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Credit where credit is due

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Striped shirt with navy lace pants, Chicago style blogger

Striped shirt with lace pants

Top – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this outfit idea all on my own. Nope. I saw a very similar outfit on AJ Wears Clothes and knew I had all the pieces to recreate it. I just had to wait for the weather to warm up! Now that ankle pant weather is finally here I’m excited to wear these lace pants!

Also, in full disclosure, I recently ordered an almost identical sleeveless collared blouse from The Limited because this particular one gapes at the chest (seriously, my chest is not that big!) and while it looks fine underneath things, there’s no way I can wear it by itself.  I’ll have to see how the one from The Limited works out once it gets here.

Finally, there’s one other thing I want to give some credit to for my wardrobe: Pressbox.  What is Pressbox? It’s a 24 hour dry cleaning pick-up and drop off service!

We used to have a dry cleaner in our apartment building but the quality was so-so, the woman who manned it was kind of surly, and she only took cash. When that closed I started going to the one I walk past on my way to the train but trying to remember to grab my stuff as I rushed out the door eluded me.

Enter Pressbox. They installed a block of Pressbox lockers in our building and I LOVE it! Seriously. I can drop my clothes off in the locker in my pajamas whenever I remember and it’s back to me in two days or so.

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You sign up for an account, you put your stuff in the locker, lock it and you text the locker number to the Pressbox phone number. They pick it up, send you an email with the price, and then text you the access code and locker number when it’s back. You can even reuse the bag they return it in!

And last night I dropped some stuff off and then realized after they emailed me the price that I forgot to put the “Replace Button” on the cardigan I put in the locker. I emailed them and they responded within 5 minutes and said they’d take care of it.

I am not a paid spokesperson for Pressbox. I just think it’s an amazing concept created by local Chicagoans. And since I don’t iron or sew, I am all about cleaners who will take care of those things for me. Plus the prices are really, really reasonable! It’s a win-win.

What to wear with navy lace pants

  

Chicago Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 1

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Welcome to my first ever Chicago Boutique Week! What is Chicago Boutique Week? It’s where I show you how to take closet staples and mix them up with adorable pieces from local Chicago boutiques. For the next three days I’m going to be featuring a wonderful Chicago boutique called Comfort Me.

Comfort Me Boutique’s main location is 701 W Armitage in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and they have an additional “pop-up shop” in Hyde Park at 5241 S. Harper Avenue. Comfort Me Boutique is owned by Alyssa and her mother and together they aim to have you experience the true meaning of retail therapy. Not only do they carry clothing, but they carry candles, housewares, jewelry, lotion, socks, and art. Many of it is made by local Chicago artists as well!

Comfort Me Boutique in Chicago

But I was there for the clothes and the jewelry!  I showed up in my most basic of closet staples: a black suit, white collared shirt, and black pumps. I also brought a pair of nude pumps, just in case.

Black suit with white collared shirt

I quickly got work finding items that I could mix and match with these  pieces.

First up, this adorable and comfortable navy knit dress.

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Dress – Made in LA, eco-friendly line, made of organic cotton  | Necklace – Tania Rodamilans quartz and pearl necklace,  made in Chicago

This dress would be adorable on its own with sandals and simple jewelry as a fun summer outfit or you can do like I did and put a collared shirt underneath and pair it with heels and wear it to work!

Cards at Comfort Me Boutique Chicago

Next up, I found another dress that could also be worn to work using the layered collared shirt.

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt and hot pink earrings

Yumi black dress | Veronica Riley Martens tagua nut earrings (made in Chicago)

And that’s just the first two outfits! I’ve got even more on the way including some on-trend printed jogger pants, a super comfortable skirt, a beautiful locally made scarf, and the dress that ended up coming home with me! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more of Comfort Me Boutique. And if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

Monochrome Winter White

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

I don’t know what it is about monochrome looks but I really like them. Yesterday was burgundy and today is winter white and neutrals.  I’m in the car again today but I have a 3:00 PM meeting back at my office so, once again, I need to go from a three hour car trip to work with minimal fuss. This outfit combines all the things I need for that. Comfortable, warmth, classy, but with a bit of sass.

