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Welcome to Style Imitating Art. I hope your visit means you’re planning to join us, because we’d definitely love to have you…


Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Kim {Fierce Fashion Blog}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. And that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.


This week’s image was chosen by me.


Bell, C. (1973, January 01). Gumball II, 1973 – Charles Bell.

I chose this image because it reminds me of being a child and begging my mom for a quarter so I could get some gum then hoping that I wouldn’t get the dreaded gumball. Did you have a favorite flavor?


This will be our last Style Imitating Art for 2020. I know… This is the time that we like to take time to relax and hang out with friends and family and, well, just enjoy the season. And given what 2020 has been, I think we could all use a bit of a break to decompress, don’t you? And, speaking of taking a break, did you notice that we are now two?

Kim has decided to step back from her co-hosting duties to focus on her health and settle in her new home. So that means that Salazar and I are looking for a new cohost… If you’re interested in art and fashion, and can keep to a regular posting schedule, contact us via email before the New Year.


Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}

Salazar wrote that she “…chose my colorful scarf to reflect the colors of the gumballs, and the rest of the outfit I kept in simple shades of white and brown to mimic the background and the rusty red tops of the gumball machines. I also added some fruit brooches and pins for more colors and as a nod to the gumball flavors (they do come in apple and watermelon, right?).” Even if they don’t come in apple or watermelon, I accept the interpretation because OH MY WOW! Does Salazar not have the best brooch collection ever!!!!


Did you notice I’m wearing my glasses? I almost never wear them in my pictures because I cannot figure out how to get rid of the stupid glare, but I had to wear them this week. The print and the color kind of mimic the nuts in the candy machine in the background {and, to be honest, so do my freckles}. Anyway, I’d totally forgotten about those machines sometimes having nuts in them. I’m guessing this was prior to peanut allergy awareness?

I wish the polka dots on my sweater were reversed. I kinda feel a little bit like a Lady Bug in this sweater. That’s probably why I don’t wear it very often, but I’m certain that I bought it for a reason. Probably to wear with a pair of leggings or something when hanging around the house. I’m always a little chilly, so I stock up on sweaters whenever I can…

Oh, wait, I remember now. I was going through this whole polka dot phase and started buying a ton of polka dot tops {which explains this and this Pinterest board}.

Red and Black Polka Dot Sweater – Similar | Laurie Felt Boyfriend Jeans – Similar | Converse – Similar

Although we won’t be posting anymore Style Imitating Art challenges until 2021, I hope you’ll keep coming back to see what else I’m wearing. I promise it won’t all be jeans and pajamas!


Make sure you stop by and visit my co-host, 14 Shades of Grey. You’ll definitely want to see her interpretation as well.


Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at by Tuesday, 15 December and I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 16 December.

You don’t have to have a blog to join, you can share your images on Instagram as well! Just tag Salazar and me or use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you’re there. We’d love to see how you interpret the inspiration piece.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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For more stylish inspiration, check out the following linkups:

Where I Co-host

  • Ageless Style – Ten women, over the age of forty, prove that style is ageless. First Tuesday of the month.
  • Fab Forties – Six bloggers, over the age of forty, show they’re still fabulously fashionable. First Monday of the month.
  • Style Imitating Art – Style inspired by pieces of art. Every other week.