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Sports bra to the rescue

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

A few summers ago I bought this maxi dress at Old Navy but it’s so low cut that I always had to wear a camisole underneath it. But then I read about Jen’s idea to wear a sport bra under tops and dresses instead and I thought, “hey, I need to do that.”

However, all my sports bras were too, well, sporty. Until now.

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Dress- Old Navy (similar) | Sports bra – c/o lululemon (same) | Sandals – Sole Society (similar)

When I attended the grand opening of CycleBar back in July I got a gift certificate for a free lululemon sports bra. Now, I fully admit I’d never tried on, let alone purchased, anything from lululemon. But, I wasn’t about to turn down a free bra!

So, off to the lululemon in Oak Brook I went. I originally had my eye on this one but it was too…short? I dunno. I felt like I was going to have some under spillage. And I’m not even that well endowed! Anyway, I ended trying on this one. Turns out, it works perfectly with my maxi dress!

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I’ve even surprised people by pointing out it’s a sports bra and not part of my dress! I’m now probably only going to wear this dress with this sports bra instead of the camisole I used to wear. Hooray for sports bras with fun backs! I’m really loving this trend.

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Erin and the Chewie

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge featured “Una and the Lion“, a painting full of neutral colors, a woman in a dress, and some animals. Therefore, I bring you my own version, also full of neutrals, a dress, and an animal: “Erin and the Chewie”.

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Dress – New York & Co (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) |Necklace – Le Tote (same)

This outfit was also inspired by one that Jen wore and it features the vest that I swapped with Jen. And since Jen chose the art for this week, basically this entire post is just all Jen all the time.

In other news, I’m meeting with a start-up this week called Shoe Drop to learn more about their business model and services. Basically, it’s a shoe repair service where you drop off your shoes at kiosks around the city, they pick them up, fix them, and deliver them back to the kiosk for you to pick-up. Perfect if you’re busy and don’t want to hunt down a shoe repair store. If there’s anything specifically you’d like me to ask, let me know! I never used a shoe repair service until I moved to Chicago but now I’m all about it since I walk so much and my shoes take a beating.

Speaking of which, I’ve been wearing these gold sandals so much that I bought another, similar pair. The reviews for my first pair said they run a half size big but I don’t agree with that. I ordered a 7.5 in the gold ones and they feel slightly too big. I ordered a 7 in the new pair and they fit perfectly. Just something to keep in mind!

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The Great Sandal Hunt: Shopping with Splender

Shopping

When I was packing for my work trip to Ontario, I tried to keep the number of shoes I was taking to a minimum. Sandals, flats, casual and, of course, my workout sneaks. I decided to wear the sandals on the plane because they went with my black maxi dress.

What I didn’t realize was that the elastic strap on my sandals is about to give way on one of the buckles! Also, unbuckling them to go through the security line at the airport and then putting them back on afterward was kind of annoying.

I bought those sandals back in April of 2012 and considering they were $21 from Old Navy, aren’t real leather, and I’ve worn them every summer since, I feel like they outperformed their initial construction! However, I’m at the point now where when items like this start to fall apart I want to replace them with real leather goods that will, hopefully, last just as long, if not longer.

So, I turned to the cash back shopping site Splender to help offset the cost of the sandal upgrade.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Rocksbox | Sandals – Nordstrom (same)

Don’t forget to use code ERIN25 for 50% off your first month of Le Tote! Or code looplooksxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox.

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Splender collates deals and coupons from over 800 online shopping sites, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, and more. You can browse by store or by deal and when you find one you like you just click the Shop Now button. After that you shop normally and anything you buy at that store you earn cash back. At Nordstrom, for example, it’s currently 4%.

Which is why I ordered these lovely Seychelles sandals. They have a zipper in the back so if I have to take them off in a security line in the future I can just unzip and slide them off! IMG_2295

I also debated about ordering this Trouve pair but, sadly, they were out of my size.

I was also lusting after these Frye sandals which, in all actuality, are the closest in look to my original pair.  I found them in my size at Lord and Taylor which has a 6% cashback incentive via Splender but even with stacking the coupon codes and deals listed by Splender they were still more than I wanted to pay. I might regret that decision, though. And, if so, I’ll return the Seychelles ones and go back to Splender to buy the Fryes!

