A few weeks ago I threw together this outfit but it only made it to Instagram. However, I loved it so much that I wanted to get better photos. So, I recreated it.
My original plan when I packed my gym bag that morning was just the plaid shirt. But, that shirt is kind of boxy on me so I felt it needed something to give it shape. My first instinct was to go for my olive cargo vest but I also felt that was a cop-out. This particular shirt has some black in it so why not go for a black vest?
Vest – Target (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)
All piled together it kind of looked like a random assortment of stuff. Jeans, brown boots, plaid shirt and a black moto vest? Interesting. But, for some reason it all works together.
I also like adding the white long sleeved tee under the plaid shirt and pushing up the sleeves on both. I think it helps add some visual interest to the outfit. Also, when it’s cold in Chicago, it adds some warmth. Always appreciated, right?
I’ve never been one to change purses. I’ve also never been one to buy a purse for myself. In fact, I think I can count on one hand the number of purses I’ve purchased. However, when I saw this Vince one during the last Shopbop sale it just called out to me.
I was lucky enough to have some Shopbop credits to offset the cost of the bag, plus it was on crazy sale. It’s definitely an investment bag because of the classic shape and color, though, so I don’t mind that I spent more money on it than I usually spend on things.
This outfit, however, is one I wore when we were in Carmel, Indiana in December for the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon. Which I ran. On a 60 degree day. Yes, in December. Weird, right?
Anyway, I ran the race (which ended up being my fastest half marathon to date) and then we went to Bub’s Burgers, home of the 16 ounce Big Ugly burger. Which I ate. Which means I got my picture on the wall at Bub’s. So, if you’re ever in Carmel, Indiana go to Bub’s and see if you can find me.
I am a woman of many talents. Including putting together outfits that showcase my new purse.
P.S. I’m thinking of doing “Fitness Fridays” here on the blog since fitness is also a big part of my life. I actually started blogging as a running & fitness blogger and I kind of miss it. Thoughts on adding that into the schedule here?
I pinned this outfit a year ago and had all the pieces to recreate it….except for the shoes. It occurred to me when I finally wore it that I could have worn my leopard flats but, look, I finally have brown flats so I was going to wear them!
Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – Nixon c/o Shopbop (same)
Also, I know everyone was gushing about the weather in Chicago being abnormally warm for the first part of November but, I have to say, I was enjoying it, too. I mean, I wore this outfit with just my trench coat and was perfectly fine! Even with flats and exposed feet. Crazy, right? This time last year it was boots all the time.
Also, funny story about this plaid shirt. See, originally I got it in a size 2 as a gift. That size always felt a little bit tight across the shoulders and in the armpits, though, so after a few months I sold it on eBay and bought it in a size 4.
Then I was wearing it at work about a month ago. I went to the gym on my lunch break and when I put the shirt back on afterward I realized I had hulked-out of it and there was literally a shredded hole under one arm! Not on seam, either. A legit shredded hole just in the fabric.
I guess there is a downside to weight lifting.
Anyway, I loved that shirt so much (clearly since I’d already bought it myself once) that I immediately took to eBay again. However, this time I couldn’t find it in a 4….so I bought a 6. And it still fits! I probably paid too much for a used shirt, but, hey, when you like something you like something.
I’ve noticed over the past few months that I’ve gone from crazy pattern mixing to more solids paired with one pattern. I’m not sure why that is, but today I decided that I wanted to work on my pattern-mixing skills.
It helps that Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose has plaid for her Third Thursday Threads theme. So even though we’re still having highs in the 80s I wanted to wear something that fit the theme. Layer a plaid shirt over a striped tank top with jeans and sandals? That will do.
Shirt – J. Crew (similar and 25% off) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (code ERIN25 gets you 50% off your first month)
I used to mix prints all the time, as evidenced by posts like this one (featuring this same tank top!) or this one (featuring plaid pants!). It actually felt a little good to wear these two items together. In fact, I have plans to pair more plaid and stripes this winter. Recreating this outfit I pinned, for example.
Although, I suppose that I should be wearing my dresses and skirts a few more times before fall really descends on us. Or maybe I can figure out when it is, exactly, that one can wear sweaters and skirts and bare legs…
Last week Jason randomly said, “Let’s go out for dinner!” Never mind that it was one of the coldest nights of the year. When Jason suggests leaving the house of his own accord I’m not going to argue (my husband is a bit of a homebody).
So, we bundled up and walked up the street to try Green Street Meats. I’d been told by several people that we should try it so off we went.
FYI – If you want to fit in at Green Street Meats, wear plaid.
Beards and skinny jeans are also haute couture at Green Street. It’s definitely got a laid back hipster vibe to it. But dang good food! A little pricey but if you want no frills and just tasty meat then this is the place for it.
Or just go for a drink. They have a pretty awesome bar, too.
Anyway, today I’m on a plane to Florida so the snow boots are staying home. I’ll be back on Monday night, though, so they won’t be lonely for too long.
P.S. If you have suggestions of things to do in Tampa, I’m all ears!
