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My Favorite Things

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I noticed last week that you all seem to get a kick out of it when I let Chewie steal the show. So, here he is again.

Blue cardigan with black dress and sandalsCardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar)

I mean, I hope you think the outfit is cute. It IS my favorite dress, after all.

Blue cardigan, blue dress, blue sandals and black dressAnd I know that this outfit is super matchy-matchy with the cardigan, shoes and necklace but sometimes it’s fun to use a solid neutral base to highlight another brighter color.

Or, you know, you just want to wear all your favorite things for no real reason. I don’t have anything too exciting going on at work today. I don’t have anywhere fun to be. I just wanted to wear this outfit (which, to be honest, has been worn many times before but not photographed).

So, tell me, you have certain pieces you just love to wear more often than others, right?

Little black dress with blue accessories

 

  

Weekend Silver Lining

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

So, I mentioned on Friday that I was looking forward to having an entire day to myself on Sunday. I had grand plans! Go to Goodwill and look for jeans to turn into cut-offs. Head to Athleta to cash in some gift certificates. Do ALL my laundry. Guess what I did instead?

Floral skirt with cardigan and silver flats

Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Top – Old Navy (same) | Skirt – White House Black Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)

I actually ended up spending two hours at the dog park with my husband and my pup. See, on Saturday Chewie figured out how to play in the doggie wading pool and we wanted him to enjoy it some more.

It took him awhile but, if you follow me on Instagram, you see that he ended the day as one wet pup.

I also took a nap, which seems to be my weekend M.O. lately. I put on some old episode of some forensics show from the Investigation Discovery channel via Netflix and pass out on the couch.

And, of course, since it’s Sunday I made our weekly dinner menu and grocery list and we went to the store.

But what about my outfit?

Mint cardigan, floral pencil skirt, silver shoes

I’ve wanted to wear this skirt with this cardigan ever since I got this skirt! I don’t know why it took me so long. And the shoes? I’m in love with them. I’ve been wanting a pair of silver heels for almost a year but couldn’t find any that weren’t super-duper high. Then I found these silver flats at Sole Society. I still had credit there and flats are more my office dress code speed these days.

These shoes might be making a lot of appearances so hopefully you won’t get sick of them!

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A Sea of Green

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Normally I do these Style Imitating Art posts on Monday but yesterday I was talking about all the changes I’ve got going on in my life (as well as a giveaway).

Which means that today I’m showing you how I interpreted Jen’s choice of art for this week: a serigraph from her own collection titled “Sea” by Richard Schallert.

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I was immediately drawn to the greens in the print and thought it was the perfect chance to wear my green pants.

 

mint-cardigan-green-pants-1Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – DSW (same) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Hat – festival vendor (similar)

By the way, it was REALLY windy when I took these photos so I added my new hat. I picked this up for $30 at the Taste of Randolph on Saturday night. Said hat purchase may have been brought on by the two sangrias I drank but it was still a good impulse purchase.

I can’t really explain the brown shoes, though. After I saw these pictures I immediately changed into my black heeled sandals. I was trying to bring out some of the browns and tans in the print but I think these just look too clunky.

Didn’t stop me from having fun while taking the photos, though!

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Ruffles as Art

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of May! Will there be an upset like there was for April??

For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Salazar gave us something really unique: pick a paper sculpture by Peter Gentenaar. The instant I saw his sculptures I immediately knew I wanted to wear this cardigan.

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Cardigan – The Limited | Camisole – The Limited | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I mean, look at this piece. Click on the image for more information:

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Swirls and ruffles and colors. They are so beautiful! My outfit doesn’t do them justice but I’m working with what I’ve got. Meaning I took two of my ruffliest pieces and paired them with a white skirt so that the focus would be on the green cardigan and camisole.

Actually, I think this is only the second time either the cardigan or the camisole have made it to the blog! So, thank you Salazar and Peter for the inspiration.

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Cardigan Swap

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Purple cardigan with black and white printed top and black pants, Chicago style blogger

Gray scarf with black and white printed top and purple cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – clothing swap (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

For everyone who says that blazers aren’t their thing I just want you to know you can still get plenty of outfit ideas from photos of people wearing blazers. Take this outfit from Skirt The Rules, for example. I don’t have a blazer that color but I do have this cardigan! So I decided to recreate her look with pieces I’ve had in my closet for awhile.

I added the scarf because this particular top is kind of low-cut and it’s cold outside. The scarf keeps me covered up, warm, and office-appropriate. Plus it adds some nice visual interest to my outfit.

Okay, enough talk about clothes. Let’s talk about my weekend. I actually wore this outfit to the office on Wednesday because today I’m on my way to Cleveland!! Why? Because my friend Rachel is running her very first half marathon on Sunday and I’m running with her. I’m super excited for her. We’re going to have a great time. And I then I hear we’ll be going to some place called Melt for lunch. I believe they are the land of grilled cheese sandwiches? I’m definitely down with that.

