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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Layered Surprise

Casual Friday

In case you missed the Internet on Monday, there was a crazy moon thing on Sunday. A lunar eclipse/bloodmoon to be exact. Jason and I went out to Chicago’s Adler planetarium and he rented a fancy lens to take photos of the moon over the lake.

And there were clouds. And we almost went home. But then the layers of clouds passed and we were treated to a perfect view.

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When you’re going to be out near the lake in Chicago, even in the summer, it makes sense to also dress in layers. You just never know when a cool breeze is going to blow in.

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But, when you take off the layers you want something of interest to stick around.
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Which is where my brand new necklace comes into the equation!

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Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Guapa | Watch c/o JORD (same)

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I was at the Randolph Street Market on Friday evening and Saturday morning as part of the Editors and Designers Choice for Charity and I saw this awesome booth that was displaying all her jewelry and scarfs on white t-shirts. I thought it was such a great idea that I gave her my award for Best Booth. And then bought this necklace because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

I promptly wore the necklace two days in a row. Yes, it’s a little Mr. T but, you know, I don’t really care. It makes for a great layered surprise.

 

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What to wear to Green Street Meats

Casual Clothes

Last week Jason randomly said, “Let’s go out for dinner!” Never mind that it was one of the coldest nights of the year. When Jason suggests leaving the house of his own accord I’m not going to argue (my husband is a bit of a homebody).

So, we bundled up and walked up the street to try Green Street Meats. I’d been told by several people that we should try it so off we went.

FYI – If you want to fit in at Green Street Meats, wear plaid.

plaid-shirt-snow-boots-1Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sorel (this year’s version) | Necklace – VO Jewelry (same)

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Beards and skinny jeans are also haute couture at Green Street. It’s definitely got a laid back hipster vibe to it. But dang good food! A little pricey but if you want no frills and just tasty meat then this is the place for it.

Or just go for a drink. They have a pretty awesome bar, too.

Anyway, today I’m on a plane to Florida so the snow boots are staying home. I’ll be back on Monday night, though, so they won’t be lonely for too long.

P.S. If you have suggestions of things to do in Tampa, I’m all ears!

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Not Easy Being Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, cardigan, green shirt, black pants

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Ann Taylor Outlet (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

So, in addition to still doing the Pinned It and Did It Challenge, there’s also a theme going on this week. Can you guess what it is? No?

Okay, I’ll tell you.

The theme is GREEN! Yep. Green. All of the Pinned It and Did It inspiration outfits this week have some green in them.

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For today’s outfit I went pretty literal. Black pants, green blouse, and a tan cardigan. Simple enough, right? Also, standing in front of this giant pile of ugly leftover snow just makes me even happier that on Friday I leave for Puerto Rico! Yes, that’s right. I’m going on vacation!!

Which means that you should enjoy this last week of Pinned It and Did It outfits. Next week I have some other fun stuff lined up for you, including a fun collaboration I did with a local boutique.

Obviously I’m getting excited for my trip if I’m already talking about next week and it’s only Tuesday. I mean, really? Who am I kidding.

Whatever. I’m excited.

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Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels | The Fashion Canvas

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A Little Friday Fun

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Blush sequined skirt, tan cardigan, nude heels

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Total outfit cost = $146

Yes, it’s Friday and yes, I could be wearing jeans. But I’m not. Instead I decided to break out my sequined pencil skirt. Why? Well, I have a luncheon to attend at the Chicago Cultural Center for my job’s Distinguished Service Awards. At first I was super excited thinking that I’m getting some kind of awesome recognition. Turns out it’s just because I’ve been at my job 5 years. Still, it’s an excuse to wear something a little out of the box, don’t you think?

Plus, this afternoon Kim and I are going to trapeze class together! It will be her first time and I’m so excited to share my new-found trapeze love with a friend. That calls for a celebration in my book!

Pairing the fancy sequined skirt with a neutral colored cardigan and nude heels helps keep it from being too bling-y or overwhelming. Just like the last time I wore it, I wanted it to be part of the outfit, not an in-your-face statement piece.

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Linking up with AJ for Friday Favorites since if you click the link in the post you can see another way I’ve worn this skirt!

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Inspired by Celebrity Fashion

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

There are several ways you can use an inspiration photo.  For example, here’s today’s Inspiration Monday picture from Two Birds:

Original Inspiration: Leona Lewis

You could choose to go with the shape of or the items in the outfit.  A dress with a longer coat or cardigan and a scarf.  You could choose to go with with the patterns and mix several small patterns and include some plaid or something with a bird pattern.  Or you could do what I did and go with the colors of the outfit.  A brownish burgundy faux leather skirt mirrors the color of Leona’s dress.  A gray scarf echoes her adorable printed scarf.  And an oatmeal colored cardigan takes the place of her tan trench coat.

All of this to say that when you see a celebrity photo and think, “I wish I had her wardrobe!” you might be able to get closer than you think with items you already own.

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Inspiration Monday – Breaking the Rules

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan – Target (similar)| Blouse – Gap | Pants – Gap | Scarf – San Francisco Chinatown (similar) | Necklace – Store in NYC (similar)| Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

Welcome to another Monday installment of Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!

Lauren Conrad tends to get emulated a lot in style circles.  The outfit for today isn’t anything particularly special.  Boots, leggings, a big sweater, and a scarf but she always manages to make whatever she puts on super-chic, am I right?

This outfit is perfect for traipsing about on the weekend but not so perfect for a Monday morning in the office.  So, I broke a few rules.  I went a little bit more casual than I normally would for a Monday.  I like to think the heel on the boots dresses it up a notch.  And speaking of the boots, I stuck with brown shoes with black pants.

Although, black and brown is okay now, so it’s not really breaking a rule anymore.

Actually, when you look at it, they’re all neutral colors so why not wear them together?

P.S.  Huge thanks to this week’s guest photographer, Molly!

P.P.S.  Like my scarf?  Pretty sure you’ll be able to pick up the exact same one at the next JF&A Show.  If you’re in the Chicago area mark your calendars for the afternoon of December 2nd.  I’ll be leading an outing to the show.

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Professionally Pink

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Cardigan – Target | Blouse – Gap | Necklace | The Limited | Belt – Target | Skirt – New York & Co | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Today’s outfit might be one of my favorites over the past few months.  Why? Something about the bright skirt paired with neutrals just screams professional but fun.

Also, I used a lot of my “tricks” in this outfit.

Trick one?  Searching Pinterest for ways to wear a pink pencil skirt and finding this:

 

Trick 2? Using a large safety pin as a belt loop to keep my belt in place.

Trick 3?  Making my necklace longer by using a bracelet as a chain extender!

 

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What’s your favorite part of this outfit?