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Blogging versus Writing

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I recently started reading The Daily Tay after I bought my favorite shirt ever from her. She recently posted something that hit home with me about blogging. She wrote that she remembered when blogs were more about writing and sharing and less about who could make the most money or take the prettiest pictures.

I know, I know. I’m going to post a picture of myself with affiliate links to other items below it. And that’s going to seem totally hypocritical.

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar

But, seriously. I make so little off this blog and I certainly don’t take the prettiest pictures. Sure, I do the occasional sponsored post and I do get some great freebies to blog about, but even though I’m not a “big” blogger, I sometimes miss the anonymity of having a Livejournal account. Something that was just me and my thoughts (and the people who read them, of course).

Now, though, my name is attached to this blog and I can’t write as freely as I wish about some things. I’ve always tried to be careful about what I write (in fact, my husband got fired from a job almost 15 years ago because of something he wrote online) because I know the consequences. But that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally have the wish to write something more about what’s going on with my life other than the fact that I got almost 40 mosquito bites on my arms, legs and face this weekend.

And don’t worry, mom. It’s nothing drastic 🙂 Just the occasional wish that I had someone to invite me to or go with me to all those fun events I see on Instagram. Is it still FOMO if you know you’re missing something?

Except mosquito bites. I am certainly NOT missing those.

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Old, New, Borrowed, Black

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Another Le Tote outfit coming at you today! I try to wear the pieces all in a row so that I can send the box back ASAP so apologies if you’re tired of hearing about it.

I put this floral shirt in my Le Tote closet because it’s not something I would normally pick. I figured that this was a good chance to try it out and see what I thought. And at first I was thinking I’d wear it with a plain black sweater and jeans or maybe my black vest. But then when I was looking for something else in my closet I found this old sweater vest and thought, hey, those colors are similar, let’s go for some pattern mixing!

floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-1floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-3Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Vest – The Limited (similar but $$) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Payless (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

But then, of course, I struggled with what pants to wear with it. At my old job I would have worn my gray dress pants but that felt way too stuffy for my new office culture. So, I decided this was a good excuse to see if I could find a pair of gray jeans. I’d put this particular pair on my Pinterest Shopping Lust board awhile ago and it turned out they still had my size in the store.

floral-shirt-argyle-sweater-2I’m not 100% sold on the pairing of the preppy vest with the floral top and the moto jeans, though. Maybe if I had some killer booties to wear with it? The black flats just aren’t doing it for me. I’ve also been wanting to add some gray booties to my closet as well but, sadly, I haven’t found the perfect pair. Too bad Le Tote doesn’t do shoes, too!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

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Shoe Emergency

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

You guys remember these navy suede shoes? The ones I walked all over Chicago to find? Well, I had them on yesterday when some jackass couldn’t wait for me to finish my turn in the revolving metal door at the train station and pushed it into the back of my foot. Sadly, it caused the ankle strap of my right shoe to rip away from the heel.

Thankfully, it’s a clean tear so I think it can be fixed. However, in the mean time I was left with a shoe I couldn’t walk in and only my company-branded flip-flops at my desk. And the End of Summer Bash fundraiser at Hub 51 to attend after work.

All of which added up to an emergency trip to DSW on my lunch break. And finding these Nine West ankle strap wedge heels on the clearance rack for $20.

White sweater with floral pants and ankle strap wedgesSweater – Torn c/o shopbop (same) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (same on ebay) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar peep toe) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar

In fact, the shoes ended up being my favorite part of this outfit. I mean, I love the pants but the sweater with them just wasn’t what I had envisioned. I wanted a more slouchy look and this one is just a bit too square.  I also felt that by adding the brown shoes instead of my original navy ones that I needed to balance it out with a different necklace. I feel like this one from Bauble Bar would be perfect! And it’s currently only $20. Be still my wallet.

But, since I was attending an end of summer party I wanted to give a nod to both summer and fall. The white and printed pants for summer and the darker closed-toed shoes for fall seemed to fit the bill.  And now I have a new pair of brown heels.

Denim jacket, white sweater, animal print pants

 

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Thank Goodness for Cardigans

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Yesterday was the weirdest weather day I’ve experienced in awhile. It took me forever to figure out what to wear because it was hot and humid when I left for work. I ended up with a tank and a skirt and grabbed a cardigan just in case.

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Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt –White House Black Market (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)

It ended up raining mid-morning which cooled everything down so that by the time I left work early so I could get ready to go to an outdoor concert (American Authors, The Script and One Republic, all of which were amazing) I was chilly even with the cardigan!

At the outdoor concert I wore jeans, boat shoes, a tee, a scarf, a hat, and a jacket and was still bundled up under a blanket! Crazy.

Thankfully the rain stopped as soon as we sat down on the lawn at Ravinia because even though I was prepared with an umbrella and a rain jacket I don’t know how long I would have lasted in the chilly rain. The bands were good but I’m just a wuss sometimes!

