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Subtle Pattern Mixing

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot dress, striped shirt, pattern mixing, black and white

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.

I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

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Originally I was thinking my green pants with my polka dot chambray shirt but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.

So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.

First world problems, right?

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

The Cat is Back

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, camel blazer, striped shirt, leopard scarf

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Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Scarf – NYC Street Vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same)

So clearly I put this outfit together before I realized the weather was going to skyrocket to almost 70 degrees! Still, it doesn’t mean all is lost. Nope, I’ll just ditch the blazer and roll up my sleeves when I’m outside. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this morning anyway so the fewer things I have to take off the better.

Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve paired stripes and leopard. I used to wear this combination all the time but gave it a break because I was pretty sure you were sick of seeing it. But guess what? It’s baaaack!

In other news, Wednesday night I had the best time with the Windy City Blogger Collective and Blaze Pizza! Blaze was amazing and treated us like rockstars. We even got to go behind the counter and make our own pizzas. Complete with aprons and hats.

Blaze Pizza Chicago

Check me out in the foreground. Thanks to WCBC for the photo!

Blaze Pizza is an awesome concept. You can order straight off the menu or, just like Subway or Chipotle, you can tell them what ingredients you want. Gluten free or regular crust? White, pesto, spicy or regular red sauce? Your choice of five different cheese (or mix and match), tons of veggies and lots of meat.  The crust is super thin so each pizza takes minimal time to cook. Great for when you want to grab something on your way home or just need a quick meal.

Blaze even has a liquor license now so you can have your pizza with a beer or some wine.

Blaze Pizza Chicago

And don’t forget your s’mores pie for dessert!

Blaze Pizza Chicago S'mores Pie

  

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

  

Sweaters Upon Sweaters

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a black and white cardigan with a red turtleneck and black jeans

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a black and white cardigan with a red turtleneck and black jean

Cardigan – H&M via clothing swap (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes -  Nine West (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar) | Bracelet – Joe Fresh (similar)

It may almost be March but the weather in Chicago is still throwing sub-freezing temperatures our way. Which means that today I’m wearing double sweaters. Yes, that’s right, I have on a cardigan sweater over a turtleneck sweater. And I’m nice and toasty.

Seriously, I honestly never thought about putting a cardigan sweater over another sweater. Other than those sweater twin-sets that were all the rage when I was in high school, I mean. Anyway, this particular cardigan works well because it’s almost like a jacket. Which means it’s not too clingy with the sweater underneath.

I actually really ended up liking this outfit. I can even recreate it for a non-Friday and just wear it with black dress pants, too! Or I could wear a different colored turtleneck underneath. Maybe blue? See? Sweaters upon sweaters can be super versatile!

  

Snowy Zebra

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

First, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of January!

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Sweater – Kohl’s (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar)  | Pants – The Limited (similar)  | Necklace – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

This weekend I spent a lot of time tromping around in the snow. So I figured it was only appropriate that today’s Style Imitating Art painting chosen by Jen is “Snowy Owl”.

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However, I don’t own anything owl print so I went with a black and silver zebra print sweater with my black and white striped blouse. Pair that with cream pants and I feel just like one of those owls!

This is probably another one of those outfits that will make a lot of you go “oh, I could never wear white pants in winter! They’d just get too dirty!” And I say to you, that’s why the universe invented dry cleaners. And snow boots. Is it ironic that we worry about keeping our snowy whites out of the snow?

And in case you need more winter white inspiration, here are three other ways I’ve worn these pants in the winter.

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Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

Two Pieces, Two Ways – Day 3

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Two Pieces, Two Ways- Day 3

Monday you saw these pants paired with our snakeskin print top. Yesterday you saw the tops styled two different ways. So today you get to see how Valerie and I styled our burgundy LOFT pants into two different outfits!

I love that we both went for colored tops with neutral-ish cardigans to balance out the color. Valerie’s monochromatic look with the top and the pants being in the same color family are a great choice whereas my blue top definitely draws your eye away from the burgundy pants. I recently saw a blue and burgundy combo on Laura Wears so it was at the front of my mind when choosing this outfit.

