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Six-month retrospective of monthly favorites in 2018

Each month, I do a monthly retrospective post with a reader poll to choose your own favorite outfit from the month. It’s already more than halfway through 2018, so I thought a six-month retrospective was in store. (I’ve also taken time to do a 6-month favorites reflection post in 2015, in 2016, and in 2017.)

The monthly retrospective collages include the:

  • most-viewed outfit of that month
  • reader poll winner
  • my personal fave
  • my husband’s personal fave

I’m starting with the most recent month, June, and going backwards to the start of the year.

June 2018 favorites:

Note:  This past month was the only time this past half-year that my personal fave matched with the poll winner!

Librarian for Life + Style | June 2018 faves

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

May 2018 favorites:

And Sam chose the poll winner last month. 🙂 You can tell that May is one of the hardest months to dress for, weather-wise, up here in the PNW.

Librarian for Life + Style | May 2018 faves collage

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

April 2018 favorites:

Three faves, two backdrops. This month’s faves all feature mixing prints and textures.

Librarian for Life + Style | April 2018 faves collage

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

March 2018 favorites:

Sam felt he HAD to choose our formal tartan ensembles that we wore for an Oscars viewing party, and I do not blame him. It’s fun to dress up together! The main theme I notice from the three different faves from this month? Patterns! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | March 2018 faves collage

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

February 2018 favorites:

I was the odd one out this month! Still, it’s interesting to note how both outfits have the same combo of cardigan + a-line skirt + leggings. Tried-and-true outfit formula, y’all. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | February 2018 faves collage

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

January 2018 favorites:

I only had four outfit photos in January — and three of them earned spots as different faves! Takeway? I have lots of winter coat options. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | January 2018 faves collage

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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SIA round-up: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it wa my turn to curate the inspiration artwork. After celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, I thought it would be fitting to honor our Native American tribes with this week’s SIA choice.

Inspiration:

I chose this powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

The piece’s Native American roots are included in The Met’s description:

The style of engraving on this horn suggests that it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80. Wampum belts, like the one associated with this horn, were used for trade among native peoples for centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the New World and then as currency between settlers and Indians from the mid-seventeenth century up to the early twentieth century.

And below is a closeup of the intricate carving on the horn. You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

So what were y’all inspired by? Let’s enjoy the sartorial inspiration!

Interpretations:

First up is Kezzie @ KezzieAG, who is a longtime SIA participant. She looks suuuuuuuuper cute in these scalloped shorts and tights and diamond-patterned button-front. As Kezzie said, “The beige blouse has a diamond pattern on it which I thought was suitable for the horn and I thought the scalloping detail on my shorts and the white buttons on my black coat worked well with the the beading of the strap detail!” Plus, Kezzie got a two-fer out of this challenge, as this entire outfit is also a Doctor Who cosplay outfit worn by Clara Oswald. I love multi-tasking! 😀

Kezzie's SIA outfit

My husband Sam had a similar idea to Kezzie, because he also chose a diamond-patterned button-front shirt to tie in with the horn! Sam went for a mix of textures, including the mother-of-pearl buttons on his shirt, the rope belt, corduroy trousers, and canvas shoes.

Sam's SIA outfit

Closeup of Sam's SIA outfit

Kim from the Fierce Fashion blog looks beautiful and boho chic in her crocheted skirt with fringe trim, light-colored tee, and animal print clutch. And the mix of textures, with the wide leather belt, pendant, and bracelet? SWOON. Totally on point for the inspiration artwork!

Kim's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey was very happy that her outfit came together quickly, including linen pants and brown strappy sandals to mimic the color and engraving of the horn. Her patterned shirt — are those gingko leaves? — reflects the patterned Wampum shoulder belt (and color). This is a perfect summer outfit, breezy and cool!

Salazar's SIA outfit

Co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks said she “kinda felt like an extra in Grease,” which made me laugh. (And makes me want to rewatch Grease!) 😀 As Daenel shared, the print in her blouse mimics the shoulder strap details, and her red lipstick reflects the bits of red in the carving. I love both her top — that Peter Pan collar! — and the strappy flats.

Daenel's SIA outfit

Finally, here’s my interpretation. You can tell that I also was feeling the touch of red lipstick like Daenel! You can see lots more pics — including closeups of my jewelry and accessories — on Monday’s outfit post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

SIA wrap-up:

Thanks again for a great round-up full of textures and patterns! I particularly enjoyed the variety of silhouettes (e.g. scalloped shorts, wide-leg trousers, fringed maxiskirt, fit-and-flare dress, skinny jeans).

Next week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey will choose the SIA inspiration artwork. And be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose this Penobscot Indian powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Inspiration:

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Interpretation:

The color scheme of the inspiration piece is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings, but lots of texture with the beading and carvings. I started with accessories, including my textured espadrille flats, which fit the color scheme and the feel of the carvings. I then thought of my red-and-white shell earrings, to pull in the bits of red in the carvings, plus add more texture. Next came my black sun hat — which has a bendable rim — because of the leather-and-wood detail around the crown and the ribbing that reminded me of the Wampum shoulder belt. (You will see details of all these accessories in photos below as you scroll through the post.)

How to pull all these different pieces together? A classic black dress, of course!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

We took photos in our backyard, against the back side of our sienna red fence. I thought the red tied in with the red bits in the carvings (and my earrings and lipstick), and the black iron bits on the back of the fence added yet more texture to the photos.

The last thing I added to my outfit was my cognac tie belt. But instead of leaving it hanging down, I tied it into a bow and moved the bow to the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

And here’s a closeup of the accessories that started me out with this SIA inspiration outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Weather:  Hot and dry summer day

Where:  I plan to wear this to brunch with a friend — I just took photos early!

What:

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

Everyone is encouraged 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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

Work day to date night | Sequin tank + colored jeans

I have worn two slight variations of this outfit lately, so I figured it’s time to feature it on the blog! I figure, why NOT do sequins to brighten up one’s work day — and it’s a great way to go from work day to date night! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

After I took pics, I realized this outfit is quite similar to a casual holiday party outfit I wore years ago. Both outfits are a combo of a grey cardigan + silver sequin tank top + red pants + pewter flats + silver jewelry. It’s the same grey cardigan in both outfits, but there ARE differences:

  • different sequin tank tops (this grey-and-silver tank top feels more casual with its monochromatic stripes)
  • different red bottoms (this time red jeans instead of red ankle pants)
  • different pewter flats
  • different short hairdo (I had the “wet look” in the earlier post)
  • different jewelry (silver bar earrings instead of sparkly hoops in the earlier post)

But even with all those (admittedly subtle) differences, it’s obvious that I like what I like, and I stick with what I like and what works for me. I’m ok with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

And a note about my favorite red lipstick, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick in “Refined Ruby” — they’ve apparently discontinued that specific shade of red! They’re still selling the Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick line — I also have the same lipstick in “Everlasting Plum,” last seen here, and it really does last, y’all! — so I hustled down to my local Walgreens and stocked up on my very favorite red lipstick.

After I stocked up, I felt like this:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Weather:  Chilly but with bits of sun

Where:  Teaching day with meetings

What:

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Favorite outfit of June 2018

Time for a look back at my outfits in June and vote for your favorite!

My most popular outfit this month, in terms of total views was #5, my SIA-inspired casual outfit. My favorite was the month’s runner-up in views, #4, the outfit featuring four (!!!!) librarian-themed items of clothing. Classic, comfy, quirky. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of June? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | June 2018 outfits

Top row:  1  //  2  //  3
Middle row:  4  //  5  //  6
Bottom row:  7


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