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Setting down Roots [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

It’s time for the last Style Imitating Art challenge of 2017! We’ve had some great picks this year and this week is no exception. Salazar choose one of the photos from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, which depicts people in fashionable outfits with flowers for their heads.

She said that she loved all of them and I can see why after perusing some of the other photos and learning more about it here.

I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this choice. Don’t forget to take a picture of your outfit and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 19th so you can be included in the round-up on the 20th.

All the Celestial Bodies [SIA Post]

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Today we’re doing the round-up of all the submissions for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.

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First we have Jen who, as always, made sure to get the details perfect! Her pants have little tiny polka dots to mimic the stars and her color palate highlights the purples and blacks in the image. And of course she found a swing on which to pose!

Next is Kezzie who wore a shirt with constellations on it! Also, her collar is a unicorn but, sadly, she seems to be hiding a bit. Oh well!

Then is our other co-host, Salazar, who built her outfit around her scarf. Her starry scarf that is also the same colors as those in the image. In other news, I want to steal this entire outfit.

Finally, we have my own outfit. Well, technically two outfits. One fancy, one casual, but both using the same top.

It looks like we all incorporated black and then another accent color into our outfits. My favorite part of SIA challenges, though, is seeing all the different details in each outfit.

Want to show off your own details? Stay tuned for the next challenge which we’ll announce on Monday!

 

Celestial Themed [SIA Post]

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Do you put up any December holiday decorations in your house? I don’t always put up my Christmas tree, but since it looks like Jason and I will be home on Christmas Day this year I decided that mine needed to go up.

Annabelle came over yesterday to help me put up my pre-lit fake tree and decorate it with my themed ornaments. I’ve probably said it here before, but all of my ornaments are suns, moons or stars. I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school!

So, for this week’s Style Imitating Art pick, I went to the image site Pixabay and typed “celestial” to see what came up. I got lots of results but, in the end, I decided on this image:

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I liked that it had blue, purple, peach, and black as well as some texture. It also reminds me of a country summer night which, to be honest, I could go for right about now. I’m so not ready for winter! Even as I sit here watching a fake fire on my tv, listening to instrumental Christmas music, and looking at my tree.

If you want to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge all you need to do is create an outfit inspired by the artwork, take a picture of the outfit, and send the picture to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 5th.

If all goes as planned, my outfit will include sequins! What will yours include?

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Working Forward, Weaving Anew [SIA Post]

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Happy Monday, everyone!

This week’s Style Imitating Art choice by Jen is appropriate in so many ways. It’s titled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” and it’s a recently painted mural in the historic Brewery District of Tacoma, Washington.

Designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, it was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art.

Here’s a description of the mural, as written in the Tacoma News Tribune article “New mural on Tacoma’s Seven Seas Brewery includes Native American artists, stories,” published online here at http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article151068302.html :

“It depicts a landscape where Native American people, weaving cedar baskets in the shadow of Mount Rainier, are intercepted by a logging saw and split lumber. The wood and cane weavings peel off into living, flowering branches, trailing across railway tracks in a palette of blue and gold.”

Jen chose this mural and took these pictures because her SIA turn nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, and she wanted to choose an artwork that honored Native Americans.

I find it particularity fitting for me as well because my brain is currently swirling with a new project at work.  I’ve been asking for this project for years and I finally got it! But, it’s going to be a lot of work at the start and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around how to make everything happen. So, I will definitely be working forward and weaving anew!

If you’d like to weave this artwork into an outfit this week, don’t forget to take a picture and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by  Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. PST and she’ll include it in the round-up on her blog on the 22nd. 

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]

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

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.