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SIA: Pearl Earrings

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

You would not believe the struggle it was to get photos of this outfit. Seriously. Hurdles I had to overcome included oppressive heat, thunderstorms that were so strong they destroyed a train stop near my apartment, and a husband (aka photographer) who was out of town with our “good” camera.

But, I persevered! Because it’s Style Imitating Art time!

If you need a refresher, this week we’re using The Girl with the Pearl Earring as our inspiration. And, yes, I am wearing pearl earrings.

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Dress – BCBG Outlet (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (similar)

I bought this dress years and years ago. Seven years ago, actually, on a trip to Sonoma & Napa. Facebook reminded me just yesterday morning how long ago that trip was. It’s still one of my favorite vacations to date.

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Anyway, this weekend I was browsing the Tribeca boutique sidewalk sale and realized they had a ton of different dresses in this same blue color. So, if you’re in Chicago and need a blue dress, come on over to the West Loop! I didn’t need another blue dress but I admit I was tempted. Because, like I said last week, I crave dresses in the summer.

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Don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog to see all the outfits inspired by this week’s SIA choice!

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SIA: The Art of Independence

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

A few weeks ago I had a gift card to redeem at lululemon but it was only redeemable at one in the suburbs. So, we decided to make it a date night and head over to Oak Brook mall so I could shop and we could eat dinner.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same at Le Tote, same for sale) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar

I wore this dress and it turned out to be the perfect outfit to go along with this week’s Style Imitating Art choice.

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Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela, My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011, glass beads sewn onto fabric

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The blues, the patterns, and the fact that my necklace is a bead work so well, right?

Also, I want to take a moment to talk about lululemon sports bras. This was the first time I’d ever actually tried anything on in that store and the sports bras were so….tiny! I don’t even have that big of a chest and yet I felt like I was going to accidentally flash myself in the dressing room.  Their stuff looks so cute on other people but I’m not sure how I feel about it. Any of you have thoughts?

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Matching (and drinking) all the things

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I picked out items for my latest Le Tote I didn’t have anything on my calendar that would require a cute dress, but I added one to my shipment anyway. Turns out I then added the Pump Room summer menu preview event at the Public Hotel to my schedule and, voila! A place to wear a cute dress.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Necklace – New York & Co (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Purse – Le Tote (same

When this dress arrived I realized that I had the perfect shoes to go with it. And I was happy that I’d added the clutch to my Le Tote at the last minute, too. It all went so well together. And, yes, when we took this photo we made sure I was holding the Strawberry Royale since it matched my outfit, too.

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Strawberry Royale on the left, Curious Satisfaction on the right

I also tried two other drinks and all were so different! The bartenders at the Pump Room are super creative and come up with some awesome concoctions and were excited to show us how they were made. We also had some wonderful food but, let’s be honest, I’m really just there for the beverages. Although, their Salmon on Crispy Rice with Chipotle Aioli might be my favorite appetizer in the city. I could eat my weight in those. So good!

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Anyway, I made Jason take a few more photos when I got home since I was too busy chatting with Emily and Kit while eating and drinking all the things to really get photos.

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I’m very lucky to not only live in a city that has so many great places to try but also to belong to a blogger collective that affords us these opportunities.

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SIA: A different version of red, white and blue

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Last week we saw the Turkish textile pattern that Jen chose for this week’s Style Imitating Art.  I fully admit that I struggled a a bit with coming up with an outfit. I don’t have much in the way of florals, I don’t own anything paisley, and I think it’s just a tad too early in the year to dress in colors I associate with the Fourth of July.

Still, I think I managed to put together something that fits the bill.

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Jacket – Langford Market (similar and on sale until 4/7!) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar) | Bracelets – gifts (similar

I kept most of my blues in the denim family and added the bright blue with just my shoes. Jen had also written that dots were a motif that was common in these textiles so that’s the pattern I chose. Plus, the top is red and white which goes with the fabric she chose.

Want to see how other people interpreted this week’s prompt? Check out Jen’s blog tomorrow!

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In other news, I did a really fun interview with Sherry of Save, Spend Splurge that you can read here. She asked me about my clothing budget, how I learned about spending and saving money, and a variety of other topics. Plus, reading her editor’s comments is always a good time!

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SIA: A Splash of Gold

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

Remember the faux leather leggings I purchased in January? In fact, my only purchase in January?

I love them. I never want to take them off. I want to wear them every day. And, by the way, they’re on sale.

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – Club Monaco c/o Shopbop (same) | Boots – Express (similar) | Watch – gift (same)

I paired them with this blue top and my black faux suede boots and felt pretty sassy all day. I wasn’t in love with this cardigan and kind of wish I’d gone with a striped one, but in the end I stayed with black.

All together this outfit has the dark night sky colors the echo the painting that Salazar chose for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. The gold zipper on the top is a nod to the firework-eque splashes in the night sky.

Anyway, back to these leggings. When I first put them on it was like putting on a wetsuit. And if you’e never put on a wetsuit, well, let’s just say it was challenging. Thankfully they’ve stretched out just enough to make it so they go on a bit more easily. And I don’t have to wear a belt! And they don’t fall down! And I think they make my legs look nice.

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Also, I got some of my professional photos back and I’m looking forward to sharing them on the blog! In the meantime, I’ve put a few sneak peeks on my Facebook page if you want to go take a look.

Finally, happy birthday to my husband! His birthday was actually yesterday and we went out to dinner on Saturday night. We went to RPM Steak and it was lovely! Plus, it gave us an excuse to put on some nice clothes and try to take some pictures of ourselves.

