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Let’s go to lunch

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Someone asked me once when it was officially appropriate to break out riding boots for every day wear. I said once the high temperature for the day was going to be in the 50s. Well, we definitely hit that in Chicago last week! So weird to think that I went from sweating in a sleeveless dress to freezing in boots and long sleeves.

Blue gingham shirt with leopard print blouse and puffy vest

Shirt – Gap (similar) | Vest – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Boots – DSW (similar)

I fully admit that I wore this outfit to work on Friday AND to lunch with my parents on Saturday. What? You don’t sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row? Did I just say something really horrible?

Anyway, we went to Bar Takito which just opened last month near our apartment. The food was tasty and now I really want to go there for dinner when they have an expanded menu. However, so many new restaurants have opened up in my neighborhood that I feel I need to try somewhere new first!

Although, clearly I don’t necessarily feel the need to try a new outfit on the weekends.

Gray vest, blue gingham shirt, riding boots

  

Little Changes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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In a fit of feeling uninspired, I decided to look through the blog archives to what I was wearing last September. I landed on this outfit and decided that I was just going to recreate it but add my leopard print flats instead of heels.

And then I started getting dressed and the outfit kind of took on a mind of its own.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Faux leather shell – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

The cardigan and jeans are the same, but I swapped a plain black tank for my faux leather one, skipped the mini bubble necklace in favor of my floral statement piece, and went with zebra instead of leopard print. Clearly I still needed some kind of animal.

I ended up really liking this outfit. In fact, I think I like it more than the original. Too bad the pictures turned out horribly. .

Except this one.

striped-cardigan-faux-leather-top-1Which was taken by a random dude on my apartment building’s roof. He saw me with the tripod and the remote and offered to help. He had a bunch of his own camera equipment out so I said, sure, why not. Too bad he didn’t understand when I said I wanted a full body shot. And no camera could help that it was the end of the day and most of my make-up had worn off.

Just keeping it real over here, folks.

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Embrace the Awkward

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I recently read a blog post where the author was mocking the “awkward style blogger pose.”  Pretty sure she meant this one.

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Blouse – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Belt –gift | Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Hey, I’ll own it. I feel like a dork just standing there. Plus, the wind blows my hair in my face. So, awkward style blogger pose it is.

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This outfit, as much as I loved it, was also a bit awkward. I recently ordered these jeans for an upcoming post I’m doing with American Eagle Outfitters. I ordered a size six and they fit perfectly in the legs but are a little big in the waist. So, I wore a belt. And, no, not the belt you can see.

Yes, I’m wearing two belts.

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I also have (bike) helmet hair.

Just keeping it real. Real awkward.

And in the interest of keeping it real, I totally stole this outfit from Atlantic Pacific and I’ve actually worn it once before but it never made it to the blog. I wore it on a Friday at my old office but it felt too casual. I admit I’m thrilled that I can wear this to my current office and feel just fine.

  

Making life a little bit more glamorous

Casual Friday

Yay for Friday! Does anyone else feel like this week went by super slowly? Or maybe it’s just because I spent most of it working on a 160 slide PowerPoint presentation. My life is totally glamorous.

J. Crew Leopard Perfect Shirt with skinny jeans and wedge sandals

Top – J. Crew Factory via ebay (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Madden Girl via DSW (same)

 

Well, I suppose, even if my life isn’t glamorous my shirt can be. I mean, leopard print is pretty glamorous, right?

And, yes, this is the second time I’ve worn leopard print with these shoes. Not sure why I keep pairing the two things. Maybe it’s a sign that my brain is fried and is just making me reach for items it already knows go well together?

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow I’m working for CEP at the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon Expo (yay for money to help pay off my credit card!) and then on Sunday Jason is taking his new car (college graduation gift to himself, by the way) racing and I have the entire day to myself! I’m giddy with thoughts about what I’ll do. In reality, I’ll probably end up glued to the couch. Let’s hope I find some motivation to do other stuff instead, okay?

Casual Friday with leopard print blouse and jeans

  

The Sleeve Blues

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m actually in a van with six other dudes participating in the Madison to Chicago Ragnar Relay today (and tomorrow). But, I want you to know I actually wore this outfit to work AND class last Thursday and felt so preppy. I loved it.

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Blazer – J. Crew (same on sale!) | Blouse – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

I love the way this outfit turned out with all the blues and the pearls. The only downside is that I realized that I have no idea how to wear a long sleeved shirt under a blazer. I prefer three-quarter sleeves so I roll up everything. This makes putting a blazer on over a shirt rather difficult.

So, here’s what I did:

1. Leave the sleeves of the shirt unrolled

2. Put on the blazer

3. Roll up the sleeves of the blazer and push them up as high as they can go on your arms

4. Roll up the sleeves of the shirt

5. Pull the blazer arms down and carefully pull them over the rolled up shirt sleeves

It’s quite the process and made it so I didn’t want to take off the blazer even when I got warm. So, I’m open to suggestions!

 

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It’s A Good Friday

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Chicago style blogger, navy and green

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Tank top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

Awhile ago I got some requests for more casual outfits. Well, to be honest, I am one of those people who tends to wear mostly workout clothes on weekends or, if I’m feeling spunky, I’ll put on jeans, a tank top, and a cardigan. Nothing too crazy.

