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SIA interpretation: Greetings from Sonoma

Woot, time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks chose an awesome street mural for SIA, a “Greetings from Sonoma” mural, that is a combination of bright colors and patterns and vistas. It’s so appropriate as we transition to the summer season — and it’s appropriate, travel-wise, as Erin is on a trip to Sonoma herself! 😀

The mural is at the Fremont Diner, and you can see more pics of the diner and the full mural here and here.

Inspiration to interpretation, Sonoma to Tacoma:

Hey, that rhymes! 😉 I’ve been wanting to take pics against this mural for awhile, so this SIA challenge was the perfect opportunity.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sonoma to Tacoma SIA collage

The starting point for me for the challenge — besides the mural backdrop — was the red-and-blue colors in the “Greetings” part of the inspiration mural. That led me straight to my red-white-and-blue striped canvas flats. The corrugated backdrop of the mural reminded me of stripes, which led me to my striped shirtdress, plus the light blue color of the dress matched up with the light blue in the Sonoma letters. My vintage wicker bag just seemed to fit the breezy, summer-y vibe of the mural, plus it allowed me to get a bit of orange in the outfit. (There are orange flowers all along the bottom of the Sonoma mural.) I added in bits of additional red, through my lipstick and sports bra (yep, trotting out the layering-with-sports-bras trick again).

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Below are some larger pics of the “East Tacoma” mural, which is on the side of the Earth Wise Architectural Salvage building. Earth Wise is an AWESOME place to browse through — we will definitely have to get more pics there this summer!

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Gotta admit, I loved how this look came together. I felt casual and cool and ready for summer! 😀

Below is a closeup of the vintage wicker bag I thrifted years ago in Chicago. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to bags for summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage wicker bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Weather:  Dry and sunny

Where:  Ice cream treat on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress:  Gap, old
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, Amsterdam trip
  • Striped flats:  Payless, gift from my mom, old
  • Wicker bag:  Vintage, antiques fair during Chicago trip years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar shirtdress with contrasting stripes  //  similar fedora with navy band  //  similar red-white-and-blue striped flats  //  wicker bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats outfit collage

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, June 21, so get pics in to her by tomorrow, June 20.

Be sure to visit Loop Looks on Wednesday to see the SIA round-up. Next Monday will be Salazar’s turn to curate the next SIA challenge.


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SIA: Greetings from Sonoma

It’s time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose an awesome street mural for SIA, a “Greetings from Sonoma” mural, that is a combination of bright colors and patterns and vistas. It’s so appropriate as we transition to the summer season — and it’s appropriate, travel-wise, as Erin is on a trip to Sonoma herself! Fingers crossed she gets to take a picture of her SIA-inspired outfit in front of her SIA inspiration pick 😀

I couldn’t find a public domain or CC-licensed image of the mural, so I took a detail from a picture of the full mural, as seen below. Click the image below for a picture of the full mural and original source.

Detail of 'Greetings from Sonoma' mural

Detail of ‘Greetings from Sonoma’ mural

The mural is at the Fremont Diner, and you can see more pics of the diner and the mural here and here.

I’ve had several ideas for outfits after looking at this mural… there are lots of options, both in terms of color and patterns. 🙂

How 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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, next week, so get those photos in to her by next Monday, June 19.

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

SIA round-up: Chagall in love

It’s my favorite time of the month — the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge round-up!

Inspiration pick:

I chose one of Marc Chagall’s works that expresses love, in all its dark, swirly, enveloping beauty, 1944’s Coq Rouge dans la Nuit. I’ve always had a soft spot for Marc Chagall (1887-1985), who, to me, always seemed to express his own soft spot for love through his artwork. A prolific painter, he was also known for beautiful stained glass windows. You can see more of his artwork here and here, for starters.

Marc Chagall - Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)

This photo of “[ C ] Marc Chagall – Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Interpretations:

The first entry comes via Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style, who sent in a pic of her mother, Charlotte, the 70+ model on her blog. LOVING the bright pops of color in the shirt, and especially in the shoes!

