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Not so black of a cat [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

And we’re back to Monday! I had a busy but fun weekend. Hanging with my mom on Friday, attending a fundraising gala on Saturday, and visiting a craft show on Sunday.

Speaking of the craft show, it was being held at the Revolution Brewing tap room that is less than half a mile from my house. I thought this was a great opportunity to actually wear a sweater, a scarf, and a puffy vest so that I would be warm enough on the short walk there but not feel too warm or bulky when I was navigating the wares.

I paired gray, black and brown together as inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art Choice, “Black Cat.”  It reminds a lot of another SIA challenge we did about this time last year where I also wore black jeans, this vest and these boots.

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This vest is perfect for wearing to something like a craft show. The pockets are large enough that I can put my wallet, phone and keys in them and not have to worry about carrying a purse.

Speaking of the craft show, I was there with Annabelle and some other people scouting out vendors for the monthly vendor fairs they host at the storefront we’re calling Collage Collective! The next one is on November 12th and you get all at the details here.

 

Leap Year Red and Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

When I picked the “Leap Year Frog” painting for my Style Imitating Art choice I fully admit I already had an outfit picked out and photographed that I knew would fit my choice perfectly.

A few weeks ago Jason and I went to the Garfield Park Conservatory to get out of the Chicago cold and take some photos. Neither of us had been there before so it was also a fun afternoon of exploring. I took a bag full of outfits I’d already worn to work with the goal of recreating them among the flowers and plants.

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Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Sweater – Loft via Goodwill (similar) | Skirt – Loft (similar) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

I actually got the idea for this outfit from Cotton, Cashmere & Cat Hair and I thought that photographing my version with a green background versus her white, snowy background would make for a fun change.

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As for how this goes with my Style Imitating Art painting choice, well, the red is pretty clear and the green comes in with the background. Plus, I took these photos in the tropical sections of the Conservatory. Frogs live in the tropics, right?

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Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see the full round up of outfits the SIA participants created!

SIA Outfit: Bible Quilt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m still in Tampa right now but I can’t be remiss in participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art series. Especially now that I’m one of the hosts!

Remember last week when I posted the beautiful “Bible Quilt”? Here’s a reminder:

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Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar

I knew when Jen posted this quilt that I wanted to wear neutrals, specifically gray and tan. But I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to pair them. I tried a few different outfits and in the end settled on this gray skirt with a oatmeal colored sweater and my latest Le Tote accessories.

I actually loved this scarf so much the last time I had it in a Tote that I ended up buying it when I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Plus, you know, there are animals depicted in the quilt and this scarf is made of faux animal fur. It kind of makes sense, right?

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The necklace added a much needed bit of color. Since I don’t own anything orange I thought the corals and pinks in this necklace were as close as I was going to get.

And, yes, I’m more dressed up than I needed to be for my job but, hey, I have a closet full of skirts. Why not wear them? With fleeced lined tights, of course. Because it’s Chicago. In winter.

Oh, and guess what! Next week I get to pick the art for the Style Imitating Art challenge! I hope you’ll think about participating. Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to share your photos with me! sc

SIA: Thanksgiving Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

Happy Monday! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday I hope it was lovely. For those of you who just had a normal weekend, I hope it was lovely, too.

I spent the weekend eating and hanging out with my family at my parents’ house. I took the opportunity to put together an outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge that highlighted the black, tan and blue in the painting “Freedom from Want“.

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Dress as a skirt – Le Tote (same) | Sweater – Loft via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – New York & Co (similar

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I took advantage of my parents’ house and chose to take the photos in their dining room to also echo the painting.

My parents have lived in their current house for just over 10 years so although I didn’t grow up there, by now it’s definitely “home”. I think it’s so interesting that no matter where I go or where I live it’s wherever my mom is that I consider “home”.

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P.S. When Le Tote sends you a short sleeved dress in the fall, what do you do? You turn it into a skirt, of course! I originally was going to wear this with just the sweater over it but at the last minute I added the button-up. I think it ended up adding just the right amount of interest as well as an additional layer to help me stay warm.

This is the second time I’ve gotten this dress from Le Tote. You can see the first outfit I put together with it here.

Don’t forget you can sign up for Le Tote and get $25 off your first month with code ERIN25!

Not Easy Being Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, cardigan, green shirt, black pants

Chicago style blogger, tan and green, pearl necklace

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

An Attempt at Linen

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s (similar) | Bracelet – Gorjana

Ever have one of those days when an outfit looks better in your head than it does when you put it on? Yep, that was today. I wanted to participate in today’s Pantone link-up with The Modern Austen and wear something linen colored but my outfit just wasn’t doing it for me. Original plan? This top, untucked, with a linen (or oatmeal, as I prefer to refer to it) colored boyfriend cardigan and the brown pants. But the untucked top and the long cardigan just weren’t doing it for me. So, I tucked in the top. Nope, that just looked weird. So I swapped out the cardigan for the navy one. Better, but not great.

As a last resort I buttoned up the cardigan leaving the tie on the neck of the blouse sticking out. But now I just look lumpy.  Sigh. Win some, lose some.  This will definitely not be one of my favorite outfits of the month.

Speaking of which, Kelsey suggested that I start doing recaps of my outfits each month and tell which ones are my favorite. Since I’m not in the office tomorrow I will be sharing that information with you! The best part, you get to vote on YOUR favorite outfit from April! So, if you’re stopping by from Work Your Wardrobe or the Pantone link-up, I hope you stick around and share your opinion.

Pretty as a Peacock

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Dress & Belt – Dots

Cardigan – Target

Shoes – 6pm.com

Necklace – gift

Originally I tried this outfit on with my white blazer but it just wasn’t working for me.  Then I saw an outfit on the Banana Republic website where they paired purple with this oatmeal color and I thought “Ah ha!”

See, you don’t have to purchase every item on the store model to recreate a look.

Also, this dress comes with a same-colored skinny fabric belt that I might use if I was just wearing this dress to the beach or around the small Michigan town we’ll be in this summer for vacation.  But to work?  Put on the fancy belt!