errands and what i wore

rae's days casual outfit

Sometimes you just need to get things done. I am getting ready for another trip and I prioritized function over from with my Mizzou gym shorts and trusty dinosaur sweatshirt from Topshop (thanks polar vortex in July).

I’m so excited to be heading back to Michigan, but right now there’s a pretty big to-do list between me and the pool. Once I get there, though, I’m hoping to keep reading the Preacher and keep practicing drawing (you can follow along on instagram). Alright, gotta get back to it–

rae's days casual outfit

easy outfit friday: summer dress

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It’s summertime! I know, it felt like it would never come. We have casual Fridays in my new office. It was easy to be casual when the temperatures were crisp–I’d just wear jeans and a nice top. Now that it’s getting hot, I’ve been turning to some bright summer dresses. The light flowiness of this dress makes it casual, and the blazer makes it still ok for work. (Work casual is a little turned up from every day casual, you know?)

Dress is from Express, blazer from Marshall’s, sandals from the Loft, bag from Target. All from at least last year, I think.

Happy Friday!

the zoo and what i wore

a casual summer outfit

Over the weekend I had a wonderful time at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The weather was perfect and all the animals were out and doing something adorable and interesting.

My casual summer adventure outfit is a cotton dress from H&M; shoes, bag, and sunglasses from Target; and chambray from … shoot I can’t remember.

After the zoo we walked to the lake to take a look at the skyline. It was a lovely day.

Also, it was super cool to be featured as the Chicago Tribune’s reader of the week! Check it out!

a lion at the zoo

a group of flamingoes

a gorilla

the chicago skyline

new outfit: simple sweatshirt

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I had a very lazy weekend. My one success was catching up completely on Scandal. While I was holding down the couch, I dressed the opposite of Olivia Pope in crisis mode. Where she was elegant gloves and all white without a chipped nail in her entire life, I was in sweatshirts and blue jeans and loving it.

Every day I wore some variation of this outfit. The staple was my new favorite sweatshirt. This is the same sweatshirt I used to create my other favorite sweatshirt–my DIY superhero sweatshirt of awesome. It’s from the men’s section in Target and it is perfect, with or without comic book accessorizing.

Shoes and purse are from Target, too.

new outfit: casual

rae's days casual

Sometimes, when you need to run errands and pack and just get stuff done, casual is the way to go. This weekend was one of those times. So I threw on a plain gray top, some trusty navy shorts, my leopard flats, grabbed my tote bag and walked out the door. An easy, simple look for when your day is not.

sweater to sweatpants

sweater rae's days

Sometimes my work outfit transitions from a day in the office to a night on the town. And sometimes it transitions into a night on my couch.

T-shirt and sweater from target, shoes and skirt from …. I can’t remember. Probably a department store. I like how the orange works with the gray and yellow striped sweater. A comfortable outfit plus pops of color? Sign me up any day of the week.

casual sweater rae's days

 

And when I get home, all I have to do is switch the skirt for some sweatpants, grab my kindle, and settle in on my couch with #fatcat. And sometimes it doesn’t get much better than that.

a little neon

Sometimes, in the dead of winter when I’m dreaming of beach vacation, it helps me to wear a little pop of color. Or, well, a lot.

neon office look

Dress from H&M, sweater from Uniqlo (and inspired by my friend Anna who had a cardigan in a similar color that I was obsessed with), Hue tights and shoes from Penneys. Belt is one that came with another skirt.

Wearing bright colors in winter was one part an effort to pretend I didn’t have a cold, one part a way to convince me it was warmer than it actually was, and one part just plain fun. Try it! It’s a guaranteed pick-me-up on gray days. When you’re ready to ditch work and head to fun, dress it up a little differently. Like this.

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I undid the belt, threw on some leopard flats from Target and donned a silk scarf as a headband. When it warms up I’ll ditch the tights and the sweater and have a whole new look. Don’t let anyone tell you that a hot pink dress isn’t versatile.

work-from-home outfit

Since Hurricane Sandy, my regular office has been out of commission. We’ve been rotating between a few of my company’s other offices and working from home. So my professional work outfits have transitioned into comfortable work-from-home outfits. Like this one:

at home

I’m wearing a large tunic sweatshirt thing and leggings from I can’t remember where, a scarf from Penneys, and a puffy vest from the Gap a few years ago. Yes, I am wearing leggings as pants. And yes, it is awesome. This is a far cry from the professional self I like to portray at my office, but who wants to wear pantyhose if you don’t have to?

Working from home was sort tricky for me to get used to, but now I think I’ve got a pretty good thing going. Here’s my desk.

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I have a few guidelines that work for me and my job, which will be different, I imagine, for everyone else.

  • I must get up. I can’t work from bed. I know this. I like to have a designated space to work, so when I sit there I’m ready to work, and when I leave there I can switch to playing. 
  • Mute the TV (most of the time). I have a lot of articles coming to me at once sometimes, and I need to focus on what I’m doing. For me, that usually means silence in my apartment. Which is actually a nice change from offices that can get noisy.
  • Have a start and end time. Because other people rely on me to be available at certain times, it’s easier to have a very clear start and end time. Sure there are times I will need to work late, but I generally keep regular office hours. This makes it a lot easier to turn off my computer at the end of the day and focus on home-work after work-work, even though I’m in the same place.
  • Make sure #fatcat gets attention. Because if he doesn’t, he jumps onto my desk in the middle of the day and plays with the mouse. My computer mouse.

I think we may get to go back into our building in the next few weeks, but if I keep working from home or need to again, I’ll be prepared. Even if I look less professional than normal.

Do you guys work from home? What are your tricks?