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RIP Light Chambray Popover

Shopping

On Friday I went to the gym on my lunch break. I was wearing my light chambray popover top I bought 4 years ago from Old Navy. I crossed my arms over my chest in order to take my top off over my head when RIIIIIIP!

I’d hulked out of my shirt. Again. A huge hole ripped in the back of the shirt just below my left shoulder blade and it got bigger every time I moved my arm.

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A few times this shirt was featured on the blog.

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Sadly, because this shirt is four years old, I have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to replace. I already checked Old Navy and J. Crew Factory, two spots where I’d seen light chambray popovers in the past. Alas, no luck. Plus, this one is unique because it has a v-neck but no “stand-up” collar. So, it’s not really a mandarin collar, either.

I searched my trusty ShopStyle and found a few that MIGHT be a replacement.


Now I just have to decide which one to try. Because I’m probably not going to stop lifting weights any time soon. So shirts are just going to have to get replaced when my lats explode out of the back.
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SIA: Strike a POSE

Style Imitating Art

I recently finished reading a book called Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. While it’s mostly a detective story, it’s also a little surreal. Part of that is because it takes place in Detroit and is partially about the art scene renaissance happening there.

So, for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice I chose some Detroit street art created by an artist called POSE. POSE also happens to be based in Chicago and even collaborated on a mural about a mile from my apartment as well as creating one near my old office.

This one, though, is called “Brummel” and is described as, “a clever wonderland where a real and imagined city alley merge into one.” Since Broken Monsters is largely about a world where real and imagined merge into one, I thought this mural was even more appropriate.

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Click here to see the full piece. More images here.

This is the kind of art that I love. Colorful, abstract, and not taking itself too seriously. I’m not the type of person to hang something like this in my apartment but I love seeing it out on the street.

I hope that my choice this time inspires you to come up with your own colorful and whimsical outfit. Or, perhaps, explore the street art in your own town. Do you have a favorite local piece?

Remember, just snap a photo of an inspired outfit and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by the end of the day on Monday, October 3rd.

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Five Things Friday

About Me

Hooray Friday! The post I was hoping to write for today didn’t happen (see “thing” number one below) so instead I’m just going with five random things.

Thing 1: I was hoping to have a post for you about Aquamermaid but, unfortunately, the class I was scheduled to attend was canceled and I’m still waiting to reschedule. In the meantime, you can read more about it over at Windy City Wardrobe, Sincerely, Jennie, or Erin’s Inside Job.

Thing 2: I was invited to attend an event called “Artistry in Motion” being put on by lululemon but, honestly, I wasn’t sure what it was all about other than showing off lululemon’s latest offerings. Since I wasn’t planning to purchase anything I passed on the event. But then I had major FOMO when I read that several of my blogger buddies went. You’ll just have to read Susie’s blog to find out more. Also, I’m bummed I couldn’t make the SHAPE magazine event she talks about. Darn me having a regular 8-5 job!

Thing 3: We took Chewie to another patio last night. Actually, we took him to Cone which is dog-friendly so we were actually able to take him into the shop while ordering. Then we sat on the patio and ate our ice cream. Cone is one of the first patios we ever took him to when he was a puppy and he was way too anxious to stay in one place. Last night he laid down on his own and was really well behaved!

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I took this picture at Nellcote, but you get the idea

Thing 4: When I ran the Super Sunny 5K we all got packages of sunflower seeds. I planted mine in some pots on my balcony. Not all of them survived the summer but several of them managed and are now blooming!

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Thing 5: My goal 5K is tomorrow!! I had anxiety dreams about it last night. This is why I try not to have time goals for races. Although, speaking of race goals, I just signed up for the Miami Marathon. Yep. A full marathon. I haven’t run a full since 2013. But, Live Grit has put together a compelling race, training and travel package AND you can get $75 off the package if you use the code MIAMIRUN (good until 9/25/16). I’m really looking forward to training with my Live Grit crew this winter.

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  • Monday 9/12 – Leg strength workout
  • Tuesday 9/13 – Upper body strength and 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 9/14 – 8×400 run with warm-up and cool-down
  • Thursday 9/15 – Leg strength workout
  • Friday 9/16 – Upper body strength workout
  • Saturday 9/17 – 7 mile run
  • Sunday 9/18 – Rest
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Lace and Bows

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I first put this top on when it came from Le Tote I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I originally had it on with my gray jeans but it was just “eh”.

Now, though, I think it might be my gray jeans that are “eh” because once I put the top on with dark denim I liked it much better!

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar)

It’s cut kind of like a sweatshirt so it’s a tad bit boxy. Maybe not the most figure flattering, but, again, that’s why I like Le Tote. I can try stuff and send it back. I did indeed wear this outfit to work. And when I did I also discovered that these shoes are cracking at the edges. Actually, several pairs of my shoes are doing that. Ugh! Time to Shoe Drop, I guess!

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When taking these pictures I was on the hunt for somewhere NOT windy. Thankfully we found this little hidden area on the campus across the street from our apartment building. It also allowed me to act goofy.

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Sometimes my favorite photos are when I’m doing something silly.