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The Flower Seller [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

Good morning, everyone! (Or afternoon or evening, depending on when you’re reading this). I had a busy weekend hosting a brunch at my house, visiting the local farmer’s market, and enjoying dinner at a friend’s place. How was your weekend?

Speaking of farmer’s markets, the one closest to me is lovely and I might just have to convince someone to take this week’s Style Imitating Art photo there so I can do Salazar’s choice justice.

She chose an animation from series by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul that is pretty clearly inspired by flower sellers in Vietnam.

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The outfit I’m wearing today is actually perfect for this, so I think I’ll recreate it on Sunday and head out to the farmer’s market again to pose with some flowers! Or, I’ll just take pictures in my yard with a bouquet. I guess you’ll have to wait and see next week!

Want to submit your own style imitating art? Just send a photo of your outfit to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday evening, July 3rd, and she’ll include it in her round-up on Wednesday.

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The Sonoma Round-Up [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

The best thing about picking a bright, colorful, graphic piece of art for the Style Imitating Art challenge? It’s seeing all the bright and colorful outfits!

This week it was such fun to see how everyone interpreted the Greeting from Sonoma mural. First up, we have Jen who, of course, found her own mural that represents her city!

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We also clearly have the same taste in hats. You can read all about how she came up with her outfit and the mural in her photos here.

Next we have our other co-host, Salazar who said the hot air balloon in the mural inspired her to wear her hot air balloon blouse. She said it seemed like something one would wear in wine country and, yes, I agree! Loose, flow-y pants are definitely a go-to for many women of California!

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Mike went with my suggestion of a graphic tee! Yay! The gray works perfectly with the metal wall and the red, white, and blue matches the “Greetings” lettering.

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Then we have Kezzie with her dress that looks like a mural itself! Plus, her metallic shoes. Clearly we were on the same wavelength with our footwear.

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Finally we have me in my coral dress!

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Thanks again to everyone who participate! Stay tuned for next week’s choice by Salazar!

 

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Greetings from Sonoma: The Outfit [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

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I’m sure you all know how difficult it is to come home from a vacation, but it’s even more difficult when you’ve come home from a place with amazing weather, amazing food, amazing views and amazing wine! And you spent the time with amazing company (shout-out to my mom).

We didn’t have any real plans for our trip other than get to Sonoma and have fun. Well, that’s not entirely true. The one thing I wanted to do was go find this mural at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma since I’d chosen it as this week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration.

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And, yes, I succeeded! I wore my latest Moonfish purchase along with my brown and silver tote, silver shoes, and silver necklace (also from Moonfish). I was tempted to wear my gold jewelry and brown shoes but I went with the silver to mimic the metal wall.

Oh, and you’ll notice the hat in all my Sonoma photos. I bought this hat years ago at a street festival in Chicago but I think this was the first time it got worn so many days in a row.

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We ate lunch at the Fremont Diner after spending the morning on the balcony of winery with the most beautiful view: Nicholson Ranch. I’d been there once before almost 8 years ago, so of course I had to take a picture in almost the exact same spot.

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And here I am with my friend Holly, in July 2009!

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(Clearly I have a thing for silver shoes!)

If you weren’t following my Instagram Story, you probably missed out on many of the pictures I took this trip. So, here’s a taste of what we ate at The Fremont Diner (pun totally intended!)

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Fried oyster hash for me, shrimp and grits for my mom. Followed by amazing pecan pie!

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Don’t forget! If this week’s artwork inspired you to come up with an outfit, send it my way (looplooks@gmail.com) by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 20th and I’ll include it in the round-up on Wednesday.

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Greetings from Sonoma [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

I’m writing this from my couch on Saturday but hopefully by the time you read this I’ll be in Sonoma with my mom! I’ve been doing a little bit of looking online to come up with some things to do but, for the most part, I’m thinking we’ll figure it out as we go along.

However, I did find this perfect mural for Style Imitating Art this week that’s located at a place in Sonoma called the Fremont Diner. My plan is to get a picture of myself in front of it!

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I’m packing several dresses that would work well with this mural, mostly because it has all of the colors of the rainbow in it!

But I want to see what outfits you put together with this inspiration! Graphic tee? Something bright? Something that reminds you of California? Send it my way!

Email it to looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 20th and I’ll post it in my round-up on Wednesday, June 21st.

 

 

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A Violin Playing Goat [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

I’m sure many of my U.S. readers have today off for Memorial Day are spending it doing something other than reading blogs. But, for those of you who are here, it’s time to reveal this week’s Style Imitating Art choice!

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This photo of “[ C ] Marc Chagall – Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This week it was Jen’s turn to pick and she chose this because, as she said, she has a soft spot for Marc Chagall’s work. And then there was something about needing a violin-playing goat to find happiness. I’ve never seen Notting Hill so I didn’t get the reference. Please fill me in! Now I’m curious!

This painting has all the colors of the rainbow in it. So, even if you’re not feeling the blue, you can wear purple or yellow or red or even green. Or a little bit of everything. Or show us what you wore to your Memorial Day celebrations! I bet they’ll work just fine, too.

Submissions are due to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com on Monday June 5th by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. She’ll post the round-up on June 6th.

