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Sometimes you can go home again

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Over the weekend Jason and I went back to our hometown so that he could work on his car and I could make my first pie with my mom. Salted caramel apple, if you must know. And it turned out amazing. Anyway, on Saturday night we went out to dinner and, as we walked through downtown Champaign, Illinois, we walked right past the Thai restaurant where Jason and I went when we were first dating back in high school.
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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

We started reminiscing about going on some of our first dates there, wondering if the owner would still recognize us. She used to know Jason by name since he went there so often. It’s why he took me there. In fact, it’s the first place I ever ate Thai food. Pad Thai, of course. And it’s now who I compare all other Pad Thai to. Jason and I even had our picture taken there for a newspaper article about “young love”.

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I haven’t changed a bit! Except my hair color. I think this was a reddish blonde phase?

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Anyway, we decided that on our way out of town on Sunday we’d stop by for lunch. We could tell from looking in the windows that NOTHING had changed. Not the seat covers. Not the decor. Not the signage. Nothing. We even saw the owner through the window!

So, we went in for lunch. And when Jason walked up to the owner she exclaimed, “JASON?” Yep. And the food was as amazing as ever. And we sat in the booth in the back of that newspaper photo. We didn’t even look at the menu. We always get the same thing, even here in Chicago. But nothing we’ve found in Chicago is as good.

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So, “they” might say you can never go home again, but in this case that just isn’t true. We did go home. And it was amazing.

P.S. This might be outfit deja vu, too, for you. Because I’ve worn a variation of it before.

P.P.S Linking up with Lifestyle by Joules

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SIA: Sunrise at Sunset

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

This past weekend Jason and I went up to Lake Geneva so I could run a 5 mile race and party with Valerie and friends.

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I know this photo is out of focus, but I think it looks kind of artsy, right? Anyway, I ran a great race and then we danced for like four hours (the race started at 2:30 pm). When you’re in your mid-30s there aren’t a lot of chances to drink beer and dance, you know?

Sadly, I did not win the dance competition (although I know who did….) but I had a really fun time regardless.

Anyway, when we got home on Sunday afternoon I wanted to snap a quick photo of the outfit I’m wearing today as inspired by Jen’s Style Imitating Art pick. The painting she picked is called “Sunrise” but we grabbed these photos at sunset.

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Top – French Connection (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – gift (similar

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In my year-in-review of outfits, Jen commented that this top stuck out to her. I think it’s because it’s clearly the perfect thing in my closet to wear for this painting inspiration! However, I do tend to wear it in very similar ways every time.

Evidence? Here you go:

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P.S. Can we talk about my quads/hamstrings in that center photo? I mean, I know I’ve been working on them but, dang. I think it’s probably those that got me to my fastest 5 miles ever on Saturday. Seriously, guys, weight lifting has made me such a better runner it’s crazy.

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Not always black and white

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

It’s a good thing I have a backlog of photos to post. Why? Because my husband started a new job on Monday and I have a feeling that his new schedule and commute, combined with the slowly decreasing daylight hours, means outfit photos won’t happen nearly as often.

And, yes, for those of you keeping track, this is his third job since he graduated with his chemistry degree less than two years ago. The first one was not a good fit and the second one was a contract job with a corporate policy of A. not hiring people with “only” Bachelor’s degrees and B. not keeping contractors for more than a year.

This new job is at least contract-to-hire but, unfortunately, his commute is going to be horrid. Which is why we’re thinking of moving to the suburbs when our lease is up.

Which breaks my heart.

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) |Necklace – gift (similar

There are lots of reasons that it makes sense to move to the ‘burbs. It’s easier for me to commute downtown than it is for Jason to commute out there.  We could get a place with a garage where Jason can work on his car and still save money for retirement (which needs to be happening at a much faster pace).  And I’m sure there are other benefits that I can’t think of right now. Relationships are about compromise, right?

Nicole at Cedar & Rush recently made a similar move and she blogged about how sometimes we have to “give up things we LIKE, to get the things we LOVE.”

Does moving to the ‘burbs get me closer to something I love? I honestly don’t know right now. But, hey, even 5 years ago I didn’t want to move into the actual city of Chicago! Life isn’t always so black and white, you know?

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Another version of pink and polka dots

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

This week it was Jen’s turn to pick a Style Imitating Art painting to inspire us and she chose a painting called “The Knitting Lesson” full of patterns and colors.

I went with pink and polka dots because, apparently, I really like that combination.

pink-blazer-polka-dot-shirt-1Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) |Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

pink-blazer-polka-dot-shirt-3I also thought I’d break up the monotony of skinny jeans and wear my bootcut pair that makes my legs look a mile long. I think the wider bottom balances out the heavier blazer as well.

And, yes, technically my shirt is navy but since we can’t seem to photograph navy (or, get a picture in focus, really), you’ll just have to take my word for it.

This is an outfit I would have worn on casual Friday at my old office but I still wore it to my current office with no problems. Yes, wearing heels is a little more dressed up than most people, but sometimes a gal just wants to wear pants that make her feel tall and fabulous. And if that means wearing heels, so be it.

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Then and Now [Vol. 1]

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

As I mentioned in my December shopping (and gift) summary, my mom bought me a new pink blazer. I had a pink blazer from H&M but it always fit a little bit too small.  So, I decided that I would use my new pink blazer to kick off a new series that I’m calling “Then and Now”.

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What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’d wear it now and talk about what I changed and why.

