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A New Look For Spring

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, floral skirt, blue cardigan

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Cardigan – J. Crew (same) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

Good morning! Have you noticed the new look around these parts? Lindsay of White Oak Creative just redid my blog layout and I love it! She took a new logo that a friend made for me and designed my new blog layout around it and I think she did an amazing job.

I did not do such an amazing job taking these photos, though! I don’t think they do my new redesign justice. It was one of those situations where I decided on a location and then some random lady walking through our neighborhood decided to kind of stop and stare and wait for us to take the photos. I usually don’t care but she was literally the only other person on the sidewalk besides us and it was just so strange! Hence the awkward quickie photo shoot.

Also, yes, I’m wearing this floral skirt again. Today I’m interpreting this outfit from Poor Little It Girl that’s part of this month’s Pinterest challenge board. I don’t own any floral tops so I swapped the print from the top to the bottom. Although looking at that photo makes me want pink heels. Or is that too ridiculous?

Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose and Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

Smoke on the Roof

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, cobalt blazer, gray pants, black blouse

red, cobalt blue and black, Chicago style blogger

Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Blouse – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Clothing Swap (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome back to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Did you have a weekend? Mine was one of my busier weekends of the year. As the volunteer marketing director and member of the group that puts on the Good Life Race 5K I spent yesterday at the race working my butt off.

Hence the flats today. My feet are more tired than if I’d run an entire marathon. Volunteering at a race is no joke.

However, I didn’t just choose this outfit so I could wear flats. Nope, I chose it because it’s another edition of Style Imitating Art and this week’s selection, chosen by Jess is a mixture of blues, grays, reds, and yellows.

image Bonfire, Andrew Wyeth
Watercolour on paper, 1992

The blue in the smoke really drew my eye which is why I made it the focal color of my outfit. And I’m just going to go with the fact that the smoke is being blown by the wind as the reason my hair is in my face in today’s photo. It’s windy on the roof of my building!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit at my desk and enjoy not being on my feet.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

Return of the Floral Skirt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Wait! Before you scroll down to look at pretty pictures, please take a second and vote for your favorite outfit(s) of March! Okay, now you can read this post.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – DSW (similar) | Bracelet – Armani Exchange (same in other colors)

It’s been awhile since the floral skirt made an appearance! The last time was in October. I had visions of wearing it while standing in the snow but it didn’t happen this winter. I mean, we had plenty of snow, but the skirt just never made an appearance. Of course, just because it’s April doesn’t mean it couldn’t still happen.

I totally just jinxed us and we’ll be having a snow storm next week, right?

Anyway, so far I’ve stuck with wearing this skirt with blue, black, and white but this skirt has so many other fun colors in it. I’m thinking that as soon as it warms up a bit more I’ll be pairing it with my pink sleeveless blouse. Although, looking at that old post, wearing it with the pink blouse and the navy cardigan might not be a bad idea!

By the way, you know how you know when vacation is officially over? When you go to a 6:00 AM class at CrossTown Fitness and get your butt handed to you. Well, actually, my butt is fine. My shoulders on the other hand? Ouchie. I love it, though.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouseLinking up with  Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

The Case of the Missing Blue Cardigan

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Welcome to day two of my participation in the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Believe it or not, today’s cobalt and gray outfit was kind of a struggle for me to put together.

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Why? Here’s why.

1. I only own one pair of gray pants. Okay, technically I now own two after picking up a second pair at a clothing swap this weekend. However, both pairs are more of a bootcut or flared leg as opposed to a straight leg. And right now I’m more into wearing blazers with straight legged pants. I plan to get the pair I grabbed this weekend altered but, obviously, that wasn’t going to happen before today.

2. Which means I was really excited when the cobalt blue cardigan I ordered from the massive J. Crew sale last week arrived earlier than expected. “Yes!” I thought. “I can wear that with my gray pants!” Sadly, when I opened the package this is what I saw instead:

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That is NOT cobalt blue! I immediately called J. Crew but the cobalt blue one was sold out. She offered to replace it with this one for the same price. It’s also blue but not quite as saturated. I decided to go for it but it hasn’t arrived yet.

Which is when I realized that, hey, I own a gray skirt! And since it’s actually above freezing so far this week I can wear it and not die of exposure. So that’s what I did. Obviously.

Also, I was totally going to wear my leopard print heels to echo the inspiration photo’s leopard print flats, but at the last minute I decided my zebra print shoes needed some love. They’re still animal print, though, so it totally counts.

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt and zebra print heels

  

Making It Up As I Go Along

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Loop Looks, Chicago Style Blogger, wears a cobalt blue blazer with cobalt blue pants paired with a black and white shell and a black faux fur vest

Loop Looks, a Chicago Style Blogger, wears a cobalt blue blazer with a black and white top and black faux fur vest

Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (same) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Necklace – NYC jewelry store (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

First, in case you missed it, please take the Loop Looks Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey! I want to share the results with you next week so if you could fill it out before then I would really appreciate it.

Second, this cobalt and black faux fur outfit is almost an exact duplicate of an outfit I saw on Penny Pincher Fashion over a year ago. I already had the blazer and the pants, the top I added to my closet last month, and the faux fur vest jumped out at me when I was Comfort Me boutique last week for an event. In fact, that store is so adorable that I’m planning a fun collaboration with them next month!

I’ll be honest, though, I loved the way this looked on PPF but on me I felt it made me top heavy. I think my vest is a tad bit more robust than hers. I rather wished I’d had a cobalt cardigan instead of a blazer to cut down on some of the bulk.  However, I still like the idea of wearing a vest over a blazer so I think I’ll play around with it. Never fear, though, I have other ideas on how to style this vest since it appears winter will be back in full force next week.

