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Then and Now [Vol. 10]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Then and Now

First, thanks for the great discussion on Friday’s post! Along those same lines, instead of bathroom selfies today, we have the return of the stairwell photos!

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Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – Loft (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same

When I wore this outfit last week I spent a good portion of the day feeling a sense of deja vu. Why? Because I basically wore the exact same outfit earlier this year. Just with a different sweater.

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Original outfit

I think one of the times I wore my camo jeans one of you mentioned that they would look good with red. That was the thought that was on my mind when I put together this outfit, not that I’d already worn such a similar outfit in the past.

But, hey, I see comments all the time that people like seeing the same pieces worn again so hopefully you’re not all like, “Ugh. Can’t she come up with something else?”

At least my hair is different?

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My Current Favorite Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I bought this skirt after seeing it on Sarah’s Real Life, I honestly didn’t know how much I would end up loving it. I’ve worn it at least once a month since I’ve gotten it. It helps, of course, that most of my other skirts are too big and this one isn’t. But even if that wasn’t the case, I’d probably still wear it more than the others.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo still works for a free month)

IMG_8252Funny story – I honestly didn’t even notice that this necklace had pink in it until after I’d been wearing it for a few hours. Oops! Well, uh, let’s just say that it’s “light red” and I’m going for a monochrome theme. And the stripes on my shirt are navy. I promise.

Anyway, I tend to wear this skirt with neutral colors, specifically grays and blacks, so I wanted to take it up a notch and pair it with blues. Hence the bright blue shoes. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it and I almost changed my mind 10 times, but in the end, I went with it.

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And I think it encouraged me to pair this skirt with my cobalt blue top next. Because, I mean, just looking at the photos tells me that a little color wouldn’t hurt anyone. What do you think?

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Linking up with Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

 

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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Skirts and Stuff

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Every few months I get my hair cut shorter and then keep up with it for awhile. But then I get busy and don’t make an appointment and my hair gets long and I get antsy. So then I make an appointment (I currently see Paul at Manchester Salon in River North) and get it all chopped off.

And then I have to decide whether I regret it or not. Right now I’m still on the fence. However, so far I’ve had more good hair days than bad so I suppose that’s a good sign.

05_May_2015 - 1 of 4 (1)Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Top – Langford Market (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)

05_May_2015 - 4 of 4 (1)When I went to get my haircut my hair dresser wanted to know if I was going to wear it straight or curly. Well, I said, it’s apparently summer. So curly it is. I actually don’t mind the humidity since it helps my hair curl.

05_May_2015 - 2 of 4 (1)However, the one thing I’m not necessarily looking forward to this summer? Baring my legs. Unfortunately, none of my dress pants fit so I have a feeling it’s going to be this skirt and a lot of dresses. And why don’t I want to bare my legs?

Well, between what I’m sure it going to be a horrible tan line from my biking and running shorts (yay triathlon training) I’m also working on upping how much I can deadlift in the gym. Right now I’m up to 5 reps of 180 pounds. Deadlifting can leave some nasty bruises and marks on your shins so I’m currently sporting some fun spots which, thankfully, you can barely see in the photos.

I suppose, though, I should wear all those things as badges of pride, right? Yes, let’s go with that.

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Legs are so out

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

You guys! We’re finally getting days in Chicago where it’s warm enough to wear a skirt sans other leg covering (aka tights)! All I had to do was tell Bri that it was too cold to wear my new red skirt and BAM! Chicago proves me wrong.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-1Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Sweatshirt – Three Dots via Stitch Fix (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-4I suppose it’s only appropriate that I wear this skirt during Sarah’s Top 10 Remix since seeing it on her was what inspired me to buy it in the first place. I’ve already gotten compliments on it so that means it’s a winner in my book.

However, even though it may be warm enough to wear a skirt to work it’s not quite warm enough every evening to enjoy dinner al fresco. Thankfully, the Weber Grill in downtown Chicago has just built a new patio that can be enclosed and heated when it’s a bit chilly or opened up when it’s nice outside.

My friend Kelsey and I took advantage of their new spring menu last night and I have to say I’m already planning a return trip. Kelsey used to live in the area and went to Weber Grill all the time but I’d never been. Weber Grill is a local restaurant with only four locations in the Chicago area and they have AMAZING food.

weber-grillI’m not a food photographer so I apologize if I made an amazing meal look unappetizing. I also apologize that I forgot to take a picture of the adorable desserts of which I wanted many, many more. Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel bites anyone?

Also, you know it’s a good meal when one of the drinks and the salad contain four food items I typically avoid and I eat them anyway. I am NOT a picky eater but there are a handful of things I categorically don’t like: cilantro, olives, artichokes and gin.

gray-leopard-sweatshirt-red-skirt-3One of the cocktails? Gin, blueberries, lemon, lime & cilantro. I still ordered it. I still drank all of it. It was tasty.

The salad? Olives and artichokes. I still ordered it. I still ate it. It was also tasty. Just goes to prove that roasted veggies outrank almost anything else.

Beef brisket with BBQ sauce? Well, I’ll eat that any time. Highly recommended. Kelsey ordered the fish and said it was excellent. Next on my list? The Prime Burger. It comes with fried pickles!

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Jackie Kennedy as a Style Icon [sponsored by Boohoo.com]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Shopping

I received this dress and monetary compensation from Boohoo.com. As always, all opinions are my own. 

A few weeks ago Boohoo reached out to me to see if I would be interested in putting together a Throwback Thursday look inspired by a past style icon. I perused their website full of fun and well-priced items but was having a really difficult time figuring out just who my style icon even is!

So, I asked a friend who I think just started naming off brunettes. But when she said Jackie Kennedy I realized that she’d hit the nail on the head. Especially because I was already eying a dress that fit Jackie’s style perfectly.

jackie-kennedy-red-dress-inspirationDress – c/o Boohoo (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)  | Shoes – MIA (similar)

boohoo-persie-dressThis dress is perfect for those of us that either have hips and want to camouflage them or don’t have hips and want to look like we have curves. The pleats at the waist give the lower half of the dress a really interesting silhouette and (bonus!) add pockets! And you know how I love a dress with pockets.

It also comes in a light peach color that echoes Jackie Kennedy’s dress as seen here:

jackie1Except this Boohoo Persie Pleat dress has a bow on the back instead of the front.

boohoo-red-dress-5When I was looking at the Boohoo website I found that quite a few of their dresses are very “mod”. Boohoo is a British website (although they have free shipping to the U.S. if you spend $50 or it’s only $4.99 if you spend under $50) so it made me wonder a bit if the style in the UK is trending toward 1960s “mod,” I’m definitely more of a fan of Jackie’s classic early 1960s style so I was happy that I found a dress that fit my aesthetic.

Boohoo does have a lot of fun options, though, and would be a great choice if you’re looking for something trendy at a palatable price point (and can’t stand going to the mall). Just one word of caution: pay attention to the size conversions. I ordered a UK size 8 which they say is a US size 4. This dress fit me perfectly but sometimes the UK conversions run a tad small. Evidenced by the fact that in many stores I can fit into a US size 2.

Regardless, I’m glad Boohoo reached out to me. I’ve linked to some of their items as similar to ones I already own in the past and I was happy to get to try something in person. The quality was decent for the price and I was excited that it fit so well.

Now I just need a place to wear a Jackie Kennedy-esque red dress. Anyone need me to go to any Presidential functions any time soon?

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Blogging and Beer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I tried to be a good little blogger yesterday and take my outfit photo at my new lunch spot. I walked over there, set up the tripod, and realized that while I had my camera case I did not have my camera. Blogger fail.

So, I took a photo when I got home while the chili I put in the crockpot was cooking.

Red blazer with leopard scarf and jeansBlazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – NY street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar

And then I proceeded not to have any of that chili. Why? Because instead I attended the Don’t Fear Your Beer event at Lakeshore Beverage with quite a few other Windy City Bloggers.

photoTheir event space is AMAZING. Not only do they have a huge room with a giant bar in the middle, a faux fireplace, bookcases, and comfy seating areas, they also have a theater with stadium seating for presentations. So, after enjoying beers at the bar we went into the theater to learn about how to taste beer. I personally learned that I still don’t like IPAs and stouts (although, stout over ice cream is do-able) but that Belgian-style wheat beers and farmhouse ales are where it’s at for me.

So, thanks to Lakeshore Beverage for showing us the ways of beer! And for making me want to throw a party in your event space. Maybe a beer tasting party for my birthday?

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Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life and Vodka Infused Lemonade 

Red and Black is Back

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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.

Plaid print shell with black jeansTop – Langford Market (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same)

I know, man. I’m SO original.

I actually bought this exact same top for my mom last Christmas and she wore it out for our birthday celebration in January with a red pencil skirt and black knee high boots. It looked great!

Admittedly, I’m having some trouble coming up with other ways to wear this top. I’m open to suggestions!

Plaid tank top with black jeansP.S. I don’t mean to match my outfits to my dog, I swear!

 

Short Suit

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

You know when you see things in a magazine as being on-trend and you think, “Who the heck can wear those things to work?”

I now have the answer.

I can. And I’ll still be more dressed up than some of the people there. Like the girl I saw yesterday whose dress barely covered her butt. Black blazer with black shorts and red blouse

Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shorts – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Shoes – c/o Fibi & Clo (same)

I’ve seen that shorts suits are apparently in style right now and it turns out I can actually wear one to work! Although, to be honest, this one didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned. It feels a bit frumpy to me and I think it’s because the jacket is too long for the shorts. And my shirt is tucked in funny.

But, hey, when you’re trying to take outfit photos while wrangling a bratty dog who won’t listen you take what you can get.

Although, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn shorts to work! Nope! I actually wore them at my old job, too.  Of course, those were longer. And, come to think of it, I haven’t worn them in a long time. I should break them out again. And then be sad at how I’m pretty sure they won’t fit.

Sigh. Anyone want some adorable pinstriped walking shorts? How about an adorable but bratty puppy?

Black shorts suit with red shirt

Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose for her Third Thursday Threads and SHORTS!

Limited Edition

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Some times I put on an outfit and don’t even realize until after the fact that it’s all from the same store. Case in point: today’s outfit. Everything but the shoes (and my watch. and the Fitbit, of course) is from The Limited. I guess when you like something you really like something.

Black blazer with black shell and red pants, Chicago style blogger, how to wear red pants to the office

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

I’ve actually worn a very similar outfit to work before but in that case I wore my black and white striped tee instead of going for the all-black look. Today I wanted to be a bit more streamlined. Sometimes mixing up patterns is fun and other times you want to be a bit more classic.

I also wanted to wear flats. As you saw yesterday, I ran another half marathon and my feet just needed a break from heels. Plus, I actually wore this outfit yesterday which was my office’s annual outing to Fogo de Chao aka The Meat Olympics. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse you are missing out on the gut-busting gluttony of all you can eat meat, salad, and sides. The waistband of these pants is actually a tad bit too big. Which, of course, makes it perfect for housing a food baby.

Chicago style blogger wears red pants to work