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White is in my jeans

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I think Bri over at Work Clothes, I Suppose was thinking just of me when she chose this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme of white pants.  I mean, not only did I choose white jeans as one of my Top 10 Remix items, I’ve been known to wear white pants in all seasons!

And, as luck would have it, I had already decided to wear them today.

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-1Jacket – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-3There are actually THREE of my Top 10 Remix pieces in this outfit!

Why did I decide to wear them today? Well, today we’re interviewing for a position that will report to me and I decided that I wanted to be a little dressed up…but not too much. So, it’s all business on top but a little more casual on the bottom.

I think white jeans, like black ones, can straddle the line between super casual and slightly dressy. Jason doesn’t understand how one can have “dressy” jeans but I beg to differ. It can totally be done!

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Especially with white jeans. Just look at the all the ways I’ve worn them in the past! I’m thinking a round-up post of all my white jeans outfits should be on the to-do list.

In the mean time, wish me luck on these interviews. I hope we find the perfect candidate!

  
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Then and Now [Vol. 4]

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

Happy Friday!!! Who’s excited for the weekend? So far my weekend plans involve celebrating Pi Day with a 10 mile run (that includes a 3.14 mile fun run followed by PIE!) and possibly my first long bike ride of the season. Oh, and things like laundry. But those aren’t as fun as pie.

A few weeks ago, before our weather warmed up a bit, I put together this double polka dot look with my navy polka dot sweater and my polka dot button up.

polka-dot-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-1Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

I love pairing polka dots with polka dots and I’ve definitely done  before with this polka dot shirt, specifically.

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The polka dot shirt with the polka dot skirt is still one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever put together, to be honest. The gray sweater and polka dot shirt is cute but something about a long sleeved button up under a shorts sleeved sweater has always bothered me for some reason. Which means, of course, that I prefer the longer sleeved sweater.

What do you think about putting polka dots together? Do you prefer one of these outfits more than the other?

  
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Another version of pink and polka dots

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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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Statement Earrings

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of January yet? Or seen what won for every month of 2014?

For the past 10 or so years my siblings, our spouses and I have drawn names at Thanksgiving to see who we’re buying a gift for at Christmas. This year my 9 year old niece decided that the kids should get in on the action.

So, everyone in our family (all 11 of us total) put our names into a hat and drew. The rules? The gift had to be under $5.

Apparently as soon as my four year old nephew found out he drew my name he knew exactly what he was getting me: earrings.burgundy-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-1burgundy-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-3Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Normally I would wear a statement necklace with a sweater and a collared shirt (as evidenced yesterday) but I thought I’d be a bit different and go with the statement earrings instead.

Especially since apparently my nephew thinks of me and thinks earrings. And he has good taste, I must say.

We all had a blast buying $5 gifts for one another, too. I hope this becomes a new tradition!

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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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I need a new shirt

Casual Friday

Today you get a “real blogger beauty” photo. What do I mean by that? I mean we took it last night after I’d worked all day (and gone to the gym). You get end-of-day make-up and end-of-day hair. Proof that I really wore this to work, I suppose.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-2Sweater – The Limited (same) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bag – Nine West (same)

Jason and I braved the coldest temperatures of the year (not kidding) and met for drinks after work at Bar Takito which is right next to the train stop and around the corner from Chewie’s day care. So these photos are post-drink as well.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-3Also, I need shopping advice. Yes. Me. I need to know where your favorite chambray shirt is from (if you own one that you love). This one is just a tad too short on me and I don’t love that it’s a bit stiff. And the collar acts funny. So, I need a replacement. I’m intrigued by the one I linked above from Express but I’d love to crowdsource some ideas as well.

polka-dot-sweater-gray-jeans-1I’ll even take you out for a drink.

  
Navy cardigan with hunter green pants and gold polka dot blouse

Green Pants and All That

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, congrats to Erica, Tanya and Katrina for winning the Flywheel giveaway! I’ll be in touch soon. Also, I have another group giveaway starting tomorrow so if you didn’t win this Flywheel one I hope you come back for that!

Anyway, I had one busy weekend! Trip to the dog park, Beaver’s Donuts, a trivia contest (more on that tomorrow as well), dinner with my husband, going for my first run in weeks, and doing the usual Sunday grocery run.

I had plans to take a bunch of outfit photos while there was light and Jason was available but snow and my laziness (sleeping in is such bliss) made it so that instead of having my husband take photos I was left to my own devices using the tripod and the timer.

Navy cardigan with hunter green pants and gold polka dot blouseCardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

So, apologies for the slightly fuzzy photos. Also, I apologize for not being that inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art pick.

