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SIA interpretation: Hindu painting

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

I chose this beautiful Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s. This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and you can read more here about  the history of this style of painting.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Interpretation:

I was drawn to the painting mainly because of the mix of colors and subtle patterns together. I also did NOT want to go down the cultural appropriation route, so I liked the idea of a modern look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

My pink + burgundy + navy patterned ankle pants felt like the perfect starting point. I added more texture with the navy cable-knit sweater, and the burgundy cargo vest also added more burgundy to the mix while also feeling more modern. I wore my lapis lazuli earring studs, and the bronze-y zipper and buttons on the vest also made a (slight) nod to the jewelry in the inspiration painting (minus any possible cultural appropriation).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy patterns and textures closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Why the burgundy brogues? I could have gone with my champagne-colored flats, as seen here, which would have been right at home with this inspiration painting. But I went with the patent leather burgundy brogues because (a) the weather was off-and-on rainy, and I am nothing if not practical, and (b) it’s a painting of a courtesan, and I liked the idea of wearing a masculine-inspired piece of clothing to contrast with this painting of a very feminine subject and object.

I wore this outfit to get my hair trimmed even shorter, again not conforming to historically traditional ideals of feminine beauty. Gotta admit, I get a lot of personal joy out of being subtly and sartorially subversive. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues, jumping hsot

Librarian for Life + Style | Jumping in my burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Weather:  Off-and-on bouts of of rain and sunshine

Where:  Getting my hair cut and running errands on the weekend

What:

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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 (me!) at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, 10 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time, to be included in the round-up on my blog

See y’all on Wednesday for the round-up!

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Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

This outfit was inspired by another librarian’s combo of pink jeans + black stripes, which you can see here on What the Librarian Wore’s Instagram feed.

I wore this outfit a couple of times recently, first for errand running on a day off. I grabbed my floral clutch at the last minute as way to add in some more color and pattern-mixing. (I then rewore this exact outfit to a conference later that same week — just picture this exact outfit with my black tote bag instead of the floral clutch.) And because some of our errands included being downtown, we were able to take photos by a group of blooming cherry blossom trees. I loooooove cherry blossoms, and it was a lovely way to add another shade of pink to these photos! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Is it strange that I love that one of the bow ends on my flats is sticking up, as you can see in the photos above and below — and that it reminds me of cat ears every time I see these photos?! If that’s wrong, then I don’t wanna be right! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

And HELLO to (accidentally) color-coordinating my nail polish with my rose-colored jeans! This polish is technically copper-colored — it’s “Penny Talk” by Essie, part of the “Mirror Metallics” line of polishes, and you’ve seen me wear this polish on the blog before — but it looks more a rose gold on me. It’s a super flattering neutral tone, and I love the polish’s metallic shine.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-colored nails and jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

I seriously LOVED this outfit — just the right combo of comfort and cuteness without trying too hard. 😀

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Running errands on a day off, then to a conference later that week

What:

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SIA: Hindu painting

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Salazar and I are following up with those who have indicated interest in co-hosting SIA — thank you all! — and in the meantime, I’m next on the rotation schedule to choose an artwork for our collective sartorial inspiration.

Inspiration artwork:

I had pinned this painting to my (private) SIA inspiration board on Pinterest awhile ago, and I still am drawn to this Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and here’s an excerpt from the Met’s description and history of this particular painting:

Of the several pictures of this type that are known, this example is the finest. [T]he painting is probably the idealized portrait of a courtesan. […] The practice of making images of courtesans migrated from Persia into the artistic repertoire of Muslim India and from there to Hindu painting. This compositional formula derives from Mughal prototypes, but the handling of color, pattern, and space is purely Rajput.

I looked up “Rajput” — because LIBRARIAN 😉 — and it describes a member of a Hindu military caste.

I was drawn to the painting mainly because of the mix of colors and subtle patterns. There’s also lots of gold jewelry in the painting, if you are inspired to go that route.

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 (me!) at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by next Tuesday, April 24th, 10 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time, to be included in the round-up on my blog, which will go live next Wednesday, April 25th.

Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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SIA: Help wanted

SIA help wanted graphic

No, that’s not the SIA inspiration for this week. 😉

This is actually an announcement that SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey and I are looking for a new co-host for Style Imitating Art. Erin from Loop Looks brought aMAZing inspirations to SIA the last few years, but she needs to take a blogging break. So Salazar and I are open for a new co-host to add some fun variety to the art inspiration mix.

What does co-hosting SIA entail?

You can also find more details over at Salazar’s style blog, but it’s pretty simple. SIA co-hosts:

  • take turns curating and hosting a style challenge
  • share art inspiration picks with each other at least a day in advance, so we announce the new SIA challenge in sync
  • participate in each other’s SIA challenges, if at all possible

Timing?

Inspiration posts go live every other Monday, with round-up posts on the co-host’s blogs the following Wednesday. Therefore, each challenge takes a total of two weeks (one week to post the challenge, with the round-up the following week). When it’s your turn to co-host, you find and post an art inspiration, which can be any visual medium, from paintings to short films to quilts to sculptures to photographs… we’re always up for new kinds of art to be inspired by! You can browse past SIA challenges and round-ups on Salazar’s style blog, as well as my own.

Regarding timing, I’m up next to curate the next SIA challenge, and then it’s Salazar’s turn. So the new co-host would have a few weeks to find some inspiration artwork and get into the SIA routine.

Contacts:

If you’re interested or have any questions, please email me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com and/or Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance! 😀