crew sweater, gray animal print scarf, black jeans, faux leather moto jacket, J. Crew bow flats, Chicago style blogger, Fall in Chicago

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Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Zara (similar)

 

Two things I wanted to mention to you today. The first, the weather is horrible. Yet I stood outside in it to take pictures. All for you! Okay, for me, too. Because I hate taking photos indoors. Also, in full disclosure, I wore my Uggs during my commute and packed my flats to change into. Yes, I’ve become one of THOSE women. The ones who wear Uggs. I don’t care. They’re warm. And comfy. And on a cold, gray, wet day like today you need some of that while waiting for the train, you know?

The other thing I wanted to mention is that it’s actually kind of difficult to make a black crewneck sweater seem interesting. I actually have several ideas saved on my Pinterest boards but several of them involve also wearing a blazer over the sweater. I just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of layering today (in fact, even the scarf is kind of driving me crazy) so I looked for other ideas. So, the black on black outfit might be kind of boring but it’s doing the job for me today. And it just goes to show that you can wear a black sweater with crazy animal print one day and tone it WAY down the next.

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And thus brings us to the end of Take One, Pass It On week three. You know, if you want to see how lots of other bloggers are remixing the pieces in the closet from day to day don’t forget to follow Sarah’s Real Life. She’s the one who created this challenge and she’s the one who does the round of up all the participants every week. It’s a lot of fun to see how other people make new outfits out of the pieces they pass on from day to day.

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Yes, I Am Wearing Navy and Black Together

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW (similar)

I know I just said that the polka dots on this top are navy and not black but here I am wearing the top with black jeans. Why? Because this tweed jacket has both blue AND black in it (not to mention both silver and gold threads) so it’s totally okay that I’m wearing navy and black together.

Also, are you really surprised that I chose this shirt for the Take One, Pass It On challenge?

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It’s Friday and that means JEANS! So of course I had to find a way to wear something from yesterday with jeans.

Anyway, I don’t have much to say today. Except that last night I went to an AWESOME workout session and I’ll be writing about it on my fitness blog next week. If you don’t already, you can follow me over there or like Eri-thon on Facebook.

And stay tuned next week to see what items from my closet I remix into new outfits!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

Nude and Neutrals

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Cream boucle jacket with striped shirt, black skinny jeans, and sandals against the Chicago skyline

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Sandals – Unisa via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Would you believe I haven’t worked a Friday in two weeks? No wonder I was struggling with someone to wear when I was picking out my outfit for this week’s Casual Friday. Take two Fridays off and you can’t remember how to dress yourself. Thank goodness I could resort to my Friday uniform of a striped shirt, jeans, and a jacket.  Keeping everything in a neutral color pattern sure helps as well.

I also apparently forget to check the weather. When I put this outfit together and took pictures my brain was still stuck on the nice warm weather Chicago had this weekend and earlier this week. Hence the sandals and the photo sans jacket.

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Hahaha, that’s funny. Today I will not be removing my jacket and I’ll be swapping out my sandals for my nude heels. Even though this outfit is inspired by Stripes and Sequins she is apparently more hardcore than me to be wearing sandals when it’s still a tad bit chilly. Also, I totally could have swapped my current purse for my previous red one and included that bit of color. But I’m lazy and hate swapping purses. Just when I remember where I put everything in my current purse, why would I switch to another one and have to relearn where things are??

Am I the only one who prefers to wear closed toe shoes until it gets warmer? Do you have more than one purse?

  

Pink + Red

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Top – THML via Stitch Fix (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (use code HBAMM for $5 credit) | Shoes – Mia (similar)

Yes, yes, I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday but tonight is when my husband and I are actually going out on the town so I wanted to keep the vibe going.  Plus, pink and red is the theme of this week’s Friday’s Fancies with Long Distance Loving.  Who am I to argue?

But just in case pink and red together isn’t your thing, I also paired this outfit with a neutral shoe.

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Black shoes would also work.  As would heels in black, red or nude if that’s your preference. Or riding boots. Don’t want to wear skinny jeans?  Boyfriend or straight leg jeans would work just as well. Remember, the idea here is to inspire you not tell you that this is the only look that works!  It’s just another monochromatic top paired with a dark bottom.

