You know how you have those days when you just want to be comfy but you still have to go to work? How about those days when you pretend that because your pants have back pockets that they’re actually pants and not leggings?
Yeah, I know. I wore leggings.
Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)
I wore these pants (I’m calling them pants. Live with it.) for a half day at work. I was having one of those days where I just couldn’t make it a full day. I came home, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and curled up on the couch.
And then I wore this outfit to try the Italian lemonade that everyone talks about: Mario’s. I got banana and, well, I have to say I didn’t think it was all that. Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot out. Maybe I just didn’t get the right flavor. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.
I don’t know. It was a weird day. I wore leggings and didn’t love dessert. I don’t even recognize myself.
Last week I had the opportunity to take Friday afternoon off work and attend a Chicago Cubs game courtesy of my VP. When I showed up to work on Friday in jeans and a t-shirt (my go-to ballpark wear) one of my coworkers mentioned that I seemed dressed down. “You hardly ever wear just jeans and a t-shirt,” he said.
Okay, well, what about just jeans and a sweater?
Sweater – Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)
Seriously, though. I came up with this outfit when it was warm outside but chilly in my office. I thought it was a nice alternative to a tank top with a cardigan. Instead we’ve got a tank top with a mesh sweater over top.
This sweater does tend to give me fits, however. It snags and since it’s not three-quarter sleeves I spend a good chunk of my day rolling the sleeves up and then back down which stretches them out. Still, the concept is a good one.
I’m still working through a backlog of photos so here’s an outfit I wore back in November. I originally wore it with the boots but decided halfway through the day I should have worn it with my silver flats. Something about the boots just felt too heavy too me.
Anyway, I don’t have a good segue for this, but lately I’ve been thinking about hustle. On Sunday I was sitting in the window of a local coffee shop with a friend talking about my strength training and running and personal trainers. Sitting across the street from a place where I know several local bloggers spend a lot of time doing part of their hustle also made me think about how you only have one life.
I’ve got a few things brewing in my head and one of them is the possibility of getting my personal training certification. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I don’t know yet what I’d do with it, but that’s what lead me to the idea of “the hustle”. You know, the one where you make your living doing what you love even if it means giving up the comfort of a desk and a cube.
I’ll be 36 next week and I think I’m having some kind of midlife crisis. Maybe 2016 is the year I do something crazy. Maybe not. But what will it hurt if I start with getting a personal training certification? What do you think about that?
P.S. If you are looking for the most adorable flats then may I recommend these? Why? Because polar bears, that’s why. Maybe I needed these for this outfit instead.
I am not a sports fan. I only watch sports on tv when I’m visiting family. And since most of my family ARE huge sports fans, I’m always vaguely aware of what’s going on.
I also live in a city that LOVES sports. I mean, seriously. Chicago has two pro baseball teams, a pro football team, a pro soccer team, pro basketball teams, and, in case you missed it, we have a pro hockey team that just won the national championship aka The Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawks also won the championship back in 2013 and since at the time I worked right next to where the congratulatory rally was being held, I made sure to wear the team colors to work.
This year I didn’t plan ahead but I inadvertently dressed the part of a sports fan on Monday, the day after the Blackhawks won The Cup. And in case you don’t know what the Stanley Cup looks like, well, it’s a big silver thing. And the Blackhawks wear red jerseys. I suppose my subconscious was channeling those things when I got dressed.
Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)
I no longer work right near the parade route or the rally but I have a feeling I’ll be able to see part of the parade from my office’s windows today. Seeing all the red and white is quite a spectacle and now I’m thinking I should be wearing this outfit today instead!
I know, I know, I just did a Then and Now post. But today’s outfit IS really similar to one I wore back in December. Just, you know, updated for spring!
Scarf – gift (similar) | Vest – Old Navy swapped with Jen (similar) | Shirt – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)
And, if we’re being honest, I basically wore a version of this outfit all weekend. On Saturday I wore these jeans, a graphic tee, and a chambray shirt open over the top. Plus boots because it was raining.
On Sunday I wore these jeans, the chambray shirt, a different scarf, and these shoes. And my gray puffer vest.
