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Lace and Bows

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I first put this top on when it came from Le Tote I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I originally had it on with my gray jeans but it was just “eh”.

Now, though, I think it might be my gray jeans that are “eh” because once I put the top on with dark denim I liked it much better!

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar)

It’s cut kind of like a sweatshirt so it’s a tad bit boxy. Maybe not the most figure flattering, but, again, that’s why I like Le Tote. I can try stuff and send it back. I did indeed wear this outfit to work. And when I did I also discovered that these shoes are cracking at the edges. Actually, several pairs of my shoes are doing that. Ugh! Time to Shoe Drop, I guess!

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When taking these pictures I was on the hunt for somewhere NOT windy. Thankfully we found this little hidden area on the campus across the street from our apartment building. It also allowed me to act goofy.

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Sometimes my favorite photos are when I’m doing something silly.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 12]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

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.

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

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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.

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SIA: Textured Neutrals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Happy Monday!

I’m actually writing this post on Friday (yay for Friday) because this weekend I’m going to be busy. So, let’s pretend it’s the future and I’ll you about my weekend.

I went up to Benton Harbor, Michigan and stayed in a house with some friends and then we went to run the Michigan Wine Trail Half Marathon & Galloping Grape 5K. I stuck with the 5K distance so I could enjoy wine and pool time instead of worrying about running 13.1 miles.

But before I did all that, I wore this outfit.

Lace shirt with black pencil skirt and brown bow belt Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

This was another instance where I put together an outfit (based on this pin, actually) and realized after the fact that it fit with the Style Interpreting Art theme since Salazar chose a painting with neutral colors for this week’s inspiration.

 “Blackboard” by Winslow Homer

Of course, since my office is freezing and I sit between two air vents. I had to wear a cardigan for most of the day.

Lace tee with black cardigan and brown accessories

Lace shirt with brown bow belt and black skirtThis outfit is a great example of how swapping out just a few pieces can create an entirely different look. The shirt and the belt are exactly the same as in this outfit with my pink skirt but adding black and brown instead of pink and pearls takes it from girly to….well, I wouldn’t say tough but definitely tougher. Also, I liked that the strappy wedge sandals took it down a notch and made it feel slightly more casual.

Linking up with Fashionably Employed More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

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Time for Blue

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

First off, apologies for dropping off the face of the blog-land last week. As I’ve mentioned before, we are still trying to find a balance between work, life and puppy.

However, I was able to find some time this weekend to take some outfit photos ahead of time. I promise, I WILL be wearing everything you see this week. It’s just easier sometimes to take all the photos on the same day.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m wearing today:

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

And why am I wearing this today? Two reasons. This first is that I’m doing my very first presentation at work and I wanted to be a bit more dressed up than usual.

The second is that this week’s Style Imitating Art chosen by 14 Shades of Grey involves white and blue.

“Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer” (1913) by Egon Schiele

So with my dark hair, my white top, and my blue pants, not to mention my red lipstick, I think I’m hitting this one right on the money.

Of course, it’s not always about recreating something exactly. Just like when you see a picture in a magazine that you love you don’t have to recreate it down to every detail. It should just inspire you to try something new!

Speaking of which, if anyone has any suggestions on how to fit in blogging, working, puppy-training and exercising with spending time with your SO and having a social life, I’m all ears! THAT I might imitate exactly!

White lace tee with cobalt blue pants and nude heels

Linking up with Fashionably Employed More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

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Leopard Saves the Day

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of June!

Is everyone ready for the weekend? I sure am! I found out that I get off work at 3PM today because tomorrow is a holiday. And my day is packed full of meetings so I know it will go quickly.

Leopard print shirt with white lace pants and wedge sandals

Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Madden Girl via DSW (same)

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Continuing my trend of dressing up more than I have to, I decided I wanted to wear these lace ankle pants but struggled with what to wear with them. I tried my blue and tan tie neck blouse but something just wasn’t working for me no matter if I tucked it in or left it untucked.

Leopard print tank with white lace pants and strappy wedge sandals

So, since I know that I like wearing this leopard print top with white I tossed it on and ended up liking that from a distance the pattern mixing is subtle but up close you get a nice visual contrast.

I ended up adding a sheer tan cardigan (last seen here) while in the office and really liked the overall palate of neutrals but with pattern.

I have no plans for the Fourth of July since my husband has to work (yay for holiday pay!!) and this will be our puppy’s first Fourth of July so we have no idea how he’ll react to fireworks. I sense we’ll be staying in and watching tv. Exciting life we lead, right?

Tell me what fun things you’re doing this weekend so I can live vicariously through you!

Leopard print shirt with white lace pants

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As casual as I get

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Well, yesterday was my first day at my new job and I’m pretty sure my brains were leaking out of my ears by the end of the day. So much to learn, so many people to meet, and my new boss has so many great ideas. I’m really excited to get settled and do some awesome stuff in the next few months.

When my husband saw me before work he said, “I thought the dress code was casual?”

