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SIA: Sunset Outfit

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For the first time in the history of my Style Imitating Art participation I’ve had to resort to a “flat lay” of my outfit instead of a regular full-body photo.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Top – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Earrings – Le Tote (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

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I went with stripes, black, white and red to echo the sunset and the silhouette in the painting. And, of course, crescent moon earrings because what comes right after sunset? The moon!

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However, as I mentioned, I wasn’t able to get a full outfit photo. Why? Because my life is a mess right now. Currently I am:

  1. Training for the Miami Marathon, which takes place on January 29th
  2. Working for the F3 Half Marathon, which takes place on January 28th
  3. Volunteering for the Good Life Race 5K which has their first meeting this week
  4. Trying to get ready for a trip to Santa Fe on Thursday
  5. Cleaning up our apartment so it can get ready for showings
  6. Packing up our apartment so we can move in January
  7. Trying to buy Christmas gifts for family
  8. Attempting to keep the dog from going stir-crazy while we get several inches of snow and the temperatures drop to below freezing
  9. Doing my day job

So, yeah, blogging is taking a back seat. And, honestly, I don’t know when I’ll have the time or energy to blog regularly in the near future. Especially with our move coming up. And trying to find someone to take over our current lease. And and and. Something’s gotta give.

All that said, I’m taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. I’ll still be around on Instagram, though, if you want to follow me there.

Have a wonderful holiday/December/winter and I’ll see you in 2017!

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SIA: Sunset on 2016

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Jen‘s pick for our last Style Imitating Art challenge of 2016 is Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“. This seems appropriate for two reasons. One, it’s the end of the year and metaphorically we’ll be seeing the sunset on 2016 very soon. And two, she started off the year with a painting titled “Sunrise“.

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“Railroad Sunset” by Edward Hopper

We’re getting into the season of year-end round-ups and top 10 lists and all of that stuff. I know you’ll see a lot of the same type of posts on blogs and websites, so is there anything in particular you’d like to see from me? I’m open to all your ideas!

In the mean time, if you want to participate in this final SIA challenge for 2016, just snap a photo of an outfit inspired by this painting (selfies and flat lays are fine, too) and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, December 12th. She’ll feature the round-up on her blog on December 13th.

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SIA: Tempest

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Guess what! It’s finally acting like winter here in Chicago and it basically came out of nowhere. Last Friday it was 70 degrees and I was running in shorts and a t-shirt. On Saturday I had to wear leggings, a long sleeved top, a jacket, gloves, and a hat for my run.

Which is why I think Salazar’s pick for this week’s Style Imitating Art, “Tempest” is quite appropriate.

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This painting is by a Florida artist named John Larriva, who according to his CV, is actually a year younger than me. He’s got some really interesting items on his website (for sale, even!) and I recommend you go check it out. He even did an “Inktober” challenge where he tried to do a new drawing each day for a month. Pretty cool.

I’m looking forward to interpreting this piece because I’ve actually been drawn to neutrals, black, and simple outfits lately.  Shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with something. Especially since with our cold weather arrival hats are completely appropriate, too.

As always, if you want to participate, snap a picture of your outfit inspired by this artwork and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, November 28th.

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SIA Round Up: 108 Years and Four Outfits

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Chicago is still full of “W” flags celebrating the Chicago Cubs first World Series win since 1908 so I feel it’s more than appropriate to dress as though you were inspired by the 1908 scorecard I chose for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

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First up we have Salazar who went with a striped scarf and loafers to echo the socks and shoes depicted on the cover. Plus, like me, she chose a blazer!

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Next up we have Jen who, as always, nailed the details! A baseball tee, blue and red, and a baseball diamond? Amazing.

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Then we have Mike who says he doesn’t normally wear hats but was feeling it was appropriate this time. I’d say he definitely nailed the menswear look, too, but I think he has an edge on some of us.

Finally there’s me in my black blazer and plaid top.

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Thanks to all of you for participating! Stay tuned for next week’s pick!

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SIA: 108 Years

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Happy Monday, everyone! Chicago has been in a beautiful daze for the past week. The weather’s been gorgeous and we’ve been celebrating. What are we celebrating? Well, in case you missed the historic moment, the Chicago Cubs baseball team won the World Series for the first time in 108 years!

Yes, you read that right. They hadn’t won since 1908. I’m not really a sports fan but it was impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and the overall good feelings that seem to have enveloped the city.

So, because of that, I actually found the cover of the program/scorecard that was used during the Cubs’ 1908 season and chose it as my Style Imitating Art pick for this week.

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I’m thinking menswear, loafers, red, tan, black and white, Cubs apparel, all kinds of ideas. I hope you are inspired to participate! Just snap a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this pick and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Monday, November 14th! I’ll post the round-up of everyone’s submissions on Tuesday.

Go, Cubs, go!

