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Who else remembers Talbots?

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I was in junior high and high school I remember my mom going into Talbots a few times looking for “work” clothes. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait until I had a job where I got to dress up for work in button-up shirts, skirts, and blazers. Well, I got my wish when I moved to Chicago to work at a university. Strangely, I never thought to shop at Talbots.

Recently, though, I was approached to work with Talbots for the blog. Wait, I thought, I don’t work in a business or even business casual environment anymore. I work in a SUPER casual environment. I figured I’d check out the website anyway and see what there was that would fit my current life.

Turns out there’s more than I thought! Boyfriend jeans and sweaters are just two of the options.


Sweater – c/o Talbots (same) | Jeans – c/o Talbots (same) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar)

I chose these boyfriend jeans because I’ve been curious about the style. Still not sure how I feel about them, but they are definitely comfy compared to some skinny jeans. These do run a bit big, though. I’m wearing them in the smallest size but still needed a belt. I also bought them in the longer length but I probably could have gotten away with regular.


The sweater is actually the olive color pictured on the website but it was so sunny on the day I wore it and we took these pictures that it looks a little washed out. I ordered this in a size small and I would say it runs true to size. I’m a little worried that the sleeves will stretch out since I tend to push them up all the time but that’s pretty par for the course for sweaters, I think.


The calf hair on my shoes has worn off in a few spots so I’m looking for a replacement pair. These from Talbots might fit the bill! I’m thinking about ordering them. Never would have thought to check Talbots before now.

Other items they sell that would work for a casual lifestyle? Believe it or not, they sell activewear, too! Like this cowlneck tunic that I would love to have. Or this striped cardigan that would be perfect with leggings and a tee. Yes, I just said leggings.

Long story short, if you thought you could only shop at Talbots if you needed suits and dress shirts, think again. I know I will!

The jeans and sweater were provided to me at no cost via my affiliation with Rakuten Marketing. Links in this post are affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

Red shell top with denim jacket, white jeans, and leopard print flats

Twice as nice

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

As I mentioned on Monday, this past weekend I went to brunch at a restaurant in my neighborhood (thus accomplishing at least one of April’s goals). I met Sarah from Windy City Wanderlust at The Publican where we had some tasty eats. I’ll let her blog about the food so be sure to follow her blog so you can find out more!

Anyway, we then wandered over to the Randolph Street Market and on the way we stopped to take some outfit photos. Of course, I always forget to check the settings after Jason uses the camera and this time was no exception. So, sadly, I had it on manual instead of automatic. Which meant that the background is perfectly in focus but the foreground (i.e. me) was not.


However, I liked this outfit so much that I recreated it to try again. And, it’s not really cheating because I did wear it twice last week!

Red shell top with denim jacket, white jeans, and leopard print flats

Top – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

Plus this time you get bonus Chewie cameos!

Anyway, when I wore this outfit to work I showed up to a meeting and the first comment was “Wow! You look spring-y!” Well, I suppose that’s appropriate since it’s spring and all.



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 · Style Imitating Art

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.