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The almost perfect gray jacket

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I’m always on the lookout for jackets or blazers or what have you that can elevate a casual look from super casual weekend to less causal work but still be comfy.

I thought I’d found it with this jersey fabric jacket from Le Tote and, while it looks awesome in the photos, it has some weird shoulder pads going on that seem to be making my shoulders look really broad.


Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Tank top – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar

The shoulder pads seem to be part of the design and structure of the jacket, though, so it’s not like I could just snip them out.  Which is too bad because this jacket is super comfy, has pockets, three-quarter sleeves (my favorite!) and is otherwise perfect. In terms of comfort level It’s more like a sweatshirt than a jacket and that’s a-okay by me.

Actually, to be honest, I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow on toothpicks lately. I have to wonder if my shoulders are actually getting broader or if it’s my imagination! I mean, I have no problem with them getting broader but it does mean I might have to rethink some of what I wear.

Or not. I’m still undecided.


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Friday From the Bottom Up

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Gray blazer, Vividly scarf, Casual Friday outfit with jeans

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Scarf – Vividly (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same)


Welcome to Friday!! Friday basically means my brain doesn’t work so when planning my outfit I try to choose one item and then plan the rest of it around that one thing. Today it was these new bow flats I ordered from J. Crew Factory when they were having a 50% off sale.  The website suggested them when I was checking out and I threw them in my cart on a whim. Turns out they’re probably my favorite thing from my order. And since when I was walking home from The Limited last night and my left ankle started to hurt from wearing heels all day I knew I wanted to wear flats to the office today.

The outfit just moved up from there. A blazer so I would look semi-professional. The striped shirt because I like stripes. And finally I remembered I hadn’t worn my Vividly scarf yet so I tossed that on. The colors on the scarf aren’t as vibrant as I would have liked but I suppose that makes it look less clownish.

Speaking of bright and clownish (gotta love my transitions), I’m leaving for a conference in Las Vegas on Sunday so next week I’ll be sharing a post on what I packed, my October shopping summary (including my two new purchases from last night’s Limited 50th Anniversary Celebration) and, of course, the post where you get to vote for your favorite outfit of October!

In the mean time, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Other ways I’ve worn this blazer



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Thank Goodness It’s Not Hump Day

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Gap (similar long sleeved) (similar sleeveless) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)


This morning as I was leaving the train station to walk to work a guy ran past me yelling, “Mike! Mike! Hey, Mike!” I wanted to tell him that Hump Day was two days ago.

And THANK GOODNESS it’s Friday! This week has been crazy busy. I actually love being busy but I also love sleeping in and having my outfits planned out in advance. I didn’t get a chance to do that this week so thank goodness for Pinterest. Some mornings, like today, my brain is so on autopilot it can’t even think to put gray and navy together. So, thank you, Marionberry Style for helping me get dressed on this decidedly non-Hump Day.

Other ways I’ve worn this blazer: 1 / 2 / 3 /4

Other ways I’ve worn this top:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Linking up with AJ’s Friday Favorites Remix

White Hot

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White pants with gray blazer and embellished t-shirt

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar)

Hello, Monday! After a long and crazy weekend (that included me sleeping through someone’s birthday party because I’m a horrible friend who had been up since 3:45 AM) I was not feeling that inspired this morning. Thank goodness for Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday post!  I haven’t done one of these in awhile but today the combination of white and gray was what I needed to put together my own outfit.


Since I won’t be wearing a see-through maxi skirt (or are those pants??) to work I swapped Jennifer Lawrence’s skirt for white pants. I kept the t-shirt vibe, though, by wearing a white t-shirt with some shiny embellishments. And, of course, the gray blazer to mimic her gray top and to take the t-shirt up to a more professional level.

I firmly believe a blazer makes just about anything office appropriate. Well, okay, maybe not ANYTHING, but close enough.

Or, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Mutually Inspired Series Day 5: Sequins

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Gray blazer, silver sequined shirt, jeans, gray heels

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – Macy’s | Bracelet – JF & A Show (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar)


On the last day of the Mutually Inspired Series I decided to glam it up. Jen scored an adorable sequined top in a clothing swap and toned it down for work with a gray cardigan and jeans.



I don’t  own a gray cardigan so I decided to wear my gray blazer instead. Add a pair of heels, my new favorite jeans (after you all told me how amazing they looked on Monday) and simple earrings and I have an outfit for the office! Okay, it might not fly if your office is uber-conservative, but it definitely works for mine. I love the idea of wearing sequins during the day and I think the key is to keep them in softer colors like gray, pink, or white.

Gray blazer, silver sequined shirt, jeans, gray heels


Also, please excuse me while I go on a slight rant. This shirt is sequined. Not “sequenced”. Or “sequence”. Or anything other than sequined or sequin. I see it misspelled all the time, particularly on Poshmark (<—click for proof), and it drives me batty!

Anyway, with that, Jen and I have reached the end of our week of showcasing our interpretations of one another’s outfits.  However, I had so much fun and have so many more ideas that I have a feeling we’ll be doing this again.  Or, if you’re a style blogger out there who wants to get in on the series, let me know! It would be great fun to have you!

P.S. I’ll be in Phoenix for part of next week for work. Apologies if posting gets a little sporadic.

Polka Dot Sweater? I Hardly Know Her!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



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Blazer – The Limited (similar under $20) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar under $30) | Collared Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar under $30) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar under $30) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar under $30)

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo should have been easy.  Skinny pants and a polka dot sweater?  Polka dot sweaters have been everywhere this past season so of course I have one in my closet.

