Monthly Archives: February 2018

Belle of the Ball [SIA Post]

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I would just like to say that I’m looking forward to having more light outside when I get home from work. Maybe then I can actually get more than one outfit photo every two weeks. Man, remember the days when I used to shower and take multiple outfit photos on the weekends?

Anyway! I will definitely want to try and get a picture this week because Jen chose a lovely painting.

This is what Jen had to say about the painting:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, once attributed to Johann Zoffany, circa 1779. This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The painting was commissioned by Lord Mansfield (William Murray), and depicts his two great-niece, Dido Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray. The two ladies were second cousins.

I chose this painting because it’s been on my SIA board of possibilities for awhile, because it’s such an intriguing painting, with differing styles of dress and poses and facial expressions that seem to be telling a story (or maybe holding back a story?). Lots of scope here for sartorial inspiration, including different textures, fabrics, colors, and potential props. My upcoming round also spans the end of February and beginning of March, and March is International Women’s Month, so I thought it would be fitting to feature a painting of two women.

You can read more about the painting here at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/27/dido-belle-enigmatic-painting-that-inspired-a-movie , and more about Dido Belle at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_Elizabeth_Belle .

Got something pink? Green? Lace? A dress? Or does this painting inspire you to come up with something else?

If so, put on an outfit, snap a photo, and email it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 6th so you can be included in the round-up.

All the snow and clouds [SIA round-up post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art round-up where we see how everyone interpreted this week’s choice. Lots of gray and black and shiny things this time around and a nice mixture of dresses and pants.

As a reminder, I chose a photo of Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in the winter since it’s in Chicago, I’m in Chicago, and I think we were both covered in snow.

Now for the outfits!

In no particular order…

A newcomer (at least to me!) is Amber who blogs at amberiam.com. I love her scarf (it reminds me of the cardigan I chose).

Next we have another new-to-me participant, Gail, who blogs at http://www.isthismutton.com. Her outfit incorporates everything, even the shine!

Then we have co-host Salazar with her edgy jacket.

And co-host Jen, who sent several awesome photos, including one from a trip to Chicago in 2009 where she was apparently psychic and knew to wear something that would work for 2018!

2018

2009

Finally, there’s me and my snow (that has actually since melted).

Did you miss your chance to participate this week? No worries! We’ll have a new choice on Monday so you can play along.

Clouds and Snow [SIA Post]

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

Sometimes you have grand plans but they don’t come to fruition. Sometimes that’s because you didn’t work to make them happen (hello, laziness) and other times it’s because forces out of your control make it so your plans have to change. I had some of both this past week which ultimately lead to me not getting this week’s Style Imitating Art outfit photo in front of my inspiration: The Bean.

 

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I did, however, get a photo in the snow!

Downtown Chicago is a wonderful mix of architecture, from the round contours of Cloud Gate to the straight, sometimes harsh, lines of the buildings. I added a bit of both to my outfit. The sweater/cardigan/poncho thing has the lines and my earrings (although difficult to see) are silver balls.

And Chewie, of course. Always have to get in a Chewie photo.

I actually wore this outfit to work a few weeks ago. The cardigan is from Le Tote and I liked it so much that I wanted to get an outfit photo with it! This first opportunity, though, was this weekend. Which means that it can now go back in the mail.

How about you? What did you do this weekend? Did you take an outfit photo for the SIA challenge? No? It’s okay! There’s still time! Just snap a photo and send it to me (looplooks@gmail.com) before Tuesday at 8PM Central Time. That way you can be included in the round-up on Wednesday.

Cloud Gate in the Snow [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s winter in Chicago. And this winter that means snow. A lot of it. It also means gray skies, cold days, and the desire to hibernate for the next few months.

So, I felt it was appropriate that for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I would pick an iconic Chicago-in-winter image: Cloud Gate in the snow.

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Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, is located in the heart of Millennium Park which sits between The Loop and the lake. In the summer it’s crawling with tourist and it’s very photogenic.

I also chose this photograph because it goes with my current aesthetic: gray, black, white, and silver. I don’t know I’ll be able to get my own photo at The Bean but I’ll see what I can do.

You don’t need to take a photo at The Bean to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, though! Just snap a photo of your outfit (selfies and flat-lays are fine) and email it to me at looplooks@gmail.com before 9PM Central Time on Tuesday, February 20th. I’ll include it in the round-up on Wednesday the 21st.

 

A buffalo check bluff [SIA Post]

Casual Clothes · Style Imitating Art

Hey everyone! Guess what?? I finally took a photo of an outfit. With the lack of daylight, being so busy, and just not wanting to put on real clothes on the weekends, it’s been awhile. But, I couldn’t pass up participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Why? Because it features dogs!

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This painting makes me think of a library in a lodge, with a roaring fire and lots of dark wood. And what better thing to wear to such a place than something with a buffalo check print? For Christmas my friend Annabelle gifted me a wonderful buffalo check sweatshirt from L.L. Bean so of course I chose to wear that.

I paired it with my PAIGE jeans and a pair of socks that I borrowed/stole from Annabelle. Her mom made them and they’re amazing!

Our couch is a sage green color with tan trim which reminded me of the furniture in the painting, hence using it as my backdrop. But, I know what you’re all wondering: where’s Chewie?

Here he is! I mean, what would a post about a painting featuring dogs be without featuring an actual dog.

Chewie’s not a very good card player, however.