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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 15]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

I pinned this outfit a year ago and had all the pieces to recreate it….except for the shoes. It occurred to me when I finally wore it that I could have worn my leopard flats but, look, I finally have brown flats so I was going to wear them!


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (same)

Also, I know everyone was gushing about the weather in Chicago being abnormally warm for the first part of November but, I have to say, I was enjoying it, too. I mean, I wore this outfit with just my trench coat and was perfectly fine! Even with flats and exposed feet. Crazy, right? This time last year it was boots all the time.


Also, funny story about this plaid shirt. See, originally I got it in a size 2 as a gift. That size always felt a little bit tight across the shoulders and in the armpits, though, so after a few months I sold it on eBay and bought it in a size 4.

Then I was wearing it at work about a month ago. I went to the gym on my lunch break and when I put the shirt back on afterward I realized I had hulked-out of it and there was literally a shredded hole under one arm! Not on seam, either. A legit shredded hole just in the fabric.

I guess there is a downside to weight lifting.

Anyway, I loved that shirt so much (clearly since I’d already bought it myself once) that I immediately took to eBay again. However, this time I couldn’t find it in a 4….so I bought a 6. And it still fits! I probably paid too much for a used shirt, but, hey, when you like something you like something.



Carmel Topping

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Continuing with my current theme of outfits-I-wore-awhile-back, here’s one from the last time we were in Carmel, Indiana.


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same)  | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Downtown Carmel, also known as the Arts District, has so many great places to take pictures that we had a difficult time deciding. On the plus side, this means that I can have a mission every time we go to visit. Take pictures in a new place! Although, I think the next time we’ll be there it will be so I can run the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon.



In the meantime, let’s talk about this outfit. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about it. It’s just jeans, a sweater, a scarf and boots. Just hand me a Starbucks cup and I’ll be about as basic as can be, right? But you know, there’s a reason it’s such a great formula that it’s become a stereotype – it works. It works for fall weather. It works for fall events. It just works.

And not every outfit has to be ground-breaking, am I right? Sometimes they just need to be functional but still a little bit cute. I think in this case it’s the scarf that put that finishing touch on an outfit that would otherwise just be blah.

I really like this particular scarf because it has the interest of a blanket scarf without being totally overwhelming. And sometimes you just don’t want to be overwhelmed by your accessories. You just want to be whelmed. 


Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 14]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

First, thanks for the kind comments on my last post. Jason got some interesting news about his job location after I posted that, but it just means a slightly closer suburb. Maybe. Anyway, let’s talk about something that doesn’t involve moving and commutes.

Are you in need of a Casual Friday outfit that will also transition to after dinner fun? Then I’ve got the outfit for you! Well, technically, Pinterest has the outfit for you.


Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar) | Bracelet – AX Armani Exchange (same in other colors) 

I still don’t know what it is about heels, jeans and a blazer that I love so much, but it always makes me feel good. If I need a “pick me up” outfit this is what I turn to. I try not to wear it every day but, really, I probably should. Almost all of my “casual Friday” outfits I have saved on Pinterest are some variation of this. Partially because at my previous job this helped me still feel dressed up enough on Fridays. And now because I just love it.


Do you have an outfit combination that always makes you feel good?

P.S. If you’re still in need of Halloween plans, I’ll be serving up Michelada Love and Tecate at Boo Ha Ha in Bucktown on Saturday from 2-7 pm. Just look for Wonder Woman and Bat Girl.

SIA: Surprise Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a Style Imitating Art challenge, but I finally got the chance again! This outfit was inspired by a questionable one I posted on Instagram. At least one person said that to make it look less clownish I should wear leopard shoes.

So, when Jess at Animated Cardigan posted this painting I knew exactly what I was going to wear.

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Click on the image to see the full painting


Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

I bet when you first saw that painting you thought I’d wear my leopard print skirt. Or maybe my leopard print shirt. Or maybe my leopard print scarf.  Yeah, I might have a leopard problem. But, no, I went with recreating this outfit. And you know what? The comments on Instagram were correct. I like it MUCH better with the leopard flats.


We took these photos in a shopping area in Carmel, Indiana when we were in town for Jason’s grandmother’s 90th birthday party. We had to run an errand and found this great photo location that we didn’t want to pass up. I love that there are still flowers. Helps me forget that it’s fall!


My Current Favorite Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I bought this skirt after seeing it on Sarah’s Real Life, I honestly didn’t know how much I would end up loving it. I’ve worn it at least once a month since I’ve gotten it. It helps, of course, that most of my other skirts are too big and this one isn’t. But even if that wasn’t the case, I’d probably still wear it more than the others.


Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo still works for a free month)

IMG_8252Funny story – I honestly didn’t even notice that this necklace had pink in it until after I’d been wearing it for a few hours. Oops! Well, uh, let’s just say that it’s “light red” and I’m going for a monochrome theme. And the stripes on my shirt are navy. I promise.

Anyway, I tend to wear this skirt with neutral colors, specifically grays and blacks, so I wanted to take it up a notch and pair it with blues. Hence the bright blue shoes. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it and I almost changed my mind 10 times, but in the end, I went with it.


And I think it encouraged me to pair this skirt with my cobalt blue top next. Because, I mean, just looking at the photos tells me that a little color wouldn’t hurt anyone. What do you think?



