Style Imitating Art

Working Forward, Weaving Anew [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

Happy Monday, everyone!

This week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen is appropriate in so many ways. It’s titled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” and it’s a recently painted mural in the historic Brewery District of Tacoma, Washington.

Designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, it was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art.

Here’s a description of the mural, as written in the Tacoma News Tribune article “New mural on Tacoma’s Seven Seas Brewery includes Native American artists, stories,” published online here at http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article151068302.html :

“It depicts a landscape where Native American people, weaving cedar baskets in the shadow of Mount Rainier, are intercepted by a logging saw and split lumber. The wood and cane weavings peel off into living, flowering branches, trailing across railway tracks in a palette of blue and gold.”

Jen chose this mural and took these pictures because her SIA turn nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, and she wanted to choose an artwork that honored Native Americans.

I find it particularity fitting for me as well because my brain is currently swirling with a new project at work.  I’ve been asking for this project for years and I finally got it! But, it’s going to be a lot of work at the start and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around how to make everything happen. So, I will definitely be working forward and weaving anew!

If you’d like to weave this artwork into an outfit this week, don’t forget to take a picture and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by  Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. PST and she’ll include it in the round-up on her blog on the 22nd. 

Not so black of a cat [SIA Post]

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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.

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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.

 

Black Cat [SIA Post]

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It’s Monday and that means the start of a new week and the start of a new Style Imitating Art challenge! This week it’s Salazar’s turn to pick. She chose “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. The colors and subject matter are perfect for the fall, and of course, a black cat is perfect for Halloween.

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As always, we encourage everyone to participate! Take a picture of your an outfit you wore inspired by this artwork and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 7th so you can be included in the round-up.

It’s toss up for me whether I go with gray and tan or if I go full black cat. Stay tuned to see!

All the angel applications

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Welcome to this week’s Style Imitating Art round-up! Quite a few of our usuals played along with their gray-themed outfits.

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First up, we have Kezzie! Of course I enjoy her gray and black outfit, but I also love the backdrop!
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Next is co-host Salazar who says she was actually wearing this outfit when I sent her the inspiration artwork. Clearly our styles are currently on the same wavelength.

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Mike went with all black so that his bag could be the focal point. The gray and white stripes are a great way to interpret the painting!

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Then we have co-host Jen who found the one minor spot of color in the painting – a bit of pink near the eyes! And this is why I love Jen, you guys. As I’ve mentioned before, she’s amazing at seeing the details in everything!

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Jen wasn’t the only one who found the one non-gray or black spot in the painting! Annabelle got in on the action showcasing this vibrant pink lace vest.

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Finally, there’s me in probably the comfiest outfit I currently own.

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Overall, I think we all did a wonderful job this week. We all qualify as angels, yes? I really enjoyed seeing all the different interpretations of such a simply colored piece of art.

Didn’t get a chance to participate this week? That’s okay! Stay tuned for next Monday when we reveal the next inspiration piece!

 

A little gray angel [SIA Post]

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The last time I went to the Moonfish pop-up I tried on a lot of different things and almost came home with a dark teal cowl necked sweater. And then I saw this beauty and I knew I wanted it instead. Because, as I mentioned, I’m all about the grays and blacks right now. Hence this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge!

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scarf – Moonfish | top – Moonfish | same jeans | same booties

Speaking of Moonfish, the next pop-up is in the city at my friend Annabelle’s store front on November 18th and 19th! That’s right! I love Moonfish so much that I basically brought it to me.

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In other news, work is crazy busy right now and we’re moving towards the busier season for the half marathon I also work for. I’m still helping out Annabelle with her LuLaRoe business and we’re thinking about pivoting a little bit to also use her store front for events (stay tuned for that information).

I’m also still volunteering in a leadership position for Toastmasters and that takes up some time, too. I have a few other things on my plate that I think I need to step back from, though. Do you say “yes” to everything? I’m still working on not doing that!

However, I did say “yes” to attending a magic show event this coming Thursday. We’re supposed to wear cocktail attire! I’ll finally get a chance to bust out a dress I haven’t worn in awhile. Now I just have to pick which one.

And don’t forget you can still submit your outfit inspired by this week’s artwork pick. Just snap a photo and email it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday evening. You don’t have to use a fancy camera; a camera phone works just fine! Chewie told me he wants you to participate.

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Angel Applicant [SIA Post]

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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.

 

 

A Galaxy of Inspiration [SIA Post]

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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.

Violet, grey, and tan [SIA Post]

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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.

Variations in Violet and Grey [SIA Post]

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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.

How we all take our coffee [SIA Post]

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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?