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SIA: Neutral Peacock

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Who’s ready for Monday?? I’m still battling a cold that hit me hard last week and I ended up spending most of Saturday afternoon in bed napping. It was glorious!

However, that didn’t leave me much time to snap photos, even though I’ve worn some variation of this outfit approximately three times in the last week and a half. I attempted to get a snapshot for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge but I used the wrong lens and the photos came out blurry and grainy. You can’t even see that my earrings are feather shaped!

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Scarf – c/o Moonfish | Vest- Gap (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Earrings – Le Tote (same)

I went with grays and blacks since those are the main colors in this week’s pick. And, of course, my brown riding boots for the tan/orange accent, See, people have been pairing black and brown together for decades!

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I was able to get my brown boots shined at last week’s Shoe Drop event and it really made a huge difference! I’ll be writing a whole post on the experience and the event later this week. Let’s just say, though, I think everyone who attended was pretty impressed and is looking forward to seeing what Shoe Drop can do for them.

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SIA: In Vogue

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time to kick off our week with the Style Imitating Art choice by Jen. She chose a vintage Vogue magazine cover and, considering how into neutrals I’ve been lately, I’m in love.

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Gray and tan and black and white? Yeah, I think I can do something with this!

Does this image inspire you to create an outfit? If so, don’t forget to snap a picture and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, October 31st. Or, you know, since that’s Halloween, if it inspires you to dress up as a peacock you can send that photo in, too!

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SIA: Not as good as chocolate

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I really struggled this week to come up with an outfit for the Style Imitating Art challenge. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t feeling that inspired to A. come up with an outfit B. find someone to take pictures or struggle with the tripod or C. blog.

In the end, though, I managed to pull together some basics that fit the color scheme.

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Blouse – thrifted Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)

I had dreams of wearing a tan cardigan or even my blanket scarf but it was 80+ degrees on Monday (when I wore this). I didn’t even need either of those things in my office. And because I was hoping to wear a scarf I totally blanked on jewelry.

Speaking of jewelry, would anyone be interested in attending a Stella & Dot party if I hosted one? Just tossing around the idea but I don’t want to do it and have no one come or people feel pressured.

Anyway, I’ve been debating getting rid of these jeans but I kind of like them with this top and these shoes. And eventually that scarf. Eventually.  In the mean time, you can see how other people interpreted this week’s art over on 14 Shades of Grey.img_1659

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SIA: The Chocolate Girl

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Happy Monday! Thank you for all your congratulations on Friday’s post. I really appreciate it. I think I’m still riding a runner’s high. Either that or it was watching all 40,000 people running the Chicago Marathon yesterday. I’m really excited to be marathon training again!

Speaking of highs, isn’t it true that chocolate has some kind of property that activates the pleasure center of our brain? It’s probably similar to what happens in a runner’s brain when they get a runner’s high. At least, that’s my attempt to segue into this week’s choice for Style Imitating Art: “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard.

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Salazar chose this week’s art and, to be honest, I’d never heard of it before! But, apparently it’s the logo on Baker’s Chocolate. Which I also always thought was called Baker’s Chocolate because you use when baking. No idea until just now that it’s actually named after a person….named Baker.

And this is why I love our Style Imitating Art series. I learn so much about art AND the people who participate.

Want to be one of those people? Just snap a photo of an outfit you wear that’s inspired by this painting and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, October 17th. It can even be a selfie or a flat-lay. Or just take a picture of chocolate. That totally counts, right?

 

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SIA: The POSE Round-Up

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It’s time to post the round-up of outfits submitted for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice! As a reminder, I picked a Detroit street art mural by an artist called POSE.

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So, without further ado, here’s how everyone interpreted it!

Mike went out on a limb (for him!) and wore his Mario t-shirt because, as he says, “t’s the only t-shirt that I own that has any kind of graphic (at least in this form) on it. And with the rather “cartoon-like” piece, Brummel, this just seemed to fit the bill so well.”

Considering my husband is a huge video gamer and lover of pop culture t-shirts, I also think this shirt is perfect for this week! Thanks for sharing, Mike!

Next we have co-host Jen in one of my favorite tops of hers. The polka dots and the colors are so great. You have to visit her post to see the back of the top, too. It’s fun!

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Salazar, our other co-host, went with a loose interpretation of stripes to echo the strong graphical lines and said she picked the belt since the mural is in an alley called “The Belt”. You can get all the details on her post.

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Xat used this week’s art as the impetus to share an interesting hand-made piece. She wasn’t sure what to do with it but I personally like it as a skirt. You can find out more in her blog post.

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Kezzie has the perfect skirt for this week! Cartoon-esque clouds? I love it! Plus she tried to pull in some of the other colors in the art. She says she was super busy so she didn’t get a full outfit photo. Hopefully we’ll see her recreate it on her blog soon!

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Finally we have my outfit with my colorful, patterned top and silly pose.

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Stay tuned for next week’s pick from Salazar! I, for one, am looking forward to it.