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That time I tried leggings

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Speaking of leggings, did you win the iPhone case from the giveaway in my post about workout leggings?

So, a few years ago, I wanted some faux leather pants but I didn’t necessarily want leggings. But this particular pair has always been a little bit big. So, when I saw that Le Tote had some faux leather leggings available to try, I thought I’d go for it.

I also got this top in the same shipment and had plans to wear them together. But when I put on the leggings, well, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t wear leggings as pants. So, I put on my slightly-too-large faux leather pants.

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto (similar) | Vest – Target (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I don’t know if it’s because this top wasn’t quite long enough or if because I just felt underdressed for work wearing something as tight as what I wear to the gym or what exactly it was about the leggings, but I just felt uncomfortable. So, yes, I wore them around my apartment  while I finished getting ready for work and then changed at the last minute.

It’s funny; I can wear leggings at the gym or out to eat after a race or at a fitness event but I just can’t do it otherwise. Am I weird?

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Pinstripes and Herringbone

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Last week I had the opportunity to have dinner, drinks, and a bocce ball lesson at the newly opened Pinstripes in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. It’s an interesting concept that I describe as more of a restaurant with a bowling (and bocce) alley instead of a just a bowling alley that serves food. The food was quite tasty (goat cheese and chicken pasta, anyone? Italian Jambalaya risotto?) and the drinks were great! If you have any port sitting around I suggest you pour it into a glass and add some ginger ale. It will be amazing. Or you could go to Pinstripes and have the Ruby & Ginger or the Limoncello martini. Both were incredibly tasty.

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Unfortunately, the event was so popular that Maggie and I didn’t get a chance to play bocce ball. So, Jason and I are going back for a date night! Oh, also, Pinstripes was nice enough to give us all wristbands that get us a free glass of wine on all future visits!

But, really, you guys aren’t hear to read about restaurants. You’re here to see what I wore. Right? So, here it is.

herringbone-vest-pink-sweater-1Vest – Groopdealz nka Eleventh Avenue (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Boots – Express (similar) | Necklace & Earrings – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!*)

rocksbox-jewelryOnce again, the jewelry is from Rocksbox and, once again, I was tempted to keep both pieces! But, I sent them back because part of the fun of doing a “rental” service like this is trying new things.

herringbone-vest-pink-sweater-2This outfit was perfect because I felt a bit dressed up but not overly so. Also, last Thursday was one of the last super cold days we’ve had recently but I knew I’d probably get warm at the event. A light sweater with a heavier vest was perfect. And, of course, bling. Because, as we know, bling makes everything better.

herringbone-vest-pink-sweater-3You know, some people save their outtakes. I just share ’em with you as them come.

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More camo, more shiny

Casual Clothes · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Last week we had a really interesting discussion about camo print pants. Many of you said you felt the same way I did and were excited to see how I would style them in the future.

Well, the future is now because here’s another outfit with my camo print jeans!

camo-jeans-gray-vest-1Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Vest – Gap (similar) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox (use code looplooksxoxo for a free month!*) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (same)

camo-jeans-gray-vest-3Rocksbox gave me three month trial of their service so I could try it out and tell you guys about it. I’ve already worn everything they sent me in my first box and am looking forward to my next one!

Yes, Rocksbox is one of those services, similar to Le Tote, where you pay a monthly fee to borrow designer items. Whereas Le Tote is for both clothes and jewelry, Rocksbox is just jewelry. And so far they hit my style spot-on. You get three pieces and they can pick from your wish list or they can use your wish list to send you items they think you’d like. I’ll show you the other two items tomorrow!

And, yes, you can buy the pieces or you can just wear ’em, send ’em back, and get new ones!

camo-jeans-gray-vest-2I thought this necklace was perfect for adding a little bit of shine and femininity to an otherwise casual outfit. I wore this particular outfit to run a ton of errands over the weekend (Goodwill, Home Depot, grocery store, Target) and now I want to wear it too work. Too bad I already sent back my Rocksbox and I’ll have to wear something out of my own jewelry box that I probably won’t like nearly as much.

I still really like the outfit, though. Very comfy and practical. I also like how the gray works with the more muted camo print and keeps it all very neutral.

What do you think? Which camo print outfit do you prefer so far?

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What to Wear to the Chicago Auto Show

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Last Wednesday Jason had the day off work so I took the day off as well so we could go to the Chicago Auto Show. In the past we’ve gone on the weekends and, let me tell you, it was SO much nicer to go during the week. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the United States so I’m sure you can imagine that it gets crowded on the weekends.

Of course, while my husband was photographing all the pretty cars I made him take a few photos of my outfit as well.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-1Scarf – Target (similar) | Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar) | Purse – Nine West (same)

When you go to the auto show the key is to park in Lot C (which is underground!) so you can leave your coat in the car. However, even though you’re walking indoors the whole time the parking garage can get chilly. Hence the vest and the scarf.

