In a fit of feeling uninspired, I decided to look through the blog archives to what I was wearing last September. I landed on this outfit and decided that I was just going to recreate it but add my leopard print flats instead of heels.
And then I started getting dressed and the outfit kind of took on a mind of its own.
The cardigan and jeans are the same, but I swapped a plain black tank for my faux leather one, skipped the mini bubble necklace in favor of my floral statement piece, and went with zebra instead of leopard print. Clearly I still needed some kind of animal.
I ended up really liking this outfit. In fact, I think I like it more than the original. Too bad the pictures turned out horribly. .
Except this one.
Which was taken by a random dude on my apartment building’s roof. He saw me with the tripod and the remote and offered to help. He had a bunch of his own camera equipment out so I said, sure, why not. Too bad he didn’t understand when I said I wanted a full body shot. And no camera could help that it was the end of the day and most of my make-up had worn off.
I saw a lot of posts at the end of last week about how it was people’s last chance to wear white before Labor Day. And, as usual, a lot of questions about whether or not those of us reading continue to wear white afterward.
Well, I totally keep wearing white after Labor Day. Here’s proof:
I actually saw a girl in my office building wearing a very similar outfit last week but she had on a flared skirt, not a pencil skirt. Both versions are cute, it just depends on which style you prefer to wear.
I liked the mix of brown and black and, of course, mixing leopard print with stripes. And, of course, it reminds me of an outfit I wore almost two years ago now that also included brown, black, leopard and white. So, clearly my tastes haven’t changed that much.
Also, in case you’re curious, I rode a Divvy bike home from work on the day I wore this. But, I changed into workout capris and flats. I still haven’t figured out if it’s possible to ride a bike in a pencil skirt. Have any of you tried it?
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?
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.
The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?
And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.
Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.
After my minor freak out on Friday, I was able to carve out some time this weekend to run 7 miles, attend my first Milwaukee Brewers game, get in a great workout at Crosstown Fitness, and take some outfit photos!
I didn’t want to miss today because it’s another Style Imitating Art pick, this time by Animated Cardigan.
Luggage Barcode Sunset No. 4, by Douglas Coupland
Interestingly enough, the outfits that came to mind when I saw this were ones I’ve already worn. One was even for another Style Imitating Art post and the other was for a different style challenge I used to do. So, I figured, why mess too much with a good thing?
This outfit is actually quite comfortable and even though it’s something I would have worn to my less-casual office job in the summer, it still works for my current job. Albeit, I’m probably one of the most dressed up people in the office (seriously, cargo shorts and flip flops are the norm for guys and let’s not even talk about what some of the women on the phone sales team wear). Still, I feel good in this outfit and, for me, that’s part of the reason I get dressed. Sure, I could wear a ratty tank top and jeans to work, but why?
Although, this winter I’m pretty sure I’ll be all about the jeans. Which means I need to go shopping for jeans. Ugh. I’d rather go swimsuit shopping!
Yesterday was the weirdest weather day I’ve experienced in awhile. It took me forever to figure out what to wear because it was hot and humid when I left for work. I ended up with a tank and a skirt and grabbed a cardigan just in case.
Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt –White House Black Market (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)
It ended up raining mid-morning which cooled everything down so that by the time I left work early so I could get ready to go to an outdoor concert (American Authors, The Script and One Republic, all of which were amazing) I was chilly even with the cardigan!
At the outdoor concert I wore jeans, boat shoes, a tee, a scarf, a hat, and a jacket and was still bundled up under a blanket! Crazy.
Thankfully the rain stopped as soon as we sat down on the lawn at Ravinia because even though I was prepared with an umbrella and a rain jacket I don’t know how long I would have lasted in the chilly rain. The bands were good but I’m just a wuss sometimes!
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.
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.
I had a meeting today at a location with a “casual” dress code but I didn’t want to show up in jeans. So, in order to make my suit more casual I added a tee shirt and rolled up the sleeves of the jacket.
Admittedly, it took me a lot longer than it should have to come up with this outfit! I’ve gotten so out of the rut of wearing my black pants that I honestly forget what to pair with them. Something so simple shouldn’t be so difficult, right?
Anyway, if I had wanted to wear jeans I would have kept everything else the same and just swapped out the black dress pants for my bootcut jeans. See? Easy casual Friday look all set for you for tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, I’ll be posting my Favorite Outfit of May round-up so don’t forget to come back and vote!
P.S. There might not be any close-up shots of my left side for awhile. I, uh, accidentally gave myself a black eye on Saturday morning while hurriedly pulling on my arm warmers before going for a run. My hand slipped and I literally punched myself in the face. See? Bloggers are not perfect.
I actually took these photos on my way to my Thursday evening class and had every intent of showing you how the outfit looked with the cardigan on, but it was way too hot outside. And considering I went for a run at lunch and it took me forever to stop sweating (even after taking a cool shower!) I was not about to make myself hot again.
Thankfully, the cardigan came in handy once I was in class since it’s A. in a computer lab and B. I sit directly underneath a vent. AKA it’s FREEZING in there.
By the way, I’m not getting a third college degree. I’m just taking classes for fun. Unfortunately, this class isn’t going over exactly what I wanted to learn (CSS, by the way) but I have learned a few WordPress tweaks and am in the middle of building a site for the Wurst Running Club Ever for my final project.
Top – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)
First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this outfit idea all on my own. Nope. I saw a very similar outfit on AJ Wears Clothes and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it. I just had to wait for the weather to warm up! Now that ankle pant weather is finally here I’m excited to wear these lace pants!
Also, in full disclosure, I recently ordered an almost identical sleeveless collared blouse from The Limited because this particular one gapes at the chest (seriously, my chest is not that big!) and while it looks fine underneath things, there’s no way I can wear it by itself. I’ll have to see how the one from The Limited works out once it gets here.
Finally, there’s one other thing I want to give some credit to for my wardrobe: Pressbox. What is Pressbox? It’s a 24 hour dry cleaning pick-up and drop off service!
We used to have a dry cleaner in our apartment building but the quality was so-so, the woman who manned it was kind of surly, and she only took cash. When that closed I started going to the one I walk past on my way to the train but trying to remember to grab my stuff as I rushed out the door eluded me.
Enter Pressbox. They installed a block of Pressbox lockers in our building and I LOVE it! Seriously. I can drop my clothes off in the locker in my pajamas whenever I remember and it’s back to me in two days or so.
You sign up for an account, you put your stuff in the locker, lock it and you text the locker number to the Pressbox phone number. They pick it up, send you an email with the price, and then text you the access code and locker number when it’s back. You can even reuse the bag they return it in!
And last night I dropped some stuff off and then realized after they emailed me the price that I forgot to put the “Replace Button” on the cardigan I put in the locker. I emailed them and they responded within 5 minutes and said they’d take care of it.
I am not a paid spokesperson for Pressbox. I just think it’s an amazing concept created by local Chicagoans. And since I don’t iron or sew, I am all about cleaners who will take care of those things for me. Plus the prices are really, really reasonable! It’s a win-win.