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Dress – Stitch Fix (similar) | Long necklace – Le Tote (same) | Short necklace – The Limited (similar)

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 12]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

I’ve been feeling really uninspired with outfit creation lately. Even though I feel like everyone is all atwitter about fall and fall outfits, changing seasons always throws me for a loop when it comes to getting dressed.  Cool in the morning but warmer in the afternoon is not something I’ve ever been good at. What do you do with all those extra layers you take off later in the day?

Anyway, when I feel uninspired I turn to Pinterest. Today’s Pinterest parallel outfit comes direct from Aubrey at Putting Me Together. I saved this photo almost a year ago with the idea of wearing it with my cobalt blazer. Instead, I ended up wearing my cobalt cardigan.

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Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar

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I suppose, though, it’s almost time to bust out my scarves and my vests. And maybe finally figure out how this layering thing works.

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My Current Favorite Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I bought this skirt after seeing it on Sarah’s Real Life, I honestly didn’t know how much I would end up loving it. I’ve worn it at least once a month since I’ve gotten it. It helps, of course, that most of my other skirts are too big and this one isn’t. But even if that wasn’t the case, I’d probably still wear it more than the others.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo still works for a free month)

IMG_8252Funny story – I honestly didn’t even notice that this necklace had pink in it until after I’d been wearing it for a few hours. Oops! Well, uh, let’s just say that it’s “light red” and I’m going for a monochrome theme. And the stripes on my shirt are navy. I promise.

Anyway, I tend to wear this skirt with neutral colors, specifically grays and blacks, so I wanted to take it up a notch and pair it with blues. Hence the bright blue shoes. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it and I almost changed my mind 10 times, but in the end, I went with it.

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And I think it encouraged me to pair this skirt with my cobalt blue top next. Because, I mean, just looking at the photos tells me that a little color wouldn’t hurt anyone. What do you think?

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Linking up with Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

 

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Then and Now [Vol. 8]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Then and Now

Polls are still open to vote for your favorite outfit from June! Looks like we’re getting a clear winner…but will it be your choice?

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Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Tee- Old Navy (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

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Anyway, I don’t have much to say about this outfit. I got this necklace from Le Tote and was inspired to wear it with blue and black and white. Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn this combination.

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Now | Then | Then

I still have my blue blazer but for this outfit I swapped it out for the blue cardigan. Clearly I like accentuating black and white with cobalt and a little bling. However, out of all three of these looks, I think I like the middle one the best. Or maybe the cardigan and tee with different pants?

Also, you may have noticed that I didn’t post a Fourth of July outfit. Let’s just say I spent my weekend basically in workout clothes having a great time. If that’s not proof that I don’t get dressed up just for this blog, I don’t know what is.

I do, however, make my husband drive to locations with flowers, occasionally, just to take pictures 🙂

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The Naps Have It

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Another weekend spent doing things other than taking blog photos. I know you guys forgive me! Instead, I was planting flowers with my mom on my balcony, celebrating a friend’s birthday, completing a duathlon (run-bike-run), and doing some indoor climbing.

I know, right? When do I sleep? How about when I pass out on our couch in the middle of the afternoon.

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Shirt – J. Crew (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar

I’m actually really bad at naps. No, wait. I take that back. I’m REALLY good at naps (seriously, our couch is like some sort of nap warp zone). I am not good at waking UP from naps.

Still, I love napping on our couch after a morning of getting stuff done. Whether that stuff is planting flowers or running and biking. I mean, I know I should probably be doing other stuff, like outfit planning or pre-making all my salads for my lunch throughout the week. But when I lay down on the couch it’s lights out.

And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 11]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Pinterest Parallels

When I attended the Bucketfeet event on Tuesday night I had such a good time that when I left to meet my husband for dinner (at Piece Pizza & Brewery!) that I totally forgot my gym bag at the Bucketfeet studio! I wasn’t able to get it back until Thursday but by going to retrieve it I found out that Bucketfeet HQ is super close to my apartment AND they have an office dog. Seriously, I could not love this company more.

Anyway, all of that drama meant that on Wednesday I was NOT feeling inspired to put together a decent outfit considering I had left my “good” makeup in my errant gym bag and I had to throw together some backup items so I could go to the gym. Let’s just say that Wednesday’s outfit shall forever be lost to annals of time. Instead, let’s focus on Thursday’s outfit.

I still wasn’t feeling THAT inspired so I turned to my trusty friend: Pinterest. And decided to go for something colorful with this blue and green outfit. 

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These are currently the only pair of dress pants that fit me. And that’s because I almost replaced them with some a size or two larger. But, hey, all this working out I’ve been doing is working so here they are fitting me again!

However, for some reason I felt like I belonged on the set of the Golden Girls in this outfit. I’m honestly not sure why. I welcome your thoughts!

At the end of the work day on Thursday one of our marketing directors came up to me and said,  “I have something kind of weird to ask you.” Uh…okay.

Turns out the company had an extra ticket to an event last night and the marketing director thought I would be a good person to go because A. I fit in with the group that was going because I know how to look and act professional and B. I know how to comport myself at events with open bars. Sadly, I was unable to attend and I’m a little bummed about it. Not because it was an open bar (although, let’s be honest, that’s quite nice) but because it would have been a good opportunity to do some networking. Ah, well. It’s nice to know that in the slightly-less-than-a-year I’ve been at the company I’ve made a good impression on people! Even if I do sometimes feel like a Golden Girl.

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