I got hot partway through the morning so the scarf came off. But when I got chilly again after lunch I just popped the scarf back on and I was fine.

Layers, people. They work.

Also, as we were leaving our apartment Jason looked at my shoes and said “Are those going to be comfortable for walking around?” Let me tell you; these TOMS wedges? Even more comfortable than my sneakers. I know. I walked dogs at PAWS on Sunday morning in sneakers and my legs were killing me!

Anyway, this outfit also does a great job of incorporating many of the elements of the Style Interpreting Art pick that Salazar chose to celebrate Vietnamese New Year. I’ve got green, brown, red, black and the texture of my vest echoes the texture of the fish in the art.

Oh, and I’ve got a new car.

herringbone-vest-blanket-scarf-2Hahaha, just kidding. Although, I did see a few I wouldn’t mind owning. Time to go play the lottery!

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 3]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels

Back in 2012 when this blog was in its infancy and I had just discovered other fashion blogs and Pinterest I saved this outfit from What I Wore. I remember showing it to my mom and saying that I loved the patterned topper with the dark teal shirt but that I didn’t have anything like it. She pointed out that I didn’t need those exact items. Instead I just needed something black and white patterned to wear with something else that green color.

Fast forward to three years later (almost exactly!) and I found myself putting together this outfit using my herringbone vest, a dark teal sweater and my leopard print TOMS wedges.

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-1Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – TOMS (similar)

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-3I love that I didn’t go out and try to recreate that outfit right away. I was patient and kept it saved for when I ended up with all these pieces in my closet. I acquired them each over time and have worn each of them in several different ways (examples: sweater | vest | necklace | shoes) .

I also love being able to mix and match the pieces in my wardrobe to create so many different looks. One of my goals of this blog (and my closet consultations and You Pick Wednesdays) is helping people to see that they can wear things many different ways. Don’t get stuck in a rut! And don’t rush out and buy all the pieces to recreate an outfit because chances are you’ll find that rut and stick there. Instead, if you see an outfit you love save it and know that it will always be there when you realize, hey, I DO have something similar!

herringbone-vest-green-sweater-2Apparently Chewie disagrees with me. Or he’s bored. Sitting nicely for the camera is exhausting for a puppy.

Patterns on Patterns

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Welcome to 2015! I typically do my “year in review” post in February during my blog’s birthday month so don’t expect a full recap from me right now.

I’m sure you’re relieved, right? There ARE only so many year-end-recap posts one can read at a time, I’m sure.

Your eyes might not be relieved at this outfit, though. It’s a lot of pattern. But, it’s what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my family and no one’s eyes started bleeding so I think it’s okay.

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-2Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

plaid-shirt-houndstooth-vest-3 Other patterns I’ve noticed over the past few months?

I’m having a difficult time figuring out my new style. Am I casual? Am I dressy? Do I care what people at the office think? I didn’t realize how much I actually enjoyed being “forced” to dress up or just how much having a boss with amazing style impacted me.

I am in awe of people who post “flat” outfits on Instagram using those white backgrounds and no shadows. How is this possible?

In the same vein, how do they keep all those Instagram style challenges straight? And do I want to do the same thing?

Finally, I mentioned awhile back (and maybe just on Facebook...) that I’m thinking of trying something new starting in February. I’ve saved so many outfits on Pinterest that I want to recreate with items I already own. So I’m thinking I want to try and purchase as few items as possible and use what I already have in my closet to put together outfits using Pinterest as inspiration.

I know there are already blogs out there that recreate inspiration photos and blogs that recreate stuff on Pinterest but do any of them do it without shopping? Hmm…

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What to pack for winter vacation, winter break

12 Pieces, 12 Outfits: How to Pack for Your Winter Vacation

Casual Clothes

I used to be a horrible over-packer. Throwing anything and everything in a suitcase because I wanted options. And then I realized that I just needed to get better about mixing and matching what I brought instead of bringing a totally separate outfit for each day! So that’s what I did when I packed for my winter vacation to Flagstaff, AZ (where it snows and is cold, by the way). I packed 12 pieces and could have easily made at least 12 different outfits!

What to pack for winter vacation, winter breakRed plaid | Vest | Boots | Gray plaid | Cardigan | Scarf | Sweater | Tee | Sweater | Black jeans | Blue jeans | Leggings

I stuck to a black and gray color palate with a pop of red from the one plaid shirt. Flagstaff is very casual and so is my husband’s family so there was no need to dress up. I also only brought one pair of shoes (in addition to my snow boots) so that I had plenty of room for ski gear.