Splender is free to join and there are no ads, which is nice. You get your cash back via a commission that the store pays Splender. If you’re curious about how it all works, they have a fun YouTube video that explains it.

When I was searching for replacement sandals, I used Splender’s “Stores” function to filter all their stores by Shoes and Accessories and then scrolled through the alphabetical list until I a store caught my eye. The only thing I found a bit annoying was that sometimes they don’t have ALL the offers listed on the store’s listing on Splender. For example, when I clicked on Lord and Taylor it didn’t list that on that particular day they were having an extra 15% off sale on all full-priced items.  Also, the Free Shipping filter doesn’t filter out stores that only have free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount.

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In a perfect world, I’d like to also be able to search by item (i.e. black sandals) and find stores that sell that item instead of just browsing at every store in the list. But, hey, I suppose it’s similar to hunting for what you want in the mall, too!

Overall, I liked that I could browse so many stores in one place and that it’s basically no extra work for me to earn a little extra money just for doing what I like to do: shop!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

What to wear to pick up your triathlon packet

Casual Clothes

Astute readers (and those who know me well) are probably already aware of the fact that I’m a bit of a fitness enthusiast. I’ve run marathons, half marathons, 5Ks and everything in between. I currently lift weights at the gym 3-4 times a week and I’ve been swimming and biking as well.

And why am I doing all of that? Because this amazing store called Live Grit opened up a block from my house and because of their encouragement I signed up to do two triathlons this year. And my first one was yesterday.

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I had no idea what to expect, but I will say that I did NOT expect to have to stand in the pouring rain for two hours. Yes, it rained basically from the time we got there until the time we got in the water to start swimming. It was a crazy adventure but, as you can see from my face in the photos, I was thrilled to be out there, feeling good, and completing every part.

IMG_1162But, first, before I could don my wetsuit on Sunday, I had to pick up my race packet on Saturday. And, of course, get my race number marked on my arms and legs. So, what do you wear to make sure the people with the marker have easy access? Well, I wore a dress.

Favorites - 1 of 3 (2)Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar)

Except, I fully admit that on Saturday it was SO hot that the jacket came off almost immediately after I put it on.

Favorites - 3 of 3 (2)And, yes, this dress is strapless. And, yes, I spent most of the day hiking it up because I felt self conscious.

Of course, getting our numbers written on our arms and legs ended up being all for naught because having to stand outside in the rain for two hours basically washed the numbers right off. On Saturday, Jason asked if I was going to wear something sleeveless to work today to show off my numbers. I said they’d be gone by then anyway. Clearly I was doing some kind of foreshadowing.

I ended up wearing this dress to lunch after the race, too. It actually converts to a maxi skirt so I just tossed on a tank top and this dress-as-a-skirt and stuffed my face at a local restaurant near the finish line.

I’m writing this post on Sunday night and right now I feel good. We’ll see tomorrow if I’m sore or feel beat up but at this moment I can tell you that I’m looking forward to a summer of swimming, biking, and running to get me ready for my next triathlon in August. Hopefully at that one the only thing that gets me wet is the actual swim!

Favorites - 2 of 3 (2)P.S. This month’s Third Thursday Threads theme from Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose is denim jackets. I’ll be linking up with her when that post is live later this week.

 

 

 

 

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Monday Maxi

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Last week we had that kind of weather where you can wear anything you want. Dress? Sure. Skirt? You bet. Shorts? Of course. Jeans? Not a problem. So what did I decide to do? Break out another maxi dress. One I don’t think I’ve ever worn on the blog before.

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Old Navy (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar)

This is my comfiest maxi dress because it’s super forgiving. The only downside is that it’s REALLY low cut. Right now I wear a camisole underneath it but only because I haven’t found the perfect sports bra to implement Jen’s sports bra trick.

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I wore this to work last Friday (and, yes, rode a Divvy bike home in it) and it was the perfect outfit to end the week. I felt classy but still comfortable. Because we all know that wearing a jersey maxi dress to work is like wearing pajamas. Right?

