Okay all, I need your opinion. I think I’m in love with this shirt from Le Tote. It’s not like anything I have in my closet, I love all the colors, and I can think of a bunch of ways to wear it.
Shirt – French Connection via Le Tote (same at Bloomingdale’s) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Necklace c/o Rocksbox (which you can still try for free with code looplooksxoxo) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar)
So why haven’t I bought it already?
I’m trying to decide if it’s worth 60+ dollars. I mean, it’s really just a polyester shirt! I’m basically paying for the brand at this point. But, I mean, I really like it.
I also really like the necklace but it’s similar to one I got for Christmas. So, I’m torn there, too. Although, with my Rocksbox credit it would be only $15….
I know, right? First world problems for sure. Which is why I’m turning to you, friends. Tell me: should I spend the money or no?
Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for those who are either local to Chicago or those who can come to the city this weekend!
What am I giving away? Two passes to the Randolph Street Market! Enter at the bottom of this post and make sure you do it quick because I’m picking a winner on Wednesday!
This fun event happens every month but this month is the last one before it moves outside for the summer. The selection changes every time I go but if you’re into looking for treasures (and really good food) then you don’t want to miss it!
It also happens to be a gem of my neighborhood which, now that the weather is nicer, I’m hoping to get more photos of. I mean, there are only so many times you can see my building’s rooftop, right? So here’s something else:
Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)Yep, I found flowers in my ‘hood!
In addition, my neighborhood is currently the hot spot for new restaurants. Which means if you go to the Randolph Street Market and don’t find something to eat there, you can always hit up an amazing spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even an early dinner depending on how long you spend at the Market.
If the weather is decent this weekend I plan to wear this dress with my denim jacket and my new polka dot sneakers. I mean, you gotta love a little black dress for its versatility, am I right? Wear it work one day, wear it out antiquing the next!
Of course my first outfit of the Top 10 Remix would feature three of the items I chose. In fact, in all honesty, I chose most of my Top 10 items AFTER I wore this outfit. But that’s not why I chose them.
This is actually my third pair of red pants. I think I’ve told this story before, but my first pair I bought when I was out shopping with my mom. They were from Gap and they were my first foray into brightly colored bottoms.
At first I was hesitant but then I wanted to wear them all the time. But, they were getting tight in the calves (and other places) so I decided to replace them.
I bought a pair from The Limited but while they fit in the thighs they were a little loose in the waist. I dealt with it for awhile but when I started losing weight I knew they would need to be replaced as well.
Which brings us to this pair. Clearly I think red pants deserve a spot in my wardrobe or I wouldn’t keep buying them!
I’m sure I’ll be wearing the blazer and the shoes again before the end of the month so I’ll save my stories about those for later posts.
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.
Blazer – 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!)
I 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.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I took these pictures about two weeks ago with plans to wear this outfit to an event with Mag Mile Runner. However, we both ended up bailing on the event so the outfit didn’t get worn. But, I loved it so much that I knew I had to find a reason to wear it.
For Jason’s birthday I made us reservations at Bavette’s and decided that was the occasion to wear sequined pants.
Of course, sitting at a table eating dinner doesn’t show off the sequins in all their glory. So I also wore them to work. Wearing them (with black flats, by the way) around the office elicited many comments of “Your pants are amazing!” and “You look like you’re ready to party!”. I told one girl that just because we have a casual office doesn’t mean you can’t look fancy sometimes.
By the way, Bavette’s was AMAZING. I think I’m going to dream about the lamb that I had for weeks. It’s a pricey place but the food was really good and, after a bit of a rough start, the service was excellent as well.
So, if you want to have an amazing day and night I highly recommend sequin pants and a really good restaurant.
On Saturday Jason and I actually had time to run errands, enjoy lunch out AND take Chewie to the dog park. Plus, it was warm enough for a lot of the day that I didn’t have to wear a coat. Instead, I wore my white blazer with a scarf and my current favorite graphic tee.
Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Megan Lee Designs (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar)
One of our errands was checking out two furniture stores. We’re thinking about getting a new bed and want to find this one since it has so much storage in it! Unfortunately, while we can order it, we haven’t found a place in the city that has it in stock so we can see it in person.
