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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. 


Lousy Smarch Weather

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Okay, yes, it’s technically May and not Smarch (although, I don’t think anyone is super sure when Smarch even is…) but I’m still going to quote The Simpsons to reference how I feel about May.

April showers do not bring May flowers. They bring…more showers.

So, it’s back to some indoor photos.


Sweatshirt – Stitch Fix (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar

Also, I got my hair cut and I’m still trying to figure out how to look less like a drowned rat after going to the gym at lunch. Even my hair dryer tricks aren’t working right now. It’s one of the reasons I actually prefer my hair long. It just works better for my lifestyle. But, hey, it’s hair. It grows back.



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 18]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

When I was chatting with Katie from Personally Paleo on Saturday she was asking me about whether or not I had any series on my blog. Well, of course I do! Style Imitating Art, to mention just one. But it reminded me that I hadn’t done a Pinterest Parallel in awhile. So here’s one for you.


Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Dress – Neiman Marcus Outlet (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar

I based it on this outfit that I saved on Pinterest. I mean, it’s pretty simple. A black dress with brown riding boots, a tan cardigan, and a leopard print scarf. I’ve had items like this in my closet for years. I even have two “little black dresses” that would have worked for this outfit.


Jason and I took these photos outside my parents’ house. They live on a golf course and this tunnel goes underneath the road. I was hoping that it would be less windy down there but, alas, not so much. Also, we forgot our camera so we borrowed one from my parents. Resourceful, that’s us.

looplooks.net occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services…..like these boots. 


SIA Outfit: Green and Gold Dragonfly

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

I had several outfit ideas in mind when it came time to interpret this week’s SIA choice but since I was planning to wear it on St. Patrick’s Day I knew I had to wear my green pants.


Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Watch – gift (same)


The design on the dragonfly’s wings reminded me a bit of leopard print which is why I went with my leopard print shirt instead of just wearing the black sweater alone. Also, it was finally that weird temperature that allows you to layer up top and wear ankle pants. I think the secret is that it needs to be in the high 40s, low 50s all day. That’s Fahrenheit, by the way.

The necklace was a last minute addition but I think the black and gold, plus the shape of the baubles, nicely echo the shapes and colors of the brooch.


In other news, I got to hang out with Katie of Personally Paleo this weekend as part of her Core & Coffee series. It’s such a fun idea: workout together and then go get coffee or food and chat. We took a kettlebell fundamentals class at OTG Bootcamp and then went to Windy City Cafe. I won’t say much more but I’ll let you know when the full post is up over at Katie’s blog!

Also, don’t forget to check out 14 Shades of Grey tomorrow to see how all of us interpreted this week’s art!




Coffee and Donuts

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Last chance to vote for your favorite outfit of November!

Recently Carylee of More Pieces of Me posted a fun outfit on Instagram and I immediately thought, oh, hey, I can do that!

And it wasn’t until I was already wearing it and taking pictures that I realized that I’d basically worn the same thing in a different color scheme to the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year.

This time, though, I wore it to walk to work. I don’t usually walk to work but there’s a reason I did last Friday.


Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Vest – Groopdealz (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)


There’s a walk-up coffee, doughnut and gelato window in my neighborhood that’s on my way to my office if I walk. It’s called Bombobar, it’s part of a restaurant called Bar Siena, and on Friday they were offering free coffee and “bombolinis” (aka filled doughnuts) to members of the Windy City Blogger Collective. Sadly, when I arrived on Friday morning to get coffee to enjoy on my walk to the office they weren’t quite ready to be open. But, I’d already committed to walking to work so walk I did. It’s about two miles and I chose these TOMS specifically because I knew I could walk that much in them.


I stopped and got my coffee and doughnut on my way home, though! Jason and split a PB&J bombolini for dessert and I saved my coffee for breakfast the next morning. Not sure if that’s gross or not but it’s what I did.

Chewie, however, was very interested in my “prop” during our photoshoot.


After having the PB&J bombolini I decided I wanted to try the Salted Caramel one that everyone was raving about. However, once again I stopped by Bombo Bar on my way to work yesterday around 7:15 AM and there were no employees to be seen. I rang the bell and waited a minute but the only movement I saw was a cleaning person hosing off a mat in the kitchen. So, I walked to work sans coffee (and doughnut) again. But! There was a happy ending. Bombobar saw my disappointment on Twitter and brought me doughnuts and coffee at work! My coworkers were very appreciative.



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?



Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 10]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

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]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

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?