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Delayed trip to the Galaxy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

So, remember when I posted that awesome mural titled “Galaxy” but then never posted the outfit I was inspired to wear? Well, I did share my outfit in Jen’s round-up and on Instagram, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.

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However, it ended up some getting some wonderful compliments! I chose this t-shirt because it’s a reference to the book/movie The Martian and when you’re interpreting a painting titled “Galaxy” you have to wear something space-related, right?

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I went with my olive colored pants and my denim jacket to pick up some of the other colors in the mural. Admittedly, as I mentioned on Monday, I’ve really been feeling blacks and grays lately so I struggled to come up with a colorful outfit.

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I also struggled to get a photo because it’s starting to get dark by the time I get home from work and fall in Chicago typically means rain. Thank goodness for our covered deck and its fun party lights! They kind of look like stars, right?

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Anyway, I very thankful for the compliments people gave me on my outfit, both on Jen’s blog and on Instagram. It helped me get over feeling “blah” about it and inspired me to post it. Even if IS a bit delayed.

similar pants | similar shoes | similar tee | similar jacket

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Angel Applicant [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This week it’s my turn to choose the art for our Style Imitating Art challenge and I wanted something that went with my current aesthetic: simple, black, gray and white. I also figured that since we’re coming up on Halloween that maybe something just a little bit Halloween-ish would be fun.

Hence, this week’s choice of “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee.

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Definitely looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this! Will you go with the colors? Will you go with the lines? Will you go with something graphic?

Whatever you choose, just snap a photo of your outfit and send it to looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th.

 

 

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Booties and a dress plus a vest is best

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

One of the best parts of having a friend with a shop full of clothing is getting to play dress up when I go over there. A few weeks ago, I was wearing this dress and booties when I showed up at Annabelle’s. I found this awesome duster vest in her racks and immediately put it on.

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Dress from Moonfish (similar) | similar booties | Vest from Belle on the Roe | similar necklace

I ended up loving this outfit so much that I borrowed the vest and wore it to a Chicagogrammers outing at Joy District. Amusingly, the style name of this vest is “Joy”. So, yes, I wore a Joy to Joy District.

Thanks to Maggie for pointing that out.

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I have not yet added this vest to my closet, but there’s a good chance it will happen. I feel like a vest just adds that little extra something. And when it’s not quite cold enough to break out the puffy vests a lightweight one like this can be that perfect “completer piece”.

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In other news, I’m still on the fence about booties and dresses or skirts. But, the more I see other people wearing them the more comfortable I am, In fact, I got a lovely compliment on my booties from another Chicagogrammer so clearly the combo doesn’t look as weird on me as I thought it might.  So, yay for that!

Your thoughts on booties and dresses? I’d be curious to see if they’ve changed since the last time I posted about it.

 

 

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A Galaxy of Inspiration [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

A while back one of our long-time Style Imitating Art participants, Mike, sent us photos of a mural that had recently been painting in the library where he works. Titled “Galaxy” and painted by Julie Hogarth, it has tons of beautiful, rich colors to use as inspiration.

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Honestly, Julie could come paint this in my house and I’d be okay with that! I have some empty basement walls that could use some color.

As for an outfit, I don’t know what I’ll be wearing, but I won’t be lacking in colors from which to pick!

If you’re inspired to create an outfit from this work of art just snap a picture (selfies and flat-lays work, too) and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 10th to be included in the round-up on Jen’s blog on October 11th.

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Outfit for Sale

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

This past weekend everyone in Chicago was talking about the weather. We had some 90+ degree days which makes it hard for those of us who are tired of our summer clothes to bust out our fall layers. Thankfully, I was able to do so a few weeks ago and snap a photo of what will probably be my go-to fall outfit.

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A few things to note. One, our neighbors got new siding on their house so it no longer looks like it’s falling apart. And two, basically my whole outfit is currently on sale at Shopbop.

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This jacket is probably one of the best items I’ve ever purchased. I wear it ALL the time (well, when the weather allows) and the cost-per-wear now is so low. If you’ve been looking for an olive jacket, I highly recommend this one.

In other news, this past weekend Jason and I got to be extras in a film one of my coworkers is making. Then on Sunday I went and watched Jason and Annabelle at an autocross event. Yes, we did all of that in those ridiculously high temperatures!

Which means I’ll be more than happy when the weather changes and I can wear this outfit again without sweating all the way through it.

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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!

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A little Throwback Thursday

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Remember when I lived in an apartment building with a rooftop deck that had a great view of the Chicago skyline? No? Well, I did. It was awesome. I loved it. Thankfully, I still have friends who live in that building who have an annual end-of-summer barbecue party up there.

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Kimono via Belle on the Roe | similar jeans | similar shoes | same tank

Which of course meant I had to take some outfit photos for old times sake!

This is actually the same kimono I wore back when I went to an event at 360 Chicago in the spring. And who says kimonos aren’t versatile?

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I’ve also worn this outfit to work, albeit with different shoes. Our office is mostly tile and unfinished ceilings and “open office” concept which means wedges like these echo when you walk. Since I don’t want to annoy all my coworkers, I stick to quieter flats and sandals most of the time.

But, give me a party and I’ll bust out my fancy shoes!

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