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All of the Seasons (52)

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

In Chicago we have this awesome blogging group called the Windy City Blogger Collective. The two ladies that run it (Kit and Erin) are amazing and work so hard at organizing events for all of us bloggers to get together and meet one another. On Tuesday of this week we had a happy hour at Seasons 52 where we drank ourselves silly and stuffed ourselves with wonderful food.

And then I rode a Divvy bike home in a skirt and had Jason take my picture before falling asleep. Me, that is. Not him. Although, I think he did go to sleep about the same time as me. We’re a happening couple.

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Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox 

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I was inspired to pair this short sleeved sweater with this skirt after Sarah at Sarah’s Real Life did something similar. I didn’t tuck mine in but I might have to try that next time. I just always feel self conscious when I tuck shirts into skirts because it tends to make me look disproportional. You know, since my torso is so short and my legs are so long.

Anyway, it might also seem weird to wear a sweater in June but I think we’re doing all the seasons this week. Hot, cold, spring, summer, fall. But if it snows then I’m moving. Even if Chicago does have the best group of bloggers around!

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Chilly in Camo

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Remember back in April when I did the 10 piece wardrobe challenge? And all I wanted to do was wear my white blazer? Well, this is one of the outfits I wore that I never got a chance to photograph. And I liked it so much that I wore it earlier this week.

Let’s not talk about how I could wear the same outfit in April and in June.  Stupid weather.

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes  – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo should still get you a month free)

This past Tuesday evening my friend and neighbor invited me to go with her to see the Barenaked Ladies in concert at Northerly Island, an outdoor concert venue on Lake Michigan. Hard to believe, but even wearing jeans, ankle boots,  a long-sleeved top, a sweater, a scarf and gloves I was cold. In June! At least the concert was entertaining. Highly recommend going to see Barenaked Ladies even if you don’t know all of their songs. I don’t normally enjoy concerts but this one was great.

I suppose the only plus side to the chillier weather (and the fact that my desk at work is freezing until mid-afternoon) is that I can still wear blazers to work and not sweat to death on my commute.

And, yes, I just wrote a post that was mostly about the weather. My life is just that exciting.

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Casual Bling

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Once again, it may seem silly to be wearing a sweater when it’s practically summer but I liked this outfit so I wanted to share it with you.

It’s an interesting combination of bling (thanks to Rocksbox) and casual (thanks to my sneakers from Shopbop).

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Necklace – via Rocksbox (you can still try it free for a month with code looplooksxoxo) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)

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Most of the people in my office don’t wear a lot of jewelry so when I wear pieces like this I tend to get comments. Good comments, though. In fact, the day I wore this one I got a compliment on it. It’s fun when people compliment my Rocksbox pieces because I can tell them how much fun it is to try out new jewelry all the time.

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More camo, more shiny

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Last week we had a really interesting discussion about camo print pants. Many of you said you felt the same way I did and were excited to see how I would style them in the future.

Well, the future is now because here’s another outfit with my camo print jeans!

camo-jeans-gray-vest-1Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Gap (similar) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!*) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (same)

camo-jeans-gray-vest-3Rocksbox gave me three month trial of their service so I could try it out and tell you guys about it. I’ve already worn everything they sent me in my first box and am looking forward to my next one!

Yes, Rocksbox is one of those services, similar to Le Tote, where you pay a monthly fee to borrow designer items. Whereas Le Tote is for both clothes and jewelry, Rocksbox is just jewelry. And so far they hit my style spot-on. You get three pieces and they can pick from your wish list or they can use your wish list to send you items they think you’d like. I’ll show you the other two items tomorrow!

And, yes, you can buy the pieces or you can just wear ’em, send ’em back, and get new ones!

camo-jeans-gray-vest-2I thought this necklace was perfect for adding a little bit of shine and femininity to an otherwise casual outfit. I wore this particular outfit to run a ton of errands over the weekend (Goodwill, Home Depot, grocery store, Target) and now I want to wear it too work. Too bad I already sent back my Rocksbox and I’ll have to wear something out of my own jewelry box that I probably won’t like nearly as much.

I still really like the outfit, though. Very comfy and practical. I also like how the gray works with the more muted camo print and keeps it all very neutral.

What do you think? Which camo print outfit do you prefer so far?

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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.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans2Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
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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!