SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

Inspiration:

For the challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

Interpretation:

I knew I had to incorporate a floral pattern into my SIA outfit, since the floral pattern is so central to the inspiration painting. But I first thought of a different floral dress, the cotton floral dress seen here, and I was considering layering it under a red cardigan. But that combo felt a little uninspiring to me. And on the morning I planned to wear that original outfit, I spied my floral shirtdress, and the lightbulb in my brain went off. I’ve worn this shirtdress as a tunic over leggings before, as a zipped-up jacket over jeans , as well as a long cardigan over ankle pants. Remixing this shirtdress over another dress this time felt fresh and fun to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

The woman in the painting is wearing ornate gold jewelry, so all of my jewelry is also gold, including a gold-and-crystal necklace, a gold circle ring, a gold-and-onyx sculptural ring, and a gold floral bracelet. The gold circle ring also ties into the circular mirror on the wall behind the woman in the painting. And finally, I doubled up on the floral with my cloisonné earrings. I quite liked the combination of a dark floral pattern paired with a light floral pattern. (You can click on each photo below to enlarge them.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of floral cloisonné earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold circle ring and bracelet

Although the floral pattern of this shirtdress feels quite springlike to me — and you may recall that I have this SAME floral pattern in a peplum vest! — I felt like it transitioned nicely into autumn when paired with the red dress and black tights.

And a note about my flats — they’re new! My old black ballet flats had finally given up the ghost (they started cracking on the sides), so it was time to replace them. These new round-toe flats are equally as comfy as my old flats, and the quilted sides and patent leather cap toes add some unexpected texture-mixing to the classic shape. You’ll be seeing more of them, I promise!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Weather:  Autumnal chill

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shift and teaching

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with in the round-up on Wednesday!

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Polka dots + personalities

My fellow SIA co-host — and fellow librarian! — Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks recently paid me the nicest compliment:

If a print is a person – you are polka dots: fun, flirty, and classic.

Isn’t that just the sweetest?! That sentiment just makes me smile. 😀 And I do so love polka dots, so I thought… why not go back through my wardrobe and round up all my polka-dotted items of clothing? So meta!

Polka dot tops + bottoms:

Librarian for Life + Style | Polka dot tops + bottoms collage

Tops, left to right:

Bottoms, left to right:

Polka dot dresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | Polka dot dresses collage

Dresses, left to right and top to bottom:

Polka dot accessories:

Librarian for Life + Style | Polka dot accessories collage

Belts + scarves, top row, left to right:

Bags, middle row, left to right:

Shoes, bottom row, left to right:


Do you love polka dots, too? Please leave a comment and share! 😀


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Touches of pink and whimsy | Rain boots + heart sweater

Today is an outfit I wore on the weekend for errand-running, on a rainy day. (We managed to snap photos during a dry spell, but it had lightly begun to rain again toward the end of our quickie photo shoot!) And of course on a rainy day… RAIN BOOTS! 😀 I love these Hunter rain boots I snagged on sale years ago in Portland, for the unexpected pop of pink in the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

The backdrop is a cheerful mural painted on the side of the Tacoma Little Theatre, “where transformation happens.” ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

The pops of pink in the heart sweater and back of the rain boots are the focal points of the outfit, so I kept my accessories simple. Dark blue beaded earrings fit the bill and carried the navy color foundation throughout the outfit, from top to toe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of trench coat + heart sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Weather:  Wet and chilly

Where:  On the weekend, morning haircut and movie date

What:

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SIA: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s Salazar’s turn to curate!

Inspiration artwork:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

As Salazar said, “the colors may be a little spring-y, but that’s the challenge, right?” 😀

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with!

Makeup, skin care, and hair care empties

I have been lucky enough to write a few reviews of skin care and hair care products over the years, but I thought it would be interesting to do an “empties” review of beauty products I have actually finished, or emptied. This idea came from a series of similar empties reviews from the Franish blog, and as Fran states, “I firmly believe that initial impressions aren’t sharing the full story, but continued use lets me give a more thorough and honest review of the product.”

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Brow pencil

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Billion Dollar Brows pencil

First up, I received a brow pencil from Billion Dollar Brows back in Dec. 2015 — see my initial review of Billion Dollar Brows here — and I finally used up that pencil a couple of months ago. It’s a good, sturdy brow pencil that doesn’t wear off quickly, and the “taupe” color blends in well with my dark colored brows. I’ve used this brow pencil on its own, as well as in combination with the Billion Dollar Brows brow powder, also in taupe.

