Casual Friday

Farewell from the fence in my backyard

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

Wow. It’s hard to believe I’m writing this post, huh? I don’t know if this will be my last outfit post, or my last SIA participation post or what. I just know that, like many of my posts, I had grand plans that didn’t come to fruition.

As a reminder, here’s some backstory on the art we’re interpreting this week.

There’s a restaurant down the street from us that has beautiful flowers painted on their windows. I thought it would be a nice nod to the “rainbow” in the title of this week’s art.

However, the temps were in the low 30s and my photographer (aka husband) wasn’t feeling like walking over there. So, we took photos in the backyard.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some red since there are pops of red in the art. I knew I wanted gray or black. And I knew I wanted tan. I saw this top hanging in my closet and thought the pattern mimicked the brush strokes in the painting.

Add in the tan booties that I got at a recent clothing swap and I got in all the colors I wanted!

Of course, we can’t have an outfit post without a Chewie cameo!

I hope that you continue to follow my two Style Imitating Art co-hosts (Jen and Salazar) and I have a feeling that I’ll be showing up there occasionally, even if it’s bathroom mirror selfies. I’ve loved working with these two women and I will continue to support them however I can.

And I hope that all of you continue to check in, continue to be inspired, follow me on Instagram, or leave one comment here sharing something you learned in the years I’ve been blogging.

Also, it’s not too late to participate with me as the host one last time! Send your outfit photo to looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central Time on Tuesday, April 3rd so you can be included in one last round-up post right here on Loop Looks!

Deal? Deal.

The poncho I’ve been wanting to post

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

If you haven’t read Monday’s post, please go do that now. Thanks!

I took these pictures for the last Style Imitating Art challenge and while Salazar showcased one on her blog, I didn’t get a chance (or, honestly, the motivation) to give them their own post until now.

This has actually been a go-to outfit for me this winter. I bought the poncho at the December Moonfish pop-up after seeing them at an earlier one. I saw another poncho at lululemon when I was in Toronto in November that I loved but I said, no, I will buy it at Moonfish!

I’ve worn it with these jeans, black jeans, and even my black faux leather leggings. For some reason it makes me feel like I can take on the world.

For Christmas, my friend Annabelle bought me this wonderful necklace from a local artisan we met at a craft fair. It matches the poncho perfectly.

It’s made with watch parts! Isn’t that neat?

Anyway, I really love this poncho. I don’t know if they will be available at the spring Moonfish event, but if you really need to have one, just email them and I bet they’ll help you out.

I found Moonfish because of a connection I made through this blog and, to be honest, things like that are one of the biggest things I’ll miss about blogging regularly.

I mean, I’ll still shop there. Because I’ve loved everything I’ve gotten from Moonfish. Especially this poncho.

Bagels and Blush

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Happy Style Imitating Art interpretation day! Also known as currently the only time I post. I’d say I’m sorry but, hey, it’s my blog and I do what I want!

Also, to be honest, the only reason this outfit got photographed at all is because on Sunday I showered and put myself together so I could go to a cooking class with my mom. We attended a class called “Bagels and Brunch” and, yes, we made bagels.

Photo taken by my mom

Anyway, since I was up and showered and put-together, I was able to throw together this outfit and snap some photos.

As a reminder, this is the artwork we’re imitating this week:

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I realized that I don’t have really any dresses that are appropriate for both A. this time of year and B. this artwork. So, instead, I fixated on my new velvet blush flats. New, in that I got them at a clothing swap and they’re in almost perfect condition.

Of course Chewie joined me. He didn’t have anything super appropriate to wear, but he wanted to be in the pictures anyway. Kids, am I right?

I’ve worn a similar color combo before when I paired this blush top with my olive green pants. Clearly I like blush and olive green together!

Chewie, on the other hand, was much more interested in what the neighbors were doing across the street. 

If you’re more interested in participating than Chewie is, you can still take a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this week’s artwork and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com!

 

 

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.

Winter flowers and winter plaid [SIA Post]

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

Do any of you have shirts that you feel are “Christmas-y” but aren’t actual Christmas prints? That’s how I feel about the plaid shirt I’m wearing in today’s post.

Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Principle Denim (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman (same)

The Style Imitating Art choice for this week features a blue checked shirt with a tan cardigan, distressed jeans, and purple flowers. However, I donated my blue checked shirt a long time ago, I wasn’t feeling like wearing my tan cardigan, it’s too cold for distressed jeans, and it’s totally time for poinsettias, not summery purple flowers.

But I can still put the flowers in front of my face. Because, why not?

I very rarely buy props to use in my blog photos, but I figured why not? I was at the grocery store and they had so many poinsettias. Plus, it adds a little something to my minimal Christmas decor. And it goes with my Christmas shirt that isn’t actually just for Christmas.

Don’t forget you can see everyone’s interpretation of this week’s art on Salazar’s blog on Wednesday. Plus, there’s still time for you to take and submit your own photo! Just snap a picture and email it to her before Wednesday.

