Farewell from the fence in my backyard

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Wow. It’s hard to believe I’m writing this post, huh? I don’t know if this will be my last outfit post, or my last SIA participation post or what. I just know that, like many of my posts, I had grand plans that didn’t come to fruition.

As a reminder, here’s some backstory on the art we’re interpreting this week.

There’s a restaurant down the street from us that has beautiful flowers painted on their windows. I thought it would be a nice nod to the “rainbow” in the title of this week’s art.

However, the temps were in the low 30s and my photographer (aka husband) wasn’t feeling like walking over there. So, we took photos in the backyard.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some red since there are pops of red in the art. I knew I wanted gray or black. And I knew I wanted tan. I saw this top hanging in my closet and thought the pattern mimicked the brush strokes in the painting.

Add in the tan booties that I got at a recent clothing swap and I got in all the colors I wanted!

Of course, we can’t have an outfit post without a Chewie cameo!

I hope that you continue to follow my two Style Imitating Art co-hosts (Jen and Salazar) and I have a feeling that I’ll be showing up there occasionally, even if it’s bathroom mirror selfies. I’ve loved working with these two women and I will continue to support them however I can.

And I hope that all of you continue to check in, continue to be inspired, follow me on Instagram, or leave one comment here sharing something you learned in the years I’ve been blogging.

Also, it’s not too late to participate with me as the host one last time! Send your outfit photo to looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central Time on Tuesday, April 3rd so you can be included in one last round-up post right here on Loop Looks!

Deal? Deal.

The poncho I’ve been wanting to post

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

If you haven’t read Monday’s post, please go do that now. Thanks!

I took these pictures for the last Style Imitating Art challenge and while Salazar showcased one on her blog, I didn’t get a chance (or, honestly, the motivation) to give them their own post until now.

This has actually been a go-to outfit for me this winter. I bought the poncho at the December Moonfish pop-up after seeing them at an earlier one. I saw another poncho at lululemon when I was in Toronto in November that I loved but I said, no, I will buy it at Moonfish!

I’ve worn it with these jeans, black jeans, and even my black faux leather leggings. For some reason it makes me feel like I can take on the world.

For Christmas, my friend Annabelle bought me this wonderful necklace from a local artisan we met at a craft fair. It matches the poncho perfectly.

It’s made with watch parts! Isn’t that neat?

Anyway, I really love this poncho. I don’t know if they will be available at the spring Moonfish event, but if you really need to have one, just email them and I bet they’ll help you out.

I found Moonfish because of a connection I made through this blog and, to be honest, things like that are one of the biggest things I’ll miss about blogging regularly.

I mean, I’ll still shop there. Because I’ve loved everything I’ve gotten from Moonfish. Especially this poncho.

Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This post is both simultaneously difficult to write and a relief to write.

You see, I need to take a blogging break.

I didn’t want to be someone who did a big dramatic “my blog is ending” post, but it feels disingenuous to just….stop. Especially as one of the Style Imitating Art hosts!

So, instead, I decided to host one last time before I walk away for a bit. Therefore, I chose a piece that appropriately has the word “farewell” in the title.

This Ming Dynasty era scroll, titled “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” comes with an interesting story and a translation of the inscription.

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The inscription reads as:

The willow crackles now, its earlier
green bitten by the frost;
Like a rainbow on the water, the
reflected bridge hangs down.
Drinking deeply we feel the sorrow of our
parting;
Tomorrow our paths will part—yours to the
west, mine to the east.
Your laughter will be gone, and we,
reminded, ungrateful for full moons;
Sticking to fair winds, your journey
will be safe and sound.
Back home you will talk of how you passed the time,
Until the candle on the stand has burned its wick away.

Why am I parting ways from blogging? Lots of reasons. None of them are dire, though, so don’t worry about me! To be honest, I started blogging when I needed a creative outlet. When I didn’t feel useful at work. But, over the years my job and career have changed and currently I actually feel useful, productive, and even creative at work.

Blogging feels like something I HAVE to do now, instead of something I WANT to do. I don’t make money off this little blog. I don’t even make enough to cover the hosting costs, if we’re honest. Sure, I could hustle harder, invest more, hire a photographer, learn Photoshop, keep up with every technology and trend advance, spend my free time commenting on other blogs and trying to drum up engagement, but I don’t want to do that.

What I want to do is write and share my life….when I feel like it. But, I’m not sure what that looks like right now. I have ideas for posts but I don’t have the desire right now to turn them into something. I need to walk away so that I don’t feel this pressure that every posts needs to fit some mold. That every post needs to have perfect pictures and search engine optimization words and monetization links. Basically, I need to figure out how to write for ME and not for this “someone else” who lives in the back of my head and encourages me to play the comparison game.

So, for now, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my last time hosting the Style Imitating Art challenge by using the artwork above to inspire an outfit, taking a picture, and sending it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 3rd. I will post the round-up on Wednesday, April 4th and we’ll have a little party. Sound good?

Primavera [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

Co-host Salazar is currently traveling in Cuba and she found this sculpture along the way. It’s titled “Primavera”, which means Spring. Appropriate for the time of year, yes?

Photo by Salazar

Cuban artist Rafael San Juan created this sculpture by working with a Cuban ballerina. My favorite line from this interview with the artist? “One of the suggestions [the ballerina] made was not to have her looking down, as here women are strong, they confront happiness, work, problems head-on.”

Love it!

I’m thinking that this might finally be my chance to showcase my poncho I purchased this winter at Moonfish (which, by the way, has another pop-up coming up soon).

What about you? Does this sculpture bring any outfits of your own to mind? If so, put it on, snap a photo, and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, March 20th.