But, today is a holiday for me and I took this casual outfit a few weeks ago before we left for vacation so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s too casual for my office but it’s perfect for a day I’m not at work.

So, here you go. A casual outfit!

Or, if you’re really just here for the work-appropriate stuff, head over to Basic Training – Corporate Style where I’m being interviewed about my job and my work-wear.

Chicago style blogger, green, navy cardigan, boat shoes

  

The Cat is Back

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, camel blazer, striped shirt, leopard scarf

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Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Scarf – NYC Street Vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same)

So clearly I put this outfit together before I realized the weather was going to skyrocket to almost 70 degrees! Still, it doesn’t mean all is lost. Nope, I’ll just ditch the blazer and roll up my sleeves when I’m outside. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this morning anyway so the fewer things I have to take off the better.

Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve paired stripes and leopard. I used to wear this combination all the time but gave it a break because I was pretty sure you were sick of seeing it. But guess what? It’s baaaack!

In other news, Wednesday night I had the best time with the Windy City Blogger Collective and Blaze Pizza! Blaze was amazing and treated us like rockstars. We even got to go behind the counter and make our own pizzas. Complete with aprons and hats.

Blaze Pizza Chicago

Check me out in the foreground. Thanks to WCBC for the photo!

Blaze Pizza is an awesome concept. You can order straight off the menu or, just like Subway or Chipotle, you can tell them what ingredients you want. Gluten free or regular crust? White, pesto, spicy or regular red sauce? Your choice of five different cheese (or mix and match), tons of veggies and lots of meat.  The crust is super thin so each pizza takes minimal time to cook. Great for when you want to grab something on your way home or just need a quick meal.

Blaze even has a liquor license now so you can have your pizza with a beer or some wine.

Blaze Pizza Chicago

And don’t forget your s’mores pie for dessert!

Blaze Pizza Chicago S'mores Pie

  

A Little Bit Ruffled

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears green cardigan with jeans

Cardigan – The Limited (similar in other colors) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Earrings – Stitch Fix (similar)

I’m beginning to think that H&K Style Journey and her friends know about my lack of orange items! This is the second outfit in a row to feature orange!

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And, as we all know by now, there is no orange in my closet. However, there are ruffles, bootcut jeans, and ballet flats. This ruffled cardigan hasn’t been worn in a long while so it was nice to get some use out of it. In fact, in the past I’ve always worn it with my winter white pants so breaking out of that rut and wearing it with jeans was a welcome touch.

Even if my jeans are wrinkled. Seriously. How do jeans even get wrinkled??

Also, funny story, my hair dryer completely died on me while drying my hair this morning. As in, so dead it had to be given a funeral as I lowered it into its trash can casket. Which means I will be going to Ulta on my lunch break and buying a new one. Any suggestions on what I should get?

ruffled grean cardigan, bootcut jeans, nude flats

P.S. Happy Pi Day! I’m actually running a “Pi K” tonight. 3.14 miles followed by pie (both pizza and dessert), beer, and who knows what else. Exciting, right?

  

Fixing a Boxy Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive grean jacket, burgundy faux leather shirt, jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive jacket and a faux leather burgundy shirt

Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Scarf – gift | Hat – gift

How do you fix a boxy fitting shirt? Well, short of getting it tailored you wear a jacket over it. I swear, is there anything a jacket or a blazer can’t do?

As I mentioned the last time I wore this shirt it’s rather boxy on me. But, I loved the way it looked with this olive green jacket so by pairing the two I was able to tone down the square shape of the shirt. Oh, I also ironed it, too, in case you were curious.

All of that to say, if you have a shirt that fits kind of strange try wearing a jacket with it. If the jacket is tapered in at the waist a bit you’ll find that it gives you more shape than the shirt alone.

Oh, wait. I can’t end this post without mentioning my hat. One of my best friends, Rae, made it for me and I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop since December. It’s super warm, cover my ears, and looks cute, too.  So, thanks Rae!

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive green jacket with a burgundy faux leather shirt, skinny jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

  

Sweaters Upon Sweaters

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a black and white cardigan with a red turtleneck and black jeans

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a black and white cardigan with a red turtleneck and black jean

Cardigan – H&M via clothing swap (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes –  Nine West (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar) | Bracelet – Joe Fresh (similar)

It may almost be March but the weather in Chicago is still throwing sub-freezing temperatures our way. Which means that today I’m wearing double sweaters. Yes, that’s right, I have on a cardigan sweater over a turtleneck sweater. And I’m nice and toasty.

Seriously, I honestly never thought about putting a cardigan sweater over another sweater. Other than those sweater twin-sets that were all the rage when I was in high school, I mean. Anyway, this particular cardigan works well because it’s almost like a jacket. Which means it’s not too clingy with the sweater underneath.

I actually really ended up liking this outfit. I can even recreate it for a non-Friday and just wear it with black dress pants, too! Or I could wear a different colored turtleneck underneath. Maybe blue? See? Sweaters upon sweaters can be super versatile!