Plus, you know how you might believe that wearing all black makes you feel taller and thinner? I actually think it’s even more true for white and neutrals. I feel super tall and super powerful in this outfit. Maybe winter white is my power color!

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels | The Fashion Canvas

  

That Monday Morning Cat

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Green sweater with leopard print pencil skirt

Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Collared Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Tights – Target (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Wow. Okay. So, it’s Monday. And, just like Garfield, Mondays and mornings are very difficult for me. I had an amazingly fun weekend but it basically left me with no time to prep anything for this week. Including taking any blog photos. So these were snapped on my way out the door by my husband who wasn’t fully awake either and had the settings on our camera all wrong. Oh well.

Anyway, this outfit was inspired by the latest Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar, “Louison and Raminou” by Suzanne Valadon:

I couldn’t pose with a cat since I’m terribly allergic to them. Also, as we know, I don’t own anything orange. So, here’s my ode to the painting. A green sweater and my leopard print skirt. That’s close enough to an orange kitty, right?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I did commute to work via train in the sub-zero temps this morning. I wore a pair of yoga pants over my tights along with my snow boots. And, of course, my down coat, scarf, gloves and hat. Sigh. Some day I’ll be able to leave the house without taking 15 minutes to add extra layers, right?

In fact, here are two outfits featuring today’s sweater and skirt that did not require the addition of 6 other pieces of clothing.

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Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me| Thirties Two Cents

  

That Old Thing

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Leopard print cardigan with purple scarf, white button up shirt, jeans, nude shoes. Casual Friday, Chicago style blogger

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Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

 

Okay, so, if I can’t find my dream leopard print shoes I mentioned yesterday I suppose I shall console myself by wearing my leopard print cardigan today. It’s not the same thing at all. But, it’s what I’ve got.

Also, this white collared shirt is what I’ve got. I bought it YEARS ago. I don’t even remember when. In fact, I think I might have bought it because I needed it for a work uniform or a costume. I just hung onto it because, hey, a white collared shirt doesn’t really go out of style. But every time I put it on I think, “I wish I had a different white collared shirt.” So maybe I’ll make that one of my goals this year. Figure out what in my closet I don’t really love and replace it with something better.

I’ve read that the non-iron dress shirts from Brooks Brothers are amazing but, dang, they are pricey. However, I suppose that  just like this not-so-pricey one that I have it will last for longer than I can remember and, if I really love it, that’s worth the price, right? Decisions, decisions.

As a testament to how much I don’t love this shirt, I could only find two other times I’ve worn it. I have another white collared shirt that has metallic silver pinstripes that I wear a lot more often, but this plain white one just doesn’t get that kind of love.

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Also, apparently I really like to wear it with this leopard cardigan and these shoes. Who knew?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

It’s in My (White) Jeans

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high boots

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar)(similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

You guys! I’ve been waiting all week for this outfit. No, not just because jeans means it’s Casual Friday. No. It’s because I LOVE this outfit!! This was one of those weeks when I took all my outfit photos on Sunday (and, yes, I do wear every single outfit that you see) but I put this outfit together at the last minute. I’m still doing the no black in January challenge and I wanted something different than regular blue jeans. So, white jeans in winter it is!

The last time I wore these white jeans after Labor Day you guys loved them. So I hope you love today’s look just as much. The collared shirt was a last minute addition and I think it adds just a bit more sophistication as well. It’s also sleeveless chiffon which makes it the perfect layering piece. Less bulk and no sleeves to roll up.

Basically, I think this outfit just really screams my style. A little something edgy and trendy paired with something a little classic and structured.

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high bootsLinking with AJ Wears Clothes| Walking in Memphis

  

A Gray Kind of Day

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Black J. Crew sweater, gray animal print scarf, black jeans, faux leather moto jacket, J. Crew bow flats, Chicago style blogger, Fall in Chicago

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Sweater – J. Crew Factory (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Jacket – Zara (similar)

 

Two things I wanted to mention to you today. The first, the weather is horrible. Yet I stood outside in it to take pictures. All for you! Okay, for me, too. Because I hate taking photos indoors. Also, in full disclosure, I wore my Uggs during my commute and packed my flats to change into. Yes, I’ve become one of THOSE women. The ones who wear Uggs. I don’t care. They’re warm. And comfy. And on a cold, gray, wet day like today you need some of that while waiting for the train, you know?

