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Layered Surprise

Casual Friday

In case you missed the Internet on Monday, there was a crazy moon thing on Sunday. A lunar eclipse/bloodmoon to be exact. Jason and I went out to Chicago’s Adler planetarium and he rented a fancy lens to take photos of the moon over the lake.

And there were clouds. And we almost went home. But then the layers of clouds passed and we were treated to a perfect view.


When you’re going to be out near the lake in Chicago, even in the summer, it makes sense to also dress in layers. You just never know when a cool breeze is going to blow in.


But, when you take off the layers you want something of interest to stick around.

Which is where my brand new necklace comes into the equation!


Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Guapa | Watch c/o JORD (same)


I was at the Randolph Street Market on Friday evening and Saturday morning as part of the Editors and Designers Choice for Charity and I saw this awesome booth that was displaying all her jewelry and scarfs on white t-shirts. I thought it was such a great idea that I gave her my award for Best Booth. And then bought this necklace because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

I promptly wore the necklace two days in a row. Yes, it’s a little Mr. T but, you know, I don’t really care. It makes for a great layered surprise.



When it rains

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

My life has generally been going pretty well, you guys. I had a great summer, I kicked butt at the Chicago triathlon, and all seemed right with the world.

And then my driver’s license and all my credit and debit cards were stolen.  Jason had some car issues that meant we had to go to Indiana two weekends in a row (three if you count this upcoming weekend when I will not be going with). Chewie seems to have developed the hacking crud and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not dog flu. In other words, all the shit hit the fan at the same time.

So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I go with a mindless outfit and revert to a basic color combination: red, white and black.


Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar

IMG_9004Bad things come in threes, right? So here’s hoping that I’ve had my share of crap for the time being. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I got my driver’s license replaced the same day it was stolen (thank goodness for having a passport). I got my credit cards shut down and reported before the thief could rack up too many charges and they’ve all since been replaced. Jason’s parents were nice enough to lend us a car and Chewie is young and healthy so I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery.

Still, it would be nice to end the summer on a high note and start to feel inspired to create outfits again. So, keep your fingers crossed the universe turns around and at least the rest of this week goes well. Mmmkay? Thanks.




Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 12]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve been feeling really uninspired with outfit creation lately. Even though I feel like everyone is all atwitter about fall and fall outfits, changing seasons always throws me for a loop when it comes to getting dressed.  Cool in the morning but warmer in the afternoon is not something I’ve ever been good at. What do you do with all those extra layers you take off later in the day?

Anyway, when I feel uninspired I turn to Pinterest. Today’s Pinterest parallel outfit comes direct from Aubrey at Putting Me Together. I saved this photo almost a year ago with the idea of wearing it with my cobalt blazer. Instead, I ended up wearing my cobalt cardigan.


Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar




I suppose, though, it’s almost time to bust out my scarves and my vests. And maybe finally figure out how this layering thing works.



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 6]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

For today’s installment of Pinterest Parallels I’m once again going with a pin that I saved that has been repinned over 430 times!

It’s a simple outfit from Sprinkles & Sequins that I think must intrigue people because the basic elements are easy to recreate.

navy-sweater-gold-necklace-1Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Navy sweater, jeans, leopard accessories and a gold necklace? I bet lots of people have similar items in their closet. I mean, clearly I do.

I think, though, that what really gets people is the necklace she’s wearing in the original photo. It’s currently on sale and I admit I’m intrigued. However, I wonder how heavy it is and if it’s too Mr. T. I mean, it IS a lot of chains.

Anyway, I went with a necklace I already own that’s a bit more toned down. The idea was to wear this outfit to dinner at bowling at the new Pinstripes, but when Jason and I got there for our date night I was informed that they had no lanes available until 9PM. Their website says nothing about lane reservations being recommended (or even an option!) and no one mentioned it when I was there for the previous event.

Thankfully their food is good so we decided to stay and eat dinner. Still, it would have been nice to try some bowling or bocce. Ah, well. Maybe another time. Now that I know I need to reserve a lane first!



Another version of pink and polka dots

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

This week it was Jen’s turn to pick a Style Imitating Art painting to inspire us and she chose a painting called “The Knitting Lesson” full of patterns and colors.

I went with pink and polka dots because, apparently, I really like that combination.

pink-blazer-polka-dot-shirt-1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) |Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

pink-blazer-polka-dot-shirt-3I also thought I’d break up the monotony of skinny jeans and wear my bootcut pair that makes my legs look a mile long. I think the wider bottom balances out the heavier blazer as well.

And, yes, technically my shirt is navy but since we can’t seem to photograph navy (or, get a picture in focus, really), you’ll just have to take my word for it.

