Do you ever buy something and are surprised at just how much you like it? No? Just me? Is that a sign of a shopping addiction?
Anyway, let’s move on. These jeans. I mentioned them when I wore them the first time. They’re soft and stretchy and comfy. I poo-pooed all the bloggers and Old Navy who swore that the Rockstar Skinny Jeans would look good on everyone. I said no way.
I take it back.
Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – Target (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
I ordered these with an Old Navy gift card because I wanted some olive green jeans. They’re more hunter green than olive but I forgive them. I also forgive that they are a bit too tight in the calves to wear sans boots because they look amazing with my brown riding boots. I didn’t even try them on before ordering them and they ended up fitting perfectly.
So, yeah, maybe the Old Navy Rockstar jeans really are the magic pants everyone said they were.
I put this dress in my Le Tote closet because I liked the way it looked like it could be casual or dressy. Turns out it was the perfect thing to wear yesterday. Why?
Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
Well, I had two non-routine items on my agenda yesterday. The first was attending a board meeting for my professional organization. Everyone else wears business clothes so I wasn’t about to show up in jeans. The other? Attending a “career night” for a class that a colleague of mine teaches (shout out to any DU students reading this!) I’m supposed to be a “professional” so I figured I’d better dress as such.
Turns out this dress fits me like a glove. Seriously. This might be the best fitting dress I’ve put on in years. Okay, at least since my first Rent the Runway dress. There’s a part of me that wants to add this dress to my closet permanently. The only thing holding me back is the price tag. At $118 it’s pretty pricey! Especially for a piece I might not wear that often. But, dang. It fits so well and I felt so good in it that I might just bite the bullet and buy it.
Back in June I wore an outfit that I loved. Blue Oxford shirt, navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, jeans, pearls and nude pumps. I’ve been wanting to wear a similar outfit but with my white pants however every time I go to put that outfit together I can’t find my blue shirt!
Did the dry cleaners misplace it? Do I just have way too many clothes and it’s buried somewhere? Am I going crazy? I really don’t know the answer. So when I got this shirt from Le Tote (<-Referral Link) I decided this was my chance to recreate the outfit for cooler weather.
Shirt – Le Tote | Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Scarf – Target (same) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
Unfortunately, this top, even in a size small, is HUGE on me. Like, ridiculously so. The blazer helped keep some of the volume in check but there was a part of me that was hoping this could be a replacement for my missing shirt. Sadly, no. Also, this one wrinkles like crazy. So, I shall stay on the hunt for the missing shirt instead.
Saturday was another one of those days when the stars aligned and I was able to accomplish lots of fun things. Including a brunch at Chicago Q with various people, one of which was Erin from Color Me Styled who was able to snap some outfit photos for me.
Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bracelet – gift (similar)
I started the book on my Kindle on Saturday morning and was interested to chat with Meredith about the process of writing a novel. It took her 5 years! The book itself is the story of a relationship between high school seniors, Becky and Brian, told from two different points in time: one before a huge event in their lives and the other after. So far I’m enjoying it and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. If you’re interested in reading it and can’t find a hard copy (in case you don’t have a Kindle) let me know and I’ll hook you up with the author herself to purchase a copy!
Of course, the other thing that made me accidentally happy on Saturday was realizing that once again I’d subconsciously put together an outfit that works for today’s Style Imitating Art challenge. The colors this week were an orange-red, teal, and brown from a painting called “The Canyon“.
So, red sweater, blue pants, and brown shoes fit the bill, right? Also, this is my first attempt at bootsocks. Clearly I need to embrace jeggings if this is going to be a thing. Right now it looks like I’m wearing some kind of knickers!
Tomorrow I’m posting my October shopping summary but it’s basically summed up in this post: scarf, sweater, boots.
Scarf – Target (same) | Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman (same)
This may be my new favorite fall outfit. I mean, it just screams fall, doesn’t it? And even if it’s not something you could wear to your office it’s also perfect for fall weekends.
And fall is definitely here. Tuesday night I went to a Flywheel class at Chicago’s newest location in Old Town (psst – giveaway coming soon) and rode a Divvy bike there. Yes, I know, I rode a bike to a spin class. Anyway, the wind was CRAZY. I was originally planning to ride a Divvy bike home but I ended up with so much swag (and trashed legs) that there was no way I could have fit it all on a bike. Thankfully Jill gave me a ride home.
Then I rode a Divvy bike home from work today and forgot gloves. My hands were so cold they were burning by the time I got home. Clearly I need to get better at remembering my cold weather gear because it looks like the chill is here to stay.
At least that means I can wear this outfit more often!
So, if you read a of style blogs you tend to see the same trends over and over again. When I first started it was the bubble necklace. Then peplum. And then last year it was the plaid blanket scarf from Zara. Well, as it goes, sometimes it even takes stores a year to catch onto the trend. This year? Target made it so we could all have our own giant plaid scarf. And I fully admit I love it.
Scarf – Target (same) (similar)| Shirt – The Limited (similar & 25% off w/code FAMILY25) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – TOMS (same)
It’s been gross and rainy here the past two days which means I want to basically wear comfy pajamas to work. This scarf, jeans, and tee fit the bill. The pattern mixing keeps it from looking dull and the wedges make me feel like I’m more dressed up. And even though our dress code is super casual, I was giving a presentation at work yesterday and today so I wanted to feel put together. But then after my presentation I spent the rest of the day creating report templates and sitting in our AV room working on a training video. Such glamor. Oh, I also got to help with our department newsletter. We were having trouble with the color scheme so I grabbed my scarf and said “let’s use this as inspiration!” Man, this scarf really is just that great.
Anyway, rain also means no dog park which means Chewie is desperate to get out of the apartment. He can barely sit still long enough to not be blurry. We break the rules and let him into the stairwell with us and let him run around while taking photos. I figure this is the stairwell no one uses so why not? Plus, he’s cute.
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.
Top – 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.
I 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.
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.
Their 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?
Someone asked me once when it was officially appropriate to break out riding boots for every day wear. I said once the high temperature for the day was going to be in the 50s. Well, we definitely hit that in Chicago last week! So weird to think that I went from sweating in a sleeveless dress to freezing in boots and long sleeves.
I fully admit that I wore this outfit to work on Friday AND to lunch with my parents on Saturday. What? You don’t sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row? Did I just say something really horrible?
Anyway, we went to Bar Takito which just opened last month near our apartment. The food was tasty and now I really want to go there for dinner when they have an expanded menu. However, so many new restaurants have opened up in my neighborhood that I feel I need to try somewhere new first!
Although, clearly I don’t necessarily feel the need to try a new outfit on the weekends.
When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!
But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.
It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.
In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.
In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.
Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.
He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?