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Why I finally added graphic tees to my wardrobe

Casual Friday

When I worked in a business casual office we sort of had an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t wear any shirts with words on them. Unless, of course, it was a shirt from the university bookstore (yes, I used to work at a university). So when I’d see gals online wearing cute graphic tees with fun jewelry and jackets I’d get sad. I didn’t even own any graphic tees that weren’t from some running shoe manufacturer that I got for free in a raffle or from a race.

But now at my current job I can basically wear whatever I want. So, I do. And the first thing I decided was that I wanted to add some graphic tees to my wardrobe.

So I did.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-2Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Tee – Meghan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-3I originally saw this top at Milk Handmade, a local boutique, but they didn’t have my size. So imagine how excited I was to find it at the One of a Kind show I went to back in December. I’ve since included this top in my 12 Pieces, 12 Ways post and I get excited every time I think of a new way to wear it. Which is why I included it in my Top 10 Remix Challenge.

The tee has a little heart where Chicago is which I think it appropriate. I never EVER thought I would end up loving the city so much. I never thought of myself as a big city gal. But, it turns out, I am. I may not stay in Chicago forever, but I will love it forever for many reasons.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-1P.S. Getting Chewie to look at the camera was NOT going to happen. Way too many dogs walking by just off-camera.

Sharing this Top 10 Remix outfit with Sarah who started this whole thing. This post has TWO of my pieces in it which I think means it has to be shared.

Monday Tweed

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, J. crew tweed jacket, navy and burgundy

J. Crew tweed jacket, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Top – Express (same) | Pants – LOFT | Shoes – DSW (similar; same in other colors)

Hello and welcome to another week of work! Are you excited? Be honest. I’m planning to look on the bright side this week even if the rainy and cold weather means I still have to wear a coat and rain boots. At least I got to wear my new top from Express and pair it with this jacket. Normally I wear this jacket with black so it was fun to try something new. Unfortunately the rainy weather means indoor photos for now.

Hilarious to think that on Saturday it was in the 70s in my hometown. And that I was doing this:

Illinois half marathon 2014

Yep, that’s me running the Illinois Half Marathon. I’ll be writing about it over at my fitness blog if you’re interested in knowing more. Let’s just say I had a good time.

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

Navy and Black is Back

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Turtleneck  – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

First, before I get to the outfit, I want to ask you to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey if you haven’t already. It would mean a lot to me! I have 25 responses so far and would love to hear more feedback.

Now, on to the outfit. I know I’ve discussed wearing navy and black together in the past. And even if you’re still not sure about it, I have to say this jacket would make you change your mind. Why? Not only did I get two compliments on it in less than 4 hours but it also has both black AND navy already in the fabric.

If that doesn’t tell you that navy and black are okay together than I don’t know what will. And if you want your own navy and blue jacket, you can still find this one on eBay.

Anyway, I tend to pair this jacket with navy or black when I wear it. I’m thinking I need to branch out soon!

Three ways to wear the J. Crew navy tweed jacket via Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks

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

Valentine’s Day Outfit From Day to Night

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, red tweed jacket, red turtleneck, black pants, Valentine's Day outfit

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Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Gotta love the PPE accessory. That’s “personal protective equipment” for all of you who don’t have a chemist in your life.

I suppose you’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is coming up. And while my husband and I don’t plan to do anything special other than order Thai food and sit on our couch I thought it might be fun to show you how I would transform this outfit from a day in the office (or, in this case, my husband’s chemistry lab) to a night on the town!

Valentine's Day Date Outfit

Just swap out the black dress pants for a fun mini skirt (sequins optional but I always go for sparkly) and you have a fun date night look! It’s just that easy. In fact, it’s so easy that the rest of this week I’ll be showing you fun and quick ways to transform a work look to a date look. Just let me get out the lab…

Chicago style blogger, red tweed jacket, red turtleneck, black pants, Valentine's Day outfit

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Stylin’ in St. Louis, This Ever Evolving Life, and The Fashion Canvas

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.

Yes, I Am Wearing Navy and Black Together

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW (similar)

I know I just said that the polka dots on this top are navy and not black but here I am wearing the top with black jeans. Why? Because this tweed jacket has both blue AND black in it (not to mention both silver and gold threads) so it’s totally okay that I’m wearing navy and black together.

Also, are you really surprised that I chose this shirt for the Take One, Pass It On challenge?


It’s Friday and that means JEANS! So of course I had to find a way to wear something from yesterday with jeans.

