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Midi Skirt Musings

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

This past weekend my friend and neighbor had a party on our building’s rooftop and I was debating on what to wear. Yes, I know, it’s a party. With beer. And barbecued meat. There was no need to dress up. So, although I was originally thinking of wearing a skirt, I went with shorts. And then wore the skirt to work.

IMG_8223Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt –  Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

And, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about this skirt. Is it a strange length? Do midi skirts look okay on me? Should I have left the top untucked? Or does it look just fine and I’m a head case?

Actually, it’s probably the latter. I will say, though, that I was originally struggling with what color to wear with it on top. White felt too boring but none of my other tops seemed to work with the temperatures. Then I remembered I had this green camisole buried in my drawer and it was the perfect solution. Toss on the white cardigan for the office and I was good to go.

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One Box, Two Shoes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As a member of Brandbacker, I recently got the opportunity to try a pair of Alterre shoes as part of their pre-sale launch. I wasn’t asked to blog about them but think the concept is pretty neat so I wanted to share them with you.

See, you buy a “lift” and then you change the “look” with different ankle straps. They have both closed-toed and open-toed versions. I was sent the Mist Grey Sandal Starter Kit and the first time I wore them I kept it simple with the grey Jackie ankle straps.

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Sandals – c/o Alterre (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar

IMG_2272At first I felt like they might be a little too dowdy or “old lady” but I got quite a few compliments on them from random women of all ages in my office building. So, I suppose they do appeal to everyone.

The strap across my toes was a bit tight when I first put them on but since they’re made of soft leather it did stretch out throughout the day. However, I did take a day off in between wearing them with the gray ankle strap and the navy ankle strap just to give my feet a rest. Otherwise they were quite comfy.

And speaking of the navy ankle strap, I’ll have those up for you in my next post. Stay tuned!

P.S. Last Sunday I fell while riding my bike and scraped the crap out of my left knee. These photos were taken before then, so if you suddenly notice a huge scab you’ll know why. Those would be post-falling photos :-)

 

  
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From my shoes to my hair

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Voting is still open for your favorite outfit from June! 

Today Instagram will be filled with Fri-yay images and quotes and various other comments about how it’s the end of the week. Normally I just smile and scroll past but today I might just shout FRI-YAY myself. At the time I write this I have almost 20 things on my to-do list at work, and huge product enhancement going live this weekend that I need to help support.

Although, honestly, I am much happier being busy than not. It just takes some getting used to sometimes.

I could have some kind of silly segue between that paragraph above and today’s outfit photo, but I don’t really. So, here, have some black and white and pink.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar) | Earrings – Rocksbox | Watch c/o JORD (same

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I wore this outfit on Wednesday to get my hair cut. Originally I was going to wear black flats with this outfit but for some weird reason I like to dress a little fancier when I go to my hair stylist.  He did fawn all over my shoes, though, so I think it was worth it.

Sadly, I think I have to break up with my stylist. He cannot be on time and then he gets a little…indignant when I tell him I need to be done by a certain time. Plus, while he’s never given me a bad haircut, they’re just never really ones I love. Of course, I never really love my hair so there’s that.

Anyway, I think I’ll be trying someone new in the future. Probably after my triathlon in August.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 10]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

In an effort to not default to my white jeans or white blazer EVERY day of the Top 10 Remix challenge, I decided to give my leopard print shirt another try. In fact, I decided to wear it in a way inspired by the creator of the Top 10 Remix Challenge itself: Sarah.

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-2Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia via Macy’s (similar)

This is originally my third attempt at an outfit. As I laid in bed on Monday night I thought “what am I going to wear tomorrow that ISN’T my white jeans or white blazer?” (Because I’m pretty sure I’m wearing my white blazer tomorrow…)

Le Tote had recently sent me a pair of ponte ankle zipper legging pants with the instructions to throw out the rule that leggings are not pants. Well, I thought, even though I don’t agree why not give it a try? So I tried them on with this shirt and crewneck sweater and heels. Which I wore around the house as I made breakfast and packed my lunch.

