I’m always on the lookout for jackets or blazers or what have you that can elevate a casual look from super casual weekend to less causal work but still be comfy.
I thought I’d found it with this jersey fabric jacket from Le Tote and, while it looks awesome in the photos, it has some weird shoulder pads going on that seem to be making my shoulders look really broad.
Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Tank top – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar)
The shoulder pads seem to be part of the design and structure of the jacket, though, so it’s not like I could just snip them out. Which is too bad because this jacket is super comfy, has pockets, three-quarter sleeves (my favorite!) and is otherwise perfect. In terms of comfort level It’s more like a sweatshirt than a jacket and that’s a-okay by me.
Actually, to be honest, I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow on toothpicks lately. I have to wonder if my shoulders are actually getting broader or if it’s my imagination! I mean, I have no problem with them getting broader but it does mean I might have to rethink some of what I wear.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of my furry partner in crime, this past weekend we had perfect dog park weather. Well, perfect for spring, anyway. Perfect for Chewie would mean it was warm enough for the kiddie pool and the hose to be out. That boy loves him some water.
Anyway, we took the opportunity to take some weekend casual dog park trip photos.
A jacket with pockets so you can carry extra bags, keys, phone, and maybe a tennis ball.
A shirt that’s easily washable. You will get fur on you.
Jeans. You will get slobbered.
Shoes that you don’t mind if they get a paw print or two on them. You will get stepped on.
You also get to see me in fill-on weekend mode. Meaning, you get to see me with my hair up. I rarely wear my hair up except on weekends. I’m still working on perfecting the messy topknot. My Type A personality has some issues with it.
Strangely, dog slobber and fur don’t bother me nearly as much. Which is why I think I need this t-shirt in my life. Seriously. I don’t think it could be any more accurate.
Chewie, however, was dying to go play, as you can probably see from the photos. And by “play” I mean try to get some dogs to chase him and then give up and stand next to us until we ask him if he wants to go home. He gets along great with other dogs but is also more than happy to be at home. Just don’t ask to come into our apartment without a LOT of warning. He won’t be too thrilled with that.
First, I have to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on yesterday’s post. It’s interesting; on Tuesday night I attended my first Idea Potluck and was blown away and inspired by everyone who spoke. It was just what I needed to remind myself that sometimes you just need to put yourself out there and ask and you will be happily surprised at what the universe gives you in return. So, thank you, everyone, for reminding me that being who I am is perfectly fine.
Vest – Old Navy from Jen (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – c/o T&J Designs (similar)
Even if who I am is a gal trying to take pictures outside her parents’ house, which happens to be situated in the windiest part of all of Central Illinois.
Anyway, today is apparently St. Patrick’s Day although Chicago celebrated last weekend. I avoided the crowds downtown and still got to see the green river on my walk to work on Monday morning. I also figured that since you’re supposed to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day I’d share this outfit with a greenish vest. It’s close enough, right?
I mean, even though my name is Erin (which basically means Ireland), the closest I’ve ever come to Ireland is an Irish pub. Even if my dad tells me it’s as authentic as you’re going to get in the States. I also plan to drink a Guinness (Nitro IPA) tonight. So, you know, close.
A few weeks ago I went to Femme du Coupe’s mixology fundraiser with a friend and ended up chatting all things blogging at a late night Shake Shack run with Kit from The Kittchen.
Side note: it was my first visit to Shake Shack and I have to say it’s the closet thing I’ve found to my hometown love of Steak n Shake.
Anyway, Kit is probably my role model. She not only hustles harder than anyone I know, she’s truly genuine and wants to see people succeed. If I could only figure out how to channel a third of her…skill? Drive? Hustle?
By the way, if you want to try Le Tote for free, just leave me a comment with your email addresses and you can get one free Tote to try!
Anyway, I’ve been feeling pretty blah about a lot of things lately. Not sure if it’s the weather, some stupid stuff going on at work, or what, but my motivation is super low right now. One of the things I talked to Kit about was that my blog feels stagnant. My readership hasn’t grown in awhile (not to mention my social media following) and, while I try not to base my self-worth on that, it’s just so hard to be such a small fish in a big pond and still keep up the motivation. Especially when I’m trying to balance a full-time job, a husband, a dog, working out, volunteering, and trying to come up with photos to take and things to say.
So, friends, if you’re reading, can you leave me a comment? A tweet? Say something nice on Facebook? I just need to know I’m not putting words out into the ether for no reason. Thanks!
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I know the original SIA photograph that Jess chose is all black and white, but I think the stripes on my shirt echo the trees and the tan jacket just alludes to nature.
In other news, I spent all of Friday and Saturday working at for a local half marathon and a good chunk of Sunday answering post-race emails. Our race shirt manufacturer missed our deadline and, as such, some of our shirts were stuck in transit and didn’t arrive in time for the race. Most people were understanding but there are always those who have to be rude or difficult about things, right?
Anyway, it just reinforces the life lesson that you should try your hardest to be nice to people. Why default to rude when it’s just as easy to be nice, you know?
I fully admit that I am not always the nicest person. Sometimes Jason has to say “Be nice” when I’m getting testy. So even I can stand a reminder now and then. No one is perfect.
