Happy Monday! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday I hope it was lovely. For those of you who just had a normal weekend, I hope it was lovely, too.
I spent the weekend eating and hanging out with my family at my parents’ house. I took the opportunity to put together an outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge that highlighted the black, tan and blue in the painting “Freedom from Want“.
I took advantage of my parents’ house and chose to take the photos in their dining room to also echo the painting.
My parents have lived in their current house for just over 10 years so although I didn’t grow up there, by now it’s definitely “home”. I think it’s so interesting that no matter where I go or where I live it’s wherever my mom is that I consider “home”.
P.S. When Le Tote sends you a short sleeved dress in the fall, what do you do? You turn it into a skirt, of course! I originally was going to wear this with just the sweater over it but at the last minute I added the button-up. I think it ended up adding just the right amount of interest as well as an additional layer to help me stay warm.
This is the second time I’ve gotten this dress from Le Tote. You can see the first outfit I put together with it here.
Don’t forget you can sign up for Le Tote and get $25 off your first month with code ERIN25!
There’s nothing too spectacular about this outfit. I’m not even wearing a necklace. My face is shiny (real life, yo) and the lighting doesn’t show off the fun gold polka dots on my shirt.
But, I wore this outfit last week to get my eyebrows waxed (again, real life) and my stylist could not stop gushing about my earrings. So, I suppose they were really the stars of the show. Literally.
Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Earrings – Le Tote (same) <- Don’t forget to use ERIN25 for half off your first month!
I think I may just keep these from Le Tote. I’ve worn them at least three other times and I’m still trying to build my collection of gold jewelry.
Other things to note:
I got at least three compliments on these shoes. But, I bought them back in December 2012 so they are clearly not available anymore. And, I can’t find anything really similar but I did link some cute pointy-toed flats with gold studs. Side note: when people compliment me on something I’m wearing I never know whether to tell them about my blog or not. Would that be weird?
Speaking of going to my stylist, I went last week and got my hair colored. Like, really colored. I posted photos on Instagram. I love it and it reminds me of the time I got it dyed this color in high school. That was still my favorite hair color of all time so I’m clearly pretty excited about this. Now I just need to learn how to curl it….
This past weekend Jason and I drove to visit his parents in their new home in Carmel, IN. I didn’t realize until after the fact that the last time we visited them I wore this same dress, albeit under completely different circumstances.
No more mountains in the background, for one. Carmel, Indiana is quite a bit different than Flagstaff, Arizona.
Other than Jason breaking our car to the point where we had to borrow one of his parents’ cars to drive home and now we have to go back this weekend so he can repair his car, I actually enjoyed my visit. Carmel has an adorable downtown that I hope to feature in future posts. It also has a great biking/running/walking trail that I explored two days in a row. One day while running and another day while biking. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s bike and rode over 20 miles on it. And stopped for Square Donuts.
I may have also boasted that I’m pretty sure I can eat the Big Ugly burger at Bub’s and now I think someone is going to hold me to that. Maybe I’ll run the half marathon there on December 12th. Pretty sure I can eat a one-pound burger after that.
Anyway, Carmel might not have the skiing that Flagstaff does, but I think I’ll find enough stuff to keep me busy. Other than visiting my in-laws, of course!
P.S. It was in the 90s while we were there and I hate wearing shorts in the car, so I went with this dress since it can be dressed up or down. Also, I just noticed that my attempt to photoshop out the HORRIBLE bruises on my shins from deadlifting 215 pounds turns out kind of ridiculous in the last photo. See if you can tell….#humblebrag
In Chicago we have this awesome blogging group called the Windy City Blogger Collective. The two ladies that run it (Kit and Erin) are amazing and work so hard at organizing events for all of us bloggers to get together and meet one another. On Tuesday of this week we had a happy hour at Seasons 52 where we drank ourselves silly and stuffed ourselves with wonderful food.
And then I rode a Divvy bike home in a skirt and had Jason take my picture before falling asleep. Me, that is. Not him. Although, I think he did go to sleep about the same time as me. We’re a happening couple.