And realized that even ponte ankle zipper leggings are NOT PANTS and that I felt really, really uncomfortable. So I swapped the crewneck sweater for this cardigan but the cardigan wasn’t long enough to fully cover my butt. I thought about my long black cardigan but the navy and black wasn’t working for me this morning and it didn’t occur to me to try my long tan cardigan.  At this point I was running late so I decided just to use Sarah as my inspiration and throw on  jeans and my red flats.

This shirt still feels too voluminous but at least I didn’t spend the entire day tugging my shirt down over my butt. Win some, lose some, you know?

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-1P.S. Did you win the passes to Randolph Street Market? Winner announced on the original post!

  
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Then and Now [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Then and Now

I was so proud of myself when I put this outfit together for this week’s Style Imitating Art painting which is totally gorgeous and right up my alley (see it here). Metallic and black and white? Yeah, I can do that!

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Bag – Nine West (same) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-3But, admittedly, there was something nagging me about this outfit. I felt like I’d worn it before. Turns out, I have.

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Apparently I really like to wear this faux leather shirt with this cardigan!

Unlike some of my previous Then and Now posts, I like both outfits equally. Probably because the only thing I did was change my shoes and my necklace.

So, if you ever needed proof that I repeat outfits, here it is.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-1Tomorrow I’m unveiling the 10 pieces I chose for Sarah’s Top 10 Remix challenge. I agonized over the items I wanted to choose so you know you don’t want to miss this!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

 

  
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Thank goodness for outfits in a box

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I’m just going to lay it out there: life is kind of crazy right now. Between swim lessons and dealing with Chewie’s behavioral issues (more on that below) and keeping up my 4-5 days a week of strength training and Jason’s work schedule, well, I’m lucky if I get outfit photos taken at all.

I really need to find someone who can shoot photos at like 5PM near my office. Any takers?

le-tote-cardigan-and-dress-1Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Tights – c/o Hanes | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – local boutique (similar) | Earrings – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

le-tote-cardigan-and-dress-3Of course, it doesn’t help that apparently Chicago is having one of the coldest March months in history.

Putting together an outfit is not necessarily at the top of my to-do list which is why I’m glad that Le Tote sent both this dress and this cardigan in the same box and that these Rocksbox earrings worked perfectly with the finish on the cardigan’s zippers. The dress itself was a bit annoying because the lighter colored lining kept peeking out (as seen in the top photo) and it was a tad shorter than I expected, but the cardigan was a winner. Expect I’m not paying $64 for it! Maybe if those were real leather accents….

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Anyway, Chewie. As adorable as he is and for as much as he loves Jason and me, he is not a fan of other people. So much so that we had to take him to a behaviorist and get him on some anti-anxiety meds. Like mother, like (furry) son, I guess. Which means that we’ll be doing some more training work with him as well. We also tied a yellow ribbon to his new harness and are working on teaching him to go to safe spot in our apartment. Good thing he’s cute.

 

  
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Clownsuit at the Cleaners

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I know I’ve talked about Le Tote before but they recently added a new feature where you can swap out items in your Tote before it ships! Meaning if they’ve put something in that you’re just not in the mood for or you don’t think you’ll have an opportunity to wear you can swap it for a different piece.

I did just that with this top. There was something kind of plain and solid colored in the batch and I decided I wanted to try something colorful. And here we are.

letote-top-blue-cardigan-1Top – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – J. Crew (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

letote-top-blue-cardigan-3And keeping with the colorful theme, I tossed on my red flats because wearing nude flats just seemed too boring. Although, I admit, with this much color on I kind of felt a little clownish.

Regardless, I liked all the colors in the top but the bottom hem had these weird slits in the front towards the sides that I didn’t find particularly flattering. Which is why I’m glad it’s from Le Tote! I can wear it once and send it back. letote-top-blue-cardigan-2

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express as well as with Style Imitating Art because the colors in my outfit echo those in this beautiful stained glass window.

