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Like a rainbow on the water [SIA Post]

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First, I want to thank everyone who participated this week! I could go on and on about my feelings but, to be honest, it’s more fun to look at all the different outfits. I’ll still look forward to that on Jen and Salazar’s blogs and I hope to participate myself even if I’m not blogging or hosting Style Imitating Art.

That being said, I’ll probably still pop in here now and then so don’t unsubscribe from the little blog just yet!

Anyway, this week saw some great prints and a nice mix of patterns. As a reminder, here’s the artwork we’re interpreting:

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First is Nancy and her Oriental print skirt. I also think the tree in the background fits the inspiration perfectly.

 

Mike. Oh, Mike. I think I shall miss your lovely emails the most. Always thoughtful. Always detailed. Thank you for being such a wonderful SIA participant when I’ve hosted!

Mike said, “I didn’t really have anything that was sepia toned, as seen in the image, but I think that I got the grays and blacks down pretty good (they are my favorite colors after all!)” And he looks great in the plaid shirt.

Co-host Salazar also has the perfect printed top. What is it with everyone having such wonderfully printed items? I love it and clearly need to up my print game.

Both Jen and her husband Sam participated this week! Jen (and Sam) will always have a special place in my heart. Jen inspires me so much, even though she says it was ME that inspired her, Plus, she’s a librarian who actually works in a library. I mean, I have a degree in library science but haven’t work in a library. Maybe someday! And did you know I once bought a book Sam wrote as a gift for my mom?

Finally, there’s me. I did indeed wear this outfit to work. Some day it will be warm and I won’t have to wear sweaters and scarves, right?

I wish I had something profound to say, but honestly, I don’t. I cherish the relationships and experiences I’ve made through blogging, both here and in my previous life as a running blogger (missed that? It’s still online!)

I’ll still be on Instagram and I’m sure I’ll still post here now and then, if only to fulfill my agreement with Shopbop (hey, that gift card they give me every month has bought me a lot of things, including the jeans I’m wearing in this post) and keep you guys updated on what I’m up to. So, as I said early, don’t go too far! Just don’t expect to see me here every week.

And with that, I’m off!

The willow crackles now, its earlier
green bitten by the frost;
Like a rainbow on the water, the
reflected bridge hangs down.
Drinking deeply we feel the sorrow of our
parting;
Tomorrow our paths will part—yours to the
west, mine to the east.
Your laughter will be gone, and we,
reminded, ungrateful for full moons;
Sticking to fair winds, your journey
will be safe and sound.
Back home you will talk of how you passed the time,
Until the candle on the stand has burned its wick away. – Source

Farewell from the fence in my backyard

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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.

Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow [SIA Post]

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This post is both simultaneously difficult to write and a relief to write.

You see, I need to take a blogging break.

I didn’t want to be someone who did a big dramatic “my blog is ending” post, but it feels disingenuous to just….stop. Especially as one of the Style Imitating Art hosts!

So, instead, I decided to host one last time before I walk away for a bit. Therefore, I chose a piece that appropriately has the word “farewell” in the title.

This Ming Dynasty era scroll, titled “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” comes with an interesting story and a translation of the inscription.

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The inscription reads as:

The willow crackles now, its earlier
green bitten by the frost;
Like a rainbow on the water, the
reflected bridge hangs down.
Drinking deeply we feel the sorrow of our
parting;
Tomorrow our paths will part—yours to the
west, mine to the east.
Your laughter will be gone, and we,
reminded, ungrateful for full moons;
Sticking to fair winds, your journey
will be safe and sound.
Back home you will talk of how you passed the time,
Until the candle on the stand has burned its wick away.

Why am I parting ways from blogging? Lots of reasons. None of them are dire, though, so don’t worry about me! To be honest, I started blogging when I needed a creative outlet. When I didn’t feel useful at work. But, over the years my job and career have changed and currently I actually feel useful, productive, and even creative at work.

Blogging feels like something I HAVE to do now, instead of something I WANT to do. I don’t make money off this little blog. I don’t even make enough to cover the hosting costs, if we’re honest. Sure, I could hustle harder, invest more, hire a photographer, learn Photoshop, keep up with every technology and trend advance, spend my free time commenting on other blogs and trying to drum up engagement, but I don’t want to do that.

What I want to do is write and share my life….when I feel like it. But, I’m not sure what that looks like right now. I have ideas for posts but I don’t have the desire right now to turn them into something. I need to walk away so that I don’t feel this pressure that every posts needs to fit some mold. That every post needs to have perfect pictures and search engine optimization words and monetization links. Basically, I need to figure out how to write for ME and not for this “someone else” who lives in the back of my head and encourages me to play the comparison game.

So, for now, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my last time hosting the Style Imitating Art challenge by using the artwork above to inspire an outfit, taking a picture, and sending it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 3rd. I will post the round-up on Wednesday, April 4th and we’ll have a little party. Sound good?

Primavera [SIA Post]

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Co-host Salazar is currently traveling in Cuba and she found this sculpture along the way. It’s titled “Primavera”, which means Spring. Appropriate for the time of year, yes?

Photo by Salazar

Cuban artist Rafael San Juan created this sculpture by working with a Cuban ballerina. My favorite line from this interview with the artist? “One of the suggestions [the ballerina] made was not to have her looking down, as here women are strong, they confront happiness, work, problems head-on.”

Love it!

I’m thinking that this might finally be my chance to showcase my poncho I purchased this winter at Moonfish (which, by the way, has another pop-up coming up soon).

What about you? Does this sculpture bring any outfits of your own to mind? If so, put it on, snap a photo, and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, March 20th.

 

Bagels and Blush

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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!

 

 

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

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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.

A bold bluff [SIA Post]

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Checking in from my short trip to Florida with this week’s Style Imitating Art choice from Salazar. I didn’t get  chance to post my outfit from the last challenge, but you can see a photo of it in flat-lay form over on Jen’s blog.

Anyway, this week Salazar chose an iconic painting: dogs playing poker!

Why did she choose this? Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

Greens, browns, reds, white along with quite a few details make for a variety of options from which to pick when putting together an outfit. I have some ideas already and of course I’ll be featuring Chewie. Although, I doubt I can get him to play poker with me.

Want to participate? Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Feb. 7th.