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Gray Dress and Black Boots

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger wears gray dress with black blouse and boots

Chicago style blogger wears a gray dress with a black blouse

Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Blouse – clothing swap (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

After a beautiful weekend our winter weather seems to be back for another round. Hence the layers, tights, and boots. That’s okay, though, because in the past when I’ve worn this dress I’ve mentioned wanting to wear it with my knee high boots. And although I’ve worn it with my ankle boots this really is the first time I’ve worn it with my tall boots. And I really like it!

Anyway, speaking of the nice weather, how did I spend my weekend? Well, after running my last long run (!!) of this current half marathon training cycle I showed up at the PAWS Chicago warehouse to help sort donations. Almost four hours later I’d sorted so much dog food, cat food, toys, leashes, and beds I was amazed at how much people donate. The volunteer coordinator, though, said that as fast as the food comes in it goes back out through the pet food pantry.

At least I had some cute helpers?

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Also, when Jason was taking my pictures in this outfit he mentioned that I didn’t seem to be very excited to be having my picture taken. “Do something interesting,” he said.

Okay.

Chicago style blogger, gray dress, black boots

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The Bow Dress is Back

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Chicago boutique, Comfort Me Boutique, bowtie print dress

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Dress – Comfort Me Boutique | Cardigan – Target via clothing swap (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Look! The bow dress is back! I’m wearing it to a meeting today with my professional organization on the 63rd floor of the Sears (it will always be the Sears to me) Tower. Which means I kept it simple today with a black and gold palette. My husband said I looked very fancy.

Oh, you know what else is back? These heels. See, I was walking home from work one day last week when the heel of the right one got caught in a sidewalk crack and was ripped all to hell. Thankfully I’ve found a Shoe Hospital by my work and they were able to recover the heel in the exact same material. You can’t even tell! Well, until I catch it in another sidewalk crack.

Chicago style blogger, Chicago boutique, Comfort Me Boutique, bowtie print dress

  

Chicago Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 3

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Tuesday I introduced you to Comfort Me Boutique and showed you the original items from my own closet I was using as a base with which to incorporate the beautiful items Comfort Me carries.  Yesterday I gave you three more outfit options including some trendy silky jogger pants.

Today we’re going back to skirts and dresses starting with this super comfortable knit skirt.

Comfort Me Boutique knit skirt, black blazer

Comfort Me Boutique knit skirt, black blazer

Squasht by Les skirt – made in Chicago | Snug tank – made in USA |Jojo & Sofia necklace – made in Chicago |Ali’s Collection agate cuff – made in Chicago

This jersey knit skirt has a pull-on waist and pockets! I know you like pockets. This skirt could also easily transition from work to play just by ditching the blazer and adding sandals.

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Finally! The dress that came home with me. I wasn’t even originally going to put it on but something about it just called out to me. Maybe it was the bows.

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress with black blazer

Eva Franco bow dress – made in LA | Elise M belt | Tania Rodamilans agate necklace – made in Chicago

I don’t own anything like this and admittedly it was more money that I normally spend (even with 30% off) but it’s SUPER well made and just so adorable. See, that’s what you get when you boutique shop. They hand pick the cute items and even though you may pay a bit more for them, if you find a good boutique you know they also pick for quality.

Plus, as you can see, Comfort Me does a great job sourcing their items from the United States or even Chicago locally when possible.

So, there you have it! My first Chicago Boutique Week (a term I made up, by the way) is over! I hope you got some new ideas on how to break up those closet staples and mix them with new pieces. Or, at the very least, you found out about a new place to shop when you’re looking for something unique for you, a friend, or your home.

Comfort Me Boutique Chicago Outfits

And don’t forget if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com, Tweet at them at @ShopComfortMe or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

Chicago Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 1

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Welcome to my first ever Chicago Boutique Week! What is Chicago Boutique Week? It’s where I show you how to take closet staples and mix them up with adorable pieces from local Chicago boutiques. For the next three days I’m going to be featuring a wonderful Chicago boutique called Comfort Me.

