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Monday means coffee [Style Imitating Art Challenge & Giveaway]

Style Imitating Art

If you’re reading this while off work for Labor Day in the United States, well, I hope that just means you have more time to enjoy your morning routine (with or without coffee). If you’re reading this while back at work after a holiday, I hope your coffee or other morning pick-me-up is working!

Why am I talking about coffee? Because this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge features a coffee painting!

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This amazing piece of artwork was painted by Kelly Jo, one of the GrowARTS participants at Garden Center Services.

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I’ve talked about GrowARTS before and I love featuring their artwork on my blog. This time, though, I’ve gone ahead and purchased the artwork. But I’m not keeping it. Instead, I’m going to give it away!

Everyone who participates in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge and submits a photo of their outfit will be entered to win either the painting itself or a notecard made from an image of the painting!

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So, how do you enter? 

Just use this painting to inspire you to come up with an outfit and take a picture! You can do a mirror selfie, a flat lay (where you lay the outfit out on the floor or a table and take a photo), or have someone else take your picture while you’re wearing the outfit. Then email that photo to me at looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central Time on Tuesday, September 12th.

You can also participate on Instagram by sharing your outfit photo, tagging me (@looplooks) and adding the hashtag #SIAChallenge.

I’ll draw a winner and announce them in the round-up post on Wednesday, September 13th.

You can use the colors in the painting, the round shape of the cup or coffee beans (polka dots!), wear something coffee colored, or just wear whatever comes to mind when you see this painting. There’s never just one way to interpret art and that’s why this challenge is so fun!

I’m looking forward to seeing all the entries!

So, it’s like fall or something?

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

In the interest of full disclosure, I took these pictures when it was decidedly not fall. But, I also wear this outfit at least once every two weeks. I saw this top on a woman in my office and then found it at Target and immediately bought it. It’s super soft and comfy, even if it doesn’t look all that flattering in the photos.

Whatever. I wear what I want.

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similar top | jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes 

I’ve worn this outfit with a burgundy cardigan, a gray cardigan, and my olive jacket. I could have tossed any of those items on for the photos, but I have to save some content for later! So, this is the basic outfit as-is.

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I’ve realized recently that most of my favorite jeans right now are distressed. Which is fine for spring, summer and fall but I will definitely want non-distressed jeans for winter! Thankfully, Moonfish is having another pop-up in September and I’m hoping she’ll have some non-distressed Principle Denim in stock. Either that or I’ll need to spend my Shopbop credit on trying some jeans!

Speaking of Shopbop (which is where I bought the shoes I’m wearing in this outfit, they are currently offering NEW customers 15% off their first purchase of a full price item when they checkout using the Shopbop app.

Shoppers can take 15% off full price items on their first Shopbop purchase, at checkout using the Shopbop App with code APP15.

See detail: https://www.shopbop.com/appoffer.

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This Not-So-Danish Girl [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

For this week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen, I wasn’t feeling anything in my own closet. Thankfully, I know a gal who has a clothing shop with a 1000+ piece inventory! Turns out, she also had the perfect chair for me to use as my backdrop.

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Dress & Kimono borrowed from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes | pearls borrowed from Annabelle

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I may have also borrowed her dog, Budweiser, for this photo shoot as well. He and Chewie are best doggy buds and it’s basically impossible for them to not be in the same room as Annabelle and me.

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Of course, when you’re working with dogs, you’re going to have some outtakes. So, here’s a few for your viewing pleasure. Because, let’s be honest, even though this outfit is amazing and a perfect interpretation of her blue dress, pearls, and florals, you’re really just here for the puppy pictures.

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Anyway, this outfit is actually for sale in the Belle on the Roe shop. If you’re in Chicago, you can setup a time to visit using this link. She’s located at the corner of Ashland and Diversey. Or you can join her Facebook group and see all four of us act like fools on the regular and score some beautiful outfits, just like this one!

Also, don’t forget to visit Jen’s blog for the full round-up of all of this week’s outfits! And stay tuned for my turn to host on Monday, September 4th. I’ve got something fun up my sleeve that will also include a giveaway!

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In the country, no one can see your abs

Casual Clothes

I  joked on Facebook that I was hoping to take some outfit photos while on our little rural Missouri vacation but that it was going to be 90+ degrees so swimsuit pictures would have to do. Turns out that my husband insisted that I actually take some swimsuit photos and post them.

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We rented a cabin via VRBO.com just outside Steelville, MO from Saturday to Tuesday ostensibly so Jason could photograph the solar eclipse, but, honestly, I just enjoyed hanging out on the property, reading and exploring.

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same shorts | same sandals | similar swimsuit

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The cabin is dog-friendly so Chewie got to come, too. He loves water so he made a beeline for the pond every time we got anywhere near it. He also enjoyed snuffling around in the woods and running laps around the cabin itself.

As for me, I discovered that somehow, between my trip to California in June and this trip this swimsuit top no longer really fits. I think I’m going to blame all the strength training for giving me a broader back and more developed shoulders than I used to have. Yes, that’s it.

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P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I did not do any touch-up work on any of these photos. No photoshop, no editing, no nothing. I *may* be flexing in a few of them (such as it is, anyway) but I didn’t use any software tools on any of the pictures, including this one below of the solar eclipse at full totality. Kudos for my husband for the great photo!