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White is in my jeans

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I think Bri over at Work Clothes, I Suppose was thinking just of me when she chose this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme of white pants.  I mean, not only did I choose white jeans as one of my Top 10 Remix items, I’ve been known to wear white pants in all seasons!

And, as luck would have it, I had already decided to wear them today.

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-1Jacket – J. Crew via eBay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

tweed-jacket-white-jeans-3There are actually THREE of my Top 10 Remix pieces in this outfit!

Why did I decide to wear them today? Well, today we’re interviewing for a position that will report to me and I decided that I wanted to be a little dressed up…but not too much. So, it’s all business on top but a little more casual on the bottom.

I think white jeans, like black ones, can straddle the line between super casual and slightly dressy. Jason doesn’t understand how one can have “dressy” jeans but I beg to differ. It can totally be done!

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Especially with white jeans. Just look at the all the ways I’ve worn them in the past! I’m thinking a round-up post of all my white jeans outfits should be on the to-do list.

In the mean time, wish me luck on these interviews. I hope we find the perfect candidate!

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Why I finally added graphic tees to my wardrobe

Casual Friday

When I worked in a business casual office we sort of had an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t wear any shirts with words on them. Unless, of course, it was a shirt from the university bookstore (yes, I used to work at a university). So when I’d see gals online wearing cute graphic tees with fun jewelry and jackets I’d get sad. I didn’t even own any graphic tees that weren’t from some running shoe manufacturer that I got for free in a raffle or from a race.

But now at my current job I can basically wear whatever I want. So, I do. And the first thing I decided was that I wanted to add some graphic tees to my wardrobe.

So I did.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-2Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Tee – Meghan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-3I originally saw this top at Milk Handmade, a local boutique, but they didn’t have my size. So imagine how excited I was to find it at the One of a Kind show I went to back in December. I’ve since included this top in my 12 Pieces, 12 Ways post and I get excited every time I think of a new way to wear it. Which is why I included it in my Top 10 Remix Challenge.

The tee has a little heart where Chicago is which I think it appropriate. I never EVER thought I would end up loving the city so much. I never thought of myself as a big city gal. But, it turns out, I am. I may not stay in Chicago forever, but I will love it forever for many reasons.

red-tweed-jacket-graphic-tee-1P.S. Getting Chewie to look at the camera was NOT going to happen. Way too many dogs walking by just off-camera.

Sharing this Top 10 Remix outfit with Sarah who started this whole thing. This post has TWO of my pieces in it which I think means it has to be shared.

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Pinterest Parallel [Vol. 1]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels

Another series, you ask? Why, yes, yes it is. And what’s this one? Well, I mentioned that I was thinking about doing posts where I recreate looks from my Pinterest boards but not go shopping.

Well, I have bought a few things already in January but I’m trying my best to leave my closet alone from now on. Except I know my dad wants to take me shopping for my birthday when I visit him this weekend!

Anyway, this particular outfit is a copy of a recent one from The Closet Crush and all of the items here were purchased before 2015!

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-1Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jacket – J Crew via eBay (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

The shirt is one of the older things in my closet as I think it’s been there since before I moved to Chicago. The boots were one of my first purchases after we moved here (so…2008?). The jacket I bought on eBay early last year and the necklace was added earlier in 2014 as well. The jeans are the newest items and those joined my closet this past fall.

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-3I don’t know why I never thought to put this jacket and this shirt together because they seem like a natural pairing. And I love that the necklace sits right in the opening of the shirt and brings out the gold thread in the jacket.

tweed-jacket-white-shirt-2Overall I felt very “me” in this outfit. I think I’m still struggling with defining my style but this is definitely a pretty good start.

 

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Black and White Windowpane

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Windowpane blouse, tweed pants, black cardigan, Chicago style blogger

How to wear a windowpane blouse

Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

Some days you just want to go with a simple black and white outfit, am I right? Days when you need something simple. Days when you want to wear some of your comfiest items. The key is to make sure those items are a nice mixture of textures and patterns so you don’t look like a rumbled newspaper. You know, black and white and tread all over?

I crack myself up.

Anyway! Today we’re having a lunchtime staff meeting in our conference room which is always cold. Hence the cardigan. We’re also trying a new-to-us restaurant: Naansense. Hilariously, I ordered the lamb naanwich…which is also basically what I’m making for dinner tonight. It will be the battle of the lamb sandwiches! I’m pretty sure who is going to win, though.

Wear windowpane to work, Chicago style blogger

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Blues, Tans and Purples

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

White tweed jacket with blue dress and bubble necklace, Chicago style blogger white, blue and bubble necklace

Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – BCBG Outlet (similar) | Necklace – JF&A show (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of April yet? I’m surprised by the results so far! Will your vote change that?

Welcome to Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? Remember last weekend when I ran that half marathon? Well this weekend I didn’t run one but I did work at one. Yes, I worked on Friday and Saturday at the Wisconsin Marathon and Half Marathon handing out race packets, answering questions, doing some crowd control at the finish line, and cleaning up after the race.

