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The Best View in Chicago

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I’ve lived and/or worked in Chicago for almost 8 years and yet, in all that time, I’d yet to take advantage of what some call the best view in Chicago: the observation deck of the Hancock Building.

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I can see my office from here!

Recently revamped as 360 Chicago, the observation deck is starting to host a ton of great events to get more than tourists to come check it out. In fact, if your zip code starts with 606, you can get tickets to the deck for only $10 until the end of the year!

Plus, they have a bar and a small cafe up there, not to mention Tilt!

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Yeah, this mechanism actually tilts you out over the roof of Water Tower mall from over 1,000 feet high! Trust me, it’s not as scary as it seems. Especially once you’ve had a little wine.

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Neiman Marcus Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Oh, they also have an awesome sunset series where they have special events starting at 6:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday nights you can bring your tripod to take photos, something that’s strictly forbidden the rest of the time.

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On Tuesdays they have Chicago Architecture Foundation docents talking about the buildings you can see in all directions.

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All I can tell you is that there’s the beach where I trained for my triathlon last summer

And on Thursdays they have DJs and drink specials. In fact, in May they’re serving a drink called The Yellow Ribbon where part of the proceeds go to ChicagoVets.org.

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You can also view the Wednesday and Saturday Navy Pier fireworks, the Air and Water Show, and much more! I had no idea, which is why I was happy to attend their media preview event. Jason is already planning to go back for a Tripod Monday night and I am pretty sure I’ll go with. Because for $10, why not? And the view will be a little different every time thanks to Chicago’s weather, I’m sure.

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To boot or not to boot

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I’m still working through a backlog of photos so here’s an outfit I wore back in November. I originally wore it with the boots but decided halfway through the day I should have worn it with my silver flats. Something about the boots just felt too heavy too me.

So, here it is both ways. What do you think?

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Boots – H by Hudson (same) | Flats – Sole Society (similar) (similar in more sizes)

Anyway, I don’t have a good segue for this, but lately I’ve been thinking about hustle. On Sunday I was sitting in the window of a local coffee shop with a friend talking about my strength training  and running and personal trainers. Sitting across the street from a place where I know several local bloggers spend a lot of time doing part of their hustle also made me think about how you only have one life.

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I’ve got a few things brewing in my head and one of them is the possibility of getting my personal training certification. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I don’t know yet what I’d do with it, but that’s what lead me to the idea of “the hustle”. You know, the one where you make your living doing what you love even if it means giving up the comfort of a desk and a cube.

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I’ll be 36 next week and I think I’m having some kind of midlife crisis. Maybe 2016 is the year I do something crazy. Maybe not. But what will it hurt if I start with getting a personal training certification? What do you think about that?

P.S. If you are looking for the most adorable flats then may I recommend these? Why? Because polar bears, that’s why. Maybe I needed these for this outfit instead.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 14]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Pinterest Parallels

First, thanks for the kind comments on my last post. Jason got some interesting news about his job location after I posted that, but it just means a slightly closer suburb. Maybe. Anyway, let’s talk about something that doesn’t involve moving and commutes.

Are you in need of a Casual Friday outfit that will also transition to after dinner fun? Then I’ve got the outfit for you! Well, technically, Pinterest has the outfit for you.

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar) | Bracelet – AX Armani Exchange (same in other colors) 

I still don’t know what it is about heels, jeans and a blazer that I love so much, but it always makes me feel good. If I need a “pick me up” outfit this is what I turn to. I try not to wear it every day but, really, I probably should. Almost all of my “casual Friday” outfits I have saved on Pinterest are some variation of this. Partially because at my previous job this helped me still feel dressed up enough on Fridays. And now because I just love it.

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Do you have an outfit combination that always makes you feel good?

P.S. If you’re still in need of Halloween plans, I’ll be serving up Michelada Love and Tecate at Boo Ha Ha in Bucktown on Saturday from 2-7 pm. Just look for Wonder Woman and Bat Girl.

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Good Moon Rising

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Growing up, my bedroom (after a black and white phase) was entirely decorated in a sun, moon, and star motif.  My Christmas tree has a sun, moon, and star ornament theme. My ring that I wear on my right index finger is a crescent moon with a star. My very first tattoo is a crescent moon ringed with stars. For years I wore a pair of silver star earrings in the second holes in my ears.

So, clearly, I have a thing for suns, moons , and stars. Which is why I was super excited to find this necklace in my latest Le Tote.

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

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Dainty, layered necklaces are all the rage right now and with this one having one of my favorite shapes it might just stay when I send back the rest of this Le Tote box. So far, actually, I think this is my favorite Le Tote shipment. I really like that now they let you swap out some items for others and yet you can still get a few surprises. (Another plug for code ERIN25 so you can try it for 50% off!)

I almost wore an oatmeal colored cardigan instead of this white blazer but, in the end, I’m glad I went with the blazer. Some days I just don’t want the structure a blazer has, but this one is actually pretty comfortable. And, if I’m being honest, it looks better than the cardigan would have. Blazers really take outfits up a notch,  especially when the rest of the outfit is jeans, flats, and a tank top. And a fun moon necklace, of course.

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Chilly in Camo

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Remember back in April when I did the 10 piece wardrobe challenge? And all I wanted to do was wear my white blazer? Well, this is one of the outfits I wore that I never got a chance to photograph. And I liked it so much that I wore it earlier this week.

Let’s not talk about how I could wear the same outfit in April and in June.  Stupid weather.

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes  – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (code looplooksxoxo should still get you a month free)

This past Tuesday evening my friend and neighbor invited me to go with her to see the Barenaked Ladies in concert at Northerly Island, an outdoor concert venue on Lake Michigan. Hard to believe, but even wearing jeans, ankle boots,  a long-sleeved top, a sweater, a scarf and gloves I was cold. In June! At least the concert was entertaining. Highly recommend going to see Barenaked Ladies even if you don’t know all of their songs. I don’t normally enjoy concerts but this one was great.

I suppose the only plus side to the chillier weather (and the fact that my desk at work is freezing until mid-afternoon) is that I can still wear blazers to work and not sweat to death on my commute.

And, yes, I just wrote a post that was mostly about the weather. My life is just that exciting.

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The shirt dilemma

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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.

white-blazer-french-connection-top-2Shirt – 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)

white-blazer-french-connection-top-3So 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….

white-blazer-french-connection-top-1I 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?

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Randolph Street Market Giveaway!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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!

RSMartmktapril2015-final (1)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:

white-blazer-letote-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) white-blazer-letote-dress-3Yep, 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!

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Now, to enter the giveaway!

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Third Time’s a Charm

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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.

white-blazer-red-pantsBlazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)

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.

 

 

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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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Sequined Night Life

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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.

black-sequin-leggings-3Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

black-sequin-leggings-4For 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. black-sequin-leggings-2Wearing 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.

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