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The woman from Venus [SIA Post]

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Early last week we had the most amazing weather in Chicago. Sunny, warm, and perfect. That’s when I wore this outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.


I suppose that means I can finally put away that snow shovel, huh? Actually, funny story: I was using the snow shovel to scoop up the trash that the rats in our alley were dragging out of our trash cans. See, the rats chewed a hole in our trash can and, even though I contacted the city about getting a replacement, six weeks went by with no new can being delivered.


Then when I was visiting my mom and complaining about the rat situation, she said I should call my alderman. Good idea! I found out who it was, sent her an email, and BAM! Literally the next day we had two brand new trash cans!

As the saying goes, I guess that’s just the Chicago way. I may have lived in the city proper for over four years but I’m still getting used to how things actually work around here, It’s like I’m from another planet or something.


similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals | similar necklace 

Skirt c/o LuLaRoe Annabelle Winters | Sandals c/o Shopbop | Top c/o Le Tote


Black and Navy [Pinterest Parallels Vol. 18]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

A few weeks ago one of my blogging buddies shared an event on Facebook. For $60 you could get hair, makeup and two hours with professional photographers in a location not that far from my apartment. I’d never paid for professional photos for my blog before, but I thought this might be fun.


And it was! I was originally a bit stressed about what to wear because the location, Boutique Photo Loft, isn’t my normal aesthetic. However, the photographers had a plain white photo backdrop set up, too.  I decided this was a great chance to try out a black and navy outfit I’d saved on Pinterest.


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt – Langford Market (similar) | Tights – Target (similar) | Scarf – Dry Goods (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

I showed up to the venue after work with a suitcase full of clothes, shoes and accessories. The venue was in this old warehouse, on the third floor, behind a hidden door. I felt pretty ridiculous walking up and down the hallway over and over again trying to find it! Finally, I figured it out and went on in. After a short wait, it was time for make-up and hair. The artist asked if I wanted anything in particular and I said that I wanted my hair to have volume and my eyes to have drama. I’d say she delivered on both!


The photographer got some great shots and was pretty good at telling me where to put my hands, where to look, and how to angle my feet. I need that kind of direction because I never really know what to do. But, I did learn I’m much better at acting playful than I am at acting serious.


I had a fun time and would definitely do it again now that I’ve had the experience!

I have a few more photos to share of other outfits so those will be coming up in the next few weeks. Don’t want to overload you all at once 🙂

Also, in case you’re curious, I did actually wear this outfit to work. And later that week a coworker told me I should be nominated for the best dressed employee in our office. I’ll take that kind of compliment!

Unintentional Throwback Thursday

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I know maxi skirts have been in style for awhile now and I know that some people swear by them. I do own two maxi dresses but, believe it or not, I don’t own any maxi skirts. So, I decided to try one from Le Tote (<- referral link) to see if it was something I wanted to add to my closet.

Strangely enough, once I got it I stood in front of my closet for what must have been 30 minutes trying to figure out what to wear with it. I’ve even written a post on Tretinoin chemotherapy and yet I still couldn’t come up with anything. Except this.

red-cardigan-black-maxi-skirt-2Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Boots – DSW (similar)

Maybe it’s because it was cool and rainy out the day I wore it so I wanted to wear boots. Maybe it’s because I felt weird tucking something into it. Maybe it’s because I felt that anything I put with it could just as easily be done with my black maxi dress.  Whatever it was, I was really struggling.

red-cardigan-black-maxi-skirt-3And after I put this outfit together I spent the entire day feeling like I was wearing a costume. Specifically, I felt as though I was dressed up as myself from college. I had a black maxi skirt that  wore all.the.time in college and I liked to pair it with black loafers or black boots.

red-cardigan-black-maxi-skirt-1But I’m glad I tried this skirt from Le Tote. It told me that I don’t need a black maxi skirt in my closet right now. Maybe I’ll feel differently in the summer and I’ll see if they can send it to me then. For now, though, I won’t be adding one to my wardrobe!

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life

Jewel Tones and Black Boots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Green sweater, purple scarf, black pleated skirt, knee high boots, patterned tights

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Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Watch Groopdealz (similar)


So, this week’s Trend Spin is Jewel Tones. I admit, I had to Google which colors were considered jewel tones. Turns out, there’s not really a consensus. I suppose technically they are colors that resemble gemstones, such as emerald, dark red, purple, and dark blue. The opposite of a jewel tone would be a pastel or lighter version of the darker colors.

I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones but strangely I was having a difficult time coming up with an outfit today. See, I also wanted to participate in Sarah’s Take One, Pass It On challenge 2.0. I did this in February as well and it was a good exercise in remixing items in my closet. However, since I didn’t wear any jewel tones yesterday I decided to take the boots and pass them on to today!


So, which item will I pass on from today’s outfit? Guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Black and Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

For some reason I thought I had this post scheduled for yesterday. Apparently not. So, here it is today.

