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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 2]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Pinterest Parallels is my attempt to recreate outfits I’ve saved on Pinterest using items that I haven’t purchased recently.

I saved this photo about two months ago because I’m always looking for ideas on how to “dress down” my dresses. And since I have a short sleeved black dress that doesn’t get enough love I thought, hey, I can do this one!

black-dress-brown-boots-1Dress – Nieman Marcus outlet (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (same) black-dress-brown-boots-3This outfit? So comfy! I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day. However, I also felt cute and spunky which, let me tell you, I normally do not feel when I’m wearing my pajamas. Plus, I think it was a great way to take this black faux leather trimmed dress (which I have also worn out to events) and make it more appropriate for my casual office.

black-dress-brown-boots-2It also got me mixing brown and black which is something I’m always a tad bit hesitant to do. But I actually liked the way the brown boots looked better than if I had worn black boots. I think black boots would have made it look too dressy.

What do you think?

Notes: Dress is from August 2013. The tee is so old I can’t remember. The scarf is from at least two years ago. The boots and the watch are the most recent additions to my closet.

  
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Respectable Fun

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Apologies for the radio silence last week. I was super busy at work and at home after getting back from Florida. I even had to bail on a blogger event at Blaze Pizza. And when I pass up free pizza (and wine!) you know I’m swamped.

One of my jobs at work is to train new employees on what it is exactly that our company does and why. I don’t really train them on how to do their jobs, but I talk to them about our products, our general workflows, and which departments do what.

Although our company doesn’t have a dress code and we can basically wear almost anything we want, when I have new employees to train I try to dress nicely (not that I dress like crap the other days or anything) but not too over the top lest I scare them.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Target (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I had two new employees to train a few weeks ago and I figured a blazer with some fun jeans and a tee was just the ticket, I think. The blazer makes me seem like someone they should totally listen to but the moto jeans and leopard print say that I’m not super serious.

Or maybe I’m just deluding myself. Anyway, I really liked this outfit and thought it was a good way to wear these jeans that I’d only worn one other time.

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I swear it’s navy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Do you know the most difficult color to photograph? It’s navy. I swear it is.

schoolboy-blazer-gray-jeans-2Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Booties – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

jcrew-plaid-scarfIt’s the navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer but it NEVER photographs as navy. I don’t know why!

I know, I know. First world problems. Other first world problems? I’m flying to Florida tomorrow to visit my dad and I haven’t packed or even thought about what to pack. Or what to wear on the plane. Or finished running all my errands.

I need a personal assistant.  Preferably one who can figure out how to photograph navy.

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Post-Christmas Greens

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

I hope everyone is enjoying the end of their year! This is the first time in six years that I haven’t had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off and trying to fit in all the things I  used to do during that time is….interesting. I was so spoiled!

Anyway, I had a great time celebrating Christmas with my family and thankfully my stomach bug cleared up so I was able to eat whatever I wanted. Which is why I was grateful for this incredibly comfy sweater.

olive-vest-gray-sweater-1Vest – Old Navy (swapped with Jen) (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – gift (similar)

I bought this sweater on a whim at Old Navy one day and hadn’t really worn it much. But when I layered it over a white tank top I never wanted to take it off.

This outfit isn’t particularly ground-breaking or anything but it’s a good example of my casual style. Also, I’ve really been into vests this winter. And sweaters. But, I mean, winter in Illinois means sweaters.

It also means gifts. How’s that for a segue? I’m hoping to get my usual budget/gift post up this week (I know. You’ll just die without it.) but remember that previously mentioned no time off work? Yeah.

Maybe I’ll put it up on New Year’s Day when no one’s reading anyway :-)

  
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One Le Tote Sweater, Three Mediocre Outfits

Casual Clothes

One of the things I like about Le Tote is that I can add things to my closet that I wouldn’t normally purchase or even try on in store. Take, for example, those waterfall cardigans or whatever you want to call them. You know, the ones that are all flowy in the front and don’t button?

le-tote-cardigan-three-waysCardigan – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Ankle Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market | Leggings – Old Navy (same) |Riding Boots – DSW (similar)

It looked so cute on the model and then on me I felt like I struggled with it all day. It kept falling off my shoulders, the front drapey part hit at a weird spot on my hips, the tag was on the bottom and kept showing. Etc, etc.