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Tomorrow I’ll have a fun post about my trip to Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing! Spoiler: we had a blast!

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

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SIA: Scarves and Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

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Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

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In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.

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He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?

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Casual Layered Maxi Dress

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Chicago style blogger, maxi dress

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Maxi dress – New York & Co (similar) | Sweatshirt – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)

I’m off work again today as I travel to my hometown to run the Illinois Half Marathon tomorrow. So this Friday you get another outfit that I wouldn’t necessarily wear to my office. However, it is an outfit that I wear on the weekends. In fact, I’ve worn this outfit to brunch and to a meeting where I helped a former colleague set up a Facebook page for her new business.

There are two things I really like about this outfit. One is that it’s perfect for days when it’s chilly in the morning but warms up in the afternoon. Why? Because underneath that sweatshirt is a full maxi dress!

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Put your sweatshirt in your bag, keep the scarf, and ta da! You’re ready for warmer weather. The other thing I like about this outfit is the scarf. Why do I like this scarf so much? Because of its shape.

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This isn’t folded in half. Nope. It’s actually a triangular scarf. It makes it super easy to wear without worrying about how to tie it or fold it or finagle it. My mother-in-law brought this back to me from Italy a few years ago and Linda, if you’re reading, a few more of these would be great!

Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t worn this dress to work before because I definitely have as you can see here. So, whether you need a casual or a dressier outfit, I’ve got you covered. In a maxi dress.

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Crotchless Yoga Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

 

Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

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Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

Dress – NY & Co (similar) | Belt – The Limited (same and 40% off plus free shipping for The Limited fans on Facebook) | Necklace – The Limited (same & also 40% off) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)  | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

The Limited is having a killer sale today! Want to learn how to make the most of your money? Vote for me! I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button. And, yes, you can vote once a day!

Yes, I did just go there with the title of this post. Actually, I got it from Whitney at Along the Lines of Style who posted the following image on her blog this week:

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Although, to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about maxi skirts and dresses being as comfortable as yoga pants. Actually, with both I always have the underwear question (yes, I’m going there too). I feel like no matter what kind of underwear I put on you can see some kind of panty line. Maybe this means my maxi dresses and yoga pants are too clingy or they’re all being manufactured by the same company that made the see-through Lululemon pants. I don’t know. But I do know I always feel a bit self-conscious in both maxi dresses and yoga pants. Which is too bad because this particular maxi dress is great for when it’s hot outside. A little bit of a hi-lo cut, a crocheted back but enough coverage everywhere else to wear it to work.

And, yes, I’ve worn it to work before.

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2

Anyway, what are your thoughts on maxi dresses or skirts? What about yoga pants?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites Remix.

Friday Formal

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

 

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Blazer – The Limited | Dress – NY & Co | Necklace – JC Penney | Shoes – Nine West

Inspired by Laura and the fact that I will be attending a strategic plan launch event this Friday afternoon, I went dressy casual with a maxi dress and a blazer.

I couldn’t get a good picture this morning, though.  This is what happens when you try to squeeze in pictures before work and your tripod is a highboy patio table.

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Oh, and the sun’s in your eyes.

Regardless, I think this is a fun way to dress up a maxi dress for work.  Don’t have a maxi dress?  What about a long skirt with a top and a blazer?   Don’t forget the statement necklace!

CopyCat Friday–To the Max

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Blouse – Macy’s | Dress (as a skirt) – Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack | Belt – Target | Necklace – The Limited | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

Today is CopyCat Friday!

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I was torn as to what to wear so I turned to Facebook for help deciding.  Thanks to those of you who weighed in!  The consensus was that I should go for a maxi skirt look.

This outfit from Lilly’s Style turned out to be perfect.  One of the reasons was that her skirt?  Exact same style and brand as my dress!  Now that’s a copy cat idea if I ever saw one.

I believe this is my first attempt at actually wearing a dress as a skirt.  How do you think it turned out?

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And don’t forget about the jewelry giveaway!  You still have some great chances to win!