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Walking in my first fashion show

I have exciting news to share… I recently had the opportunity to walk in my first fashion show! 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

How did it come about? Local Tacoma designer Annie Moe, of MOE Gallery, invited me to be one of the models for her new line of Indonesian batik styles. Annie Moe is from Indonesia and is doing her bit to both preserve and spread the beauty of batik. (And batik has a fascinating history as a cultural art form. For example, Indonesian batik was designated in 2009 by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.) She recently held her spring fashion show at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.

And how did Annie come to invite me? I have actually taught her in class a few times, and after the most recent time, she asked me to model in her spring fashion show. It was a very sweet moment, as she started with saying, “I have noticed you love fashion…” Of course, I took no convincing to say YES! 😀

(And by the way, Annie did NOT know about my style blog beforehand — I shared my style blog with her afterwards, before publishing this post, to make sure she was cool with it.)

Behind the scenes

This was a wonderful event with loads of inspiring designs and cultural displays. I was in the back area with the other models, so I didn’t get to enjoy the show itself. But my husband took pics of me during the show, and I took a few pics behind the scenes.

The best part for me about the whole experience was the feeling of positivity and camaraderie of the models. All of us were amateurs — many, like me, walking in a fashion show for the first time — and we cheered and clapped for each other in the hallway after each round. (I haven’t posted any close-up pics of the other models out of respect for their privacy.)

Annie had all the outfits lined up on rolling rods and tagged with each model’s name and outfit number.

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

I had a fitting session in the week before the show, where Annie talked through what she wanted for each round of outfits, including what kind of emotion or vibe she wanted for each walk. Annie also went through the music for each round to help illustrate the vibe she was going for. We were all expected to do our own hair and makeup, and provide our own shoes and accessories, by the way, so I took lots of notes during my fitting session. It was fun to flip roles, for me to become Annie’s student! 🙂

(By the way, a shout-out to my mom:  I showed up for my fitting in my mom’s vintage sunglasses, which Annie loved! So I got to wear my sunglasses during the first two of the three outfit rounds. 😀 )

I was super impressed by how Annie had thought through everything, including the plan for the walk and where to hit our poses (where the stars are marked on the map below).

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery, walk route

As you can see below, now you know why I needed a quick-dry manicure!

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

First outfit

I was the 5th out of the 17-model line-up, which included women, men, and younger girls. The first round of outfits was a cheerful mix of casual prints and styles. My outfit was a beach-ready maxi dress with box pleats, and I carried a teal-and-yellow print tote bag.

Yep, Annie had me pattern-mixing! 😀 The vibe was fun and confident.

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Second outfit

I was one of the taller models, so Annie wanted me in a shorter dress for the second round, to show off my legs. BAM! Mission accomplished. 😉 This dress fit LIKE A GLOVE. I loved the mix of the high neckline with the high-lo hem. All of the outfits in this round had this batik print of pinks and yellow-greens.

Annie wanted a more casual, sassy walking vibe for this round. And Sam managed to capture (and edit) a brief video clip of me walking in this outfit. Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Third outfit

This final round of outfits all featured this beautiful batik print of blues and blacks with subtle bits of orange mixed in. Annie designed all the batik prints as well as the garments. The long jacket I wore is open with no closures, so that’s my own black knit dress underneath, most recently seen here.

Annie wanted a more formal, strong vibe for this walk and round of outfits. I did attempt “smizing” (“smiling with your eyes,” as defined by Tyra via America’s Next Top Model). 😉 I felt great in this look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Encore

And here we are all lined up for the final encore, clapping for the designer Annie Moe! As you can see, it’s a wonderful mix of diversity, designs and models alike. I was very proud to walk in the show, and to do my bit to support a local designer!

Librarian for Life + Style | Final encore at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Final thoughts

After the fashion show, which garnered a lot of local attention, several people asked me if I was nervous to walk in the show. I actually didn’t feel very nervous, mainly because I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t about me. It was about Annie and her designs and her business. My job was to showcase her vision to the best of my ability.

