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 4, available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
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 email@example.com by Tuesday, December 19th so you can be included in the round-up on the 20th.
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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, December 5th.
If all goes as planned, my outfit will include sequins! What will yours include?
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.
“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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
It’s Monday and that means the start of a new week and the start of a new Style Imitating Art challenge! This week it’s Salazar’s turn to pick. She chose “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. The colors and subject matter are perfect for the fall, and of course, a black cat is perfect for Halloween.
As always, we encourage everyone to participate! Take a picture of your an outfit you wore inspired by this artwork and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 7th so you can be included in the round-up.
It’s toss up for me whether I go with gray and tan or if I go full black cat. Stay tuned to see!
First up, we have Kezzie! Of course I enjoy her gray and black outfit, but I also love the backdrop!
Next is co-host Salazar who says she was actually wearing this outfit when I sent her the inspiration artwork. Clearly our styles are currently on the same wavelength.
Mike went with all black so that his bag could be the focal point. The gray and white stripes are a great way to interpret the painting!
Then we have co-host Jen who found the one minor spot of color in the painting – a bit of pink near the eyes! And this is why I love Jen, you guys. As I’ve mentioned before, she’s amazing at seeing the details in everything!
Jen wasn’t the only one who found the one non-gray or black spot in the painting! Annabelle got in on the action showcasing this vibrant pink lace vest.
The last time I went to the Moonfish pop-up I tried on a lot of different things and almost came home with a dark teal cowl necked sweater. And then I saw this beauty and I knew I wanted it instead. Because, as I mentioned, I’m all about the grays and blacks right now. Hence this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge!
Speaking of Moonfish, the next pop-up is in the city at my friend Annabelle’s store front on November 18th and 19th! That’s right! I love Moonfish so much that I basically brought it to me.
In other news, work is crazy busy right now and we’re moving towards the busier season for the half marathon I also work for. I’m still helping out Annabelle with her LuLaRoe business and we’re thinking about pivoting a little bit to also use her store front for events (stay tuned for that information).
I’m also still volunteering in a leadership position for Toastmasters and that takes up some time, too. I have a few other things on my plate that I think I need to step back from, though. Do you say “yes” to everything? I’m still working on not doing that!
However, I did say “yes” to attending a magic show event this coming Thursday. We’re supposed to wear cocktail attire! I’ll finally get a chance to bust out a dress I haven’t worn in awhile. Now I just have to pick which one.
And don’t forget you can still submit your outfit inspired by this week’s artwork pick. Just snap a photo and email it to me at email@example.com by Tuesday evening. You don’t have to use a fancy camera; a camera phone works just fine! Chewie told me he wants you to participate.