  

Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 4]

Casual Clothes

Originally the only plans Jason and I had for Valentine’s Day were to sit on the couch, order a pizza, and watch Netflix. Yeah, we’re pretty awesome.

But then my brother invited us out to dinner with him, his girlfriend, my sister and her husband. Oh, and by the way, it was like -15 with the windchill. Time to layer!

I scoured Pinterest for an outfit idea that would allow me to wear as many clothes as possible and landed on this burgundy sweater, gray scarf, and jeans outfit from Swank and Dapper.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-2Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I’ll have you know that under my cardigan I had on a tank top and a long sleeved top. Under my jeans I had on a pair of leggings. And of course I was wearing wool socks.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-1All of that so that we could take a cab from our place to our parents’ place to meet up with everyone and then take another cab from there to FatPour.  By the way, if you like beer then you should definitely put FatPour on your list. Also, the appetizers were amazing and those who got tacos enjoyed them. Jason and I had burgers but weren’t that impressed. I’m still thinking about the fried cheese curds and the pretzel sticks, though.

By the way, Chewie did not want us to leave and was doing his best to get in all the photos.

burgundy-sweater-gray-scarf-3My baby has gotten so tall!

Notes: cardigan is from January 2013 and the scarf was a gift last year. Jeans and boots are from fall 2014.

  
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What to wear to Green Street Meats

Casual Clothes

Last week Jason randomly said, “Let’s go out for dinner!” Never mind that it was one of the coldest nights of the year. When Jason suggests leaving the house of his own accord I’m not going to argue (my husband is a bit of a homebody).

So, we bundled up and walked up the street to try Green Street Meats. I’d been told by several people that we should try it so off we went.

FYI – If you want to fit in at Green Street Meats, wear plaid.

plaid-shirt-snow-boots-1Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sorel (this year’s version) | Necklace – VO Jewelry (same)

plaid-shirt-snow-boots-2Necklace made out of a bullet casing is optional.

Beards and skinny jeans are also haute couture at Green Street. It’s definitely got a laid back hipster vibe to it. But dang good food! A little pricey but if you want no frills and just tasty meat then this is the place for it.

Or just go for a drink. They have a pretty awesome bar, too.

Anyway, today I’m on a plane to Florida so the snow boots are staying home. I’ll be back on Monday night, though, so they won’t be lonely for too long.

P.S. If you have suggestions of things to do in Tampa, I’m all ears!

  
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One Le Tote Sweater, Three Mediocre Outfits

Casual Clothes

One of the things I like about Le Tote is that I can add things to my closet that I wouldn’t normally purchase or even try on in store. Take, for example, those waterfall cardigans or whatever you want to call them. You know, the ones that are all flowy in the front and don’t button?

le-tote-cardigan-three-waysCardigan – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Ankle Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market | Leggings – Old Navy (same) |Riding Boots – DSW (similar)

It looked so cute on the model and then on me I felt like I struggled with it all day. It kept falling off my shoulders, the front drapey part hit at a weird spot on my hips, the tag was on the bottom and kept showing. Etc, etc.

I tried it with the necklace but felt like the chunky ankle boots and the chunky necklace were fighting with each other.

Sans any accessories is how I wore it to work but, like I said, it annoyed me all day.

Then on the weekend I threw caution to the wind and wore it with leggings! Yes, leggings. Who am I and what have I done with Erin? Believe it or not, this was the look I liked the most. And, in fact, someone who had seen me in both the jeans and the leggings looks told me the sweater was cute and I should keep it.

But I’m not planning on it. Why? Because that’s the joy of borrowing something! You get to try it out and then return it. And if I find myself craving another try with a sweater of this type I’ll just request this one (or another one) again.

P.S. Another shill for the $650 Express giveaway and the Blogger Favorites Basket giveaway!