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Hardcore Lace

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger wears a pink blazer, lace shirt, and faux leather pants

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

Today I’m mixing up a girly top-half with a hardcore bottom half. Pink, pearls and lace combined with black faux leather? What was I thinking??

Well, I was thinking that today’s Pinterest inspiration photo is a pink blazer with a lace top. I was also thinking I had a similar outfit saved on my own Pinterest board from Ask Away Blog.

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So, since Wednesday is not a jeans day at my office I decided I’d go with the black faux leather pants. But putting heels with them just seemed too over-the-top for work. Hence the flats!

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Adding flats to these faux leather pants and toning them down with  more feminine pieces up top makes it seem less like I’m going out to a club and more like I’m going to the office. Which I am. So I think that works out.

On a separate note, I went to the BEST wine bar on Monday night! I’ve always wanted a nice wine bar that wasn’t too loud, served items other than wine, and was close to my apartment. Turns out that there is one. At least on Monday nights Paola’s Vinum on Jefferson and Van Buren is a great spot to buy a bottle of wine and just chill with your friends.

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Finally Faux Leather

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Vince Camuto Faux Leather Leggings with black blazer and plaid tunic

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Tunic – Langford Market (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Leggings – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Red bracelet – gift (similar) | Black bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

Do ever buy something and think “This would go great with X! If only I had X…” Yeah, that happened to me when I purchased this plaid tunic. I’d been wanting a pair of faux leather pants or leggings and when I bought this top I knew it would go perfectly with them. The only problem? I didn’t have any! I bought a pair via Poshmark but they were way too small so a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was off work, I went on the faux leather leggings hunt. I must have tried on 20 pairs.  I really wanted a legging/pant hybrid so I could wear them to work without feeling ridiculous. I finally found this pair by Vince Camuto at Macy’s for 50% off. They have belt loops, a real fly, and back pockets. And, since the back of the pants is stretchy ponte material, they are super comfy. Of course, I had to go to two different Macy’s to find them in my size but I’m lucky enough that I can do that easily in Chicago.

So, I wore them to usher at the first performance of the annual Christmas concert where I work. I also wore this same outfit on Thanksgiving but wore my red sequined shoulder cardigan instead of the blazer.

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I’m super excited that I found these pants. I’ve always wanted leather or faux leather pants in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember (even when they weren’t “on-trend” like they are now) and I finally have some! I have lots of other ideas on how to wear them to work this winter so hopefully you guys don’t get sick of seeing them.

  

My First Sleeveless Blazer

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

CAbi Black and gray sleeveless blazer with black leggings and heels

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Sleeveless blazer – c/o CAbi (same) | Tank top – The Limited (similar) | Leggings – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

So my friend Holly who does personal styling and in-home shopping consults for CAbi offered to send me one piece from the fall collection to feature on the blog. I admit, I actually had a difficult time choosing! But, in the end, I went with this sleeveless blazer. Or, I suppose, vest. Vests (aka sleeveless blazers) popped up this summer as a great layering piece that adds extra interest to an outfit without adding extra warmth or bulk.

On an end of summer/beginning of fall day it was actually the perfect piece to pair with pants and sandals. When it’s cool enough in the morning to need a jacket but warm enough to ditch it by the afternoon a sleeveless blazer is a great compromise.

I suspect I will be wearing this one with dresses, skirts, and other colors of pants throughout the fall and winter! Plus the length is great for wearing with leggings.

What do you think? Fun piece or too retro?

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Comfy, Casual Friday

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar under $25) | Shirt – Gap (similar under $15) | Pants – Gap (similar under $25) | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW (similar for $55) | Scarf – JF&A Trade Show (similar under $15)

It’s Friday!!!  Who’s excited???  This girl right here. After a really long week at work I needed to celebrate Friday by wearing something comfy yet put-together for work. I know you can’t really tell from the photo, but these are NOT leggings. They’re actually skinny dress pants. But they’re comfy like jeans so they’re really a win-win situation.

Flat boots, a boyfriend cardigan that covers my butt, and a soft scarf round out my casual Friday outfit. For many people there’s no way this would fly in the office, but I recently read somewhere that you should take your cues from your boss. If your boss wears it then consider it fair game (caveat: your boss wears embroidered sweatshirts. Please don’t wear those to the office). And my boss has worn outfits almost exactly like this so I’m in the clear!

Speaking of being in the clear, I’m still attempting to stick to my goal of giving you all budget-friendly options for items you might need to round out your closet. And in this week’s edition I give you this entire outfit for $128.62 including the boots!

So, if your Friday needs a pick-me-up, throw on a comfy but cute outfit. And if you don’t have one, then use the links above to partake in some retail therapy. I won’t judge.

P.S. I mentioned that I was going to trapeze class last night. Well, I learned a new trick (called a set whip). Here are some photos:

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Linking up with Two Thirty Five Designs

  

Black and Leopard: Inspiration Monday

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Cardigan –Lucky Brand (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Gap | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

Two Birds chose a deceptively simple look for today’s Inspiration Monday.  Black and leopard?  What could be easier?

Original Inspiration: Kate Moss

Still, I struggled with this outfit.  It’s strangely warm and rainy in Chicago today so I wanted to wear boots.  But I don’t really have a black top that I like wearing with these pants.  And my turtleneck is at the dry cleaners even if it had been cool enough to wear it.

Kate’s sweater looks as though she has a running race bib on it so I actually toyed with the joke idea of wearing one of my many race bibs for the photos.  But, this weekend was crazy with no chance to take outfit photos.  So I’m sneaking them in before work wherever I can and this AM I didn’t have the chance to take a silly photo.  So I subbed the white of the print with my new pearl necklace.

All of this to say, I love the idea of this outfit but not my execution.  But I’ll still keep playing around with it until I find something I like.  Because, again, black and leopard?  What could be easier?