Welcome to 2015! I typically do my “year in review” post in February during my blog’s birthday month so don’t expect a full recap from me right now.
I’m sure you’re relieved, right? There ARE only so many year-end-recap posts one can read at a time, I’m sure.
Your eyes might not be relieved at this outfit, though. It’s a lot of pattern. But, it’s what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my family and no one’s eyes started bleeding so I think it’s okay.
Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
Other patterns I’ve noticed over the past few months?
I’m having a difficult time figuring out my new style. Am I casual? Am I dressy? Do I care what people at the office think? I didn’t realize how much I actually enjoyed being “forced” to dress up or just how much having a boss with amazing style impacted me.
I am in awe of people who post “flat” outfits on Instagram using those white backgrounds and no shadows. How is this possible?
In the same vein, how do they keep all those Instagram style challenges straight? And do I want to do the same thing?
Finally, I mentioned awhile back (and maybe just on Facebook...) that I’m thinking of trying something new starting in February. I’ve saved so many outfits on Pinterest that I want to recreate with items I already own. So I’m thinking I want to try and purchase as few items as possible and use what I already have in my closet to put together outfits using Pinterest as inspiration.
I know there are already blogs out there that recreate inspiration photos and blogs that recreate stuff on Pinterest but do any of them do it without shopping? Hmm…
As I posted on Facebook, I was really struggling with what to wear for Thanksgiving. My husband and I traveled to our hometown to spend Thanksgiving with my family at my parents’ house. My mom and step-dad keep their house much cooler than ours (68 versus 75 degrees!) but I knew that as I helped in the kitchen I would warm up. Plus there’s the whole part where you want to wear comfy pants. You know. Because pie.
(By the way, I made this Brussels sprouts recipe and it got rave reviews even from the non-Brussels sprouts fans. We made a few changes in that we blanched the sprouts before thinly slicing them and shredded the apple in the food processor. Oh, and we didn’t have grapeseed oil so we used vegetable oil instead.)
Anyway, back to my outfit. I ended up wearing a chiffon plaid shirt under a light sweater and it was the perfect combo.
These jeans are a bit too big in the waist thanks to the diet and exercise plan I’ve been on for the past six weeks or so. Which was perfect for going totally off plan and eating all the things. Because, once again, pie. I also thought that the colors in the plaid shirt worked well for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Lots of primary colors which I think is unusual for plaid. It also helps that my niece wanted to guest star and her cream and metallic outfit works perfectly for the challenge, too.
Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a complimentary class at the newest Chicago Flywheel location in the Old Town neighborhood. Since I was there to workout I didn’t take a lot of photos but here’s a post-workout group pic.
That’s me front row dead center. So sweaty. (Pic courtesy of Flywheel Sports)
Anyway, even though I’ve been really active for the past 7 years with running and marathoning and gymming I’ve recently decided to see if I can build some more visible muscle. To that effect I’ve been doing a new regiment of strength training paired with high intensity interval cardio. Flywheel is a perfect fit since it’s an interval training spin class with some light weights thrown in.
Many of the bloggers in attendance were a bit apprehensive about Flywheel since they’d heard it was intense. Well, yes, it is. And if you choose to have your name shown on the “torq board” it can get a bit competitive. But, just like many fitness classes, you get out what you put in.
And Flywheel Sports was nice enough to give three of my readers the chance to try it themselves! You can win a free class along with some swag.
To enter just scroll down to the giveaway widget at the bottom of this post. Each winner will get one free ride card that can be used at any Flywheel location and either the hat, water bottle or sweat band. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 17th.
I’ve been on my new exercise and diet plan for about three weeks now (with a few cheat days) and I’m already finding that several pairs of my pants are getting a little big around the waist. Especially this red pair which has always been a bit big there anyway.
I had to jerry-rig some kind of system with a belt and a safety pin to keep these pants up! I refuse to give up on them so it’s time for me to find a tailor who can take in the waist but leave everything else the same. I may be losing inches in my waist but all those squats and deadlifts and Flywheel classes are surely not shrinking my butt and thighs!
Want to give your legs a workout? Just enter the giveaway for a free Flywheel class below!
After my latest Stitch Fix when they sent me a top with a red and black pattern (that I sent back because it was too big), I decided it was time to re-wear my red and black plaid tank that I bought last fall. So far I’ve only ever worn it with my faux leather pants with a cardigan or a blazer although I’ve also been meaning to wear it with my red pants.
But, the red pants are in the dry cleaning pile so here it is with black jeans and a red camisole.
Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – gift (Armani Exchange) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
Since this is my last day in the office until January I wanted to wear something Christmas-y! And in this outfit not only are the colors very holiday-esque but the shirt was a Christmas gift from my dad last year and the bracelet was a Christmas gift from my boss that I got yesterday. Isn’t she the best? She’s definitely one of my style icons so I love it when she gives me jewelry. I think she actually has this same bracelet!
Anyway, because I’m not in the office next week and will instead be spending the days with my family I don’t expect to be posting. So, if I don’t chat with you before January, have a great holiday (or a great rest of December if you’re already done celebrating).