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Embrace the Awkward

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I recently read a blog post where the author was mocking the “awkward style blogger pose.”  Pretty sure she meant this one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

  

SIA: The Accidental Outfit

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Hey, everyone! How’s it going? I had an insanely busy weekend and my husband (aka my photographer) was working for almost all of it.

My weekend consisted of:

  • Taking Chewie to the dog park
  • Making cinnamon sugar pecans and chocolate chip peanut butter cheesecake bars for a bake sale
  • Helping a lovely woman edit her closet before a move (shout out to Susan! It was lovely to meet you!)
  • Attending a clothing swap
  • Making a new recipe for dinner
  • Attending a fundraiser at Revolution Brewing
  • 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.

Navy shirt with green pants and pink shoes, Chicago style bloggertortoise-resin-necklaceShirt – 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!!

 

  

Pretty to a Tee

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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.

At least I can look pretty while I’m doing it?

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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.

Apparently they’re also good for walking the dog!

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Spring in my step

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, navy J. Crew schoolboy blazer with pink pencil skirt

Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Blouse – Stitch Fix (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

Don’t forget! Voting for your favorite outfit of April is still open!

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!

How a Chicago style blogger wears the navy J. Crew schoolboy blazer

  

Springing Up Green

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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

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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!”

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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.

  

Navy Blue Suede Shoes

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, emerald green sweater with navy gingham shirt, pink pencil skirt, navy tights, navy ankle strap heels, pearl bauble necklace

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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.

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Pink Is Not Just For Spring Anymore

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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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?

Linking up with Trend Spin

  

Extra Casual Friday

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Burgundy cardigan, striped top, jeans, ballet flats

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Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Express (40% off through Monday!) | Belt – old (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar & 15% off) | Shoes – Target (similar)

Total outfit cost = $146

Let’s see. Today is Friday, my boss is out of the office,  I have no meetings, and we’re on the cusp of a three day weekend. This calls for an extra casual Casual Friday outfit! My default Friday outfit tends to be jeans and a blazer but I just wasn’t feeling the blazer today.  Thank goodness for this inspiration photo I had pinned with a striped shirt and a burgundy cardigan.

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For those of you looking for casual outfit inspiration, this one’s for you! This outfit would be perfect for a weekend. Pair it with riding boots in the winter or wear a striped tank top instead of a long-sleeved shirt for warmer weather. Add heels or sandals to change up the look a bit, too. This is a great canvas to work with! Heck, you could even put it with shorts instead of jeans.

I, however, will be spending much of this weekend in workout clothes. Tonight I have trapeze. Tomorrow I will be running 10 miles, Sunday I’ll be biking 30 miles, and on Monday we’ll hopefully be planting flowers on our balcony.

What do you have planned for the weekend? What will you be wearing?

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P.S. Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes so here’s a link to the last time I wore this cardigan.

  

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!

  

Bullet Points and Polka Dots

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Sweater – Forever 21 (similar in more sizes) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar under $25) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

First things first: the outfit.  Inspired by ShopGirl DC and worn on one of our first bare legs days this year (apologies for the starkness of my gams!) I am in love with this outfit. I love the pop of pink. I love that it consists of my favorite color of the moment (navy), and I love that it gives me a way to wear this shirt that I’d never thought of before.

You know what you love about it? You can recreate it with the pieces linked above for under $100.  Yes, I’m serious. And even though the Target website says that polka dot skirt isn’t sold in stores, I know I saw it at my local Target recently.  So there.

Anyway, Lauren over at Lauren Runs to Tri tagged me for one of those Liebster Awards where you list 11 random things about you and then answer 11 questions.  You all seemed to enjoy learning some random facts about me last week so why not have a few more?

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I was on the dance team as a senior in high school and also graduated with a perfect GPA. I was an odd mix of cheerleader, outcast, and nerd.

2. My undergraduate honors thesis was on the differences between male and female serial killers. Yep.

3. I’m married to the guy I started dating the summer before my senior year of high school. We had to date long-distance for four years while I was away at college but we made it! Our 10 year wedding anniversary is in May.

4. I used to hate all pies made with fruit. Now I enjoy apple pie and some berry pies but blueberry, cherry or peach pie are still on the no list.

5. I will try most foods at least twice before I make a determination about whether or not I like them.

6. I have two tattoos.  The one on my foot that you’ve probably seen in outfit photos and one on my back above my left hip.

7. I would rather read a book than watch a movie.

8. I got my first email address in 1996. I had a dial-up modem and AOL.

9. There is a birthmark on my left leg in the shape of a paw print but it has significantly faded as I’ve gotten older.

10. I’m terrified of snakes.

11. I’ve never worked in retail.  Food service, yes, but never retail.

 

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Lauren’s Questions

1.  What time did you go to bed last night?

11:30 PM. I usually try to be in bed by 11:00 but lately it’s been 11:30.

2. How do you feel about public speaking?

I don’t mind it at all.  I’m technically an introvert but one who loves public speaking. Seems contradictory, but it’s really not. I like being in control of when I talk and public speaking is one way to do that! Good thing I don’t mind it, too. Part of my job involves leading training courses for other staff members!

3. If you were invisible, where would you go?

Skinny dipping in an infinity pool overlooking some gorgeous view somewhere

4. What do you want to do for your next birthday?

My birthday is in January so I always have to think of indoor things to do. I had a really good time doing a wine and painting class for my birthday this year, though, so I’m actually thinking of making it an annual event!

5. Where would you like to live when you retire?

It would be great if I could have a place in Chicago and a place somewhere warmer.  Just so that when I get tired of cold I could escape for a week. Now that I live in an apartment building and don’t have to shovel, I don’t care about the snow but sometimes the cold and the gray just gets to me.

6. What’s your favorite strength move that is quick to do?

I hope straight-legged deadlifts count because those are my favorite.

7. What is your favorite pair of shoes?

Either my nude heels or my brown riding boots.

8. What type of art do you like best?

Not knowing enough about art to be able to describe it, I guess I’d have to say in terms of paintings or photography I like geometric designs, urban landscapes, and colors.

9. Sweet or salty?

Both?  Although I more often crave sweet than salty. And if I eat too much salt I DEFINITELY want something sweet afterward.

10. Who is the last person you talked with on the phone?

Um….does leaving a voicemail count? No? Then I guess it was Kim. On Sunday. No, wait, I made a hair appointment yesterday over the phone. Yes, seriously, I can go entire days without talking to someone on the phone even at work.

11. What is your mousepad like?

At work it’s a plain purple pad. At home it’s a random mouse pad I stole from my husband YEARS ago. It’s an underwater photo of a dolphin. Told you it was random.

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I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to answer those questions above in the comments or on your own blog. Or just tell me something random about yourself!