I’d like to make this a weekly series, but I can’t promise anything right now. Regardless, I hope you like it!

So, on to this week’s “Then and Now” outfit.

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-1Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Kohl’s (same)

pink-blazer-gray-polka-dots-2For this outfit I clearly swapped the old blazer for the new one and the pearl collar necklace for this teardrop multi-colored one. The regular blue jeans are swapped for black jeans with matching black booties to make it more streamlined on the bottom.

I never did care for the way those gray boots cut my leg off mid-calf so I was more than happy to go with the ankle boots instead. Overall, though, I think I liked this sweater with the pearls a bit more than with the teardrop necklace although I do like that the necklace has both pink and gray in it which ties the two pieces together.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the “then” or the “now” versions?

 

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Hardcore Lace

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger wears a pink blazer, lace shirt, and faux leather pants

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

Today I’m mixing up a girly top-half with a hardcore bottom half. Pink, pearls and lace combined with black faux leather? What was I thinking??

Well, I was thinking that today’s Pinterest inspiration photo is a pink blazer with a lace top. I was also thinking I had a similar outfit saved on my own Pinterest board from Ask Away Blog.

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So, since Wednesday is not a jeans day at my office I decided I’d go with the black faux leather pants. But putting heels with them just seemed too over-the-top for work. Hence the flats!

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Adding flats to these faux leather pants and toning them down with  more feminine pieces up top makes it seem less like I’m going out to a club and more like I’m going to the office. Which I am. So I think that works out.

On a separate note, I went to the BEST wine bar on Monday night! I’ve always wanted a nice wine bar that wasn’t too loud, served items other than wine, and was close to my apartment. Turns out that there is one. At least on Monday nights Paola’s Vinum on Jefferson and Van Buren is a great spot to buy a bottle of wine and just chill with your friends.

Chicago style blogger, how to wear faux leather pants to work

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Yes. Seriously.

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – Bauble Bar (similar) | Necklace – New York jewelry store (similar)

Sometimes an outfit is a no-brainer. Sometimes you see pink and black and know exactly what you’re going to wear.

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Actually, in this case I didn’t have a pink and black polka dot top. Yes. Seriously. So I went with just a patterned black and white top. I have five of those. Yes. Seriously.

I might have a black and white patterned top problem.

You know what else I have a problem with? These shoes! They are completely falling apart. I may be the only person I know who can wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart. For example, in college I had this pair of platform boots (similar to these but with a side zipper instead of laces). I bought them in Finland on vacation and wore them basically every day until the platform on one actually split across the middle. And then I wore them for awhile after that. Yes. Seriously.

Am I the only person who does this??

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

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Pink and Polka Dots

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Style Imitating Art

Pink blazer, gray polka dot sweater, jeans, boots, Chicago style blogger, Chicago winter style, Casual Friday outfit

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar) | Earrings – birthday gift

On this Friday I’m participating in another Style Imitating Art style challenge. In addition to not wearing any black again today, I’m using this photo, chosen by Jess of Animated Cardigan to come up with my outfit.

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So, of course there’s the pink in the blazer. And I added the polka dot sweater and the pearls as an homage to the dots on the painting. This outfit is actually perfect for today’s weather because the sweater is short-sleeved which means I won’t get too hot with our heat wave of 32 degrees!

Also, pairing pink with neutrals such as gray or black make it a lot more appropriate for wearing in the winter. The last time I wore this blazer it was still chilly outside and I paired it with black to keep it from looking too much like spring.

So, if you’re looking to add some color to your winter wardrobe, don’t forget about pink. It’s not just for spring and summer anymore!

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

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Blazing in Pink

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – H & M (similar under $35) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar)

 

Full disclosure: this photo of me in a bright pink blazer on a sunny day was taken on Sunday. Because today? It’s raining. Again. Also, it is almost May and I’m still wearing hosiery. There is something really wrong with this.

Actually, you can be honest, there might be more wrong with this outfit than the fact that I still have to wear hose. For some reason (I think it’s because I’m currently “enjoying’” being a woman if you catch my drift) none of my clothes feel right this week. Probably a mistake to wear pencil skirts right now, huh? Ladies, can you commiserate?

And now that you’ve gotten way more information about me than you wanted you can go back to your regularly scheduled Tuesday. I’ll be over here tugging down my skirt and trying to figure out if I should unbutton my blazer or not. Thoughts?

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Pink + Red

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Top – THML via Stitch Fix (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (use code HBAMM for $5 credit) | Shoes – Mia (similar)

Yes, yes, I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday but tonight is when my husband and I are actually going out on the town so I wanted to keep the vibe going.  Plus, pink and red is the theme of this week’s Friday’s Fancies with Long Distance Loving.  Who am I to argue?

But just in case pink and red together isn’t your thing, I also paired this outfit with a neutral shoe.

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Black shoes would also work.  As would heels in black, red or nude if that’s your preference. Or riding boots. Don’t want to wear skinny jeans?  Boyfriend or straight leg jeans would work just as well. Remember, the idea here is to inspire you not tell you that this is the only look that works!  It’s just another monochromatic top paired with a dark bottom.

But, tell me. Red shoes?  Nude shoes?  Should I have gone with black?  Did you do anything for Valentine’s Day?

P.S.  I’ve gotten some requests via my reader survey (which is still open for another few days!) to post more casual outfits.  Does this count?

Also linking up with Two Thirty Five Designs Casual Friday