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Games and Adventures

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of October yet? 

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was full of adventure including a Game of Thrones themed party at a local bar, exploring an abandoned grain silo with a view of downtown, and working at one of the largest races in Chicago.

Which means that you get a few photos from the weekend and an older outfit photo that I originally shared on Instagram. So let’s start with what you’re probably here to see: the outfit photo.

IMG_0079Vest – Le Tote (same) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

I felt totally awesome and badass in this outfit and I can’t even explain why. The vest was slightly too big so I might request it again from Le Tote in a size smaller. But overall I really liked this outfit. Noting too fussy but it felt put together and comfortable. And, yes, I’m wearing open-toed shoes with a turtleneck. No, I can’t explain it.

What I can explain is my Game of Thrones party outfit!

nymeria-sand-snake-costumeI decided to go as one of the Sand Snakes…but only if I could find what I needed at Goodwill. I don’t historically have good luck at Goodwill but I decided to chance it. And I found everything I needed! I was in shock and super thrilled.

The dress was a J. Crew bridesmaid’s dress that I got for $7 and trimmed with brown duct tape and ribbon. The leggings were $6. The belt was $3 and the dog leash that I wore like a whip was $2. So, all of that for $18 plus the duct tape and ribbon at Michael’s Crafts and the boots I already owned. I didn’t win the costume contest but that’s okay. I had a great time putting my costume together!

That was Friday night. Saturday morning we got up early to go do some urban exploring. There are some abandoned grain silos in an industrial area of the city just southwest of downtown. They are apparently a haven for urban decay photographers so I joined my husband and some of his friends for an adventure.

IMG_0383 IMG_0437My husband hasn’t finished processing all of his photos yet so I just grabbed the two that I’m in to give you a taste. I also took a few with my iPhone that you should be able to see here. I’m looking forward to going back on a warmer day (and with more advanced notice) to shoot some outfit photos here. There are so many cool backgrounds!

Because you guys might be tired of just seeing the stuff around my apartment.


Wednesday, though, I’ve got a new location for you! More photos from Carmel, Indiana!






Dressing Down a Leopard Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

After wearing jeans all last week I decided to mix it up and wear some skirts this week. In particular, a skirt I haven’t worn in almost exactly two years because it had gotten a bit too tight.

Well, thanks to my new workout regimen, this skirt not only fits again, it fits BETTER than when I bought it originally.


Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Tee – Target (same) | Skirt – Target (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)


Yay for fitness! And food. Speaking of food, I recently tried two new-to-me restaurants. I went to brunch at Dusek’s on Sunday and then lunch at Bottlefork on Monday. Does anyone else ever regret what they ordered as soon as they start seeing what other people got? Choosing something at a restaurant always causes me a twinge of anxiety and then I wonder if I’ve ordered the “right” thing. I mean, what I get is usually good, but I then I wonder if it’s the BEST option, you know?



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In an effort to not default to my white jeans or white blazer EVERY day of the Top 10 Remix challenge, I decided to give my leopard print shirt another try. In fact, I decided to wear it in a way inspired by the creator of the Top 10 Remix Challenge itself: Sarah.

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-2Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia via Macy’s (similar)

This is originally my third attempt at an outfit. As I laid in bed on Monday night I thought “what am I going to wear tomorrow that ISN’T my white jeans or white blazer?” (Because I’m pretty sure I’m wearing my white blazer tomorrow…)

Le Tote had recently sent me a pair of ponte ankle zipper legging pants with the instructions to throw out the rule that leggings are not pants. Well, I thought, even though I don’t agree why not give it a try? So I tried them on with this shirt and crewneck sweater and heels. Which I wore around the house as I made breakfast and packed my lunch.

And realized that even ponte ankle zipper leggings are NOT PANTS and that I felt really, really uncomfortable. So I swapped the crewneck sweater for this cardigan but the cardigan wasn’t long enough to fully cover my butt. I thought about my long black cardigan but the navy and black wasn’t working for me this morning and it didn’t occur to me to try my long tan cardigan.  At this point I was running late so I decided just to use Sarah as my inspiration and throw on  jeans and my red flats.

This shirt still feels too voluminous but at least I didn’t spend the entire day tugging my shirt down over my butt. Win some, lose some, you know?

leopard-print-shirt-navy-cardigan-1P.S. Did you win the passes to Randolph Street Market? Winner announced on the original post!