But, tell me. Red shoes?  Nude shoes?  Should I have gone with black?  Did you do anything for Valentine’s Day?

P.S.  I’ve gotten some requests via my reader survey (which is still open for another few days!) to post more casual outfits.  Does this count?

Also linking up with Two Thirty Five Designs Casual Friday

  

Copycats Friday: A Light Bulb Moment

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – store in NYC (similar)

Before I had a style blog, before I even knew what Pinterest was, I saved an image on my computer from the Banana Republic website.  I loved the preppy, equestrian vibe it had going on.   I even sent the picture to another style blogger I read at the time to see if she would be willing to show me how to interpret it with items that didn’t require dropping a whole paycheck at Banana Republic.  She told me she didn’t wear much red and that was that.

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I recently re-discovered this image saved on my computer and THEN I learned you can upload photos to Pinterest!  That they don’t have to already be on another website to “pin” them.  Look, I may be book smart but I’m still learning about all these new-fangled Internet things.

Anyway, while perusing my pins for something to recreate for today’s Copycats Friday from Frills for Thrills I saw this pin and the light bulb went off.  I now have all those items!  In fact, I’ve had the gray blazer since September and all the other items for much longer but this week was when they finally all came together in my head.

Which is why you should totally save images of outfits that catch your eye even if you don’t have the items to recreate them at that exact moment!

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Also linking up with: Two Thirty Five Designs | Texas Lovebirds | Modly Chic

  

Casual Friday is Casual

Casual Clothes

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Cardigan – Van Heusen outlet (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – DSW (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

Happy day after Thanksgiving!  Are you on your couch recovering or have you been out shopping since midnight?  I’m not one to go all crazy with the shopping on Black Friday, believe it or not.  I prefer to shop when it’s nice and quiet and I don’t have to wait in lines a mile long.

Although, if I was going shopping I’d probably wear something like this.  Flat boots are comfy to walk in and layers up top make it so I can strip down if I get too warm.  The scarf add some visual interest to the outfit so it’s not too blah.

I wouldn’t wear this to work, however.  It’s definitely weekend or work holiday casual.   But if I wanted to dress it up for work I’d swap out the skinny jeans for black dress pants, wear a nicer black blouse instead of a crewneck t-shirt, and and wear black, brown or nude dress shoes.

So, tell me, did you do any shopping today?  How was your holiday?  Or did you just have a regular ol’ Thursday?

  

Leopard Showers

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Shirt – LOFT

Scarf – NYC Street Vendor

Jeans – The Limited

Shoes – Mia/Macy’s

Another casual Friday look!  The one day a week I can wear jeans to the office.

In fact, before I started this blog I spent a lot of time looking at other fashion blogs to see if I could help fill a niche.  What I found is that a lot of fashion bloggers were either too “high brow” (re: expensive designers, crazy vintage) or too casual (mostly jeans).  But, Jill at at Good Life (For Less) is pretty good at inspiring me with her color and pattern combinations even if she does despise dress pants.  So, I’m excited that she’s hosting a giveaway of her Spring 2012 looks:book!  All you have to do is follow her blog (and trust me, you’ll want to) and leave a comment!

And speaking of Spring, it appears our early summer weather has been replaced by traditional Chicago Spring weather.  Meaning:  rain.  So, in the interest of full disclosure, this is what I looked like while walking to the office:

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Coat – Gap Outlet

Boots – Kamik/Zappos.com

  

NYC Day 3

Casual Clothes

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Denim shirt – Target

Cardigan – Lucky Brand

Blazer – The Limited

Jeans – The Limited

Boots – DSW

Purse – Kate Spade

Our last day in New York!   We spent the morning running in Central Park and the rest of the day walking all over Midtown.  I dressed much more appropriately for the gray, drizzly, chilly weather and was very happy.

This outfit went with me to lunch in Times Square, to see Rockefeller Plaza, the Empire State building, Grand Central Station, and, obviously, the New York Public Library among many other sights.

We packed a lot into the few days we had and I think I got a great taste of NYC.

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