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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.

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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.

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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!

  

A Black Blazer Makes Everything Better

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black blazer, gray sweater, jeans on Casual Friday

Blazer – The Limited (same) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Macy’s (similar)

I know, I know, it’s so cliché. Wear a blazer with jeans on casual Friday so that you still look professional. But it’s cliché for a reason. A black blazer really does make any outfit better! See?

One outfit, two ways for Casual Friday and for the weekend

There’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the right, it’s just more something I would wear on the weekend. But toss on the blazer and the outfit is perfect for work! You know where else a black blazer works well? On your Valentine’s Day date night!

Black blazer and black tank top for a Valentine's Day outfit

I have on a black tank top under my sweater, so just strip off the sweater, add a fun necklace instead of a scarf and you’re ready to meet your Valentine for drinks and dinner.

By the way, if you missed yesterday’s office-to-date-night outfit swap I posted it on the Loop Looks Facebook page.

And with that, I’m off to spend my Friday counting down the hours until my Valentine and I can sit on the couch, eat Thai food, and watch the last two episodes of season two of Fringe. Romantic, huh?

  

Red Blazer Day

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Red blazer with red striped tee and jeans for Casual Friday

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – gift (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) |Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Can you believe it? It’s the last day of the January Black Out Challenge! And you know what? I didn’t wear any black pants, skirts, blazers, or shirts all month!! This was actually a really fun challenge because it kept me from falling into my usual rut and got me wearing some items in new ways.

I know that many of you think there’s no way you could go an entire month without wearing black, but maybe try a few days? There’s nothing inherently wrong with black but it can cause us to just wear the same things over and over again. And you know what happens when you fall into that trap? You tend to feel like you have nothing to wear!

Which is totally not true. In fact, here are two ways I’ve reworn both this top and this blazer for two completely different outfits.

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If I thought that the blazer could only be worn with that plaid shirt or that the striped tee could only be worn with that skirt then I never would have put the two together. So, start thinking about how you could wear items in your closet without resorting to pairing them only with black and I bet you’ll have an entirely new perspective!

  

That Old Thing

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Leopard print cardigan with purple scarf, white button up shirt, jeans, nude shoes. Casual Friday, Chicago style blogger

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Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

 

Okay, so, if I can’t find my dream leopard print shoes I mentioned yesterday I suppose I shall console myself by wearing my leopard print cardigan today. It’s not the same thing at all. But, it’s what I’ve got.

Also, this white collared shirt is what I’ve got. I bought it YEARS ago. I don’t even remember when. In fact, I think I might have bought it because I needed it for a work uniform or a costume. I just hung onto it because, hey, a white collared shirt doesn’t really go out of style. But every time I put it on I think, “I wish I had a different white collared shirt.” So maybe I’ll make that one of my goals this year. Figure out what in my closet I don’t really love and replace it with something better.

I’ve read that the non-iron dress shirts from Brooks Brothers are amazing but, dang, they are pricey. However, I suppose that  just like this not-so-pricey one that I have it will last for longer than I can remember and, if I really love it, that’s worth the price, right? Decisions, decisions.

As a testament to how much I don’t love this shirt, I could only find two other times I’ve worn it. I have another white collared shirt that has metallic silver pinstripes that I wear a lot more often, but this plain white one just doesn’t get that kind of love.

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Also, apparently I really like to wear it with this leopard cardigan and these shoes. Who knew?

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