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I wish that I could be like the cool kids

Casual Clothes

Don’t forget to vote. It’s what all the cool kids are doing. 

My husband was out of town all day Saturday so I had this grand vision: I would take my laptop to the coolest coffee shop in what is arguably the coolest neighborhood in Chicago. I would get an Instagramable coffee and doughnut and set up my laptop and work.

Hahaha, yeah. I am not that cool.

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Hat – boutique in Sausalito, CA (similar) |  Jacket – Zara (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

The coffee shop was crazy busy. They were out of doughnuts. So, I got my coffee to go and instead went and bought running shoes and came home and worked on my couch.

On Sunday I wanted a re-do. I convinced Jason to walk to the coffee shop with me to get a doughnut AND bring the camera so we could take pictures by the awesome street art outside the place where all the cool kids hang out.

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Of course, Jason went to take the picture only to find out we’d left the camera battery at home. iPhone to the rescue!

And, sadly, they were out of doughnuts. Again.

So we went across the street to Bombobar.

But, seriously, you guys. I feel like I’m the nerdiest, least cool fashion blogger in Chicago. And, in the interest of full disclosure, sometimes I’m okay with that and other times I’m not.

And sometimes I just want a doughnut and a cup of coffee and a cool picture so I can pretend I’m cooler than I really am.

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P.S. While we’re being honest, I suppose I should say I wore this outfit two days in a row and hadn’t washed my hair when we took these photos.  Yay for weekends!

 

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Matching your outfit to your bag

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I’ve never been one to change purses. I’ve also never been one to buy a purse for myself. In fact, I think I can count on one hand the number of purses I’ve purchased. However, when I saw this Vince one during the last Shopbop sale it just called out to me.

So of course I put this outfit together with it.

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Bag – Vince (same in black) (similar color) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Vest – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)

I was lucky enough to have some Shopbop credits to offset the cost of the bag, plus it was on crazy sale. It’s definitely an investment bag because of the classic shape and color, though, so I don’t mind that I spent more money on it than I usually spend on things.

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This outfit, however, is one I wore when we were in Carmel, Indiana in December for the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon. Which I ran. On a 60 degree day. Yes, in December. Weird, right?

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Just a little bit different from the 5 mile race I posted about on Monday, right?

Anyway, I ran the race (which ended up being my fastest half marathon to date) and then we went to Bub’s Burgers, home of the 16 ounce Big Ugly burger. Which I ate. Which means I got my picture on the wall at Bub’s. So, if you’re ever in Carmel, Indiana go to Bub’s and see if you can find me.

I am a woman of many talents. Including putting together outfits that showcase my new purse.

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P.S. I’m thinking of doing “Fitness Fridays” here on the blog since fitness is also a big part of my life. I actually started blogging as a running & fitness blogger and I kind of miss it. Thoughts on adding that into the schedule here?

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An Easy Holiday Outfit

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

On Monday I posted my “no stress holiday party” outfit. But what about when you’re just hanging around with your family or friends and don’t need to be all gussied up?

Well, earlier this year I found the perfect top for just that occasion while perusing the Randolph Street Market.

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Top – North & Hudson (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace –  Le Tote (same)

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Seriously, I actually had a conversation with the owner and creator of North & Hudson clothing about how this is the perfect top to wear at home during the holidays. It’s just festive enough without being ridiculous, right?

I’ve actually worn it to work twice already and it’s also really comfortable. And, yes, it’s handmade.

It does, however, make me want a red scarf. Or maybe to do some pattern mixing with a navy and white striped scarf. Until then I’ll just wear necklaces.

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What do you think? What would you pair with this top?

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A sweater and boots

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of November! As usual, the votes so far are surprising me! 

Moving on…..

When I was at my parents’ for Thanksgiving Jason and I took the opportunity to take quite a few outfit photos. My parents live down the street from a great park so we went there to shoot. Good thing I’m not adverse to using port-a-potties thanks to all the races I’ve run! Yes, I changed in the one at the park. It was a really big one, though. Jason said if I changed in the car I might scare people.

Anyway, this is one of the outfits we shot. It’s actually one I created earlier in the spring for a day of getting breakfast from our favorite food truck and going to the Apple store to buy my laptop. In fact, I was wearing this outfit when I became someone who drinks coffee and uses a Mac.

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Scarf – DSW (similar) | Sweater – LOFT (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I’ve since worn this outfit to wander around town with my mom, to work, and a variety of other places. I love it because the sweater allows a t-shirt to peek out from underneath, the boots bring out the cognac in the scarf, and it’s perfect for a slightly chilly day.

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The only thing I don’t like is that the sleeves are full length. I’m a weirdo who almost always pushes up my sleeves and I definitely prefer three-quarter length sleeves or bracelet sleeves to full length. Pushing up sleeves on sweaters, though, can sometimes stretch them out. So when I wear this outfit to work you’ll find me wandering around with my sleeves rolled up.

Speaking of rolling up my sleeves, I have to give a speech in Toastmasters on Thursday and I’m still trying to decide on a topic. I asked my friends on Facebook for ideas and several of them wanted me to talk about how I balance blogging, working, and volunteering with making time for Chewie, Jason and my friends. Not sure that’s something my coworkers in Toastmasters want to hear about, though, but it might be something I write about on the blog. The short answer: life isn’t always what it seems on social media. But you all knew that already, right?

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Carmel Topping

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Continuing with my current theme of outfits-I-wore-awhile-back, here’s one from the last time we were in Carmel, Indiana.

