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



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: Lace design woodcuts by Parasole


What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Jacket: TJ Maxx (maybe? It was in 2012)
Blouse: Target
Skirt: Limited, rest in peace
Shoes: Target

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. 2017_01_30-jan-10-pic

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.


January 30, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Words. 2 comments.

Style Imitating Art: 1909 Vogue Cover


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.



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

So many jeans


What I Wore to Work Today: November 20, 2015
Cardigan, tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I bought six pairs of jeans from American Eagle Outfitters over the past year and yet another pair has been sitting in my online cart for a month. They’re buy-one-get-one-half-off and I don’t need two more jeans (I don’t need any more), so there it sits, looking at me and waiting patiently for me to make the purchase.

Breaking news! My American Eagle shopping cart is empty! The specific jeans and wash I wanted are no longer available and disappeared from my cart. Instead of taking this opportunity to cherish the gift of freedom and run away without looking back, I am checking out the other possibilities to fill that very specific situation when I want something between “jeggings” and “skinny kick boot”. Like the Hi-Rise Skinny Jeans. I am weak. With American Eagle I found jeans that I like and that fit me reliably and there’s more space in my jeans drawer. The internet tells me that American women own seven pairs on average. I am slightly above average!

My AE inventory, in order of buying them:

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

Lots of casual Fridays

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 6, 2015
Blazer: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless, new

As I post these old pictures it seems like I was wearing jeans to work all the time last fall. The business casual dress code hasn’t changed at my office, I’m guessing that I was leaving work early enough for daylight pictures on Fridays, so the casual Friday jeans are overly represented. My jeggings (jeans that are stretchy and tight like leggings, wut!) still felt new and exciting and I was having fun wearing them out in public.

It took me years to get on board with the skinny jeans thing. I still don’t own any actual leggings. Or yoga pants. Give me another year and I’ll hop on board those trains too, just in time to be embarrassingly outdated.

These shoes look awesome and feel terrible.

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February 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Fall catch-up continues

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What I Wore to Work Today: October 5, 2015
Jacket: Goodwill
Tank top: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless



What I Wore to Work Today: October 9, 2015
Blouse: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

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February 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

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