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Black Cat [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s Monday and that means the start of a new week and the start of a new Style Imitating Art challenge! This week it’s Salazar’s turn to pick. She chose “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. The colors and subject matter are perfect for the fall, and of course, a black cat is perfect for Halloween.

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As always, we encourage everyone to participate! Take a picture of your an outfit you wore inspired by this artwork and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 7th so you can be included in the round-up.

It’s toss up for me whether I go with gray and tan or if I go full black cat. Stay tuned to see!

All the angel applications

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Welcome to this week’s Style Imitating Art round-up! Quite a few of our usuals played along with their gray-themed outfits.

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First up, we have Kezzie! Of course I enjoy her gray and black outfit, but I also love the backdrop!
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Next is co-host Salazar who says she was actually wearing this outfit when I sent her the inspiration artwork. Clearly our styles are currently on the same wavelength.

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Mike went with all black so that his bag could be the focal point. The gray and white stripes are a great way to interpret the painting!

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Then we have co-host Jen who found the one minor spot of color in the painting – a bit of pink near the eyes! And this is why I love Jen, you guys. As I’ve mentioned before, she’s amazing at seeing the details in everything!

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Jen wasn’t the only one who found the one non-gray or black spot in the painting! Annabelle got in on the action showcasing this vibrant pink lace vest.

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Finally, there’s me in probably the comfiest outfit I currently own.

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Overall, I think we all did a wonderful job this week. We all qualify as angels, yes? I really enjoyed seeing all the different interpretations of such a simply colored piece of art.

Didn’t get a chance to participate this week? That’s okay! Stay tuned for next Monday when we reveal the next inspiration piece!

 

A little gray angel [SIA Post]

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The last time I went to the Moonfish pop-up I tried on a lot of different things and almost came home with a dark teal cowl necked sweater. And then I saw this beauty and I knew I wanted it instead. Because, as I mentioned, I’m all about the grays and blacks right now. Hence this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge!

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scarf – Moonfish | top – Moonfish | same jeans | same booties

Speaking of Moonfish, the next pop-up is in the city at my friend Annabelle’s store front on November 18th and 19th! That’s right! I love Moonfish so much that I basically brought it to me.

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In other news, work is crazy busy right now and we’re moving towards the busier season for the half marathon I also work for. I’m still helping out Annabelle with her LuLaRoe business and we’re thinking about pivoting a little bit to also use her store front for events (stay tuned for that information).

I’m also still volunteering in a leadership position for Toastmasters and that takes up some time, too. I have a few other things on my plate that I think I need to step back from, though. Do you say “yes” to everything? I’m still working on not doing that!

However, I did say “yes” to attending a magic show event this coming Thursday. We’re supposed to wear cocktail attire! I’ll finally get a chance to bust out a dress I haven’t worn in awhile. Now I just have to pick which one.

And don’t forget you can still submit your outfit inspired by this week’s artwork pick. Just snap a photo and email it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday evening. You don’t have to use a fancy camera; a camera phone works just fine! Chewie told me he wants you to participate.

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Angel Applicant [SIA Post]

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This week it’s my turn to choose the art for our Style Imitating Art challenge and I wanted something that went with my current aesthetic: simple, black, gray and white. I also figured that since we’re coming up on Halloween that maybe something just a little bit Halloween-ish would be fun.

Hence, this week’s choice of “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee.

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Definitely looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this! Will you go with the colors? Will you go with the lines? Will you go with something graphic?

Whatever you choose, just snap a photo of your outfit and send it to looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th.

 

 

A Galaxy of Inspiration [SIA Post]

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A while back one of our long-time Style Imitating Art participants, Mike, sent us photos of a mural that had recently been painting in the library where he works. Titled “Galaxy” and painted by Julie Hogarth, it has tons of beautiful, rich colors to use as inspiration.

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Honestly, Julie could come paint this in my house and I’d be okay with that! I have some empty basement walls that could use some color.

As for an outfit, I don’t know what I’ll be wearing, but I won’t be lacking in colors from which to pick!

If you’re inspired to create an outfit from this work of art just snap a picture (selfies and flat-lays work, too) and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 10th to be included in the round-up on Jen’s blog on October 11th.

Violet, grey, and tan [SIA Post]

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A few weekends ago I was at the Chicago Northside Pop-Up Bazaar and fell in love with this skirt and top combo. I’d seen them in the shop before but I finally pulled the trigger and made them mine. And then it turned out that they were the perfect pieces to wear for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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Also, how perfect is this photo background? We discovered it while looking for somewhere fun to take photos. When Annabelle (my friend & photog for this outfit) said it would be neat if we could be coming out of the door for photos, I turned the handle and discovered that it was unlocked!

