SIA Outfit: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Last week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar was a lovely 19th century painting featuring two young girls, loads of greenery, and spring flowers. I immediately knew I wanted to wear something pink. So what’s better than a pink dress?


Dress – c/o eShakti (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Target (similar) | Neckace – JF&A Show (similar)



I wore this last week on one of our random warm days. And then it got cold again. It’s that stupid time of year when summer is so close you can taste it but it’s not quite here. It makes me grumpy.

Actually, to be honest, I’m kind of grumpy right now anyway. I’m super busy at work and while I enjoy being busy, honestly, I’m not used to it!

Maybe that’s why at dinner on Saturday night I got feisty on social media with a local restaurant, Nellcote. We had 8PM reservations but when we still hadn’t been seated, our coats taken, or even offered a drink by 8:30 PM I started tweeting at them. Guess what? We ended up getting free Prosecco and a seat in the lounge while we waited. Still, while I’m impressed with their responsiveness (well, kind of. I had to tweet at them several times) I’m less than impressed that it took me being passive aggressive instead of them just having their act together. I think from now on I’ll stick to their $10 beer & pizza happy hour and avoid them on Saturday nights.

Anyway, if you want to see how other people interpreted this painting and maybe read someone less grumpy, head over to Salazar’s blog and see what we all came up with!




4 replies on “SIA Outfit: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    What’s the point of making or taking reservations if a restaurant isn’t actually going to reserve a table for you? I mean, okay, West Loop, Saturday night, obviously they’re going to be busy and not keep one table open all night. But it’s not like you showed up out of the blue and demanded to be seated immediately. I’d be annoyed if I had been in your shoes, too!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I mean, I get it. Sometimes people stay longer at their table than you were expecting. But somehow there are restaurants that get it done perfectly and others that just…don’t. And, honestly, if you don’t have the table ready within 5 minutes of the reservation time I think you should offer free drinks or something to snack on while you wait. Especially at 8PM!

  2. Mike

    Great SIA interpretation, Erin! There’s a little bit of pink seen in the painting, (the lanturns) so your pink dress is perfect!

    Sorry to hear that your time out at dinner wasn’t good. It annoys me too when I go out to a nice restaurant to sit down at, and the waiters are either rude or very slow. Some of them don’t even offer a glass of water for crying out loud!!

    So this is what I do. I’m somewhat of a math geek so if I feel that the people waiting on me are acting like jerks, I count how many times they do something wrong. And for each time that I count, that’s how much I reduce from their tip. So if I start at 15%, if they forget to offer me water, snap at me and make me wait a long time for my check, I take 3% away from their tip. And whatever it is, I round up or down and leave whatever the amount comes too. Sounds screwy I know but it makes me feel better and is my way of saying “screw you” to those that are bad and go out of their way to be mean.

    On the other hand, if they are excellent, I give them a little bit more than 15%.

    I know that restaurant work is hard and not everyone is going to be cheerful while they are working. I don’t hold that against anyone. But there are some that you just tell go out of the their way to be rude and that is unacceptable.

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