Category Archives: spring outfits

SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses

SIA inspiration pick:

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She has posted before on her blog about her friend Annabelle’s job at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs is called GrowArts, and its goal is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. For SIA this week Erin chose one of the pieces they have for sale, a striking painting of roses.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Garden center SIA collage

My very first idea was to wear my green, rose-print scarf. I wanted the focus to be more on the rose print, so I went the green-and-tan color scheme route, rather than pulling focus with a bright red clothing item. (But I did add in a touch of red with the ladybug on my brooch.)

The SIA painting is part of the Garden Center Services project, so I wanted to stick with that theme by taking photos in a local community garden. We took photos in the Dometop Community Garden, which is right beside the Rogers children’s park and overlooks a restored 1907 school building.

Can you tell I was ready for spring?! You might say I was so ready, I was jumping for joy… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

I mixed in more florals with my rose earring studs and my floral clutch. More pattern-mixing with multiple kinds of roses! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral scarf and jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

By the way, this clutch is pretty roomy! I can fit in my wallet, sunglasses case, tissues, chapstick, and my cell phone, with room to spare. PLUS this clutch is pattern-mixing all on its own, with an interior of striped fabric! I also love that the external fabric is a scuba-like material.

Librarian for Life + Style | What's in my clutch?

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Weather:  Early spring day with off-and-on sunshine and drizzly rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Floral scarf:  Lands’ End, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Grasshoppers via DSW, old
  • Floral clutch:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

rose print scarf //  very similar beige ankle pants  //  rose stud earrings //  similar beige canvas flats  //  very similar dark denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral-mixing outfit collage

How you can participate in this SIA challenge:

There’s still time to participate!

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, this Wednesday, so get those photos in to her before then!

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Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

I’ve worn this retro-inspired print dress a couple of times before on the blog, as seen here and here, and each time I’ve kept it simple. This dress, which I thrifted a few years ago, has such a fun print and so many interesting details that it doesn’t need much of anything else to let it shine.

I recently wore this dress to a farewell open house my colleagues held on campus, so friends and colleagues had the opportunity to come and go and share stories. It was a more informal event, with people stopping by to chat. One colleague took the opportunity to ask me about where I developed my sense of style, and that she would miss getting to see what I was wearing every day. So sweet!

This is also the final work outfit I will showcase for this academic year. That means three months of casual outfits coming up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

I paired the dress this time with a teal tank top (you can barely see it in these pics, but it’s there), topaz drop earrings, and metallic sandals. The retro-inspired details on the dress include the cut-outs and fabric knots on the sleeves, as seen in the closeup above.

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

It’s also a dress made for twirling! (Although this was an accidental shot, from when a gust of wind had its fun with my cotton dress.)

And if you’re wondering what this backdrop is below, it’s the pod we loaded most of our furniture and boxes in, to clear out the house in preparation for selling it. Why not use it for a photo opportunity? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

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SIA interpretation: The Roses of Heliogabalus

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey picked the classic 1888 painting “The Roses of Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawerence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912). There’s more information about the painting, and what it symbolizes, here. The subject matter is really interesting — the painting actually shows the banquet guests being smothered to death in rose petals!

There’s still time to participate in this SIA challenge! Just take a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s art choice — flat lays and selfies are also ok — to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Deadline is this Monday, June 13, and Salazar will then post the round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Alma-Tadema (1888), oil on canvas

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Alma-Tadema (1888), oil on canvas

When I was packing up most of my wardrobe, as detailed here in this post, I made sure to leave out something pink, just in case pink turned out to be a major color in an upcoming SIA challenge. My planning worked out! 😀

I kept out this pink-and-white patterned dress, which I thought was a perfect starting point for this particular style challenge. I added my turquoise cardigan because of the blue skies in the painting, and gold-and-cream sandals to tie in with the Roman scene.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + turquoise

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + turquoise

My good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie took photos for me, and as luck would have it, we spied some bushes with bright pink flowers — a perfect backdrop!

I felt super bright and confident and pretty wearing this outfit, which I wore during my last week at work. It was an unexpected combination, color-wise, and I don’t think I would have thought about pairing these colors together if it weren’t for this style challenge. Three cheers for SIA inspiration!

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What I wore for a local librarian conference | Glasses tee

Even though I’m officially done with work for the academic year, I still have a few more work outfits to showcase on the blog…

I wore this outfit for a one-day librarian regional conference, a more casual conference. (And the Pacific Northwest is more sartorially casual in general.) I’ve collected quite a number of librarian-themed tees — or at least, novelty theme tees that relate well to librarians, like this eyeglasses tee, which was a big hit at the conference! And OF COURSE my colorblock tote bag fit the color scheme.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze drop earrings

And it was a bit rainy on the day, so I wore my red cotton jacket again. The red of the jacket really pops! Another day for a pop of red!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

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So nice I wore it twice | Red jeans + grey tee

I’ve worn this outfit TWICE:  the first time to host a librarians’ book club last month (before we started packing up the house) and the second time more recently to meet up with a librarian colleague for lunch (which is when we took these pics). This due date tee seemed just right for both occasions! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to host a book club

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to host a book club

Details:

Pattern-mixing alert! I paired my striped canvas flats with my due date tee, and I added my Little Women tote bag for the lunch date. I figured a book-themed tote was the perfect finishing touch!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to host a book club

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to host a book club

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