Legs are so out

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

You guys! We’re finally getting days in Chicago where it’s warm enough to wear a skirt sans other leg covering (aka tights)! All I had to do was tell Bri that it was too cold to wear my new red skirt and BAM! Chicago proves me wrong.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-1Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Sweatshirt – Three Dots via Stitch Fix (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-4I suppose it’s only appropriate that I wear this skirt during Sarah’s Top 10 Remix since seeing it on her was what inspired me to buy it in the first place. I’ve already gotten compliments on it so that means it’s a winner in my book.

However, even though it may be warm enough to wear a skirt to work it’s not quite warm enough every evening to enjoy dinner al fresco. Thankfully, the Weber Grill in downtown Chicago has just built a new patio that can be enclosed and heated when it’s a bit chilly or opened up when it’s nice outside.

My friend Kelsey and I took advantage of their new spring menu last night and I have to say I’m already planning a return trip. Kelsey used to live in the area and went to Weber Grill all the time but I’d never been. Weber Grill is a local restaurant with only four locations in the Chicago area and they have AMAZING food.

weber-grillI’m not a food photographer so I apologize if I made an amazing meal look unappetizing. I also apologize that I forgot to take a picture of the adorable desserts of which I wanted many, many more. Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel bites anyone?

Also, you know it’s a good meal when one of the drinks and the salad contain four food items I typically avoid and I eat them anyway. I am NOT a picky eater but there are a handful of things I categorically don’t like: cilantro, olives, artichokes and gin.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-3One of the cocktails? Gin, blueberries, lemon, lime & cilantro. I still ordered it. I still drank all of it. It was tasty.

The salad? Olives and artichokes. I still ordered it. I still ate it. It was also tasty. Just goes to prove that roasted veggies outrank almost anything else.

Beef brisket with BBQ sauce? Well, I’ll eat that any time. Highly recommended. Kelsey ordered the fish and said it was excellent. Next on my list? The Prime Burger. It comes with fried pickles!

Good thing this skirt is a little bit too big! gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-2



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 9]

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Oof, you guys. I apologize in advance for this photo and, really, this outfit. I wanted to wear my leopard shirt since it’s part of my Top 10 Remix and I wanted to wear it with my green jeans in order to try and emulate this pin.


 Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace c/o t+j designs (similar

Yes, I swear my  jeans are a dark green color. Not that you can tell because I asked my husband to snap a photo using my iPhone after a long day of work, riding a Divvy bike home, and meeting him at the dog park.

Anyway, I wanted to love this outfit but it just wasn’t working for me. The jeans are too high waisted to tuck the shirt into so I tried leaving it loose (looked too big) and I tried tying it in a knot (felt sloppy).  Kind of a lose-lose situation.

I originally added this shirt to my Top 10 Remix because I lusted after it for almost a year before I broke down and bought it online. Now, though, I hate to say it, but it feels too big! It might become a shirt I only wear under things instead of on its own.

Also, when looking for similar jeans I kind of fell in love with these pants from Old Navy. Their pants don’t normally fit me but it couldn’t hurt to order them, right?  It wouldn’t hurt to have more casual pants, right?


Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 8]

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Last week we had a few more days when winter decided it wasn’t done with us yet. I decided that was possibly my last chance to bust out my faux fur vest. I’d been wanting to wear it with my olive green shirt and leopard wedges ever since I pinned a similar look from Christine at The View from 5 ft. 2 (who I have actually met in person when she lived in Chicago).

olive-shirt-fur-vest-1Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Necklace – Gorjana & Griffin via Rocksbox (free month with code looplooksxoxo)

olive-shirt-fur-vest-3When I walked into my boss’s office wearing this vest he exclaimed, “Nice jacket!” Considering my boss wears dress pants and a polo shirt 4 out of 5 days (and on the fifth he wears jeans and a polo) I wouldn’t say he’s the paragon of fashion. But, ever since I told him I needed to leave early to get my photo taken for Crain’s I think he’s been keeping an eye on my outfits.

But let’s talk about this necklace for a minute. I have a very similar one from The Limited but I’ve had this one from Rocksbox for a week or two and I want to wear it all the time. I don’t even know why! In fact, I might just decided to replace my one from The Limited with it.

olive-shirt-fur-vest-2Interesting side note: I wore this shirt (and that similar necklace!) on my very first day at my current job and featured Chewie in that post, too. Crazy to see how much we’ve both changed in that seemingly short amount of time! I never thought I’d be wearing jeans as much as I do and I never thought Chewie would get as big as he has!


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What to Wear to the Chicago Auto Show

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Last Wednesday Jason had the day off work so I took the day off as well so we could go to the Chicago Auto Show. In the past we’ve gone on the weekends and, let me tell you, it was SO much nicer to go during the week. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the United States so I’m sure you can imagine that it gets crowded on the weekends.