This is an outfit I would have worn on casual Friday at my old office but I still wore it to my current office with no problems. Yes, wearing heels is a little more dressed up than most people, but sometimes a gal just wants to wear pants that make her feel tall and fabulous. And if that means wearing heels, so be it.




This is real life

Casual Clothes

Chicago finally thawed out this weekend so now it’s rain boots and slightly lighter jackets. Before all the snow melted, though, it was definitely still heavy duty winter boots season. Especially when you take the dog to the dog park.

gray-sweater-black-scarf-2Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Sorel (similar) | Belt – Old Navy (similar)

This outfit may not be the most interesting, the most put-together, or the most fashion forward. In fact, it’s kind of frumpy and schlubby. However, it IS functional. I had on a long-sleeved top underneath the sweater and leggings under my jeans and BAM I’m perfectly comfy to stand outside while my dog plays.

And, to be honest, I really liked this outfit. Sure, I could have worn jeans and a hoodie, but I’m actually more uncomfortable when I dress like that. So, sweater and scarf it is.



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Simply Jeweled

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before I sent back my most recent Le Tote box I decided to get one more wear out of the pretty jeweled necklace they’d sent. I last wore it as part of my Christmas celebration outfit but this time I decided to let it take center stage.

navy-sweater-white-button-up2Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

navy-sweater-white-button-up3A navy sweater and a white collared shirt could be way too “prep-school uniform” on their own which is why I added the sparkly necklace and, of course, my leopard print wedges.

Overall this outfit is pretty simple but it’s the fun color and pattern touches that take it from blah to interesting. Adding at least one item of interest always me feel more put together when I’m wearing basics like a sweater, button-up, and jeans.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I honestly can’t remember when I wore this outfit. I know I did. But I do know we took the pictures last week.  I’m trying to build up a buffer of photos for when either my photographer is unavailable (husband’s gotta work, yo) or I just can’t face using the tripod and remote. Or, for times when I’m not going to be at work. Like right now. My husband’s grandfather passed away and we’ll be out of town for a few days. Hopefully. Assuming we didn’t get snowed in (I’m writing this on Saturday and allegedly we’re getting like a foot of snow or some such thing soon).




Le Tote Leftovers

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I slowly recover from whatever stomach ailment I contracted while in Arizona, I’m very glad I had this photo from a few weeks ago before I sent back my last Le Tote shipment.

letote-arrow-blazer-2Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

letote-arrow-blazer-1I actually wore this blazer twice (first time here) and clearly I like to wear it with v-neck t-shirts. But unlike the last time I wore it, this time I wore it to work. I sort of liked the Western vibe I got from wearing these ankle boots with jeans over them instead of tucked inside. However, I wished I had black booties to wear that didn’t have a high heel. So, I ordered these from Shopbop.

I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet since they came right before I left for Arizona and right now my brain is in survival mode and not “put together a cute outfit” mode. In fact, I left work after a morning full of meetings so I could come home and sit on my couch with this face.

chewie_tongueSo, if I don’t have anything interesting to say right now it’s because my brain is mush due to illness and puppy cuddles. Fingers crossed I’m more interesting next week.

Plaid shirt with navy sweater, jeans, and leopard wedges

Thanksgiving Parade

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I posted on Facebook, I was really struggling with what to wear for Thanksgiving. My husband and I traveled to our hometown to spend Thanksgiving with my family at my parents’ house. My mom and step-dad keep their house much cooler than ours (68 versus 75 degrees!) but I knew that as I helped in the kitchen I would warm up. Plus there’s the whole part where you want to wear comfy pants. You know. Because pie.

(By the way, I made this Brussels sprouts recipe and it got rave reviews even from the non-Brussels sprouts fans. We made a few changes in that we blanched the sprouts before thinly slicing them and shredded the apple in the food processor. Oh, and we didn’t have grapeseed oil so we used vegetable oil instead.)

Anyway, back to my outfit. I ended up wearing a chiffon plaid shirt under a light sweater and it was the perfect combo.

Plaid shirt with navy sweater, jeans, and leopard wedgesle-tote-plaid-shirt-navy-sweater-4Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

These jeans are a bit too big in the waist thanks to the diet and exercise plan I’ve been on for the past six weeks or so. Which was perfect for going totally off plan and eating all the things. Because, once again, pie. TOMS cheetah print desert booties with navy sweater and plaid shirtI also thought that the colors in the plaid shirt worked well for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Lots of primary colors which I think is unusual for plaid. It also helps that my niece wanted to guest star and her cream and metallic outfit works perfectly for the challenge, too.

le-tote-plaid-shirt-navy-sweater-3We make quite the pair, don’t we?

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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!