What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Pants: Old Navy
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
The Style Imitating Art inspiration piece selected by Loop Looks is Pond in the Woods by Georgia O’Keeffe. I chose this teal blouse, navy blue velvet pants, and navy fake-suede heels. I added a necklace with more teal and navy in slightly shades and round bubble shapes to echo the lines of the painting.
Teal, navy blue, and black are three of the main colors in my wardrobe and around my house, and I have a lot of green plants. The background of this photo works with the painting, which wasn’t planned.
What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Jacket: TJ Maxx (maybe? It was in 2012)
Skirt: Limited, rest in peace
Librarian for Life and Style chose her first inspiration artwork of the year: lace design manual woodcuts by Isabella Catanea Parasole (1565-1625). Click through to check out many more images of the artists work at the Met!
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I happened to wear this old lace jacket blazer thing earlier in the month and I had even taken a glamorous office bathroom mirror picture to show a few friends who were with me when I bought it at a TJ Maxx or similar store on vacation in Park City, UT several years ago. I recreated the outfit for my art interpretation.
I attempted a better mirror picture when I remembered the deadline last minute and that was my only option. After the photo I realized the gray and white blocks on my quilt design board behind me are a subtle nod to the needlework design manual that the inspiration art was pulled from.
And hey look, this is my 1000th post! Maybe this can make up for missing 100,000 miles on my car. I noticed it with two miles to go, forgot within seconds, and looked again at 100,002.
What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Dress: Target, new
Belt & Necklace: Target
Librarian For Life & Style chose a Vogue magazine cover from November 1909 as the inspiration piece for Style Imitating Art. I wore my new gray dress for a classy feel, adding black accessories and a necklace with round rhinestones as a nod to the peacock feather eyes.
I ordered this dress in both gray and black with the plan to keep whichever I liked better. I ended up keeping both — I figured at $23 each during a sale, it was worth it.
This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is a street mural known as Brummel by the artist POSE, selected for SIA by Loop Looks. I immediately thought of this piece I made at a quilt retreat last year. Using the Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial, it was my first attempt at improv piecing with scraps. While I like what I made, I’m not interested in continuing with it enough to make into even a lap size quilt (so much work and time!), and I can say with confidence that I will never make a king size masterpiece like her Scrap Vortex quilt.
The piece has been on my design wall since I made it, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. One possible plan is to turn it into an apron. I wear an apron every time I’m in the kitchen cooking, baking, or cleaning and I would definitely use another one in my collection. I didn’t get around to sewing the apron this week, so I mocked it up using safety pins and a length of ribbon as the waistband for my Domestic Style Imitating Art interpretation.
What I Wore To Work Today: Friday, September 2, 2016
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Tank top: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Adidas Energy Boost ESM2
The Style Imitating Art inspiration comes from 14 Shades of Grey, who selected Hokusai’s The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, aka Under the Wave off Kanagawa, aka The Great Wave. She mentioned the dots of spray as a possible jumping off point, which is what I went with for my casual Friday office-closing-early-for-the-holiday-weekend interpretation. I added a blue tank top under the semi-sheer blouse, jeans, and my navy-and-white running shoes because the laces and Adidas logo reminded me of the whitecap stripes on the waves.
What I Wore to Work Today: August 16, 2016
Dress: Macy’s, maybe?
Loop Looks selected the Style Imitating Art piece this round: a painting she rescued from a dumpster, identified on the back as “The Door Within” by Jean Fetman. It’s a cool story, so read the details on her blog post.
Right away I thought of this dress, with the right colors and the brush-stroke abstract print. And hey, the garage door in the background is an accidental reference to the work’s title. I wore it to the office on Tuesday and then took pictures on Sunday minutes before a dust storm rolled in, as you can see in the bottom picture.
What I Wore to Work Today: August 2, 2016
Cardigan, Sleeveless Top, Necklace, Belt: Target
Librarian for Life and Style selected this week’s piece, Una and the Lion by Briton Rivière. I find it interesting that the background trees looked much darker on whatever devices I viewed it on while coming up with ideas, resulting in the black foundation pieces of my interpretation. Just as well, I don’t have much (any?) brown, russet, dark olive green, etc. in my wardrobe.
I tried to get my dog in the picture to play the role of powerful lion or frolicking lamb and she was having none of it, disappearing back through the dog door.
What I Work to Work Today: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Shirt: Ann Taylor
The Style Imitating Art choice this week from Librarian for Life and Style is a woodcut print by Bertha Lum called The Homecoming, likely an initial print for other pieces that year. In addition to the simplicity and vertical lines of my clothing, I included the top of the garage door frame to recreate the frame in the image and my shadow as stand-in for the reflection.
5 years ago today: remember when I used to do all that refashioning?
Little cubicle on the prairie
What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey selected this week’s Style Imitating Art piece: The Roses of Heliogabalus by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. My initial reaction was that I don’t have anything pink or tan or brown (I still haven’t worn the cognac heels I bought from Target months ago to fill the gap in my dressy footwear wardrobe, a gap I have since realized was because I don’t need brown shoes) or anything delicate and flowery or with sumptuous draping or that could be a nod to the marble pillars.
I stood in my closet, looking through my clothes to double-check that I would skip this one. “Oh, I guess this dress has some pink in it… and the pattern looks like it could easily be a blizzard of blush and dark pink petals. Oh hey yeah this works.”
What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, May 27, 2016
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Dog: Hand-me-down from my mother
Erin from Loop Looks selected the Style Imitating Art piece this week, Spring by Charles Demuth.
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