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Meet some art at The Met [SIA Post]

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Time for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice! Plus, if you stay tuned, you can see some of MY new art. And, yes, I hinted about it in a previous SIA post.

Anyway, first up is Jen’s choice for this week. It’s a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

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This particular piece is part of the collection at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met recently released almost 400,000 images of their collection into public domain, And they didn’t just release older artwork images — they’ve got newer stuff, too! For example, this fabric.

Here’s how the Richmond Art Center describes jogakbo:

Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, are used to wrap, cover, or carry things in daily life from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes, household goods, and food. Jogakbo refers to a colorful patchwork bojagi that is strikingly contemporary and was historically made with remnants of fabrics from leftover cloths.

I’m looking forward to putting together an outfit inspired by this piece. It’s a chance to break out of the rut I’ve been in with the  neutrals and wear some of the brighter stuff I have in my closet. Or, you know, just stick to beige and black.  We’ll see!

Don’t forget that if you want to participate, just snap a photo of an outfit you wore inspired by this piece and email it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, April 24th.

And, finally, as promised, here’s my new artwork:

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Yep! I went and got my tattoo for Chewie. It’s my fifth tattoo and, yes, it still hurt in certain spots but, weirdly, it was the outline that hurt more than filling it in. Anyway, I’m happy I got it done and I think it turned out perfectly.

 

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Dogs and Tattoos [SIA Post]

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So many things to tell you about today! We’ve got dogs, and hair stylists, and tattoos and more.

First, though, is this week’s Style Imitating Art outfit.  In case you need a refresher, this week we’re doing a painting by a Japanese artist that features cats. And tattoos. It’s also black, white and red with a spot of blue. So, that’s what I wore.

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Top – KLD from Moonfish | Jeans – Principle Denim from Moonfish | Shoes – similar 

And, yes, I am wearing mostly items I purchased from Moonfish. I love that I can create an entire outfit when I go!

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Also, you may have noticed that my hair is super curly in these photos. Well, I visited Spoke &  Weal, an Aveda salon in Chicago, for a complimentary color session from stylist Noemi. She introduced me to some new hair products and did some crazy magic with my curls. It’s crazy! She also did some subtle balayage to add more of my natural highlights.

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She also told me that stylist Siobhan is the best at cutting curly hair. I didn’t get it cut this weekend but it almost feels like I did with the way my curls are behaving! Also, all of their appointments start with a neck and shoulder massage. Yes, please! I also got a hand massage while waiting for my color to process. I suppose that helps take part of the sting out of the two hours it takes to color my hair.

Other things I did this weekend? I took Chewie over to my friend Annabelle’s place. Chewie is not the best at going to new places or dealing with new people but he was actually amazing at Annabelle’s! It gives me hope that maybe one day he’ll be totally chill with new experiences.

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Oh, yeah, we also got our backyard partially landscaped this past weekend. No more mud! Hooray! Also, we now have a patio in addition to a deck. The perfect spot for taking some photos of my Spot tattoo. Jen suggested I highlight my tattoos that honor my animals since this week’s SIA was about tattoos and animals.

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My other two dog-related tattoos are on my back and I wasn’t planning to go shirtless on the internet. So, here’s my tattoo honoring the first dog Jason and I adopted: Spot. He was 10 or 11 when we adopted him and that was the name he came with so we didn’t change it. Although, have you ever actually met a dog named Spot?

Overall, it was a pretty amazing weekend. For both humans and dogs.

Oh, and don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog tomorrow to see the round up of everyone’s SIA outfits for this week.

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Cats and Tattoos [SIA Post]

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You probably all know I’m a dog person. If Chewie’s occasional cameos didn’t give that way already, I mean. In fact, I have three tattoos dedicated to our three previous dogs. But, this week’s Style Imitating Art pick by co-host Salazar is about cats. Tattooed cats.

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The official title of this artwork is  “Monmon Cats” (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo.

I appreciate that Salazar choose another painting with black, red, and white as the primary colors since I have a lot of that in my wardrobe. In fact, I think I’ll take this opportunity to showcase a new top I bought from Moonfish!

If you want to showcase an item in your closet, just snap a picture of an outfit you created as inspired by this painting and email it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Monday, April 10th so it can be featured on her blog. Selfies and flat-lays are also welcome!

