You know how you have those days when you just want to be comfy but you still have to go to work? How about those days when you pretend that because your pants have back pockets that they’re actually pants and not leggings?
Yeah, I know. I wore leggings.
Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)
I wore these pants (I’m calling them pants. Live with it.) for a half day at work. I was having one of those days where I just couldn’t make it a full day. I came home, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and curled up on the couch.
And then I wore this outfit to try the Italian lemonade that everyone talks about: Mario’s. I got banana and, well, I have to say I didn’t think it was all that. Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot out. Maybe I just didn’t get the right flavor. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.
I don’t know. It was a weird day. I wore leggings and didn’t love dessert. I don’t even recognize myself.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
As I mentioned on Monday, this past weekend I went to brunch at a restaurant in my neighborhood (thus accomplishing at least one of April’s goals). I met Sarah from Windy City Wanderlust at The Publican where we had some tasty eats. I’ll let her blog about the food so be sure to follow her blog so you can find out more!
Anyway, we then wandered over to the Randolph Street Market and on the way we stopped to take some outfit photos. Of course, I always forget to check the settings after Jason uses the camera and this time was no exception. So, sadly, I had it on manual instead of automatic. Which meant that the background is perfectly in focus but the foreground (i.e. me) was not.
However, I liked this outfit so much that I recreated it to try again. And, it’s not really cheating because I did wear it twice last week!
Top – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)
Plus this time you get bonus Chewie cameos!
Anyway, when I wore this outfit to work I showed up to a meeting and the first comment was “Wow! You look spring-y!” Well, I suppose that’s appropriate since it’s spring and all.
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.
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!
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!
A few weeks ago I finally got to try a new restaurant in my neighborhood: Bar Siena. I went with a group of friends and we enjoyed some yummy food and drinks. I knew I would be walking to and from the restaurant and I wanted to wear an outfit that was both cute and practical.
After I put together this outfit and wore it to dinner, my mom sent me some fun knit boot cuffs that would have gone perfectly with this! So, I foresee wearing this outfit again soon so that I can wear my new accessory.
Also, amusingly, two of my three friends I was meeting for dinner showed up wearing red jackets. I ALMOST wore my red trench to dinner instead of my denim jacket. Wouldn’t that have been amusing? Clearly I’m friends with some ladies with good fashion sense.
Yay for fitness! And food. Speaking of food, I recently tried two new-to-me restaurants. I went to brunch at Dusek’s on Sunday and then lunch at Bottlefork on Monday. Does anyone else ever regret what they ordered as soon as they start seeing what other people got? Choosing something at a restaurant always causes me a twinge of anxiety and then I wonder if I’ve ordered the “right” thing. I mean, what I get is usually good, but I then I wonder if it’s the BEST option, you know?
The party was a blast although hosting made it difficult to great people, mingle, eat, drink, and take photos. So, I mostly got still shots instead of photos of actual people doing actual things. But I promise people actually came!
And shout-out to my neighbor, Margaret, for helping me carry everything to the restaurant and helping me get it set-up.
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me ask if I should walk a mile home after getting a bunch of balloons inflated or if I should get a cab. The consensus was cab but I ended up walking! Why? Because the people at the store where I got them inflated (Doolin’s on Halsted for you Chicago-peeps) put them into giant bags with handles so I could carry them easily! And I didn’t even have to ask. I will now be patronizing them for all my party needs.
Le Tote hopes to do more of these parties so hopefully I’ll do another one in the future. It was lovely to meet other Le Tote members and their friends!
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Last night I was at an event and introducing myself to people and handing out my blog business card. One of the women asked me what my “go-to” store is for work clothes. I told her that it used to be The Limited but now that I don’t have to wear business or business casual I struggle with what to wear and where to shop.
Although, occasionally, I still find things at The Limited that fit my current work dress code. Or lack thereof.
Seriously, though. I’ve been at my current job for just over a year and I still have no idea how to dress! I have an entire closet full of clothes that either don’t fit, don’t fit with my current work environment, or just don’t seem to be “me” right now. Yet, I don’t necessarily want to get rid of all of them because I might need them in the future.
It’s funny because at work I try to convince people that it’s okay to delete old documents. But for myself I struggle with purging clothes. And emails. But that’s another story.
