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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!

This Not-So-Danish Girl [SIA Post]

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For this week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen, I wasn’t feeling anything in my own closet. Thankfully, I know a gal who has a clothing shop with a 1000+ piece inventory! Turns out, she also had the perfect chair for me to use as my backdrop.

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Dress & Kimono borrowed from Belle on the Roe | similar shoes | pearls borrowed from Annabelle

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I may have also borrowed her dog, Budweiser, for this photo shoot as well. He and Chewie are best doggy buds and it’s basically impossible for them to not be in the same room as Annabelle and me.

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Of course, when you’re working with dogs, you’re going to have some outtakes. So, here’s a few for your viewing pleasure. Because, let’s be honest, even though this outfit is amazing and a perfect interpretation of her blue dress, pearls, and florals, you’re really just here for the puppy pictures.

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Anyway, this outfit is actually for sale in the Belle on the Roe shop. If you’re in Chicago, you can setup a time to visit using this link. She’s located at the corner of Ashland and Diversey. Or you can join her Facebook group and see all four of us act like fools on the regular and score some beautiful outfits, just like this one!

Also, don’t forget to visit Jen’s blog for the full round-up of all of this week’s outfits! And stay tuned for my turn to host on Monday, September 4th. I’ve got something fun up my sleeve that will also include a giveaway!

A Danish Girl

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Greetings from rural Missouri! We’re on a mini vacation and staying at the cutest cabin on a wooded lot, complete with a pond for Chewie to explore. He’s loving being a country dog!

Of course, we still have wifi which how I can still bring you this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge as chosen by Jen.

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Jen selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Jen selected this because she recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

In addition to the muted colors in the painting, there are different bits to take inspiration from, including (but not limited to):  the ruffles in her top, a peek of floral covering the chair she’s sitting in, and the big pearl necklace she’s wearing.

What are you inspired by?

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, August 28, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). She will then post the SIA round-up on her blog the next day.

In the meantime, I’m going to go put on my swimsuit and read a book outside while Chewie explores our little piece of wilderness.

Boy with a Coin [SIA Post]

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Have you heard of synesthesia? I know that several people in my life have it in one mild form or another so I’ve learned a bit about it in the past. Basically, it comes down to people with synesthesia make sensory connections in unique ways. In the case of this week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar, the artist, Melissa McCracken, sees colors when she hears music. She uses that to her advantage and creates beautiful art based on songs.

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This one is based on Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin“.

So, in our version of synesthesia, what does this painting make you feel? What clothes or outfits does it bring up in your mind?

Create your outfit and snap a photo and send it to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Monday, August 14th so you can be included in the round-up! 

Many of my outfits recently have been neutral colors so I’m looking forward to breaking out some pinks and blues! How about you?

A Blink of a Lens Round-Up [SIA Post]

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I’m so excited about this week’s Style Imitating Art round-up because all the participants knocked it out of the park! So, let’s get to it. As a reminder, we’re using a photo taken by a friend of mine.

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First we have Kezzie who read my mind! I ALMOST wrote in the post that if you had something cloud printed you should wear it. And then she did!

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Next we have Jen who took her pictures almost immediately after I shared this week’s choice, too. As always, she paid attention not only to the details in her outfit but also in how she took the photos, having Sam take one from a low angle to mimic the photo’s angle.

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Salazar told me she didn’t have anything purple to wear, but I think her floral tee is right on point!

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Then we have Leslie who not only wore a flowered dress but also found some flowers with which to pose.

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Xat chose a skirt with a grid pattern that reminded her of the buildings in the photo. But, she didn’t forget the pink! She included it in her flowers, too. As an aside, this is totally an outfit I would have worn to my previous job.

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Finally we have my outfit. Don’t forget my Chicago area friends, you’re invited to a party where you can see this dress in person!

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Thank you everyone for participating and, as always, stay tuned for next week’s Style Imitating Art choice!

In the Blink of a Lens [SIA Post]

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I haven’t been doing a lot of shopping online a lot lately but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been adding new things to my closet. Nope. I actually recently added this super comfortable dress to my wardrobe rotation. It’s called a “Carly” style from LuLaRoe. As I’ve mentioned before, my friend Annabelle has her own LuLaRoe business in Chicago and I help her out with a lot of things.

