Style Imitating Art: 1909 Vogue Cover

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What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Dress: Target, new
Belt & Necklace: Target
Shoes: Payless

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.

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October 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, 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: 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.

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.

Dressed for a wedding

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What I Wore to a Wedding: November 14, 2015
Dress: Macy’s?
Shoes: Payless, new
Clutch: Gift

These shoes were part of a shoe-buying spree last year and I don’t think they’ve appeared on the blog because I rarely wear them. Turns out they’re not particularly comfortable and they’re a little too high for work, and I still haven’t purged them because What If I Want to Wear Them One Day. Yeah. It’s a thing. I’m working on it.

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February 5, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

September styles

And now we’re on to September, when I had moved into my house and hadn’t decided on a spot for pictures yet. At my apartment the balcony ledge was the perfect height and distance from the wall for self-timed photos. At my house I’ve been using the recycling bin as a tripod so far.

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What I Wore to Work Today: September 15, 2015
Dress: Ann Taylor
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless
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What I Wore to Work Today: September 21, 2015
Blouse: Limited
Pants: Old Navy, new
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

February 1, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

A whole new year!

Oh look it’s suddenly 2016 and I’m back in the ol’ blogarooni and WordPress is all different stuff again. I’ll figure it out later, as I always say…

It’s a whole new year, a brand new world.

My middle school was two houses away from my grandparents’ house and I went through a phase of walking over after school and hanging out for awhile. I’d read the paper, talk to Grandma and Grandpa, eat snacks, tinker on the piano from an old hymnal. (Grandma and Grandpa, did you guys buy a hymnal or did you just… borrow one from the church??) I got to the point where I could play my grandfather’s favorite hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory”, including all the chords on both hands. I’ve always had big hands for somebody my size and enjoyed reaching the bigger chords. (Aww, that post from October 2010 hints at the clearly-absurd idea I had had at some point that maybe I’d get married in September 2011. Haha that’s cute. Marriage isn’t in your future, my young friend.)

When I was in a particularly cheerful mood I’d sing little songs in the tiny bathroom on the opposite side of the living room wall, often A Whole New World from “Aladdin”, or the hymns I was playing earlier. I later learned that the bathroom was not soundproof — why did I ever think it was?? — and I was retroactively mortified about all my bathroom singing. If my grandparents heard me they were polite enough, kind enough, to refrain from letting on.

It’s a new year and I’ll start it by throwing old photos on the blog.

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July 10, 2015
Blouse: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless
Security badge: My employer, god bless them

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July 13, 2015
Dress: Uh, Macy’s maybe?
Shoes: Payless

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July 21, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

1966 vs. 2015: Party Dress

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When I was a small child I would play dress-up with my mom’s vintage fancy dresses, swallowed by what seemed like yards of material. Sometime around middle school I stopped playing dress-up in the same way. Years went by and one day I opened the box of old, creased dresses to find that instead of them being much too big I suddenly couldn’t even fit into some of them.

In my mid-twenties my mom shipped half a dozen boxes to me, stuff that had been left behind when I moved out after college. She felt confident that I wasn’t returning to the nest and instead of tossing my boxes into the garbage she sent them to me halfway across the country, which was generous.(Thanks Mom!) One of the boxes was full of her old dresses, now mine.

I moved into a house this summer after 5+ years in an apartment. While packing the dresses for the move I eyeballed one, estimated that I might have a chance at zipping it up, and tried it on. Success! Somewhat constricted breathing in the very tight bodice, still success?

I wore it to a Hummingbird Society gala in Sedona, AZ when I knew it would be for just a couple hours. My mom designed and sewed this dress herself when she was in college in 1966.

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October 4, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, Words. 1 comment.

Now it’s July!

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 1, 2015
Blazer: Ann Taylor, new
Dress: Macy’s?
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Hey look I was still wearing clothes to work in July! This was back before I started wearing basically the same thing to work every day when I had a lot going on at the office and travel every weekend and moving preparations and assorted things that drained my interest in thinking about my daily clothes.

This blazer was new around this time. It’s a textured navy blue material and worth the expense so far.
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September 14, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Shifting away from dresses

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 4, 2015
Dress, Cardigan, Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I have been shifting my professional wardrobe away from looser silhouettes and flight or flowing skirts, adding more pencil skirts and tighter work pants. Time to add a “pencil skirt” tag, probably, especially because I wear separates significantly more often than dresses now. For many years I didn’t wear any dresses at all. I bought this particular one in two colors during the height of my dress phase several years ago.

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June 20, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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