As a side note, the studio where I got my last two tattoos is doing another event where proceeds benefit a local dog rescue. I got my three dog-related tattoos after my pups passed away, but in this case I might make an exception and go get the one I need for Chewie during the event. What do you think?

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Growing all the Art [SIA Post]

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There are so many wonderful colors and prints in today’s Style Imitating Art round-up! It’s so spring-like and it’s making me excited for warmer weather, and blooming flowers, and hopefully finally getting our yard to stop being a huge mud pit.

Anyway! As a reminder, I chose a painting from the GrowARTS program that benefits and provides an income to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. IMG_8093

This particular painting is still for sale! If you want to see it in person, GrowARTS is having an event at 1555 W Diversey in Chicago from 6-9PM on Friday, April 7th.

If you just want to see the outfits inspired by the painting, though, keep scrolling.

First we have co-host Jen who, as always, used her accessories in the perfect way. Two different florals to bring in the colors and patterns!

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Next we have our other co-host Salazar who says that this time it was all about the sparkles. I have to agree. I love her sweater!

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Then there’s Jodi who is totally on-trend with making her floral slip dress cool weather appropriate!1-22-17 053 (853x1280)Mike couldn’t decide which color palate to go with, so he sent me both. I think they both look great!

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Kezzie also sent me two different outfits. The close up of the second one was a “just in case” she didn’t have time to take pictures of the first one. Like Mike, both are wonderful!

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Finally, we have Annabelle herself! Of course she couldn’t miss this opportunity to play dress up.

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And, of course, my outfit.

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See what I mean? So many lovely colors and patterns. Doesn’t it make you excited for spring?

Want to play along? Stay tuned for next week when Salazar will showcase her pick!

 

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Playing in the Garden [SIA Post]

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Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I actually spent some time with Annabelle and, since I had the painting I chose for this week at my disposal AND a room full of clothes, I played dress up.

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There were so many floral patterns to choose from, but I went with something a bit more abstract since that’s what I prefer. This skirt is a stretchy pencil skirt from LuLaRoe and the style is called “Cassie.” It’s currently still for sale if you’re interested!

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The top I’m wearing is actually a LuLaRoe Julia dress! That’s the same style I have on in this post and it works perfectly as a top when tucked into the Cassie skirt. It’s also for sale currently.

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The necklace is one that Annabelle keeps on hand for playing dress up in her boutique. She told me she bought it on clearance from ModCloth awhile ago.

The shoes, though, are all mine. They’re these from Shopbop.

I had a lot of fun playing dress up and putting on an outfit style that I would have worn to my previous job. Over the past two years I’ve been getting rid of most of my pencil skirts since I don’t have any reason to wear them. So, it was a nice change of pace to have a (fun) reason to get a little bit dressed up. Even if was only for the photos!

Don’t forget to send me your outfits as inspired by this painting! Just snap a picture and send it to looplooks@gmail.com. I’ve already gotten a few and they’re all so different. I’ll be putting them all up on Wednesday.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek since Annabelle couldn’t help but play dress-up, too.

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Growing Art [SIA Post]

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For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I wanted to highlight one of the pieces of art from the growARTS program I posted about a few weeks ago. This particular piece is still available for sale so if you’re interested, just let me know! Or, just use it to create an outfit and send a picture of it to me by next Tuesday to have it featured here on the blog.

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As a reminder, Garden Center growARTS artisan training program provides a space for individuals of all abilities to create stunning pieces of art as a means of self-expression and as an alternative path to self-employment.

Art for sale is either painted by adults in the growARTS program or is donated by their family or friends. The artists in the program also get paid a commission for each piece that sells.

This particular piece was painted by one of the women in the program. I believe her name is Stephanie. And while I’m not normally drawn to florals, I did like the colors and the fact that she used sequins for some sparkle.

I have a few other favorites of which I snapped photos, so you’ll probably see those pop-up over the next few months.

In the meantime, use this painting to inspire an outfit and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 28th to have it featured on Wednesday, March 29th. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this!

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A study in casual [SIA Post]

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When I posted this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge art, my mom commented that she immediately thought of the red, black and tan plaid top that I wore to Thanksgiving one year and that I gave her for Christmas after she commented how much she liked it (no, I didn’t give her mine. I bought her one for herself!)

So, of course, because mother knows best, I went with that top for this week.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | similar scarf

This outfit is basically the casual version of one I wore back in 2013 when I worked my more “business casual” job. I kept the top the same and kept the same color outer layer and bottoms but swapped out everything else.

