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A study in casual [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

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.


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.


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.



An unexpected portrait [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This week’s Style Imitating Art choice from Jen comes from an interesting source: Pixabay.com. Pixabay is a repository of public domain graphics, images and, apparently, art! Jen uses this website to find images for presentations and trainings and, interestingly enough, I do too. I actually found out about it from our training video producer who works for me. Of course, I’ve never looked for art so kudos to Jen for thinking outside the box and finding this.


Jen, being a good librarian, did some research and discovered the artist’s name and some more of her art here.

I’m hoping I have time this weekend to take some outfit photos for the blog (although the weather is not going to be particularly cooperative). I didn’t have any time to take photos this past week or weekend, sadly. Pretty sure the jeans a t-shirt I wore to paint our old apartment wouldn’t make for good blog fodder.

Anyway, if YOU have time to snap a photo of an outfit you put together based on this painting, just send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday evening (March 13th) to be featured in the round-up.



Sing Street [SIA Post]

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Thanks again to everyone who participate in last week’s Style Imitating Art challenge! This week we’ve got something both retro and modern to interpret. Salazar chose the movie poster from “Sing Street“.


I’m admittedly not much of a movie person so I hadn’t seen this nor had I heard of it (although, I did see “Once” on Broadway!) but Salazar highly recommends it.

Personally, it reminds me of when I was a kid and wanted to be Madonna so badly. I would layer dresses, skirts and bracelets and occasionally even wear crop tops on weekends. I don’t think I’ll be doing any of that this time around, but you never know!

If you’d like to break out your best retro 80s outfit, or just dress in black with a few pops of color, don’t forget to snap a picture and send it to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, February 27th.


Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

SIA: Pond in the Woods Round-Up

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Thank you all so much for welcoming me back with open arms after my little blogging break! I’m excited to have some new Style Imitating Art participants on the blog today.

As a reminder, we’re interpreting the Georgia O’Keeffe painting, Pond in the Woods.

Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

First up, we have Nancy from Nancy’s Fashion Style!

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Nancy said that she doesn’t usually wear a lot of color but that these are the colors she loves. And could the peacock feather be any more perfect?

Random thought: I saw peacocks while I was running the Miami Marathon. One even ran along side us for a few feet!

Next we have Jodie’s submission. This is one of my first visits to Jodie’s blog and I love that she features three different decades of women. Today we have the “60s model” AKA her step- mom…who also happens to be named Nancy!
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Jodie writes, “I was inspired by the color scheme of the Georgia O’Keeffe painting —the browns, greens with that beige in the middle, all reminded me of Nancy’s brown jeans, green turtleneck & beige sweater!!”

Co-host Jen got every color in the painting into one outfit! Way to go! She even says her earrings are topaz to bring in that bit of brown.


Mike, an SIA regular, commented that he almost went with his usual black pants but, at the last minute, swapped them out for the khaki ones. I say good choice!

Pond In The Woods SIA

Rabbit Style News also went with blue and green for this one. I really like her blouse!

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Gail “chose brown and green tones plus the lighter and circular ‘center’ of the pond mirrored by my fun pompoms.”


Also, side note, Gail’s got some good indoor lighting going on there!

Co-host Salazar has a coat that I am currently envying. All my coats are black, gray or red. But forest green? Drooling! Plus, you have to see the close-up of her brooch.


And then! We got a submission from “A Dog”! This pup is super stylish and is making Chewie quite jealous.

O'Keeffe Pond in the Woods

They also have one creative owner!

Finally, there’s me! I notice I was the only one to go with a burgundy color scheme. That’s what I love about SIA: so many different ways to interpret the same piece of art!


Stay tuned for next week’s choice! And thanks again to everyone who participated.




Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

SIA: Pond in the Woods

Style Imitating Art

As much as I enjoyed doing ALL the things in January, I’m looking forward to a nice, quiet(er) February. I hope to get everyone caught up on what’s been going on in my life (moving! marathoning!) but for now it’s time for me to pick the Style Imitating Art Challenge for this week!

In December I went with my friend Emily to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Neither of us had ever been there before and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it’s full of museums, art galleries, shopping, and eating and that all of it is easily walkable. We didn’t really have an agenda other than that we knew we needed to go to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. I think it’s like a rule or something.

Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised at it, too. If you thought all she painted were flowers and desert landscapes, you’re wrong! She painted and sculpted many, many things. So, of course I chose one that I took a picture of for this week’s SIA.

Georgia O'Keefe Pond in the Woods

“Pond in the Woods”, 1922

This is something I could totally see hanging in our new apartment. I love the dark colors, the depth, and the movement. I kind of feel like I’m being pulled into the painting.

I took photos of some of my other favorites, as well, so I suspect you’ll see them pop up as SIA pieces throughout the year.

In the mean time, if this painting inspires you to create an outfit, snap a picture of it and send it to looplooks at gmail.com before Tuesday, February 14th to be included in the outfit round up.


SIA: A Little Lace

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Happy belated new year, everyone!

I’m still on a bit of a blogging hiatus, at least until probably February, but I didn’t want you to miss out on another Style Imitating Art challenge! Also, one of the people I’m working with this week told me she missed my blogging so I thought I’d check in.

Jen chose this the art this time around and she picked lace patterns from Italian lace designer and wood carver Isabella Catanea Parasole (sometimes also known as Elisabetta Catanea Parasole, which is the name she used to publish her manuals).

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Jen writes,

She was the first lace designer to create and publish a lace instruction manual for women, a manual called Il Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne, published in 1620. She was such a prominent artist that when she married printmaker Leonardo Norsini, he took her last name!

There’s not much known about her today, but you can find a brief bio and samples here and many pics from her lace instruction manual from the Met here.

Never participate in Style Imitating Art before? Just snap a picture of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this week’s choice and send it to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, January 30th to be featured in the round-up on Tuesday.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to get my own outfit submitted with everything else I have going on this week, but maybe! I mean, we are mostly moved and unpacked. Now I just have to get through the half marathon I’m working for and the full marathon I’m running!



SIA: Sunset Outfit

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For the first time in the history of my Style Imitating Art participation I’ve had to resort to a “flat lay” of my outfit instead of a regular full-body photo.


Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Top – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Earrings – Le Tote (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same


I went with stripes, black, white and red to echo the sunset and the silhouette in the painting. And, of course, crescent moon earrings because what comes right after sunset? The moon!


However, as I mentioned, I wasn’t able to get a full outfit photo. Why? Because my life is a mess right now. Currently I am:

  1. Training for the Miami Marathon, which takes place on January 29th
  2. Working for the F3 Half Marathon, which takes place on January 28th
  3. Volunteering for the Good Life Race 5K which has their first meeting this week
  4. Trying to get ready for a trip to Santa Fe on Thursday
  5. Cleaning up our apartment so it can get ready for showings
  6. Packing up our apartment so we can move in January
  7. Trying to buy Christmas gifts for family
  8. Attempting to keep the dog from going stir-crazy while we get several inches of snow and the temperatures drop to below freezing
  9. Doing my day job

So, yeah, blogging is taking a back seat. And, honestly, I don’t know when I’ll have the time or energy to blog regularly in the near future. Especially with our move coming up. And trying to find someone to take over our current lease. And and and. Something’s gotta give.

All that said, I’m taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. I’ll still be around on Instagram, though, if you want to follow me there.

Have a wonderful holiday/December/winter and I’ll see you in 2017!


SIA: Sunset on 2016

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Jen‘s pick for our last Style Imitating Art challenge of 2016 is Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“. This seems appropriate for two reasons. One, it’s the end of the year and metaphorically we’ll be seeing the sunset on 2016 very soon. And two, she started off the year with a painting titled “Sunrise“.


“Railroad Sunset” by Edward Hopper

We’re getting into the season of year-end round-ups and top 10 lists and all of that stuff. I know you’ll see a lot of the same type of posts on blogs and websites, so is there anything in particular you’d like to see from me? I’m open to all your ideas!

In the mean time, if you want to participate in this final SIA challenge for 2016, just snap a photo of an outfit inspired by this painting (selfies and flat lays are fine, too) and send it to librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Monday, December 12th. She’ll feature the round-up on her blog on December 13th.


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!