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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!

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I’m Wearing Pajamas to Work

•• Casual Clothes

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Tank top – Old Navy | Pajama Pants – LOFT

As you probably know by now, I don’t work from home. And today is no exception. But I decided that I just couldn’t face wearing work clothes today. Nope. I’m going in my pajamas.

Just kidding! April Fools!

Actually, Valerie of The Style Files decided that today we would showcase our loungewear. Would you believe I actually struggled with what loungewear I should wear??

Seriously. I have a problem.

Anyway, I went with these pants because they’re super soft and, well, they’re leopard print! We all know I have an obsession with leopard print, right? And since our apartment is always warm (the joys of living in a concrete box with only one exterior wall) I spend a lot of time in tank tops, even in the winter.

Which means this is a pretty typical weekend outfit if I get to sleep in. Wake up, put on pants, make breakfast, sit on the couch. Yep, I’m a regular party animal.

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The Bradamant Bodysuit

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Bradamant bodysuit

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Bradamant (same) | Pants –  LOFT via clothing swap (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

Aaaaand we’re back to real life. It sounds like you all really enjoyed my Chicago Boutique Week last week, though! I hope I can find more local boutiques to partner with. If you know of one, let me know!

After a week of fun in the sun I’m happy that the Chicago weather is cooperating and allowing me to ease back into the chilly temperatures. I mean, look, it’s even warm enough for me to finally break out this sleeveless top I won from Engineering in Style!

I admit, I ordered this top because I thought it looked stunning on the model. And then I put it on and remembered I am not a model. It’s interesting; this top is actually a bodysuit. Anyone else remember those? Remember how we struggled with the crotch snaps? Or is that just me?

Anyway, Bradamant wants to make the bodysuit more luxurious. This one definitely has unique styling and all of their bodysuits have adjustable hook and eye closures (similar to a bra strap) instead of snaps. This top is very well constructed but I think I lack A. the long neck and B. the correctly sized torso to really pull it off. I may try it with higher waisted pants or a skirt next time, even though that may make me look like I have even less of a torso.

At least now I have a tan so that I’m not the same color as the fabric?

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5 Ways to Wear Plaid Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, plaid pants, camel blazer, black blouse, leopard heels

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Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

Welcome to Thursday aka my last day in the office before VACATION! Yes, I’m just a wee bit excited. I was not excited, however, about this inspiration outfit. I’ll be honest, it seemed awfully similar to Tuesday’s and just kind of blah. Still, it gave me an excuse to wear another one of my new-to-me pieces that I picked up at the clothing swap a few weekends ago.

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I felt as though my closet was lacking in simple, black, work-appropriate tops so when I saw this one I grabbed it up. I’ve really been into more flow-y tops recently and this one was perfect. And as for the outfit? I suppose it has two more things going for it. One, it made me break out of my box and put these pants with black. They are a brown, black and cream plaid and yet I’ve never worn them with black. And two, it gives me an excuse to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Threads topic of showing you how to wear something multiple ways. What is that something? These plaid pants!

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Clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4/5

Plus, a bonus sixth that didn’t make the collage!

Next week I actually have several fun posts coming up so even though I’ll be off getting a tan (after running 13.1 miles, mind you) I hope you’ll still come by to see what’s happening. There will still be outfit posts since you all clearly told me those were your favorites in the reader poll, so no worries there, either!

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

The Leopard and the Sweater

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse, black pants and black cardigan

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse and brown bow belt

Cardigan – Target via clothing swap (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory via ebay (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Here’s the deal. Just because you see something on Pinterest that catches your eye doesn’t mean you have to recreate it exactly. Take, for example, the prompt for today.

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I don’t own anything coral (yes, the orange sweater I mentioned on Tuesday has been returned) and I can’t wear jeans on a Thursday. But, I actually own that exact same top so I paired it with black dress pants and a cardigan that I’m pretty sure I got from Sierra at the clothing swap I went to on Saturday. Pants + leopard print blouse + cardigan + brown belt = similar outfit.

Don’t have a leopard print blouse? Just wear something printed! Cardigan + prints = fun outfit!

And in case you’re wondering why this post is kind of short, well, you can thank the Library Bar at the Public  Hotel for that. Complimentary drinks and food for the Windy City Bloggers Collective Happy Hour on Wednesday night? Let’s just say I took full advantage.

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Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

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

  

A Wrinkled Perspective

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a burgundy faux leather shirt and leopard print cardigan

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Cardigan – Gap (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Admittedly, one of the downsides of reading personal style blogs is that I tend to fall in love with outfits or specific pieces of outfits and then I end up hunting them down. This burgundy faux leather shirt falls into that category. I basically saw this exact same outfit on Penny Pincher Fashion (aside: I’ve been loving her style the past few weeks) and when she linked to this similar shirt I had to find it.

Thankfully it’s available for under $30 on Amazon.com and I had Amazon gift certificates I could use. The downside? It’s a little boxy and has some weird creases from the packaging. But, I’m hoping that once I remember to take an iron and a damp cloth to it (remember, I hate the iron) and figure out a few other ways to wear it I’ll have found a fun shirt that didn’t break the bank.

P.S. In case you missed it, I shared the results of the Reader Survey yesterday.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

That Monday Morning Cat

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Green sweater with leopard print pencil skirt

Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Collared Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Tights – Target (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Wow. Okay. So, it’s Monday. And, just like Garfield, Mondays and mornings are very difficult for me. I had an amazingly fun weekend but it basically left me with no time to prep anything for this week. Including taking any blog photos. So these were snapped on my way out the door by my husband who wasn’t fully awake either and had the settings on our camera all wrong. Oh well.

Anyway, this outfit was inspired by the latest Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar, “Louison and Raminou” by Suzanne Valadon:

I couldn’t pose with a cat since I’m terribly allergic to them. Also, as we know, I don’t own anything orange. So, here’s my ode to the painting. A green sweater and my leopard print skirt. That’s close enough to an orange kitty, right?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I did commute to work via train in the sub-zero temps this morning. I wore a pair of yoga pants over my tights along with my snow boots. And, of course, my down coat, scarf, gloves and hat. Sigh. Some day I’ll be able to leave the house without taking 15 minutes to add extra layers, right?

In fact, here are two outfits featuring today’s sweater and skirt that did not require the addition of 6 other pieces of clothing.

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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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The January Blues

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Cobalt blue pants, cream boucle tweed jacket, white shirt, nude flats

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

And I’m back with an actual outfit!! I almost forgot how to take outfit photos. Although, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram I have been posting a few there.

But today’s outfit is in honor of two different style challenges. The first is VV Boutique Style’s January Black Out Challenge. The goal? To not wear black for all of January! So far this week I’ve been doing well. We get two weekly passes so I did wear black shoes on Tuesday. On one hand I don’t like ignoring such a huge chunk of my closet (especially since I only have so many non-black work appropriate pants) but I also like the idea of not falling back on the typical “black pants and a sweater” uniform as I’ve mentioned before. So, we’ll see how long I last.

The other reason I put on this outfit is because of H&K Style Journey’s Pinned It and Did It prompt. I pinned an outfit from Vodka Infused Lemonade a while back and figured since I’m trying to avoid black pants and it’s still too cold for skirts that cobalt pants and a white tweed jacket would be perfect for today. Except I realize now that I totally forgot a necklace. Oh well. My leopard print watch will just have to stand on its own.

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Original outfit

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