Do you ever have one of those days when you check the weather 100 times when trying to decide what to wear? Today was one of those days. Another cool, gray, rainy day in Chicago but I saw this outfit on Pinterest and wanted to wear it. A pop of color on a gray day? Cropped pants but worn with a button-up and a sweater? Seemed like a good fall outfit to me.
Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)
It occurs to me looking at the photo now that she might be wearing a navy sweater. And I have a navy sweater. But for some reason black seemed more appropriate for fall. Also, I left off the pearls. Right now some of my jewelry seems too over the top for work. But this outfit? I felt perfect in it. I just tossed on my rain boots for my commute to work and to pick up Chewie from doggy day care.
And speaking of Chewie, of course he needed to make an appearance.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a wonderful day at Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing. Our host, Mike, was the perfect gentleman who took his time to not only tell us all about Arlington (did you know it’s probably the most modern race track in America?) but also teach us how to read the program, the stats, and give us some tips on betting. Oh, and we got to see the horses up close.
But first, our suite. We had our own room that overlooked the track, a wonderful buffet of food, our own bartender, and our own betting machine. The only criteria? Follow the dress code! No jeans, shorts, or t-shirts and no “abbreviated clothing.” I had to ask Mike what that meant and basically the answer was nothing you wouldn’t wear to dinner to meet your significant other’s parents. Hat are optional, by the way, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have a suite you’ll want one to keep off the sun.
I invited my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, and Valerie and her husband to join us. None of us had been to Arlington before and all of us were in awe at how beautiful and elegant it is.
Mike took us down to the paddock to see the thoroughbreds up close and then we got to watch the horses race right next to the track! Oh, and my favorite part of the day, feeding a horse mints!
I rented this Kate Spade dress from Rent the Runway and it was perfect for our day at the track. I also rented a pearl necklace but it was too overwhelming on my frame so I went with one I already owned.
I didn’t win any money overall but I was having fun betting. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t like to gamble! I don’t think I would ever try to make any money at horse racing but it was fun to play for a day. And Arlington itself is so beautiful that just going there makes you feel like a princess.
Thanks again to Mike and America’s Best Racing for showing us an amazing time at Arlington. Last weekend was the closing weekend of the season but I have a feeling that I’ll be back next summer. Hopefully I’ll remember everything I learned about horse racing!
Yes, this is another sponsored post. I was given a $50 American Eagle gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community to try out buying jeans online via American Eagle Outfitters and then write about it. I honestly jumped at this chance since my new job means a lot more jeans and, well, I only have about three pairs I can wear! Of course, all opinions are my own.
In fact, you’ve actually heard some opinions about the jeans themselves when I wore them for the first time here. I bought them online from the American Eagle website using their new “denim experience” that aims to give you as much information as possible about their 14 styles of jeans, including videos of their models wearing them.
Of course, it would be even more awesome if they showed every day people wearing the jeans, but models it is. So, here’s an every day person wearing their jeans.
Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Tee – Be Good Clothing (same) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar)
After perusing all the different style and color options I ended up ordering the Skinny Jean in Medium Indigo and the Skinny Jean in Clean Rinse, both in size 6. I appreciated that they give leg opening measurements, too, because I happen to know that anything under 12” is going to be too tight on my calves.
I ended up not liking the Clean Rinse option so I decided to exchange it for a size 4 also in the Medium Indigo. Shipping and returns are free on AEO jeans which is a nice perk! The only measurements they don’t give and I wish they did are actual waist in inches and thigh measurements. Of course, I don’t know if any denim company that gives thigh measurements but us girls with athletic thighs sure could use them!
The exchange seemed to take a long time, though. Much longer than it took to ship the original order. So, I would suggest that if you think you’re between sizes and you can afford it, order them all at once and send back whatever you don’t want. Turns out I’m right between a size 4 and a size 6 so now I have skinny-day skinny jeans and bloated-day skinny jeans. Ah, the joys of being a woman! Still I’d definitely order jeans from American Eagle Outfitters again. Especially since they’re typically under $30 a pair!!
On the plus side, as a woman you get to wear amazing shoes and get compliments all day from random people about how much they like them. And, yes, that really happened when I wore this outfit to work.
I recently read a blog post where the author was mocking the “awkward style blogger pose.” Pretty sure she meant this one.
Blouse – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Belt –gift | Jeans – c/o American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Heels – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)
Hey, I’ll own it. I feel like a dork just standing there. Plus, the wind blows my hair in my face. So, awkward style blogger pose it is.
