Style Imitating Art: Coffee Cup by Kelly Jo

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What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, September 11, 2017
Blouse: Target, new
Pants: Limited
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Hand-me-down from a friend

Loop Looks selected the latest Style Imitating Art piece, a painting by Kelly Jo with GrowARTS at Garden Center Services in Chicago. One of my new blouses from Target is a slightly darker version of the background color in the painting, so I wore it on my first day back after a week vacation at home. With the poor lighting in the photo space, I “enhanced” the picture in an attempt to get the blouse color closer to the way it looks in real life. Results are… adequate, let’s say.

Drinking coffee is my favorite part of starting the day (caffeine addiction!). I drink it over ice with milk, and this painting makes me want to drink it in a classy white cup with saucer instead. Maybe when it’s not 106 degrees I’ll drink hot coffee on the patio. A few more days and then highs will drop to double digits! We made it! Good work everyone!

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September 11, 2017. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art: Venus Tourism Poster

 

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What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Blouse: Express, new
Pants: Target
Shoes: Payless

14 Shades of Grey selected this Venus space tourism poster as the latest inspiration piece for Style Imitating Art. I don’t own any peach, blush, pale pink, or anything similar, so I wore a new ivory blouse, gray trousers, and beige pumps.

I didn’t take a picture while wearing this outfit to the office last week, so I put it on my dress form for a photo with the geometric/star-shaped-for-space-travel quilt blocks in the background. The dress form is decorative, and it’s also in the general ballpark of my size so I can use it with some of my clothes. If I ever get really into making pants I’ll need to buy a mannequin with legs — the stand-down-one-pant leg thing doesn’t really work.

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May 22, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: O’Keeffe, Pond in the Woods

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What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Blouse: Loft
Pants: Old Navy
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
Shoes: Payless

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.

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February 13, 2017. Tags: , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

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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.

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September 5, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art: The Door Within

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What I Wore to Work Today: August 16, 2016
Dress: Macy’s, maybe?
Shoes: Payless

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.2016_08_16 SIA art

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August 21, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art: Una and the Lion

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What I Wore to Work Today: August 2, 2016
Cardigan, Sleeveless Top, Necklace, Belt: Target
Pants: Limited
Shoes: Payless

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.

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August 8, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: The Homecoming

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What I Work to Work Today: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Payless

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.

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5 years ago today: remember when I used to do all that refashioning?
Little cubicle on the prairie

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June 23, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: The Roses of Heliogabalus

2016_06_08What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Dress: Target
Shoes: Payless

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.”

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June 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: Spring by Demuth

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What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, May 27, 2016
Top: Target
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Target
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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May 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Birthday gift shopping: One for you…

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 25, 2015
Dress: Dillard’s Clearance Center, new
Shoes: Payless

For a gentleman’s birthday I wanted to buy him a nice tie, something classy and sophisticated and confident. I asked the internet how much a nice tie like this costs. Oh. Uh. That’s a lot of money. So I went to Dillard’s Clearance Center to dig through the piles of no-returns-or-refunds merchandise to find the quality tie I knew could be there somewhere. They didn’t have the dark garnet tone-on-tone tie I had been envisioning (the closest had an obvious defect in a spot that wouldn’t be hidden) and I bought two perfectly fine options instead.

I also swung by the petites section and walked away with two items, including this Calvin Klein dress. Who’s classy and sophisticated and confident now.

My hemlines at the office are usually longer, this dress might be a one-and-done situation.

February 7, 2016. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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