SIA: The Great Wave

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It’s Salazar’s turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as The Great Wave or The Wave), by Japanese artist Hokusai. It was published between 1830 and 1833, the first print in Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai, 1830-1833

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai, 1830-1833

Salazar recently came across the iconic print in a book titled A History of the World in 100 Objects (a really great book — I bought it for my last library!), and here’s an excerpt about the use of blue in The Great Wave:

[I]t is the deep, rich blue that dominates – and startles. For this is not a Japanese blue – it is Prussian blue or Berlin blue, a synthetic dye invented in Germany in the early eighteenth century and much less prone to fading than traditional blues. Prussian blue was imported either directly by Dutch traders or, more probably, via China, where it was being manufactured from the 1820s. The blueness of the Great Wave shows us Japan taking from Europe what it wants to take, and with absolute confidence.

This is such a stunning piece! And I already have an idea for my outfit and backdrop… I think I’ll be headed back down to the waterfront soon! Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is next Monday, September 5. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork and send to this week’s curator, Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. She’ll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Monthly budget adventures (August 2016)

My monthly posts about shopping and monthly budget adventures have been pretty boring lately… because I haven’t been doing much shopping! Most of that has been because I participated in the “Let’s Be Shop Free for 3” no-clothes-shopping challenge over the summer, and because I was in the middle of packing and moving. I simply had no energy (or funds) to go shopping.

Discovering a (new-to-me) resale shop in Tacoma

But after unpacking and getting the house in a livable kind of order, Sam and I have started exploring Tacoma a bit more. I posted about this last week on my Facebook page, that I think I found my new resale shop in Tacoma! We recently came across Megs & Mo, a resale shop in the Proctor neighborhood of Tacoma, and both Sam and I went, “Yesssssss!” when we walked in. It reminds me of my beloved Here We Go Again resale boutique in Portland, with its excellent selection and good prices. I also laughed at its slogan on its Facebook page:  “Upscale resale for the reformed full-price shopper.”

Megs & Mo label

We didn’t buy anything the first time we wandered into the boutique, but my mind was still on these Franco Sarto patent leather heels that I saw, so we went back to get them. Exactly my size, a brand I know and love, and in excellent condition (I don’t know if these have ever been worn, they’re in such good shape!)… I couldn’t pass them up!

I don’t know that I’ve seen heels quite like this before. I mean, ankle straps, peep toes, d’Orsay style, patent leather (always a good idea in this rainy climate) and color-blocking all in the same shoe. Yet with all these design details going on, the shoes still manage to look classy and kind of subtle. It’s like they’re saying, “Who, me? Why yes, I am fabulous, thank you for noticing.” Sam said my face lit up when I saw them, which I don’t doubt.

And they’re now in my closet along my row of high heels!😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Newly thrifted shoes, patent leather Franco Sarto peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Newly thrifted shoes, patent leather Franco Sarto peep-toes

Sam also spied this interestingly patterned top and insisted I try it on. The print is like a paisley floral, but most interesting of all is the horseshoe-shaped neckline. So unique! And Sam LOVES it when I buy something he’s found.😀

Librarian for Life + Style | New print tunic, thrifted

Librarian for Life + Style | New print tunic, thrifted

  • Print tunic top, INC International Concepts, thrifted {similar top by same brand}:  paid $14 (original resale price $19, 25% off sale. Original price, approx. $50}

Yay for thrift and resale shops!

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $37 {includes tax now that I live in Washington state}
Total savings for this month:  $96

Total spent for this year:  $124
Total savings for this year:  $485

Jewelry gifts

I also received a couple of jewelry gifts this past month, which also happened to be my birthday month!

When my husband visited Vancouver, BC, recently with his parents, he brought me back a scarf pin from Granville Island. So sweet! You can see more polymer clay art on the Joan Tayler Design site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Clay art scarf pin closeup

For my birthday, my good friend Stephanie gifted me this lovely set of jewelry, a porcelain necklace and earrings dipped in white gold from Texas-based jewelry designer Zoë Comings. Gorgeous! It’s got that subtle yet striking combo I love in jewelry!

Librarian for Life + Style | Birthday jewelry

Looking ahead to next month… I have a couple of gift cards for use at Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic, so I will most likely be going shopping at one or more of those places in the near future, for a bit of back-to-school shopping.


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Dark floral + sunshine

I snagged this dress last fall at a friend’s fashion swap, and I wore this dark floral print this past winter, as seen here. I figured it was time to finally wear this cotton dress in summertime! The weather was in the 80s and sunny — perfect for light layers and sandals!

By the way, I tried on a couple of “completer pieces” with this dress, including my light denim jacket and my dark denim jacket. I didn’t want to go with a black cardigan, as that’s what I wore the dress with before, but then I spied my short-sleeved white cardigan, which felt just right. My strappy black sandals helped ground the look, and my white shell earrings and bracelet (handmade by my paternal grandmother when I was little) tied in with the cardigan.

I felt super pretty in this comfortable, late-summer outfit, and my husband especially liked it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral dress + tote bag

My tote bag — my summer bag of choice — has a little darker edge, with its typewriter skull design. (My husband picked this tote bag up at a writer’s conference this past year.) I wanted to add a little edge to my outfit, to keep it from being too girly or sweet.

The backdrop? My new campus! There’s a pretty bridge connecting the two parts of campus, so we chose that as the main setting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

And lastly, below is me having some fun recreating this statue of a woman and a book, an art piece located right across from the library on my new campus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

I start my new job next month, so it was a good time to visit the campus again and get excited about “starting school” soon. Working in academia, I still always get butterflies in my tummy when fall term rolls around!🙂

Do you still like to go “back to school” shopping? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!


