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.
Blazer – 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.
Jason was watching the movie Office Space on Sunday. Have you seen it? One of my favorite lines is, “ I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.”
That was my weekend. And it was glorious. I actually didn’t change out of my lounge clothes all day Sunday and since I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see pictures of that, here’s an outfit I wore to work last week.
I don’t typically wear all black and, this is going to seem weird to say after my crazy pattern mixing post, sometimes I just want one pattern to stand out. Such was the case with this Le Tote scarf. I originally thought about pairing it with my new striped top but, in the end, I went with all black.
I do love the way these faux leather pants look because they add much needed texture and interest to certain outfits. However, they are HUGE in the waist. Huge. And they kind of make a weird swishy noise when I walk. But I like them too much to care, really. The waist thing is annoying because I don’t always like belts. But I’ll make the sacrifice.
As I posted on Facebook, I was really struggling with what to wear for Thanksgiving. My husband and I traveled to our hometown to spend Thanksgiving with my family at my parents’ house. My mom and step-dad keep their house much cooler than ours (68 versus 75 degrees!) but I knew that as I helped in the kitchen I would warm up. Plus there’s the whole part where you want to wear comfy pants. You know. Because pie.
(By the way, I made this Brussels sprouts recipe and it got rave reviews even from the non-Brussels sprouts fans. We made a few changes in that we blanched the sprouts before thinly slicing them and shredded the apple in the food processor. Oh, and we didn’t have grapeseed oil so we used vegetable oil instead.)
Anyway, back to my outfit. I ended up wearing a chiffon plaid shirt under a light sweater and it was the perfect combo.
These jeans are a bit too big in the waist thanks to the diet and exercise plan I’ve been on for the past six weeks or so. Which was perfect for going totally off plan and eating all the things. Because, once again, pie. I also thought that the colors in the plaid shirt worked well for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Lots of primary colors which I think is unusual for plaid. It also helps that my niece wanted to guest star and her cream and metallic outfit works perfectly for the challenge, too.
You may remember that back in August I purchased a gray leopard print sweatshirt from Stitch Fix. In my previous job this would have probably been a weekend-only top, although it’s so comfy that I’m pretty sure I would have found a way to wear it to the office. Regardless, it’s perfect for my current job so to work it got worn.
I kept the outfit really simple this time around but am already envisioning pairing this sweatshirt with red pants, black jeans, or even a black pencil skirt. Although, I also think leopard can be a neutral so who knows what else I’ll end up putting with it!
Saturday was another one of those days when the stars aligned and I was able to accomplish lots of fun things. Including a brunch at Chicago Q with various people, one of which was Erin from Color Me Styled who was able to snap some outfit photos for me.
Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bracelet – gift (similar)
I started the book on my Kindle on Saturday morning and was interested to chat with Meredith about the process of writing a novel. It took her 5 years! The book itself is the story of a relationship between high school seniors, Becky and Brian, told from two different points in time: one before a huge event in their lives and the other after. So far I’m enjoying it and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. If you’re interested in reading it and can’t find a hard copy (in case you don’t have a Kindle) let me know and I’ll hook you up with the author herself to purchase a copy!
Of course, the other thing that made me accidentally happy on Saturday was realizing that once again I’d subconsciously put together an outfit that works for today’s Style Imitating Art challenge. The colors this week were an orange-red, teal, and brown from a painting called “The Canyon“.
So, red sweater, blue pants, and brown shoes fit the bill, right? Also, this is my first attempt at bootsocks. Clearly I need to embrace jeggings if this is going to be a thing. Right now it looks like I’m wearing some kind of knickers!
Are you guys tired of my stairwell yet? I hope not. Between the weather, it getting dark earlier, and my attempts to go to the gym at lunch I can’t promise you’ll see a lot of fun photo locations. Sorry! At least I tried to brighten it up with white jeans and a puppy?
Yes, I am still wearing my white jeans. And, just to show you how versatile they are, I actually wore this same cardigan, top, and jeans over the summer but with my leopard print flats instead of these wedge booties. Just changing the shoes makes it totally work for fall!
Actually, I think the white jeans in the fall thing is even more accepted considering I got an email from Crain’s Chicago expressing interest in featuring me as part of their Chicago work style series after the last time I wore these jeans. I still haven’t heard anything final but just getting the email was pretty cool!
So, if you read a of style blogs you tend to see the same trends over and over again. When I first started it was the bubble necklace. Then peplum. And then last year it was the plaid blanket scarf from Zara. Well, as it goes, sometimes it even takes stores a year to catch onto the trend. This year? Target made it so we could all have our own giant plaid scarf. And I fully admit I love it.
Scarf – Target (same) (similar)| Shirt – The Limited (similar & 25% off w/code FAMILY25) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – TOMS (same)
It’s been gross and rainy here the past two days which means I want to basically wear comfy pajamas to work. This scarf, jeans, and tee fit the bill. The pattern mixing keeps it from looking dull and the wedges make me feel like I’m more dressed up. And even though our dress code is super casual, I was giving a presentation at work yesterday and today so I wanted to feel put together. But then after my presentation I spent the rest of the day creating report templates and sitting in our AV room working on a training video. Such glamor. Oh, I also got to help with our department newsletter. We were having trouble with the color scheme so I grabbed my scarf and said “let’s use this as inspiration!” Man, this scarf really is just that great.
Anyway, rain also means no dog park which means Chewie is desperate to get out of the apartment. He can barely sit still long enough to not be blurry. We break the rules and let him into the stairwell with us and let him run around while taking photos. I figure this is the stairwell no one uses so why not? Plus, he’s cute.
I tried to be a good little blogger yesterday and take my outfit photo at my new lunch spot. I walked over there, set up the tripod, and realized that while I had my camera case I did not have my camera. Blogger fail.
So, I took a photo when I got home while the chili I put in the crockpot was cooking.
Their event space is AMAZING. Not only do they have a huge room with a giant bar in the middle, a faux fireplace, bookcases, and comfy seating areas, they also have a theater with stadium seating for presentations. So, after enjoying beers at the bar we went into the theater to learn about how to taste beer. I personally learned that I still don’t like IPAs and stouts (although, stout over ice cream is do-able) but that Belgian-style wheat beers and farmhouse ales are where it’s at for me.
So, thanks to Lakeshore Beverage for showing us the ways of beer! And for making me want to throw a party in your event space. Maybe a beer tasting party for my birthday?
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…
Someone asked me once when it was officially appropriate to break out riding boots for every day wear. I said once the high temperature for the day was going to be in the 50s. Well, we definitely hit that in Chicago last week! So weird to think that I went from sweating in a sleeveless dress to freezing in boots and long sleeves.
I fully admit that I wore this outfit to work on Friday AND to lunch with my parents on Saturday. What? You don’t sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row? Did I just say something really horrible?
Anyway, we went to Bar Takito which just opened last month near our apartment. The food was tasty and now I really want to go there for dinner when they have an expanded menu. However, so many new restaurants have opened up in my neighborhood that I feel I need to try somewhere new first!
Although, clearly I don’t necessarily feel the need to try a new outfit on the weekends.