Charlotte's SIA outfit, Jodie's Touch of Style

Next is longtime SIA participant Mike from Post Card Purposes, who immediately thought of his royal blue shirt, which totally echoes the painting’s dominant color. 🙂

Mike's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey is simple perfection in her navy dress, red shoes, and heart brooch. That brooch, echoing the woman’s heart in the painting, is a genius finishing touch. ♥

Salazar's SIA outfit

SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks went casual in blue and white with a gold necklace and brown sandals. And bonus Chewie! As Erin said, “I tried to get Chewie to play violin but I think he’s more of a vocalist.” LOL — the more animals this round, the better! 😀

Erin's SIA outfit

Grace from Living with the A-Holts is back! And looking fabulous in her DIY’d dress, turquoise DIY’d shawl vest, silver bib necklace, and strappy coral red wedges. And her son is getting in on the SIA action, too! ♥

Grace's SIA outfit

Longtime SIA participant Kezzie @ Kezzie AG is perfection in her blue floral dress and cardigan — complete with violin and red bird brooches! PLUS her belt with the heart-shaped clasp!!! Be still my violin-playing heart. ♥ ♥ ♥

Kezzie's SIA outfit

A bonus couples selfie of me and my husband, Sam, for this SIA challenge! We both brought our hat game, with our straw hats and striped bands, plus the bits of blue in our tops. ♥

Couples SIA selfie

Finally, there’s my full entry, complete with lace and swirly earrings and cat brooches. See my post yesterday for more details and closeups!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s SIA challenge. It was a FANTASTIC round-up, full of different shades of blue and whimsical touches!


Next Monday, Erin @ Loop Looks will be curating the Style Imitating Art challenge. Stay tuned! 🙂

 

SIA interpretation: Chagall in love

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from May — thanks in advance!

Now it’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

My pick:

This round, I chose a painting by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), who, to me, always seemed to express a soft spot for love through his artwork. I chose Chagall’s 1944 painting, Coq Rouge dans la Nuit. A prolific painter, Chagall was also known for beautiful stained glass windows. You can see more of his artwork here and here, for starters.

Still time to participate! Here’s how:

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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog, the following day, tomorrow.

Inspiration to interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage, Chagall painting

This collage includes a photo of “[ C ] Marc Chagall – Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)” by cea + licensed under CC BY 2.0.

I knew I wanted to pull in the white lace from the woman (bride?) depicted in the Chagall painting. Next came the royal blue shirt, and I knew I wanted to wear my new shiva shell earrings to echo the swirly movement in the painting. That much came to me early on.

And of course, a dark blue colored wall to take photos against!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Librarian for Life + Style | Straw fedora + cat brooch closeup

The “day of” details included the fedora with its navy band. Plus, by wearing the fedora, I could mix in feminine and masculine details from the figures in the painting. And then I had the idea of adding the cat brooch to it, since the painting includes two animals floating around in it. Why not add a cat?! Then came my new espadrille flats, to bring in more texture and to link in with the straw fedora. Finally, red lipstick to pull in the bits of red in the Chagall painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lace trim + espadrilles closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

A full-skirted lace dress just calls out for twirling, right?! RIGHT. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Weather:  Sunny with a slight breeze

Where:  Memorial Day weekend

What:

  • Button-front shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Lace dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, this spring
  • Espadrille flats:  Target, new
  • Fedora:  vintage Stetson, hat shop in Amsterdam
  • Earrings:  INSERT INFO

Shop my outfit:

similar blue button-front shirt  //  similar white lace dress  //  similar straw fedora with navy band  //  exact espadrilles

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue shirt + white lace dress outfit collage

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SIA: Chagall in love

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round swinging back to me to curate. I’ve always had a soft spot for Marc Chagall (1887-1985), who, to me, always seemed to express his own soft spot for love through his artwork. A prolific painter, he was also known for beautiful stained glass windows. You can see more of his artwork here and here, for starters.

Inspiration pick:

I wanted to choose one of Chagall’s works that quite overtly expresses love, in all its dark, swirly, enveloping beauty. And in the immortal words of Julia Roberts in the movie Notting Hill, “Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.” 😉

This is a CC-licensed photo of Chagall’s 1944 painting, Coq Rouge dans la Nuit.

Marc Chagall - Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)

This photo of “[ C ] Marc Chagall – Coq Rouge dans la Nuit (1944)” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

There are several ways to go with this week’s inspiration. You could combine colors in the painting, which include blue, white, red, and bits of yellow and pink. You could go ombre, mirroring the varying shades of blue. You could use the woman’s outfit in the painting as inspiration. Or you could go another way I cannot even think of! That’s the fun of SIA challenges… just go where the inspiration takes you!

How 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, June 5, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog, the following day, on Tuesday, June 6.