SIA interpretation: Girl with a Pearl Earring

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-founder, Salazar, from 14 Shades of Grey, chose Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Salazar and I have both been lucky enough to see this iconic painting in person at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

The deadline this week to participate was a day earlier than normal this week, as Salazar is doing this while on vacation! She will have the round-up post ready to go today on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

Where to start for inspiration with this iconic painting? The earrings, of course!:) I don’t have any pearl earrings in the teardrop shape (yet), so I went instead with my large pearl stud earrings from Abu Dhabi (the UAE is famous for its pearls, and pearls are my favorite gemstones). Next came the head scarf, and the yellow, white, and navy pattern of this scarf went the best with the colors in the inspiration painting.

Overall, I went more with the yellow and gold tones in the painting (my scarf, cardigan, and gold Rhea flip flops), but there’s blue in there in the head scarf and in my denim skirt. I don’t really have anything in that cornflower blue shade in the painting. My ivory blouse mimicked the peek of ivory visible around the girl’s neck.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

We did the obligatory head shots to echo the painting, as you can see below. I tried to keep my expression kind of soft and hopeful, like the girl in the painting, but that didn’t last long… Sam soon had me cracking up!😀

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

The setting for these photos is the front door and archway of our new home. The painting has a black background, so our black front door felt like a good backdrop for photos, plus the arch of the porch made a nice “frame” for my outfit.:)

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Please stop by 14 Shades of Grey for the SIA round-up, and also visit fellow SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks. I’ll be curating the next SIA challenge next week, so stay tuned!:)


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Six-month retrospective of monthly favorites in 2016

Each month, I do a monthly retrospective post with a reader poll so you can choose your own favorite outfit from the month. It’s already more than halfway through 2016 (!), so I thought a six-month retrospective was in store.

January 2016 favorites:

My houndstooth and red lips combo took top honors for 3 out of the 4 slots, with Sam the outlier. (Sam’s fave was also my personal runner-up.) Obviously I was feeling a bold red lip and bold colors and patterns at the start of the year!

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, January 2016

most viewed + poll winner + Jen’s fave  //  Sam’s fave

February 2016 favorites:

The patterns continue to rack up the faves! Interesting how I chose the eventual poll winner again, with my eyeglasses tee and new brogues (which you can’t see in the cropped pic below). Also interesting to note how outfits with trousers took 3 of the 4 favorite slots in February 2016.

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, February 2016

most viewed  //  poll winner + Jen’s fave  //  Sam’s fave

March 2016 favorites:

This month, it switched back to skirts and dresses! I see a shift to more classic, simple outfits in March. And for the third month in a row, my fave also ended up the poll winner!

Sam’s criteria for choosing his faves almost always comes to (1) color, (2) the shape of the clothing items, and (3) how well my clothing shows off my shape, particularly my legs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, March 2016

most viewed  //  poll winner + Jen’s fave  //  Sam’s fave

April 2016 favorites:

In April, I was the odd one out! I chose a neutral outfit of white + grey + black, while my bold red + turquoise outfit was the overwhelming fave for 3 of the 4 top slots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, April 2016

most viewed + poll winner + Sam’s fave  //  Jen’s fave

May 2016 favorites:

Blue came out on top in May, across the spectrum, from turquoise to royal blue to chambray. And my fave once again turned out to be the poll winner! Also interesting to note how often I wear cardigans, and how often they turn out to be favorites:)

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, May 2016

most viewed  //  poll winner + Jen’s fave  //  Sam’s fave

June 2016 favorites:

For the third time in the last six months, the same outfit took 3 of the 4 faves! Sam called this dress (and picture) my “Marilyn Monroe” look. Can’t argue with a classic!😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Faves collage, June 2016

most viewed  //  poll winner + Jen’s fave + Sam’s fave


Any of your personal favorites here? Please leave a comment and let me know!


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Greetings from Tacoma | Red dress + orange gingham

Greetings from Tacoma! I wore this casual day dress combo of red + orange gingham on the day we drove up to Tacoma to sign the closing documents for our new home. Since then, my life has been all about packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.

