Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)
So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.
Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.
Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.
I shared this outfit last week on Instagram but since it features my warmest sweater and my warmest pair of pants I had to re-wear it again today, the coldest day so far this week.
Also, I need to ask you all a question. See, I don’t wear lipstick on a regular basis, but this week’s Trend Spin was to feature a bold lip. I put on some Red Apple Lipstick before I left the house but then spent my entire commute with my scarf up over my nose and mouth worrying that I was smearing lipstick all over my scarf. So, do you just put on lipstick after you get wherever you’re going? Please school me in the way of lip color!
Okay, so, if I can’t find my dream leopard print shoes I mentioned yesterday I suppose I shall console myself by wearing my leopard print cardigan today. It’s not the same thing at all. But, it’s what I’ve got.
Also, this white collared shirt is what I’ve got. I bought it YEARS ago. I don’t even remember when. In fact, I think I might have bought it because I needed it for a work uniform or a costume. I just hung onto it because, hey, a white collared shirt doesn’t really go out of style. But every time I put it on I think, “I wish I had a different white collared shirt.” So maybe I’ll make that one of my goals this year. Figure out what in my closet I don’t really love and replace it with something better.
I’ve read that the non-iron dress shirts from Brooks Brothers are amazing but, dang, they are pricey. However, I suppose that just like this not-so-pricey one that I have it will last for longer than I can remember and, if I really love it, that’s worth the price, right? Decisions, decisions.
As a testament to how much I don’t love this shirt, I could only find two other times I’ve worn it. I have another white collared shirt that has metallic silver pinstripes that I wear a lot more often, but this plain white one just doesn’t get that kind of love.
Also, apparently I really like to wear it with this leopard cardigan and these shoes. Who knew?
Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)
Let’s talk about tights. They are a necessity in the winter here in Chicago. At least, if you don’t want to spend the entire winter in pants. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with pants but, dang, sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress and not freeze to death you know?
Finding tights that fit can be a challenge. I always buy mine a size larger than the size chart on the packaging dictates and even then I typically take scissors to the waistband and cut four vertical slits (front, back and sides) to cut down on the sausage-casing squeeze so many tights produce.
And then, I almost always match my shoes to my tights. Black tights? Black shoes. Gray tights? Gray shoes. Brown tights? You get the picture. Why? Because I think it elongates the leg and keeps the outfit more streamlined. But today I threw caution to the wind and wore my leopard prints shoes with my black tights. And actually kind of liked it.
I’ve done this once before and I didn’t like it that time. I think because the rest of the outfit was too busy for me visually. But this time with the solid purple dress and simple gold jewelry it’s much less jarring.
So, there’s my tip for the day. Match your shoes to your tights or, if you’re not going to, keep the rest of your outfit a solid color and let the shoes be the star.
So, this week’s Trend Spin is Jewel Tones. I admit, I had to Google which colors were considered jewel tones. Turns out, there’s not really a consensus. I suppose technically they are colors that resemble gemstones, such as emerald, dark red, purple, and dark blue. The opposite of a jewel tone would be a pastel or lighter version of the darker colors.
I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones but strangely I was having a difficult time coming up with an outfit today. See, I also wanted to participate in Sarah’s Take One, Pass It On challenge 2.0. I did this in February as well and it was a good exercise in remixing items in my closet. However, since I didn’t wear any jewel tones yesterday I decided to take the boots and pass them on to today!
So, which item will I pass on from today’s outfit? Guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!
Probably over a year ago I saved an image from the Nordstrom website of a purple dress with black riding boots. I loved the dress but it was a bit too pricey for me. So, image how excited I was when I found this one at The Limited on the clearance rack and it fit me perfectly? Now the key was finding the right time to wear it.
A cool fall weekend where you go to brunch, run errands or whatever it is you do outside of the house on weekends is the perfect chance for this outfit. Adding riding boots to the dress take it from work to casual and make it comfy enough for walking around the city.
And that, my friends, is the end of the 7×7 Remix! 7 items from my closet paired with different accessories and rearranged in different ways gives you 7 different outfits.
Dress as a shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx (similar)
Remember the dress I wore on Tuesday? Yes, I’m wearing it again. Except this time I put it UNDER a pencil skirt to turn it into a shirt. Crazy, right? I’ve seen other bloggers do this from time to time but didn’t ever think about doing it myself until I started doing this 7×7 remix. And then I got to thinking: which of my dresses can also be worn under skirts? Well, since this dress is kind of fitted it actually works!
Oh, while I’m spewing all kinds of words at you this week, do you also remember when I lost my wedding ring? Well I finally got my new one! It’s the same as the old one but this one was custom made so it fits around my engagement ring even better. Oh, it also has slightly larger diamonds.
So, yeah, losing my wedding ring kind of sucked but I really like my replacement.
