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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

You’ve seen my interpretation, and now it’s time for Sam’s interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, and TODAY, you can check out the full round-up on Salazar’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this paintings for its blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam’s outfit is actually quite similar to my own, with the combo of an argyle tee + solid-colored trousers + patterned slip-on sneakers. There are differences, however:  Sam’s argyle tee is grey (mine is blue); his trousers are burgundy (my skinny jeans are dusty rose); and his slip-on sneakers are a blue plaid (mine are a grey-and-pink graphic print).

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

I also think Sam’s mirrored sunglasses really finish off the look. He just looks so effortlessly cool, doesn’t he? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

And of course we had to take a couples selfie, featuring our coordinating argyle tees! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in argyle

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this Pablo Picasso painting to go back to the classics, as well as for the painting’s blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

My interpretation:

My outfit came together almost immediately, with the starting point my blue-grey argyle-print tee that I’ve had for years. I thought combining it with my dusty rose skinny jeans would fit the inspiration painting well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Last-minute additions before I headed out the door included these graphic-print slip-on sneakers, which (in my head, at least) brought together the blue and rose tones of my outfit. I also like the shoes brought in some grey to the outfit, as there is also grey in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

I also grabbed this blue-and-cream Nancy Drew tote bag on our way out, because the blue tones tied in with my outfit, plus I thought the silhouettes tied into the figures featured in Picasso’s painting. It may be one pattern too many, but it worked for me!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and perfect with breezes

Where:  Coffee date on the weekend (cold brew!)

What:

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There’s still time 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 tomorrow, June 19th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, June 20th.

Also be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

What’s in my (weekender) bag? | Packing for a weekend trip

I’ve done a couple of “What’s in my bag?” kind of posts, including my original handbag post and a more recent evening bag post. When my mom sent me a weekender bag — in time for me to try it out for a Memorial Day weekend visit to my friend Stephanie in Portland! — I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pack for a weekend visit.

Weekender bag

First up, closeups of the weekender bag my mom recently gifted me. It’s striped and on wheels, with a collapsible handle. It also has a zippered bit on the bottom to expand the bag if needed. There are also pockets lining both sides of the bag’s interior.

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote, top view

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote bag side view

Librarian for Life + Style | Interior pockets of the weekender tote

What I packed in my weekender bag

Below is what went into my weekender bag. I like to roll up undergarments inside each outfit, so every outfit is bundled together. Then I just stack the bundles up in my bag or suitcase, and everything is nice and tidy. There are lots of different ways to pack — and I looooooove reading all about different packing tips! — but I have found that this way works for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

Details:

  1. Outfit for the trip back (floral shirtdress + black leggings, exact outfit previously seen here)
  2. Black sandals
  3. Metallic sandals
  4. Bronze shawl (to layer when cold, particularly on the train)
  5. Toiletries bag
  6. Pajamas
  7. Optional casual outfit (black & white striped tee + red shorts, to wear with black sandals — I didn’t end up wearing this outfit, but I always like to have an extra outfit on hand, just in case)
  8. Casual outfit (grey tee + tan shorts, to wear with metallic sandals)
  9. Travel pillow for my back or neck

And below is how everything fit into the bag, with room to spare:

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

My traveling outfit

Below are details of my traveling outfit, which I wore on the train down to Portland. I wore a grey scoop-neck tunic that my mom also recently sent me, and it’s so soft and comfy — perfect for traveling! I layered the tunic over leggings and my metallic sandals. A fabric belt helped give some shape to the tunic (which is a bit oversized on me) but didn’t feel restrictive.

Below is also a closeup of my accessories. When I travel, I don’t like to wear any jewelry except for one pair of earrings that go with every outfit. These topaz drop earrings are one of my go-to choices when traveling, because they’re so light, and the color is a nice neutral.

When I came downstairs, Sam remarked that it was a perfect traveling outfit, because, as he put it, “It’s cute and pulled together for traveling, and it looks comfy — but when you take the belt off, you’re ready to lounge!” Yep. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit closeup

On the day of travel

And finally, a couple of pics snapped on the day that I travelled down to Portland by train on Memorial Day weekend. (Mom, I knew you’d especially like to see how I’m wearing the items you’ve gifted me — thank you for knowing my style! Love you, Mom ♥ )

And yes, my black + tan + white purse also coordinated with every outfit that I packed. Because OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender bag and purse

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit and weekender bag

What do you include in a weekender bag? Please share!


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Cute ‘n’ casual | Chambray with a floral scarf + animal print flats

Today’s post is all about feeling comfortable, casual, and cute. This is something I wore on a past weekend, but dressing casual doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with a little pattern-mixing. Not in my world, at least. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Also, my library-themed tote bag adds one more pattern to add to the mix! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

The backdrop for these photos is the Tacoma Public School District administrative building. I liked all the brick, including these muted brick mosaics along the staircase, as you can see in the photos below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Weather:  Chilly but with some sun

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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SIA interpretation 2: Monkey lithograph

Now for my SECOND interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you can see the other one on Monday’s post. And you can see the entire round-up — including Sam’s SIA-inspired outfit! — today on Daenel’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My second interpretation:

My second outfit idea started with my vintage Hawaiian-print dress (which was actually made in Hawaii, as per the label), because of the tropical theme of the lithograph. There’s also a tiny bit of red in the postcard via a bird in the lower left corner. I then layered my yellow starburst cardigan over the dress, because there is a fair bit of yellow in the postcard.

It amused me that I used the same outfit formula for both interpretations — a print dress layered under a cardigan — but the colors and print make the two outfits look very different.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

I added my cognac rope tassel belt to help give shape to the Hawaiian-print dress, and you can see more of the print in the pic below.

And a note about my accessories:  I chose my yellow and white colorblock tote for obvious color reasons; my bamboo earrings fit in with the tropical theme; and I added my turquoise stud earrings to bring in the bit of turquoise in the other bird in the lithograph postcard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

The backdrop is actually the same backdrop from the trench coat + red crossbody bag outfit post, but the vines have now exploded into leaves thanks to our recent, extended bout of warm spring weather. I thought they made for a nice backdrop that also echoed the backdrop from the postcard.

And last but not least, during our photo shoot, I borrowed my husband’s elephant cane — he was using it on the day — because the russet and gold tones of the cane fit in with the colors of the inspiration lithograph. Also, why not add one more animal to the mix?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Elephant cane closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Running errands last weekend + then reworn for work this week

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!