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.

 

Bagels and Blush

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

Happy Style Imitating Art interpretation day! Also known as currently the only time I post. I’d say I’m sorry but, hey, it’s my blog and I do what I want!

Also, to be honest, the only reason this outfit got photographed at all is because on Sunday I showered and put myself together so I could go to a cooking class with my mom. We attended a class called “Bagels and Brunch” and, yes, we made bagels.

Photo taken by my mom

Anyway, since I was up and showered and put-together, I was able to throw together this outfit and snap some photos.

As a reminder, this is the artwork we’re imitating this week:

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I realized that I don’t have really any dresses that are appropriate for both A. this time of year and B. this artwork. So, instead, I fixated on my new velvet blush flats. New, in that I got them at a clothing swap and they’re in almost perfect condition.

Of course Chewie joined me. He didn’t have anything super appropriate to wear, but he wanted to be in the pictures anyway. Kids, am I right?

I’ve worn a similar color combo before when I paired this blush top with my olive green pants. Clearly I like blush and olive green together!

Chewie, on the other hand, was much more interested in what the neighbors were doing across the street. 

If you’re more interested in participating than Chewie is, you can still take a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this week’s artwork and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com!

 

 

Belle of the Ball [SIA Post]

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I would just like to say that I’m looking forward to having more light outside when I get home from work. Maybe then I can actually get more than one outfit photo every two weeks. Man, remember the days when I used to shower and take multiple outfit photos on the weekends?

Anyway! I will definitely want to try and get a picture this week because Jen chose a lovely painting.

This is what Jen had to say about the painting:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, once attributed to Johann Zoffany, circa 1779. This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The painting was commissioned by Lord Mansfield (William Murray), and depicts his two great-niece, Dido Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray. The two ladies were second cousins.

I chose this painting because it’s been on my SIA board of possibilities for awhile, because it’s such an intriguing painting, with differing styles of dress and poses and facial expressions that seem to be telling a story (or maybe holding back a story?). Lots of scope here for sartorial inspiration, including different textures, fabrics, colors, and potential props. My upcoming round also spans the end of February and beginning of March, and March is International Women’s Month, so I thought it would be fitting to feature a painting of two women.

You can read more about the painting here at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/27/dido-belle-enigmatic-painting-that-inspired-a-movie , and more about Dido Belle at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dido_Elizabeth_Belle .

Got something pink? Green? Lace? A dress? Or does this painting inspire you to come up with something else?

If so, put on an outfit, snap a photo, and email it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 6th so you can be included in the round-up.

All the snow and clouds [SIA round-up post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art round-up where we see how everyone interpreted this week’s choice. Lots of gray and black and shiny things this time around and a nice mixture of dresses and pants.

As a reminder, I chose a photo of Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in the winter since it’s in Chicago, I’m in Chicago, and I think we were both covered in snow.

Now for the outfits!

In no particular order…

A newcomer (at least to me!) is Amber who blogs at amberiam.com. I love her scarf (it reminds me of the cardigan I chose).

Next we have another new-to-me participant, Gail, who blogs at http://www.isthismutton.com. Her outfit incorporates everything, even the shine!

Then we have co-host Salazar with her edgy jacket.

And co-host Jen, who sent several awesome photos, including one from a trip to Chicago in 2009 where she was apparently psychic and knew to wear something that would work for 2018!

2018

2009

Finally, there’s me and my snow (that has actually since melted).

Did you miss your chance to participate this week? No worries! We’ll have a new choice on Monday so you can play along.