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Not always black and white

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

It’s a good thing I have a backlog of photos to post. Why? Because my husband started a new job on Monday and I have a feeling that his new schedule and commute, combined with the slowly decreasing daylight hours, means outfit photos won’t happen nearly as often.

And, yes, for those of you keeping track, this is his third job since he graduated with his chemistry degree less than two years ago. The first one was not a good fit and the second one was a contract job with a corporate policy of A. not hiring people with “only” Bachelor’s degrees and B. not keeping contractors for more than a year.

This new job is at least contract-to-hire but, unfortunately, his commute is going to be horrid. Which is why we’re thinking of moving to the suburbs when our lease is up.

Which breaks my heart.


Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) |Necklace – gift (similar

There are lots of reasons that it makes sense to move to the ‘burbs. It’s easier for me to commute downtown than it is for Jason to commute out there.  We could get a place with a garage where Jason can work on his car and still save money for retirement (which needs to be happening at a much faster pace).  And I’m sure there are other benefits that I can’t think of right now. Relationships are about compromise, right?

Nicole at Cedar & Rush recently made a similar move and she blogged about how sometimes we have to “give up things we LIKE, to get the things we LOVE.”

Does moving to the ‘burbs get me closer to something I love? I honestly don’t know right now. But, hey, even 5 years ago I didn’t want to move into the actual city of Chicago! Life isn’t always so black and white, you know?



Le Tote Leftovers

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I slowly recover from whatever stomach ailment I contracted while in Arizona, I’m very glad I had this photo from a few weeks ago before I sent back my last Le Tote shipment.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-arrow-blazer-1I actually wore this blazer twice (first time here) and clearly I like to wear it with v-neck t-shirts. But unlike the last time I wore it, this time I wore it to work. I sort of liked the Western vibe I got from wearing these ankle boots with jeans over them instead of tucked inside. However, I wished I had black booties to wear that didn’t have a high heel. So, I ordered these from Shopbop.

I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet since they came right before I left for Arizona and right now my brain is in survival mode and not “put together a cute outfit” mode. In fact, I left work after a morning full of meetings so I could come home and sit on my couch with this face.

chewie_tongueSo, if I don’t have anything interesting to say right now it’s because my brain is mush due to illness and puppy cuddles. Fingers crossed I’m more interesting next week.


Just a Tribute

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

On Monday night I attended the FABULOUS Windy City Blogger Holiday Party and wore a super cute outfit but since there’s no natural light and my photographer was at work anyway, I got no photos. I’ll just have to recreate it for you.

So, this is not that outfit. But, I still think this one is pretty cute. It’s very similar to an outfit I wore WAY back at the beginning of this here blog and I got the idea to wear it again from Brittany from The F Bombs.

cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-1Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Be Good (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

I almost wore my black ankle boots again but, strangely, I haven’t really been feeling the heels all that much lately. I think because the walking part of my commute is longer than it was six months ago. Or maybe I’m getting old. Whatever it is, I decided to wear the leopard flats which I think are a nice change of pace.cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-2This particular t-shirt is a bit boxy on me so by pairing it with a blazer it keeps me from looking too square. Because I’m not!

What I am, however, is a sucker for letting Chewie climb all over me. I mean, who am I kidding? He’s the star of these photoshoots anyway.



The Arrow Points to Dinner

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For the past three years Jason and I have lived in a booming area of Chicago that is filled with awesome restaurants and new ones opening all the time. However, for most of those three years Jason was in school so we didn’t have the disposable income to go out to eat that often.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Target (same) | Boots – Express (same)

But now that we’re both working we’re trying to take advantage of being able to try all these places so close to us. I wore this outfit to dinner on Saturday night when we went to Kaiser Tiger for sausage, bacon and beer. Seriously. That’s their motto.

letote-arrow-blazer-3I highly recommend Kaiser Tiger if you like any of those three things. I also recommend this jacket from Le Tote. It’s just structured enough to look dressy but comfortable enough to feel casual. I strangely had a tough time deciding what to wear with it, though, so in the end I went with plain white. I might try it one more time with black and white stripes, though. Just to mix it up. Or maybe a burgundy shirt instead.

letote-arrow-blazer-1Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with t-shirt, jeans and sneakers

Just Add Blazer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I put on this outfit, went to work, and then realized I’d worn almost the exact same thing just a few weeks prior. Except in that case I wore a cardigan and a scarf.  Something about this gray and navy combination with these sneakers is really speaking to me right now, I guess!

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with t-shirt, jeans and sneakersBlazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Bucketfeet (same)

Of course, this time I added the blazer which I think takes this outfit up a notch in terms of work wear. It’s still really casual with the sneakers but it’s more polished than the cardigan. At least in my opinion.

By the way, my husband is working second shift this week which means he doesn’t get home until around 10:15 PM. I’ve been staying up to see him but it’s making mornings really difficult. Especially when I have physical therapy for my wonky right shoulder at 6:30 AM two days a week. So, the under eye circles are out in full force this week. More than usual, anyway.

Navy J Crew Blazer with jeans and sneakers


Blogging and Beer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I tried to be a good little blogger yesterday and take my outfit photo at my new lunch spot. I walked over there, set up the tripod, and realized that while I had my camera case I did not have my camera. Blogger fail.

So, I took a photo when I got home while the chili I put in the crockpot was cooking.

