For everyone who says that blazers aren’t their thing I just want you to know you can still get plenty of outfit ideas from photos of people wearing blazers. Take this outfit from Skirt The Rules, for example. I don’t have a blazer that color but I do have this cardigan! So I decided to recreate her look with pieces I’ve had in my closet for awhile.
I added the scarf because this particular top is kind of low-cut and it’s cold outside. The scarf keeps me covered up, warm, and office-appropriate. Plus it adds some nice visual interest to my outfit.
Okay, enough talk about clothes. Let’s talk about my weekend. I actually wore this outfit to the office on Wednesday because today I’m on my way to Cleveland!! Why? Because my friend Rachel is running her very first half marathon on Sunday and I’m running with her. I’m super excited for her. We’re going to have a great time. And I then I hear we’ll be going to some place called Melt for lunch. I believe they are the land of grilled cheese sandwiches? I’m definitely down with that.
One of the things you guys told me when I did my two year anniversary reader survey was that outfit posts are hands-down your favorites. So, in the interest of giving you all what you want, here’s a bonus Wednesday outfit post!
Which is why today you’re getting such bold colors. Because here’s the original inspiration from Nu Sophisticate:
Instead of the powder pink color I went with the more saturated fuchsia. And instead of those adorable sandals she’s wearing I just stuck with closed-toe nude pumps. Overall, though, I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the fuchsia and green together.
Also, thank god for spell-check. I can’t spell fuchsia to save my life.
I’ve worn these green pants quite a bit but haven’t really paired them with much color. Now I’m thinking that needs to change! Cobalt blue, anyone?
P.S. Who else is excited that it’s warm enough to wear ankle pants again?? Unless you work somewhere that doesn’t allow ankle pants. Which I personally think is some out-dated thinking.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had ordered an Old Navy cargo vest (the one linked above) but that I wasn’t sure it was the right fit for me. I even posted a picture on Facebook asking for opinions. See, I knew which vest I wanted. It’s the one that Jen from Librarian for Life & Style had been wearing for a year and it made me drool over how cute it was every single time. Sadly, the new one from Old Navy was just too long on me.
But, wait! Jen is taller than me! She suggested we try swapping them and lo and behold the swap worked! My new one was the right length on her taller frame and her shorter one was great on my short self.
So, in homage to Jen and her amazing vest that is now mine (!!) I present you my recreation of one of Jen’s cargo vest outfits.
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – Chicago blogger clothing swap (similar)
Another day, another Pinterest-inspired outfit. But, really, I don’t think the outfit is the star of the show here. I mean, are you really looking at me? Or are you looking at the big green monster glaring menacingly out at you?
This is the Big Monster Toy Company and it’s located within walking distance of my apartment building. One of my favorite parts about being a runner is that I find all kinds of neat places in my neighborhood when I’m out for a run. Or, heck, even when I’m just out for a walk or a bike ride to Goodwill, one of the fitness studios, or to a friend’s place. I come across places like this and decide they need to be the backdrop for an outfit photo. This week just happened to be the day that worked out to head over there and take pictures.
But, okay, I’ll talk about my outfit. I admit that it took me a long time to figure out how to wear a button-up shirt underneath a cardigan. I always felt like it would be too lumpy or the arms would be too tight or something like that. The key? Making sure you don’t buy your cardigans super skin-tight! I think that it’s a tough transition to make from junior’s to “women’s” clothing. Junior’s clothing is cut to fit tighter so even after we’re out of the Junior’s we keep buying clothes that don’t allow for layering. At least, I know I’m guilty of this. Thankfully I’ve finally figured out that it’s okay to buy some things one size larger to allow for a better fit. Ignore the number, go for how it fits you!
Of course, we’re all still kids at heart, right? Even if our clothes no longer come from the Junior’s department.
Whew! It’s Friday! Anyone else feel like this week was a million years long? Maybe it’s because last week I was so busy and this week I felt like I needed to catch up on everything? Who knows. What I do know is that I normally wear jeans on Fridays but because of the 7×7 remix I decided to take my own advice and make a more casual outfit with a pencil skirt.
I left off the jewelry and paired yesterday’s skirt with some casual flats and this jersey knit top that I wore on Wednesday.
