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SIA: Surprise Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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?

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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!

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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!

Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 6]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

For today’s installment of Pinterest Parallels I’m once again going with a pin that I saved that has been repinned over 430 times!

It’s a simple outfit from Sprinkles & Sequins that I think must intrigue people because the basic elements are easy to recreate.

navy-sweater-gold-necklace-1Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Navy sweater, jeans, leopard accessories and a gold necklace? I bet lots of people have similar items in their closet. I mean, clearly I do.

I think, though, that what really gets people is the necklace she’s wearing in the original photo. It’s currently on sale and I admit I’m intrigued. However, I wonder how heavy it is and if it’s too Mr. T. I mean, it IS a lot of chains.

Anyway, I went with a necklace I already own that’s a bit more toned down. The idea was to wear this outfit to dinner at bowling at the new Pinstripes, but when Jason and I got there for our date night I was informed that they had no lanes available until 9PM. Their website says nothing about lane reservations being recommended (or even an option!) and no one mentioned it when I was there for the previous event.

Thankfully their food is good so we decided to stay and eat dinner. Still, it would have been nice to try some bowling or bocce. Ah, well. Maybe another time. Now that I know I need to reserve a lane first!

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Then and Now [Vol. 4]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Then and Now

Happy Friday!!! Who’s excited for the weekend? So far my weekend plans involve celebrating Pi Day with a 10 mile run (that includes a 3.14 mile fun run followed by PIE!) and possibly my first long bike ride of the season. Oh, and things like laundry. But those aren’t as fun as pie.

A few weeks ago, before our weather warmed up a bit, I put together this double polka dot look with my navy polka dot sweater and my polka dot button up.

polka-dot-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-1Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

I love pairing polka dots with polka dots and I’ve definitely done  before with this polka dot shirt, specifically.

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The polka dot shirt with the polka dot skirt is still one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever put together, to be honest. The gray sweater and polka dot shirt is cute but something about a long sleeved button up under a shorts sleeved sweater has always bothered me for some reason. Which means, of course, that I prefer the longer sleeved sweater.

What do you think about putting polka dots together? Do you prefer one of these outfits more than the other?

Simply Jeweled

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before I sent back my most recent Le Tote box I decided to get one more wear out of the pretty jeweled necklace they’d sent. I last wore it as part of my Christmas celebration outfit but this time I decided to let it take center stage.

navy-sweater-white-button-up2Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

navy-sweater-white-button-up3A navy sweater and a white collared shirt could be way too “prep-school uniform” on their own which is why I added the sparkly necklace and, of course, my leopard print wedges.

Overall this outfit is pretty simple but it’s the fun color and pattern touches that take it from blah to interesting. Adding at least one item of interest always me feel more put together when I’m wearing basics like a sweater, button-up, and jeans.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I honestly can’t remember when I wore this outfit. I know I did. But I do know we took the pictures last week.  I’m trying to build up a buffer of photos for when either my photographer is unavailable (husband’s gotta work, yo) or I just can’t face using the tripod and remote. Or, for times when I’m not going to be at work. Like right now. My husband’s grandfather passed away and we’ll be out of town for a few days. Hopefully. Assuming we didn’t get snowed in (I’m writing this on Saturday and allegedly we’re getting like a foot of snow or some such thing soon).

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