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The woman from Venus [SIA Post]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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!

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Meet some art at The Met [SIA Post]

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from some fun Chicago swag! 

Time for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice! Plus, if you stay tuned, you can see some of MY new art. And, yes, I hinted about it in a previous SIA post.

Anyway, first up is Jen’s choice for this week. It’s a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

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This particular piece is part of the collection at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met recently released almost 400,000 images of their collection into public domain, And they didn’t just release older artwork images — they’ve got newer stuff, too! For example, this fabric.

Here’s how the Richmond Art Center describes jogakbo:

Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, are used to wrap, cover, or carry things in daily life from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes, household goods, and food. Jogakbo refers to a colorful patchwork bojagi that is strikingly contemporary and was historically made with remnants of fabrics from leftover cloths.

I’m looking forward to putting together an outfit inspired by this piece. It’s a chance to break out of the rut I’ve been in with the  neutrals and wear some of the brighter stuff I have in my closet. Or, you know, just stick to beige and black.  We’ll see!

Don’t forget that if you want to participate, just snap a photo of an outfit you wore inspired by this piece and email it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, April 24th.

And, finally, as promised, here’s my new artwork:

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Yep! I went and got my tattoo for Chewie. It’s my fifth tattoo and, yes, it still hurt in certain spots but, weirdly, it was the outline that hurt more than filling it in. Anyway, I’m happy I got it done and I think it turned out perfectly.

 

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Cats and Tattoos [SIA Post]

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You probably all know I’m a dog person. If Chewie’s occasional cameos didn’t give that way already, I mean. In fact, I have three tattoos dedicated to our three previous dogs. But, this week’s Style Imitating Art pick by co-host Salazar is about cats. Tattooed cats.

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The official title of this artwork is  “Monmon Cats” (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo.

I appreciate that Salazar choose another painting with black, red, and white as the primary colors since I have a lot of that in my wardrobe. In fact, I think I’ll take this opportunity to showcase a new top I bought from Moonfish!

If you want to showcase an item in your closet, just snap a picture of an outfit you created as inspired by this painting and email it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Monday, April 10th so it can be featured on her blog. Selfies and flat-lays are also welcome!

As a side note, the studio where I got my last two tattoos is doing another event where proceeds benefit a local dog rescue. I got my three dog-related tattoos after my pups passed away, but in this case I might make an exception and go get the one I need for Chewie during the event. What do you think?

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Growing all the Art [SIA Post]

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There are so many wonderful colors and prints in today’s Style Imitating Art round-up! It’s so spring-like and it’s making me excited for warmer weather, and blooming flowers, and hopefully finally getting our yard to stop being a huge mud pit.

Anyway! As a reminder, I chose a painting from the GrowARTS program that benefits and provides an income to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. IMG_8093

This particular painting is still for sale! If you want to see it in person, GrowARTS is having an event at 1555 W Diversey in Chicago from 6-9PM on Friday, April 7th.

If you just want to see the outfits inspired by the painting, though, keep scrolling.

First we have co-host Jen who, as always, used her accessories in the perfect way. Two different florals to bring in the colors and patterns!

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Next we have our other co-host Salazar who says that this time it was all about the sparkles. I have to agree. I love her sweater!

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Then there’s Jodi who is totally on-trend with making her floral slip dress cool weather appropriate!1-22-17 053 (853x1280)Mike couldn’t decide which color palate to go with, so he sent me both. I think they both look great!

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Kezzie also sent me two different outfits. The close up of the second one was a “just in case” she didn’t have time to take pictures of the first one. Like Mike, both are wonderful!

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Finally, we have Annabelle herself! Of course she couldn’t miss this opportunity to play dress up.

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And, of course, my outfit.

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See what I mean? So many lovely colors and patterns. Doesn’t it make you excited for spring?

Want to play along? Stay tuned for next week when Salazar will showcase her pick!

 

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Growing Art [SIA Post]

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For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I wanted to highlight one of the pieces of art from the growARTS program I posted about a few weeks ago. This particular piece is still available for sale so if you’re interested, just let me know! Or, just use it to create an outfit and send a picture of it to me by next Tuesday to have it featured here on the blog.

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As a reminder, Garden Center growARTS artisan training program provides a space for individuals of all abilities to create stunning pieces of art as a means of self-expression and as an alternative path to self-employment.

Art for sale is either painted by adults in the growARTS program or is donated by their family or friends. The artists in the program also get paid a commission for each piece that sells.

This particular piece was painted by one of the women in the program. I believe her name is Stephanie. And while I’m not normally drawn to florals, I did like the colors and the fact that she used sequins for some sparkle.

I have a few other favorites of which I snapped photos, so you’ll probably see those pop-up over the next few months.

In the meantime, use this painting to inspire an outfit and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 28th to have it featured on Wednesday, March 29th. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this!

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A study in casual [SIA Post]

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When I posted this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge art, my mom commented that she immediately thought of the red, black and tan plaid top that I wore to Thanksgiving one year and that I gave her for Christmas after she commented how much she liked it (no, I didn’t give her mine. I bought her one for herself!)

So, of course, because mother knows best, I went with that top for this week.

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similar cardigan | similar top | same jeans | similar booties | similar scarf

This outfit is basically the casual version of one I wore back in 2013 when I worked my more “business casual” job. I kept the top the same and kept the same color outer layer and bottoms but swapped out everything else.

I also added my coffee mug since it matched perfectly. Shout out to the local NPR affiliate! This was our thank you gift for donating over the past year.

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I’m really looking forward to warmer days when I can sit on our back deck on weekend mornings and drink coffee. I never thought I’d be someone who would say that but, hey, it’s amazing how you can change over time.

Chewie dog, however, has not changed. He still wants to be outside with us when we’re taking photos, even when it’s ridiculously cold. Although, we have had people over three times since we’ve moved (even if two of those were for brief stints) and he barely ate anyone. He really just wants everyone seated in the same room and then he can relax. Such a herding dog.

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