Plus, she articulated her vision so clearly — and gave lots of personal tips! For example, Annie recommended while walking toward the audience, to look just slightly above their heads so as to avoid getting nervous or distracted. It totally worked! (Plus, it helped that I got to wear sunglasses the first two rounds, so in a way, no one could “see” me.) We also had time to rehearse walking before the show began, which I think was very smart in helping calm any nerves the models had).

Like I said, Annie had really thought through everything, and it was such an awesome experience!

MOE Gallery

And finally, yes, MOE Gallery has a Facebook page PLUS an online shop! You can also visit Annie Moe’s personal Facebook page. Check out the batik for yourself! 😀


Note:  This post is NOT sponsored nor compensated by MOE Gallery. I actually debated about whether or not to publish such a personal post, but in the end, I thought my readers would find it interesting! 


Did you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a local fashion show? Which of the outfits is your fave? Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Venus poster

Time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration:

Salazar chose an awesome space travel poster! of Venus, one in a series created by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology for NASA’s. You can browse and download all the posters here for free and learn more about the poster project here.

How to participate in SIA:

There is still time to join the SIA fun this week! 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, May 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday the 24th.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Venus poster collage

I had an immediate idea for what to wear for this SIA challenge (even though I don’t have any blush pink or sherbet colors in my wardrobe, as they tend to wash me out). I focused on the grey, silver, white, and tan colors in the poster, pairing together a grey-striped tee and tan trousers — and then found a wall that looked pinky orange to me to supply the backdrop.

And I created my own dome of sorts, like in the poster, with an umbrella — a happy accident, because it had started drizzling! 🙂 (This is the spare umbrella we had in the car.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Pewter round-toe wedges + orange wall

And of course, you know me and details. I added my metallic pewter round-toe wedges, to mimic the rounded edge of the dome in the poster. Same thing with my metallic-dipped porcelain, teardrop-shaped earrings and necklace set by Zoë Comings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + metallic-dipped jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

This was a super simple outfit, and I really enjoyed wearing it. You could also very easily make this outfit even more casual, by switching out the wide-leg trousers for tan ankle pants, and the wedges for flats or sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Weather:  Drizzly and cool with bursts of sunshine

Where:  Jane Austen tea and lecture

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew, old
  • Trousers:  The Limited, old
  • Wedges:  Cole Haan, fashion-swapped with a friend, old
  • Earrings and necklace:  Zoë Comings, Christmas gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee  //  similar tan wide-leg trousers  //  similar pewter wedges  //  geometric porcelain earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Venus Style Imitating Art outfit collage

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Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” 😉

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! 😉 ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13 hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse:  Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself):  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be a compliment, of course. As I would, too. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note:  I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee:  Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings:  Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share 🙂


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Black floral tunic remix

Another day, another remix… this time, I am remixing my black floral tunic that I thrifted years ago. Here are different ways I’ve worn this tunic:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black floral tunic collage

left, “Tunic + leggings”  //  middle, “Rosebuds in bloom

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

This tunic is one I keep out year-round, as it works for every season. Its fabric is light enough to wear in spring and summer, along with its floral motif. And its darker colors make it appropriate for fall and winter seasons. I thrifted this tunic years ago at my favorite local resale boutique in Portland, Here We Go Again.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Comfort is the first rule of my personal style, and this outfit is super comfortable. After all, it’s a tunic, leggings, and flat boots! It’s like a work version of pyjamas, as far as I’m concerned. Yet it still looks appropriate enough for work — at least, appropriate for where I work.

And of course I enjoyed color-coordinating my accessories by going for burgundy statement earrings and my darker red leather tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Weather:  A cool spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Tunic:  White House Black Market, thrifted, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  MOSS Handmade, Christmas gift from Sam, old
  • Tote bag:  Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black floral tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black riding boots  //  crochet earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic outfit collage

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