I noted that Billion Dollar Brows products were sold in Kohl’s stores, so I bought a new Billion Dollar Brows “micro” brow pencil, which a thinner tip, just to see if I liked the thinner tip better. Jury’s still out on that one — I’ll let you know! You can buy the original “universal brow pencil” here and the “micro brow pencil” here.

Sunscreen

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda sunscreen

I’m now on my third bottle of the Aveda Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid SPF 30, which I originally bought and wrote about in my “Getting serious about skin care” post two years ago. I put this sunscreen on over my moisturizer on a daily basis. It’s light but not greasy, and it doesn’t dry out my skin, which is already on the dry side. The slim size also works for when I’m traveling!

Moisturizer

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda moisturizer

I originally bought and wrote about the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme moisturizer in my “Getting serious about skin care” post two years ago, and I am now on my fifth (or sixth?) container of this moisturizer. There’s a “soft creme” and a “rich creme” version, and my dry skin does better with the “soft creme” moisturizer. After washing my face in the morning, I put on this moisturizer. It sinks in while I get dressed, and then I put on the sunscreen, which I detailed above. I actually have TWO bottles of this moisturizer at any given time, one upstairs in our half-bath, and one downstairs in the medicine cabinet in the full bath, for when I take a shower in the morning.

I love this moisturizer because it feels light and non-greasy, but it’s heavy enough to take care of any dry patches on my skin. I’ve definitely noticed that I haven’t experienced hardly any dry patches on my skin since I started using this moisturizer.

Concealer

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Aveda concealer

I have just about used up this tube of Aveda concealer in “02 Balsa,” and I have already purchased another tube for when I finally empty this one. I basically use this as both a concealer and light foundation, and I put it on over the sunscreen and Aveda All Sensitive body formula oil which I use as a primer. I don’t wear concealer every day, but I do like that I save steps with this product, which is light but also heavy enough to smooth out my skin.

Deodorant

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Native deoderant

I switched to this natural deodorant about a year and a half ago, which I wrote about in this “Everyday faves | Native deodorant” post in April 2017. I’m now on my third tube of the “Lavender & Rose” scent, which is very subtle and not overpowering (I also have two tubes of this deodorant in other scents, but this scent is my favorite). I also have a mini-size of this same scent in my handbag organizer, which has definitely come in handy. I really love this deodorant, including the free and fast shipping, and especially the super-positive and funny communications from the Native brand.

If you’re also interested in trying out Native deodorant, then you can get a FREE travel-size deodorant with your next purchase by clicking this link. Plus, Native ALWAYS has free shipping and free returns. (Please note that the link above is a referral link. This means when you get a free travel-size deodorant, then I’m eligible to get one, too. #GoNative!)

Dry shampoo paste

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of dry shampoo paste

I first wrote about how I use this R+Co. Badlands dry shampoo paste here in this “Everyday faves | Dry shampoo paste” post back in November 2016. I still use this dry shampoo paste on a weekly basis, and I’m just about finished with my first pot of the paste. I will definitely be buying another one! I love how this dry shampoo paste helps shape my short hair, and it extends time in-between washings. I can use it with either damp or dry hair, and it works whether or I air-dry or blow-dry my hair. My hair is on the thin, dry side, and this dry shampoo paste helps tame any flyaways, provide structure and hold for my hair — and it smells great! Highly recommended.

Shampoo + conditioner

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

I received my first bottles of Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner via a Brandbacker campaign back in March 2017, as detailed in my “Review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner | Restoring my hair after a long winter” post. In the pic above are my second bottles of the shampoo + conditioner, and I’m just about to purchase my third bottle of the Moisturizing Conditioner.

(Note: I’m currently switching between using the Finesse shampoo and the Shiny Leaf Argan Oil shampoo, which I reviewed earlier this year here, which explains why I’m replacing the conditioner faster than the shampoo.)


So that’s my first “empties” review of beauty, skin care, and hair care products I’ve emptied. Do you like this kind of review? Would you like me to revisit my empties from time to time? Please leave a comment and share — I appreciate your feedback!


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