I tried it with the necklace but felt like the chunky ankle boots and the chunky necklace were fighting with each other.

Sans any accessories is how I wore it to work but, like I said, it annoyed me all day.

Then on the weekend I threw caution to the wind and wore it with leggings! Yes, leggings. Who am I and what have I done with Erin? Believe it or not, this was the look I liked the most. And, in fact, someone who had seen me in both the jeans and the leggings looks told me the sweater was cute and I should keep it.

But I’m not planning on it. Why? Because that’s the joy of borrowing something! You get to try it out and then return it. And if I find myself craving another try with a sweater of this type I’ll just request this one (or another one) again.

P.S. Another shill for the $650 Express giveaway and the Blogger Favorites Basket giveaway!

  
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The Gray Zone

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Last night I attended the opening of the Milk Handmade Pop-Up Shop which gave me SO MANY gift ideas for this year. Including hats. If you’ve always lusted after my gray winter hat I’m here to tell you that Milk Handmade has the hook-up on similar ones.

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-2Hat – Boutique in Sausalito | White shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Karen Kane via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Attending the launch gave me a great idea for a post about my favorite places to shop local in Chicago. I’ll admit, I see bloggers do gift guides all the time but in a way I feel like they are just a way for them to get clicks on their affiliate links in order to earn money. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money. But it feels disingenuous to create an entire post of just links.

Perhaps that’s hypocritical since I do link to similar (and same!) items using affiliate links when I post an outfit and occasionally do posts where I link to additional similar items in case you want to shop. But for some reason the gift guide to department and chain stores irks me.

So, instead, next week I’ll be sharing at least three places I am looking forward to shopping in Chicago and why they are my picks. And if you’re not in Chicago? Small boutiques might not have the best online shopping experience but I know that the ones I’m picking will be more than happy to help you over the phone!

gray-moto-jacket-jeans-1P.S. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on right now!

  
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Sweatshirts at Work

Casual Clothes

You may remember that back in August I purchased a gray leopard print sweatshirt from Stitch Fix. In my previous job this would have probably been a weekend-only top, although it’s so comfy that I’m pretty sure I would have found a way to wear it to the office. Regardless, it’s perfect for my current job so to work it got worn.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-1Sweatshirt – Stitch Fix (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Express (same)

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-2I kept the outfit really simple this time around but am already envisioning pairing this sweatshirt with red pants, black jeans, or even a black pencil skirt. Although, I also think leopard can be a neutral so who knows what else I’ll end up putting with it!

  
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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!

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J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with t-shirt, jeans and sneakers

Just Add Blazer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I put on this outfit, went to work, and then realized I’d worn almost the exact same thing just a few weeks prior. Except in that case I wore a cardigan and a scarf.  Something about this gray and navy combination with these sneakers is really speaking to me right now, I guess!

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with t-shirt, jeans and sneakersBlazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Bucketfeet (same)

Of course, this time I added the blazer which I think takes this outfit up a notch in terms of work wear. It’s still really casual with the sneakers but it’s more polished than the cardigan. At least in my opinion.

By the way, my husband is working second shift this week which means he doesn’t get home until around 10:15 PM. I’ve been staying up to see him but it’s making mornings really difficult. Especially when I have physical therapy for my wonky right shoulder at 6:30 AM two days a week. So, the under eye circles are out in full force this week. More than usual, anyway.

Navy J Crew Blazer with jeans and sneakers

  
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Monday Maxi

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Last week we had that kind of weather where you can wear anything you want. Dress? Sure. Skirt? You bet. Shorts? Of course. Jeans? Not a problem. So what did I decide to do? Break out another maxi dress. One I don’t think I’ve ever worn on the blog before.

Purple maxi dress with navy cardigan

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar)

This is my comfiest maxi dress because it’s super forgiving. The only downside is that it’s REALLY low cut. Right now I wear a camisole underneath it but only because I haven’t found the perfect sports bra to implement Jen’s sports bra trick.

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I wore this to work last Friday (and, yes, rode a Divvy bike home in it) and it was the perfect outfit to end the week. I felt classy but still comfortable. Because we all know that wearing a jersey maxi dress to work is like wearing pajamas. Right?

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Tomorrow I’ll have a fun post about my trip to Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing! Spoiler: we had a blast!

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