SIA: Outfit of Roses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

This weekend was a series of ups and downs for me. Originally I planned to take this outfit photo on Saturday but I couldn’t find the attachment I needed for the tripod. Plus, it was a gazillion degrees outside and I had to drive out to the suburbs to pick up my race packet for the triathlon I was doing on Sunday. And, of course, run errands. In the end, I didn’t take photos. Thankfully Jason was nice enough to do it on Sunday evening.

IMG_4906Top – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes- Express (similar)

I created this outfit from this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Originally I had it on with olive colored shorts since the temperature was in the 90s but when I couldn’t find the tripod attachment I put the outfit back, changed into denim shorts and a white tank top and flipflops and saved this one for work.

After running all my errands on Saturday I ended up passing out on the couch for a nap before watching Touching the Void while I ate dinner. If you ever needed a story of perseverance to remind you to keep going when it feels like there’s no hope, this is it.

I think that’s particularly appropriate today, don’t you? It also kept me motivated yesterday when I needed a little push during my triathlon. Which I finished in almost the exact same amount of time it took me last year.

I then got to have lunch with my parents before running a few more errands and then relaxing for the rest of the day.


Sometimes I let the little things get to me and make me irrationally upset. I think this weekend was a reminder that, really, my life is pretty good. It may not always be a bed of roses but when my biggest irritant is that I can’t find the tripod attachment or figure out what 2x4s to buy I have to admit I live a privileged life.

6 replies on “SIA: Outfit of Roses

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      You are correct that I have done zero tri-specific training. I haven’t even swum since last August and I’ve only been on my bike outdoors once. And no brick workouts.

      Although, I fully admit it’s kind of disappointing to think of all the work I put in last year to only be 1:14 faster then than I am now at the same race. And, I honestly lost that time in transition, not even out on the course!

  1. Emily @ Out and About

    Did you purposely pick a background of flowers that matched your outfit? =) It’s adorable how Chewie is peeking out over the top of them. It’s like he is posing!

    The blush-colored top is fabulous.

    I’ve never heard of Touching the Void but it sounds like a must-watch.

    Congratulations on finishing your tri!!! Can’t wait to hear more details!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Why, yes, yes I did choose to stand next to flowers that matched my outfit (and the painting). I can see them from our balcony and kept eyeing them all weekend thinking that’s where I wanted to take these photos.

      Can you tell the top is blush from the photos or did you have to go to the Le Tote site to see it? The color balance on these photos was a bit difficult. The “golden” in Golden Hour was out in full force!

      And, yes, I recommend Touching the Void. Part of it are a bit difficult to watch but it puts things like suffering in a race into perspective!

      My main takeaway from the race yesterday? Swimming half a mile after not swimming for 10 months will leave you with REALLY sore neck muscles!

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