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The Bathroom Selfie OOTD Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve recently noticed quite a few Chicago bloggers getting awesome partnership deals, finding amazing photographers to take their photos all over the city, even appearing on ads around town.


Scarf – gift (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

I am not one of those bloggers. My photographer is my husband. I don’t hustle and pitch to brands. I can barely manage to get photos once a week. If you ever needed any proof of that, this post is it. As I previously mentioned, my husband started a job that means we both leave the house before the sun is up and we both get home after the sun sets. Weekends have been full of exciting things which means no outfit photo shoots then, either.

Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Which is why today we are resorting to photos I took in the bathroom at work. Yep.

I don’t lead a glamorous blogger lifestyle and, you know, for as much as I envy some of those bloggers who have amazing photos and amazing brand partnerships I know that they worked really hard for those and they treat their blog like a part-time job.


Vest – Old Navy swapped w/Jen (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

I blog because it’s a fun hobby. Could I turn it into a full-time gig? Maybe. Maybe if I wanted that hustle. But sometimes I like being able to work my day job and leave work at work.


Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Shirt – Loft (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

So, I temper my jealousy with knowing that as perfect as it may look there’s always struggle and hard work and late nights and, I’m sure, tears. And the day my blog brings me those is the day I quit.


Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Boot cuffs – gift (same)

Although I will pimp for Le Tote and say that this dress and this scarf may be my two most favorite items so far. And you can try them yourself for 50% off the first month if you use code ERIN25!

SIA: Surprise Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a Style Imitating Art challenge, but I finally got the chance again! This outfit was inspired by a questionable one I posted on Instagram. At least one person said that to make it look less clownish I should wear leopard shoes.

So, when Jess at Animated Cardigan posted this painting I knew exactly what I was going to wear.

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Click on the image to see the full painting


Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

I bet when you first saw that painting you thought I’d wear my leopard print skirt. Or maybe my leopard print shirt. Or maybe my leopard print scarf.  Yeah, I might have a leopard problem. But, no, I went with recreating this outfit. And you know what? The comments on Instagram were correct. I like it MUCH better with the leopard flats.


We took these photos in a shopping area in Carmel, Indiana when we were in town for Jason’s grandmother’s 90th birthday party. We had to run an errand and found this great photo location that we didn’t want to pass up. I love that there are still flowers. Helps me forget that it’s fall!


The Hunt For Brown October

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

For at least a year I’ve seen women wearing brown flats. They’re all pretty similar and pretty basic. But, look, a casual brown flat is something I don’t have and something I find myself wishing I could reach for all the time.

For example, I saw this outfit on Pinterest and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it…except for brown shoes. So, instead, leopard to the rescue!


Vest – Old Navy swapped from Jen (similar) | Top – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

Still, I’m on the lookout for brown flats. I ordered these from Zappos but when they arrived I noticed several things:

  1. They came up MUCH higher on my foot at the toes than I like. The vamp, I believe it’s called, covered up my tattoo and just looked really dowdy. However, if you don’t like “toe cleavage” then you might like the rise.
  2. The color wasn’t uniform. It was mottled and lighter in spots and darker in others.
  3. The heel still slipped even though it fit fine in the width at the toe.

So, back they went! I’ve now got these on order. My red MIA flats have lasted me for over 10 years at this point so I think if these fit they should last me awhile. If they don’t work, though, I think my next try will be these. Although, I have a Zappos gift card so I’d prefer to order from there. Suggestions are welcome!


P.S. These are probably the last photos on my rooftop for awhile. Apparently they are closing it to repair our building’s roof. Sad face for me but I suppose a happy face for the people who are tired of leaks.


Randolph Street Market Giveaway!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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!

RSMartmktapril2015-final (1)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:

white-blazer-letote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) white-blazer-letote-dress-3Yep, 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!


Now, to enter the giveaway!

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Third Time’s a Charm

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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.

white-blazer-red-pantsBlazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

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.




Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 7]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

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.

white-blazer-pink-sweater-1Blazer – 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!)

white-blazer-pink-sweater-3I 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.



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 6]

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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!



Just add bling

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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.

red-turtleneck-letote-necklace-2Lately, 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.

red-turtleneck-letote-necklace-3Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

red-turtleneck-letote-necklace-4Turtleneck 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.




Just a Tribute

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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.

So, this is not that outfit. But, I still think this one is pretty cute. It’s very similar to an outfit I wore WAY back at the beginning of this here blog and I got the idea to wear it again from Brittany from The F Bombs.

cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-1Blazer – 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.cobalt-blazer-leather-pants-2This 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.


Le Tote plaid shirt with faux leather leggings

Tote-al Honesty

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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.

Le Tote plaid shirt with faux leather leggings

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.

Le Tote plaid shirt with faux leather leggings and leopard flatsAnd 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.

What would you wear with this top?