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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.

 

Popping back in for a moment

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Hello everyone! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and that’s because, well, holidays plus January being one of my busiest months. I’ll share what I’ve been up to but first I want to share the first Style Imitating Art challenge of 2018!

Jen chose a painting by a Pacific Northwest tattoo artist Bismark Pinera. This painting is on the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4available online here. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) She attended the launch celebration for the new Creative Colloquy compilation, and fell in love with the cover art. She immediately contacted the artist, and Pinera graciously granted permission to use and showcase his artwork for this challenge.

Jen wrote a lot more on her blog, if you’re interested in knowing more about the art and the artist.

I will be doing my best to take a photo of myself in an outfit inspired by this painting and sending it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) so I can be included in the round-up. I hope you participate, too!

It might be a challenge in more ways than one for me, though, because the rest of my week is a little crazy. I recently hired a new addition for my team at work and I’m both super excited and super busy getting her trained. Not to mention, my side gig of doing customer service, packet pick-up and website maintenance for the F3 Half Marathon is coming to a climax this week since the race is Saturday!!

Then I’m getting out of the cold that is Chicago and visiting my dad in Florida for a few days at the end of the month. Last year I was there to run a marathon but this year I’m just going for a visit.

So, posting might still be sporadic for the next few weeks. But don’t let that stop you from participating in the SIA challenges!

Winter flowers and winter plaid [SIA Post]

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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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Setting down Roots [SIA Post]

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It’s time for the last Style Imitating Art challenge of 2017! We’ve had some great picks this year and this week is no exception. Salazar choose one of the photos from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, which depicts people in fashionable outfits with flowers for their heads.

She said that she loved all of them and I can see why after perusing some of the other photos and learning more about it here.

I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this choice. Don’t forget to take a picture of your outfit and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 19th so you can be included in the round-up on the 20th.

All the Celestial Bodies [SIA Post]

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Today we’re doing the round-up of all the submissions for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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First we have Jen who, as always, made sure to get the details perfect! Her pants have little tiny polka dots to mimic the stars and her color palate highlights the purples and blacks in the image. And of course she found a swing on which to pose!

Next is Kezzie who wore a shirt with constellations on it! Also, her collar is a unicorn but, sadly, she seems to be hiding a bit. Oh well!

Then is our other co-host, Salazar, who built her outfit around her scarf. Her starry scarf that is also the same colors as those in the image. In other news, I want to steal this entire outfit.

Finally, we have my own outfit. Well, technically two outfits. One fancy, one casual, but both using the same top.

It looks like we all incorporated black and then another accent color into our outfits. My favorite part of SIA challenges, though, is seeing all the different details in each outfit.

Want to show off your own details? Stay tuned for the next challenge which we’ll announce on Monday!

 

Celestial Themed [SIA Post]

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Do you put up any December holiday decorations in your house? I don’t always put up my Christmas tree, but since it looks like Jason and I will be home on Christmas Day this year I decided that mine needed to go up.

Annabelle came over yesterday to help me put up my pre-lit fake tree and decorate it with my themed ornaments. I’ve probably said it here before, but all of my ornaments are suns, moons or stars. I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school!

So, for this week’s Style Imitating Art pick, I went to the image site Pixabay and typed “celestial” to see what came up. I got lots of results but, in the end, I decided on this image:

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I liked that it had blue, purple, peach, and black as well as some texture. It also reminds me of a country summer night which, to be honest, I could go for right about now. I’m so not ready for winter! Even as I sit here watching a fake fire on my tv, listening to instrumental Christmas music, and looking at my tree.

If you want to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge all you need to do is create an outfit inspired by the artwork, take a picture of the outfit, and send the picture to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 5th.

If all goes as planned, my outfit will include sequins! What will yours include?

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Working Forward, Weaving Anew [SIA Post]

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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.

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.