I told myself when I started this job that I wasn’t going to succumb to dressing like a slob. But, I admit, there are days when it’s just jeans and a t-shirt. Which, in reality, isn’t that much different from this outfit. But this outfit isn’t jeans.
In my latest Le Tote box that is on its way to me I’m getting two dresses. I hope they both fit. I also just ordered this dress in red as a causal dress – an item I don’t own very many of. Maybe that’s the answer for summer: casual dresses.
Or maybe not. Maybe I’m still a work in progress when it comes to how to dress casually.
Astute readers (and those who know me well) are probably already aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a fitness enthusiast. I’ve run marathons, half marathons, 5Ks and everything in between. I currently lift weights at the gym 3-4 times a week and I’ve been swimming and biking as well.
And why am I doing all of that? Because this amazing store called Live Grit opened up a block from my house and because of their encouragement I signed up to do two triathlons this year. And my first one was yesterday.
I had no idea what to expect, but I will say that I did NOT expect to have to stand in the pouring rain for two hours. Yes, it rained basically from the time we got there until the time we got in the water to start swimming. It was a crazy adventure but, as you can see from my face in the photos, I was thrilled to be out there, feeling good, and completing every part.
But, first, before I could don my wetsuit on Sunday, I had to pick up my race packet on Saturday. And, of course, get my race number marked on my arms and legs. So, what do you wear to make sure the people with the marker have easy access? Well, I wore a dress.
Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar)
Except, I fully admit that on Saturday it was SO hot that the jacket came off almost immediately after I put it on.
And, yes, this dress is strapless. And, yes, I spent most of the day hiking it up because I felt self conscious.
Of course, getting our numbers written on our arms and legs ended up being all for naught because having to stand outside in the rain for two hours basically washed the numbers right off. On Saturday, Jason asked if I was going to wear something sleeveless to work today to show off my numbers. I said they’d be gone by then anyway. Clearly I was doing some kind of foreshadowing.
I ended up wearing this dress to lunch after the race, too. It actually converts to a maxi skirt so I just tossed on a tank top and this dress-as-a-skirt and stuffed my face at a local restaurant near the finish line.
I’m writing this post on Sunday night and right now I feel good. We’ll see tomorrow if I’m sore or feel beat up but at this moment I can tell you that I’m looking forward to a summer of swimming, biking, and running to get me ready for my next triathlon in August. Hopefully at that one the only thing that gets me wet is the actual swim!
P.S. This month’s Third Thursday Threads theme from Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose is denim jackets. I’ll be linking up with her when that post is live later this week.
You guys! We’re finally getting days in Chicago where it’s warm enough to wear a skirt sans other leg covering (aka tights)! All I had to do was tell Bri that it was too cold to wear my new red skirt and BAM! Chicago proves me wrong.
I suppose it’s only appropriate that I wear this skirt during Sarah’sTop 10 Remix since seeing it on her was what inspired me to buy it in the first place. I’ve already gotten compliments on it so that means it’s a winner in my book.
However, even though it may be warm enough to wear a skirt to work it’s not quite warm enough every evening to enjoy dinner al fresco. Thankfully, the Weber Grill in downtown Chicago has just built a new patio that can be enclosed and heated when it’s a bit chilly or opened up when it’s nice outside.
My friend Kelsey and I took advantage of their new spring menu last night and I have to say I’m already planning a return trip. Kelsey used to live in the area and went to Weber Grill all the time but I’d never been. Weber Grill is a local restaurant with only four locations in the Chicago area and they have AMAZING food.
I’m not a food photographer so I apologize if I made an amazing meal look unappetizing. I also apologize that I forgot to take a picture of the adorable desserts of which I wanted many, many more. Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel bites anyone?
Also, you know it’s a good meal when one of the drinks and the salad contain four food items I typically avoid and I eat them anyway. I am NOT a picky eater but there are a handful of things I categorically don’t like: cilantro, olives, artichokes and gin.
One of the cocktails? Gin, blueberries, lemon, lime & cilantro. I still ordered it. I still drank all of it. It was tasty.
The salad? Olives and artichokes. I still ordered it. I still ate it. It was also tasty. Just goes to prove that roasted veggies outrank almost anything else.
Beef brisket with BBQ sauce? Well, I’ll eat that any time. Highly recommended. Kelsey ordered the fish and said it was excellent. Next on my list? The Prime Burger. It comes with fried pickles!