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Erin and the Chewie

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge featured “Una and the Lion“, a painting full of neutral colors, a woman in a dress, and some animals. Therefore, I bring you my own version, also full of neutrals, a dress, and an animal: “Erin and the Chewie”.

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Dress – New York & Co (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) |Necklace – Le Tote (same)

This outfit was also inspired by one that Jen wore and it features the vest that I swapped with Jen. And since Jen chose the art for this week, basically this entire post is just all Jen all the time.

In other news, I’m meeting with a start-up this week called Shoe Drop to learn more about their business model and services. Basically, it’s a shoe repair service where you drop off your shoes at kiosks around the city, they pick them up, fix them, and deliver them back to the kiosk for you to pick-up. Perfect if you’re busy and don’t want to hunt down a shoe repair store. If there’s anything specifically you’d like me to ask, let me know! I never used a shoe repair service until I moved to Chicago but now I’m all about it since I walk so much and my shoes take a beating.

Speaking of which, I’ve been wearing these gold sandals so much that I bought another, similar pair. The reviews for my first pair said they run a half size big but I don’t agree with that. I ordered a 7.5 in the gold ones and they feel slightly too big. I ordered a 7 in the new pair and they fit perfectly. Just something to keep in mind!

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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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Fit and Flare

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I think every summer I come to the same conclusion: I need more dresses. And more sandals. I just ordered these which are like the quintessential white-girl-in-Chicago sandals but, whatever.

Dresses, though, are tougher for me. I ordered this one that I mentioned in my June Shopping Summary and I actually think I’ll wear it on Friday this week. Friday is my company’s summer party on the rooftop deck of our building and it’s supposed to be ridiculously hot. And then later that evening I’m planning to meet Emily for dinner. Since I bought the dress to wear out and about when it’s hot I think it’s the perfect time to break it out of the closet.

In the mean time, here’s one of the other dresses I own that gets a workout in the summer.

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Dress – c/o eShakti (same) | Sandals – c/o Shopbop (same in other colors, similar) | Necklace – gift (same in different color) 

I think part of my issue stems from feeling like my dresses need to have different silhouettes. Like, how many fit-and-flare dresses can one have? Honestly, this is a silly thing to think. If that’s the style you like and feel comfortable in than that’s what you should buy! I tried a trapeze dress recently and Jason just shook his head. Apparently it wasn’t flattering.

I also own some sheath dresses but those are sometimes too formal or constricting or too clingy for my mood.

So, fit-and-flare dresses it is, I suppose.

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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: Spring in Chicago

Style Imitating Art

To those of you in the United States, I hope you’re joining me in celebrating Memorial Day. Memorial Day in Chicago, is, among many things, the “official” kick-off to summer. So, I suppose, it’s only appropriate that today I show how I interpreted a painting called “Spring.”

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Yeah, I know. Just go with me here.

Anyway, I got this dress in my latest Le Tote shipment and wore it on Friday night to the summer kick-off party for the Randolph Street Market. I also decided that the blue color and the texture of the fabric went perfectly with some of the cards in the inspiration painting.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – c/o Alterre NYC (same) | Necklace (similar

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The weather in Chicago decided to be amazing this weekend and has blessed us with sunny and warm days that are perfect for taking the dog to the park, watching my husband race his car, and going for a run. And drinking some cocktails at the Randolph Street Market Garden Party, of course.

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Clearly I didn’t take these photos at the Garden Party. I took them at the under-construction-party. But now that the weather is nice I tend to ride a bike home from work and I pass this corner almost every day. I like that it gives a unique view of the Sears Tower and, interestingly enough, my parents’ condo. In fact, it’s staying in that condo that made me fall in love with city living.

Now I’m here, taking photos with this in what is almost my backyard. Crazy. Summer in Chicago is the other reason we all live here, by the way. So of course I’m looking forward to it!

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I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday for the round-up of all the awesome outfits that have been submitted for this round of Style Imitating Art. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be Tuesday but I have a post coming up tomorrow about how I get in enough protein for power lifting. Hopefully you’ll find that interesting, too. Otherwise, come back Wednesday!

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SIA Outfit: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Last week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar was a lovely 19th century painting featuring two young girls, loads of greenery, and spring flowers. I immediately knew I wanted to wear something pink. So what’s better than a pink dress?