I also added my coffee mug since it matched perfectly. Shout out to the local NPR affiliate! This was our thank you gift for donating over the past year.

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I’m really looking forward to warmer days when I can sit on our back deck on weekend mornings and drink coffee. I never thought I’d be someone who would say that but, hey, it’s amazing how you can change over time.

Chewie dog, however, has not changed. He still wants to be outside with us when we’re taking photos, even when it’s ridiculously cold. Although, we have had people over three times since we’ve moved (even if two of those were for brief stints) and he barely ate anyone. He really just wants everyone seated in the same room and then he can relax. Such a herding dog.

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An unexpected portrait [SIA Post]

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This week’s Style Imitating Art choice from Jen comes from an interesting source: Pixabay.com. Pixabay is a repository of public domain graphics, images and, apparently, art! Jen uses this website to find images for presentations and trainings and, interestingly enough, I do too. I actually found out about it from our training video producer who works for me. Of course, I’ve never looked for art so kudos to Jen for thinking outside the box and finding this.

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Jen, being a good librarian, did some research and discovered the artist’s name and some more of her art here.

I’m hoping I have time this weekend to take some outfit photos for the blog (although the weather is not going to be particularly cooperative). I didn’t have any time to take photos this past week or weekend, sadly. Pretty sure the jeans a t-shirt I wore to paint our old apartment wouldn’t make for good blog fodder.

Anyway, if YOU have time to snap a photo of an outfit you put together based on this painting, just send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday evening (March 13th) to be featured in the round-up.

 

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Sing Street [SIA Post]

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Thanks again to everyone who participate in last week’s Style Imitating Art challenge! This week we’ve got something both retro and modern to interpret. Salazar chose the movie poster from “Sing Street“.

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I’m admittedly not much of a movie person so I hadn’t seen this nor had I heard of it (although, I did see “Once” on Broadway!) but Salazar highly recommends it.

Personally, it reminds me of when I was a kid and wanted to be Madonna so badly. I would layer dresses, skirts and bracelets and occasionally even wear crop tops on weekends. I don’t think I’ll be doing any of that this time around, but you never know!

If you’d like to break out your best retro 80s outfit, or just dress in black with a few pops of color, don’t forget to snap a picture and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, February 27th.

 

Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

SIA: Pond in the Woods Round-Up

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Thank you all so much for welcoming me back with open arms after my little blogging break! I’m excited to have some new Style Imitating Art participants on the blog today.

As a reminder, we’re interpreting the Georgia O’Keeffe painting, Pond in the Woods.

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First up, we have Nancy from Nancy’s Fashion Style!

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Nancy said that she doesn’t usually wear a lot of color but that these are the colors she loves. And could the peacock feather be any more perfect?

Random thought: I saw peacocks while I was running the Miami Marathon. One even ran along side us for a few feet!

Next we have Jodie’s submission. This is one of my first visits to Jodie’s blog and I love that she features three different decades of women. Today we have the “60s model” AKA her step- mom…who also happens to be named Nancy!
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Jodie writes, “I was inspired by the color scheme of the Georgia O’Keeffe painting —the browns, greens with that beige in the middle, all reminded me of Nancy’s brown jeans, green turtleneck & beige sweater!!”

Co-host Jen got every color in the painting into one outfit! Way to go! She even says her earrings are topaz to bring in that bit of brown.

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Mike, an SIA regular, commented that he almost went with his usual black pants but, at the last minute, swapped them out for the khaki ones. I say good choice!

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Rabbit Style News also went with blue and green for this one. I really like her blouse!

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Gail “chose brown and green tones plus the lighter and circular ‘center’ of the pond mirrored by my fun pompoms.”

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Also, side note, Gail’s got some good indoor lighting going on there!

Co-host Salazar has a coat that I am currently envying. All my coats are black, gray or red. But forest green? Drooling! Plus, you have to see the close-up of her brooch.

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And then! We got a submission from “A Dog”! This pup is super stylish and is making Chewie quite jealous.

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They also have one creative owner!

Finally, there’s me! I notice I was the only one to go with a burgundy color scheme. That’s what I love about SIA: so many different ways to interpret the same piece of art!

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Stay tuned for next week’s choice! And thanks again to everyone who participated.