Last week I was invited to attend a launch party for Captain Morgan’s new Loconut coconut liquor at a trendy Hawaiian restaurant called Mahalo. We had an AMAZING weather day and we were able to party on the rooftop. In Chicago. In April. Yes, I was in love with the weather, the drinks, and the company. Jason came with me! But, no pictures of him. Instead, he played photographer.
Personally, I like this new outfit so much more. I guess I’ve embraced the casual life. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I wore my nude flats around the office. See? Casual life.
Also, the launch party was super fun. Being a blogger and having an Instagram account in Chicago definitely has its perks. Like getting to enjoy a normally packed rooftop bar with free drinks on a random Tuesday night.
I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago, but instead of wearing it with my gold sandals I wore it with my blush flats (seen here). Those silly flats. I keep thinking I should replace them since I bought them YEARS ago from Target and the toes are all scuffed up and I don’t know how to polish colored shoes. And then I don’t because otherwise they’re in good shape. In fact, they’re in better shape than some of my more expensive shoes.
Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – AG (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
Actually, I think I’ll be asking that question of the Shoe Drop people on Friday. How the heck do you polish shoes that aren’t black or brown?
I also wore this top and sandals with white shorts last Thursday to get dinner and drinks during Nellcote’s pizza and a beer happy hour. Sadly, their happy hour special no longer includes just any beer on the menu. It’s now just pizza and a Modelo Especial for $10. It’s still a good deal, though. And Modelo Especial is a nice summer beer. Although, apparently not all the bartenders got the message since the guy next to us ordered the happy hour special and the bartender let him pick any beer he wanted. As someone who trains people as part of my day job I find situations like that to be an interesting case study in how different places cascade (or not) information.
Nellcote also has a doggy happy hour from 3-5pm on Saturday and Sunday that I really want to try and take Chewie to at some point. Although, as you can see from the picture below, Chewie’s idea of happy hour is being left alone to eat the flora in the planters at the park.
Normally I write my blog posts in the evening but lately I’ve been writing them in the morning. The tough thing about that is that I am NOT a morning person. Never have been and I doubt I ever will be.
My alarm goes off at 5AM but I don’t usually drag myself out of bed until 6AM. And the first hour of so of my workday is just lost time as I start at my computer screen trying to wake up.
Of course, I don’t want to come to work later because that would mean having to stay later. Such a dilemma.
Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Out of Print Clothing (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)
It’s also a dilemma to figure out what to wear this time of year. You have to check the weather everyday, plan for air conditioned offices and possibly sweltering outdoor temperatures. For some reason I’ve been avoiding wearing my utility jacket like a cardigan even though it’s definitely light enough to do so. But last week I decided that I wanted to wear my new library due date tee and needed something to throw over it when in the office. Hence the utility jacket.
This tee is super soft but, warning, it runs SMALL! I’m wearing a medium and probably could have gone up to a large. It’s much more fitted than some of my other tees so that’s probably why I’m not used to the sizing.
Jason asked if the numbers and dates mean anything but I don’t think they do. They’re just an homage to the days when libraries stamped the due date on the card in the back of the book. Now most libraries use little printed out slips of paper. Which, I suppose, is nice since it gives you an automatic bookmark. But I fully admit I miss the stamp.
Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose chose “warm weather white” as this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme and I kind of laughed. We’re still waiting for consistently warm weather in Chicago so you’re getting an outfit that I’ve also worn with my cheetah print wedge booties! So, you see, this outfit is super versatile and be worn all year round. Well, okay, maybe not when it’s actually warm outside but you get my point.
Also, I have to say, this necklace drove me nuts. It kept flipping around and ending up backwards. Does this drive anyone else nuts?
Also also, I fully admit I wore this outfit to meet Jason and Chewie at the dog park and my jeans stayed relatively clean, even though Chewie makes it his personal mission to jump on me like a crazed animal when I walk through the dog park gates. But, I promise I didn’t Photoshop out any paw prints!
As I mentioned on Monday, this past weekend I went to brunch at a restaurant in my neighborhood (thus accomplishing at least one of April’s goals). I met Sarah from Windy City Wanderlust at The Publican where we had some tasty eats. I’ll let her blog about the food so be sure to follow her blog so you can find out more!
Anyway, we then wandered over to the Randolph Street Market and on the way we stopped to take some outfit photos. Of course, I always forget to check the settings after Jason uses the camera and this time was no exception. So, sadly, I had it on manual instead of automatic. Which meant that the background is perfectly in focus but the foreground (i.e. me) was not.
However, I liked this outfit so much that I recreated it to try again. And, it’s not really cheating because I did wear it twice last week!
