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Gray Dress and Black Boots

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger wears gray dress with black blouse and boots

Chicago style blogger wears a gray dress with a black blouse

Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Blouse – clothing swap (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

After a beautiful weekend our winter weather seems to be back for another round. Hence the layers, tights, and boots. That’s okay, though, because in the past when I’ve worn this dress I’ve mentioned wanting to wear it with my knee high boots. And although I’ve worn it with my ankle boots this really is the first time I’ve worn it with my tall boots. And I really like it!

Anyway, speaking of the nice weather, how did I spend my weekend? Well, after running my last long run (!!) of this current half marathon training cycle I showed up at the PAWS Chicago warehouse to help sort donations. Almost four hours later I’d sorted so much dog food, cat food, toys, leashes, and beds I was amazed at how much people donate. The volunteer coordinator, though, said that as fast as the food comes in it goes back out through the pet food pantry.

At least I had some cute helpers?

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Also, when Jason was taking my pictures in this outfit he mentioned that I didn’t seem to be very excited to be having my picture taken. “Do something interesting,” he said.


Chicago style blogger, gray dress, black boots

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style


5 Ways to Wear a Short Sleeved Sweater

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot sweater, pencil skirt


Sweater – Old Navy (similar plain; similar printed) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

A few years ago I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to own a short sleeved sweater? When would you even wear such a thing?” Turns out you can wear it quite a bit as evidenced here:

5 ways to wear a  short sleeved polka dot sweater


Layered over another shirt, under a blazer or jacket, or just all on it’s own, the short sleeved sweater is great for those in-between months where it might be cooler in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. Basically, spring in Chicago.


Stripes and Checks

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter


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


On The Hunt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Navy J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer, LOFT burgundy pants, gray scarf, white blouse, Chicago style blogger, wear to work

Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar)

Sometimes when you’re getting dressed you have a vision. A vision of exactly what an outfit should look like. When I put this outfit on I wanted to look as effortless as Fran in her similar outfit. However, I also had a vision of what shoes I wanted to wear. And I wanted these. I wanted them so badly.


THEY ARE SO CUTE! And they don’t have my size anywhere. I even called Macy’s all over the country trying to locate them. No luck. So, I turn to you hive mind of the internet. If you can locate the Lucky Brand Swayze Wedge Bootie in leopard in a size 8 I will give you….something amazing. Of course, I will reimburse you for shipping and purchase price if you find them in person.

Needless to say, I’m on the hunt for [faux] leopard.

J. Crew Schoolboy blazer in navy, Chicago style blogger

Also linking up with H&K Style Journey, Vodka Infused Lemonade, Work Clothes I Suppose and Simply Just Lovely


A Little Edge, A Little Lace

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Monochrome outfit with gray knit moto jacket, gray pencil skirt, Chicago style blogger, wear to work


Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

I’m not sure there’s anything particularly spectacular about this outfit. I mean, it’s monochrome gray with a jacket, a pencil skirt, and a lace tee. However, I still got two compliments on this outfit. One coworker said he loved my necklace and another said he loved my jacket (yes, both were compliments from guys. Guys who do not bat for my team, if you get my drift). I think it must be the combination of the moto jacket style with the tailored skirt. That gives a little edge to a more traditional item. Plus, when paired with the girly lace and pearls you get an overall look that says feminine but not boring.

I actually got the idea to wear this outfit from this pin.


Of course, my jacket is knit, not leather and my skirt is a knee-length pencil skirt not a knit midi skirt. But overall I think I made this look work for my purposes. Plus, you know, compliments. Those are always nice.

Thoughts on monochrome outfits? Would you wear all gray?

Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade, Simply Just Lovely, and H&K Style Journey


The Moto Jacket That Almost Wasn’t

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Gray moto jacket, black dress pants, scarf

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Jacket – Ellen Tracy via Macy’s (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

When I was out shopping before Thanksgiving I saw this gray knit moto jacket on the clearance rack at Macy’s. “I don’t need it,” I told myself. “I don’t need to spend the money.” But then I found myself thinking about it for over a week and wishing I’d bought it. That’s how you know you should go back for something, right? So, I did. And it was even more on sale. Which means I got this $159 jacket for under $45.  Yep.