Cobalt blue top with burgundy pants and a striped cardigan, Chiago style blogger, wear to work

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Also, funnily enough, yesterday I came REALLY close to wearing that bow belt that Valerie has on today. And, no, we didn’t talk about our outfits beforehand! Which means that you just got six independently styled outfits out of two items. I hope you enjoyed our Two Pieces, Two Ways remix!  Feel free to tell us which outfit was your favorite!

Two pieces styled two ways, Chicago blogger collaboration, burgundy pants, snakeskin print top

  

Red Blazer Day

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Red blazer with red striped tee and jeans for Casual Friday

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – gift (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) |Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Can you believe it? It’s the last day of the January Black Out Challenge! And you know what? I didn’t wear any black pants, skirts, blazers, or shirts all month!! This was actually a really fun challenge because it kept me from falling into my usual rut and got me wearing some items in new ways.

I know that many of you think there’s no way you could go an entire month without wearing black, but maybe try a few days? There’s nothing inherently wrong with black but it can cause us to just wear the same things over and over again. And you know what happens when you fall into that trap? You tend to feel like you have nothing to wear!

Which is totally not true. In fact, here are two ways I’ve reworn both this top and this blazer for two completely different outfits.

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If I thought that the blazer could only be worn with that plaid shirt or that the striped tee could only be worn with that skirt then I never would have put the two together. So, start thinking about how you could wear items in your closet without resorting to pairing them only with black and I bet you’ll have an entirely new perspective!

  

The Shoes Make The Woman

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Miliarty Jacket, Utility Jacket, Olive Jacket, Navy stripes, navy polka dot skirt

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Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – DSW (same)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done some serious in-your-face pattern mixing such as stripes with polka dots but today is the day I finally recreate an outfit I’ve had saved for almost a year! This gorgeous stripes, polka dots, and military jacket outfit from Bows & Sequins.  I’ve most of the pieces in my closet for awhile but it was the shoes I needed to finish off the outfit. I’m really surprised at how much having a pair of navy pumps had really opened up my outfit options!

Olive military jacket, navy and white stripe shirt, navy and white polka dot skirt

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade | Simply Just Lovely

  

Warmest Work Sweater

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, purple shawl sweater, gray pants

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Sweater – LOFT (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar and super cute!) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

I shared this outfit last week on Instagram but since it features my warmest sweater and my warmest pair of pants I had to re-wear it again today, the coldest day so far this week.

Also, I need to ask you all a question. See, I don’t wear lipstick on a regular basis, but this week’s Trend Spin was to feature a bold lip. I put on some Red Apple Lipstick before I left the house but then spent my entire commute with my scarf up over my nose and mouth worrying that I was smearing lipstick all over my scarf. So, do you just put on lipstick after you get wherever you’re going?  Please school me in the way of lip color!

Oh, and I know I’m wearing black shoes even though it’s still the January Black Out Challenge. I hope you will all forgive me.

  

One Shirt, Five Scarves

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Striped shirt with floral scarf, Chicago, wear to work

striped_shirt_navy_skirt_floral_scarf_2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar)

Still staying strong and not wearing any black today. But, I admit, if the challenge was no black and no navy I would be SOL. I mean, look at yesterday and today. So much navy.

Today, though, I am also wearing colors in my scarf. In fact, in honor of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up of scarves, I thought I’d show you a fun way you could change up this entire outfit just by changing the scarf.

How to change up your outfit by changing your scarf

As you can see, the simple outfit of a white and navy base gives you lots of different scarf options. Solid colors, other florals or even leopard are all viable options.  How do you chose?

First, pick a scarf where the main color goes nicely with your base color. If your base is black or navy you’re pretty much safe with just about any color.

Next, if you want pattern on your scarf make sure that it’s of a different scale than the one on your shirt. Small stripes on the shirt mean big pattern on the scarf and vice versa.

Tie your scarf however you want and voila! You have almost as many outfits as you have scarves. Speaking of which, I have a lot of scarves.

scarf_hangerThanks to Kim for this awesome scarf hanger!