Style Imitating Art Round Up-Booky by Patty Carroll

Hello and welcome to a Style Imitating Art roundup featuring all of you who submitted ideas for this round’s art inspiration.

What Is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks 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. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Week’s Presenter

That would be me.

This Week’s Inspirational ImageBy Patty Carroll

Your Interpretations & What Everyone Is Currently Reading

They are listed in order received.

Before we start, I want to point out that I have linked all the current reads to Good Reads so if you want to check into a book and see what it’s about you can easily do that.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style

Jodie is wearing a patterned shirt-dress with a brown over-vest to answer both the pattern and colors in the art work. She is currently reading Look me in the Eye” by John Elder Robison for her online Forever Fierce book club. If anyone wants to join the book club, here is the link:

Jodie’s Mom Charlotte

Charlotte is showing the rich yellows and browns that are in the photograph. She just finished reading Cathy Gifford’s book, “It’s Never Too Late.


Bev is wearing a beautiful print with her dress and shoes and is standing in front of a glorious library. Her dress print closely matches what the reader in the photo is wearing. She is currently reading No Way Out by Cara Hunter – book 3 in the DI Adam Fawley.

Reni of Reni’s Odds and Sods

Reni nailed the print with her dress and and took an artistic direction with her image for this time around. In fact, she had the same idea as I did; posing with her books.

 Like me, Reni is a sewist and also (like me) alters and remakes things to make them wearable. Her dress today is no exception. I’ll let her explain it, “I bought this floral dress years ago at ZARA’s but I haven’t really worn it until I alternated it lately during Lockdown. The dress’s skirt was much shorter originally. The 2 layers were about the same length. I put them one below the other and so the dress is much longer now.”

Love it.

Currently, she is reading Hillbilly Elegie” by J.D. Vance.

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

I made a collage of Shelbee’s because we had such similar visions when it came to the reading! She picked colors and prints to match the art work. And her shoes are dead on!

Shelbee is reading The Lost Soul, which is book #3 in the Raven Witch Saga, which is written by Suzy Turner of the blog The Grey Brunette.

Kezzie of Kezzie AG

Kezzie has a book dress! How cool is that? This is a reader after my own heart! And is that Lavender behind her? I am trying to grow Lavender again this year. I so envy that she has such a wonderful stand!

Kezzie is currently reading Book 1, the Alchemyst, in the Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series which on of her 11 year old pupils has lent to her.

Suzy of The Grey Brunette

Suzy has answered with red, peach, white, neutral accessories and a book in hand.

My Co-Hosts
Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey

Salazar chose a printed dress and her Kindle for her Booky portrait.

She has one of those wonderful printed,” fits the picture perfect.” Take a close look at her necklace. It looks like real miniature books stacked on each other. Can I say how much I love that. Then she has her reading glasses pin!

Here current book that she is reading (on her Kindle) is “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu” by Joshua Hammer, about the race to save valuable Arabian manuscripts when Timbuktu was occupied by Al Qaeda in 2012.

Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks

The embroidery in the smock reminded her the book spines and the stripes in the bodice look like the writing in the book. She imagined that maybe the rug was one of those beautiful Turkish ones, and chose the distressed denim shorts to represent it. Her brown sandals mimic the plate of cookies.

Daenel just finished The last book that I read was Passing by Nella Larsen. She gives a good review of it on her post.

And finally, me in my favorite reading chair, an early 1960 Dunbar by Edward Wormley. Actually, this is my favorite everything chair. I got it for an amazing price at Kansas City’s Retro Inferno the spring I retired (even most of my furniture is 2nd hand)! No one else in my family really likes it, but I don’t care, I love it. I have The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in my hands, which is what I’m currently reading.

That rounds out this round up!

A big thank you to all of you who sent in inspirations. I think this has been the most fun I’ve had so far on my part of the presentations! You made it so much fun with all the wonderful creative ideas that you flew with!

See you all next week when it will be Salazar’s turn to challenge us.

Take care and here’s to be creative.

11 thoughts on “Style Imitating Art Round Up-Booky by Patty Carroll

    1. This one was fun. And that book dress-amazing isn’t it. I had a good time looking everything up on Good Reads. The books just put a little different twist on The Whole thing.


  1. This was so much fun, Terri! I am dying over Kezzie’s book dress right now! I have always been a huge bibliophile yet somehow I do not own any clothing or accessories that is reflective of that. But I do have lots of books to throw around for staging a photograph! Also, I love your reading chair. What a special and meaningful piece. And it’s a good thing no one else likes it because then they will stay out of it!


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    1. Oh Shelbee, I had so much fun putting this Round-Up together! I think it is so interesting that we are all readers…it just adds a dimension to it all. And I had no idea that Suzy was a published author-can’t believe that I missed that. I didn’t mention it at the time, but I got the biggest kick when I saw your Growler, I yelled to Michael, “Hey, there’s a micro-brewery that we haven’t been to!!!!” Take care, Terri

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  2. This was definitely one of my favourites, Terri! It was enormous fun to create, and I love that a few of us actually recreated the chaos in our homes lol!
    Are you enjoying The Time Traveller’s Wife? It was one of the few times that I actually gave up on a book. There had been so much hype about it, and I thought I would love it. But I really didn’t. Not in teh slightest. In fact, it annoyed me lol! I hate not finishing books, but life’s too short, right?!
    Suzy xx


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