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Dress for Dinner

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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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They can’t all be winners

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I mentioned in my August shopping summary that I ordered a blue pleated skirt from American Eagle Outfitters. Well, that puppy costs me $7 and this is the result.

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Vest – Express (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – NYC jewelry store (similar)

Let’s just say that, yes, there are still some items from American Eagle that are designed for teenagers with no hips. But, since it would cost me more to ship it back then I paid for it, I’ll keep it around for a bit and see if It grows on me. Or if shrink in it, is more like it.

As for the vest, I’ve had it a a number of years and I think it’s about time for it to go. It’s too short on me and just cuts me off at a weird spot.

Also, Chewie was NOT interested in playing nicely with the camera. Just in case you thought he was a good dog who listened nicely. He couldn’t have you think that. Nope.

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So, yeah, just one of those days. At least it’s Friday!

  

Time for Blue

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

First off, apologies for dropping off the face of the blog-land last week. As I’ve mentioned before, we are still trying to find a balance between work, life and puppy.

However, I was able to find some time this weekend to take some outfit photos ahead of time. I promise, I WILL be wearing everything you see this week. It’s just easier sometimes to take all the photos on the same day.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m wearing today:

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

And why am I wearing this today? Two reasons. This first is that I’m doing my very first presentation at work and I wanted to be a bit more dressed up than usual.

The second is that this week’s Style Imitating Art chosen by 14 Shades of Grey involves white and blue.

“Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer” (1913) by Egon Schiele

So with my dark hair, my white top, and my blue pants, not to mention my red lipstick, I think I’m hitting this one right on the money.

Of course, it’s not always about recreating something exactly. Just like when you see a picture in a magazine that you love you don’t have to recreate it down to every detail. It should just inspire you to try something new!

Speaking of which, if anyone has any suggestions on how to fit in blogging, working, puppy-training and exercising with spending time with your SO and having a social life, I’m all ears! THAT I might imitate exactly!

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

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Sneaky White Jeans

Casual Friday

Remember how I said my boss was out of the office so I could wear jeans every day?

Well, my boss’s boss appeared back in the office a few days early so I haven’t been able to get away with jeans this week like I thought. Until today. Because today I don’t care.

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Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Shoes – DSW (same)

Why don’t I care? Because I’m leaving at 2PM today to pick up a full sized passenger van, 5 other people, and enough running stuff to get us through 200 miles. Well, technically 100 miles. Our other van of 6 people has to run the other 100.

Yes, I’m doing the Ragnar Madison to Chicago relay race this weekend. This is my third time doing it but you just never know how it’s going to go.

So, keep your fingers crossed for me! There will be a post tomorrow featuring an outfit I wore last week, though. Don’t worry!

And then, on Monday? A special surprise!!

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Blues, Tans and Purples

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White tweed jacket with blue dress and bubble necklace, Chicago style blogger white, blue and bubble necklace

Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – BCBG Outlet (similar) | Necklace – JF&A show (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of April yet? I’m surprised by the results so far! Will your vote change that?

Welcome to Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? Remember last weekend when I ran that half marathon? Well this weekend I didn’t run one but I did work at one. Yes, I worked on Friday and Saturday at the Wisconsin Marathon and Half Marathon handing out race packets, answering questions, doing some crowd control at the finish line, and cleaning up after the race.

Which basically means that Sunday was spent recovering! And outfit planning, of course. Today’s outfit is my interpretation of the Style Imitating Art painting for this week chosen by Jen of Librarian for Life & Style:

Lawren Harris, Tamarack Swamp, Algoma, c. 1920, oil on canvas

Lawren Harris, Tamarack Swamp, Algoma, c. 1920, oil on canvas

I decided to pull out the blues and the tans in the painting and then accent it with my purple-ish bubble necklace. Now, some people out there might be saying “Bubble necklaces are SO 2012.” And I say, so what? Seriously, I’ve only ever seen one being worn “in the wild” (aka not on a blog) and whenever I wear it I get compliments. Which to me says that the general public is not over them yet and still find them unique. Which means I’m still going to wear mine.

The joys of not being a total slave to trends is that you don’t have to revamp your entire wardrobe every year, right? And you can keep remixing your items! Like I did with this blue dress.

Also, if you want to see how others used this painting to create an outfit, be sure to visit Librarian for Life and Style!

White jacket with blue dress

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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

  

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?

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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.

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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