I’m sitting here trying to think of something to write and I just can’t come up with anything interesting to say. Is it because I’m tired and my brain’s not functioning at 100%? Is it because I just really don’t have anything interesting to say?
I can tell you that Jason and I took these photos on Hubbard Street between Green and Ogden in Chicago. The side of the train trestle is adorned with a series of murals known as The Hubbard Street Mural Project. So there’s a little bit of interesting Chicago information.
I can tell you that I ran a 5K with Chewie last Saturday and planted flowers on my balcony on Sunday.
I can tell you that I signed up for a triathlon taking place on Sunday even though I haven’t swum a single stroke since August 2015 or done any triathlon-focused workouts. My wetsuit is probably still full of sand.
I can tell you that I’m trying to stick to my June goals
and come up with date night ideas for Jason and I that don’t always involve going out to eat or spending money. Or, really, being outdoors or in crowds for long periods of time. Suggestions?
And I can tell you that I attempted both a squat and a bench press personal record (PR) on Tuesday. I managed a 15 pound PR in my squat but failed at getting a bench press PR. Win some, lose some.
So, I don’t know. Did I have interesting things to say after all? You tell me.
Last week’s Style Imitating Art choice
by Salazar was a lovely 19th century painting featuring two young girls, loads of greenery, and spring flowers. I immediately knew I wanted to wear something pink. So what’s better than a pink dress?
I wore this last week on one of our random warm days. And then it got cold again. It’s that stupid time of year when summer is so close you can taste it but it’s not quite here. It makes me grumpy.
Actually, to be honest, I’m kind of grumpy right now anyway. I’m super busy at work and while I enjoy being busy, honestly, I’m not used to it!
Maybe that’s why at dinner on Saturday night I got feisty on social media with a local restaurant, Nellcote. We had 8PM reservations but when we still hadn’t been seated, our coats taken, or even offered a drink by 8:30 PM I started tweeting at them. Guess what? We ended up getting free Prosecco and a seat in the lounge while we waited. Still, while I’m impressed with their responsiveness (well, kind of. I had to tweet at them several times) I’m less than impressed that it took me being passive aggressive instead of them just having their act together. I think from now on I’ll stick to their $10 beer & pizza happy hour and avoid them on Saturday nights.
Anyway, if you want to see how other people interpreted this painting and maybe read someone less grumpy, head over to Salazar’s blog
and see what we all came up with!
This past weekend my friend and neighbor had a party on our building’s rooftop and I was debating on what to wear. Yes, I know, it’s a party. With beer. And barbecued meat. There was no need to dress up. So, although I was originally thinking of wearing a skirt, I went with shorts. And then wore the skirt to work.
And, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about this skirt. Is it a strange length? Do midi skirts look okay on me? Should I have left the top untucked? Or does it look just fine and I’m a head case?
Actually, it’s probably the latter. I will say, though, that I was originally struggling with what color to wear with it on top. White felt too boring but none of my other tops seemed to work with the temperatures. Then I remembered I had this green camisole buried in my drawer and it was the perfect solution. Toss on the white cardigan for the office and I was good to go.
So, what do you think: is a midi skirt a yay or a nay? What color would you have worn with this?
For my most recent Le Tote order I swapped out a few items for some casual dresses. I chose this blue and white one because it reminded me of a polka dot blue and white dress
I used to have and consigned because it got too tight on my hips (and now I’m sad I got rid of it because I bet it would fit again).
Dress – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Sandals – TJ Maxx (similar)
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Unfortunately, while this dress showed off my shoulders (and, unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture without the cardigan), it billowed out strangely in the waist making me look, well, pregnant. Even Jason mentioned that it needed a belt or something. I tried to compensate by wearing the cardigan completely buttoned up but, in the end, it just wasn’t working for me.
I thought about putting this outfit together and posting it as my “Fourth of July” outfit but, as I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t actually wear anything other than workout capris all weekend. But I did wear this outfit to work on Monday.
And, I do have an interesting story to share about the year I wore the blue and white polka dot dress for Fourth of July. It was our first or second summer in Chicago and I’d convinced Jason to donate enough money to the local public radio station to get us tickets to watch the fireworks from their terrace on Navy Pier. That was when I learned you DO NOT go to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks. After walking miles in heels and getting there late and being underwhelmed, we almost got run over by fighting teenagers in one of the public transit tunnels on our way home. Let’s just say that ever since then I’ve been perfectly happy to stay home on the Fourth. At least now we can see fireworks from our balcony!
Two weekends ago Jason and I drove to our hometown to do a little celebrating. And what exactly were we celebrating? My mom’s retirement! And this is what I wore to her shindig.
Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shirt – French Connection (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
It ended up being a chilly, drizzly day so even though I originally wanted to wear a fun dress or my red skirt I went with jeans instead. Sadly, this necklace didn’t come from Le Tote until after the party so I just recreated the outfit for work and added some sparkle.
I’m super excited for my mom and I hope she uses her free time to catch up on her scrapbooking, traveling, and finally finding the perfect cake recipe (suggestions are welcome, I’m sure).
