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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.

 

 

 

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Out of the Woods [SIA Post]

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Not taking outfit photos for the past few months actually left me in a bit of an outfit rut. In fact, I struggled to come up with an outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge…even though I was the one who chose the art!

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Pond in the Woods

I had quite a few ideas, but I felt that many of them I’d either worn on the blog before or would just be me putting on something to take the photo and not something I would actually have a chance to wear any time soon.

For example, this dress would have been perfect…but I have no reason to wear it right now. I did decide while finally unpacking my jewelry that I wanted to wear my necklace with the green gemstone.

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So, I did. And I paired it with a cream-colored tank top, my burgundy cardigan, my newly DIY distressed black jeans (as in, I did it 20 minutes before I wore them), and my tan booties. I couldn’t figure out how to add purple or blue to this outfit, though. Plus, I’ve just been more of a fan of neutrals, lately. Or I’m wearing burgundy for Valentine’s Day. Either way!

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similar cardigan | similar jeans | same booties | similar necklace 

Also, welcome to our backyard which, right now, is basically a mud pit. We’ve asked our landlord for help in landscaping it so that the dog doesn’t track muddy paw prints all over the house if we don’t wipe off his paws every single time he comes in from outside.
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I’m still getting some great submissions from others who have been inspired to create an outfit based on this painting. And it’s not too late for you to submit yours! The round-up will be posted on Wednesday so send your pictures to looplooks@gmail.com to be featured!

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SIA: Pond in the Woods

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As much as I enjoyed doing ALL the things in January, I’m looking forward to a nice, quiet(er) February. I hope to get everyone caught up on what’s been going on in my life (moving! marathoning!) but for now it’s time for me to pick the Style Imitating Art Challenge for this week!

In December I went with my friend Emily to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Neither of us had ever been there before and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it’s full of museums, art galleries, shopping, and eating and that all of it is easily walkable. We didn’t really have an agenda other than that we knew we needed to go to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. I think it’s like a rule or something.

Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised at it, too. If you thought all she painted were flowers and desert landscapes, you’re wrong! She painted and sculpted many, many things. So, of course I chose one that I took a picture of for this week’s SIA.

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“Pond in the Woods”, 1922

This is something I could totally see hanging in our new apartment. I love the dark colors, the depth, and the movement. I kind of feel like I’m being pulled into the painting.

I took photos of some of my other favorites, as well, so I suspect you’ll see them pop up as SIA pieces throughout the year.

In the mean time, if this painting inspires you to create an outfit, snap a picture of it and send it to looplooks at gmail.com before Tuesday, February 14th to be included in the outfit round up.

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SIA: A Little Lace

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Happy belated new year, everyone!

I’m still on a bit of a blogging hiatus, at least until probably February, but I didn’t want you to miss out on another Style Imitating Art challenge! Also, one of the people I’m working with this week told me she missed my blogging so I thought I’d check in.

Jen chose this the art this time around and she picked lace patterns from Italian lace designer and wood carver Isabella Catanea Parasole (sometimes also known as Elisabetta Catanea Parasole, which is the name she used to publish her manuals).

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Jen writes,

She was the first lace designer to create and publish a lace instruction manual for women, a manual called Il Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne, published in 1620. She was such a prominent artist that when she married printmaker Leonardo Norsini, he took her last name!

There’s not much known about her today, but you can find a brief bio and samples here and many pics from her lace instruction manual from the Met here.

Never participate in Style Imitating Art before? Just snap a picture of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this week’s choice and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, January 30th to be featured in the round-up on Tuesday.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to get my own outfit submitted with everything else I have going on this week, but maybe! I mean, we are mostly moved and unpacked. Now I just have to get through the half marathon I’m working for and the full marathon I’m running!