And here we are today. That’s the nice thing about weekends. You don’t see the same people you work with so no one has to know how many days in a row you wore essentially the same outfit.
Except those of you that I saw this weekend and who are now reading this post. But you won’t tell, right?
And, yes, if you’re keeping track I did indeed cheat on the Top 10 Remix over the weekend. So sue me.
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!
I was so proud of myself when I put this outfit together for this week’s Style Imitating Art painting which is totally gorgeous and right up my alley (see it here). Metallic and black and white? Yeah, I can do that!
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Bag – Nine West (same) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)
But, admittedly, there was something nagging me about this outfit. I felt like I’d worn it before. Turns out, I have.
Do you ever have one of those days when you check the weather 100 times when trying to decide what to wear? Today was one of those days. Another cool, gray, rainy day in Chicago but I saw this outfit on Pinterest and wanted to wear it. A pop of color on a gray day? Cropped pants but worn with a button-up and a sweater? Seemed like a good fall outfit to me.
Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same)
It occurs to me looking at the photo now that she might be wearing a navy sweater. And I have a navy sweater. But for some reason black seemed more appropriate for fall. Also, I left off the pearls. Right now some of my jewelry seems too over the top for work. But this outfit? I felt perfect in it. I just tossed on my rain boots for my commute to work and to pick up Chewie from doggy day care.
And speaking of Chewie, of course he needed to make an appearance.
Two things to note before I get on with the rest of this post.
1. I wore this dress and took these photos before fall decided to descend on Chicago. I am definitely not wearing it today! But I did wear it twice in the past two weeks. Once to a bridal shower and once to work. These photos are from when I wore it to work.
2. eShakti sent me this dress free of charge with the only stipulation that I use their “customize” feature.
Now, with that out of the way…
Dress – eShakti (same style, different colors) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar)
For at least a year I’ve admired eShakti dresses on Librarian for Life and Style and was a teeny bit jealous that eShakti kept contacting her to try out their customize a dress option. So, I finally decided I’d spend my own money on one when they were having their Buy One, Get One Free sale. I even added some to my cart but had to wait until I got paid. Then, lo and behold, they contacted ME!
So, I went to their site and found a few that I could see wearing either dressed up or down. I just had to decide how I wanted to customize it. With eShakti each dress has a series of customization options that include things as simple as changing the sleeves, neckline or length all the way to being as complicated as entering your specific measurements.
I went with the simpler option and took a dress with elbow-length sleeves that was supposed to hit below the knee and made it sleeveless and asked that it hit above the knee.
I know from reading Jen’s blog that eShakti tends to err on the side of making their dresses and skirts a little longer than what you ask for which is why I asked for above the knee. As you can see, it’s a perfect length!
The one measurement they don’t ask for that I wish they did was torso length. As in, the distance from the tops of your shoulders to your natural waist. I find that those of us with short torsos tend to end up with shoulder straps that are too long. The dress does pull and bunch a bit strangely across my chest and I’m not sure if that’s because the shoulder straps are too long or too short.
Regardless, it’s SUPER comfortable because it’s knit AND it has pockets. Pockets! In fact, most of their dresses do. It’s also really high quality and has definitely made me an eShakti convert. The next time I want to buy a dress I’m pretty sure I’ll be going there.
With my hair short it’s always a bit of an adventure when I take photos after work. If I go to the gym at lunch or ride a Divvy bike home I never know what it’s going to do. Take last Friday for example.
Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)
I swear to you I did NOT straighten my hair. I went to the gym, I got sweaty, I used a blow dryer on it, and the curl just fell out. My natural curl fell out of my hair. I don’t even know what to say about that.
So, I promise you all I did to my hair before I took these pictures was run a brush through it. However, AFTER I took the pictures, well, see for yourself.
Of COURSE the picture I liked the best had a random bug in the dead center of the lens. Of course. And I wasn’t standing far enough way to get the tripod shadow out of the frame. PicMonkey and my minimal photoshopping skills to the rescue.
I actually think it turned out quite well! I really liked the outfit, too. My favorite pants with one of my favorite shirts and my new favorite shoes? How could I go wrong?