Good morning, everyone! I’m actually out of the office today because my mother-in-law is visiting (and I’m taking her to trapeze class with me!) but when I saw today’s Inspiration Monday photos I couldn’t NOT post something!


Click the photo to see the full outfit

I immediately thought of my black and green dress that is almost these exact colors. I’ve never posted it on the blog with bare legs and minimal accessories so I was going to wear it today. But, it’s a little dressy for trapeze. Instead, here are four outfits I’ve worn over the past two years that also have the same color scheme.


Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3 | Outfit 4

As you can probably tell, I like this color combination. And, in fact, the inspiration photo for today has given me ideas for even more black and green combos!

What do you think? Is this a color combination you would wear?

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Shirt – Target (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – BCBG outlet (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Show (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Total outfit cost = $123

Today I  have a lunch meeting to meet a new department head so I decided to forgo my usual Friday Casual jeans and instead wear this pleated jersey skirt (with pockets!) with my very first chambray top. Today is the day to showcase your favorite Target score for Whitney and Heidi’s  “We Love Target” link-up.



I bought this chambray shirt almost two years ago off the clearance rack at Target. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but I do know it was probably my best Target purchase in awhile (other than my red trench coat that also came off the clearance rack).  Unfortunately the Target closest to my apartment – the one I can walk to – doesn’t have the best clothing section, clearance or otherwise, so I haven’t gotten any good deals recently.

This skirt, though, I bought in 2009 at an outlet mall in Napa, California for a song. It’s super comfy and has held up amazingly well for jersey material. It has a slightly casual feel to it but it’s also easy to dress up, as evidenced by the time I wore it to work with heels.

However, to keep with the Target love theme, the shirt, skirt, and shoes listed in the links above are all from Target! Because, really, who couldn’t use a black skirt, a chambray top, and a pair of red ballet flats?



Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

Blazing in Pink

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Blazer – H & M (similar under $35) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar)


Full disclosure: this photo of me in a bright pink blazer on a sunny day was taken on Sunday. Because today? It’s raining. Again. Also, it is almost May and I’m still wearing hosiery. There is something really wrong with this.

Actually, you can be honest, there might be more wrong with this outfit than the fact that I still have to wear hose. For some reason (I think it’s because I’m currently “enjoying’” being a woman if you catch my drift) none of my clothes feel right this week. Probably a mistake to wear pencil skirts right now, huh? Ladies, can you commiserate?

And now that you’ve gotten way more information about me than you wanted you can go back to your regularly scheduled Tuesday. I’ll be over here tugging down my skirt and trying to figure out if I should unbutton my blazer or not. Thoughts?

Woman in Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Necklace – JC Penney | Shoes – Nine West

When I was in seventh grade I wore black (or black and white) probably 90% of the time.  I wasn’t goth.  I just really liked black and white.  I still do, actually.  And all black can be a really classic look.  Why do you think most women have a “little black dress” in their closet?

But all black can be badly done, too.  Many people think all black is slimming.  If you wear black clothes that are faded, too big, or too tight it just makes you look frumpy, not classy.

My suggestions?  Toss the old, faded, pilled black pieces.  Stick to flattering shapes no matter the color.  Look for items that are current in terms of shape and silhouette.  And remember, when in doubt, add a statement necklace or fun shoes.  That will definitely keep you looking from looking too funereal.

Twirling Toward the Weekend

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Banana Republic Outlet | Skirt – BCBG Outlet | Necklace – The Limited| Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx


Friday in my neck of the woods means casual.  Typically I wear jeans on Fridays since that’s the only day of the week they’re technically allowed.   But since Chicago is on its third day of record breaking heat there was no way I was leaving the house in jeans.

So, I put on my most casual, comfortable skirt.  This full jersey knit skirt is as comfortable as a t-shirt and can be dressed up with heels and a necklace or dressed down with a tank-top and flat sandals. 

Full, pleated skirts are very on trend right now.  This is actually the only full skirt I own!  Although, I just ordered some on crazy clearance from The Limited to try out.


We’ll see how I feel about those.  I doubt either of them will quite as comfy as the one I have on today!

What’s your go-to casual Friday outfit?

What the Leopard Dragged In

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Ann Taylor Outlet | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s | Necklace – New York & Company

I’m dragging this morning.  I had what I’m referring to as a “lost weekend”.  It was fun, don’t me wrong, but partying a bit too hard on Friday night followed by staying up all night on Saturday night (and riding my bike 25 miles) has left me a bit worse for wear this Monday AM.

So, here we are back at my uniform of black pencil skirt and interesting top.  This blouse is a teensy bit peplum so it’s got that going for it.  The necklace is more visually appealing than just the plain silver or pearl one I would normally wear.  And the shoes?  A last minute decision to break up the simplicity of the outfit.

But, really, I think it just goes to show you that even if you’re not feeling 100% you can still look put together.

P.S.  I added all my June looks over on Facebook? Let me know which one is your favorite!