And, as promised, my thoughts on Social Media Week Chicago! In case you aren’t familiar with Social Media Week, it’s basically a week of mostly free sessions on all aspects of social media that take place in cities across the world and online. Some sessions are very focused on one topic whereas others are just about social media best practices or, for beginners, how to even use things like Twitter or Facebook.
I attended 8 sessions through out the week including:
1. Confessions of a Community Manager
2. Good Habits of Successful Social Media Managers
3. SEO Strategies for PR Social Media
4. Boost Your Business with Social Media
5. Social Media 101 for Nonprofits and Community Organizations
6. Social Media & Internet Marketing
7. #ThinkAgain: Revised Social Media Disclosure Guidance
8. 9 Beautiful Tools That Will Help You Become Internet Famous
My favorites were definitely numbers 1, 2, 3, and 8. Why? Here’s what I learned.
7 Things I Learned at Social Media Week
1. I need to learn what Facebook Pixels are. I Googled it after session #2 but am still confused!
2. If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load then your Google SEO rankings go down. Use Page Speed Insights to test your own website. A score lower than 70 means you need to do some revamping!
3. Don’t forget to mobile optimize your website! WordPress definitely has an option for this. Use it! Google will eventually start penalizing websites that are not mobile optimized when indexing them.
4. Google prefers branded and partial match “organic links” when indexing. There are three types of links:
Branded links – Brand name or website is the term that is linked
Example – “Loop Looks announces the 7×7 remix” where “Loop Looks” links to looplooks.net
Partial match – The link anchor includes several words or terms
Example – “Great fall looks include faux leather so check out these awesome 5 faux leather outfits.” Where multiple words link to a website or post on the topic that you are using as your SEO term.
Exact Match – Only the search term is used as the link anchor
Example – “Great fall looks include faux leather.” Where only “faux leather” is linked to the website or post.
Try to use Branded and Partial Match links, especially in press releases or when posting somewhere else to drive traffic to your blog. You can use a service called Remove’em to look for those exact match backlinks that Google may consider “spammy”.
5. Use Tweriod to determine the best times to tweet so that your followers see them!
6. A good Twitter background picture should be left-side heavy and 2340×1200 pixels in size.
7. Tell your story on your About page. People want your story, not just your product! I will be updating my About Me page to explain why I started this blog.
Not all the sessions I went to at Social Media Week were that great, though. A few I felt that I knew more than the presenters I don’t even do this for a living! In fact, after one of the sessions I looked up a tool the presenter recommended and discovered it had been discontinued in July! Oops. Not all of the sessions were a great match for my current interests either but in most of them I walked out with at least one interesting tidbit. For example, did you know that the people who run the Twitter accounts for alcohol companies can’t reply to or retweet accounts where they can’t figure out how hold the person is? They basically have to be super-sleuths and guesstimate using pictures you post on Twitter to determine if they can interact with you! Fascinating.
Anyway, if you’re at all interested in the field of social media I definitely suggest you check out a session or two either in person or online. You never know what new piece of information could come in handy!
I am TIRED this morning, y’all. So, so tired. Which is why I’m ever so thankful I already had this outfit picked out for Inspiration Monday. Now, jeans and a band shirt aren’t exactly office-appropriate so I went with the idea of blue pants and a printed top instead. And since I’m not a hat girl I brought in a bit of the manliness of the fedora with my white blazer.
Also, flats. So thankful for flats today. See, I rode 65 miles on my bike yesterday and for much of that I was riding faster than I normally ride. Today my legs are destroyed. And while I love the feeling I get after a hard workout, I also want to take it a bit easy the next day. Which means nice, comfy, flat shoes.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some caffeine to keep me awake through my three meetings this Monday.
It’s hot outside. And when it’s hot outside I want to wear as little as possible. No necklaces, no bracelets, and no sleeves. Thank goodness I can wear sleeveless to work.
I bought these shoes two years ago on a whim and I love them. Unfortunately, they are faux leather and, as such, they aren’t holding up very well. But I can’t find a suitable replacement just yet.
Today is Inspiration Monday and today’s photo reminded me that I really want a skirt in some kind of summery print. Floral or bright colors or something. Still on the lookout for one that catches my eye.
The last time I recall taking a picture with this top on I feel like my arms were a lot slimmer. But, let me tell you something, that is MUSCLE in these arms now and it helps me do amazing tricks at trapeze.
I spent my weekend doing incredibly fun things (standup paddleboarding, drinking sangria, hanging with friends, going to the zoo and riding bikes with my husband) so I didn’t get my DIY Jean Shorts tutorial done yet. I hope to have it done by Wednesday but I’m running a 5K race every night this week (yes, I’m crazy) so who knows?
And with that, I’m off to bask in the air conditioning in my office at work before the sweatfest that will be tonight’s Burgers & Beer 5K!
What are you up to this week?
Reminder! I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button.