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Don’t worry! We didn’t walk into someone’s apartment. It’s the storage garage that belongs to Annabelle’s landlord. But, hey, if you need a ladder, now we know where to find one.

If you need a pencil skirt to make you feel more professional but you hate that they can feel restricting, these pencil skirts sold by Belle on the Roe are perfect. They’re super stretchy but not so form-fitting that you feel indecent. They also come in tons of fun patterns. I highly recommend you check them out in her shop. Not in Chicago? That’s fine! You can schedule a virtual shopping session with her and she’ll text you pictures of her inventory or do it via FaceTime. For reference, I’m wearing a size small in both the skirt and the top.

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Speaking of Annabelle, here’s a bonus shot of her that also fits this week’s Style Imitating Art theme! Don’t you love her pale pink skirt?

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Don’t forget to visit Salazar’s blog on Wednesday for the full-round up of all of this week’s outfits.

Variations in Violet and Grey [SIA Post]

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This week our Style Imitating Art picture is a bit more abstract than our last one. This week Salazar chose “Variations in Violet and Grey”, a watercolor by James McNeill Whistler:

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Find out more here

The title of this painting has the word ‘violet’ in it, which I always think of as more of a purple. But, at least on my computer screen, this seems more like tan and blue. Still, I think I have the perfect skirt to wear!

How about you? Does this painting give you any ideas about what to wear? If so, snap a picture of your outfit and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Monday, September 25th.

How we all take our coffee [SIA Post]

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This week’s Style Imitating Art challenge was super fun because I got to see a side of some people I don’t usually! It was almost like having coffee with them. Appropriate since this week’s art was all about coffee!

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We also have giveaway winners listed at the bottom of the post. But first, let’s see how everyone  took this week’s coffee.

Mike submitted some great photos and I chose my favorite of the bunch. He wrote, “I went all neutral (no black at all this time; a rarity for me) for this one with my cream colored sweater and khaki pants to mimic the color of the coffee cup. And the buttons on my sweater fit perfectly for the mimicking of the coffee beans that are shown on the side of the cup!”

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Mike also tells me that he takes his coffee fairly dark, with a little cream, and two packs of sugar. Good to know!

Next we have co-host Jen who is also showing us her coffee corner! As well as her outfit that has all the colors in the painting.

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Clearly co-host Salazar and I were on the same wave-length and wore basically the same shirt. And see her full post for a snapshot of her own tea mug since she isn’t a coffee drinker. I can relate! I only started drinking coffee a few years ago.

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Xat did a great job with the colors of her outfit and her necklace which reminds me of the coffee beans. She tells how she takes her coffee in her blog post, which you can read here.

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Then we have newcomer (at least to this blog), Jamie from Michigan and her blue and black outfit AND her coffee!

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Finally, we have me!

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I love all of these outfits and finding out more about each of you! Thank you to everyone who participated.

So now, based on randomly drawing names out of a hat, here’s who wins the artwork and who wins the notecard made from the artwork.

  • Artwork Winner – Mike!!
  • Notecard Winner – Xat!!

I’ll email each of you so I can get your mailing addresses.

And, what do you think? Should I do another artwork giveaway as part of the Style Imitating Art series in the future?

How I take my coffee [SIA Post + Giveaway]

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Where my coffee lovers at?? You still have time to get in on this amazing giveaway! Just use the photo below to inspire an outfit, snap a picture, and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com or post it on Instagram and tag me (@looplooks) before Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM Central Time. No worries if you don’t have a blog! All photos will be entered to win this actual painting. See more details here.

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Until then, let’s take a look at how I used this photo to inspire an outfit.

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top & jeans from Moonfish | similar shoes

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I decided to use my deck furniture and my coffee cup to mimic the blue background of the photo. Since the coffee cup is white and the beans are black it looked like it was time to wear my black and white polka dot blouse and black jeans.

And, of course, leopard print flats because why not?

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I typically only drink one cup of coffee a day and I rarely pay for it. Instead, I drink it at home or I drink the coffee in the office at work. So, although I had dreams of taking this week’s photos in one of the coffee shops in my neighborhood I decided that would be disingenuous. The coffee I do buy? It’s from the donut truck at the farmers’ market on Sunday!

My Sunday morning routine is to take the dog for a run and end at the farmers’ market for coffee, produce, and dog treats before we walk home. I savor that Sunday morning coffee (and the occasional doughnut).  I also only take cream in my coffee. I’m sweet enough already.

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Remember, submit your photos and you’ll not only be entered to win the painting but you’ll also get to see them as part of Wednesday’s round-up!

Monday means coffee [Style Imitating Art Challenge & Giveaway]

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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!