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SIA interpretation: Black Cat

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

And now it’s time for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Salazar chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911).

Collage of "The Black Cat" and my inspiration outfit. "Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

Collage of “The Black Cat” and my inspiration outfit. “Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

My interpretation:

I have several cat-print items in my wardrobe, including this adorable cat-print tee, so my main task was to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t featured my cat-print dress on the blog for a few years. I have consistently worn this dress — it’s a staple during the fall season, and those on Instagram have seen me wear this dress already this fall (along with this same blanket scarf, although worn in a slightly different way) — but I just hadn’t bothered photographing it recently.

The colors in this dress are just so perfect for the inspiration artwork, as well as the kitty cats in the pattern!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

And just how perfect is this background?! I knew this little Japanese garden would be a good starting point, as the artist for this week’s SIA inspiration artwork, Hishida Shunso, is Japanese. In the garden, I then spied this Japanese maple tree in this gorgeous shade of yellow, which matched the inspiration painting so well! It was meant to be. (Happy sigh.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

I forgot to get detail shots of my pumpkin earrings, but you can sorta see them in the pic above. I wore this outfit last Monday, the day before Halloween, so they still fit thematically. And in real life, the orange of those earrings popped against the black blanket scarf. One could argue that the pinstripes in this scarf also echoed the veins in the leaves in the inspiration painting? Right? That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

My tights also have a ribbed texture, so I’m mixing three different patterns together! Hello, my name is Jen, and I like to find new ways to pattern-mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup with boots and ribbed tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Weather:  Dry and sunny, a perfect fall day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing this dress:

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I hadn’t featured this cat-print dress on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make a collage of the previous ways that I have worn this cat-print dress. You’ll notice in the middle pic below that the back of this dress is actually a V-neck — but this time around, I switched the dress around to wear the rounder neckline in the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my cat-print dress

Links to original posts:
left (2012)  //  middle (2013)  // right (2014)

There is 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

Can’t wait to see the SIA round-up!


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DIY Halloween costume | Dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

This is my fifth (!) consecutive year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Five years of DIY no-cost costumes!

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween memory lane:

This year, I had two costume ideas, both for strong women action heroes in recent pop culture movie hits. So I decided to do them both! That’s right, you get two (!) DIY Halloween costume posts from me this year.

First up, I realized I had pieces already in my closet to dress up as Wonder Woman from the recent 2017 film version… or rather, Diana Prince as she looks after she’s tried on costumes to “blend in” with 1918 London. So yes, I’m dressing in a costume… of Diana Prince in a costume. It’s so meta! 😉

I searched for inspiration photos, and I created a “Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board” on my Pinterest account.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board on Pinterest

For my own version of the costume, I put together:

  • Wonder Woman tee (also remixed here, here, and here)
  • Knit jacket/blazer (which I’ve had for ages!)
  • Long brown skirt (also remixed here and here)
  • Brown hat with a wide brim (borrowed from my husband)
  • Brown chunky heels (also remixed here and here)
  • Bronze bracelet cuffs (from a craft store months ago)
  • Brown belt (also borrowed from my husband!)
  • Bit of gold braided ribbon (to represent the “lasso of truth”!)
  • Gold rope knot earring studs (to echo off the “lasso of truth”)
  • My own glasses!

And mad props to my husband, Sam, for creating this photo graphic below of me in my Diana Prince costume with a composite reflection of Wonder Woman in the window. AMAZING.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

 

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, closeup

For the makeup, I went for the more natural and apple-cheeked look that Gal Gadot has as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, as seen here in this screenshot. I put on foundation all over my face for a smoother, more even finish, then I filled in my eyebrows a bit and added dark brown eyeliner. I put on a neutral lip stain, and added pink blush to mimic the perpetual rosy glow Wonder Woman has. As someone who doesn’t normally wear blush, the fact that I really liked the effect of this makeup surprised me!

And below are additional closeups of the details I put in the costume, including bronze cuffs peeking out of my knit blazer and a bit of gold braid left over from a previous craft project that I pinned underneath my blazer to serve as my favorite Wonder Woman prop, the “lasso of truth.” Did you also notice my gold rope knot earrings above? Yep, an additional little wink to the “lasso of truth”! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I never worry too much about exact accuracy with these DIY costumes — it’s really more about the overall effect. I don’t have a long blazer jacket and matching long skirt like Diana Prince did in the movie, but this shorter knit blazer and long brown skirt combo sufficed. And she wears a navy hat with a rounder shape and brim in the movie, but my brown hat (borrowed from my husband Sam!) served as a nice substitute, as it is bigger than a regular fedora and has a brim that I can tilt slightly to one side like she does in the film. And of course, the Wonder Woman tee is not period — LOL! — but it’s a cheeky nod to my costume and inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

We took photos this past weekend in front of two theater buildings in Tacoma, the Pantages Theater and the Rialto Theater. The reason? I wanted backdrops that matched the 1918 time period of the film — and both the Pantages and Rialto Theaters opened in 1918! The Pantages Theater opened in January 1918, and the Rialto Theater opened a few months later, in September 1918. You can read more about the history of these two historical buildings here on this site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

During our photo shoot, we tried to get in as many of the details as possible of these historical and beautifully restored buildings! Below are some closeups of the details in the external lobby of the Rialto Theater.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I posted this costume early, but I will be wearing this exact Wonder Woman / Diana Prince costume on Halloween next week. And yes, I have to teach AGAIN on Halloween, so my students will be seeing this costume up close! 😀 Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share.