Anyway, I don’t have much to say today. Except that last night I went to an AWESOME workout session and I’ll be writing about it on my fitness blog next week. If you don’t already, you can follow me over there or like Eri-thon on Facebook.

And stay tuned next week to see what items from my closet I remix into new outfits!


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

Outfit for the (Oval) Office

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

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Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Top – Marshall’s (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – Ann Taylor outlet (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto outlet (similar) | Bracelet –gift (similar)

Last time I participated in Style Imitating Art you all seemed to love it! So I decided to participate again. This time the selection is a Roy Lichtenstein work called The Oval Office.  I’m sort of bummed that this painting was chosen AFTER the Lichtenstein exhibit left the Art Institute of Chicago. Because how cool would it have been if I could have taken my photos in front of more Lichtenstein work, hmm?

Roy Lichtenstein The Oval Office


Since I don’t own yellow clothing I focused on the red, white, and blue aspect of it.  Hence the red jacket, the blue and white striped shirt, the denim skirt, and my new Vince Camuto wedges with that are both black and blue! Of course, I tossed on my yellow bracelet so I didn’t leave the yellow out completely.

Also, these are my new Vince Camuto’s that I purchased at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Unfortunately, the downside to shopping at outlets is that you usually can’t find any of the items you purchased online. Which means that if you want to buy these shoes you’re going to have to find your own Vince Camuto outlet in person. Or you could go buy these which are currently on sale for under $40 and are SO CUTE! In fact, I think I will be purchasing these myself.

So, other than more shoe shopping I’ll be spending my weekend taking a free personal training class I won by participating in a Nike Chicago program, having a sleepover with some friends, and then doing the bike leg of a triathlon relay on Sunday. Oh, and attending my running club’s summer picnic. Anyone else think I’ll need a weekend to recover from my weekend?

P.S. It seems that when I wear this skirt I wear this top, too. Here’s how I wore them together last time so that I can link up with AJ Wears and her Friday Remix series.

For the Love of Tweed

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Navy pencil skirt, J. Crew tweed jacket, gray heels

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar for $21 w/code SUNSHINE) | Shirt – Gap (similar for under $10 w/code ONSUMMER) | Skirt – The Limited (similar under $30) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar under $35) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar under $8)

Total outfit cost = $104

Apologies for the indoor pictures. You can’t even tell that my skirt is navy! But it’s just too cold and windy out today to stand outside. Seriously, I almost got blown over while walking from the train. Ridiculous. I am totally underdressed.

However, I’ve decided I LOVE this outfit. The tweed jacket is black, blue, white, gold, and silver so it goes with SO MUCH. So far I’ve worn it with black jeans and regular blue jeans but pairing it with the skirt makes me love it even more.  Nothing is classier to me than tweed and a pencil skirt. Now, if the weather would just go back to normal so that I’m not freezing to death in this outfit, I’ll wear it all the time.


Navy pencil skirt, J. Crew tweed jacket, gray heels

The Perfect White Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Blouse – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – NYC (similar)


Another casual-ish outfit for you today since I’m still off work and traveling home from visiting friends. However, I had two great reasons to take photos for today. The first, it’s Inspiration Monday and Two Birds was extoling the virtues of dressing up a plain white shirt with this inspiration photo.



Inspiration Photo Source

I bought this shirt over a year ago from the Gap.  Originally it was ridiculously overpriced for a polyester white blouse with a little bit of shoulder detail, but it turns out I’ve worn it so often that even if I had paid full price for it (I didn’t) I would have definitely gotten my monies worth.  Which is why I also chose to feature it today as part of the 5 Days, 5 Ways link-up with Franish and Along the Lines of Style since today’s topic is “Tops”.


As you can see, this blouse works with almost everything in my closet and across all seasons.  A white shirt that can be dressed up or down and can be worn untucked or tucked in turned out to be a major work horse in my wardrobe.

Want one of your own?  Here are a few options that I think would work.

Weekend Bonus Post!

Casual Clothes


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Jacket – Express via MJRSales.com (still available!  Search for “famous mall brand sequin moto jacket”)

Shirt – Georgiou

Belt & Jeans – The Limited

Necklace – Jeans & A Cute Top Shop

Boots – Liz Claiborne/DSW

I was going to a wine tasting at someone’s house and wanted to look casual yet fun.  I saw this jacket originally on J’s Everyday Fashion and fell in love with it.  It was so impractical yet I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  But then when she wore it this way I thought, hey, maybe I could do that!  So this was my attempt.  I think it turned out really well!