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The last of the sandals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When you live in the Midwest, there comes a time every year when you realize you’re seeing the last of your sandals for a few months. And that always makes me sad.


Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o Alterre (same)

There’s also a time of year (at least for me) when I realize that my hair is getting way too long and unruly. The question is always, though, what do I do? Do I cut it short (like I did last year) or do I keep it long? The longer it is the curlier it can be so it actually requires less work. Although, by the end of the day, it doesn’t always look great.

But, let’s be honest, whose hair does look great at the end of the day? Especially if you go to the gym on lunch and, uh, don’t shower. And if you says yours always looks amazing, well, then, I hate you.

Not really. But I do envy you a bit.



Dressing Down a Leopard Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

After wearing jeans all last week I decided to mix it up and wear some skirts this week. In particular, a skirt I haven’t worn in almost exactly two years because it had gotten a bit too tight.

Well, thanks to my new workout regimen, this skirt not only fits again, it fits BETTER than when I bought it originally.


Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Tee – Target (same) | Skirt – Target (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)


Yay for fitness! And food. Speaking of food, I recently tried two new-to-me restaurants. I went to brunch at Dusek’s on Sunday and then lunch at Bottlefork on Monday. Does anyone else ever regret what they ordered as soon as they start seeing what other people got? Choosing something at a restaurant always causes me a twinge of anxiety and then I wonder if I’ve ordered the “right” thing. I mean, what I get is usually good, but I then I wonder if it’s the BEST option, you know?


Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirt

Pink Sweater Story

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I fully admit that sometimes I put an item on my shopping wish list after seeing it on another blogger. And sometimes I hold out for a long time before I add it to my closet. One of those times was when I saw Penny Pincher Fashion put together the cutest layered outfit with a bright pink sweater. I did not own a bright pink sweater. I did own a bright pink button up but no sweater. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should add one. And then I decided that most of my sweaters are neutrals so it was totally worth it. Plus, there was a J. Crew Factory sale!

Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirtSweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Vest – Target (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Express (same

This outfit is a bit dressier than I normally wear to work but what I’m finding is that unlike many places I’ve worked NO ONE asks me why I’m so dressed up. It’s really refreshing. Still, it was funny. When I put this outfit on I wasn’t digging the skirt. Not because of the look but because of the comfort factory. A little piece of me was thinking, “Just go put on black jeans!” But, no! I will not wear jeans every day.

Not only would jeans every day make for a boring blog it would go against my belief to dress nicely so you feel better. Even if all I’m going to do is sit at my desk and move documents from an old janky template to a new one (that I created thankyouverymuch).


And because Chewie will no longer let us go take pictures in the stairwell without begging to come along, here are your gratuitous dog photobombs.pink-sweater-houndstooth-skirt-3



Stripes and Polka Dots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After my minor freak out on Friday, I was able to carve out some time this weekend to run 7 miles, attend my first Milwaukee Brewers game, get in a great workout at Crosstown Fitness, and take some outfit photos!

I didn’t want to miss today because it’s another Style Imitating Art pick, this time by Animated Cardigan.

Luggage Barcode Sunset No. 4, by Douglas Coupland

Interestingly enough, the outfits that came to mind when I saw this were ones I’ve already worn. One was even for another Style Imitating Art post and the other was for a different style challenge I used to do. So, I figured, why mess too much with a good thing?


striped_tank_polka_dot_skirt-2Scarf – Nordstrom (similar) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar)

This outfit is actually quite comfortable and even though it’s something I would have worn to my less-casual office job in the summer, it still works for my current job. Albeit, I’m probably one of the most dressed up people in the office (seriously, cargo shorts and flip flops are the norm for guys and let’s not even talk about what some of the women on the phone sales team wear). Still, I feel good in this outfit and, for me, that’s part of the reason I get dressed. Sure, I could wear a ratty tank top and jeans to work, but why?

Although, this winter I’m pretty sure I’ll be all about the jeans. Which means I need to go shopping for jeans. Ugh. I’d rather go swimsuit shopping!

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There are puppies (and tights) in this post [GIVEAWAY]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Disclaimer: The tights I’m wearing in this post were provided courtesy of Hanes but all opinions are my own. But there’s also a giveaway! Which means you could also get free tights!

So, it’s June. And that means I would really like to be able to go bare-legged. But June in Chicago means we have our fair share of Pacific Northwest-like days. Meaning chilly and rainy. And yesterday was one of those. Which is why I’m glad Hanes sent me a pair of their new Hanes Silk Reflections Sunkissed Ultra Sheer tights.

pink-blouse-floral-skirt-1Blouse – The Limited (same) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (same) | Dog – our new puppy, Chewie!

Admittedly, I typically prefer my nude tights to have some texture to them so I don’t feel outdated, but I think it’s okay to wear nude hosiery again. I mean, if Princess Kate does it the rest of us can, too, right?

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by these tights. They have a really wide waistband which eliminates the whole muffin top thing a lot of other tights do. Plus, you can get them in a thong style which also cuts down on the crazy control top sausage casing feeling.


