Are you guys tired of my stairwell yet? I hope not. Between the weather, it getting dark earlier, and my attempts to go to the gym at lunch I can’t promise you’ll see a lot of fun photo locations. Sorry! At least I tried to brighten it up with white jeans and a puppy?
Yes, I am still wearing my white jeans. And, just to show you how versatile they are, I actually wore this same cardigan, top, and jeans over the summer but with my leopard print flats instead of these wedge booties. Just changing the shoes makes it totally work for fall!
Actually, I think the white jeans in the fall thing is even more accepted considering I got an email from Crain’s Chicago expressing interest in featuring me as part of their Chicago work style series after the last time I wore these jeans. I still haven’t heard anything final but just getting the email was pretty cool!
So, if you read a of style blogs you tend to see the same trends over and over again. When I first started it was the bubble necklace. Then peplum. And then last year it was the plaid blanket scarf from Zara. Well, as it goes, sometimes it even takes stores a year to catch onto the trend. This year? Target made it so we could all have our own giant plaid scarf. And I fully admit I love it.
Scarf – Target (same) (similar)| Shirt – The Limited (similar & 25% off w/code FAMILY25) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – TOMS (same)
It’s been gross and rainy here the past two days which means I want to basically wear comfy pajamas to work. This scarf, jeans, and tee fit the bill. The pattern mixing keeps it from looking dull and the wedges make me feel like I’m more dressed up. And even though our dress code is super casual, I was giving a presentation at work yesterday and today so I wanted to feel put together. But then after my presentation I spent the rest of the day creating report templates and sitting in our AV room working on a training video. Such glamor. Oh, I also got to help with our department newsletter. We were having trouble with the color scheme so I grabbed my scarf and said “let’s use this as inspiration!” Man, this scarf really is just that great.
Anyway, rain also means no dog park which means Chewie is desperate to get out of the apartment. He can barely sit still long enough to not be blurry. We break the rules and let him into the stairwell with us and let him run around while taking photos. I figure this is the stairwell no one uses so why not? Plus, he’s cute.
You guys remember these navy suede shoes? The ones I walked all over Chicago to find? Well, I had them on yesterday when some jackass couldn’t wait for me to finish my turn in the revolving metal door at the train station and pushed it into the back of my foot. Sadly, it caused the ankle strap of my right shoe to rip away from the heel.
Thankfully, it’s a clean tear so I think it can be fixed. However, in the mean time I was left with a shoe I couldn’t walk in and only my company-branded flip-flops at my desk. And the End of Summer Bash fundraiser at Hub 51 to attend after work.
All of which added up to an emergency trip to DSW on my lunch break. And finding these Nine West ankle strap wedge heels on the clearance rack for $20.
In fact, the shoes ended up being my favorite part of this outfit. I mean, I love the pants but the sweater with them just wasn’t what I had envisioned. I wanted a more slouchy look and this one is just a bit too square. I also felt that by adding the brown shoes instead of my original navy ones that I needed to balance it out with a different necklace. I feel like this one from Bauble Bar would be perfect! And it’s currently only $20. Be still my wallet.
But, since I was attending an end of summer party I wanted to give a nod to both summer and fall. The white and printed pants for summer and the darker closed-toed shoes for fall seemed to fit the bill. And now I have a new pair of brown heels.
Last time I participated in Style Imitating Art you all seemed to love it! So I decided to participate again. This time the selection is a Roy Lichtenstein work called The Oval Office. I’m sort of bummed that this painting was chosen AFTER the Lichtenstein exhibit left the Art Institute of Chicago. Because how cool would it have been if I could have taken my photos in front of more Lichtenstein work, hmm?
Since I don’t own yellow clothing I focused on the red, white, and blue aspect of it. Hence the red jacket, the blue and white striped shirt, the denim skirt, and my new Vince Camuto wedges with that are both black and blue! Of course, I tossed on my yellow bracelet so I didn’t leave the yellow out completely.
Also, these are my new Vince Camuto’s that I purchased at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Unfortunately, the downside to shopping at outlets is that you usually can’t find any of the items you purchased online. Which means that if you want to buy these shoes you’re going to have to find your own Vince Camuto outlet in person. Or you could go buy these which are currently on sale for under $40 and are SO CUTE! In fact, I think I will be purchasing these myself.
So, other than more shoe shopping I’ll be spending my weekend taking a free personal training class I won by participating in a Nike Chicago program, having a sleepover with some friends, and then doing the bike leg of a triathlon relay on Sunday. Oh, and attending my running club’s summer picnic. Anyone else think I’ll need a weekend to recover from my weekend?
Cardigan – Target | Shirt – H & M | Necklace – NY & Co | Skirt – The Limited via MJRsales | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW
Today’s OTI was a reader submission. Gingham, a twirly skirt, and a cardigan.
I own a gingham shirt and I recently discovered that I love to wear it with this oatmeal colored cardigan. Plus, I’ve been looking for a way to wear it with my white A-line skirt. Throw in a fun pop of greenish teal with my new necklace and my favorite fun wedges and you have an outfit.
However, due to several things I have planned for today (including a party where there will be wine. Red wine. Red wine and a white skirt do not go well together for me) I opted to swap out the white skirt for a denim one. And ditch the cardigan since it’s supposed to be almost 80 degrees here today.
Skirt – Ann Taylor Factory Store | Purse – Tignanello via Macy’s
I bought these shoes last summer on a whim. I don’t normally like wedges but for some reason these just called out to me. I’ve worn them so many times since then and almost always get compliments on them. They’re not as crazy as my zebra heels but they’re more practical for summer and can be dressed up or down.
So, which look do you prefer? White skirt and cardigan or no cardigan and denim skirt?
P.S. I’m also linking up with Simply Sarah for her shoes link-up party!