Linking up with Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose



One Box, Two Shoes: Part Two

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As you saw on Monday, I received some Alterre shoes to try out. Why are these shoes special? Because you get two pairs of shoes in one. The bottom of the shoes stays the same and you can change up the look by swapping out the ankle straps.

IMG_8112This is the peg that holds on the straps.

IMG_8110You pop the straps off and on using the provided holes. They also have metal discs that tell you if that strap goes on the left or right shoe.

IMG_8103Ta da! You can see one strap attached and the other color strap just above for comparison.

As I mentioned on Monday, I was sent the Grey Sandal Starter Kit which comes with grey and navy ankle straps.

I wore the navy ankle straps with a navy and white wrap dress from Le Tote.

IMG_2302Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – c/o Alterre (same)

IMG_2311Initially, I thought I was going to like the navy and grey combo the best but, as it turns out, I enjoy both sets of shoes equally! I like that one is very classic while the other has a bit of trendiness to it. Both ankle straps were quite comfy as well.

Overall, I enjoyed the versatility of these sandals. The only downside in my eyes is that you have to keep track of “shoe accessories”!

And, in the interest of full disclosure, they do cost $180 for the starter kit. But, if you think about it, you’re basically paying $90 per pair of shoes. That may still seem steep but they are made of quality leather and 5% of the profits go to Restore NYC whose goal is to end sex trafficking in New York.

IMG_2306Of course,  I did get my pair gratis but I wasn’t asked (or paid!) to blog about them. I just think it’s a neat concept that others might enjoy knowing about.

In fact, I might even spend some of my own money on the Black Suede Mule with the Marilyn strap in Stingray.




Should you wear shorts to work?

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

We had a few days of 90+ degree temperatures in Chicago recently. You know, those days when taking the train and walking to work leaves you sweaty and gross by the time you get to your desk? Yeah. Normally on those days I try to wear dresses and sandals but lately I’ve been thinking: could I wear shorts to work?

Our dress code at work is literally “wear what’s comfortable but not too revealing.” Every summer we get an email about not wearing “Daisy Dukes” (aka super short shorts) to the office. But there’s no mention of longer shorts. And the guys wear shorts when it gets hot. So, why not me?

So, I did it.

IMG_2320Top – Le Tote (same) | Shorts – Express (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Purse – Stitch Fix (similar)

It helps that I saw my VP in shorts the day before. And while I truly believe that you should dress nicely no matter what your boss wears, I decided that wearing nice shorts with a nice top, jewelry and heeled sandals counted as dressing up my shorts.

I felt a bit self-concious at first but really, no one noticed or said anything. And, to be honest, I was still dressed more professionally than some people in our office.


I also ended wearing this outfit to a party at the triathlon store in my neighborhood after they put on a DIY Triathlon on Saturday morning. They set up the bike racks and had someone watching our “transition” area so we could swim, bike, run whatever distances we wanted. I needed a confidence boosting swim and I got one! I swam the full half mile distance with no stops, no backstroke, and no treading water.  I was definitely ready to celebrate after that!

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 6 of 7

Button Ups as Cover Ups

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I didn’t really mean to post two very similar outfits back to back, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve really been getting into wearing a button up shirt over a tee instead of wearing a cardigan. So, here’s another outfit with a button up as a cardigan alternative.

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 5 of 7Shirt – Gap (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same) | Necklace – gift

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 7 of 7I don’t really have much to say about this outfit other than that it was comfortable and I wish I could find these exact shoes online. I get so many compliments on them. If you recall, I bought them as emergency shoes when a pair I was wearing got caught in a revolving door. I don’t wear them that often because the wedge is relatively high for me. But, they were handy when I put on this outfit and instead of wearing my strappy wedge sandals two days in a row I decided to wear these instead.

I’m a bit weird in that I don’t like wearing the same shoes two days in a row. I like to give my feet a break. Varying up the heel height, straps, and where they hit on my foot is one of the things I think helps keep my feet from hurting.

Also, strangely, since I’ve lost 10 pounds and cut back on running I’ve gone down half (sometimes a full) shoe size so not all of my shoes fit. What a problem to have, right?

June 2, 2015 + June 3, 2015 - 6 of 7





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!


White is in my jeans

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I think Bri over at Work Clothes, I Suppose was thinking just of me when she chose this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme of white pants.  I mean, not only did I choose white jeans as one of my Top 10 Remix items, I’ve been known to wear white pants in all seasons!

And, as luck would have it, I had already decided to wear them today.

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-1Jacket – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-3There are actually THREE of my Top 10 Remix pieces in this outfit!

Why did I decide to wear them today? Well, today we’re interviewing for a position that will report to me and I decided that I wanted to be a little dressed up…but not too much. So, it’s all business on top but a little more casual on the bottom.

I think white jeans, like black ones, can straddle the line between super casual and slightly dressy. Jason doesn’t understand how one can have “dressy” jeans but I beg to differ. It can totally be done!


Especially with white jeans. Just look at the all the ways I’ve worn them in the past! I’m thinking a round-up post of all my white jeans outfits should be on the to-do list.

In the mean time, wish me luck on these interviews. I hope we find the perfect candidate!