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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?

Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose and Vodka Infused Lemonade

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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

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Stripes and Florals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

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Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same) | Necklace- c/o ONecklace (use code GIFT for 10% off)

So many things to mention today! But first, let’s talk about why I’m wearing stripes and florals. As my husband said when I got dressed this morning, “Aren’t stripes and florals together a no-no?” Well, maybe they were once but not so much any more! Although, the reason I decided to recreate this pin was because I got some extra inspiration. From a painting. From 1914.

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After the Meeting” – chosen by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge

Yellow is probably one of my least favorite colors so instead of trying to match the colors I decided to match the patterns. Hence the stripes and florals. And then, of course, I had to add my new necklace! Those of you on Instagram and Facebook saw it last week but I wanted to share it with the rest of you. The necklace was gifted to me by ONecklace although I got to choose any style I wanted. I love that they have more “modern” looking versions of the monogram necklaces that were really popular last year. Of course, they have the traditional ones, too, but they so many more additional options. And the many of the silver ones (including mine)  are under $30 with free shipping! Of course, they also have gold. Great for yourself or as a gift, right?

Finally, this week is the Third Thursday Threads Link-Up at Work Clothes, I Suppose and the theme menswear-inspired outfits. But since I don’t own oxfords and I wore my most menswear-esque piece last week (my sleeveless blazer vest) I’m just going to go with the fact that I’m wearing a button-up shirt. Yeah.  I mean, we probably stole that from men, right?

P.S. I HATE that I had to wear hose/tights because it finally got chilly outside. Looking at this outfit I think the black hosiery is too heavy for the outfit. Probably should have gone with nude. Also, I think I’m going to get this top tailored so that it’s not so boxy. I love the stripes, just don’t love the fit as much as I could.

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Fall Floral

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Floral skirt, navy sweater, gray pumps, pearl necklace for fall in Chicago

Pearl and rhinestone necklace from Langford Market Chicago

Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar)

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of September!

 

The last time I wore this skirt I commented that I envisioned wearing it with my navy sweater. So, here it is. I decided to try and bring this skirt into fall with some darker colors, closed-toe shoes and my new pearl and rhinestone necklace.

As part of my goody-bag from the Midwest Style Bloggers Chicago Brunch two weeks ago I received a $50 gift card to Langford Market which has two locations in Chicago.  One of them was on the way home from a blogger clothing swap I attended on Saturday (more on that at a later date) so I decided to stop on in. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a picture of the skirt I picked up with my gift card. Of course, as I was checking out I saw this necklace in the display case and it decided to come home with me. It just adds a little something to this otherwise simple sweater, doesn’t it?

And there you go. One floral skirt, two seasons!

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This Floral Pencil Skirt and Me

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Contrast trim blouse, LOFT floral pencil skirt from Poshmark

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Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Top – Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto Outlet (similar)

 

Even though summer doesn’t technically end until September 22nd, the last week of August always feels like the real end of summer. And since I purchased this floral pencil skirt toward the end of the summer season I wanted to get in at least one wear before I felt like I was wearing flowers in a sea of snow.

Although, to be honest, I kind of like that image. So maybe I’ll just pair this skirt with a sweater and tights and keep on wearing it all year round!

When I took this skirt out of the package my husband looked at it and said, “That doesn’t look like you.” Well, honey, florals were trendy this year. And since I wanted to break out of the solid or neutral colored pencil skirt rut I’ve been in I thought this was the perfect antidote. Plus, it was paid for entirely with Poshmark credit so it’s basically free!

Which means my trendy floral pencil skirt and I are going to enjoy each other for as long as it lasts.

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Found, Friends, and Florals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Black and white striped skirt with floral pattern from White House Black Market

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – The Limited (same) | Skirt – White House Black Market (same) (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Necklace – random store in NYC (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same)

Look! I found some new friends today!

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Fun, huh? Actually, they’re a little disconcerting! When I was taking the photos I kept thinking there was someone standing just out of the corner of my eye. They’re actually just a temporary art installation that I found yesterday while on my lunch break.

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And speaking of found, this skirt is one of my new purchases from the White House Black Market at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. I’d actually been eying it on ebay because it was sold out on the WHBM website and it’s just so cute! Black and white stripes and florals? I’d been looking for a floral skirt (I know, who am I??) and thought this one was a good foray into the trend because it’s pretty modern with the stripes. It’s also really structured being made out of heavy cotton and lined so I know the stripes won’t cling to the parts I don’t want them to cling to. So I was super excited when I found it on the clearance rack at the store.

Also, the skirt has so many fun colors in it. Pink, teal, purple and gold. I have plans to wear it with all of those colors. But for it’s first outing I stuck with black and white as part of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up and also to make the skirt the showcase piece.

What do you think?

Black and white striped skirt with floral pattern from White House Black Market