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This also means I’m around the clothes A LOT. At first I wasn’t a fan of this style of dress because I felt it was too big on me. But, it’s SO comfortable. So, when she got this one in and it happened to be in one of my favorite colors and a fun pattern, well, I wore it around the shop for an evening and decided it had to be mine.

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similar necklace | dress c/o Belle on the Roe | same sandals

It also works perfectly for this week’s Style Imitating Art choice (by me!) what with the colors matching the flowers and the pattern mimicking the lines of the buildings in the background.

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I know she currently has this same dress in stock in a “creamsicle” color and if you’re in Chicago you can try it on at her official in-person business launch party on Saturday, August 5th from 5-10pm at 1555 W Diversey Ave.

We took these outfit photos while we were hosting a pop-up shop in the south suburbs this past Saturday. I actually got to see one of the places Annabelle works as part of her day job! She does behavioral services for an organization that provides services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and we were hosting a fundraiser for the organization. Annabelle donates part of her proceeds to the organization where she works. I’m actually posing on the grounds of one of their group homes.

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When  I first wore this dress Jason commented that it wasn’t my usual style. That’s true. It’s not quite as fitted or tailored as much of my other clothing. But, hey, when it’s hot or you just want to be comfortable, sometimes it’s nice to break out of your usual rut. Especially when you can still be cute.

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A Blink of a Lens [SIA Post]

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Last week’s Style Imitating Art challenge gave me an idea for this week’s. I have a friend who is an amateur photographer who takes great photos of Chicago and when he travels. He’s even helped lead photo walks in Chicago and has been on photography trips to the southwest.

Since we used a photograph last week I was inspired to pick one of his photographs for this week.

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Photo by blinkofalens

I know tulips are out of season right now, but I didn’t want to wait to share this photo until next spring!

This photo has such vibrant colors and you could wear pink, green, blue or even gray or white. The buildings almost have stripes on them or you could wear florals.

Whatever you decide, snap a photo of your outfit and send it to looplooks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, August 1st so I can include it in the round-up!

A Light in the Dark [SIA Post]

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Monday’s here, everyone! I know that some of us dread Monday mornings for a variety of reasons, but this Monday also means a new Style Imitating Art challenge which may just be a light in the Monday darkness.

Appropriately, this pick from Jen could be referred to as “Light in the Dark.” It’s from an Italian photographer and, based on the photo tags, it’s burning steel wool. I’ve heard of other people taking photos like these and I think it’s something one of my photographer friends has been wanting to try.

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“Light in the dark” photograph by By-Jo is in the public domain 

I don’t really own anything orange (unless you count my coral dress) but Jen pointed out that:

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or multiple necklaces or bangles. You could take a photo at dusk — to rage against the dying of the light. 😉 Lots of options!

I’m looking forward to finding a way to interpret this photograph….and it’s given me an idea for my next SIA pick, too!

Are you inspired to create an outfit? If so, just snap a photo and send it to Jen by next Monday evening, July 17th, so she can include it in the round-up on Tuesday.

 

The Flower Seller Outfit [SIA Post]

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Is there a blogger out there whose attention to detail you admire? For me, that’s Jen at Librarian for Life and Style. Not only does she kill it with the accessories and details for the weekly Style Imitating Art challenges, but she also looks for the perfect backdrop. Well, for this week’s challenge I KNEW I had the perfect backdrop. A flower seller right in our neighborhood!

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Actually, I saw an even more perfect stall at our local farmer’s market the weekend before but when I went this week they weren’t there. Sad face! So, I made do with the one I found.

Interestingly, this was my second time going to our local farmer’s market and while many of the vendors were the same, they were in different spots! I suppose that’s a good marketing strategy since you have to wander the whole place to find the one you want. And you never know what else you’ll see along the way.

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Like seeing other dogs. So many other dogs. Chewie really wanted to sniff all of them. 

Also, I know I just wore this top on the blog but, let’s be honest, I wear it like twice a week now. It’s just so comfy! And the colors of the top and jeans, along with my silver sandals, just matched so perfectly with the art for this week.

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Oh, these are my newest Principle Denim jeans and I love them just as much as my other pair. I cannot wait for the next Moonfish pop-up!! I’m not kidding when I say that my entire outfit (minus the shoes) is from Moonfish. Top, jeans, bralette and necklace. I’m definitely a convert.

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Don’t forget that you still have time to send in your own outfit inspired by this week’s art choice!  See the full post here with all the details.

The Flower Seller [SIA Post]

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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.