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A Blink of a Lens [SIA Post]

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Last week’s Style Imitating Art challenge gave me an idea for this week’s. I have a friend who is an amateur photographer who takes great photos of Chicago and when he travels. He’s even helped lead photo walks in Chicago and has been on photography trips to the southwest.

Since we used a photograph last week I was inspired to pick one of his photographs for this week.

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Photo by blinkofalens

I know tulips are out of season right now, but I didn’t want to wait to share this photo until next spring!

This photo has such vibrant colors and you could wear pink, green, blue or even gray or white. The buildings almost have stripes on them or you could wear florals.

Whatever you decide, snap a photo of your outfit and send it to looplooks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, August 1st so I can include it in the round-up!

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Fire in the Night [SIA Post]

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In a case of serendipity, just before Jen sent this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Jason and I went to the July edition of the Full Moon Fire Jam. The week of the full moon, a group in Chicago puts on a show full of drummers and fire dancers and it’s completely free! And since this week’s Style Imitating Art choice is light in the dark, I realized the pictures Jason took at this event were perfect.

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And we can’t forget my outfit. I realized after the fact that the black dress works as a black background and my tan kimono is the light spot in my dark outfit.

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similar dress | kimono from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes 

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This is the second time I’ve been to the Full Moon Jam. There is something both relaxing and exhilarating about it. If you’re in Chicago when one of these is going on I highly recommend it. Bring some food for a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and get there early so you get a good seat.

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A Light in the Dark [SIA Post]

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Monday’s here, everyone! I know that some of us dread Monday mornings for a variety of reasons, but this Monday also means a new Style Imitating Art challenge which may just be a light in the Monday darkness.

Appropriately, this pick from Jen could be referred to as “Light in the Dark.” It’s from an Italian photographer and, based on the photo tags, it’s burning steel wool. I’ve heard of other people taking photos like these and I think it’s something one of my photographer friends has been wanting to try.

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“Light in the dark” photograph by By-Jo is in the public domain 

I don’t really own anything orange (unless you count my coral dress) but Jen pointed out that:

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or multiple necklaces or bangles. You could take a photo at dusk — to rage against the dying of the light. 😉 Lots of options!

I’m looking forward to finding a way to interpret this photograph….and it’s given me an idea for my next SIA pick, too!

Are you inspired to create an outfit? If so, just snap a photo and send it to Jen by next Monday evening, July 17th, so she can include it in the round-up on Tuesday.

 

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The Flower Seller Outfit [SIA Post]

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Is there a blogger out there whose attention to detail you admire? For me, that’s Jen at Librarian for Life and Style. Not only does she kill it with the accessories and details for the weekly Style Imitating Art challenges, but she also looks for the perfect backdrop. Well, for this week’s challenge I KNEW I had the perfect backdrop. A flower seller right in our neighborhood!

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Actually, I saw an even more perfect stall at our local farmer’s market the weekend before but when I went this week they weren’t there. Sad face! So, I made do with the one I found.

Interestingly, this was my second time going to our local farmer’s market and while many of the vendors were the same, they were in different spots! I suppose that’s a good marketing strategy since you have to wander the whole place to find the one you want. And you never know what else you’ll see along the way.

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Like seeing other dogs. So many other dogs. Chewie really wanted to sniff all of them. 

Also, I know I just wore this top on the blog but, let’s be honest, I wear it like twice a week now. It’s just so comfy! And the colors of the top and jeans, along with my silver sandals, just matched so perfectly with the art for this week.

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Oh, these are my newest Principle Denim jeans and I love them just as much as my other pair. I cannot wait for the next Moonfish pop-up!! I’m not kidding when I say that my entire outfit (minus the shoes) is from Moonfish. Top, jeans, bralette and necklace. I’m definitely a convert.

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Don’t forget that you still have time to send in your own outfit inspired by this week’s art choice!  See the full post here with all the details.

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The Flower Seller [SIA Post]

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Good morning, everyone! (Or afternoon or evening, depending on when you’re reading this). I had a busy weekend hosting a brunch at my house, visiting the local farmer’s market, and enjoying dinner at a friend’s place. How was your weekend?

Speaking of farmer’s markets, the one closest to me is lovely and I might just have to convince someone to take this week’s Style Imitating Art photo there so I can do Salazar’s choice justice.

She chose an animation from series by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul that is pretty clearly inspired by flower sellers in Vietnam.

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The outfit I’m wearing today is actually perfect for this, so I think I’ll recreate it on Sunday and head out to the farmer’s market again to pose with some flowers! Or, I’ll just take pictures in my yard with a bouquet. I guess you’ll have to wait and see next week!

Want to submit your own style imitating art? Just send a photo of your outfit to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday evening, July 3rd, and she’ll include it in her round-up on Wednesday.

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The Sonoma Round-Up [SIA Post]

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The best thing about picking a bright, colorful, graphic piece of art for the Style Imitating Art challenge? It’s seeing all the bright and colorful outfits!

This week it was such fun to see how everyone interpreted the Greeting from Sonoma mural. First up, we have Jen who, of course, found her own mural that represents her city!

