Last week I had the opportunity to take Friday afternoon off work and attend a Chicago Cubs game courtesy of my VP. When I showed up to work on Friday in jeans and a t-shirt (my go-to ballpark wear) one of my coworkers mentioned that I seemed dressed down. “You hardly ever wear just jeans and a t-shirt,” he said.
Okay, well, what about just jeans and a sweater?
Sweater – Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)
Seriously, though. I came up with this outfit when it was warm outside but chilly in my office. I thought it was a nice alternative to a tank top with a cardigan. Instead we’ve got a tank top with a mesh sweater over top.
This sweater does tend to give me fits, however. It snags and since it’s not three-quarter sleeves I spend a good chunk of my day rolling the sleeves up and then back down which stretches them out. Still, the concept is a good one.
When I was at my parents’ for Thanksgiving Jason and I took the opportunity to take quite a few outfit photos. My parents live down the street from a great park so we went there to shoot. Good thing I’m not adverse to using port-a-potties thanks to all the races I’ve run! Yes, I changed in the one at the park. It was a really big one, though. Jason said if I changed in the car I might scare people.
Anyway, this is one of the outfits we shot. It’s actually one I created earlier in the spring for a day of getting breakfast from our favorite food truck and going to the Apple store to buy my laptop. In fact, I was wearing this outfit when I became someone who drinks coffee and uses a Mac.
Scarf – DSW (similar) | Sweater – LOFT (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
I’ve since worn this outfit to wander around town with my mom, to work, and a variety of other places. I love it because the sweater allows a t-shirt to peek out from underneath, the boots bring out the cognac in the scarf, and it’s perfect for a slightly chilly day.
The only thing I don’t like is that the sleeves are full length. I’m a weirdo who almost always pushes up my sleeves and I definitely prefer three-quarter length sleeves or bracelet sleeves to full length. Pushing up sleeves on sweaters, though, can sometimes stretch them out. So when I wear this outfit to work you’ll find me wandering around with my sleeves rolled up.
Speaking of rolling up my sleeves, I have to give a speech in Toastmasters on Thursday and I’m still trying to decide on a topic. I asked my friends on Facebook for ideas and several of them wanted me to talk about how I balance blogging, working, and volunteering with making time for Chewie, Jason and my friends. Not sure that’s something my coworkers in Toastmasters want to hear about, though, but it might be something I write about on the blog. The short answer: life isn’t always what it seems on social media. But you all knew that already, right?
Yay for fitness! And food. Speaking of food, I recently tried two new-to-me restaurants. I went to brunch at Dusek’s on Sunday and then lunch at Bottlefork on Monday. Does anyone else ever regret what they ordered as soon as they start seeing what other people got? Choosing something at a restaurant always causes me a twinge of anxiety and then I wonder if I’ve ordered the “right” thing. I mean, what I get is usually good, but I then I wonder if it’s the BEST option, you know?
My life has generally been going pretty well, you guys. I had a great summer, I kicked butt at the Chicago triathlon, and all seemed right with the world.
And then my driver’s license and all my credit and debit cards were stolen. Jason had some car issues that meant we had to go to Indiana two weekends in a row (three if you count this upcoming weekend when I will not be going with). Chewie seems to have developed the hacking crud and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not dog flu. In other words, all the shit hit the fan at the same time.
So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I go with a mindless outfit and revert to a basic color combination: red, white and black.
Bad things come in threes, right? So here’s hoping that I’ve had my share of crap for the time being. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I got my driver’s license replaced the same day it was stolen (thank goodness for having a passport). I got my credit cards shut down and reported before the thief could rack up too many charges and they’ve all since been replaced. Jason’s parents were nice enough to lend us a car and Chewie is young and healthy so I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery.
Still, it would be nice to end the summer on a high note and start to feel inspired to create outfits again. So, keep your fingers crossed the universe turns around and at least the rest of this week goes well. Mmmkay? Thanks.
First, let me say that I’m LOVING the conversations we’re having over on my post about how working out can change your wardrobe options. I actually tried a new fitness class at Orangetheory Fitness on Friday and the instructor commented on my back muscle definition. And I felt really strong for most of the dumbbell and bodyweight exercise portion class. But then there was the running at a 12% incline on the treadmill at the end. Oof. Should have chosen to do the treadmill first!
Anyway, today I’ve got a “Then and Now” post for you with jeans, gray shoes, and my olive utility vest.
I was originally planning on copying this outfit but, as I mentioned in my post on Friday, a lot of my clothes are too big. Including the white vest I bought last November and still haven’t worn!! I’m almost of a mind to get it altered even though I’m sure it would cost an arm and a leg. I mean, I lusted after that stupid thing and it still has the tags on it!
So, since the original plan didn’t work out, I tossed on this vest at the last minute and then realized this outfit was super close to one I wore last fall.
We had a few days of 90+ degree temperatures in Chicago recently. You know, those days when taking the train and walking to work leaves you sweaty and gross by the time you get to your desk? Yeah. Normally on those days I try to wear dresses and sandals but lately I’ve been thinking: could I wear shorts to work?
Our dress code at work is literally “wear what’s comfortable but not too revealing.” Every summer we get an email about not wearing “Daisy Dukes” (aka super short shorts) to the office. But there’s no mention of longer shorts. And the guys wear shorts when it gets hot. So, why not me?