They’re also run resistant. I’ve worn this pair twice and had zero issues. And they’re nice and silky feeling. I’ve honestly always preferred Hanes Silk Reflections when buying my gray and black hosiery so it’s nice to see that these are the same silkiness, if not better!

Oh, and for the taller ladies? I always order mine a size up than the size chart says and these are SO LONG! I mean, I’m mostly legs but I’m only 5’4”. There’s plenty of leg in these to go around.

They come in colors that are supposed to mimic cosmetics. I seem to be right between two colors but that’s because I’ve already been out in the sun some this year. The pair I’m wearing right now in Light Bronze will be perfect in the dead of winter while the Nude Bronze ones would be perfect for August after my legs have gotten more sun.

So, if you’re like me and want to wear skirts even when it’s not really skirt weather, you’re in luck! Hanes Hosiery wants to give TWO readers their choice of a pair of Sunkissed tights. I’ll be picking two winners on Thursday, June 19th so enter quickly!

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Ruffles as Art

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of May! Will there be an upset like there was for April??

For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Salazar gave us something really unique: pick a paper sculpture by Peter Gentenaar. The instant I saw his sculptures I immediately knew I wanted to wear this cardigan.



Cardigan – The Limited | Camisole – The Limited | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I mean, look at this piece. Click on the image for more information:


Swirls and ruffles and colors. They are so beautiful! My outfit doesn’t do them justice but I’m working with what I’ve got. Meaning I took two of my ruffliest pieces and paired them with a white skirt so that the focus would be on the green cardigan and camisole.

Actually, I think this is only the second time either the cardigan or the camisole have made it to the blog! So, thank you Salazar and Peter for the inspiration.


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Suited up with nowhere to go

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

You guys, I did it again. I wore almost an entire outfit from The Limited. It’s getting kind of ridiculous, don’t you think? Although, to be honest, it’s not like you couldn’t put together a gray pencil skirt, black blazer, and white top outfit from just about any store. I’m certainly not the first person to do it.


Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (same) | Skirt – The Limited (similar)  | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar)

I wore this outfit because we were supposed to be leading two training sessions at work this week. However, since where I work doesn’t actually mandate or require employees to attend any trainings, our registration numbers were so low that we had to cancel at the last minute. Sad.

But, hey, at least I look nice and professional while I sit at my desk, right?



5 Ways to Wear a Short Sleeved Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot sweater, pencil skirt


Sweater – Old Navy (similar plain; similar printed) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

A few years ago I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to own a short sleeved sweater? When would you even wear such a thing?” Turns out you can wear it quite a bit as evidenced here:

5 ways to wear a  short sleeved polka dot sweater


Layered over another shirt, under a blazer or jacket, or just all on it’s own, the short sleeved sweater is great for those in-between months where it might be cooler in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. Basically, spring in Chicago.


Return of the Floral Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Wait! Before you scroll down to look at pretty pictures, please take a second and vote for your favorite outfit(s) of March! Okay, now you can read this post.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – DSW (similar) | Bracelet – Armani Exchange (same in other colors)

It’s been awhile since the floral skirt made an appearance! The last time was in October. I had visions of wearing it while standing in the snow but it didn’t happen this winter. I mean, we had plenty of snow, but the skirt just never made an appearance. Of course, just because it’s April doesn’t mean it couldn’t still happen.

I totally just jinxed us and we’ll be having a snow storm next week, right?

Anyway, so far I’ve stuck with wearing this skirt with blue, black, and white but this skirt has so many other fun colors in it. I’m thinking that as soon as it warms up a bit more I’ll be pairing it with my pink sleeveless blouse. Although, looking at that old post, wearing it with the pink blouse and the navy cardigan might not be a bad idea!

By the way, you know how you know when vacation is officially over? When you go to a 6:00 AM class at CrossTown Fitness and get your butt handed to you. Well, actually, my butt is fine. My shoulders on the other hand? Ouchie. I love it, though.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouseLinking up with  Vodka Infused Lemonade


Springing Up Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, pink pencil skirt, green sweater, denim jacket

denim jacket with pearls

Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

When I saw today’s Pinterest Inspiration photo from H&K Style Journey and crew I immediately thought “Crap! I already wore that outfit!”


But, never one to shy away from mixing up the items in my closet, I broke out the green textured striped sweater and the pink pencil skirt again. Only this time I paired them with my nude heels (and nude fishnet tights), my fancy pearls, and my new denim jacket.

As I mentioned in my February Shopping Summary, I purchased this jacket during a blogger event at Langford Market Diversey for 40% off.  Will I wear it around the office all day? Maybe, maybe not. I do love how it looks with the pearls and the pencil skirt, but sometimes I actually get hot in my office (I know? An office that’s too warm??) so it will probably come off.

It’s okay if I go sans jacket, though. The outfit is cute enough on its own.

And in case you’re wondering, I did indeed wear two jackets today. This denim one and then a heavier one over the top. Chicago isn’t kind enough to let me get away with just a denim jacket. Not yet, anyway.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from Langford Market in exchange for blogging about the brand.