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We also clearly have the same taste in hats. You can read all about how she came up with her outfit and the mural in her photos here.

Next we have our other co-host, Salazar who said the hot air balloon in the mural inspired her to wear her hot air balloon blouse. She said it seemed like something one would wear in wine country and, yes, I agree! Loose, flow-y pants are definitely a go-to for many women of California!

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Mike went with my suggestion of a graphic tee! Yay! The gray works perfectly with the metal wall and the red, white, and blue matches the “Greetings” lettering.

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Then we have Kezzie with her dress that looks like a mural itself! Plus, her metallic shoes. Clearly we were on the same wavelength with our footwear.

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Finally we have me in my coral dress!

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Thanks again to everyone who participate! Stay tuned for next week’s choice by Salazar!

 

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Greetings from Sonoma: The Outfit [SIA Post]

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I’m sure you all know how difficult it is to come home from a vacation, but it’s even more difficult when you’ve come home from a place with amazing weather, amazing food, amazing views and amazing wine! And you spent the time with amazing company (shout-out to my mom).

We didn’t have any real plans for our trip other than get to Sonoma and have fun. Well, that’s not entirely true. The one thing I wanted to do was go find this mural at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma since I’d chosen it as this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration.

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And, yes, I succeeded! I wore my latest Moonfish purchase along with my brown and silver tote, silver shoes, and silver necklace (also from Moonfish). I was tempted to wear my gold jewelry and brown shoes but I went with the silver to mimic the metal wall.

Oh, and you’ll notice the hat in all my Sonoma photos. I bought this hat years ago at a street festival in Chicago but I think this was the first time it got worn so many days in a row.

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We ate lunch at the Fremont Diner after spending the morning on the balcony of winery with the most beautiful view: Nicholson Ranch. I’d been there once before almost 8 years ago, so of course I had to take a picture in almost the exact same spot.

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And here I am with my friend Holly, in July 2009!

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(Clearly I have a thing for silver shoes!)

If you weren’t following my Instagram Story, you probably missed out on many of the pictures I took this trip. So, here’s a taste of what we ate at The Fremont Diner (pun totally intended!)

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Fried oyster hash for me, shrimp and grits for my mom. Followed by amazing pecan pie!

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Don’t forget! If this week’s artwork inspired you to come up with an outfit, send it my way (looplooks@gmail.com) by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 20th and I’ll include it in the round-up on Wednesday.

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Greetings from Sonoma [SIA Post]

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I’m writing this from my couch on Saturday but hopefully by the time you read this I’ll be in Sonoma with my mom! I’ve been doing a little bit of looking online to come up with some things to do but, for the most part, I’m thinking we’ll figure it out as we go along.

However, I did find this perfect mural for Style Imitating Art this week that’s located at a place in Sonoma called the Fremont Diner. My plan is to get a picture of myself in front of it!

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I’m packing several dresses that would work well with this mural, mostly because it has all of the colors of the rainbow in it!

But I want to see what outfits you put together with this inspiration! Graphic tee? Something bright? Something that reminds you of California? Send it my way!

Email it to looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 20th and I’ll post it in my round-up on Wednesday, June 21st.

 

 

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A Principle Outfit [SIA Post]

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Last Friday, when I wore this outfit, Chewie got so excited to see me when I got home that he knocked me into the fence in our yard and I scraped my wrist. Then when I was making dinner I cut my pinky finger. Later that evening I tripped and fell up the stairs in our apartment.

I guess that one beer I had at 3pm was stronger than I thought!

Anyway, this outfit was my nod to the blue and white in this week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen.

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I purchased this top from Moonfish earlier this year but it was just now warm enough to wear it. Moonfish currently has a pop-up happening on the far north side of Chicago until June 8th and when I was there on Saturday she still had this top!

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Sarah, Moonfish’s founder, had this top on when I got there on Saturday with a pair of black distressed Principle Denim jeans.  Oh, she might even have a few of the blue pair I’m wearing in this photo left, too!

I’ve decided that Principle Denim is my absolute favorite brand of jeans. I recently ordered a pair from Express and I can’t decide if the rise is too high or not. But Principle’s is just right. Now I just have to find more pairs in my size! IMG_8885

similar top | similar cardigan | same sandals

 

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A Violin Playing Goat [SIA Post]

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I’m sure many of my U.S. readers have today off for Memorial Day are spending it doing something other than reading blogs. But, for those of you who are here, it’s time to reveal this week’s Style Imitating Art choice!

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This photo of “[ C ] Marc Chagall – Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This week it was Jen’s turn to pick and she chose this because, as she said, she has a soft spot for Marc Chagall’s work. And then there was something about needing a violin-playing goat to find happiness. I’ve never seen Notting Hill so I didn’t get the reference. Please fill me in! Now I’m curious!

This painting has all the colors of the rainbow in it. So, even if you’re not feeling the blue, you can wear purple or yellow or red or even green. Or a little bit of everything. Or show us what you wore to your Memorial Day celebrations! I bet they’ll work just fine, too.

Submissions are due to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com on Monday June 5th by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. She’ll post the round-up on June 6th.