Comfort Me Boutique’s main location is 701 W Armitage in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and they have an additional “pop-up shop” in Hyde Park at 5241 S. Harper Avenue. Comfort Me Boutique is owned by Alyssa and her mother and together they aim to have you experience the true meaning of retail therapy. Not only do they carry clothing, but they carry candles, housewares, jewelry, lotion, socks, and art. Many of it is made by local Chicago artists as well!

Comfort Me Boutique in Chicago

But I was there for the clothes and the jewelry!  I showed up in my most basic of closet staples: a black suit, white collared shirt, and black pumps. I also brought a pair of nude pumps, just in case.

Black suit with white collared shirt

I quickly got work finding items that I could mix and match with these  pieces.

First up, this adorable and comfortable navy knit dress.

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Dress – Made in LA, eco-friendly line, made of organic cotton  | Necklace – Tania Rodamilans quartz and pearl necklace,  made in Chicago

This dress would be adorable on its own with sandals and simple jewelry as a fun summer outfit or you can do like I did and put a collared shirt underneath and pair it with heels and wear it to work!

Cards at Comfort Me Boutique Chicago

Next up, I found another dress that could also be worn to work using the layered collared shirt.

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt and hot pink earrings

Yumi black dress | Veronica Riley Martens tagua nut earrings (made in Chicago)

And that’s just the first two outfits! I’ve got even more on the way including some on-trend printed jogger pants, a super comfortable skirt, a beautiful locally made scarf, and the dress that ended up coming home with me! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more of Comfort Me Boutique. And if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

Erin Go Scarf

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, green scarf, black dress, faux leather

Dress – Neiman Marcus Last Call (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Although you wouldn’t know it since the city of Chicago turned into a giant frat party on Saturday, today is actually St. Patrick’s Day. Or at least that’s what I’m told. I’m also told that if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you get eaten by snakes. Or pinched. Or something.

Anyway, this is the outfit that H&K Style Journey and her friends chose for us to interpret for the holiday.

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It took me a long time to come up with something to wear today that was inspired by this. Our Chicago temperatures are not going to allow for bare legs or short sleeves today so this summery outfit will have to wait.

Instead I decided to layer this dress with a sweater, tights, and a scarf. I don’t think this particular dress has made it to the blog before beyond a quick snapshot from last October. And I don’t think I’ve ever worn it to work. But it layers well and the faux leather accents add some extra visual interest so I have a feeling that it might show up more often now that I can think of more ways to wear it!

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

  

Can you use a vest as a pillow?

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wear a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.

Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Navy J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with Stitch Fix Polka Dot Dress, Chicago Style Blogger, what to wear to work

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Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Dress – Stitch Fix (similar) | Camisole – The Limited| Necklace – The Limited (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

For those of you who thought I purchased new legs when I did my January Shopping Summary you’ll be pleased to know I’m wearing them in this outfit. Well, I’m wearing the nude fishnet tights from Express, anyway.

I’m also wearing this dress that hasn’t gotten much love recently. My husband actually asked me, “Hey, what happened to that long-sleeved polka dot dress? You haven’t worn it in awhile.” I guess this dress made an impression on him!

He’s right, though. I hadn’t worn it in awhile. Dresses can sometimes be difficult to wear more than one way. Although, there are some ways you can keep them from feeling stale. In fact, here are five ideas for making the most of the dresses in your closet.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

As you can see, for this outfit I went with option 5 and layered my navy J. Crew blazer over the dress. I like the air of professionalism it gives to this particular dress. Not all the options above will work for every dress so be sure to pay attention to whether or not the dress has sleeves, the dress’s neckline, the length, and how it fits overall. All of that plays a role when choosing how to make the most of your dresses!

