Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for those who are either local to Chicago or those who can come to the city this weekend!
What am I giving away? Two passes to the Randolph Street Market! Enter at the bottom of this post and make sure you do it quick because I’m picking a winner on Wednesday!
This fun event happens every month but this month is the last one before it moves outside for the summer. The selection changes every time I go but if you’re into looking for treasures (and really good food) then you don’t want to miss it!
It also happens to be a gem of my neighborhood which, now that the weather is nicer, I’m hoping to get more photos of. I mean, there are only so many times you can see my building’s rooftop, right? So here’s something else:
Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)Yep, I found flowers in my ‘hood!
In addition, my neighborhood is currently the hot spot for new restaurants. Which means if you go to the Randolph Street Market and don’t find something to eat there, you can always hit up an amazing spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even an early dinner depending on how long you spend at the Market.
If the weather is decent this weekend I plan to wear this dress with my denim jacket and my new polka dot sneakers. I mean, you gotta love a little black dress for its versatility, am I right? Wear it work one day, wear it out antiquing the next!
Of course my first outfit of the Top 10 Remix would feature three of the items I chose. In fact, in all honesty, I chose most of my Top 10 items AFTER I wore this outfit. But that’s not why I chose them.
This is actually my third pair of red pants. I think I’ve told this story before, but my first pair I bought when I was out shopping with my mom. They were from Gap and they were my first foray into brightly colored bottoms.
At first I was hesitant but then I wanted to wear them all the time. But, they were getting tight in the calves (and other places) so I decided to replace them.
I bought a pair from The Limited but while they fit in the thighs they were a little loose in the waist. I dealt with it for awhile but when I started losing weight I knew they would need to be replaced as well.
Which brings us to this pair. Clearly I think red pants deserve a spot in my wardrobe or I wouldn’t keep buying them!
I’m sure I’ll be wearing the blazer and the shoes again before the end of the month so I’ll save my stories about those for later posts.
In yet another edition of Pinterest Parallels I’ve gone ahead and copied mostly the top half of an outfit from Pink Avenue. White blazer, pink sweater and crystal necklace.
Blazer – Forever 21 (same) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)
I knew I wanted to wear this outfit as soon as this necklace came in the mail from Rocksbox. I do love a rhinestone necklace, that’s for sure. So of course I wanted an outfit that would show it off.
It also helped that I went to the gym before work and could pack my leopard flats into my gym bag while wearing my (snow!!) boots. Yes, winter has arrived again. And even with a sweater and a blazer I was freezing in my office so I think I’m going to have to layer up even more if I want to survive until summer.
And then, of course, I’ll need to layer up to survive the air conditioning.
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!
In case you’re new to my life, let me tell you something about me. I am NOT a morning person. I love sleep.
However, my current job starts at 8 AM and I end at 5 PM. I’m lucky in that there is a gym in my office building so I can usually sneak away at lunch and get in my workout.
Lately, though, my schedule hasn’t allowed for lunch time workouts. And since my evenings are devoted to husband, dog, dinner, and chores (and I don’t get home until after 5:30 most nights), I was left with one choice if I want to keep up my current strength/half-marathon/triathlon training: workout before work. Which means getting up at 5AM. Blurgh.
On days when I’m packing my bag to shower and get ready for the office at the gym, I try to pack the fewest number of pieces that still make a put-together outfit. My normal solution? Just add bling.
Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
Turtleneck sweater, jeans and flats are all fine and good but I think a blank canvas like this sweater is just calling out for something. Thankfully I had this Le Tote necklace handy. It adds just a little extra interest to an otherwise simple outfit.
In fact, it added so much interest that I got several compliments from people at work!
Trying to think in the morning is virtually impossible for me so I pack my gym bag the night before. Top, bottom, shoes and bling is an easy combination to remember. Try it. I promise you’ll like it even if you’re like me and hate mornings.
On Monday night I attended the FABULOUS Windy City Blogger Holiday Party and wore a super cute outfit but since there’s no natural light and my photographer was at work anyway, I got no photos. I’ll just have to recreate it for you.
Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Be Good (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
I almost wore my black ankle boots again but, strangely, I haven’t really been feeling the heels all that much lately. I think because the walking part of my commute is longer than it was six months ago. Or maybe I’m getting old. Whatever it is, I decided to wear the leopard flats which I think are a nice change of pace.This particular t-shirt is a bit boxy on me so by pairing it with a blazer it keeps me from looking too square. Because I’m not!
What I am, however, is a sucker for letting Chewie climb all over me. I mean, who am I kidding? He’s the star of these photoshoots anyway.
As I mentioned last week, I’m currently trying out Le Tote, the service where you “rent” clothing for a month. One of my picks was this flowy plaid printed top which looks like a cotton flannel but is actually 100% polyester.
Top – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same)
I honestly wasn’t sure what I wanted to wear with it so I threw on the first thing that came to mind: my faux leather leggings.
And then I honestly wasn’t sure what shoes to wear. Black would be the obvious choice. Maybe red. So I went with leopard. Of course.
And in keeping with the honesty theme, I honestly don’t know how I feel about this look. I think I like the idea, but not the execution. The top is super comfortable but it might be too boxy. I thought about layering it under a sweater (it’s certainly cool enough right now) but it’s also rather long and I thought it would look odd. So, while I have it from Le Tote I might play around with it some more.
When I left my old job it also meant leaving my back-up photography spots. I normally try to take my photos on weekends or after work when my husband can use our fancy DSLR or I can attempt to use it with our tripod and remote. But, in a pinch, I was able to bust out my point-and-shoot and my purse-sized tripod and take pictures in the park across the street from my office.
Now, though, I have to find new spots to take photographs if I need to do the point-and-shoot method. So, yesterday at lunch I ventured out to find something.
At first I thought I’d try on one of the bridges but the foot traffic is ridiculous. Then as I was walking around I found a stairway that went down to a path alongside the river. And there was no one down there.
So now I’ve found my new go-to spot when I need to snap some outfit photos on my lunch break!
I’ve also found my new go-to leopard flats. These are my third pair and I think these are the winners. My first pair I wore the faux calf hair right off and they were always a tad bit too tight. The second pair, my D’orsay ones, never fit quite right and I thought that the D’orsay style wouldn’t work very well in the cooler months.
Then I found these on Shopbop and since I get shopping credit for having their widget on my blog I was able to get them for free. And I LOVE them. They have a slight wedge, a pointy toe, and are super comfortable. There may be something to this whole paying more for shoes thing…
Oh yeah, I also got my hairs cut. I hadn’t done anything to my hair since November and I figured it was time. I seem to be back in the rut of letting it grow out and then getting it all chopped off. I’m kind of digging it short, though.
I was worried that it would look ridiculous after a lunch-time sweat-fest (aka the gym) but it turns out that when it’s short like this it just sort of does it’s own thing and I kinda like it!
Very Little Orphan Annie meets The Great Gatsby, no?
Anyway, I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore my black cropped pants. Let me check. Hold on….
Oh wait. It was here. I highly recommend you don’t click that link. It’s pretty horrible. Anyway, it’s been over a year. Crazy to think that black cropped pants used to be a work wardrobe staple!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.
The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?
And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.
Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.