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SIA: Tempest

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Guess what! It’s finally acting like winter here in Chicago and it basically came out of nowhere. Last Friday it was 70 degrees and I was running in shorts and a t-shirt. On Saturday I had to wear leggings, a long sleeved top, a jacket, gloves, and a hat for my run.

Which is why I think Salazar’s pick for this week’s Style Imitating Art, “Tempest” is quite appropriate.



This painting is by a Florida artist named John Larriva, who according to his CV, is actually a year younger than me. He’s got some really interesting items on his website (for sale, even!) and I recommend you go check it out. He even did an “Inktober” challenge where he tried to do a new drawing each day for a month. Pretty cool.

I’m looking forward to interpreting this piece because I’ve actually been drawn to neutrals, black, and simple outfits lately.  Shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with something. Especially since with our cold weather arrival hats are completely appropriate, too.

As always, if you want to participate, snap a picture of your outfit inspired by this artwork and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, November 28th.


SIA Round Up: 108 Years and Four Outfits

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Chicago is still full of “W” flags celebrating the Chicago Cubs first World Series win since 1908 so I feel it’s more than appropriate to dress as though you were inspired by the 1908 scorecard I chose for this week’s Style Imitating Art.


First up we have Salazar who went with a striped scarf and loafers to echo the socks and shoes depicted on the cover. Plus, like me, she chose a blazer!


Next up we have Jen who, as always, nailed the details! A baseball tee, blue and red, and a baseball diamond? Amazing.


Then we have Mike who says he doesn’t normally wear hats but was feeling it was appropriate this time. I’d say he definitely nailed the menswear look, too, but I think he has an edge on some of us.

Finally there’s me in my black blazer and plaid top.


Thanks to all of you for participating! Stay tuned for next week’s pick!


SIA: 108 Years

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Happy Monday, everyone! Chicago has been in a beautiful daze for the past week. The weather’s been gorgeous and we’ve been celebrating. What are we celebrating? Well, in case you missed the historic moment, the Chicago Cubs baseball team won the World Series for the first time in 108 years!

Yes, you read that right. They hadn’t won since 1908. I’m not really a sports fan but it was impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and the overall good feelings that seem to have enveloped the city.

So, because of that, I actually found the cover of the program/scorecard that was used during the Cubs’ 1908 season and chose it as my Style Imitating Art pick for this week.



I’m thinking menswear, loafers, red, tan, black and white, Cubs apparel, all kinds of ideas. I hope you are inspired to participate! Just snap a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this pick and send it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Monday, November 14th! I’ll post the round-up of everyone’s submissions on Tuesday.

Go, Cubs, go!


SIA: In Vogue

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time to kick off our week with the Style Imitating Art choice by Jen. She chose a vintage Vogue magazine cover and, considering how into neutrals I’ve been lately, I’m in love.



Gray and tan and black and white? Yeah, I think I can do something with this!

Does this image inspire you to create an outfit? If so, don’t forget to snap a picture and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, October 31st. Or, you know, since that’s Halloween, if it inspires you to dress up as a peacock you can send that photo in, too!


SIA: Not as good as chocolate

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

I really struggled this week to come up with an outfit for the Style Imitating Art challenge. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t feeling that inspired to A. come up with an outfit B. find someone to take pictures or struggle with the tripod or C. blog.

In the end, though, I managed to pull together some basics that fit the color scheme.


Blouse – thrifted Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)

I had dreams of wearing a tan cardigan or even my blanket scarf but it was 80+ degrees on Monday (when I wore this). I didn’t even need either of those things in my office. And because I was hoping to wear a scarf I totally blanked on jewelry.

Speaking of jewelry, would anyone be interested in attending a Stella & Dot party if I hosted one? Just tossing around the idea but I don’t want to do it and have no one come or people feel pressured.

Anyway, I’ve been debating getting rid of these jeans but I kind of like them with this top and these shoes. And eventually that scarf. Eventually.  In the mean time, you can see how other people interpreted this week’s art over on 14 Shades of Grey.img_1659


SIA: The Chocolate Girl

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Happy Monday! Thank you for all your congratulations on Friday’s post. I really appreciate it. I think I’m still riding a runner’s high. Either that or it was watching all 40,000 people running the Chicago Marathon yesterday. I’m really excited to be marathon training again!

Speaking of highs, isn’t it true that chocolate has some kind of property that activates the pleasure center of our brain? It’s probably similar to what happens in a runner’s brain when they get a runner’s high. At least, that’s my attempt to segue into this week’s choice for Style Imitating Art: “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard.


