"Art is anything you can get away with." -Marshall McLuhan
The quote above is easily one of my favorite quotes of all time. One might think this is due to my own affinity for the arts, and I have a deep appreciation for every piece I have ever seen, even if it was not something I would hang in my home. However, I would like to let you know that though this is part of the reason, the true reason is, up until my college art history III course, I believed this quote to be from one of my most admired artists. However, after art history III, I found out that this quote actually came from one of his muses, and then that is when I gained my fascination with Marshall McLuhan--but we will save that story for another day.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Look Book, you all know that my bio for each mentions my love of three things which are animals, scotch, and Andy Warhol. Though I think the first two are pretty self explanatory, you might have wondered at one point or another why I feel the need to mention Andy Warhol. Well, if you couldn't tell from above, Warhol is most definitely one of my main muses and is actually one of my main inspirations to practice art in the first place. And to be honest, if it weren't for the many trips to the Warhol Museum that I had throughout my childhood and teenage years, I may have never wanted to pursue the arts in anyway, considering I have always been very academic.
"I like boring things." -Andy Warhol
Growing up, my mother always stated I was more of a miniature adult than I was a child. Sure, I enjoyed going outside, being active, and spending time with my pets, however it wasn't until I reached middle school that I really was interested in socializing with my peers, and that was solely during school. The reason this is, is because I am, and always have been an overachiever. Much like when I was a kid, I am still constantly studying and striving to maintain a 4.0 GPA, so it's safe to say though I do occasionally go out, it's never anything wild and crazy. However, once I went to the Warhol Museum with my mum when I was in second grade, something in me started stirring. Though at the time I didn't understand Warhol's ideas, I did love how vibrant his work was, all the celebrities he worked with, and most of all how much like me, Andy was shy, reserved and a bit awkward. He made me want to learn more about art and embrace my own creative side, and gave me the courage to embrace my "nerdiness" since I admired how successful he was. And that is truly how I believe I began the path I am on today.
Polished + Pop Art
Now that I have told you a bit of my own backstory and my special connection to this museum, let's get down to business and discuss what you came here for, the outfit details! So for this outing to my favorite place in Pittsburgh, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to style the bottom half of this dress from StyleWe. (Remember, I mentioned this a few posts back? The second half is coming soon too!) The reason I chose to style this piece as a skirt is because I love the funky but fun 70s vibe it gives this look. I paired it with an olive green blouse simply because the colors mesh perfectly, and topped this look off with my suede coat that I received from John's mum, along with my trusty suede booties so I could stay toasty warm while walking to the museum.
Aside from the colors of the blouse and skirt complementing each other, I also liked these two together because they kept true to the 70s vibe that I was going for with this outfit. The blouse itself drapes perfectly over the waist of the skirt, adding a nice over all shape, and the tie of the blouse's neckline hangs just right adding a chic and sophisticated feel to this look.
To complete this 70s chic look, I decided to pair it with with these gorgeous, gold, House of Harlow 1960 earrings, along with my eye glasses and some simple makeup. The reason I chose to wear my specs isn't just because I felt they were fitting due to the similarities they bare to my muse, but because I liked the bookish appearance they give this outfit, and admittedly I can barely see without them. I then chose the earrings because though they are more of the 60s era, I like the flare these statement earrings added to this outfit.
One Last Look
Who are some of your biggest inspirations and muses? I'd love to hear about them, so let's chat in the comments below or you can tweet me at @StarkRavingChic. Have a photo of one of your favorite 70s inspired looks that you wanna show off? Feel free to tag me in a post of on your Instagram story at @StarkRavingChic! Later, dolls.
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