“This is as casual as I get!”

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Blouse – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Seriously, though, I was definitely overdressed for the most part. Jeans, shorts, flip-flops: I saw it all.

This means I might be working jeans into my wardrobe a bit more, but right now I don’t see myself wearing them every day. Especially since I’ll eventually be leading trainings. Definitely a culture adjustment, though!

Also, my days will probably be busy for awhile and I’ve gone from a private office to a cube (which I honestly don’t mind) so I doubt I’ll be doing any lunch hour blogging for awhile, either.

Which, again, means posts might be sporadic. I know you understand, though! Don’t forget, you can always follow Loop Looks on Facebook or Twitter for new post notifications. Or, you know, you can sign up to get emails when a new post goes up. Just fill out that little box on the left!

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Credit where credit is due

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Striped shirt with navy lace pants, Chicago style blogger

Striped shirt with lace pants

Top – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this outfit idea all on my own. Nope. I saw a very similar outfit on AJ Wears Clothes and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it. I just had to wait for the weather to warm up! Now that ankle pant weather is finally here I’m excited to wear these lace pants!

Also, in full disclosure, I recently ordered an almost identical sleeveless collared blouse from The Limited because this particular one gapes at the chest (seriously, my chest is not that big!) and while it looks fine underneath things, there’s no way I can wear it by itself.  I’ll have to see how the one from The Limited works out once it gets here.

Finally, there’s one other thing I want to give some credit to for my wardrobe: Pressbox.  What is Pressbox? It’s a 24 hour dry cleaning pick-up and drop off service!

We used to have a dry cleaner in our apartment building but the quality was so-so, the woman who manned it was kind of surly, and she only took cash. When that closed I started going to the one I walk past on my way to the train but trying to remember to grab my stuff as I rushed out the door eluded me.

Enter Pressbox. They installed a block of Pressbox lockers in our building and I LOVE it! Seriously. I can drop my clothes off in the locker in my pajamas whenever I remember and it’s back to me in two days or so.

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You sign up for an account, you put your stuff in the locker, lock it and you text the locker number to the Pressbox phone number. They pick it up, send you an email with the price, and then text you the access code and locker number when it’s back. You can even reuse the bag they return it in!

And last night I dropped some stuff off and then realized after they emailed me the price that I forgot to put the “Replace Button” on the cardigan I put in the locker. I emailed them and they responded within 5 minutes and said they’d take care of it.

I am not a paid spokesperson for Pressbox. I just think it’s an amazing concept created by local Chicagoans. And since I don’t iron or sew, I am all about cleaners who will take care of those things for me. Plus the prices are really, really reasonable! It’s a win-win.

What to wear with navy lace pants

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Hardcore Lace

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger wears a pink blazer, lace shirt, and faux leather pants

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

Today I’m mixing up a girly top-half with a hardcore bottom half. Pink, pearls and lace combined with black faux leather? What was I thinking??

Well, I was thinking that today’s Pinterest inspiration photo is a pink blazer with a lace top. I was also thinking I had a similar outfit saved on my own Pinterest board from Ask Away Blog.

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So, since Wednesday is not a jeans day at my office I decided I’d go with the black faux leather pants. But putting heels with them just seemed too over-the-top for work. Hence the flats!

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Adding flats to these faux leather pants and toning them down with  more feminine pieces up top makes it seem less like I’m going out to a club and more like I’m going to the office. Which I am. So I think that works out.

On a separate note, I went to the BEST wine bar on Monday night! I’ve always wanted a nice wine bar that wasn’t too loud, served items other than wine, and was close to my apartment. Turns out that there is one. At least on Monday nights Paola’s Vinum on Jefferson and Van Buren is a great spot to buy a bottle of wine and just chill with your friends.

Chicago style blogger, how to wear faux leather pants to work

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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

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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.

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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?

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I’m Sore Olive Over

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Olive military jacket or blazer with lace t-shirt and black dress pants

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Jacket – Old Navy via Threadflip (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

I try as hard as possible to plan my outfits out in advance. Which is one of the reasons I love Inspiration Monday. Very little thinking involved! Olive jacket? Lace shirt? Black pants? Got it. The only thing I didn’t get was that I originally planned to wear my skinny black pants and my leather boots today. But after spending over 9 hours on my feet on Saturday and almost 12 hours on my feet on Sunday I decided that I needed flats.

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But then I felt too much like I was wearing leggings instead of pants and switched these dress pants. Which are too long to wear with flats. Wedges were the next best thing. Thankfully I sit at my desk all day at work so at least I’m off my feet. Too bad I can’t get someone to carry me during my commute.

I know, I’m whining when so many of my friends ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday and are probably sore, too. But, I’m telling you, I think I would be LESS sore if I had run instead of working the expo and then volunteering at a water station. Crazy. I mean, I slept 14 hours last night. I went to bed at 5PM and got up at 7AM. Which is why posts this week might be a bit sporadic. Still trying to catch up after a fun but busy weekend!

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