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The last of the sandals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When you live in the Midwest, there comes a time every year when you realize you’re seeing the last of your sandals for a few months. And that always makes me sad.

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Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o Alterre (same)

There’s also a time of year (at least for me) when I realize that my hair is getting way too long and unruly. The question is always, though, what do I do? Do I cut it short (like I did last year) or do I keep it long? The longer it is the curlier it can be so it actually requires less work. Although, by the end of the day, it doesn’t always look great.

But, let’s be honest, whose hair does look great at the end of the day? Especially if you go to the gym on lunch and, uh, don’t shower. And if you says yours always looks amazing, well, then, I hate you.

Not really. But I do envy you a bit.

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June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 6 of 7

Button Ups as Cover Ups

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I didn’t really mean to post two very similar outfits back to back, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve really been getting into wearing a button up shirt over a tee instead of wearing a cardigan. So, here’s another outfit with a button up as a cardigan alternative.

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 5 of 7Shirt – Gap (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same) | Necklace – gift

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 7 of 7I don’t really have much to say about this outfit other than that it was comfortable and I wish I could find these exact shoes online. I get so many compliments on them. If you recall, I bought them as emergency shoes when a pair I was wearing got caught in a revolving door. I don’t wear them that often because the wedge is relatively high for me. But, they were handy when I put on this outfit and instead of wearing my strappy wedge sandals two days in a row I decided to wear these instead.

I’m a bit weird in that I don’t like wearing the same shoes two days in a row. I like to give my feet a break. Varying up the heel height, straps, and where they hit on my foot is one of the things I think helps keep my feet from hurting.

Also, strangely, since I’ve lost 10 pounds and cut back on running I’ve gone down half (sometimes a full) shoe size so not all of my shoes fit. What a problem to have, right?

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 6 of 7

 

 

 

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels

If you use Pinterest you know that it tells you when people have also “pinned” something you’ve pinned. Over the past few months I have two pins in particular that have exploded with being “re-pinned.” Both are outfits I saved as inspiration from other blogs and both are quite simple. So, I figured that today I’d show you one of them and how I decided to make it a reality with my wardrobe.

This pink gingham shirt, gray sweater, and black dress pants outfit as originally see on Outfit Posts isn’t that earth-shattering. I mean, I wear a sweater over a button-up at least once a week. In fact, I just wore this pink gingham shirt last week!

But, today, I paired it with a solid gray sweater and black jeans (instead of dress pants) as my homage to MK.

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-1Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-3At my previous job I would have rocked the dress pants and the heels. But at my current gig black jeans and booties felt more appropriate.

And looking at MK’s original outfit and my parallel I have to say the the wider leg dress pants really help balance out the layers on top. Also, I think her darker gray sweater helps with the color balance between the black pants and the pink. It’s a nicer transition than my lighter gray sweater. Admittedly, I tried this outfit with a darker gray sweater that I have but that one is a v-neck and I just wasn’t feeling the v-neck with the button up and a necklace.

Still, I clearly like the concept and it’s not one that too foreign to me. But trying to parallel the original outfit helps me figure out why some outfits work and some just miss the mark.

What are your thoughts on this particular parallel?

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Through the Windowpane

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

It’s Friday and it’s cold so what’s better than a sweater layered over a button up shirt? Not much, I tell you.

pink-windowpane-sweater-1Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

pink-windowpane-sweater-2Especially when it’s a pink windowpane sweater paired with pink gingham. Pattern mixing is fun!

I bought this sweater as a replacement for a similarly colored argyle one that I ended up sending to ThredUp. You may recall my last adventure with ThredUp was less than stellar but this time I only sent items that my local consignment shop wouldn’t take (they don’t take Gap items and the sweater was from the Gap). They’re items I would have donated to Goodwill anyway so I figured, hey, why not try it again? They just got my bag o’stuff so we’ll see what happens in a few weeks!

Topic change! I’m REALLY glad it’s Friday. I even only worked 4 days this week. I took Wednesday off to go to the Chicago Auto Show with Jason and while it was nice to have a break in the middle of the week, it also kind of meant I had two Mondays. Blergh.

Thankfully, this weekend is going to be filled with puppies and friends. Chewie is due for his annual vet visit and then I’m meeting some people for lunch. On Sunday I’m doing my first volunteer shift with PAWS Chicago.

How about you? Are you glad it’s Friday? Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

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Fall Uniform

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I wore this outfit to work last week (and again yesterday) and while I was in the bathroom washing my hands another woman said to me, “I love your sweater with that shirt and necklace!”

green-sweater-gingham-shirtSweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) |  Necklace – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I told her that I would dress like this every day if I could. I mean, I suppose I could but that might get a tad boring for you all. Still, I think this is my fall and winter “uniform”. I just love pairing a blingy necklace with the more traditional sweater and button up shirt.

The navy and the green are great fall colors and go well together without being overly matching. And, of course, the riding boots because I think it’s a rule that women in Chicago wear riding boots in the fall.

Okay, maybe not a rule, but it’s pretty standard. Especially when fall seems to have become winter overnight! I’m pretty sure that if we want to take Chewie to the dog park this week I’m going to have to bust out my snowsuit. Yes, I own a snowsuit. It’s for skiing.

Funny related story: growing up I couldn’t say snowsuit. I always said snowsnoot. To this day I have to think about the correct pronunciation before I say it out loud.

Thank goodness my daily uniform isn’t a snowsuit.

P.S. Due to some construction in our building our photo shoot was interrupted by an upstairs neighbor bringing his dog up the back stairwell. This is the only photo where neither Chewie nor I are making some weird face or pose. And even that is arguable.

