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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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SIA: Venus poster

It’s that time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration pick:

Salazar chose something a bit different — a space travel poster! How awesome is that?! This is one in a series created by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology to celebrate NASA’s study of the exoplanets (and some in our own Solar System as well), and they’re available to download for free!

Salazar picked the Venus poster because the soft colors are very on-trend right now and perfect for the spring/summer transition. (Uh… the PNW still feels like we’re in the winter/spring transition!) You can browse and download all the posters here and learn more about the poster project here.

Venus space tourism poster for NASA

Venus space tourism poster for NASA

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, May 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the following day, on Wednesday the 24th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear — let’s all take a trip to Venus! 😀

SIA interpretation: Flowering tree

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of growARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. If you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Flowering tree SIA inspiration collage

The starting point was, of course, the cherry blossom tree as the backdrop. I had seen this tree blooming at the end of the East 34th Street Bridge, and it totally echoes this week’s SIA inspiration artwork. Perfect timing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

This cat tee says, “Te quiero mucho” (which means “I love you a lot” in Spanish), but the rounded font makes it look more like, “Le quiero.” I layered the tee over my black knit dress, in order to be more streamlined around the waist.

I kind of love that when I pulled the tee tight and looped the excess fabric into a knot, the design’s pink border trim morphed into a heart-like shape! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

And yes, it’s still been cold enough for tights. (Sigh.) But it worked out well for this SIA challenge, as my black tights and black skirt help to “ground” the look, like the trunk of the tree in the inspiration painting. 😉

The photo below might just be my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s the color combination of the light green of the budding trees in the background, along with the soft pink of the cherry blossom buds in the foreground. It feels like a Japanese-esque type composition, no?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

A fit-and-flare dress and twirling? But OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Gloriously sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Cat tee:  ModCloth, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  eShakti, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

Y’all, I might just love the collage outfit more than my own! 😉

Spanish-language cat tee  //  purple fit-and-flare dress  //  black cat ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee outfit collage

There’s 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, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.


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SIA: Flowering tree

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

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of growARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. The program and the artist split the money.

And if you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

growARTS flowering tree artwork

It’s a beautiful painting of a flowering tree, with all of Erin’s favorite colors:  purple, black, gray, and white. Erin also thought this one was perfect for the first day of May, as the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”

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, on Wednesday, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.

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

SIA round-up: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

"Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)" by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

“Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)” by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

I was drawn to the cloth’s combination of the texture, the graphic print of the patchwork, and the colors. What were y’all inspired by?

Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style is back with a look from her mother, Charlotte, who is the 70’s model on her blog. Jodie thought Charlotte’s color block dress was a great match for the patchwork cloth — and I agree! I particularly like the coiled necklace.

Charlotte's SIA otufit

Next up is longtime SIA participant Mike from Post Card Purposes, who immediately thought of his striped sweater, which has a lot of the colors in the patchwork cloth. Also, check out this post on his blog that features a previous time he wore this sweater — with a backdrop right up this challenge’s alley! 🙂

Mike's SIA outfit

More stripes! Next is Kezzie from KezzieAG, who wore a lovely striped dress and glittery footwear. LOVE. (She also matches her backdrop. LOVE x 2.)

Kezzie's SIA outfit

SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks remixed a top and color combo she wore years ago. The pattern on this top really is perfect for this inspiration challenge, and it’s fun to see how Erin’s has changed with her job change. Be sure to visit her post to see the original outfit!

Erin's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey went a totally different way, and it totally works! She went for colorblocking white and navy with pops of red and pink. And her bow brooch is BRILLIANT, echoing the little bow in the middle of the wrapping cloth.

Salazar's SIA outfit

Speaking of brilliant bows, “A Dog” is back! YESSSSSSSSSSS. (A Dog first graced SIA back in December.) I literally yelled out in delight and clapped my hands when this submission came through. Those leg warmers are so awesome. Here’s the inspiration straight from A Dog’s mouth:

Hello I wear leg warmer for the latest Style Imitating Art selection the bows are blue just like the bow in the middle of the piece thank you.

A Dog's SIA outfit

Not that there is ANY possible way to top that… but I’ll do my best in rounding out this challenge. I took the opportunity to pattern-mix once again, layering gingham and stripes. More details and closeups on yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

This round-up was so good, y’all. So many interesting touches and colors and patterns, not to mention dog leg warmers. This round-up had it ALL. (Happy sigh.)


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