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Violet, grey, and tan [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

A few weekends ago I was at the Chicago Northside Pop-Up Bazaar and fell in love with this skirt and top combo. I’d seen them in the shop before but I finally pulled the trigger and made them mine. And then it turned out that they were the perfect pieces to wear for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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Also, how perfect is this photo background? We discovered it while looking for somewhere fun to take photos. When Annabelle (my friend & photog for this outfit) said it would be neat if we could be coming out of the door for photos, I turned the handle and discovered that it was unlocked!

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Don’t worry! We didn’t walk into someone’s apartment. It’s the storage garage that belongs to Annabelle’s landlord. But, hey, if you need a ladder, now we know where to find one.

If you need a pencil skirt to make you feel more professional but you hate that they can feel restricting, these pencil skirts sold by Belle on the Roe are perfect. They’re super stretchy but not so form-fitting that you feel indecent. They also come in tons of fun patterns. I highly recommend you check them out in her shop. Not in Chicago? That’s fine! You can schedule a virtual shopping session with her and she’ll text you pictures of her inventory or do it via FaceTime. For reference, I’m wearing a size small in both the skirt and the top.

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Speaking of Annabelle, here’s a bonus shot of her that also fits this week’s Style Imitating Art theme! Don’t you love her pale pink skirt?

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Don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog on Wednesday for the full-round up of all of this week’s outfits.

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Variations in Violet and Grey [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This week our Style Imitating Art picture is a bit more abstract than our last one. This week Salazar chose “Variations in Violet and Grey”, a watercolor by James McNeill Whistler:

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Find out more here

The title of this painting has the word ‘violet’ in it, which I always think of as more of a purple. But, at least on my computer screen, this seems more like tan and blue. Still, I think I have the perfect skirt to wear!

How about you? Does this painting give you any ideas about what to wear? If so, snap a picture of your outfit and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Monday, September 25th.

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How we all take our coffee [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge was super fun because I got to see a side of some people I don’t usually! It was almost like having coffee with them. Appropriate since this week’s art was all about coffee!

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We also have giveaway winners listed at the bottom of the post. But first, let’s see how everyone  took this week’s coffee.

Mike submitted some great photos and I chose my favorite of the bunch. He wrote, “I went all neutral (no black at all this time; a rarity for me) for this one with my cream colored sweater and khaki pants to mimic the color of the coffee cup. And the buttons on my sweater fit perfectly for the mimicking of the coffee beans that are shown on the side of the cup!”

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Mike also tells me that he takes his coffee fairly dark, with a little cream, and two packs of sugar. Good to know!

Next we have co-host Jen who is also showing us her coffee corner! As well as her outfit that has all the colors in the painting.

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Clearly co-host Salazar and I were on the same wave-length and wore basically the same shirt. And see her full post for a snapshot of her own tea mug since she isn’t a coffee drinker. I can relate! I only started drinking coffee a few years ago.

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Xat did a great job with the colors of her outfit and her necklace which reminds me of the coffee beans. She tells how she takes her coffee in her blog post, which you can read here.

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Then we have newcomer (at least to this blog), Jamie from Michigan and her blue and black outfit AND her coffee!

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Finally, we have me!

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I love all of these outfits and finding out more about each of you! Thank you to everyone who participated.

So now, based on randomly drawing names out of a hat, here’s who wins the artwork and who wins the notecard made from the artwork.

  • Artwork Winner – Mike!!
  • Notecard Winner – Xat!!

I’ll email each of you so I can get your mailing addresses.

And, what do you think? Should I do another artwork giveaway as part of the Style Imitating Art series in the future?

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How I take my coffee [SIA Post + Giveaway]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

Where my coffee lovers at?? You still have time to get in on this amazing giveaway! Just use the photo below to inspire an outfit, snap a picture, and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com or post it on Instagram and tag me (@looplooks) before Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM Central Time. No worries if you don’t have a blog! All photos will be entered to win this actual painting. See more details here.

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Until then, let’s take a look at how I used this photo to inspire an outfit.

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top & jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes

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I decided to use my deck furniture and my coffee cup to mimic the blue background of the photo. Since the coffee cup is white and the beans are black it looked like it was time to wear my black and white polka dot blouse and black jeans.

And, of course, leopard print flats because why not?

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I typically only drink one cup of coffee a day and I rarely pay for it. Instead, I drink it at home or I drink the coffee in the office at work. So, although I had dreams of taking this week’s photos in one of the coffee shops in my neighborhood I decided that would be disingenuous. The coffee I do buy? It’s from the donut truck at the farmers’ market on Sunday!

My Sunday morning routine is to take the dog for a run and end at the farmers’ market for coffee, produce, and dog treats before we walk home. I savor that Sunday morning coffee (and the occasional doughnut).  I also only take cream in my coffee. I’m sweet enough already.

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Remember, submit your photos and you’ll not only be entered to win the painting but you’ll also get to see them as part of Wednesday’s round-up!