Of course I couldn’t wait to wear it. Which is why I was so excited that it works perfectly with this week’s Style Interpreting Art inspiration photo chosen by 14 Shades of Grey


Click above to see the full painting and artist information

The gray color is perfect. The lines of the jacket echo the lines in the painting. And, of course, since it’s still below freezing outside (-1 when my alarm went off this morning, thank you very much) I grabbed a scarf that has the oranges and yellows of the painting as well.

Gray moto jacket, black dress pants, Chicago style blogger

This jacket is SO comfortable and I’m really glad I ended up buying it. I’m looking forward to pairing it with skirts once the weather stops being so brutal. Or, you know, wearing it with jeans. Or anything, really.


My First Sleeveless Blazer

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

CAbi Black and gray sleeveless blazer with black leggings and heels

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Sleeveless blazer – c/o CAbi (same) | Tank top – The Limited (similar) | Leggings – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

So my friend Holly who does personal styling and in-home shopping consults for CAbi offered to send me one piece from the fall collection to feature on the blog. I admit, I actually had a difficult time choosing! But, in the end, I went with this sleeveless blazer. Or, I suppose, vest. Vests (aka sleeveless blazers) popped up this summer as a great layering piece that adds extra interest to an outfit without adding extra warmth or bulk.

On an end of summer/beginning of fall day it was actually the perfect piece to pair with pants and sandals. When it’s cool enough in the morning to need a jacket but warm enough to ditch it by the afternoon a sleeveless blazer is a great compromise.

I suspect I will be wearing this one with dresses, skirts, and other colors of pants throughout the fall and winter! Plus the length is great for wearing with leggings.

What do you think? Fun piece or too retro?

CAbi Black and gray sleeveless blazer with black leggings and heels


Mutually Inspired Series Day 5: Sequins

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Gray blazer, silver sequined shirt, jeans, gray heels

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Silver mirror ball earrings

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.


Sunshine on Gray and Black

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter


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Jacket – ZARA (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (only $9.99!) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar)

Welcome to another week!  Have I got some treats for you. A shining sun, a new photo location, a new camera (!!) and two fun challenges for the day.

The first is the usual Inspiration Monday from Two Birds.  They chose a simple gray and black look for today.

Inspiration Photo Source

Of course, as comfy as this look is, I can’t very well wear it to work.  So I broke out two of my trusty wardrobe staples: my gray turtleneck and my black pencil skirt.  Dress those up with a statement necklace, some patterned tights, and heeled boots and you have a simple but sophisticated outfit for work.  Oh, and add a (faux) leather jacket and you have even more of a fun vibe.  Right?


The second challenge is the Take One and Pass It On remix from Sarah’s Real Life.  The idea is you take one item from Day 1 and wear it again in a new way on Day 2.  Then another item from Day 2 and wear it on Day 3.  And so on.  Lots of ladies have committed to doing this for the entire month of February but I decided on just one week.

So, which piece from today’s outfit do you think you’ll see tomorrow?  Leave your guess in the comments!

P.S.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter you missed out on my daring trapeze exploits from Friday night.  So, I’ll post the video below.  And when my husband tweets “6th try” he means it took him six tries to upload the video.  This was only my third time on the trapeze.


Shine Bright Like a Sequined Skirt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Turtleneck – H&M (really old)| Skirt – The Limited (similar)| Tights – Walmart (really, really old) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Remember when I posted about wearing a sequined skirt to the office…but then it didn’t happen?  Well, today’s the day!  I actually swapped out the cardigan for this turtleneck sweater even though the weather is abnormally warm today.  I just wanted to wear gray and blush and I don’t own a gray cardigan.  Wearing the sequined skirt with something other than black takes the sparkle down a notch and makes it less New Year’s Eve and more day at the office.

My husband told me this outfit was “boring”.  Um, it has sequins!  And sparkle!  And shine!  How could it be boring?  What do you think?  Boring or no?  Would you wear sequins like this to work?

P.S.  I apologize if the title of this post got that horrible Rhiana song stuck in your head.  I can never change the radio station fast enough and I always get the worst earworm when it comes on.  Ugh.

P.P.S Don’t forget to enter the giveaways over at Frills for Thrills!  We could be jewelry rack twinsies!