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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 7]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

In yet another edition of Pinterest Parallels I’ve gone ahead and copied mostly the top half of an outfit from Pink Avenue. White blazer, pink sweater and crystal necklace.

white-blazer-pink-sweater-1Blazer – Forever 21 (same) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!)

white-blazer-pink-sweater-3I knew I wanted to wear this outfit as soon as this necklace came in the mail from Rocksbox. I do love a rhinestone necklace, that’s for sure. So of course I wanted an outfit that would show it off.

It also helped that I went to the gym before work and could pack my leopard flats into my gym bag while wearing my (snow!!) boots. Yes, winter has arrived again. And even with a sweater and a blazer I was freezing in my office so I think I’m going to have to layer up even more if I want to survive until summer.

And then, of course, I’ll need to layer up to survive the air conditioning.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 6]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Pinterest Parallels

For today’s installment of Pinterest Parallels I’m once again going with a pin that I saved that has been repinned over 430 times!

It’s a simple outfit from Sprinkles & Sequins that I think must intrigue people because the basic elements are easy to recreate.

navy-sweater-gold-necklace-1Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Navy sweater, jeans, leopard accessories and a gold necklace? I bet lots of people have similar items in their closet. I mean, clearly I do.

I think, though, that what really gets people is the necklace she’s wearing in the original photo. It’s currently on sale and I admit I’m intrigued. However, I wonder how heavy it is and if it’s too Mr. T. I mean, it IS a lot of chains.

Anyway, I went with a necklace I already own that’s a bit more toned down. The idea was to wear this outfit to dinner at bowling at the new Pinstripes, but when Jason and I got there for our date night I was informed that they had no lanes available until 9PM. Their website says nothing about lane reservations being recommended (or even an option!) and no one mentioned it when I was there for the previous event.

Thankfully their food is good so we decided to stay and eat dinner. Still, it would have been nice to try some bowling or bocce. Ah, well. Maybe another time. Now that I know I need to reserve a lane first!

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No St. Patrick’s Day Pinching Here

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago tends to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on the weekend before. Dyeing the river green, tons of drunk people, a parade, and I’m sure some other stuff. I spent my weekend celebrating Pi Day (3-14-15) by running a Pi Day 5K and then eating pie. I also got out on my bike for the first time this year and rode 35 miles.

And then fell and scraped up my elbow. Oh well. There were more highs than lows this weekend, even if I wasn’t celebrating like the rest of the city.

So, instead, I’m wearing my green today!

green-pants-letote-sweater-1Sweater – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Express (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

green-pants-letote-sweater-3When I first pulled this top out of my Le Tote box I just laughed. It looked so TINY! And short. And I already have a short torso so I can’t imagine how short it would be on someone other than me. I thought, there’s no way I’m wearing this.

But then I thought, wait, what if I layer it over a black tank top? The black accents on the sides would probably make it look like the tank was part of the design of the sweater. And, you know what, I think it works. In fact, I’m actually thinking I might keep this sweater since it’s currently on sale for $23.

What do you think? Or does that just make you want to pinch some reality back into me since you can’t pinch me for not wearing green?

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Then and Now [Vol. 4]

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Then and Now

Happy Friday!!! Who’s excited for the weekend? So far my weekend plans involve celebrating Pi Day with a 10 mile run (that includes a 3.14 mile fun run followed by PIE!) and possibly my first long bike ride of the season. Oh, and things like laundry. But those aren’t as fun as pie.

A few weeks ago, before our weather warmed up a bit, I put together this double polka dot look with my navy polka dot sweater and my polka dot button up.

polka-dot-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-1Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

I love pairing polka dots with polka dots and I’ve definitely done  before with this polka dot shirt, specifically.

polka-dot-shirt-three-waysOriginal 1 | Original 2 

The polka dot shirt with the polka dot skirt is still one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever put together, to be honest. The gray sweater and polka dot shirt is cute but something about a long sleeved button up under a shorts sleeved sweater has always bothered me for some reason. Which means, of course, that I prefer the longer sleeved sweater.

What do you think about putting polka dots together? Do you prefer one of these outfits more than the other?

Conflicted about camo

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Is there anything in your life that you like but you feel bad about liking? I feel that way about camo print. I love the way it looks but I feel so disingenuous wearing it. Like, the only people who should wear it are those in the military or who are military veterans.

But, it’s also just a fun print!

camo-jeans-marsala-sweater-1Jeans – LOFT (same on sale!) | Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (same on sale!) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

camo-jeans-marsala-sweater-3I admit that I bought these jeans on sale in January and last week was the first time I wore them. And I felt both awesome and self conscious all day. Of course, it did help that there was another girl at work also wearing camo print jeans so I didn’t feel totally out of place.

I have lots of ideas on how to wear them so hopefully I get over my weird hang-up and just admit that it’s a print. I mean, people wear plaid who aren’t Scottish, right?

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What do you do with a cashmere sweater

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

A few weeks ago Garnet Hill emailed me to see if I would be interested in trying something from their Cashmere Shop. I admit I was intrigued because growing up we used to get the Garnet Hill catalog and I remember it being mostly bedding and linens. Either I totally missed their clothing section or they’ve just been expanding since the last time I looked!