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SIA interpretation: Rescued art

My turn to interpret the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she rescued this painting, The Door Within, from the dumpster in her building! The artist, Jean Fetman, from Highland Park, IL, and you can read Fetman’s obituary online here.

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just sent a pick of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a photo — selfies and flay lays also okay — to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, August 22. Erin will then post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

(Warning, this post is particularly photo-heavy — Sam captured a lot of good photos!)

Here is my interpretation of The Door Within:

Librarian for Life + Style | 'The Door Within' Style Imitating Art challenge

This painting is so vibrant, I knew I wanted to pull out at least a couple of the bright colors. So many to choose from! My pink scarf with the white geometric pattern was the starting point — the painting is composed of geometric shapes — and then my turquoise dress, and finally, my bright pink wedges.

Usually, I start with with the shoes when I think of outfits, but not this time! It actually took me longer than usual to decide on the shoes — and then when I saw the pink wedges, my brain went, “DUH!” I am fond of color-coordinating.😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

When I came downstairs that day, Sam’s eyes went round. (Always a good sign.) Here’s how our conversation went:

Sam:  Wow. 

Jen:  I am taking that as a compliment.

Sam: You should! What are those colors?

Jen:  Turquoise and pink.

Sam:  Wow, I never would have thought to pair those colors together. 

Jen:  That’s why I love SIA challenges! I get inspired to try new things!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

I also added a tiny bit more color through my earrings, which have turquoise and royal blue beads. And of course, bright pink lip stain, to carry out the pink from head to toe!😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

The backdrop adds a lot to the overall look and photos, as well. First of all, there’s the symbolism with the title of the painting, The Door Within (and there is a door actually in the painting, see here for the full painting). But the main reason I chose this backdrop was the bright lilac colors of the walls and door. Style bloggers LOVE a brightly colored wall, and I am no exception! This purple building is just down our street, so I had seen it before and thought, “I need to remember that building for a future photo location.” I thought it would be great as a backdrop for this challenge, plus it adds an additional color to my interpretation of the artwork!

Be sure to check out all the SIA interpretations on Erin’s blog tomorrow!

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A tour of my new closet

My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks has asked for a tour of our new home, so let’s start with one of the most important rooms:  the closet. As we did in Portland, my husband and I share the master closet, with one side each. (See this post for a view of our old master closet.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of my new closet

This walk-in master closet was carved out of the attic space (as was the entire master suite), hence the pitched roof. Physically, our new closet is bigger and wider than our old closet, but because of the pitched roof, there isn’t as much space to hang things or stack boxes on top of the shelves, as you can see in the pics above and below. I had to get a little creative to fit everything in.

Moving in

The left side of the closet is Sam’s side, and my side is on the right. I forgot to get a pic of the closet completely empty, as I was eager to start unpacking my clothes. At this point, I was unpacking only my “de facto capsule collection” of clothes.

Our cat Ibsen was also eager to check out the closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Early on, I had the idea of putting shoes on the shelves, as they’re just about the only things that fit naturally on them.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

You can see below that on my side of the closet, there’s a little space between the hanging rod and the front wall. That little space is actually a built-in alcove, which we filled with sliding bins, which now hold my scarves, tank tops, etc. (When we first moved in, the bins held my underwear and socks, but those items are now in my dresser.)

The white shelves below the hanging clothes that now serve as additional shoe storage are actually extender shelves from our IKEA Billy bookcases. Waste not, want not!

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Intermediate stage

I took these photos at an in-between stage, after we unloaded the pod and the rest of our clothing and shoes. You can tell I’ve added more shoes along the top shelf, on some shelves below the hanging clothes, and my boots on the boot rack below the central window.

By this stage, you can tell I decided to take out the hanging shelves, as there just wasn’t enough room to hang everything up. I lost hanging space that I had had in the old closet, which was tall enough to do a second row for skirts below my tops.

The order of my items goes, from right to left (or front to back):  cardigans, jackets, button-front shirts, blouses and t-shirts, tunics, skirts, trousers, dresses, and belts in the rear.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Final stage (for now)

I also added a curtain on the window, as the closet is wide enough to serve as a dressing room. (This window faces the street.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Below is a view of the front of the closet, from the perspective of the window. My jewelry is housed in the little green armoire, and the hanging mirror also serves to hold jewelry.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

I do not have my sewing area set up yet, so for the time being, I am hanging my sewing projects on the last bit of the hanging rod, in front of my cardigans. I also put my out-of-season clothing in a clear bin, which is tucked in below my clothes, to the left side of the bottom shoe shelves. I added an additional shelf to the bottom shoe shelves, in order to fit in more shoes.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

We will probably add hooks to the front wall to hang hats, but for now, my summer hats fit on the end of my long shelf, at the end of my row of high heels. I love seeing my high heels on that shelf, displayed almost like art!🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels in new closet

And a look outside our master closet, as my hanging bag of shoes is on the other side of the closet door. Yes, I fully admit that I *do* have a lot of shoes. Click here for a full look at my entire shoe collection (at least as it was a few years ago — I need to do an update post on my shoe collection!).

You can also spy a bit of my husband’s dresser on the wall to the left of the closet door.

Librarian for Life + Style | A tour of our new closet

Lastly, whatever happened to the hanging shelves I had had in the closet when we first moved in? I’ve repurposed them in the guest room closet, to hold sheet sets and other odds and ends. And my underwear, tights, pajamas, shorts, and jeans are in my dresser in the master bedroom. But otherwise, everything else fits on my side of our new master closet!

So what do you think? Are you amazed I fit everything in? Please leave a comment and let me know!🙂