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End of an Era

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I got some sad news via email today. The Le Tote ambassador program is being discontinued! As an ambassador I got some nice perks just for doing what I was already doing: telling you how much I love Le Tote. I’ll still keep using Le Tote but I’ll have to rely on people using my referral link.

Anyway, speaking of Le Tote, today’s outfit features a striped blazer I got in my last Tote.

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Blazer – Le Tote (same) |  Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar

I really wanted to like this blazer. It’s cotton-y and comfy and I would like a striped blazer to replace a navy and white one I consigned awhile ago. However, for some reason I just wasn’t feeling this one.

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But, again, that’s what I love about Le Tote. I got to wear this all day and then make my decision about whether or not to keep it. And, if I decide later that I want to try it again, I can do that.

So, even though I will no longer be an official Le Tote ambassador, I’m still going to use them and share about them here on the blog. And that’s how you know that something is good, right? I get no perks for telling you about it but I do anyway.

Pretty to a Tee

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

So, leaving a job is pretty weird. At least it is for me right now. I don’t have much work to do other than be there to help the person who is taking over transition. And host a giveaway. Which you should go enter.

At least I can look pretty while I’m doing it?

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Also, I have to tell you about this tee from Target. It’s a Mossimo Supply Company brand Junior’s Boyfriend V Tee and I bought it in three colors and I think I might buy it in about three more. It’s not too see-through, the sleeves are longer than cap sleeves and it’s super soft.

I bought it a size up for a slightly larger fit and just in case it shrinks in the wash. I’m hoping it doesn’t, though, because right now all three are perfect the way they are. I didn’t have many plain t-shirts and I thought they would be good transition pieces as I try to take many of my professional dress pieces and tone them down a bit for my new job.

Apparently they’re also good for walking the dog!

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Stripes and Checks

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears striped blazer, navy gingham shirt and gray pants

 Blazer- Express (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit of February yet? I’ll be posting the winner on my Pinterest board next week so get your vote in now!

Second, you may or may not notice that I categorize all my outfit posts with the season. I’ve got Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Today’s outfit, though? I’m putting in both Winter and Spring. Why? Because technically you can put March into meteorological spring. But it was snowing when I left the house on Monday morning. And I had to layer a shirt, sweater and a blazer since the air temperature was something like 8 degrees.

So, yes, it’s kind of spring. But it’s also mostly winter. Hence both categories.

Also, I’ve decided that it’s a good thing that Hollywood is in California. I attended an Oscars shindig last night with the Windy City Blogger Collective (you can see pictures of my outfit and hair on Facebook) and trying to navigate the snow, slush and ice in 4” strappy heels was quite the challenge.

And speaking of challenges (gee, I’m just knocking these segues out of the park today, right?), H&K Style Journey and some buddies are currently doing a month long challenge where everyone participating interprets the same outfit each day. As you know, I plan my outfits out a week in advance so I’m not participating this week, but I will be for the rest of the month!

Hey, you guys did tell me you wanted to see more fashion challenges and more Pinterest interpretations! Should be a fun time. Feel free to play along!

P.S. I recently wrote an article about SEO (search engine optimization) for bloggers from a non-expert perspective (meaning in plain language) that you might find helpful! It should be up on the Windy City Blogger’s website today.

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels | The Fashion Canvas

Faux Leather Dilemma

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – Express (similar) |  Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I’ve been dying to wear this striped blazer and faux leather skirt outfit ever since I pinned a similar inspiration photo almost a year ago. Today’s Trend Spin Link-Up theme of leather seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Unfortunately, either something happened to me or something happened to this skirt since I wore it last and I’m having a “bad texture” day. What does that mean? It means that when I put this skirt on I just couldn’t stand it. Also, the back kickpleat seems to be doing something weird. Which means that as much as I love the look of this outfit, I’m going to have to figure out what’s going on with the skirt ASAP! Because faux leather is DEFINITELY in for fall and the fact that this skirt isn’t black makes me feel like it’s easy to wear to the office. And I want to wear it!

Am I the only person who puts on a piece of clothing and then just can’t wear it because of how it feels on? Please tell me I’m not alone!

Mutually Inspired Series Day 3: The Striped Blazer

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Blazer – Express (similar) | Tank – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | White shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Did you know that my very first You Pick Wednesday post was helping Jen figure out fun ways to wear her striped blazer? She’s gone on to create some fun outfits with hers so I thought I would give a nod to history for today’s Mutually Inspired Series post and showcase a way that she created to wear her striped blazer.

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I kept the same silhouette with the pencil skirt and blazer and also stuck to the same color palate with gray and magenta. At first I was struggling a bit to figure out how I was going to recreate this outfit because while I have similarly colored tops I didn’t know how to make any of them work. But then it struck me: wear a tank top over a collared shirt! So, that’s what I did.

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Yes, this is a tank-top that has almost gone to the donation pile a few times.  In this case, though, I’m glad I held into it because it was fun to give it new life as a vest!  Sure, I could have worn the tank top by itself but I thought that layering it over the white shirt gave it more visual interest and dressed it up a bit more just like Jen did by adding that little bit of white to her original outfit.

What do you think? Would you ever turn a tank top into a vest?

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Navy: The Dark Horse of My Closet

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Express (similar under $35) | Top – Gap (similar under $18) | Pants – The Limited (similar under $30) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar under $40) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar under $25)

Do you ever get an idea in your head and you can’t wait to implement it? That’s what happened with this gray and navy outfit.  I realized I hadn’t worn my striped blazer in awhile and got the idea to put it with my gray pants. So I created a Polyvore board to remind me to put the two together. The hardest part? Decided if I wanted to wear my navy crewneck sweater or my navy and white polka dot top.