Toss on my faux leather jacket and I’m good to go. Of course, once I’m in the office I won’t be wearing the jacket around. So that’s when I’ll swap it out for the black cardigan I wore on Monday. I think the lack of bling paired with the metallic boat shoes keeps this outfit office-appropriate while still giving a nod to the “Casual Friday” idea.
As you can see, I have two more outfits to discuss! I don’t normally post on weekends but I will this week. Stay tuned for the rest of the details on the last two outfits.
Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Via Spiga via Loehmann’s (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
Day three of the 7×7 remix is here with pants from Monday, cardigan from yesterday, and a new top! A comment on Monday’s post made me realize that while challenges like this are fun we probably all have items in our closet we don’t wear enough as it is. However, I think challenges such as the 7×7 are perfect to help you think about what to pack when you’re traveling.
For example, if I was going to a week long business conference I could pack these seven pieces plus some accessories and shoes (and, to be honest, I could definitely whittle down the number of shoes I needed to take) and I’d have enough outfits to last me all week and then some! Pretty nifty, huh?
By the way, at the end of the week I’ll be doing a full discussion of why I chose the pieces I did. I hope you’ll stick around and read it!
For now, though, I want to tell you about the amazing Midwest Style Bloggers brunch I attended on Saturday at Quay Chicago.
Twenty Chicago-area based style bloggers met at 10:15 on Saturday morning to chat about our blogs, what we love about Chicago, who takes our pictures, and just about everything else. Quay has a beautiful private party room (that I forgot to get a picture of. I fail at blogging sometimes.) and treated us wonderfully. Breakfast was tasty (ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and berries, anyone?) and the company was fabulous.
I even met another blogger, Jill from HOT PINK Style, who lives in my neighborhood!
Good lord, I could have used some more sleep last week
ANYWAY! I admit, I never would have thought to wear this t-shirt with a pencil skirt unless Bri brought it up as an option. Even though I did an entire post that basically included t-shirts with pencil skirts. Funny how that works, huh? And speaking of wearing a t-shirt to work, I think the key is to pair it with other structured pieces if you work in a business or business casual office. Don’t wear them with denim, don’t wear sneakers, but definitely add some bling!
Of course, if you work in a super casual office you can wear your t-shirts with whatever you want. Except short shorts. Those are never office appropriate. Unless your office involves a pole and you’re not a firefighter.
Apparently there was some concern among my faithful readers when my post didn’t go up this morning that I might have gone to work naked. I promise you, that did not happen (although now I’m going to get even MORE weird searches, I bet).
Truthfully, my crazy weekend just meant that I didn’t get a chance to take pictures ahead of time and am now doing it on the fly. And today I had an early meeting in a Chicago suburb so I had to snap pictures and write this post afterward. On the plus side, I was able to get in the pictures before the snow started coming down.
Also, I know that so many people in the style blog world are tired of the bubble necklace but I’m here to say that people who don’t read style blogs LOVE this thing! Seriously, a woman at my meeting today gushed over how cute she thought it was. I love this grayish purple colored one because it almost seems to take on the color of whatever it’s next to. Plus, it’s just such a huge statement that it adds personality to whatever you’re wearing.
I pinned this look a few weeks ago not really thinking I’d ever be able to recreate it. I mean, I had the burgundy pants but the green blazer? Right.
But, wait! I have a green cardigan! And, in fact, I had to search all over my apartment to find it because it was still in the dry cleaning bag from the end of last winter.
Putting these colors together is not something I would have thought of on my own and I’m still not positive the purple-ish colored top is the exact look I’m going for. The plus is, I have a lot of things in my closet in this color family so I can play around with it a bit and see if one works better than the other.
What do you think? Crazy colors or just right?
Also, my guest photographer, Molly, was making me laugh by trying to take pictures without the cop cars in the background. We finally decided they add an urban aspect to the photos.
With our schizophrenic spring weather I check the weather app on my iPhone incessantly when planning what to wear. Today, though, I think I actually nailed it.
Originally I was going to wear a black cardigan with this outfit but changed my mind at the last minute and tossed on the fuchsia one. It’s pretty similar to what I had on last Friday but just enough different, which I think just shows you how versatile certain patterns and colors can be in your wardrobe.