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No Plaid to Be Found on Inspiration Monday

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Blouse – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – Gap | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Tradeshow | Necklace – Gift | Watch – Fossil

Welcome back to the real world!  Or, at least, back to work for those of us who have been off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Going back to work is always such a rude awakening after several days off which is why I’m thrilled that Mondays mean Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!  Usually this makes it easy to figure out what to wear.  Although, I admit, I struggled a bit with this week’s ultra casual choice of plaid and denim.

Original Inspiration: Mary Kate Olsen

Which means you’re probably looking at my black and white outfit and wondering how in the world the two are related.  Well, here’s how:  oversized shirt over tight pants?  Yep.  Booties?  Yep.  A black accessory (mine’s in the form of a jacket)?  Yep.  Sunglasses?  Got ‘em.

There you go.  One inspired outfit that looks nothing like the original.

And with that out of the way, how about I announce the winner of the $50 Visa Gift Card giveaway?

Thanks to all of you, Loop Looks got over 200 page views for 5 days out of the past two weeks.  Which means that anyone who left at least two comments over the past two weeks gets one entry per comment into the drawing.  And everyone who likes Loop Looks on Facebook gets an additional entry.  So….drumroll please….

The winner is: Katie at An Alaskan Weredork: A Style Diary!

Hooray, Katie!  I’ll be contacting you shortly to get you your prize.

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about Loop Looks.  Keep it up!

  

Inspiration Monday – Breaking the Rules

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan – Target (similar)| Blouse – Gap | Pants – Gap | Scarf – San Francisco Chinatown (similar) | Necklace – Store in NYC (similar)| Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

Welcome to another Monday installment of Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!

Lauren Conrad tends to get emulated a lot in style circles.  The outfit for today isn’t anything particularly special.  Boots, leggings, a big sweater, and a scarf but she always manages to make whatever she puts on super-chic, am I right?

This outfit is perfect for traipsing about on the weekend but not so perfect for a Monday morning in the office.  So, I broke a few rules.  I went a little bit more casual than I normally would for a Monday.  I like to think the heel on the boots dresses it up a notch.  And speaking of the boots, I stuck with brown shoes with black pants.

Although, black and brown is okay now, so it’s not really breaking a rule anymore.

Actually, when you look at it, they’re all neutral colors so why not wear them together?

P.S.  Huge thanks to this week’s guest photographer, Molly!

P.P.S.  Like my scarf?  Pretty sure you’ll be able to pick up the exact same one at the next JF&A Show.  If you’re in the Chicago area mark your calendars for the afternoon of December 2nd.  I’ll be leading an outing to the show.

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Inspiration Monday– Patterned Jacket

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Express via Poshmark (similar)| Tank top – The Limited | Pants – Gap | Necklace – The Limited | Earrings- JF&A Trade Show |Shoes – Ann Klein 

When I looked at the Inspiration Monday photo for this week I admit I was a little stumped.  It occurred to me I don’t own very many patterned toppers.  I own patterned tops, but not much in the way of blazers, jackets or cardigans.

 

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I played around with a red blouse and my black pants.  I toyed with the idea of wearing a red cardigan.  But in the end I pulled this jacket on and even though it’s a little bit warm for it today I think it works.

I purchased this jacket via Poshmark.  If you have an iPhone and want to thrift shop or sell your own items from the comfort of your couch then you can sign up using code HBAMM and get a $5 credit!

Also, I just realized that I look like I could use another 24 hours of sleep.  I had a crazy fun weekend complete with running a half marathon so I’m a little worse for wear today.  But that’s no reason to look like a schlub otherwise!

  

Inspiration Monday–What I Wish I Wore

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – Forever 21 | Sweater – Old Navy | Pants – Gap | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW

It’s Monday and you know what that means!  Another Inspiration Monday from Two Birds Boutique!

The outfit they chose for today’s inspiration is absolutely adorable.  I wish I could have worn an exact copy of it to work.

Original Inspiration: Rachel Bilson

Sadly, jeans on Mondays are frowned upon so I had to wear something else.  Also, I don’t have an navy blazer.  Yet.

So, I took my cues from the individual pieces of the outfit. A gray sweater with a design on it.  A blazer in the blue family.  And, yes, I have on ankle boots although because they blend into my pants it’s difficult to tell.

However, I love Rachel’s look so much that it’s definitely going to stay on my Outfit Inspiration board for a future casual outfit look this fall and winter.

Would you wear Rachel’s outfit?  How would you interpret it?

 

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Coat from the Coast

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Don’t forget about the BISTM giveaway!  The tote bags are totally worth it!

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Blouse – Gap | Pants – Gap | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s | Necklace – Accessories Palace in NYC | Belt – came with a top from The Limited | Jacket – c/o Holly Haley, independent CAbi consultant

Holly Haley, a friend of mine from way back, recently became a CAbi consultant.  She generously sent me this jacket because she thought I could pull off the unique color and style.

I admit, when I pulled a short-sleeved trench coat out of the box I was a bit stymied.  Perhaps a short-sleeved trench works in California (where Holly lives) but I didn’t know about Chicago.  But then I realized that for those few days we have when it’s 55 degrees in the morning and 80 by the time you leave the office a short sleeved trench is the perfect accessory.

And since today was one of those days, I took my inspiration from What I Wore and threw it on over a simple black and white outfit.

CAbi has some really cute options and their website even allows you to play virtual dress up!  Here are some of my favorite outfits I put together.

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If you’re interested in shopping the CAbi catalog, contact Holly and she’ll get you set up!  Or, if enough Chicago-area people are interested I’m sure we could convince her to come out and do our own shopping party.

Until then, I’ll be figuring out new ways to wear my California-inspired jacket.

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