Red blazer with leopard scarf and jeansBlazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – NY street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar

And then I proceeded not to have any of that chili. Why? Because instead I attended the Don’t Fear Your Beer event at Lakeshore Beverage with quite a few other Windy City Bloggers.

photoTheir event space is AMAZING. Not only do they have a huge room with a giant bar in the middle, a faux fireplace, bookcases, and comfy seating areas, they also have a theater with stadium seating for presentations. So, after enjoying beers at the bar we went into the theater to learn about how to taste beer. I personally learned that I still don’t like IPAs and stouts (although, stout over ice cream is do-able) but that Belgian-style wheat beers and farmhouse ales are where it’s at for me.

So, thanks to Lakeshore Beverage for showing us the ways of beer! And for making me want to throw a party in your event space. Maybe a beer tasting party for my birthday?

red blazer and jeans for casual Friday

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life and Vodka Infused Lemonade 


What to wear with seersucker

You Pick Wednesday

Valerie recently commented on another post of mine that she had a question that she wanted me to address: what do you wear with a seersucker blazer?

See, she has this one but wasn’t sure how to wear it. As she said:

I have a seersucker blue print blazer and I am never sure what to wear it with…I feel like dark colors don’t work with it so it doesn’t leave me many options, and the print may not work with other prints.

I do not own anything seersucker so I turned to the personal stylist to the Internet: Pinterest. And created a board just for Valerie!


As you can see, I found her quite a few options. They include:

  • Seersucker with jeans
  • Seersucker with white skirts or pants
  • Seersucker with red, coral, yellow, burgundy or green
  • Seersucker with navy or cobalt
  • Seersucker with floral print
  • Seersucker with stripes
  • Seersucker with a graphic tee

The Limited also currently has a light blue blazer on sale that could give Valerie some ideas on how to pair her light blue seersucker blazer.

For example, they’ve put it with these floral shorts. And although shorts aren’t office-appropriate, I think the print is a perfect pairing!


So, Valerie, I hope this has given you some more ideas on what to wear with your seersucker blazer!

What is your favorite outfit pairing?


Red and Comfortable

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Red blazer with black and white dress, Chicago Style Blogger


Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was packed full including:

  • Leading my first group run with the Chicago Area Runners Association
  • Going to my nephew’s little league game and my niece’s kiddie soccer game
  • Drinking way too many beers while hanging out with my family
  • Going to brunch with my Ragnar Chicago team (that’s a 200 mile running relay, by the way)
  • Visiting the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago for tacos and tamarind Italian ice (and to marvel at what is basically a flea market)
  • Passing out for a nap.

And because I’m going to be super busy today attending a conference I had to take these pictures last night. But since I fell asleep and then it started raining we had to sneak them in using the flood lights on the roof.

I think, though, that the lighting makes the red really pop. Of course, pairing red with black and white always makes red pop. I needed something comfortable to wear today and this dress is probably the most forgiving item I own. The last time I wore it I also paired it with a belt but wore a cardigan instead of a blazer. Not sure why I haven’t featured this dress on the blog since then! I’m thinking it needs to become a summer staple.

Chicago style blogger, how to wear a red blazer

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Tres Chic Fashion Thursday

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, pink pencil skirt


Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar flats)  | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar)

Sigh. You guys. This outfit looked so cute in my head. I wanted to wear my bright pink skirt today but I was struggling with what to wear with it. I put on this blazer and decided I looked cute. And then I saw the pictures and realized it makes me look super wide because the piping at the waist hits me at my rib cage instead of at my narrowest part. And this necklace just isn’t working at all.

So why did I even post this picture? Because I’m a real woman and I make real mistakes. I don’t claim to be a fashion expert. I’m just trying to wear what I have in my closet in as many ways as possible. And maybe this piece doesn’t need to be in my closet anymore. Learn from my mistakes!

Anyway, instead of listening to me whine (sorry, guys, I’m just having a slightly grumpy week. Can I blame it on the half marathon I have coming up on Saturday?) why not visit one of the amazing blogs linking up this week as I co-host Trés Chic Fashion Thursday with Vodka Infused Lemonade! Let’s turn it over to Agi:

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 86 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) A great turnout, I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at vodkainfusedlemonade@gmail.com. If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

My fabulous co-host this week is Erin from Loop Looks

Loop Looks

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

Sierra from Life as a Waterleaf

Life as a Waterleaf

Iris from Love, Iris

Love, Iris

Megan from Pink & Pretty

Pink & Pretty


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The Classic and the Trendy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, printed pants



Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Short necklace – The Limited (same) | Long necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

You know, sometimes certain things are meant to be. Like, take these pants for instance. I had a very similar pair saved on my Pinterest wish list (the ones linked above, actually) but couldn’t bring myself to spend money on them. I loved the print but I wasn’t sure if I could justify another pair of black and white bottoms.

And then I attended Maggie’s clothing swap and saw these in the pile. Same cut, similar pattern, but different colors! Thankfully the fit was perfect and they came home with me.

I’ve actually worn this outfit once before but it only made the blog in a small snippet of the Blaze Pizza recap. So, since I loved it so much the first time I knew it needed to get a chance to be in the spotlight. I really enjoy pairing fun and trendy pieces with more classic traditional pieces. Like, in this case putting these printed pants with this classic navy blazer.

Chicago style blogger, J. Crew schoolboy blazer, printed pants