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SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this Pablo Picasso painting to go back to the classics, as well as for the painting’s blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

My interpretation:

My outfit came together almost immediately, with the starting point my blue-grey argyle-print tee that I’ve had for years. I thought combining it with my dusty rose skinny jeans would fit the inspiration painting well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Last-minute additions before I headed out the door included these graphic-print slip-on sneakers, which (in my head, at least) brought together the blue and rose tones of my outfit. I also like the shoes brought in some grey to the outfit, as there is also grey in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

I also grabbed this blue-and-cream Nancy Drew tote bag on our way out, because the blue tones tied in with my outfit, plus I thought the silhouettes tied into the figures featured in Picasso’s painting. It may be one pattern too many, but it worked for me!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose + blue SIA-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and perfect with breezes

Where:  Coffee date on the weekend (cold brew!)

What:

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There’s 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, June 19th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, June 20th.

Also be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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SIA: Harlequin in rose + blue

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 this Pablo Picasso painting to go back to the classics, as well as for the painting’s blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

I really love the soft colors in this painting, along with the bits of black. There’s lots of scope for interpretation here, from the colors to the patterns and even the backdrop.

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, June 19th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, June 20th.

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

Also be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA round-up: Memorial Day poppy

A quick note to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for last month — thanks in advance!

Inspiration:

And now it’s time to round up this Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge and sartorial inspirations! Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretations:

First up is my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie, who’s back in fine SIA form. She layered fun, pink patterned leggings under a grey skirt and tee and yellow cardigan, finishing off with colorful accessories, including berry drop earrings, a textured green scarf, and pink-and-burgundy strappy sandals. And if you can’t tell from the photo below, her toenail polish is a deep racing green, which totally pulls the whole outfit together. 😀

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Closeup of Stephanie's SIA outfit

I’m so glad Bev @ Confuzzledom shared her SIA-inspired outfit, because how perfect is her floral top?! Be sure to stop by her SIA blog post for more pics and details about her outfit, including a closeup of her beautiful butterfly bracelet.

Bev's SIA outfit

Longtime SIA participant Mike @ Post Card Purposes borrowed this vermilion shirt for the challenge. As soon as he saw the shirt, he immediately thought “SIA perfect!!” I couldn’t agree more. 😀

Mike's SIA outfit

Salazar was so inspired by this week’s SIA artwork that she has two outfits to share for this week’s SIA!

The first is a floral t-shirt and green pants, which is a more literal interpretation. See more pics of this first SIA-inspired outfit here on Salazar’s style blog. That floral tee is so striking and lovely.

Salazar's SIA outfit #1

Salazar’s second outfit is a looser interpretation, with plaid pants and a peach T-shirt. The swirling design on the tee is quite similar to the lines in the illustration, which is why she picked it. Be sure to check out this outfit post here for more photos and closeups.

Salazar's SIA outfit #2

My sweetie Sam once again shares his pattern-mixing skills, combining a green “Mount Rainier” tee with an orange plaid button-front shirt and mixed-media sneakers. The finishing touch? His “Happy Tree” Bob Ross socks! 😀

Sam's SIA outfit

Sam's "Happy Tree" socks

Next up is SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, who loved the earth tones and saturated hues of the inspiration illustration. Her outfit has it ALL, y’all, including the flower reflected in the floral print top, the orange-y yellow tones in the crocheted cardigan, and the green of the stem reflected in the purse. Lots more pics and details on her SIA blog post. (Also, I’m super impressed Daenel was able to participate this week, as she’s in the middle of prepping for a big move!)

Daenel's SIA outfit

Longtime SIA participant Kezzie @ KezzieAG was also inspired to create two outfits — wow! I think she looks super sweet in her first outfit, a floral print dress and white blouse (a similar outfit combo to what I put together for this challenge — great minds think alike). 🙂 I love the lacy collar on Kezzie’s blouse, which “put [her] in mind of the lacy wings of the Marbled White butterfly in the picture.” Visit Kezzie’s SIA blog post for more pics and closeups.

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Kezzie thought of wearing this tee, seen below, for a second SIA-inspired outfit after she took pics of the first outfit, and I’m so glad she did! It’s really quite perfect for the challenge, incorporating both the central flower and the butterfly from the illustration, and the ruffles really fit the theme well, too. The hat with the floral cut-outs and the green trousers are really clever ways to finish off the outfit.

Kezzie's SIA outfit #2

Kezzie's outfit #2 closeup

Leslie @ Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After was inspired by BOTH the inspiration illustration AND co-host Daenel’s SIA-inspired outfit — how great is that?! Keep pyaing the style inspiration forward, y’all, because it is a beautiful thing to behold. ♥ And Leslie looks great in her olive ankle pants, cranberry (eyelet?) top, yellow long cardigan, and beaded necklace.

Leslie's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s my interpretation, in which I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration by layering my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my orange floral dress. You can see more pics and close-ups on my previous blog post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

This was an *amazing* SIA round-up, wasn’t it?! I just really appreciate everyone for participating in these SIA challenges — and I think it’s obvious that everyone had FUN putting these outfits together, which is really the whole point. 😀 😀 😀

Next week, check back for the next SIA inspiration artwork, which will be curated by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. In the meantime, also check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy

A quick note to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation. Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’ [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

Inspiration:

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretation:

I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration. I layered my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my thrifted orange floral dress. The combo feels simple yet also bold, which is also how I described this illustration last week.
Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

I kept my jewelry low-key, with a black pearl pendant necklace, black metal hoops, and bright yellow flower earring studs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Below is a closeup of the gingham print against the floral. This pattern-mixing worked so well! I think one reason this pattern-mixing duo works is because the gingham print is very small-scale (which looks kind of grey from a distance) while the floral print is very large-scale; therefore, the gingham doesn’t overpower the floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk duty

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!

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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow night, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, June 6th.

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

SIA: Memorial Day poppy

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork, and today is also Memorial Day in the United States. Memorial Day is a somber holiday, to honor Americans who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. After World War I, the National American Legion adopted the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.

The inspiration artwork:

Therefore, it felt fitting to choose this botanical illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” as this week’s SIA inspiration. The 18th century illustration is simple yet also bold, and you can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

For your sartorial inspiration, you could go bold with bright pops of color, or with a floral print, or even black and white to echo the butterfly’s wings on one of the leaves.

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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, June 6th.