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More Navy, More Problems

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In case you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have wondered where I’ve been for the past few days.

Or, maybe not. Anyway, I’m back. I’ve been busy fighting off some kind of bug and then volunteering at the Chicago Marathon. Both of which led to a lot of sleeping this weekend. Man, I really do love sleeping.

Which is why I’m glad that I saw this week’s Pinned it and Spinned it prompt on Instagram because, wow, did I need some inspiration this week. Monday’s outfit still gave me some issues, though, because I wanted to wear my navy lace ankle pants but the two navys just didn’t go well together. And then I almost wore my navy pencil skirt but it felt constricting. So, jeans it was. And a dog photobomb. Teal cardigan, navy polka dot top, jeansCardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Top – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar)

I have to admit: days like today it’s really nice to be able to wear jeans. I know that my original intent of this blog was to show you how to dress for the office when you can’t wear jeans so I hope you guys don’t mind jeans a bit more often than normal, especially as the weather gets cooler. At the very least, I hope to show you that you don’t have to look like a slob even if you do wear denim to the office!

Teal cardigan with navy polka dot blouse and skinny jeans and heels

 

  

Let’s all go to the races

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Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a wonderful day at Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing. Our host, Mike, was the perfect gentleman who took his time to not only tell us all about Arlington (did you know it’s probably the most modern race track in America?) but also teach us how to read the program, the stats, and give us some tips on betting. Oh, and we got to see the horses up close.

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But first, our suite. We had our own room that overlooked the track, a wonderful buffet of food, our own bartender, and our own betting machine. The only criteria? Follow the dress code! No jeans, shorts, or t-shirts and no “abbreviated clothing.” I had to ask Mike what that meant and basically the answer was nothing you wouldn’t wear to dinner to meet your significant other’s parents. Hat are optional, by the way, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have a suite you’ll want one to keep off the sun. arlington-race-track-1

I invited my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, and Valerie and her husband to join us. None of us had been to Arlington before and all of us were in awe at how beautiful and elegant it is.

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Mike took us down to the paddock to see the thoroughbreds up close and then we got to watch the horses race right next to the track! Oh, and my favorite part of the day, feeding a horse mints!

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I rented this Kate Spade dress from Rent the Runway and it was perfect for our day at the track. I also rented a pearl necklace but it was too overwhelming on my frame so I went with one I already owned.

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I didn’t win any money overall but I was having fun betting. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t like to gamble! I don’t think I would ever try to make any money at horse racing but it was fun to play for a day. And Arlington itself is so beautiful that just going there makes you feel like a princess.

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Thanks again to Mike and America’s Best Racing for showing us an amazing time at Arlington. Last weekend was the closing weekend of the season but I have a feeling that I’ll be back next summer. Hopefully I’ll remember everything I learned about horse racing!

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Monday Maxi

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Last week we had that kind of weather where you can wear anything you want. Dress? Sure. Skirt? You bet. Shorts? Of course. Jeans? Not a problem. So what did I decide to do? Break out another maxi dress. One I don’t think I’ve ever worn on the blog before.

Purple maxi dress with navy cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar)

This is my comfiest maxi dress because it’s super forgiving. The only downside is that it’s REALLY low cut. Right now I wear a camisole underneath it but only because I haven’t found the perfect sports bra to implement Jen’s sports bra trick.

Lilac maxi dress outfit

I wore this to work last Friday (and, yes, rode a Divvy bike home in it) and it was the perfect outfit to end the week. I felt classy but still comfortable. Because we all know that wearing a jersey maxi dress to work is like wearing pajamas. Right?

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Tomorrow I’ll have a fun post about my trip to Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing! Spoiler: we had a blast!

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Dress for Dinner

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Last night I went to dinner at Sepia and I have to say it was one of the nicest dining experiences I’ve had in awhile. If you’re in Chicago definitely put this on your list. And considering I walked there from my office it’s definitely within walking distance of the hot tourist hub of River North.

So, since I knew I was going out to dinner, I decided to wear a dress!

Houndstooth dress with blue cardigan and black riding bootsDress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Cardigan – J Crew (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar

Of course, I made the dress a bit more casual with my flat riding boots. I actually don’t wear these boots all that often because they are SO TIGHT on my 14.5″ calves. Why do most riding boots have a 14″ shaft circumference?  Who are you skinny calfed people? Show yourselves!

Anyway, I’m definitely still on the lookout for a new pair of black riding boots.  And then I can sell these to someone with tiny calves.

Riding boots with black and white dress

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Putting the Casual in Casual Friday

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Really quick before I dash out the door for a weekend away, I still feel REALLY weird wearing sneakers to work. But, my feet were killing me because of the shoes I wore yesterday and sneakers sounded good.

Basically, it may feel weird mentally but physically I’m enjoying that sneakers are “on-trend”.

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Scarf –gift (similar) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Sneakers – Bucketfeet (same)

This outfit felt really, really casual and there’s no way I could have worn it to my old job. But, it fits right in at my current place of employment and it was perfect for a day when I just wanted to be comfortable.

I based my outfit on something I found on Pinterest when I searched for “casual Friday sneaker outfits”.

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Thank you, Pinterest.

What do you think? Did I get close?

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Also, I have to say, I LOVE living in the city. Love, love, love it. I rode a Divvy bike to the beer event on Wednesday and then walked home (with a stop at a neighborhood bar on the way). I was able to get a last minute eyebrow (and lip, let’s be honest) wax on Thursday on my lunch hour without even leaving my office building. I rode a Divvy bike back to my neighborhood on my way home and stopped off at a local boutique to buy a gift. And all of that was super easy.

Never thought I would be a city-loving girl who wore sneakers to work, but there you have it.

  

Little Changes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of August or enter my Fossil watch giveaway!

In a fit of feeling uninspired, I decided to look through the blog archives to what I was wearing last September. I landed on this outfit and decided that I was just going to recreate it but add my leopard print flats instead of heels.

And then I started getting dressed and the outfit kind of took on a mind of its own.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Faux leather shell – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

The cardigan and jeans are the same, but I swapped a plain black tank for my faux leather one, skipped the mini bubble necklace in favor of my floral statement piece, and went with zebra instead of leopard print. Clearly I still needed some kind of animal.

I ended up really liking this outfit. In fact, I think I like it more than the original. Too bad the pictures turned out horribly. .

Except this one.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-1Which was taken by a random dude on my apartment building’s roof. He saw me with the tripod and the remote and offered to help. He had a bunch of his own camera equipment out so I said, sure, why not. Too bad he didn’t understand when I said I wanted a full body shot. And no camera could help that it was the end of the day and most of my make-up had worn off.

Just keeping it real over here, folks.

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SIA: Scarves and Dresses

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First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

Navy maxi dress for fall with cardigan and scarf

Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

Maxi dress for fall

In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.

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He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?

  

My Favorite Things

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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

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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

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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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