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All of the Seasons (52)

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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.

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Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox 

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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!

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A Blazer for the Weekend

Casual Friday

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.

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Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Tank – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (same)

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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?

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All the Blues

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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.

05_May_2015 - 7 of 10Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Scarf  – Le Tote (same) | Dress – BCBG (similar) | Sandals – Sole Society (similar)

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.

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Casual Bling

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

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).

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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)

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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.

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Then and Now [Vol. 7]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Uncategorized

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.

05_May_2015 - 1 of 10Scarf – 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)

05_May_2015 - 3 of 10Once 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!

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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?