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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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SIA interpretation 1: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for my FIRST 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 will see the other one on Wednesday, the same day of the round-up 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 first interpretation:

My immediate starting point was this dress, which has a double dot print of large and small circles. In my mind, the larger circles could represent the coconuts in the lithograph. Then came the idea of pairing this print dress with a patterned headband or scarf that had a mix of colors from the print. And this headband with its floral and paisley print has all the colors mixed in together! The rest of the outfit came together very easily.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of straw handbag + dress pattern

I picked this straw bag because the reddish brown trim fit in with the lithograph colors. And the straw, or raffia, helped tie in my cognac wedges to the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

For my jewelry, I had lots of options, including several wood pieces of jewelry. I originally thought of wearing my coconut shell earrings and/or necklace, seen here, but ultimately, they pulled too much focus for my liking. But I did in the end choose my petrified wood stud earrings and this reddish stone necklace that my husband bought me years ago in Turkey. The pendant matched the reddish bits in my headband, and OF COURSE y’all know that I then matched my lip color accordingly. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Weather:  Sunny and perfect

Where:  Work day at the library that included a presentation to fellow faculty

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!

SIA: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this one is particularly special. It’s the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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

I totally agree with Daenel that there is lots of scope for sartorial inspiration. You could add a pattern (or two?) with floral, tropical, and/or a novelty animal print. And lots of colors to mix and match. I can also see having lots of fun with jewelry or accessories here… can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

How 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 next Tuesday, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, May 23rd.

SIA interpretation: Cherry blossom dish

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit last month!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, a Japanese “Nabeshima” dish from the Met’s public domain collection.

The inspiration artwork:

"Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms," The Met, is in the public domain

“Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms,” The Met, is in the public domain

My interpretation:

My starting point was my green floral scarf, one of the few floral-patterned items in my closet. It brought in the green tones from the leaves in the plate design, plus the floral theme, of course. Then I added a navy cardigan (which you can see better if you scroll down a bit), dark skinny jeans, and finally, my navy trench. I snuck in a bit more floral because my trench coat and belt are trimmed in a daisy print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf + cherry blossom trees

I really wanted to get in photos this past week with some cherry trees, and I was lucky to spy this copse of cherry trees blooming with some of the paler blooms I’ve seen around town.

Below is a closeup of the floral print on my scarf, as well as a closeup of my champagne-colored flats. I went with these flats because the folds of the silk pleats along the round toe reminded me of the cross-hatching of lines in the plate design. I also wore yellow rose stud earrings, to tie into my scarf and to add a final floral touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Green floral scarf + flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

I wore this outfit to work, a decidedly casual outfit for a more casual day at work (no reference desk duty or teaching). I could easily wear this outfit for running errands, too, so it’s more of a “work to weekend” kind of look. I felt pretty and comfortable in this outfit, pretty true to my personal style outlook. The “bit of quirk” comes in with all the subtle floral-mixing of the daisies, roses — and cherry blossoms! 🙂

You could also easily dress this outfit up for your own workplace by switching out jeans for ankle pants or trousers or a pencil skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Weather:  Chilly but no rain

Where:  Casual work day at the library

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion LinkupTop of the WorldThursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp


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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 8th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, May 9th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀

SIA: Cherry blossom dish

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey has chosen this week’s inspiration artwork.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose a Japanese “Nabeshima” dish from the Met’s public domain collection. The plate was made during the date range of 1690–1720s, and the design is a rare one.

"Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms," The Met, is in the public domain

“Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms,” The Met, is in the public domain

As we’ve had a few paintings as inspiration lately, this makes a fun change of pace. And as Salazar put it, “the design is both bold and delicate, and the colors are spring-appropriate.” I particularly like the cross-hatching graphic design mixed with the floral design.

How 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 next Tuesday, May 8th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, May 9th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