This outfit, as much as I loved it, was also a bit awkward. I recently ordered these jeans for an upcoming post I’m doing with American Eagle Outfitters. I ordered a size six and they fit perfectly in the legs but are a little big in the waist. So, I wore a belt. And, no, not the belt you can see.
Yes, I’m wearing two belts.
I also have (bike) helmet hair.
Just keeping it real. Real awkward.
And in the interest of keeping it real, I totally stole this outfit from Atlantic Pacific and I’ve actually worn it once before but it never made it to the blog. I wore it on a Friday at my old office but it felt too casual. I admit I’m thrilled that I can wear this to my current office and feel just fine.
Doing laundry, going to Target, making a menu and grocery list, and watering plants
Notice that it did not involve taking any outfit photos. Which meant that I was sad that I wasn’t going to be participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art as chosen by Jen. She chose a lovely Henri Mattisse painting called Pot of Geraniums and it’s just full of fun colors.
But then, when I got home from work on Monday, I realized that my outfit already had two of the main colors in it! All I needed to add was some pink. And so this outfit was born.
Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)
Admittedly, to work I wore silver boat shoes and my blue necklace but I think I like this version better. The pop of the pink in the shoes just takes it a bit over the edge, right?
Also, this picture was taken using our DSLR, remote, and a tripod. It was a pain in the ass. Hat’s off to bloggers who do that on the regular!!
So, leaving a job is pretty weird. At least it is for me right now. I don’t have much work to do other than be there to help the person who is taking over transition. And host a giveaway. Which you should go enter.
Also, I have to tell you about this tee from Target. It’s a Mossimo Supply Company brand Junior’s Boyfriend V Tee and I bought it in three colors and I think I might buy it in about three more. It’s not too see-through, the sleeves are longer than cap sleeves and it’s super soft.
I bought it a size up for a slightly larger fit and just in case it shrinks in the wash. I’m hoping it doesn’t, though, because right now all three are perfect the way they are. I didn’t have many plain t-shirts and I thought they would be good transition pieces as I try to take many of my professional dress pieces and tone them down a bit for my new job.
The last time I wore this navy blazer and pink skirt together it was one of my most popular outfits. That time I paired it with polka dots but for those of who you aren’t huge fans of prints, today I’m going with a monochrome blush and pink palate instead.
Also, these shoes from Sole Society (which are sadly sold out now) sort of remind me of the current Oxfords trends with their ties at the front. I’m not personally a fan of the flat Oxford trend so these are perfect for me. I get a little bit of the trend without sacrificing my own personal style.
On a random note, quite a few of you mentioned yesterday that you liked my hair half pulled back so I figured I’d try it again. I so rarely wear my hair up when I go to work but this style seems pretty doable. Of course, I’m sure after a week my hair will stop cooperating since that’s what it always does. Until then, though, I’ll keep trying!
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.
Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Audrey Brooke via DSW (same) | Necklace – Express (same)
So, if you follow me on Facebook you know that this weekend I was on the hunt for a pair of navy blue pumps. Why? Because I only owned navy blue heeled sandals (seen here) and that just wasn’t going to work now that I’m wearing navy tights. I suppose I could have worn black shoes but, hey, I’m down for an excuse to fill a hole in my closet.
Which meant off to the stores I went. My new Fitbit (birthday present from my mom) tells me I walked over 5 miles on the hunt for navy heels. I finally located these, which I loved because of the ankle strap, but the DSW I was at didn’t have my size. Thankfully the salesperson was nice enough to locate them for me at another DSW and off I went.
Also while I was out, I picked up this necklace at Express. With a $10 customer reward plus a $15 off my purchase coupon this $35 necklace came to $10 plus tax. SCORE!
All of that because I fell in love with this outfit and wanted to recreate the emerald green and pink combo for today’s Trend Spin Link-Up. But, lest you think I just went shopping so I could recreate the outfit, that’s not entirely true. Both the necklace and the shoes were items I’d had on my wish list for awhile. The outfit was just the impetus to actually purchase them. Well, that and coupons. The shoes were actually 40% off in the store and I had a $5 birthday coupon there as well.
And the snow? That’s just par for the course around here.
Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Skirt – NY&Co (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Purse – Tyler Rodan via ebags.com (similar)
I bet a lot of you would think this outfit would be more appropriate in the spring. I mean, pink is a bright color and as we move towards cooler weather we should be gravitating towards darker colors, right? I say no! Well, okay, I say no to the pastel floral flared jeans I saw out and about on Saturday night, but I don’t say no to pink. In fact, I think paired with a sweater this is a great fall outfit. And when it gets cooler? Put on some knee high boots! In brown, of course.
So, what do you think? Is pink just for spring and summer or can we wear it in the fall too?