And be sure to tune in on Friday for my second DIY, no-cost Halloween costume idea!

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Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

Please leave a comment and share!


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Sequined tank + ankle pants dressy casual remix

The transition time between summer and fall can be a magical time in the Pacific Northwest, as temps tend to hover in the 70s, with a combination of sunshine and cooler breezes. It was such an “Indian summer” type of day that Sam and I decided to enjoy happy hour for an impromptu and low-key date night. I was already wearing my navy ankle pants + pewter t-strap sandals for a prep day at work (before the fall quarter officially begins next week!), so I just traded in my top for a sequined tank, and I was ready to go!

I’ve gone for this “dressy casual” combo before:  a sequined tank + ankle pants + sparkly/metallic sandals. Here’s a version of that combo I wore back in 2015, compared with my recent date night outfit. Same outfit foundation and types of garments, but different versions. Still works!

Then vs. Now:

short bob // short pixie
white & silver sequined tank // grey & silver sequined tank
black ankle pants // navy ankle pants
black t-strap sparkly sandals // pewter t-strap metallic sandals
brightly colored clutch // silver sequined clutch

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of sequined tank + ankle pants combo

Link to original 2015 post:  The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

If you’re wondering if this tank top is new — it isn’t! I thrifted this awhile ago at my favorite resale shop in Portland, as seen in this monthly round-up post from January 2016 — I scored this tank for only $6! But I do believe it’s the first time it’s been featured on the blog in an actual outfit post. Never too late, eh? 😉

The sequins are in subtle stripes, with a strip of matte sequins in-between strips of shinier sequins. It’s kind of a subtle effect in pics, but it is way more sparkly in person. I also like that the sequins don’t go all the way around — the back is a soft grey, as you can see in the pic above. The tank is more flowy because of this, and it’s more practical since I don’t have to worry about the sequins rubbing against the backs of things when I sit down. Win-win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Spiky hair + sequined tank closeup

I used hair paste to fluff up the front part of my pixie a bit, as you can see in the closeup above. I kept my accessories simple and silver, including simple silver bar earrings and a silver sequined clutch. With an all-neutral outfit of grey, silver, and navy, I brought in a pop of color via my darker lipstick.

The mural backdrop is on the side of a local arts center in the Hilltop region of Tacoma, on the east side. I love the dynamic, 3D Greek key design of this mural!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Weather:  Low 70s and perfect

Where:  Happy hour cocktails for a low-key date night

What:

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Shop my outfit:

sequined tank top  //  very similar navy ankle pants  //  exact lipstick  //  similar metallic t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank top + ankle pants outfit collage

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Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Earlier this year, I loooooooooved remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan. Kezzie, a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!) mentioned in a comment on that post about how she also has remixed shirtdresses as long cardigans or jackets. I cataloged that brilliant idea in my head — yes, I mentally picture my brain as a kind of library card catalog, complete with drawers and categories — and brought it back out again when I purchased my new-to-me floral shirtdress.

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of remixing this shirtdress, first as a tunic over leggings, seen at left, and this time as a long cardigan or jacket over ankle pants, seen at right below. And the shorter length of this shirtdress works particularly well for wearing it as a long cardigan!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress

I loved wearing this outfit, y’all. So much I wore it twice! Once to work, and then again on the weekend to a reading discussion group. And since I layered the shirtdress-turned-long-cardigan over a sleeveless shell, it was totally wearable for a summer work outfit. I could have worn any number of shoes with this outfit, so if your work dress code doesn’t allow for open-toed shoes or sandals, you could easily pair this kind of look with pumps or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of headband in my pixie cut

I pinned my bangs back on my new pixie cut and added a thin black headband to play a bit with it, and I fluffed up the back. And instead of big earrings or black metal hoops, I went with little turquoise drop earrings to pick up on the bits of turquoise in the floral print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

And last but not least, this is the third in our series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, summertime and full-blooming, leafy trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter pics, and here for spring pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Weather:  sunny and mild

Where:  work day, then remixed for a reading discussion group on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress (worn as long cardigan):  Phillip Lim for Target 2013 collection, new via Poshmark
  • Ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Shell:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Payless, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral duster  //  similar white shell  //  very similar olive ankle pants  //  similar black t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral long cardigan/duster outfit collage

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