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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: Dos and Don’ts

•• You Pick Wednesday

What to wear to a winter wedding

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Dress 3 | Dress 4

Has this happened to you? You live in the Midwest. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s miserable outside. And you’ve been invited to a wedding. What do you wear?? Thankfully I’ve only faced the what to wear to a winter wedding question once or twice in my life and even still it strikes fear into my heart. My spring and summer dressed are too cold. Layering them can make me look like I’m just going to work instead of to what might end up being a fun party. Any long-sleeved dresses I have might be too matronly.

What’s the solution? The four dresses above are great choices for a winter wedding. Why? Because they follow some of what I consider to be the dos and don’ts of picking out a winter wedding guest dress.

Do: Wear something with some texture or visual interest. Colors this time of year are pretty subdued so go for texture or pattern instead of a bright color.

Don’t: Wear white. Alright, some people are okay with this but basically the rule of thumb is that only the bride should wear white.

Don’t: Wear animal print, sequins, or anything too glittery. This is a wedding, not a dance club.

Do: Wear long sleeves, even if they are lace or sheer. Leave the sleeveless for those summer weddings.

Don’t: If you MUST wear sleeveless, bring a shawl to wear over your shoulders. Leave the cardigans at home.

Do: Wear something in a nice fabric. Lace, crepe, or a heavier high quality polyester are all excellent choices.

Don’t: Wear jersey knit, lightweight polyester, or cotton. Those are either too casual or too summery.

Do: Make sure your dress fits appropriately.

Don’t: Wear anything that is considered body-con, shorter than your finger tips when your arms are straight by your sides, shows all your cleavage or your entire back.

Don’t have anything your closet that fits these criteria and don’t want to go shopping? Perhaps Rent the Runway has something for you!  Admittedly, I’ve never used them although I spent a large amount of time at a recent shindig talking to an acquaintance who had and I think I’ll be using their services next time I need a dress. For under $70 you can rent any of these dresses below that fit all the criteria above and would look amazing at a Midwest winter wedding.

Winter wedding guest dresses from Rent the Runway

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Dress 3 | Dress 4

  

DIY Animal Print Dress

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Target (similar) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Two things you need to know about this dress:

1. It originally looked like this

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2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.

Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.

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White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

  

Chicago Blogger Clothing Swap

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Clothing swap (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit from October yet? I always add the winners to my Pinterest boards.

Now, on to this Chicago blogger clothing swap thing. Last month I attended a clothing swap hosted by the lovely Lindsay from The Garden Apt and the dress pictured above was one of my scores! New with tags on it and everything. Lindsay not only provided her apartment space, but she also treated us to homemade baked goods and some lovely refreshments. And thanks to the other attendees there were lots of swap items to choose from.

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In attendance we had Lindsay, myself, Nicole of Cedar & Rush, Kit from The Kittchen, Lauren of Chi Gal Lauren, Ashley of Hop, Skip, Jump to the Midwest  and Laurie from 312 Beauty.

Lindsay asked each of us to bring at least 10 items that would be appropriate for fall. At first I didn’t know if I’d be able to come up with 10 items but then I looked at what  I had listed on Poshmark and decided that I would bring some of those items in addition to a few that, although adorable, didn’t really fit me the way I wanted.

clothing_swap_collageJust a sample

Why did I decide that instead of trying to sell those items I would bring them to the swap? Because anything that didn’t end up getting a new home from one of my fellow bloggers got donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Chicago. And, really, donating items that I only would have made a few bucks off of is a better use of my closet space.

But, what you’re really asking I know is, what else came home with me from the swap? Well, you’ve already seen my bracelet and if you followed my outfit photos on Instagram or Facebook last week you also saw the other two items!

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The black and white striped cardigan and the black, white, and gray silk tank top! Funnily enough, both came to Las Vegas with me and were perfect for the trip.

Lindsay’s goal is to turn this into a regular event and continue to donate our non-swapped items to charities around the city. I applaud her ingenuity and her drive to make it happen and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Thanks to Lindsay and Lauren for photos of the swap!

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