It helps that I saw my VP in shorts the day before. And while I truly believe that you should dress nicely no matter what your boss wears, I decided that wearing nice shorts with a nice top, jewelry and heeled sandals counted as dressing up my shorts.
I felt a bit self-concious at first but really, no one noticed or said anything. And, to be honest, I was still dressed more professionally than some people in our office.
I also ended wearing this outfit to a party at the triathlon store in my neighborhood after they put on a DIY Triathlon on Saturday morning. They set up the bike racks and had someone watching our “transition” area so we could swim, bike, run whatever distances we wanted. I needed a confidence boosting swim and I got one! I swam the full half mile distance with no stops, no backstroke, and no treading water. I was definitely ready to celebrate after that!
Apologies for the radio silence last week. I was super busy at work and at home after getting back from Florida. I even had to bail on a blogger event at Blaze Pizza. And when I pass up free pizza (and wine!) you know I’m swamped.
One of my jobs at work is to train new employees on what it is exactly that our company does and why. I don’t really train them on how to do their jobs, but I talk to them about our products, our general workflows, and which departments do what.
Although our company doesn’t have a dress code and we can basically wear almost anything we want, when I have new employees to train I try to dress nicely (not that I dress like crap the other days or anything) but not too over the top lest I scare them.
Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Le Tote (same) | Tee – Target (same) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
I had two new employees to train a few weeks ago and I figured a blazer with some fun jeans and a tee was just the ticket, I think. The blazer makes me seem like someone they should totally listen to but the moto jeans and leopard print say that I’m not super serious.
Or maybe I’m just deluding myself. Anyway, I really liked this outfit and thought it was a good way to wear these jeans that I’d only worn one other time.
On Monday night I attended the FABULOUS Windy City Blogger Holiday Party and wore a super cute outfit but since there’s no natural light and my photographer was at work anyway, I got no photos. I’ll just have to recreate it for you.
Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Tee – Be Good (same) | Pants – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
I almost wore my black ankle boots again but, strangely, I haven’t really been feeling the heels all that much lately. I think because the walking part of my commute is longer than it was six months ago. Or maybe I’m getting old. Whatever it is, I decided to wear the leopard flats which I think are a nice change of pace.This particular t-shirt is a bit boxy on me so by pairing it with a blazer it keeps me from looking too square. Because I’m not!
What I am, however, is a sucker for letting Chewie climb all over me. I mean, who am I kidding? He’s the star of these photoshoots anyway.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a wonderful day at Arlington Race Track courtesy of America’s Best Racing. Our host, Mike, was the perfect gentleman who took his time to not only tell us all about Arlington (did you know it’s probably the most modern race track in America?) but also teach us how to read the program, the stats, and give us some tips on betting. Oh, and we got to see the horses up close.
But first, our suite. We had our own room that overlooked the track, a wonderful buffet of food, our own bartender, and our own betting machine. The only criteria? Follow the dress code! No jeans, shorts, or t-shirts and no “abbreviated clothing.” I had to ask Mike what that meant and basically the answer was nothing you wouldn’t wear to dinner to meet your significant other’s parents. Hat are optional, by the way, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have a suite you’ll want one to keep off the sun.
I invited my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, and Valerie and her husband to join us. None of us had been to Arlington before and all of us were in awe at how beautiful and elegant it is.
Mike took us down to the paddock to see the thoroughbreds up close and then we got to watch the horses race right next to the track! Oh, and my favorite part of the day, feeding a horse mints!
I rented this Kate Spade dress from Rent the Runway and it was perfect for our day at the track. I also rented a pearl necklace but it was too overwhelming on my frame so I went with one I already owned.
I didn’t win any money overall but I was having fun betting. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t like to gamble! I don’t think I would ever try to make any money at horse racing but it was fun to play for a day. And Arlington itself is so beautiful that just going there makes you feel like a princess.
Thanks again to Mike and America’s Best Racing for showing us an amazing time at Arlington. Last weekend was the closing weekend of the season but I have a feeling that I’ll be back next summer. Hopefully I’ll remember everything I learned about horse racing!
You guys remember these navy suede shoes? The ones I walked all over Chicago to find? Well, I had them on yesterday when some jackass couldn’t wait for me to finish my turn in the revolving metal door at the train station and pushed it into the back of my foot. Sadly, it caused the ankle strap of my right shoe to rip away from the heel.
Thankfully, it’s a clean tear so I think it can be fixed. However, in the mean time I was left with a shoe I couldn’t walk in and only my company-branded flip-flops at my desk. And the End of Summer Bash fundraiser at Hub 51 to attend after work.
All of which added up to an emergency trip to DSW on my lunch break. And finding these Nine West ankle strap wedge heels on the clearance rack for $20.
In fact, the shoes ended up being my favorite part of this outfit. I mean, I love the pants but the sweater with them just wasn’t what I had envisioned. I wanted a more slouchy look and this one is just a bit too square. I also felt that by adding the brown shoes instead of my original navy ones that I needed to balance it out with a different necklace. I feel like this one from Bauble Bar would be perfect! And it’s currently only $20. Be still my wallet.
But, since I was attending an end of summer party I wanted to give a nod to both summer and fall. The white and printed pants for summer and the darker closed-toed shoes for fall seemed to fit the bill. And now I have a new pair of brown heels.