Of course, while my husband was photographing all the pretty cars I made him take a few photos of my outfit as well.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (similar) | Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

When you go to the auto show the key is to park in Lot C (which is underground!) so you can leave your coat in the car. However, even though you’re walking indoors the whole time the parking garage can get chilly. Hence the vest and the scarf.

I got hot partway through the morning so the scarf came off. But when I got chilly again after lunch I just popped the scarf back on and I was fine.

Layers, people. They work.

Also, as we were leaving our apartment Jason looked at my shoes and said “Are those going to be comfortable for walking around?” Let me tell you; these TOMS wedges? Even more comfortable than my sneakers. I know. I walked dogs at PAWS on Sunday morning in sneakers and my legs were killing me!

Anyway, this outfit also does a great job of incorporating many of the elements of the Style Interpreting Art pick that Salazar chose to celebrate Vietnamese New Year. I’ve got green, brown, red, black and the texture of my vest echoes the texture of the fish in the art.

Oh, and I’ve got a new car.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-2Hahaha, just kidding. Although, I did see a few I wouldn’t mind owning. Time to go play the lottery!

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 3]

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Back in 2012 when this blog was in its infancy and I had just discovered other fashion blogs and Pinterest I saved this outfit from What I Wore. I remember showing it to my mom and saying that I loved the patterned topper with the dark teal shirt but that I didn’t have anything like it. She pointed out that I didn’t need those exact items. Instead I just needed something black and white patterned to wear with something else that green color.

Fast forward to three years later (almost exactly!) and I found myself putting together this outfit using my herringbone vest, a dark teal sweater and my leopard print TOMS wedges.

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-1Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar)

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-3I love that I didn’t go out and try to recreate that outfit right away. I was patient and kept it saved for when I ended up with all these pieces in my closet. I acquired them each over time and have worn each of them in several different ways (examples: sweater | vest | necklace | shoes) .

I also love being able to mix and match the pieces in my wardrobe to create so many different looks. One of my goals of this blog (and my closet consultations and You Pick Wednesdays) is helping people to see that they can wear things many different ways. Don’t get stuck in a rut! And don’t rush out and buy all the pieces to recreate an outfit because chances are you’ll find that rut and stick there. Instead, if you see an outfit you love save it and know that it will always be there when you realize, hey, I DO have something similar!

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-2Apparently Chewie disagrees with me. Or he’s bored. Sitting nicely for the camera is exhausting for a puppy.


Simply Jeweled

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before I sent back my most recent Le Tote box I decided to get one more wear out of the pretty jeweled necklace they’d sent. I last wore it as part of my Christmas celebration outfit but this time I decided to let it take center stage.

navy-sweater-white-button-up2Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

navy-sweater-white-button-up3A navy sweater and a white collared shirt could be way too “prep-school uniform” on their own which is why I added the sparkly necklace and, of course, my leopard print wedges.

Overall this outfit is pretty simple but it’s the fun color and pattern touches that take it from blah to interesting. Adding at least one item of interest always me feel more put together when I’m wearing basics like a sweater, button-up, and jeans.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I honestly can’t remember when I wore this outfit. I know I did. But I do know we took the pictures last week.  I’m trying to build up a buffer of photos for when either my photographer is unavailable (husband’s gotta work, yo) or I just can’t face using the tripod and remote. Or, for times when I’m not going to be at work. Like right now. My husband’s grandfather passed away and we’ll be out of town for a few days. Hopefully. Assuming we didn’t get snowed in (I’m writing this on Saturday and allegedly we’re getting like a foot of snow or some such thing soon).




Respectable Fun

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Apologies for the radio silence last week. I was super busy at work and at home after getting back from Florida. I even had to bail on a blogger event at Blaze Pizza. And when I pass up free pizza (and wine!) you know I’m swamped.

One of my jobs at work is to train new employees on what it is exactly that our company does and why. I don’t really train them on how to do their jobs, but I talk to them about our products, our general workflows, and which departments do what.

Although our company doesn’t have a dress code and we can basically wear almost anything we want, when I have new employees to train I try to dress nicely (not that I dress like crap the other days or anything) but not too over the top lest I scare them.

le-tote-leopard-scarf-moto-jeans1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Target (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I had two new employees to train a few weeks ago and I figured a blazer with some fun jeans and a tee was just the ticket, I think. The blazer makes me seem like someone they should totally listen to but the moto jeans and leopard print say that I’m not super serious.

Or maybe I’m just deluding myself. Anyway, I really liked this outfit and thought it was a good way to wear these jeans that I’d only worn one other time.

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