However, while we were at one of the furniture stores I realized we were minutes away from Bad Apple and decided that I wanted one of their amazing burgers. Excellent lunch decision.
Then it was off to the grocery store and then home to change in order to take Chewie to the park. I’m pretty brave but not brave enough to wear white and be surrounded by pups!
Also, it occurred to me that although I didn’t set out to create this outfit as part of this week’s Style Imitating Art it kind of does. My scarf and the heart on the tee both echo the color of the accents and the gray background of my top stands in for the silver. Also, you hardly ever seen jewelry photographed on a white background like that (I feel like it’s usually black) so I think my white blazer helps the rest of the outfit stand out, just like the photo background.
This outfit is way dressy for my current job but would have been totally perfect for my previous position. And for as comfy as jeans are, I do miss the opportunity to dress up. So today I am. So there. And so what if it’s super cold out? I miss dresses and skirts. I might have to layer two pairs of tights but I’m doing it anyway. I mean, if I wore a skirt on one of the coldest days of the year last year I think I can wear one this week.
I don’t have any fancy plans for my birthday. Apparently this makes my friends sad. But, you know, having a birthday so soon after Christmas makes it difficult to plan unless you get it done way in advance. So, we’re going out for drinks on Thursday. Jason is taking me out to dinner on Tuesday. And tonight? Tonight I have my first swim lesson to help me get ready for the two triathlons I signed up for this summer.
Starting my 35th year off with a bang. And a dress.
I’m going to be honest. I’m on my fourth white blazer and I haven’t loved any of them.
My first two were from Forever 21. The first one just always felt too boxy and too tight across the shoulders. The second one felt too short for what I wanted.
I mean, looking at the photos they don’t look bad. But when I wore them I didn’t feel good. And if you don’t feel good when you’re wearing something then it’s time for it to move on to another home.
I sold the first white blazer on Poshmark. The second one is currently still hanging in my closet but hasn’t been worn in over a year.
So, I went on the hunt for a white blazer I would LOVE and feel good wearing.
First try, the Target Boyfriend Blazer I mentioned in my July shopping summary. I had high hopes for it. But, unfortunately, it not only looked like I borrowed it from my boyfriend, it looked like I’d borrowed it from my basketball playing boyfriend.
Um, yeah. That will teach me to buy a blazer online that doesn’t list the length! Thankfully I have a Target Red Card so shipping was free and I was able to return it at the store a block from my apartment. Also, in case you’re curious, it’s more of a really, really light tan than a pure white.
Next up? The beautiful Club Monoco Gala Blazer. Definitely out of my normal price range but I had a c/o Shopbop gift card that would cover it. I liked that the back was a little more fun but that it would also make it longer without being too long.
It fits great in the arm length and hits me at a decent spot on my hips, but I wasn’t loving it. It was too wide in the waist and too big around. Yet, the arm holes felt really tight on my arm pits. Plus, the split back didn’t look as good on me as on the 5’9” model who apparently doesn’t have hips or a butt. And it is 32% linen which I’m pretty sure would drive me crazy with the wrinkling. Again, thankfully Shopbop shipping and returns are free.
So, back to the drawing board. At this point, though, I feel like I’ll have to wait until next spring as all the stores have started carrying their fall items. It’s not a total loss, though! Now I know that I prefer blazers that are 24-25 inches long. That’s a key stat to know when doing online shopping for sure.
2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.
Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.
White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!
By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
I am TIRED this morning, y’all. So, so tired. Which is why I’m ever so thankful I already had this outfit picked out for Inspiration Monday. Now, jeans and a band shirt aren’t exactly office-appropriate so I went with the idea of blue pants and a printed top instead. And since I’m not a hat girl I brought in a bit of the manliness of the fedora with my white blazer.
Also, flats. So thankful for flats today. See, I rode 65 miles on my bike yesterday and for much of that I was riding faster than I normally ride. Today my legs are destroyed. And while I love the feeling I get after a hard workout, I also want to take it a bit easy the next day. Which means nice, comfy, flat shoes.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some caffeine to keep me awake through my three meetings this Monday.