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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!

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Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I loved this outfit so much — and the photo location! — that this is a warning that this post is more photo-laden than usual.

The backdrop was a total accident, albeit a happy one. It’s a branch-covered wall by a public parking space in downtown Tacoma. While we were out and about a few weeks ago (yes, it took a while to get this outfit up on the blog), we parked in this parking lot for the first time. As we got out of the car, I saw the wall and went, “Huh. That might be a good place to take pictures.” And it was! I didn’t realize how good this backdrop would be until Sam kept saying, “Wow!” while he taking photos, about how dynamic the branches looked in photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

But now about the outfit! It’s SO SIMPLE yet low-key dynamic on its own, I suppose. I paired a basic white cardigan with black skinny jeans and a tan coat. I then decided to make myself feel a bit more pepped-up with red lipstick… which led to the red crossbody bag. And the gold trim on the red crossbody bag led me to my classic gold hoop earrings (reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s own earrings in Sabrina, a birthday gift last year).

Classic, simple pieces that just work. Every. Single. Time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of textured slip-on flats

These textured espadrille slip-ons were the last things I grabbed. I could have easily gone for my classic black ballet flats, or my leopard print flats, or even my striped slip-on sneakers, which would all have looked just fine. But I chose these espadrille slip-ons because the colors, tan and black, just seemed to tie the color-blocked nature of my outfit together. And they felt a bit unexpected amidst all the classic pieces. It just worked for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I had to darken the photo above a bit to get a better look at these gold hoop earrings, which are actually clip-ons. Being such a classic design, these earrings are a fun and easy way to add some easy glamor to an everyday kind of outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Weather:  Chilly and windy but no rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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SIA interpretation: Hindu painting

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

I chose this beautiful Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s. This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and you can read more here about  the history of this style of painting.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Interpretation:

I was drawn to the painting mainly because of the mix of colors and subtle patterns together. I also did NOT want to go down the cultural appropriation route, so I liked the idea of a modern look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

My pink + burgundy + navy patterned ankle pants felt like the perfect starting point. I added more texture with the navy cable-knit sweater, and the burgundy cargo vest also added more burgundy to the mix while also feeling more modern. I wore my lapis lazuli earring studs, and the bronze-y zipper and buttons on the vest also made a (slight) nod to the jewelry in the inspiration painting (minus any possible cultural appropriation).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy patterns and textures closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Why the burgundy brogues? I could have gone with my champagne-colored flats, as seen here, which would have been right at home with this inspiration painting. But I went with the patent leather burgundy brogues because (a) the weather was off-and-on rainy, and I am nothing if not practical, and (b) it’s a painting of a courtesan, and I liked the idea of wearing a masculine-inspired piece of clothing to contrast with this painting of a very feminine subject and object.

I wore this outfit to get my hair trimmed even shorter, again not conforming to historically traditional ideals of feminine beauty. Gotta admit, I get a lot of personal joy out of being subtly and sartorially subversive. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues, jumping hsot

Librarian for Life + Style | Jumping in my burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Weather:  Off-and-on bouts of of rain and sunshine

Where:  Getting my hair cut and running errands on the weekend

What:

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There is 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 (me!) at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, 10 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time, to be included in the round-up on my blog

See y’all on Wednesday for the round-up!

Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

This outfit was inspired by another librarian’s combo of pink jeans + black stripes, which you can see here on What the Librarian Wore’s Instagram feed.

I wore this outfit a couple of times recently, first for errand running on a day off. I grabbed my floral clutch at the last minute as way to add in some more color and pattern-mixing. (I then rewore this exact outfit to a conference later that same week — just picture this exact outfit with my black tote bag instead of the floral clutch.) And because some of our errands included being downtown, we were able to take photos by a group of blooming cherry blossom trees. I loooooove cherry blossoms, and it was a lovely way to add another shade of pink to these photos! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Is it strange that I love that one of the bow ends on my flats is sticking up, as you can see in the photos above and below — and that it reminds me of cat ears every time I see these photos?! If that’s wrong, then I don’t wanna be right! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

And HELLO to (accidentally) color-coordinating my nail polish with my rose-colored jeans! This polish is technically copper-colored — it’s “Penny Talk” by Essie, part of the “Mirror Metallics” line of polishes, and you’ve seen me wear this polish on the blog before — but it looks more a rose gold on me. It’s a super flattering neutral tone, and I love the polish’s metallic shine.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-colored nails and jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

I seriously LOVED this outfit — just the right combo of comfort and cuteness without trying too hard. 😀

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Running errands on a day off, then to a conference later that week

What:

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Black + tan | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat

Today’s outfit came from an outfit inspiration from myfavoritethings25 Instagram feed, which I saved, an outfit featuring a belted blanket scarf, skinny jeans, tall boots, and a floppy hat. The light bulb in my brain went off, saying, “I have a blanket scarf, and I could belt it that way!” (You can also see other ways that I’ve worn this blanket scarf, here and here.)

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I never worry about exactly recreating an inspiration look. For example, I don’t own a floppy hat, so I just took one of Sam’s hats that’s slightly oversized on me and pulled it lower down in the back. Done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat closeup

I wore this to the movies — Wakanda forever! — out along Point Ruston. We quickly took pics in a little corner out of the drizzle — and when we finished, a mom and her little girl happened to walk around the corner. This little girl — 5 or 6 years old? — was stylin‘ in patterned leggings, a tutu skirt, and a denim jacket. It was a sweet moment when our eyes met, we took in each other’s outfits, and then we smiled back at each other, like kindred spirits. Style, and love of style, transcends ages, y’all. ♥

And you’re NEVER too old to twirl. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Weather:  Drizzly and windy

Where:  Movie and brunch date on the weekend

What:

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