Other things to celebrate? Chewie’s one year anniversary with us! Yep, we adopted him one year ago yesterday. Crazy how time flies.
Awww, look how little he was!! Such a baby boy. I mean, he’s still my baby boy, but he’s all grown up.
He got some treats from Chewy.com
(appropriately named, no?) to celebrate.
He’s so funny when you give him a hard treat that requires chewing. He takes it very gingerly from you and runs off. He kind of rolls it around in his mouth and then drops it. And then picks it back up. He repeats this for a minute or two and then he usually starts crying. You should see it when we give him a bully stick or a rawhide. It’s both pathetic and hysterical. Of course, after the hysterics he always eats whatever it is, but it does take him awhile. I can’t wait to see what he does with his new dental chews. Thank you, Chewy.com for the treats!
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – The Limited (same) | Skirt – White House Black Market (same) (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Necklace – random store in NYC (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same)
Look! I found some new friends today!
Fun, huh? Actually, they’re a little disconcerting! When I was taking the photos I kept thinking there was someone standing just out of the corner of my eye. They’re actually just a temporary art installation that I found yesterday while on my lunch break.
And speaking of found, this skirt is one of my new purchases from the White House Black Market at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. I’d actually been eying it on ebay because it was sold out on the WHBM website and it’s just so cute! Black and white stripes and florals? I’d been looking for a floral skirt (I know, who am I??) and thought this one was a good foray into the trend because it’s pretty modern with the stripes. It’s also really structured being made out of heavy cotton and lined so I know the stripes won’t cling to the parts I don’t want them to cling to. So I was super excited when I found it on the clearance rack at the store.
Also, the skirt has so many fun colors in it. Pink, teal, purple and gold. I have plans to wear it with all of those colors. But for it’s first outing I stuck with black and white as part of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up
and also to make the skirt the showcase piece.
I received this top from a Stitch Fix order last year and it might be one of my favorite things I’ve gotten from them. Unfortunately, the last time I washed it some of the stitching on the neckline came unraveled and I don’t know how to fix it. I’m hoping it’s not too noticeable, though, because I don’t want to have to relegate this shirt to the “wish I could wear” pile.
Also, I have a white blazer I almost wore today, but decided at the last minute that it wasn’t a blazer kind of day. That’s the benefit to having solid colored cardigans and solid colored blazers. You can swap them out when you want to change your look or, in my case, feel a bit more comfortable.
And speaking of comfortable, I bought my first pair of Vince Camuto
shoes this weekend at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago! I’ll be doing a review of this new mall later this week, as well. Stay tuned!
I’m back! Did you miss my smiling face? What about if I bribe you with an awesome giveaway? Yes, I’m giving away a beautiful Gorjana bracelet
over at Coming Unstitched. And, hey, you can earn entries for doing what you already do. You know, reading this here blog. Easy, right?
You know what’s not easy? Getting dressed in “real” clothes after spending a week in my swimsuit and not showering until 5 PM every day. Thankfully a gal I saw in Target along with a Pinterest find
gave me the idea to pair my emerald green tank with my black and white skirt. Also not easy is getting a good photo when it’s raining outside. Hope you enjoy this slice of my day job office.
I feel like this outfit is a little bit “traditional” but, you know, there’s nothing wrong with that. Adding a colored top to a black and white skirt is sometimes a style revelation for people so even though it may seem simple it’s not always for everyone. And since my goal at Loop Looks is to help people think outside their uniform rut, maybe someone seeing this will have a light bulb moment and copy this look. And that’s perfectly fine by me.
Cardigan – The Limited | Tank top – Marshall’s | Cropped Pants – Express | Shoes – Nine West | Necklace – gift
The thing I struggle with the most when it comes to office fashion is making jeans look professional. Sure, you can do it in the fall and winter (and spring, to some extent) by wearing a blazer. But in the middle of summer in Chicago? A blazer is not really the thing to be wearing.
So, today I avoided the issue all together and wore my green pants! I paired them with a navy and white striped tank since navy and green are currently one of my favorite color combinations. The white cardigan easily goes from indoors to outdoors and can be stuffed in a bag easier than a blazer could.
This outfit, however, seems to be a food magnet! I got peanut butter on my top during breakfast and then chocolate from my chocolate covered banana on it during lunch after going to the Taste of Chicago.
Why, yes, I did eat a chocolate covered banana at lunch. It’s my yearly summer treat.
Do you wear jeans to work in the summer? What are your feelings on chocolate covered bananas at lunch?
Cardigan – The Limited | Dress – Ann Taylor | Necklace – Jewelry trade show | Shoes – Nine West
Day two of the Open to Interpretation Challenge!
Today we are interpreting this outfit modeled by Reese Witherspoon:
The first outfit I put on today was a much closer approximation of Reese’s outfit: polka dot dress with a sheer striped navy three-quarter sleeved knit top over it. However, it looked too casual for a day of leading training sessions (welcome to part of my day job) so I opted for the white cardigan.
I did stick with the color scheme of navy and white, though. And the printed skirt with a knit layer up top. But, the first outfit I had on looked so stinking cute that I’m excited to wear that on another day! Thank you, OTI for giving me a new and different way to wear this dress!