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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

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

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Striped tee + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a series of informal photos Audrey Hepburn took in her apartment bedroom in 1954, as seen here and here, where she is dressed in a striped tee and ankle pants, reading a book.

Interpretation

We took these photos in our master bedroom, and it was fun to shoot more informal shots in another location in our house, one that hasn’t been shown on the blog before now.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s a pretty simple and straightforward look:  a striped ballet-neck tee, ankle pants, and silver hoop earrings. Check, check, and check. I’m pretty sure Audrey’s outfit is black, and I went with navy… but yeah, it’s a classic style combination for a reason, y’all.

A couple of cheesy shots below (which are my favorites, of course!):

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants outtake

And one last pic in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Hope y’all enjoyed this series of Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Click here for the second post in the series, and here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Which was your favorite inspiration post of mine from this week? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Plaid shirt + shorts + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photo (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a costume that Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina, a casual button-front plaid shirt, shorts, and slides combo. There are lots of photos, film stills as well as behind-the-scenes publicity shots, of Audrey in this casual outfit, but I was particularly drawn to this little-seen photo of her in this outfit beside a leafy lattice work, shot in and around her apartment in 1954.

Interpretation

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s clear that Audrey — and/or Edith Head, the lead designer on the Sabrina set — has wrapped a button-front plaid shirt around her waist, to showcase how tiny her waist was. I simply knotted one of my plaid button-front shirts in front, but I did pop the collar. I also am wearing longer shorts than she wore, as well as slingback wedges, rather than the wedge mules she sported.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

And, of course, one last shot in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Hope y’all enjoyed this second of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Stay tuned for one more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

After my new shorter pixie haircut plus receiving my mom’s early birthday gift of reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s earrings she wore in Sabrina and in publicity shots during that time period in the mid-1950s, I had an idea… why not recreate some of the outfits she wore during that time period with those earrings? I already had a Pinterest board full of inspiration!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn jewelry collection closeup

The point of this mini-series of inspiration — this is the first of three such related posts this week — is not about copying or comparing myself to Audrey Hepburn. Rather, it’s about celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. It took me very little time to pull together similar pieces from my closet to emulate these iconic looks of Audrey’s. I know I’m not alone in that, having pieces in your wardrobe that Audrey Hepburn helped popularize and standardize as chic and classic.

Her style — from her hair to her jewelry to her clothing — remains inspirational, and most importantly, accessible. I don’t really look like Audrey Hepburn (except for superficial things like thicker eyebrows, a big smile, and pale skin — but my bone structure is very different), and my body shape is different (I’m taller and fuller). But the way she dressed, and even the simple pieces she chose, like striped tees and ankle pants, translate beyond body types and skin color. Even if we don’t look like Audrey, we can still see ourselves in her style and the way she carried herself. That’s part of why she is, and remains, an icon, in life and in style.

Closeups:

First up, some close-ups of my new pixie cut, which I have described as “Audrey Hepburn meets the ’80s.” 😀 I smoothed the sides down and curled the bangs down a bit as a modern take on Audrey’s short hairstyle in Sabrina. I also filled in my eyebrows more, as she also did during that time.

I wore the silver drop hoop earrings from the set that I recently received as an early birthday gift from my mom; these earrings are reproductions of the ones Audrey wore while filming Sabrina.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

The photos in this post were inspired by a series Audrey Hepburn did in 1954 in Los Angeles, which I’ve pinned here and here.

Sam rigged up a white tarp in our backyard to serve as a similar backdrop for our photos.

How did I make this outfit my own?

Audrey is wearing a long-sleeved, ballet-neck black tee in the photos linked above, a tee with a deep V in the back. I do have a long-sleeved black tee, but it has a crew neckline, so I swapped that out for a elbow-sleeved tee with a V-neck in the front. And I just turned the tee around so the V-neck was in the back, which created a ballet neckline in the front. (It worked so well that I think I’ll wear it like that again!) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Front views:

For the next inspiration pose — again, the original seen here — I perched on top of my old piano stool.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

And last but not least, a look at my outfit in full color — and my natural inclination to smile and laugh during our photo shoots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Hope y’all enjoyed this first of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts coming up this week! Stay tuned for more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the second post down this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

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SIA interpretation: Light in the dark

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round coming back to me to curate.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a striking photographic artwork that I’ve had pinned on my private “SIA Ideas” Pinterest board for awhile. I found this public domain image on Pixabay, and it’s by a 16-year old Italian photographer, Joachim Mayr, who posts images on Pixabay under the username of “By_Jo.” You can see more of his photographs, mostly of closeups of nature and animals, online here.

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Still time to participate! Here’s how:

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or orange or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or necklaces or bangles. Lots of options!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

My interpretation:

My all-black outfit is right on target with the inspiration photograph, as is the circular Wonder Woman logo in gold on the front. And Wonder Woman herself echoes the feelings I found in this photo, of being brave and hopeful and strong.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Of course, I had to amp up this super casual tee-and-shorts combo with metallic accessories, which also all relate to Wonder Woman, as well as to the inspiration photo:

  • black and gold flip flops (it was not lost on me that when I put my feet together, the straps looked like “W”… and with the double straps, it was CLEARLY “Wonder Woman”…)
  • braided headband with gold bits (the Amazonian women all have braids)
  • gold knot earrings (to echo Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth…)
  • rose gold bangles (yes, I wore an equal number of bangles on each wrist to echo Wonder Woman’s metallic cuffs)

I’m sure all these details were lost on everyone else, but they all made me smile. And of course, I have a style blog outlet to delve into all those details! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black and gold flip flop sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallic accessories closeup

And yes, I was mixing metallics with my gold and rose gold tones, but I didn’t let that stop me. This was a good outfit to scoot around town running errands. And I got lots of smiles (and thumbs up) from mothers and daughters wherever we went.

#WonderWomanAlways #RoleModelForAll

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  Errand running on the weekend

What:

  • Wonder Woman tee:  Local comic book store, new
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o giveaway, Rhea, last year
  • Bangles:  c/o giveaway, InPink, old
  • Knot earring studs:  ?, old
  • Braided headband:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar Wonder Woman tee  //  similar black bermuda shorts  //  similar bangles  //  similar gold knot earrings  //  similar black & gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman metallics outfit collage

Remixing my Wonder Woman tee:

And yes, this SIA outfit is yet another casual remix with my new Wonder Woman tee! This time, I went all-black; the previous times, I mixed in some red, as recapped in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

left  //  right

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