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Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same)  | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Downtown Carmel, also known as the Arts District, has so many great places to take pictures that we had a difficult time deciding. On the plus side, this means that I can have a mission every time we go to visit. Take pictures in a new place! Although, I think the next time we’ll be there it will be so I can run the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon.

 

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In the meantime, let’s talk about this outfit. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about it. It’s just jeans, a sweater, a scarf and boots. Just hand me a Starbucks cup and I’ll be about as basic as can be, right? But you know, there’s a reason it’s such a great formula that it’s become a stereotype – it works. It works for fall weather. It works for fall events. It just works.

And not every outfit has to be ground-breaking, am I right? Sometimes they just need to be functional but still a little bit cute. I think in this case it’s the scarf that put that finishing touch on an outfit that would otherwise just be blah.

I really like this particular scarf because it has the interest of a blanket scarf without being totally overwhelming. And sometimes you just don’t want to be overwhelmed by your accessories. You just want to be whelmed. 
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Games and Adventures

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of October yet? 

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was full of adventure including a Game of Thrones themed party at a local bar, exploring an abandoned grain silo with a view of downtown, and working at one of the largest races in Chicago.

Which means that you get a few photos from the weekend and an older outfit photo that I originally shared on Instagram. So let’s start with what you’re probably here to see: the outfit photo.

IMG_0079Vest – Le Tote (same) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

I felt totally awesome and badass in this outfit and I can’t even explain why. The vest was slightly too big so I might request it again from Le Tote in a size smaller. But overall I really liked this outfit. Noting too fussy but it felt put together and comfortable. And, yes, I’m wearing open-toed shoes with a turtleneck. No, I can’t explain it.

What I can explain is my Game of Thrones party outfit!

nymeria-sand-snake-costumeI decided to go as one of the Sand Snakes…but only if I could find what I needed at Goodwill. I don’t historically have good luck at Goodwill but I decided to chance it. And I found everything I needed! I was in shock and super thrilled.

The dress was a J. Crew bridesmaid’s dress that I got for $7 and trimmed with brown duct tape and ribbon. The leggings were $6. The belt was $3 and the dog leash that I wore like a whip was $2. So, all of that for $18 plus the duct tape and ribbon at Michael’s Crafts and the boots I already owned. I didn’t win the costume contest but that’s okay. I had a great time putting my costume together!

That was Friday night. Saturday morning we got up early to go do some urban exploring. There are some abandoned grain silos in an industrial area of the city just southwest of downtown. They are apparently a haven for urban decay photographers so I joined my husband and some of his friends for an adventure.

IMG_0383 IMG_0437My husband hasn’t finished processing all of his photos yet so I just grabbed the two that I’m in to give you a taste. I also took a few with my iPhone that you should be able to see here. I’m looking forward to going back on a warmer day (and with more advanced notice) to shoot some outfit photos here. There are so many cool backgrounds!

Because you guys might be tired of just seeing the stuff around my apartment.

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Wednesday, though, I’ve got a new location for you! More photos from Carmel, Indiana!

 

 

 

 

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 14]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

First, thanks for the kind comments on my last post. Jason got some interesting news about his job location after I posted that, but it just means a slightly closer suburb. Maybe. Anyway, let’s talk about something that doesn’t involve moving and commutes.

Are you in need of a Casual Friday outfit that will also transition to after dinner fun? Then I’ve got the outfit for you! Well, technically, Pinterest has the outfit for you.

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar) | Bracelet – AX Armani Exchange (same in other colors) 

I still don’t know what it is about heels, jeans and a blazer that I love so much, but it always makes me feel good. If I need a “pick me up” outfit this is what I turn to. I try not to wear it every day but, really, I probably should. Almost all of my “casual Friday” outfits I have saved on Pinterest are some variation of this. Partially because at my previous job this helped me still feel dressed up enough on Fridays. And now because I just love it.

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Do you have an outfit combination that always makes you feel good?

P.S. If you’re still in need of Halloween plans, I’ll be serving up Michelada Love and Tecate at Boo Ha Ha in Bucktown on Saturday from 2-7 pm. Just look for Wonder Woman and Bat Girl.

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Then and Now [Vol. 9]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Then and Now

First, let me say that I’m LOVING the conversations we’re having over on my post about how working out can change your wardrobe options. I actually tried a new fitness class at Orangetheory Fitness on Friday and the instructor commented on my back muscle definition. And I felt really strong for most of the dumbbell and bodyweight exercise portion class. But then there was the running at a 12% incline on the treadmill at the end. Oof. Should have chosen to do the treadmill first!

Anyway, today I’ve got a “Then and Now” post for you with jeans, gray shoes, and my olive utility vest.

Here’s the “Now”.

IMG_8126Vest – Old Navy but swapped from Jen (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar

IMG_8130IMG_8131I was originally planning on copying this outfit but, as I mentioned in my post on Friday, a lot of my clothes are too big. Including the white vest I bought last November and still haven’t worn!! I’m almost of a mind to get it altered even though I’m sure it would cost an arm and a leg. I mean, I lusted after that stupid thing and it still has the tags on it!

So, since the original plan didn’t work out, I tossed on this vest at the last minute and then realized this outfit was super close to one I wore last fall.

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Original outfit

Hysterically, I even took the photo in almost the same spot and in almost the exact same pose. Also, you can see how much my Chewie puppy has grown since last September!

Anyway, I love how a vest can add just a little extra something and that this vest still fits! It may not be my originally planned outfit but I still feel pretty good in it.

 

 

 

 

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The Stanley Cup Goes to Work

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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.

Red Le Tote blazer with sequins and jeans to celebrate the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win

Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

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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!

Red Le Tote blazer with sequined shirt and silver loafers

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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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