Obviously I went with the polka dots. But you know, for someone who once despised navy I am continually surprised at how much of it I now have in my closet. Also, believe it or not, a few years ago I bought these pants to wear with one top. Now I want to wear them all the time (although looking at these pictures they need a date with the iron before I wear them again). Crazy how that happens.

Have you ever found yourself wearing a color you didn’t used to wear?

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How Keywords and Link-Ups Make a Top 2012 Post

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Independent Fashion Bloggers challenged its members to create a “2012 greatest hits” post for this week’s IFB Project.  I could have looked through my archives and chosen my favorite posts from 2012 but I thought I’d let the stats do the talking and show you why using keywords and participating in link-ups gives you top posts!

 

Top Post of All Time

Since Loop Looks started in February 2012 I’ve published 256 posts (to date).  The post that has generated the most visits?

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The very first reader-submitted You Pick Wednesday: 5 Fun Ways to Wear a Striped Blazer!  How did keywords put this post at the top?  The title and the body of the post both very clearly say “striped blazer” several times.  “Striped Blazer” is one of the most popular search terms that leads people to Loop Looks.  So, while it may seem silly and uncreative to have very literal post titles or to repeat yourself in your post this is how you get people to find your content.  And why do you write if it isn’t to share your posts with others?

 

Why Yoast is the Most

Have you heard of the WordPress plug-in Yoast?  No?  If not you should definitely take a look at it.  I installed the plug-in after attending a search engine optimization class (SEO) and while I only use it occasionally the first time I really put it to the test I got great results with the post that is nipping at the heals of 5 Fun Ways to Wear a Striped Blazer.

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Three Ways to Wear Riding Boots Without Skinny Jeans is the second most viewed post on Loop Looks.  Why?  Because I made Yoast work for me.  I made sure I followed all the suggestions regarding keywords.  I made sure to title all my  photos with keyword search terms.  And now people looking for riding boot ideas?  They end up at Loop Looks.

 

Link-Ups are Lovely

Finally, the third most viewed post on Loop Looks is one I did back in April as part of my very first link-up.  What’s a link-up? Typically another blogger has a theme, you do a post on that theme, and then you add your URL to the list of URLs on the original blogger’s post.  In this case, it was a “1 Piece, Three Days, Three Ways” challenge via Bramblewood Fashion.

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Day 1, my green pants with a black top and zebra print scarf is the third most viewed post of 2012.  Why?  Most likely because of that link-up.  That post has been shared across at least three blogs and that link is always there for people to find on any of those three posts.  In addition, I’ve learned that the more incoming links you have to a post the more likely you are to come up in search results.  So link-ups are not only fun, they are beneficial for getting your content to the people who want to find it!

So, there you go.  Why I think keywords and link-ups are the key to making a top post, whether in 2012 or beyond.

What were your favorite Loop Looks posts of 2012? 

Copycat Friday–Black Cat

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Pants – Gap | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)| Earrings – Bergner’s

It’s CopyCats Friday from Fills for Thrills!

I don’t even want to tell you how many images I looked through on my Pinterest boards try find something I wanted to copy.  Not sure why I was having such a difficult time this week.

In the end I settled on this outfit.  It’s a fun cross between Casual Friday and regular office sophistication.  And it’s based on an outfit from Wendy’s Lookbook.

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I went with a pinstriped blazer instead of a solid black one because, well, my solid black one needs to go to the drycleaners.  However, this pinstriped one is a little bit too big so it might be going in my Poshmark closet very soon.

What do you think?  Did I hit the nail on the head with my copy?

 

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You Pick Wednesday – 5 Fun Ways to Wear A Striped Blazer

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How to Style a Gray and Navy Striped Blazer

Welcome to the first installment of You Pick Wednesday!  The whole purpose of this series is to let you, my readers, tell me what you need help with!  Maybe it’s a piece you saw in the store and you want to know could work it into your wardrobe.  Maybe you saw something on Pinterest that intrigues you but you don’t know how to make it happen in real life.  Maybe you have that one (or two or three) item(s) in your closet that you just never know what to do with.  Or maybe you recently purchased something and what to see what else you could wear it with.

That’s the case with today’s submission from Jen at Librarian for Life Style.  She recently purchased a gray and navy striped blazer on super clearance at Gap (seriously, that girl knows how to find a bargain!) and although she had a few ideas of how to wear it she was wondering if I could help punch it up in the color department.
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Way #1 – Pair it with a bright top, fun shoes, and jeans for a Friday casual look.

Way #2 – Move the color to the bottom and put it with a complimentary patterned top for some fun visual interest.  Keep the accessories neutral so as not to compete with the color and the pattern.

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Way #3 – Another brightly colored top (pink this time!) along with white skirt, a bright floral scarf and fun but not over-the-top shoes scream fun summer date night or spunky day at work.

Way #4 – A more low-key approach that would work for a cooler day or just when you don’t want to be quite as bright.  Solid colored dark bottoms and chambray keep the look more down to earth but the fun shoes give it a little interest.  Again, the necklace is interesting but not making too much of a statement.

And Way #5?  My own take with my own striped blazer.  A solid colored dress in something other than black or white and simple accessories to keep the focus on the color and the stripes.

Blazer – Express | Dress – Dots | Belt – The Limited | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Thanks for submitting your suggestion, Jen!  I hope this has given you some ideas on how to wear your new blazer.

Which look is your favorite?  Which one can you see yourself wearing?

So, who’s next?  Don’t forget to submit your suggestions or questions for You Pick Wednesday to looplooks@gmail.com!