Which basically means that Sunday was spent recovering! And outfit planning, of course. Today’s outfit is my interpretation of the Style Imitating Art painting for this week chosen by Jen of Librarian for Life & Style:

Lawren Harris, Tamarack Swamp, Algoma, c. 1920, oil on canvas

Lawren Harris, Tamarack Swamp, Algoma, c. 1920, oil on canvas

I decided to pull out the blues and the tans in the painting and then accent it with my purple-ish bubble necklace. Now, some people out there might be saying “Bubble necklaces are SO 2012.” And I say, so what? Seriously, I’ve only ever seen one being worn “in the wild” (aka not on a blog) and whenever I wear it I get compliments. Which to me says that the general public is not over them yet and still find them unique. Which means I’m still going to wear mine.

The joys of not being a total slave to trends is that you don’t have to revamp your entire wardrobe every year, right? And you can keep remixing your items! Like I did with this blue dress.

Also, if you want to see how others used this painting to create an outfit, be sure to visit Librarian for Life and Style!

White jacket with blue dress

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

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Monday Tweed

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, J. crew tweed jacket, navy and burgundy

J. Crew tweed jacket, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Top – Express (same) | Pants – LOFT | Shoes – DSW (similar; same in other colors)

Hello and welcome to another week of work! Are you excited? Be honest. I’m planning to look on the bright side this week even if the rainy and cold weather means I still have to wear a coat and rain boots. At least I got to wear my new top from Express and pair it with this jacket. Normally I wear this jacket with black so it was fun to try something new. Unfortunately the rainy weather means indoor photos for now.

Hilarious to think that on Saturday it was in the 70s in my hometown. And that I was doing this:

Illinois half marathon 2014

Yep, that’s me running the Illinois Half Marathon. I’ll be writing about it over at my fitness blog if you’re interested in knowing more. Let’s just say I had a good time.

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

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Navy and Black is Back

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Turtleneck  – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

First, before I get to the outfit, I want to ask you to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey if you haven’t already. It would mean a lot to me! I have 25 responses so far and would love to hear more feedback.

Now, on to the outfit. I know I’ve discussed wearing navy and black together in the past. And even if you’re still not sure about it, I have to say this jacket would make you change your mind. Why? Not only did I get two compliments on it in less than 4 hours but it also has both black AND navy already in the fabric.

If that doesn’t tell you that navy and black are okay together than I don’t know what will. And if you want your own navy and blue jacket, you can still find this one on eBay.

Anyway, I tend to pair this jacket with navy or black when I wear it. I’m thinking I need to branch out soon!

Three ways to wear the J. Crew navy tweed jacket via Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks

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

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Valentine’s Day Outfit From Day to Night

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, red tweed jacket, red turtleneck, black pants, Valentine's Day outfit

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Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Gotta love the PPE accessory. That’s “personal protective equipment” for all of you who don’t have a chemist in your life.

I suppose you’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is coming up. And while my husband and I don’t plan to do anything special other than order Thai food and sit on our couch I thought it might be fun to show you how I would transform this outfit from a day in the office (or, in this case, my husband’s chemistry lab) to a night on the town!

Valentine's Day Date Outfit

Just swap out the black dress pants for a fun mini skirt (sequins optional but I always go for sparkly) and you have a fun date night look! It’s just that easy. In fact, it’s so easy that the rest of this week I’ll be showing you fun and quick ways to transform a work look to a date look. Just let me get out the lab…

Chicago style blogger, red tweed jacket, red turtleneck, black pants, Valentine's Day outfit

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Stylin’ in St. Louis, This Ever Evolving Life, and The Fashion Canvas

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The January Blues

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Cobalt blue pants, cream boucle tweed jacket, white shirt, nude flats

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

And I’m back with an actual outfit!! I almost forgot how to take outfit photos. Although, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram I have been posting a few there.

But today’s outfit is in honor of two different style challenges. The first is VV Boutique Style’s January Black Out Challenge. The goal? To not wear black for all of January! So far this week I’ve been doing well. We get two weekly passes so I did wear black shoes on Tuesday. On one hand I don’t like ignoring such a huge chunk of my closet (especially since I only have so many non-black work appropriate pants) but I also like the idea of not falling back on the typical “black pants and a sweater” uniform as I’ve mentioned before. So, we’ll see how long I last.

The other reason I put on this outfit is because of H&K Style Journey’s Pinned It and Did It prompt. I pinned an outfit from Vodka Infused Lemonade a while back and figured since I’m trying to avoid black pants and it’s still too cold for skirts that cobalt pants and a white tweed jacket would be perfect for today. Except I realize now that I totally forgot a necklace. Oh well. My leopard print watch will just have to stand on its own.

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Original outfit

Also linking up with Simply Just Lovely and Mix & Match Fashion

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Real Snow and Faux Leather

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Cream tweed jacket, faux leather skater skirt from The Limited, winter in Chicago

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Tights – Target (similar)

This faux leather skirt has been hanging in my closet waiting to be worn since I bought it in October and I was going to wear it today no matter what. Even though when I took these pictures it was in the middle of snowing. Didn’t matter. I figure if Katie can do it, so can I.

I wore the same jacket as yesterday and wanted to wear it all the way buttoned up but the hook and eye closures just weren’t staying closed! So instead you get a flash of brown from the camisole I have on under the jacket.

I ended up really liking this outfit and I think the all neutral palate of cream, brown and tan tones down the fact that this skirt is both faux leather and a tiny bit shorter than what I would normally wear to work. However, I’ve noticed my boss wearing shorter flared skirts recently so I’m pretty sure I’m still in the clear dress code-wise. Good thing, too, because I really want to wear this outfit again!

White tweed jacket, The Limited faux leather skirt, tights, heels, winter in Chicago