Hello and welcome to another week of work! Are you excited? Be honest. I’m planning to look on the bright side this week even if the rainy and cold weather means I still have to wear a coat and rain boots. At least I got to wear my new top from Express and pair it with this jacket. Normally I wear this jacket with black so it was fun to try something new. Unfortunately the rainy weather means indoor photos for now.
Hilarious to think that on Saturday it was in the 70s in my hometown. And that I was doing this:
Yep, that’s me running the Illinois Half Marathon. I’ll be writing about it over at my fitness blog if you’re interested in knowing more. Let’s just say I had a good time.
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.
Monday you saw these pants paired with our snakeskin print top. Yesterday you saw the tops styled two different ways. So today you get to see how Valerie and I styled our burgundy LOFT pants into two different outfits!
I love that we both went for colored tops with neutral-ish cardigans to balance out the color. Valerie’s monochromatic look with the top and the pants being in the same color family are a great choice whereas my blue top definitely draws your eye away from the burgundy pants. I recently saw a blue and burgundy combo on Laura Wears so it was at the front of my mind when choosing this outfit.
Also, funnily enough, yesterday I came REALLY close to wearing that bow belt that Valerie has on today. And, no, we didn’t talk about our outfits beforehand! Which means that you just got six independently styled outfits out of two items. I hope you enjoyed our Two Pieces, Two Ways remix! Feel free to tell us which outfit was your favorite!
Welcome to Two Pieces, Two Ways: A Chicago City and Suburbs Remix that my fellow blogger Valerie of The Style Files and I are doing this week. When she mentioned that we both had this snakeskin print top from Kohl’s* and these burgundy LOFT pants we knew we had to show you our own take on how to wear them.
Valerie lives and works in the Chicago suburbs while I live and work in the city. But, as you can see, both places can be fashionable!
Today is simple. The pants and the top together. Valerie added a perfect camel blazer and seeing that I wish I had thought to throw mine on. Next time! I went with easy and just wore the top with the pants.
Top – Kohl’s (similar) | Pants – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Bracelet – gift | Necklace – gift
Tomorrow we’ll be showing you how we each styled this same top two different ways. Then Wednesday? The pants get to shine! I hope you’ll visit each of our blogs for outfit details and to see what we think of each other’s outfits.
*Valerie generously sent me this top last year so of course she knew I had it!
Sometimes when you’re getting dressed you have a vision. A vision of exactly what an outfit should look like. When I put this outfit on I wanted to look as effortless as Fran in her similar outfit. However, I also had a vision of what shoes I wanted to wear. And I wanted these. I wanted them so badly.
THEY ARE SO CUTE! And they don’t have my size anywhere. I even called Macy’s all over the country trying to locate them. No luck. So, I turn to you hive mind of the internet. If you can locate the Lucky Brand Swayze Wedge Bootie in leopard in a size 8 I will give you….something amazing. Of course, I will reimburse you for shipping and purchase price if you find them in person.
Needless to say, I’m on the hunt for [faux] leopard.
When these pants debuted on my blog Jen told me she had actually bought the same pants! After yesterday’s mind-meld of both wearing our striped blazers (totally not planned, I promise!) and the fact that we own the same pair of pants I feel we were destined to find one another in the blog world! And, of course, that meant I had to wear these pants at least once during our Mutually Inspired Series.
I took my cue from the comfy but fun pairing of patterns and textures that Jen put together and the fact that not only did I have the exact same pants, but I had a ridiculously similar striped long-sleeved shirt and, of course, a polka dotted scarf. Here’s Jen’s original outfit. Crazy that I basically had all the same pieces, right? I know this is more of a copycat than an inspiration, but I couldn’t not.
I think this is the perfect outfit for a slight casual outfit. The textures and patterns keep it from being boring and you could easily do this with just about any mixture of colors. Alternately, if you needed to be more dressed up, you could swap the cardigan for a blazer and the striped t-shirt for a blouse like this one. In fact, I just might do that in the near future!
Tomorrow is the last day of the Mutually Inspired Series! I’m sad to see it end. Especially because I had even more outfits of Jen’s that I wanted to recreate. And if you haven’t clicked over to see what outfits of mine have been inspiring Jen you need to do so right now!
Inspired by Jessica of Bows & Sequins I decided to keep myself warm on this chilly Chicago day by layering a sweater over a chambray shirt. Her outfit was for a casual day with the family during the holidays but I took my up a notch for work by wearing burgundy dress pants, heels, and some jewels.
To be honest, I saw an adorable gray snowflake sweater at H & M earlier this month and almost bought it. But, really, how often can you wear a snowflake sweater? Especially when you already have a perfectly serviceable gray sweater in your closet? See, look at me using things I already own!
Doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about that sweater.
I pinned this look a few weeks ago not really thinking I’d ever be able to recreate it. I mean, I had the burgundy pants but the green blazer? Right.
But, wait! I have a green cardigan! And, in fact, I had to search all over my apartment to find it because it was still in the dry cleaning bag from the end of last winter.
Putting these colors together is not something I would have thought of on my own and I’m still not positive the purple-ish colored top is the exact look I’m going for. The plus is, I have a lot of things in my closet in this color family so I can play around with it a bit and see if one works better than the other.
What do you think? Crazy colors or just right?
Also, my guest photographer, Molly, was making me laugh by trying to take pictures without the cop cars in the background. We finally decided they add an urban aspect to the photos.
Years ago I had a pair of burgundy/oxblood/wine colored pants from The Limited. I wore those things like crazy. But, I almost always wore them with a black top. I got rid of them when that color went out of style and because they no longer fit.
Funny how things come back around, isn’t it? When I realized burgundy was going to be one of the trendy colors this fall I went out and bought a burgundy skirt and then decided I need a new pair of burgundy pants. When I saw these at Target I decided they fit the bill perfectly. And for less than $30? Sold!
This time, though, I’m planning to wear them with more than just black. I have lots of ideas on my Pinterest inspiration board that I’m looking forward to trying.