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Preppy Pink and Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Do you ever have one of those days when you check the weather 100 times when trying to decide what to wear? Today was one of those days. Another cool, gray, rainy day in Chicago but I saw this outfit on Pinterest and wanted to wear it. A pop of color on a gray day? Cropped pants but worn with a button-up and a sweater? Seemed like a good fall outfit to me.

Pink gingham shirt with black sweater and green ankle pantsShirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)

It occurs to me looking at the photo now that she might be wearing a navy sweater. And I have a navy sweater. But for some reason black seemed more appropriate for fall. Also, I left off the pearls. Right now some of my jewelry seems too over the top for work. But this outfit? I felt perfect in it. I just tossed on my rain boots for my commute to work and to pick up Chewie from doggy day care.

And speaking of Chewie, of course he needed to make an appearance.

pink-gingham-shirt-green-pants-2Hey, I’m wearing pink! So let’s link up with Bri

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Let’s go to lunch

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Someone asked me once when it was officially appropriate to break out riding boots for every day wear. I said once the high temperature for the day was going to be in the 50s. Well, we definitely hit that in Chicago last week! So weird to think that I went from sweating in a sleeveless dress to freezing in boots and long sleeves.

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Shirt – Gap (similar) | Vest – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Boots – DSW (similar)

I fully admit that I wore this outfit to work on Friday AND to lunch with my parents on Saturday. What? You don’t sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row? Did I just say something really horrible?

Anyway, we went to Bar Takito which just opened last month near our apartment. The food was tasty and now I really want to go there for dinner when they have an expanded menu. However, so many new restaurants have opened up in my neighborhood that I feel I need to try somewhere new first!

Although, clearly I don’t necessarily feel the need to try a new outfit on the weekends.

Gray vest, blue gingham shirt, riding boots

Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose

 

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Embrace the Awkward

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I recently read a blog post where the author was mocking the “awkward style blogger pose.”  Pretty sure she meant this one.

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Blouse – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Belt –gift | Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Hey, I’ll own it. I feel like a dork just standing there. Plus, the wind blows my hair in my face. So, awkward style blogger pose it is.

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This outfit, as much as I loved it, was also a bit awkward. I recently ordered these jeans for an upcoming post I’m doing with American Eagle Outfitters. I ordered a size six and they fit perfectly in the legs but are a little big in the waist. So, I wore a belt. And, no, not the belt you can see.

Yes, I’m wearing two belts.

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I also have (bike) helmet hair.

Just keeping it real. Real awkward.

And in the interest of keeping it real, I totally stole this outfit from Atlantic Pacific and I’ve actually worn it once before but it never made it to the blog. I wore it on a Friday at my old office but it felt too casual. I admit I’m thrilled that I can wear this to my current office and feel just fine.

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Stripes and Checks

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears striped blazer, navy gingham shirt and gray pants

 Blazer- Express (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit of February yet? I’ll be posting the winner on my Pinterest board next week so get your vote in now!

Second, you may or may not notice that I categorize all my outfit posts with the season. I’ve got Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Today’s outfit, though? I’m putting in both Winter and Spring. Why? Because technically you can put March into meteorological spring. But it was snowing when I left the house on Monday morning. And I had to layer a shirt, sweater and a blazer since the air temperature was something like 8 degrees.

So, yes, it’s kind of spring. But it’s also mostly winter. Hence both categories.

Also, I’ve decided that it’s a good thing that Hollywood is in California. I attended an Oscars shindig last night with the Windy City Blogger Collective (you can see pictures of my outfit and hair on Facebook) and trying to navigate the snow, slush and ice in 4” strappy heels was quite the challenge.

And speaking of challenges (gee, I’m just knocking these segues out of the park today, right?), H&K Style Journey and some buddies are currently doing a month long challenge where everyone participating interprets the same outfit each day. As you know, I plan my outfits out a week in advance so I’m not participating this week, but I will be for the rest of the month!

Hey, you guys did tell me you wanted to see more fashion challenges and more Pinterest interpretations! Should be a fun time. Feel free to play along!

P.S. I recently wrote an article about SEO (search engine optimization) for bloggers from a non-expert perspective (meaning in plain language) that you might find helpful! It should be up on the Windy City Blogger’s website today.

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels | The Fashion Canvas

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Navy Blue Suede Shoes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, emerald green sweater with navy gingham shirt, pink pencil skirt, navy tights, navy ankle strap heels, pearl bauble necklace

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Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Audrey Brooke via DSW (same) | Necklace – Express (same)

So, if you follow me on Facebook you know that this weekend I was on the hunt for a pair of navy blue pumps. Why? Because I only owned navy blue heeled sandals (seen here) and that just wasn’t going to work now that I’m wearing navy tights. I suppose I could have worn black shoes but, hey, I’m down for an excuse to fill a hole in my closet.

Which meant off to the stores I went. My new Fitbit (birthday present from my mom) tells me I walked over 5 miles on the hunt for navy heels. I finally located these, which I loved because of the ankle strap, but the DSW I was at didn’t have my size. Thankfully the salesperson was nice enough to locate them for me at another DSW and off I went.

Also while I was out, I picked up this necklace at Express. With a $10 customer reward plus a $15 off my purchase coupon this $35 necklace came to $10 plus tax. SCORE!

All of that because I fell in love with this outfit and wanted to recreate the emerald green and pink combo for today’s Trend Spin Link-Up. But, lest you think I just went shopping so I could recreate the outfit, that’s not entirely true. Both the necklace and the shoes were items I’d had on my wish list for awhile. The outfit was just the impetus to actually purchase them. Well, that and coupons.  The shoes were actually 40% off in the store and I had a $5 birthday coupon there as well.

And the snow? That’s just par for the course around here.

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