Necklace from the Covet Collection from Stella & Dot

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Celestial Sparkle [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

One of the reasons I love shopping at Moonfish is that half the time I walk in and Sarah, the owner, hands me something and says, “Go try this on.”

That’s what happened with this black turtleneck. Sure, from the front it looks like a simple black turtleneck (with thumbholes), but wait until you see the back.

Turtleneck – Sundays from Moonfish (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar

I knew as soon as I tried it on  I would be wearing it to the Hendrick’s Gin Turtleneck Club party. The dress code said you had to wear a turtleneck. It didn’t say anything about it needing to have a back.

I also knew that it would be the focal point for my outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. I even went so far as to wear it casually to a friend’s house on Friday night and then recreate the outfit in front of my own Christmas tree. Since, you know, it was the tree that inspired this week’s choice.

Jeans – Principle Denim from Moonfish (similar) | Booties – Lucky Brand (similar) | Bralette – (same)

It’s not too late to create your own outfit based on this week’s art choice. And, as you can see, you can take a rather liberal approach! Just snap a picture and send it to looplooks@gmail.com before 7PM central time on Tuesday, December 5th. Then I’ll make sure to include it in the round-up on Wednesday.

My current favorite outfit

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Did anyone do any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? Honestly, I didn’t really. Although, I was tempted to buy one of everything at Old Navy because, let’s be honest, that’s really my current aesthetic.

Cardigan – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (same in similar color) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Booties – STEVEN (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar)

I wore this outfit on Black Friday when, yes, we went to the mall near my sister-in-law’s house where I did buy two gifts. But nothing for me!

However, I love this outfit so much that I wore it again to work this week. Hey, it’s all different people who are seeing me so they don’t need to know I pulled it out of my suitcase and put it back on.

I LOVE these tees from Target and own them in multiple colors. The booties always get compliments. The jeans are actually jeggings. The cardigan was perfect for a 50 degree day. And the scarf is warm but not too voluminous.

Basically, I love every piece of this outfit and want to wear it every day. Maybe I should have bought multiple of everything during the sales?

Weaving A New Scarf [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Last week I managed exactly one blog post: announcing this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. Why so little blogging? Well, I was on a work trip to Oakville, Ontario (just outside Toronto) and we worked hard and played hard. Thankfully, I was still able to get my life back on track somewhat this past weekend and managed to get some time in with friends.

That’s where we took this week’s outfit photo: at the entrance to a friend’s neighborhood. The things you see in the suburbs!

For my interpretation outfit, I went with tan and a navy blue accent scarf. I recently purchased this scarf at a local craft show. Not local to Chicago? No worries. You can find them on Etsy from Jaclyn Faye.

Actually, when I first saw this week’s art, I was tempted to wear my cobalt blue top that has a gold zipper. But, believe it or not, I wore that this time last year for an SIA challenge!

So, instead, I went for my tan sweater and my new scarf.

BB Dakota Sweater (similar) | Paige Jeans (same) | STEVEN booties (similar

This past weekend I also went shopping at the latest Moonfish pop-up, had lunch with friends, and finished watching Stranger Things 2.

How about you? What have you been up to recently?

Not so black of a cat [SIA Post]

Casual Friday · Style Imitating Art

And we’re back to Monday! I had a busy but fun weekend. Hanging with my mom on Friday, attending a fundraising gala on Saturday, and visiting a craft show on Sunday.

Speaking of the craft show, it was being held at the Revolution Brewing tap room that is less than half a mile from my house. I thought this was a great opportunity to actually wear a sweater, a scarf, and a puffy vest so that I would be warm enough on the short walk there but not feel too warm or bulky when I was navigating the wares.

I paired gray, black and brown together as inspired by this week’s Style Imitating Art Choice, “Black Cat.”  It reminds a lot of another SIA challenge we did about this time last year where I also wore black jeans, this vest and these boots.

same jeans | similar vest | same boots | similar sweater | similar scarf | similar hat

This vest is perfect for wearing to something like a craft show. The pockets are large enough that I can put my wallet, phone and keys in them and not have to worry about carrying a purse.

Speaking of the craft show, I was there with Annabelle and some other people scouting out vendors for the monthly vendor fairs they host at the storefront we’re calling Collage Collective! The next one is on November 12th and you get all at the details here.

 

Be a unicorn

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I think the official saying is that you should always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn. But that’s kind of unwieldy for a blog post title, right? So, “be a unicorn” it is.img_9501.jpg

Being a unicorn is great when you’ve had a long day, your hair is a mess, and your make-up has worn off. Just put on your unicorn face and you’re good to go! It may be after Halloween but that’s okay. The unicorn “Donnie Darko” look is good all year round.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | same unicorn head

I mean, what else livens up an outfit full of neutral colors than a rainbow-maned unicorn head? Of course you need one of these in your life. It’s exactly what that saying is talking about. Be yourself. Wear those neutral colors. But every so often, don’t forget to be a unicorn.

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This post may or may not have been brought to by wine. But it was definitely brought to you by a previous Sip & Shop event. You should join us at the next one so you too can be a unicorn!