It’s been all about green here on the blog lately so here’s an outfit without any green in it. I mean, it’s surrounded by green, but the outfit itself is mostly gray.
Jacket – Macy’s (similar) | Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (similar)
Yes, these are the last of my photos from the Garfield Park Conservatory. For now, anyway, I definitely want to go back in the summer and get some outdoor photos, too!
And, in case you needed it, here’s some proof that I actually wore this outfit to wander around the conservatory. Sans jacket, of course. I think I mentioned it was warm in there!
I also wore this outfit to work. I like this moto jacket because it functions more like a blazer than a jacket. This way I can wear it over something but still take it off and have a complete outfit underneath. In this case I kept the outfit simple with just my watch as my jewelry. In the past, though, I’ve also paired it with pearls, pink, and professional looks.
Hat – boutique in Sausalito, CA (similar) | Jacket – Zara (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
The coffee shop was crazy busy. They were out of doughnuts. So, I got my coffee to go and instead went and bought running shoes and came home and worked on my couch.
On Sunday I wanted a re-do. I convinced Jason to walk to the coffee shop with me to get a doughnut AND bring the camera so we could take pictures by the awesome street art outside the place where all the cool kids hang out.
Of course, Jason went to take the picture only to find out we’d left the camera battery at home. iPhone to the rescue!
I realized that I basically went almost all of May without sharing outfit photos with you. I hope you’ll forgive me. Thankfully, as I mentioned in my last post, Jason has started his new job and I have him back on weekends. This means this past weekend we were able to do a photo shoot. I recreated outfits I’ve worn in the past few weeks and now you get to see them.
Anyway, I wore this particular outfit about two weeks ago to meet my friend (and neighbor) for drinks at a new restaurant near our offices.
The weather was a bit chilly for bare legs but I didn’t care. I’d gotten this dress in my latest Le Tote and was dying to wear it. At first I thought about pairing it with my black blazer but decided that was too expected. Gray knit moto jacket to the rescue!
Also, because the dress has a fun metallic jeweled neckline I didn’t need any extra jewelry.
I did need my new watch, though. JORD contacted me to see if I wanted to review one of their wood watches and of course I said yes. I love that their styles can be dressed up or dressed down. In fact, tomorrow I’ll show you how I wore it with a more casual outfit!
Anyway, I chose this dark wood one with a black face because I thought it was the most classic. Although they have so many fun ones that it was a tough choice. This zebrawood and turquoise one is amazing, right?
Other tough choices? Which drinks to choose at Prime & Provisions. My friend had gotten us tickets to a preview event and, as such, we each got three free drink tickets.
I had two drinks and then had to cut myself off because I was meeting Jason and his parents for dinner. I didn’t want to show up too “pre-gamed,” if you know what I mean. Those drinks were strong!
Those drinks also helped keep me warm on my walk to dinner. Weather in Chicago is crazy and one day it can be a high of 50 and the next day it’s a high of 80. So, you just never know. But, it’s May and I refuse to wear tights! So, suck it, weather. I’m going with bare legs if I want.
Last night I attended the opening of the Milk Handmade Pop-Up Shop which gave me SO MANY gift ideas for this year. Including hats. If you’ve always lusted after my gray winter hat I’m here to tell you that Milk Handmade has the hook-up on similar ones.
Hat – Boutique in Sausalito | White shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Karen Kane via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)
Attending the launch gave me a great idea for a post about my favorite places to shop local in Chicago. I’ll admit, I see bloggers do gift guides all the time but in a way I feel like they are just a way for them to get clicks on their affiliate links in order to earn money. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money. But it feels disingenuous to create an entire post of just links.
Perhaps that’s hypocritical since I do link to similar (and same!) items using affiliate links when I post an outfit and occasionally do posts where I link to additional similar items in case you want to shop. But for some reason the gift guide to department and chain stores irks me.
So, instead, next week I’ll be sharing at least three places I am looking forward to shopping in Chicago and why they are my picks. And if you’re not in Chicago? Small boutiques might not have the best online shopping experience but I know that the ones I’m picking will be more than happy to help you over the phone!
P.S. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on right now!
Yes, this is another sponsored post. I was given a $50 American Eagle gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community to try out buying jeans online via American Eagle Outfitters and then write about it. I honestly jumped at this chance since my new job means a lot more jeans and, well, I only have about three pairs I can wear! Of course, all opinions are my own.
In fact, you’ve actually heard some opinions about the jeans themselves when I wore them for the first time here. I bought them online from the American Eagle website using their new “denim experience” that aims to give you as much information as possible about their 14 styles of jeans, including videos of their models wearing them.
Of course, it would be even more awesome if they showed every day people wearing the jeans, but models it is. So, here’s an every day person wearing their jeans.
Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Tee – Be Good Clothing (same) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar)
After perusing all the different style and color options I ended up ordering the Skinny Jean in Medium Indigo and the Skinny Jean in Clean Rinse, both in size 6. I appreciated that they give leg opening measurements, too, because I happen to know that anything under 12” is going to be too tight on my calves.
I ended up not liking the Clean Rinse option so I decided to exchange it for a size 4 also in the Medium Indigo. Shipping and returns are free on AEO jeans which is a nice perk! The only measurements they don’t give and I wish they did are actual waist in inches and thigh measurements. Of course, I don’t know if any denim company that gives thigh measurements but us girls with athletic thighs sure could use them!
The exchange seemed to take a long time, though. Much longer than it took to ship the original order. So, I would suggest that if you think you’re between sizes and you can afford it, order them all at once and send back whatever you don’t want. Turns out I’m right between a size 4 and a size 6 so now I have skinny-day skinny jeans and bloated-day skinny jeans. Ah, the joys of being a woman! Still I’d definitely order jeans from American Eagle Outfitters again. Especially since they’re typically under $30 a pair!!
On the plus side, as a woman you get to wear amazing shoes and get compliments all day from random people about how much they like them. And, yes, that really happened when I wore this outfit to work.
Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)
I’m not sure there’s anything particularly spectacular about this outfit. I mean, it’s monochrome gray with a jacket, a pencil skirt, and a lace tee. However, I still got two compliments on this outfit. One coworker said he loved my necklace and another said he loved my jacket (yes, both were compliments from guys. Guys who do not bat for my team, if you get my drift). I think it must be the combination of the moto jacket style with the tailored skirt. That gives a little edge to a more traditional item. Plus, when paired with the girly lace and pearls you get an overall look that says feminine but not boring.
I actually got the idea to wear this outfit from this pin.
Of course, my jacket is knit, not leather and my skirt is a knee-length pencil skirt not a knit midi skirt. But overall I think I made this look work for my purposes. Plus, you know, compliments. Those are always nice.
Thoughts on monochrome outfits? Would you wear all gray?