Admittedly, even this outfit isn’t perfect. In the interest of full disclosure, I barely wore the blazer all day. After months of being cold our office is finally warm! So, I suppose, that my outfit ended up being a great interpretation of this week’s SIA choice after all.
Recently AJ of AJ Wears Clothes asked if any of us style bloggers with puppies would be interested in modeling her husband’s new line of Fur & Collar tees. Of course I jumped at the chance. A fun graphic tee that professes my love for my pup? Yeah, I think I can handle that.
Tee – c/o Fur & Collar (same) | Cardigan – H&M via clothing swap (similar) | Necklace – Randolph Street Market (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (same)
Fur & Collar has shirts for all kinds of specific dog breeds, including Frenchies, Corgis, and Labs to name a few. And if you order by tomorrow (December 8th) you’re guaranteed to get it before Christmas. Perfect for the dog lover in your life, right? Plus, 50% of the total profits from the sales of the Rescue tee that I’m wearing will go to a charity or organization that helps with the rescue or adoption of dogs and cats.
Chewie is a rescue and we’re told he’s a German Shepherd and an Australian Cattle Dog mix. Not sure how accurate that is, though. We adopted him when he was 8 months old and he’s currently just over two years. People still think he’s a puppy, though, because of his ears and his long legs.
Chewie is very, very protective and it takes him a long time to feel comfortable in new spaces or with new people. And, sadly, he tends to display his discomfort by being aggressive. I originally wanted a chill dog that we could take to patios or on trips but, alas, we got this furface. My track record when adopting dogs isn’t the best but we always love them anyway. And other than his anxiety issues, Chewie is a pretty awesome dog. He goes for 10 mile runs with me, loves to play with other dogs at the park, doesn’t bark at random things while inside our apartment, has never destroyed anything of consequence and learns things pretty quickly. If only he didn’t hate people…
There was another dog walking by when were taking these photos outside the new Google offices. Chewie was very interested since he loves other dogs…as long as they don’t bark or lunge at him.
It’s a good thing I have a backlog of photos to post. Why? Because my husband started a new job on Monday and I have a feeling that his new schedule and commute, combined with the slowly decreasing daylight hours, means outfit photos won’t happen nearly as often.
And, yes, for those of you keeping track, this is his third job since he graduated with his chemistry degree less than two years ago. The first one was not a good fit and the second one was a contract job with a corporate policy of A. not hiring people with “only” Bachelor’s degrees and B. not keeping contractors for more than a year.
This new job is at least contract-to-hire but, unfortunately, his commute is going to be horrid. Which is why we’re thinking of moving to the suburbs when our lease is up.
Which breaks my heart.
Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) |Necklace – gift (similar)
There are lots of reasons that it makes sense to move to the ‘burbs. It’s easier for me to commute downtown than it is for Jason to commute out there. We could get a place with a garage where Jason can work on his car and still save money for retirement (which needs to be happening at a much faster pace). And I’m sure there are other benefits that I can’t think of right now. Relationships are about compromise, right?
Nicole at Cedar & Rush recently made a similar move and she blogged about how sometimes we have to “give up things we LIKE, to get the things we LOVE.”
Does moving to the ‘burbs get me closer to something I love? I honestly don’t know right now. But, hey, even 5 years ago I didn’t want to move into the actual city of Chicago! Life isn’t always so black and white, you know?
I’ve noticed over the past few months that I’ve gone from crazy pattern mixing to more solids paired with one pattern. I’m not sure why that is, but today I decided that I wanted to work on my pattern-mixing skills.
It helps that Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose has plaid for her Third Thursday Threads theme. So even though we’re still having highs in the 80s I wanted to wear something that fit the theme. Layer a plaid shirt over a striped tank top with jeans and sandals? That will do.
Shirt – J. Crew (similar and 25% off) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (code ERIN25 gets you 50% off your first month)
I used to mix prints all the time, as evidenced by posts like this one (featuring this same tank top!) or this one (featuring plaid pants!). It actually felt a little good to wear these two items together. In fact, I have plans to pair more plaid and stripes this winter. Recreating this outfit I pinned, for example.
Although, I suppose that I should be wearing my dresses and skirts a few more times before fall really descends on us. Or maybe I can figure out when it is, exactly, that one can wear sweaters and skirts and bare legs…
My life has generally been going pretty well, you guys. I had a great summer, I kicked butt at the Chicago triathlon, and all seemed right with the world.
And then my driver’s license and all my credit and debit cards were stolen. Jason had some car issues that meant we had to go to Indiana two weekends in a row (three if you count this upcoming weekend when I will not be going with). Chewie seems to have developed the hacking crud and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not dog flu. In other words, all the shit hit the fan at the same time.
So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I go with a mindless outfit and revert to a basic color combination: red, white and black.
Bad things come in threes, right? So here’s hoping that I’ve had my share of crap for the time being. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I got my driver’s license replaced the same day it was stolen (thank goodness for having a passport). I got my credit cards shut down and reported before the thief could rack up too many charges and they’ve all since been replaced. Jason’s parents were nice enough to lend us a car and Chewie is young and healthy so I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery.
Still, it would be nice to end the summer on a high note and start to feel inspired to create outfits again. So, keep your fingers crossed the universe turns around and at least the rest of this week goes well. Mmmkay? Thanks.