Black and white paired with a purple cardigan

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Cardigans and Librarians

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Chicago botanic garden, little black dres with a cardigan

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Today I’m doing a presentation on what types of jobs you can get with a Masters in Library Science so I figure it’s only appropriate that I wear a cardigan. I mean, what else do you associate with librarians other than cardigans?? Just kidding. I hope you associate things like books and education. Not just cardigans!

Although, in the interest of full disclosure, I do not consider myself a librarian (I’m a records manager) and I actually took these pictures yesterday at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Actually, I love the Chicago Botanic Garden so much I think I need to do an entire photo shoot there. It’s so beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. In fact, I have taken photos there once before, when I showed you this casual outfit my mother-in-law brought me from Italy!

The only downside is that this time I was there sans photographer; so welcome back to the land of the point-and-shoot camera. And the land of me wearing another comfy dress outfit. Apologies for both.

Black dress with a purple cardigan at the Chicago Botanic Garden

  

Black and White Windowpane

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Windowpane blouse, tweed pants, black cardigan, Chicago style blogger

How to wear a windowpane blouse

Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

Some days you just want to go with a simple black and white outfit, am I right? Days when you need something simple. Days when you want to wear some of your comfiest items. The key is to make sure those items are a nice mixture of textures and patterns so you don’t look like a rumbled newspaper. You know, black and white and tread all over?

I crack myself up.

Anyway! Today we’re having a lunchtime staff meeting in our conference room which is always cold. Hence the cardigan. We’re also trying a new-to-us restaurant: Naansense. Hilariously, I ordered the lamb naanwich…which is also basically what I’m making for dinner tonight. It will be the battle of the lamb sandwiches! I’m pretty sure who is going to win, though.

Wear windowpane to work, Chicago style blogger

  

Preppy with a bit of punk

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Blue cardigan, faux leather top, black and white windowpane pants, Chicago style blogger

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Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) (similar on ebay) | Necklace – New York & Co (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

There’s a part of me that felt quite preppy in today’s outfit. Something about a cardigan with a matching necklace does that to me. But here’s a little secret: my top is faux leather. Which I think takes this outfit from preppy to a little bit of punk.

I could have worn a plain black top with this cardigan and these pants but I wanted to give this outfit a bit more interest. That’s the benefit to having tops in interesting materials and textures. It takes your outfit to a slightly different level. Not particularly ground-breaking information, I know, but I figured I’d share it with you anyway.

Chicago style blogger, what to wear with windowpane print

  

My White Whale

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, mint cardigan, red necklace, brown pants

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Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Tank – Old Navy (same) | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar)

Today I want to talk about tank tops. Specifically wearing a tank top to the office. Personally, I am not a fan of wearing a jersey knit tank top to work. But, clearly, people do it all the time. In fact, this outfit in today’s Pinterest challenge is what prompted me to try it out.

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I swapped the coral for red and used it in my necklace and put the mint in the cardigan. Mint and brown is a lovely combination so I wanted that to be the focal point.

However, I feel that a jersey knit tank like the one I’m wearing from Old Navy is just too casual for work. I have one plain white shell that I wear all the time instead. In fact, I wore it yesterday. But, as with all things white, it’s probably a good idea to have more than one since they can stain so easily.

Which lead me on the hunt for another white shell I felt was dressy enough for the office.

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First up, I went to Express. Actually, speaking of Express, I’ve got a little feature over at On The Daily Express showcasing my current wishlist of items from there. I actually put top number one on my list and even ended up buying it navy. The white, though, was too much of a cream color and since the keyhole hits me a little low it would need a camisole underneath. And trying to match that cream color was going to drive me nuts so I said PASS.

Tops number 2 and 4 I ordered during the 50% off and free shipping sale from Ann Taylor and they haven’t arrived yet. Fingers crossed one of them works out!

Top number 3 I originally saw on Marion of Marionberry Style but haven’t tried it on or gone in search of it. If it goes on sale, though, I’ll be there!

Finally, top number 5, also from Express, looked promising on the hanger but when I put it on the rolled sleeves were so bulky and uncomfortable! Bummer. Otherwise I loved that the fabric was a bit less sheer than white tops usually are.

Searching for the perfect white shell is tough! Even now when the stores are carrying summer clothes and whites and pastels seem to be all the rage. So here’s what I say to that:

Chicago style blogger, brown pants with mint cardigan

P.S. It occurs to me that I’m wearing my sunglasses in all my posts this week. I’m not trying to look like a spy or something. It’s just it was sunny when I was taking my photos and it was either the sunglasses or squinty eyes. Speaking of sunglasses, I discovered I had three of the exact same pair in the bottom of my purse. I guess when you finally find some that fit your tiny head you buy them in bulk!

 

  

Subtle Pattern Mixing

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot dress, striped shirt, pattern mixing, black and white

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.

I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

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Originally I was thinking my green pants with my polka dot chambray shirt but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.

So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.

First world problems, right?

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