You know what I don’t have any ideas on, though? Make up. When Bri from Work Clothes, I Suppose announced this months’ Third Thursday Threads Theme as “beauty” I knew I was in trouble.

See, here’s my current make up routine.

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And you want to know something interesting? I don’t think I’ve EVER bought lipstick! Nope. I just keep getting it for free.

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I hardly ever remember to wear it, though, so I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t spend money on it!

Do you have a make up routine? Sometimes I feel like I failed “girl” because I can barely do my own hair and eyeliner scares me.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Work Clothes, I Suppose | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

What to Wear to Business Casual Interview

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter - You Pick Wednesday

What to wear to a business casual interview

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A reader recently contacted me to ask about what she should wear to a business casual interview. She’s been out of the interviewing game for a few years so she wasn’t sure what was appropriate.

I’m pretty sure this is a question we all ask ourselves. Do I wear a suit? Is a dress okay? What about a skirt? Here are my thoughts.

1. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed so wear a suit if you feel comfortable in it. But don’t wear a suit just to wear a suit. Black dress pants and a fun jacket or a nice cardigan can be just as professional.

2. See if you can do some research on the company beforehand and see if you can find any images of employees online. That might give you an idea of how they dress. But if they’re wearing jeans in the photos that doesn’t mean you can wear jeans! But maybe you can go with something more fun like some beautiful cobalt blue dress pants instead of black.

3. Dresses and skirts are fine but since tights and nylons are coming back into style it’s a good idea to wear a pair. Sheer black is always a good move with a closed-toe heel.

4. V-necks are totally fine, but just be sure to wear a nice camisole underneath so you’re not flashing all the goods.

5. Keep the jewelry minimal. No jangly bracelets or huge statement necklaces. Those are fun but save them until after you get the job.

I chose the pieces above because many of them you could mix and match to suit your own personal style. Black suits are fine and dandy but, hey, don’t forget to let a little bit of your personality shine through!

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Two Pieces, Two Ways – Day 3

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Two Pieces, Two Ways- Day 3

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.

Cobalt blue top with burgundy pants and a striped cardigan, Chiago style blogger, wear to work

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

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!

Two pieces styled two ways, Chicago blogger collaboration, burgundy pants, snakeskin print top

  

Red, Gray and Blue

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, gray sweater, red collared shirt, cobalt blue pants

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Shirt – Casual Corner (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

I have to say, I’m very grateful that I love these cobalt blue pants so much. Not only do they keep me from resorting to my black pants during the January Black Out Challenge but they also fill in nicely when there is an inspiration photo with jeans. Like the one today from Two Birds with jeans and a rather comfy-looking gray sweater.

Originally I was going to wear my white collared shirt under the sweater but at the last minute decided on this red one. I thought it added a nice sense of depth to the outfit. Mixing up colors is a great way to break out of a rut or keep from looking like you’re wearing a uniform.

In fact, here’s 10 ways you can mix up your colors. Cobalt and green? How about cobalt and leopard?

How to wear cobalt pants, cobalt blue pants outfits

Also linking up with Fizz and Frosting, More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

  

The January Blues

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Cobalt blue pants, cream boucle tweed jacket, white shirt, nude flats

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

And I’m back with an actual outfit!! I almost forgot how to take outfit photos. Although, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram I have been posting a few there.

But today’s outfit is in honor of two different style challenges. The first is VV Boutique Style’s January Black Out Challenge. The goal? To not wear black for all of January! So far this week I’ve been doing well. We get two weekly passes so I did wear black shoes on Tuesday. On one hand I don’t like ignoring such a huge chunk of my closet (especially since I only have so many non-black work appropriate pants) but I also like the idea of not falling back on the typical “black pants and a sweater” uniform as I’ve mentioned before. So, we’ll see how long I last.

The other reason I put on this outfit is because of H&K Style Journey’s Pinned It and Did It prompt. I pinned an outfit from Vodka Infused Lemonade a while back and figured since I’m trying to avoid black pants and it’s still too cold for skirts that cobalt pants and a white tweed jacket would be perfect for today. Except I realize now that I totally forgot a necklace. Oh well. My leopard print watch will just have to stand on its own.

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Original outfit

Also linking up with Simply Just Lovely and Mix & Match Fashion

  

Blue, Black and Sequins

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black blazer with silver sequin shirt and cobalt blue pants, Chicago style blogger, holiday office outfit

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

For anyone who thinks you shouldn’t wear sequins to work let me just tell you: When my boss walked into the office this morning and saw me wearing this she stopped in tracks and exclaimed, “CUTE shirt! Really cute! I love it! It looks amazing with the blue pants.”

Other interesting things that happened to me already today?

1. I had very first full-body mole and skin check appointment this morning. As he used the extra-long q-tip to check my scalp for moles and such all I could think was, “My hair! I haven’t taken my pictures yet today!” As if the dry air, my winter hat, and the commute hadn’t already caused it to go super flat.

2. I realized that I own black tights and black dress socks but no black knee-highs. Thank goodness there is a Walgreens on every corner (only slightly exaggerating there) so I could dash in and get some.

3. In the interest of full disclosure, this outfit is a recreation of this one that I pinned. But it follows all my rules for wearing sequins to the office and I haven’t worn this combination yet.  And since sequins totally remind me of the holidays, it works perfectly for today’s Trend Spin Link Up of Holiday Inspired outfits.