Of course, I ended up getting sick on my trip and spent one entire day in pajamas. Although, even if I had needed real clothes I probably STILL over-packed. Why? Because look at all these outfits I could have made from the 12 pieces I brought.

12-pieces-12-outfitsAnd, believe it or not, the outfit I wore on the plane isn’t even pictures! Nope. On the plan I wore the outfit in the center of the bottom row WITH the houndstooth vest! Crazy, right?

So, learn from me. You don’t need to pack everything in your closet. Just pick a few key pieces that you can mix and match and you’ll be good to go. Don’t believe me? Here’s some other packing posts I’ve done that might help you change your mind:

And with that, I’m off to enjoy my holiday week! I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday (or a wonderful December, if you prefer). See you on the flip side!

That Houndstooth Vest

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

As I mentioned in my November Shopping Summary, I bought the cliched blogger vest: that houndstooth J. Crew one. Of course, mine is a “designer knock-off” but, really, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

And I’m pretty sure they all came from the same factory anyway.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-2houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-3Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)

I wore this outfit the day before Thanksgiving for the car ride to my parents’. Vests are perfect for situations like that because they keep you warm without overheating in the car. Or is that just me?

Anyway, my mom said she loved my vest and I always get a thrill out of her liking something I’m wearing. And, like I said in my shopping post, the quality of this vest is amazing for the price. I’m really glad I bought it.

houndstooth-vest-striped-shirt-1P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit from November or enter one of the giveaways I’ve got going on.

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Flywheel Giveaway (aka why I need to find a tailor)

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Have you voted for your favorite October outfit yet? Go do it now and then come back for the giveaway!

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a complimentary class at the newest Chicago Flywheel location in the Old Town neighborhood. Since I was there to workout I didn’t take a lot of photos but here’s a post-workout group pic.

flywheelbloggersThat’s me front row dead center. So sweaty. (Pic courtesy of Flywheel Sports) 

Anyway, even though I’ve been really active for the past 7 years with running and marathoning and gymming I’ve recently decided to see if I can build some more visible muscle. To that effect I’ve been doing a new regiment of strength training paired with high intensity interval cardio. Flywheel is a perfect fit since it’s an interval training spin class with some light weights thrown in.

Many of the bloggers in attendance were a bit apprehensive about Flywheel since they’d heard it was intense. Well, yes, it is. And if you choose to have your name shown on the “torq board” it can get a bit competitive. But, just like many fitness classes, you get out what you put in.

And Flywheel Sports was nice enough to give three of my readers the chance to try it themselves! You can win a free class along with some swag.

flywheel_giveawayTo enter just scroll down to the giveaway widget at the bottom of this post. Each winner will get one free ride card that can be used at any Flywheel location and either the hat, water bottle or sweat band. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 17th.

I’ve been on my new exercise and diet plan for about three weeks now (with a few cheat days) and I’m already finding that several pairs of my pants are getting a little big around the waist. Especially this red pair which has always been a bit big there anyway.

Olive military vest, plaid shirt, red pants, silver boat shoes Vest – Old Navy swapped from Jen (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Sperry via ebay (similar)

I had to jerry-rig some kind of system with a belt and a safety pin to keep these pants up! I refuse to give up on them so it’s time for me to find a tailor who can take in the waist but leave everything else the same. I may be losing inches in my waist but all those squats and deadlifts and Flywheel classes are surely not shrinking my butt and thighs!

Want to give your legs a workout? Just enter the giveaway for a free Flywheel class below!

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Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirt

Pink Sweater Story

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I fully admit that sometimes I put an item on my shopping wish list after seeing it on another blogger. And sometimes I hold out for a long time before I add it to my closet. One of those times was when I saw Penny Pincher Fashion put together the cutest layered outfit with a bright pink sweater. I did not own a bright pink sweater. I did own a bright pink button up but no sweater. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should add one. And then I decided that most of my sweaters are neutrals so it was totally worth it. Plus, there was a J. Crew Factory sale!

Pink sweater with moto vest and pencil skirtSweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Vest – Target (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Express (same

This outfit is a bit dressier than I normally wear to work but what I’m finding is that unlike many places I’ve worked NO ONE asks me why I’m so dressed up. It’s really refreshing. Still, it was funny. When I put this outfit on I wasn’t digging the skirt. Not because of the look but because of the comfort factory. A little piece of me was thinking, “Just go put on black jeans!” But, no! I will not wear jeans every day.

Not only would jeans every day make for a boring blog it would go against my belief to dress nicely so you feel better. Even if all I’m going to do is sit at my desk and move documents from an old janky template to a new one (that I created thankyouverymuch).

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And because Chewie will no longer let us go take pictures in the stairwell without begging to come along, here are your gratuitous dog photobombs.pink-sweater-houndstooth-skirt-3