Top – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar)
Plus this time you get bonus Chewie cameos!
Anyway, when I wore this outfit to work I showed up to a meeting and the first comment was “Wow! You look spring-y!” Well, I suppose that’s appropriate since it’s spring and all.
The party was a blast although hosting made it difficult to great people, mingle, eat, drink, and take photos. So, I mostly got still shots instead of photos of actual people doing actual things. But I promise people actually came!
And shout-out to my neighbor, Margaret, for helping me carry everything to the restaurant and helping me get it set-up.
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me ask if I should walk a mile home after getting a bunch of balloons inflated or if I should get a cab. The consensus was cab but I ended up walking! Why? Because the people at the store where I got them inflated (Doolin’s on Halsted for you Chicago-peeps) put them into giant bags with handles so I could carry them easily! And I didn’t even have to ask. I will now be patronizing them for all my party needs.
Le Tote hopes to do more of these parties so hopefully I’ll do another one in the future. It was lovely to meet other Le Tote members and their friends!
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Today Instagram will be filled with Fri-yay images and quotes and various other comments about how it’s the end of the week. Normally I just smile and scroll past but today I might just shout FRI-YAY myself. At the time I write this I have almost 20 things on my to-do list at work, and huge product enhancement going live this weekend that I need to help support.
Although, honestly, I am much happier being busy than not. It just takes some getting used to sometimes.
I could have some kind of silly segue between that paragraph above and today’s outfit photo, but I don’t really. So, here, have some black and white and pink.
I wore this outfit on Wednesday to get my hair cut. Originally I was going to wear black flats with this outfit but for some weird reason I like to dress a little fancier when I go to my hair stylist. He did fawn all over my shoes, though, so I think it was worth it.
Sadly, I think I have to break up with my stylist. He cannot be on time and then he gets a little…indignant when I tell him I need to be done by a certain time. Plus, while he’s never given me a bad haircut, they’re just never really ones I love. Of course, I never really love my hair so there’s that.
Anyway, I think I’ll be trying someone new in the future. Probably after my triathlon in August.
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!
Spring has definitely sprung here in Chicago! I spent my weekend enjoying the weather by running my fastest 10 mile race ever, taking Chewie to the dog park, and wearing the most perfect Spring scarf that came in my latest Le Tote box.
Scarf – via Le Tote (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Nine West via DSW (similar) | Earrings – Kendra Scott via Rocksbox (try it free with code looplooksxoxo)
And of course I had to pair the scarf with my white jeans. They are part of my Top 10 Remix after all. Also, I’m apparently addicted to wearing them. I foresee a lot of white in my wardrobe this spring.
Of course, it helped that Jen chose a painting with earth tones and white as the main color for this week’s Style Imitating Art. I immediately knew I wanted to wear these earrings for interpreting this painting when I opened up my latest Rocksbox. The white stone goes perfectly with the nature scene. They’re not anything I would have ever picked myself, especially because while it appears Kendra Scott is a trendy jewelry designer, I’d never heard of her!
Which reminds me: Lilly Pulitzer for Target. I do NOT get it. I really don’t. Not a huge fan of the prints and, from the sounds of it, women were just snatching whatever they could. I almost went to Target this morning for toiletries. Thank goodness I didn’t! And speaking of designers I don’t understand, Vera Bradley is another. So don’t get it.
Anyway, Kendra Scott. Not necessarily my style but that’s actually what I like about getting subscription boxes like Rocksbox and Le Tote. Their stylists help me try new things. Maybe I like them, maybe I don’t. And maybe they’re the perfect finishing touch to an outfit!
I think Bri over at Work Clothes, I Suppose was thinking just of me when she chose this month’s Third Thursday Threads theme of white pants. I mean, not only did I choose white jeans as one of my Top 10 Remix items, I’ve been known to wear white pants in all seasons!
And, as luck would have it, I had already decided to wear them today.
There are actually THREE of my Top 10 Remix pieces in this outfit!
Why did I decide to wear them today? Well, today we’re interviewing for a position that will report to me and I decided that I wanted to be a little dressed up…but not too much. So, it’s all business on top but a little more casual on the bottom.
I think white jeans, like black ones, can straddle the line between super casual and slightly dressy. Jason doesn’t understand how one can have “dressy” jeans but I beg to differ. It can totally be done!
Especially with white jeans. Just look at the all the ways I’ve worn them in the past! I’m thinking a round-up post of all my white jeans outfits should be on the to-do list.
In the mean time, wish me luck on these interviews. I hope we find the perfect candidate!