Inspiration Photo Source

 Of course, Hilary Duff’s is ADORABLE while mine required a bit of finagling.  See, mine is actually short sleeved. So in order to give it some more interest under the blazer I added the collared button-up white shirt. I like that the sweater gives is a slightly casual vibe while the button-up and the blazer make it definitely office appropriate. And I incorporated the black and gray color scheme which promptly drove my photograph-taking husband nuts. “Can’t you wear something with color? Now we need to find a colorful background!” Mission? Accomplished.

Do you own a polka dot sweater? Don’t you love the one in the inspiration photo?

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P.S. If you bought all the items linked to above (minus the shoes), your total outfit cost would be $122.41 (excluding tax and shipping). And the blazer, black pants, and collared shirt would become closet staples so you’d definitely get your money’s worth!

Copycats Friday: A Light Bulb Moment

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – store in NYC (similar)

Before I had a style blog, before I even knew what Pinterest was, I saved an image on my computer from the Banana Republic website.  I loved the preppy, equestrian vibe it had going on.   I even sent the picture to another style blogger I read at the time to see if she would be willing to show me how to interpret it with items that didn’t require dropping a whole paycheck at Banana Republic.  She told me she didn’t wear much red and that was that.


I recently re-discovered this image saved on my computer and THEN I learned you can upload photos to Pinterest!  That they don’t have to already be on another website to “pin” them.  Look, I may be book smart but I’m still learning about all these new-fangled Internet things.

Anyway, while perusing my pins for something to recreate for today’s Copycats Friday from Frills for Thrills I saw this pin and the light bulb went off.  I now have all those items!  In fact, I’ve had the gray blazer since September and all the other items for much longer but this week was when they finally all came together in my head.

Which is why you should totally save images of outfits that catch your eye even if you don’t have the items to recreate them at that exact moment!

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Also linking up with: Two Thirty Five Designs | Texas Lovebirds | Modly Chic

Inspiration Monday – Grey or Gray?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall


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Blazer – The Limited (similar)| Shirt – Express| Sweater vest – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor | Shoes – Anne Klein | Necklace – Macy’s (similar)

Today’s Inspiration Monday from Two Birds is finally someone I actually know!  Well, I mean, I don’t know her personally but at least I’ve seen at least one movie she was in.

Original Inspiration: Elizabeth Hurley

Ms. Hurley is wearing something that is very on-trend right now:  velvet.  Which just reminds me of the black velvet pants I had in high school.  I don’t currently have anything velvet in my closet so I just went with the color scheme here and stuck with black and grays.

Although, to be honest, I could have worn jeans today.  I’m not in the office (took a vacation day) but I still wanted to show you how to take a casual inspiration photo and make it work appropriate.

Also, don’t forget about my contest to win a $50 Visa gift card!  Two comments before November 22nd as well as helping me hit either 100 Facebook likes or 200 pageviews a day for at least 5 days.  For your reference, here are the stats so far:

Facebook Likes: 65

Days with pageviews over 200: 2

Thanks for your help, everyone!

And thanks again to Molly for taking my outfit photos this week!  We took them all on an abnormally warm (and windy) Sunday so if I seem underdressed for current Chicago conditions that’s why.

The Black Turtleneck

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar)| Turtleneck – Old Navy (similar)| Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar)| Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW | Bracelet – JF&A Trade Show

In honor of submitting two looks with this black turtleneck to Jessica’s What I Wore Challenge: Fall Remix I thought I’d show you a third look here today.

But first, go check out my entry on Jessica’s post.  I’ll wait.  My entry is second from the bottom.  One look you’ve seen before.  The other is brand new and includes my faux leather skirt that has yet to be featured here!

Done?  Now you see why I think a black turtleneck is a fall closet staple?  It just goes with so many things.

For years I refused to wear turtlenecks because I felt like they were choking me.  Maybe you feel the same.  A black crewneck sweater can have the same role in your closet as a black turtleneck.  Not a fan of black?  Choose another neutral color like navy, camel or gray.  With a scarf, a blazer or a statement necklace you can dress it up or down for any occasion.

But don’t forget your jacket!

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Grades of Laundry

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited | Shirt – The Limited | Scarf – Nordstrom | Jeans – Gap Outlet | Boots – Macy’s

I think about my outfits the night before but I don’t lay them out or hang them on hangers or anything.  Which means that in the morning I’m sometimes scrambling to find all the pieces.

Take this morning for example.  I knew I wanted to wear this shirt with this blazer and scarf.  I had a different pair of jeans in mind but couldn’t find them.  It’s been awhile since I did laundry so they might be buried in there.  So, back-up jeans to the rescue!

Then I went to my dresser drawer to pull out this shirt.  Not there.  I went to my closet.  Not there.  Did I put it into the bag of things to donate in a fit of closet purging?  Nope, not there (I keep the bag for awhile, just in case).  Scratching my head I had almost resigned myself to wearing a different striped shirt when I saw this one peeking out of the laundry pile.  I didn’t remember wearing it but apparently I had.

So, I did the smell test.  Come on.  You know you do it too.  Smelled clean enough to me.  So, on it went.

I have more than two grades of laundry, okay? There’s not just clean and dirty – there are many subtle levels. If you hang this outside the window for twenty minutes, it’s perfectly fine…
– Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ghostbusters 2

And now you know more information about me than you probably want to.

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