I was inspired to pair this short sleeved sweater with this skirt after Sarah at Sarah’s Real Life did something similar. I didn’t tuck mine in but I might have to try that next time. I just always feel self conscious when I tuck shirts into skirts because it tends to make me look disproportional. You know, since my torso is so short and my legs are so long.
Anyway, it might also seem weird to wear a sweater in June but I think we’re doing all the seasons this week. Hot, cold, spring, summer, fall. But if it snows then I’m moving. Even if Chicago does have the best group of bloggers around!
On Saturday I attempted something I’d never done before: swimming in Lake Michigan. I mean, I’ve been in Lake Michigan before but this time I put on a wetsuit and attempted to actually swim. The water was REALLY cold (like, 52 degrees or something ridiculous) so I didn’t stay in very long. But, I have my first triathlon (thankfully in warmer water) on Sunday so I needed to try out my wetsuit.
The rest of my day was spent getting breakfast from one of our favorite food trucks, taking Chewie to the dog park, and attending the inaugural 60607 Fest where we got to try Lou Malnati’s pizza, Palace Grill mac and cheese (with bacon!), samosas from Bombay Wraps, Spiced and Infused popcorn, and drinks from Jak’s Tap and CH Distillery. After feeling like I was going to freeze to death in the lake I wanted to wear something comfy but not look like a slob. Queue the knit blazer.
Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Tank – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)
I already have a red blazer but that one is a teeny bit too big and definitely more formal. This one is more like wearing a sweatshirt. I admit, I’m debating whether or not I want to keep it (it’s only $34 for Le Tote members…and if you want to join Le Tote I have my own code now that gets you 50% off your first month! It’s ERIN25).
On one hand, I don’t need another red blazer. On the other, it was nice to be able to wear this one and not feel like I was going to work instead of hanging out in my ‘hood on a weekend.
So, thoughts? Yay or nay on adding this to my closet?
A few Sundays ago, on a warm humid day in Chicago with a threat of rain, I joined my triathlon training friends for a 40+ mile bike ride. Even though it drizzled on us for the first few miles, we ended up having one of those perfect bike rides that gives you a bit of a high. We all stuck around the bike store after the ride chatting and drinking beer until I left to get ready to meet my friend Kelsey for brunch.
I tossed on this outfit because I’d worn it to work earlier that week and it was handy.
It’s interesting because Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose, also got this scarf from Le Tote and thought it was a strange material. However, I really liked it! The only thing I didn’t like was that the dots seemed to be painted on instead of part of the actual fabric. It did give it some texture but I worried that they would eventually fade so I sent it back to Le Tote after wearing it twice.
I also recently got an email from Le Tote inviting me to be part of their ambassador program. I said yes because the requirements are what I’m already doing! Wear items from my Le Tote subscription, blog about them, and share those outfits. What do I get? Purchase credit so if I decide I love something from my Le Tote I can keep it.
In fact, I’m thinking about not doing any more shopping and only using Le Tote for the rest of the summer. Might be a fun experiment! Want to try it yourself? You can get your first month for only $25 if you use this link.
Once again, it may seem silly to be wearing a sweater when it’s practically summer but I liked this outfit so I wanted to share it with you.
It’s an interesting combination of bling (thanks to Rocksbox) and casual (thanks to my sneakers from Shopbop).
Necklace – via Rocksbox (you can still try it free for a month with code looplooksxoxo) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)
Most of the people in my office don’t wear a lot of jewelry so when I wear pieces like this I tend to get comments. Good comments, though. In fact, the day I wore this one I got a compliment on it. It’s fun when people compliment my Rocksbox pieces because I can tell them how much fun it is to try out new jewelry all the time.
As mentioned yesterday, I wanted to show you a casual way to wear my new wood watch from JORD. Today’s casual outfit, however, might look really familiar since it’s almost the same as what I wore the last time I was in Arizona. Except this time I swapped the black jeans for dark denim, the plain chambray for polka dots, and wore it open over a white tee. So, uh, I guess it’s not quite the same. Except for the scarf and the shoes. And the watch of course.
Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Chambray – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)
Once again, I wore this outfit when it was still chilly in Chicago. Lately we’ve had warmer weather so thankfully these layers aren’t really necessary. Although, to be honest, I was finally getting the hang of layering!
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.
There 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!
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!
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.
Sweater – 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.
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?