Salazar chose this week’s art and, to be honest, I’d never heard of it before! But, apparently it’s the logo on Baker’s Chocolate. Which I also always thought was called Baker’s Chocolate because you use when baking. No idea until just now that it’s actually named after a person….named Baker.

And this is why I love our Style Imitating Art series. I learn so much about art AND the people who participate.

Want to be one of those people? Just snap a photo of an outfit you wear that’s inspired by this painting and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, October 17th. It can even be a selfie or a flat-lay. Or just take a picture of chocolate. That totally counts, right?



SIA: The POSE Round-Up

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It’s time to post the round-up of outfits submitted for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice! As a reminder, I picked a Detroit street art mural by an artist called POSE.


So, without further ado, here’s how everyone interpreted it!

Mike went out on a limb (for him!) and wore his Mario t-shirt because, as he says, “t’s the only t-shirt that I own that has any kind of graphic (at least in this form) on it. And with the rather “cartoon-like” piece, Brummel, this just seemed to fit the bill so well.”

Considering my husband is a huge video gamer and lover of pop culture t-shirts, I also think this shirt is perfect for this week! Thanks for sharing, Mike!

Next we have co-host Jen in one of my favorite tops of hers. The polka dots and the colors are so great. You have to visit her post to see the back of the top, too. It’s fun!


Salazar, our other co-host, went with a loose interpretation of stripes to echo the strong graphical lines and said she picked the belt since the mural is in an alley called “The Belt”. You can get all the details on her post.


Xat used this week’s art as the impetus to share an interesting hand-made piece. She wasn’t sure what to do with it but I personally like it as a skirt. You can find out more in her blog post.


Kezzie has the perfect skirt for this week! Cartoon-esque clouds? I love it! Plus she tried to pull in some of the other colors in the art. She says she was super busy so she didn’t get a full outfit photo. Hopefully we’ll see her recreate it on her blog soon!


Finally we have my outfit with my colorful, patterned top and silly pose.


Stay tuned for next week’s pick from Salazar! I, for one, am looking forward to it.


SIA: Le Chat Noir

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This week’s choice of art to imitate with an outfit is Le Chat Noir aka “The Black Cat.”



Jen chose this because she said that the tans, reds, blacks, and mustard colors felt very fall appropriate. Also because she’s a cat person and has it hanging in her house.

I, however, am a dog person*, so I’m pretty sure my interpretation is going to be Le Chien Noir and, will, of course, feature Chewie. The actual outfit is still up in the air, though. Stay tuned!

And, as always, if you want to participate just snap a photo of an outfit you wore inspired by this art and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday evening, the 19th. She’ll post her round-up on the 20th.

*It should be said that I like cats just fine. I’m just horribly allergic to them.

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SIA: Independence Outfit Round-Up

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Time for the round-up of outfits you all were inspired to create using this week’s SIA artwork.

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First up we have Jen, who is in the process of moving! She had put together a capsule wardrobe and it’s awesome that she was able to create such a fun outfit out of the pieces she hadn’t packed yet.


Next up we have our other SIA co-host, Salazar, She’s traveling and managed to get a photo in front of the sea! Since the official name of this week’s art is “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears” the ocean photo is quite appropriate.


This week’s art also seems to inspired plaid! Chris went for blue on blue and, as his photographer stated, also has steely blue eyes to match. I’ll say!

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Kezzie says that she was a bit disorganized this week but I think she was subconsciously prompted to put this outfit together since it works perfectly for this week’s art!


Leslie snuck some selfies of her and her husband in their complementary blue outfits. Don’t they look like they’re having fun?


Finally, we have my outfit.


This week was a parade of blue but in so many different patterns. I love it! Thank you all for participating and stay tuned for next week’s choice.


SIA: Roses

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Welcome to Monday! And welcome to this week’s edition of Style Imitating Art. Salazar wanted to pick something summery and what’s more summery than roses?


The Roses of Heliogabalus

Although, if I’m being honest, Japanese iris are my favorite flower. But they’re kind of pointy so having a bunch of them dumped on you would probably not be the most fun thing in the world.

Anyway, there’s a lot of pink and green along with some neutrals in this painting. I have a top coming in my next Le Tote that might be perfect for this so we’ll see! Maybe white jeans, a blush top, and some green jewelry?

Remember, if you want to participate just snap a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this painting and send it to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, June 13th. Then check back to see yourself in the round-up and find out what everyone else was inspired to wear!

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of May!