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: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa


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


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

2011_06_23 cardigan  prairie dress before

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…


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.

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.

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