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What to wear to the dog park

Casual Clothes

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.

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Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same) | Shirt – J. Crew (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same

Key components of a dog park outfit?

  1. A jacket with pockets so you can carry extra bags, keys, phone, and maybe a tennis ball.
  2. A shirt that’s easily washable. You will get fur on you.
  3. Jeans. You will get slobbered.
  4. Shoes that you don’t mind if they get a paw print or two on them. You will get stepped on.

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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.

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Erin Go Bragh

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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.

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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.

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Motivation Level Equals Low

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

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?

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Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (similar

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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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 17]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels · Style Imitating Art

When I got my new camel blazer for Christmas I knew the exact outfit I wanted to recreate using it. It was this one from Damsel in Dior. Turns out this outfit also kind of works for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge from Animated Cardigan.

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt- Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman (same)

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.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 16]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of November yet?

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.

Additionally, it gave me the perfect opportunity to use the tee to recreate an outfit I’d saved from AJ’s blog!

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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.

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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…

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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. 

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Not always black and white

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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.

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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?

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MOAR Stripes (and plaid)

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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.

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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)

IMG_9027I 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…

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When it rains

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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.

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Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar

IMG_9004Bad 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.

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My Current Favorite Skirt

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When I bought this skirt after seeing it on Sarah’s Real Life, I honestly didn’t know how much I would end up loving it. I’ve worn it at least once a month since I’ve gotten it. It helps, of course, that most of my other skirts are too big and this one isn’t. But even if that wasn’t the case, I’d probably still wear it more than the others.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo still works for a free month)

IMG_8252Funny story – I honestly didn’t even notice that this necklace had pink in it until after I’d been wearing it for a few hours. Oops! Well, uh, let’s just say that it’s “light red” and I’m going for a monochrome theme. And the stripes on my shirt are navy. I promise.

Anyway, I tend to wear this skirt with neutral colors, specifically grays and blacks, so I wanted to take it up a notch and pair it with blues. Hence the bright blue shoes. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it and I almost changed my mind 10 times, but in the end, I went with it.

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And I think it encouraged me to pair this skirt with my cobalt blue top next. Because, I mean, just looking at the photos tells me that a little color wouldn’t hurt anyone. What do you think?

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Linking up with Bri @ Work Clothes, I Suppose

 

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One Box, Two Shoes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As a member of Brandbacker, I recently got the opportunity to try a pair of Alterre shoes as part of their pre-sale launch. I wasn’t asked to blog about them but think the concept is pretty neat so I wanted to share them with you.

See, you buy a “lift” and then you change the “look” with different ankle straps. They have both closed-toed and open-toed versions. I was sent the Mist Grey Sandal Starter Kit and the first time I wore them I kept it simple with the grey Jackie ankle straps.

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Sandals – c/o Alterre (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar

IMG_2272At first I felt like they might be a little too dowdy or “old lady” but I got quite a few compliments on them from random women of all ages in my office building. So, I suppose they do appeal to everyone.

The strap across my toes was a bit tight when I first put them on but since they’re made of soft leather it did stretch out throughout the day. However, I did take a day off in between wearing them with the gray ankle strap and the navy ankle strap just to give my feet a rest. Otherwise they were quite comfy.

And speaking of the navy ankle strap, I’ll have those up for you in my next post. Stay tuned!

P.S. Last Sunday I fell while riding my bike and scraped the crap out of my left knee. These photos were taken before then, so if you suddenly notice a huge scab you’ll know why. Those would be post-falling photos 🙂