As you saw in yesterday’s shopping summary post, I ended up getting a beautiful striped cashmere sweater from them.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-2Sweater – c/o Garnet Hill (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sorel (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar)

Originally I wasn’t sure what size to order. I was debating between an XS and an S. In the end, I went with the small and I would say it fits true to size. None of this crazy vanity sizing that other places do. I wanted it to fit a little looser so I could layer it and so it would feel more casual. The S is perfect for that. If I wanted an even more oversized fit I could easily go up to a Medium.

I love that it has three quarter length sleeves (my favorite!) and that the boat neck isn’t super wide.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-3I kind of took a chance on ordering the navy and white version because there’s no picture of it on the website. Thankfully it looked how I expected.

The only downside? What do I do with a cashmere sweater?? Garnet Hill has care suggestions but, dang, cashmere seems like it might be a lot of work. On the plus side, it’s super soft and cozy.

I kept the outfit simple on its first outing (although, when I wore it to work I swapped out the boots for my navy suede heels once I got to the office) but since I’m pretty sure we’re not getting spring for a few more weeks I’ll most likely be layering it over a button up shirt pretty soon.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-1Thanks to Garnet Hill for sending me this sweater! As always, all opinions are my own.

 

Through the Windowpane

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

It’s Friday and it’s cold so what’s better than a sweater layered over a button up shirt? Not much, I tell you.

pink-windowpane-sweater-1Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

pink-windowpane-sweater-2Especially when it’s a pink windowpane sweater paired with pink gingham. Pattern mixing is fun!

I bought this sweater as a replacement for a similarly colored argyle one that I ended up sending to ThredUp. You may recall my last adventure with ThredUp was less than stellar but this time I only sent items that my local consignment shop wouldn’t take (they don’t take Gap items and the sweater was from the Gap). They’re items I would have donated to Goodwill anyway so I figured, hey, why not try it again? They just got my bag o’stuff so we’ll see what happens in a few weeks!

Topic change! I’m REALLY glad it’s Friday. I even only worked 4 days this week. I took Wednesday off to go to the Chicago Auto Show with Jason and while it was nice to have a break in the middle of the week, it also kind of meant I had two Mondays. Blergh.

Thankfully, this weekend is going to be filled with puppies and friends. Chewie is due for his annual vet visit and then I’m meeting some people for lunch. On Sunday I’m doing my first volunteer shift with PAWS Chicago.

How about you? Are you glad it’s Friday? Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

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How you know your outfit is a winner

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I had a hair appointment last week to get a trim and the instant my hair dresser saw me in this outfit he said, “Your outfit is so cute!”

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-1houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-4Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same)  | Purse – Nine West (same)

I told him that originally I was going to pair this sweater with my smaller houndstooth print skirt but decided at the last minute that I didn’t like them together and threw this skirt on as a last resort.

houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-2“Oh, no,” my hair dresser said. “This one is perfect.”

I can’t decide if his gushing over my outfit means it’s a total winner or if it’s just his job to gush. Regardless, I’ll take the compliments and put this outfit on the winner list. houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-3Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

Statement Earrings

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of January yet? Or seen what won for every month of 2014?

For the past 10 or so years my siblings, our spouses and I have drawn names at Thanksgiving to see who we’re buying a gift for at Christmas. This year my 9 year old niece decided that the kids should get in on the action.

So, everyone in our family (all 11 of us total) put our names into a hat and drew. The rules? The gift had to be under $5.

Apparently as soon as my four year old nephew found out he drew my name he knew exactly what he was getting me: earrings.burgundy-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-1burgundy-sweater-polka-dot-shirt-3Sweater – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Normally I would wear a statement necklace with a sweater and a collared shirt (as evidenced yesterday) but I thought I’d be a bit different and go with the statement earrings instead.

Especially since apparently my nephew thinks of me and thinks earrings. And he has good taste, I must say.

We all had a blast buying $5 gifts for one another, too. I hope this becomes a new tradition!

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Simply Jeweled

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Before I sent back my most recent Le Tote box I decided to get one more wear out of the pretty jeweled necklace they’d sent. I last wore it as part of my Christmas celebration outfit but this time I decided to let it take center stage.

navy-sweater-white-button-up2Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

navy-sweater-white-button-up3A navy sweater and a white collared shirt could be way too “prep-school uniform” on their own which is why I added the sparkly necklace and, of course, my leopard print wedges.

Overall this outfit is pretty simple but it’s the fun color and pattern touches that take it from blah to interesting. Adding at least one item of interest always me feel more put together when I’m wearing basics like a sweater, button-up, and jeans.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I honestly can’t remember when I wore this outfit. I know I did. But I do know we took the pictures last week.  I’m trying to build up a buffer of photos for when either my photographer is unavailable (husband’s gotta work, yo) or I just can’t face using the tripod and remote. Or, for times when I’m not going to be at work. Like right now. My husband’s grandfather passed away and we’ll be out of town for a few days. Hopefully. Assuming we didn’t get snowed in (I’m writing this on Saturday and allegedly we’re getting like a foot of snow or some such thing soon).

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