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.
When I first put this top on when it came from Le Tote I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I originally had it on with my gray jeans but it was just “eh”.
Now, though, I think it might be my gray jeans that are “eh” because once I put the top on with dark denim I liked it much better!
Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar)
It’s cut kind of like a sweatshirt so it’s a tad bit boxy. Maybe not the most figure flattering, but, again, that’s why I like Le Tote. I can try stuff and send it back. I did indeed wear this outfit to work. And when I did I also discovered that these shoes are cracking at the edges. Actually, several pairs of my shoes are doing that. Ugh! Time to Shoe Drop, I guess!
When taking these pictures I was on the hunt for somewhere NOT windy. Thankfully we found this little hidden area on the campus across the street from our apartment building. It also allowed me to act goofy.
Sometimes my favorite photos are when I’m doing something silly.
I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago, but instead of wearing it with my gold sandals I wore it with my blush flats (seen here). Those silly flats. I keep thinking I should replace them since I bought them YEARS ago from Target and the toes are all scuffed up and I don’t know how to polish colored shoes. And then I don’t because otherwise they’re in good shape. In fact, they’re in better shape than some of my more expensive shoes.
Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – AG (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
Actually, I think I’ll be asking that question of the Shoe Drop people on Friday. How the heck do you polish shoes that aren’t black or brown?
I also wore this top and sandals with white shorts last Thursday to get dinner and drinks during Nellcote’s pizza and a beer happy hour. Sadly, their happy hour special no longer includes just any beer on the menu. It’s now just pizza and a Modelo Especial for $10. It’s still a good deal, though. And Modelo Especial is a nice summer beer. Although, apparently not all the bartenders got the message since the guy next to us ordered the happy hour special and the bartender let him pick any beer he wanted. As someone who trains people as part of my day job I find situations like that to be an interesting case study in how different places cascade (or not) information.
Nellcote also has a doggy happy hour from 3-5pm on Saturday and Sunday that I really want to try and take Chewie to at some point. Although, as you can see from the picture below, Chewie’s idea of happy hour is being left alone to eat the flora in the planters at the park.
You know how you have those days when you just want to be comfy but you still have to go to work? How about those days when you pretend that because your pants have back pockets that they’re actually pants and not leggings?
Yeah, I know. I wore leggings.
Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)
I wore these pants (I’m calling them pants. Live with it.) for a half day at work. I was having one of those days where I just couldn’t make it a full day. I came home, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and curled up on the couch.
And then I wore this outfit to try the Italian lemonade that everyone talks about: Mario’s. I got banana and, well, I have to say I didn’t think it was all that. Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot out. Maybe I just didn’t get the right flavor. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.
I don’t know. It was a weird day. I wore leggings and didn’t love dessert. I don’t even recognize myself.
This weekend was a series of ups and downs for me. Originally I planned to take this outfit photo on Saturday but I couldn’t find the attachment I needed for the tripod. Plus, it was a gazillion degrees outside and I had to drive out to the suburbs to pick up my race packet for the triathlon I was doing on Sunday. And, of course, run errands. In the end, I didn’t take photos. Thankfully Jason was nice enough to do it on Sunday evening.
Top – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes- Express (similar)
I created this outfit from this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Originally I had it on with olive colored shorts since the temperature was in the 90s but when I couldn’t find the tripod attachment I put the outfit back, changed into denim shorts and a white tank top and flipflops and saved this one for work.
After running all my errands on Saturday I ended up passing out on the couch for a nap before watching Touching the Void while I ate dinner. If you ever needed a story of perseverance to remind you to keep going when it feels like there’s no hope, this is it.
I think that’s particularly appropriate today, don’t you? It also kept me motivated yesterday when I needed a little push during my triathlon. Which I finished in almost the exact same amount of time it took me last year.
I then got to have lunch with my parents before running a few more errands and then relaxing for the rest of the day.
Sometimes I let the little things get to me and make me irrationally upset. I think this weekend was a reminder that, really, my life is pretty good. It may not always be a bed of roses but when my biggest irritant is that I can’t find the tripod attachment or figure out what 2x4s to buy I have to admit I live a privileged life.