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The woman from Venus [SIA Post]

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

Early last week we had the most amazing weather in Chicago. Sunny, warm, and perfect. That’s when I wore this outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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I suppose that means I can finally put away that snow shovel, huh? Actually, funny story: I was using the snow shovel to scoop up the trash that the rats in our alley were dragging out of our trash cans. See, the rats chewed a hole in our trash can and, even though I contacted the city about getting a replacement, six weeks went by with no new can being delivered.

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Then when I was visiting my mom and complaining about the rat situation, she said I should call my alderman. Good idea! I found out who it was, sent her an email, and BAM! Literally the next day we had two brand new trash cans!

As the saying goes, I guess that’s just the Chicago way. I may have lived in the city proper for over four years but I’m still getting used to how things actually work around here, It’s like I’m from another planet or something.

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similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals | similar necklace 

Skirt c/o LuLaRoe Annabelle Winters | Sandals c/o Shopbop | Top c/o Le Tote

 

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Visions of the Future: Venus [SIA Post]

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I just spent the weekend with my mom and we ended up booking a girls’ trip together! In one month we’re going to spend a few days in Sonoma. If that’s not a future to look forward to, I don’t know what is.

And speaking of the future, for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Salazar chose a post from NASA’s Visions of the Future series.

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I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing some form of blush or pink! Maybe paired with gray or silver? I bet Salazar had a difficult time picking one of the posters since there are so many beautiful ones. I actually wore an outfit a few weeks ago that would work perfectly with this poster so I’m happy I’ll get a chance to recreate it and take some photos.

Don’t forget; if you want to participate, just snap a picture of an outfit you wore inspired by this artwork and send it to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, May 22nd.

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The flowers are back [SIA Round Up Post]

Style Imitating Art

Seeing all the wonderful photos from those of you who interpreted this week’s SIA artwork was a much needed bright spark in my week. I was just worn out on Sunday and I think that contributed to my funk. The fact that Chicago has also had two weeks of below average temperatures isn’t helping either!

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But these photos sure are. Here’s Jodie and her models of all ages from Jodie’s Touch of Style. The first one is her step mom, Nancy, (the 60’s model). then Jodie (the 50’s model) and then her mom, Charlotte (the 70’s model).

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I personally love Nancy’s outfit the most because I’m pretty sure I’ve worn something very similar!

Next we have Mike and his very nice and classic outfit of neutrals. Mike asked if this painting had a name and, honestly, I don’t think it did. I’ll have to ask the GrowARTS program director the next time I see her.

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Of course co-host Jen went above and beyond and found some flowering trees of her own!

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And co-host Salazar had the perfect top to wear for this piece!

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Kezzie pulled out a beautiful purple print tunic for this week that has flowers and paisley and all the things. She also found some flowering trees!

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Finally, there’s me (and Chewie). We didn’t find any flowering trees but it’s okay because everyone who submitted photos this week is my flower. Thank you, everyone!

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April showers bring May flowers [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

First, I want to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on my post last week on finding our dreams and our passions. It’s nice to know that many of us have felt this same way.

I think that’s one of the reasons the growARTS program resonates with me. Annabelle pointed out to me that many of the artists have never received a paycheck before. Sometimes their first paycheck ever is when a painting they created sells. I mean, watch this video and tell me that this program isn’t amazing.

Which is why I chose another growARTS painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. I wanted to buy this particular piece so badly but it was already sold by the time I made it to the last show.

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It’s all of my favorite colors: purple, gray, black, and white. It would go perfectly in my dressing room (aka a bedroom I’ve turned into my closet) so I’m thinking I’ll need to commission another one from the artist!

I also thought it was appropriate for the first day of May, since all the trees are budding and flowering here in Chicago.

Whether you choose to interpret this painting by wearing these colors, wearing florals or something else entirely, just snap a photo and send it to looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, May 9th and I’ll feature it in the round-up post on Wednesday, May 10th.

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this one!

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Going a Little Loco [SIA Post]

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

Last week I was invited to attend a launch party for Captain Morgan’s new Loconut coconut liquor at a trendy Hawaiian restaurant called Mahalo. We had an AMAZING weather day and we were able to party on the rooftop. In Chicago. In April. Yes, I was in love with the weather, the drinks, and the company. Jason came with me! But, no pictures of him. Instead, he played photographer.

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similar top | same jeans | similar shoes

I knew I wanted to wear something fun and colorful and figured this was also a good chance to wear my Style Imitating Art outfit for this week. The pattern of this top works perfectly with Jen’s SIA choice.

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I’ve actually worn this top with white bottoms before. At my previous job I wore it with white flared leg dress pants and strappy wedge sandals.

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Personally, I like this new outfit so much more. I guess I’ve embraced the casual life. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I wore my nude flats around the office. See? Casual life.

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Also, the launch party was super fun. Being a blogger and having an Instagram account in Chicago definitely has its perks. Like getting to enjoy a normally packed rooftop bar with free drinks on a random Tuesday night.

Speaking of Tuesday’s, don’t forget to visit Librarian for Life and Style on Tuesday to see the SIA round-up!