“Lady Folding a Letter”, or “Comtesse de Cérès”, by Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Yellow is one of my least favorite colors and I don’t own anything in that shade. Gold, though, I do own which is why I went with my gold polka dot top. The green pants echo the green of the desk, and the navy cardigan echoes the dark shawl and the bluish hat. navy-cardigan-green-pants-3The red eye is all courtesy of the flash I couldn’t figure out how to turn off

However, even if this outfit isn’t all that inspired it is comfy. These jeans are nice and soft and the thin blouse layers nicely under the cardigan. And just like in my fall uniform post, I’m digging the navy and dark green combo.

navy-cardigan-green-pants-1In other news, my hair seems to have decided it no longer wants to be curly. I’m kind of okay with this except for the fact that curly hair is actually easier to deal with after my lunchtime gym sessions. I’m getting a haircut on Wednesday with a new stylist so we’ll see what he has to say.

Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

  
Teal cardigan, navy polka dot top, jeans

More Navy, More Problems

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have wondered where I’ve been for the past few days.

Or, maybe not. Anyway, I’m back. I’ve been busy fighting off some kind of bug and then volunteering at the Chicago Marathon. Both of which led to a lot of sleeping this weekend. Man, I really do love sleeping.

Which is why I’m glad that I saw this week’s Pinned it and Spinned it prompt on Instagram because, wow, did I need some inspiration this week. Monday’s outfit still gave me some issues, though, because I wanted to wear my navy lace ankle pants but the two navys just didn’t go well together. And then I almost wore my navy pencil skirt but it felt constricting. So, jeans it was. And a dog photobomb. Teal cardigan, navy polka dot top, jeansCardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Top – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar)

I have to admit: days like today it’s really nice to be able to wear jeans. I know that my original intent of this blog was to show you how to dress for the office when you can’t wear jeans so I hope you guys don’t mind jeans a bit more often than normal, especially as the weather gets cooler. At the very least, I hope to show you that you don’t have to look like a slob even if you do wear denim to the office!

Teal cardigan with navy polka dot blouse and skinny jeans and heels

 

  
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Last of Le Tote

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I read an article this week from the Independent Fashion Blogger website about how you shouldn’t take your photos at lunch because the lighting is bad. This made me laugh because sometimes lunch is the only free time I have!

Although yesterday my lunch hour was especially nice because it started off with a 30 minute chair massage courtesy of work. Nice perk, eh?

In an effort to make the most of my first Le Tote box, I’m wearing another piece from it today. This black and white chevron top.

letote-chevron-top-1Top – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar)

As I mentioned, Le Tote sends you five items. You guys have now seen three. The necklace, the plaid top, and now this shirt. They also sent me a dress that was way too tight and way too dressy for my current job as well as a bangle bracelet that, while cute, would probably drive me crazy at work.

Still, I enjoyed getting this box and trying out new pieces I wouldn’t necessarily purchase. Or, at least, getting to try them out, wear them, and then decide if I want to purchase anything. For example, this top is insanely comfortable but, like the last one, it’s a little boxy on me. Plus, I already have a black and white patterned top and I don’t really think I need two.

Red shoes, though, I might need a new pair of those some day. Although, this particular pair has outlasted three jobs and a marriage. Not my marriage, though. I bought them to wear to a wedding and those people are now divorced.

letote-chevron-top-2I don’t plan to buy anything from this particular Tote, but I’ll definitely be trying it again. Especially since it’s a good way to get out of the “I hate my closet” doldrums without dropping a ton of money on a new wardrobe.

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life

  
Olive vest with gray and white polka dots and Le Tote necklace

Le Tote and Le Copycat

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I recently signed up for Le Tote (<–referral link) which, if you haven’t heard of it, is a service where you pay a monthly fee of $49 and they send you a box of 5 items of clothing and accessories that are a mixture of items you choose and that they choose for you based on your picks.  You keep the items for as long as you want and then send them back when you’re done. If you want to, you can buy the items in your box for a discount. Interesting concept, right? I’ve heard it referred to as the Netflix of clothes.

I’ve been busy so I haven’t had a chance to create outfits with the pieces I received but I did throw on one of the necklaces yesterday.

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Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – J Crew Factory (similar) | Collared shirt – Collide Boutique (similar
Utility vest with Le Tote necklace and polka dot sweater I put this outfit together after pinning the top half on Pinterest. I had the vest, a similar sweater, and a collared shirt (although I like the one in the Pin better) but the necklace was the perfect finishing touch.

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I think this outfit would also look great with brown riding boots. And possibly without a tennis ball for the puppy in my pocket. However, this vest is perfect for going to the dog park. Phone, keys, wallet, and a tennis ball without having to bring a bag? Perfect.