But before all that sweat, this summer outfit just looked fiery with its red and orange color combo. Hah!😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Details:

And I think we can all agree that my bangs are reaching Conan O’Brien heights. I am okay with this.😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

From my de facto capsule collection, my metallic sandals, topaz drop earrings, and yellow tote bag showcased their MVP status!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

I have combined red and orange together several times before! Here are other ways I’ve mixed red with my orange gingham button-front shirt:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing orange gingham + red

far left (2012)  //  middle left (2012)  //  middle right (2013)  //  far right (2016)


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SIA: Girl with a Pearl Earring

It’s Salazar’s turn to curate the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Salazar is traveling right now, but she is still hosting the next SIA challenge. She chose an absolute classic, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665.

This choice has several personal connections. Salazar just visited the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands, and she got to see the painting up close in person. This has also been the “face” of SIA since the beginning — see original SIA co-founder Jess’s SIA page on her blog, Animated Cardigan. I also have a personal connection with this artwork:  Vermeer is my favorite painter, and I also got to see Girl with a Pearl Earring in person at the Mauritshouse during our Netherlands trip in 2010. This painting, and the girl, are absolutely magnetic up close.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

So how do you participate in SIA challenges? Both bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate. All you need to do is take a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — flat lays and selfies are also okay — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com.

The deadline to participate is a day earlier than normal this week, as Salazar is doing this while on vacation! So she needs pics in by Sunday, July 24, and she will have the round-up post ready to go by Monday, July 25, on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Lessons learned after creating a de facto capsule collection

I posted last month about creating a de facto capsule collection, due to packing up most of my closet in preparation for staging our house for selling and to get some preliminary stuff out of the house. You can see all the details here in this post, as well as more details what a capsule collection is. After packing up most of my clothes, I had a few works left of work and then had four more weeks of casual clothes inbetween the end of spring term and our moving to our new home. (Plus, I then had to wait a couple more weeks before our pod could be delivered to our new home.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Capsule collection lessons learned graphic

I thought it would be a good personal practice to reflect back on the experience and think about the lessons I learned during and after the process.

Lessons learned:

  • The nontraditional way I went about creating the de facto capsule collection — packing up out-of-season clothing items first and then whittling down until I had what felt like a reasonable amount of items left for a couple of months — did work for me. I didn’t feel as much pressure choosing an exact number of items.
  • Were there items I should NOT have packed up? YES. That list includes my hiking boots and flat brown ankle boots (for practicality and heel support), striped tees (why oh why did I pack these up?!), wide-leg jeans (I only left out skinny jeans, with the exception of my wide-leg trouser jeans for work), and leggings. OMG, leggings! If I could go back and time and keep from packing up my leggings, I would.
  • I made the mistake of packing up my clothes during an unnaturally hot weekend, and therefore did not adequately prepare for cooler temps. Again, I should have kept out my leggings so I could have gotten more mileage out of the dresses I left out, so that I could have worn the dresses during the colder late spring and early summer days.
  • I made the right call keeping out my topaz and crystal drop earrings — they went with everything!

Most reworn items:

I don’t have exact figures for how many times the following items were reworn, so this is more of an informal reflection on which items I wore, and rewore, the most:

  • Accessories:  drop earrings (both pairs), various tote bags
  • Shoes:  metallic strappy sandals, black flats, sneakers, canvas flats (both pairs, tan and black striped)
  • Bottoms: skinny jeans (red, black, and dark denim), trouser jeans, olive ankle pants
  • Tops:  longer tees (like my library due date tee)
  • Layering pieces:  cardigans, olive cargo vest, denim jackets (light and dark versions), light cotton jackets (red and grey)
  • Dresses:  maxidresses (once temps got hotter)

Anything I didn’t wear?

Yep! I didn’t wear my cognac cork wedges once after packing up the rest of my clothes and shoes. I didn’t count on my legs and feet being so sore doing all the things one needs to do to get a house — particularly a house with stairs! — ready for staging and selling and packing. My legs — and especially the heels of my feet — took a pounding, and I needed supportive flats and sandals to get through the days. I even took to wearing double layers of socks and sneakers in the house for the extra cushion on my heels!

Did I enjoy the experience of my first capsule collection?

Honestly, not really. I’m just not the girl for capsule collections. I still find them too restricting, plain and simple. I love remixing, but I prefer to have more options available to me.

Ultimate lesson:

Even though creating this capsule collection was a necessity (and I didn’t particularly enjoy it), I am glad that I forced myself through the experience. That’s the ultimate lesson learned. Try something new just for the experience and see what you can learn from it.

I learned that I have a greater appreciation for the variety I do have in my closet — and I can’t wait to have my entire wardrobe reunited and back in one place!

Until next time…:)