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Dress – c/o eShakti (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Target (similar) | Neckace – JF&A Show (similar)

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I wore this last week on one of our random warm days. And then it got cold again. It’s that stupid time of year when summer is so close you can taste it but it’s not quite here. It makes me grumpy.

Actually, to be honest, I’m kind of grumpy right now anyway. I’m super busy at work and while I enjoy being busy, honestly, I’m not used to it!

Maybe that’s why at dinner on Saturday night I got feisty on social media with a local restaurant, Nellcote. We had 8PM reservations but when we still hadn’t been seated, our coats taken, or even offered a drink by 8:30 PM I started tweeting at them. Guess what? We ended up getting free Prosecco and a seat in the lounge while we waited. Still, while I’m impressed with their responsiveness (well, kind of. I had to tweet at them several times) I’m less than impressed that it took me being passive aggressive instead of them just having their act together. I think from now on I’ll stick to their $10 beer & pizza happy hour and avoid them on Saturday nights.

Anyway, if you want to see how other people interpreted this painting and maybe read someone less grumpy, head over to Salazar’s blog and see what we all came up with!

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Let’s have a little fun for Valentine’s Day

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We’re not big on Valentine’s Day in our house, but that didn’t stop me from putting on a fun red dress and taking some fun photos with a professional photographer a few weeks ago.

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Dress – Express (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)
Hair & Make-up – Georgia HM

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I found out about this professional photo event through a blog friend who used to do some modeling. For only $60 we got hair, make-up, and two hours with two different photographers in a really neat venue. I’m still waiting on the photos from the other photographer, but I couldn’t wait to show you these.

Because, I mean, if you want to have some fun for Valentine’s Day what’s better than a sexy red dress?

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Stay tuned as I intersperse more professional photos over the next few weeks and tell you more about the event.

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Let’s Get Dressy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before we move on from holiday outfits, I have one last one to share with you. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you probably saw that last week I was debating which dress to wear to the Windy City Blogger Collective Holiday Party at the Hyatt Centric. Long and black with a cut-out back or red and short.

Turns out the long and black dress won by a landslide so that’s what I wore.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Purse – Kate Spade (similar)

I am wearing a necklace, but it’s tiny and delicate so you can’t see it in the photos. And of course I didn’t think to take a close-up.

Also, Chewie did not join me for the party, however. He’s not a party kind of dog.

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Oh, and in case you’re curious, it’s really difficult to get a good photo of your back when you’re trying not to freeze while taking pictures with an impatient husband and a dog who would rather be playing at the park. This is the best we could manage.

Anyway, the dress got lots of compliments as did my hair. I got it re-dyed right before the party so it looked fresh and curled. I can’t curl my own hair (seriously, I am the worst) which is why it looks the same in most photos: either totally straight or kind of curly in its natural state.

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All of my holiday parties are finally done – except, of course, for the family gatherings I have coming up at the end of the week. But I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting all gussied up for those.

I hope you enjoyed all my holiday outfit posts. I totally didn’t plan to have three of them but, hey, I think it worked out well!

I also hope you have a great holiday or, if you don’t celebrate this week, that you enjoy your week!

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The Scarf with the Fur

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

When it comes time to vote for my favorite outfit of December, I think it’s going to be this one. This dress. The scarf. The boots. The fun boot cuffs. The hat that gets me compliments all the time. Put them all together and I’m in love.

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Hat – Some boutique in Sausalito (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Boot cuffs – Amazon (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

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I actually wore this outfit the day I posted it on Instagram.  I don’t always recreate outfits I post there but I loved this one too much not to. Good thing I ended up wearing it while I was home for Thanksgiving because the scarf alone got a family friend to sign up for Le Tote (and got her $25 off her first month using code ERIN25. Just had to throw that in there!)

This scarf is SO SOFT. I just wanted to pet it all day. I also recently got the burgundy one from Le Tote and am looking forward to wearing it soon, too.

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I don’t know what it is about this outfit that I love so much. Maybe that everything fits perfectly? Seriously, the first time I wore this dress I debated whether or not I was going to keep it but you all weighed in and said I had to because it fit like a dream. You were right, by the way. I always feel like a million bucks when I wear it.

And paired with my favorite boots and a scarf that makes me feel like I have a puppy with me all day long? Yeah. I think this outfit is a winner.

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By the way, these photos were taken in the park by my parents’ house. There are all kinds of fun sculptures there!