I typically pair blush with neutrals such as navy, gray, white and black but occasionally I throw in pink for a monochromatic look.
Also, I just noticed that I never wear it with patterns! I think because the patterned items I have don’t really lend themselves to wearing with blush.
Anyway, the blush top that needs repair has been sitting on my dresser for probably a year at this point. I just need to find someone who can repair the unraveling thread hem on the mesh front yoke. Any takers out there?
In the mean time, I think I’ll look for a replacement. Here are a few I found that I wouldn’t mind adding to my closet.
Growing up, my bedroom (after a black and white phase) was entirely decorated in a sun, moon, and star motif. My Christmas tree has a sun, moon, and star ornament theme. My ring that I wear on my right index finger is a crescent moon with a star. My very first tattoo is a crescent moon ringed with stars. For years I wore a pair of silver star earrings in the second holes in my ears.
So, clearly, I have a thing for suns, moons , and stars. Which is why I was super excited to find this necklace in my latest Le Tote.
Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
Dainty, layered necklaces are all the rage right now and with this one having one of my favorite shapes it might just stay when I send back the rest of this Le Tote box. So far, actually, I think this is my favorite Le Tote shipment. I really like that now they let you swap out some items for others and yet you can still get a few surprises. (Another plug for code ERIN25 so you can try it for 50% off!)
I almost wore an oatmeal colored cardigan instead of this white blazer but, in the end, I’m glad I went with the blazer. Some days I just don’t want the structure a blazer has, but this one is actually pretty comfortable. And, if I’m being honest, it looks better than the cardigan would have. Blazers really take outfits up a notch, especially when the rest of the outfit is jeans, flats, and a tank top. And a fun moon necklace, of course.
The last time I wore this navy blazer and pink skirt together it was one of my most popular outfits. That time I paired it with polka dots but for those of who you aren’t huge fans of prints, today I’m going with a monochrome blush and pink palate instead.
Also, these shoes from Sole Society (which are sadly sold out now) sort of remind me of the current Oxfords trends with their ties at the front. I’m not personally a fan of the flat Oxford trend so these are perfect for me. I get a little bit of the trend without sacrificing my own personal style.
On a random note, quite a few of you mentioned yesterday that you liked my hair half pulled back so I figured I’d try it again. I so rarely wear my hair up when I go to work but this style seems pretty doable. Of course, I’m sure after a week my hair will stop cooperating since that’s what it always does. Until then, though, I’ll keep trying!
Happy Monday! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was full of running (2nd place in my age group in a 5K!), napping, and working on a project for my graduate class I’m taking for fun at work. I’m slowly learning how to use our DSLR which is both fun and frustrating.
Today, though, I’m going into the office for a bit and then driving to my hometown and graduate school alma mater to present at an Archives Administration class and then have dinner and spend the night at my parents’ house. Nothing like a little bit of home cooking to start the week, right?
So, since I’ll be in the car for almost three hours I wanted to wear something comfortable that wouldn’t wrinkle and would also look put together when I stand in front of a class of grad students. I hope this fits the bill and doesn’t look too much like an old lady wearing a velour track suit.
Actually, if it looks like a velour track suit, don’t tell me, okay? Or maybe tell me. I can take it. I think.
Or maybe I should have worn this cardigan or these pants one of these ways.
Tonight I have a holiday dinner to attend as part of my role in a professional organization (the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, if you must know) and I was a little stuck on what to wear. I like to use the holidays as an excuse to wear all things sparkly but I thought I’d ask on Facebook and Instagram whether I should go with this sequined skirt or my black and green dress.
The overwhelming consensus was the sequin skirt. What I failed to take into account is that apparently Chicago decided to turn into Antarctica and it’s single digit temperatures out there! So, um, I’m a bit cold. Although, a guy in the elevator this morning said, “Look at you! You’re just gonna wear a metallic dress and not care that it’s winter!” So, there’s that.
Also, apologies for the florescent light office photos. It’s just too freaking cold to take photos outside right now!