The other thing I wanted to mention is that it’s actually kind of difficult to make a black crewneck sweater seem interesting. I actually have several ideas saved on my Pinterest boards but several of them involve also wearing a blazer over the sweater. I just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of layering today (in fact, even the scarf is kind of driving me crazy) so I looked for other ideas. So, the black on black outfit might be kind of boring but it’s doing the job for me today. And it just goes to show that you can wear a black sweater with crazy animal print one day and tone it WAY down the next.

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And thus brings us to the end of Take One, Pass It On week three. You know, if you want to see how lots of other bloggers are remixing the pieces in the closet from day to day don’t forget to follow Sarah’s Real Life. She’s the one who created this challenge and she’s the one who does the round of up all the participants every week. It’s a lot of fun to see how other people make new outfits out of the pieces they pass on from day to day.

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What To Wear With Plaid

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall - Uncategorized

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

Gree sweater, gold polka dot shirt, leopard print watch Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

Sweater – Katherine Barclay via Stitch Fix (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I know, I know, I just wore a sweater over a collared shirt last week. But the look is classic for a reason. It even got chosen as this week’s Inspiration Monday photo:

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And in a case of getting something new and not wanting to wait to wear it, I received this sweater as part of my latest Stitch Fix order (full post to come on Wednesday) and I immediately wanted to pair it with my brown plaid pants.

Would you believe that for years I thought the only colors I could wear with these pants were brown and cream? The first time I wore them with chambray I was so happy. Now that I’ve got this green sweater I’m thinking of even more colors I can pair with them! Navy? Burgundy? Black? So many ideas!

Also, you may have noticed that I did not take something from Friday’s outfit to pass on to today. Nope. I decided that Monday’s are a reset on the Take One, Pass It On challenge for me. Cheating? Maybe. Do I care? Nope!

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

  

The Inspiration Blues

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Dress – BCBGMaxAzria Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – JF&A Trade Show (similar)

Normally on Monday’s I do Inspiration Monday with Two Birds Boutique. You all know that I love to use inspiration photos to help me come up with outfits but for some reason this week’s Monday inspiration photo was just not inspiring me.  Instead I  had an outfit in my head based on a Stitch Fix blog post I saw last week. A blue dress with a white button-up shirt tied over the top? Yep, I have those pieces. And I loved that the blog post showed how to take a simple dress and layer it up to create six different outfits!

So that’s what I wore. My brain is not firing on all cylinders this morning (although, let’s be honest, when is it ever on a Monday morning) so I needed something simple. And my husband even told me that my outfit was “cute”. He couldn’t quantify it beyond that, but I’ll still take the compliment.

Also, this morning I took 9 pairs of pants to the dry cleaner. Nine! So hopefully once most of my pants are clean I’ll start wearing something other than blue again. Although, no promises.

  

Mutually Inspired Series Day 3: The Striped Blazer

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Blazer – Express (similar) | Tank – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | White shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Did you know that my very first You Pick Wednesday post was helping Jen figure out fun ways to wear her striped blazer? She’s gone on to create some fun outfits with hers so I thought I would give a nod to history for today’s Mutually Inspired Series post and showcase a way that she created to wear her striped blazer.

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I kept the same silhouette with the pencil skirt and blazer and also stuck to the same color palate with gray and magenta. At first I was struggling a bit to figure out how I was going to recreate this outfit because while I have similarly colored tops I didn’t know how to make any of them work. But then it struck me: wear a tank top over a collared shirt! So, that’s what I did.

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Yes, this is a tank-top that has almost gone to the donation pile a few times.  In this case, though, I’m glad I held into it because it was fun to give it new life as a vest!  Sure, I could have worn the tank top by itself but I thought that layering it over the white shirt gave it more visual interest and dressed it up a bit more just like Jen did by adding that little bit of white to her original outfit.

What do you think? Would you ever turn a tank top into a vest?

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer