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SIA: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s Salazar’s turn to curate!

Inspiration artwork:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

As Salazar said, “the colors may be a little spring-y, but that’s the challenge, right?” 😀

Here’s 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, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with!

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SIA round-up: Cleopatra

It’s my favorite part of the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenges — the round-up!

Inspiration:

It was my turn to curate the inspiration artwork, and I chose the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) for its strength and seasonal colors. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version of the poster here, but I prefer the version below:

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Interpretations:

SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a navy floral printed blouse to mimic the patterns on the poster, plus a pair of maroon jeans. Lovely!

Salazar's SIA post

Mike @ Post Card Purposes, a longtime SIA participant, also channeled Cleopatra’s no-nonsense, strong-armed stance and gaze. I love the colors he chose, with the blue shirt and burgundy long-sleeved tee.

Mike's SIA post

SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose to go with strong, powerful colors, or as Daenel put it, “Emerald green, ebony, and deep purple make me think of royalty and, well, Cleopatra… ” I am sure Cleopatra would approve of those purple velvet Mary Janes! 😉

Daenel's SIA outfit

Kim @ Fierce Fashion blog is back with an outfit she wore to the Dali museum. I love that Kim wore an art-inspired outfit to an art museum, so meta! Also, the textures in her outfit, jewelry, and bag are super fun!

Kim's SIA outfit

Jodie @ Jodie’s Touch of Style sent in a photo of her mom, Charlotte (the 80+ model on her blog), that they took over the weekend. Jodie was combining orange and brown with another color, and Charlotte added in her print jeans. I am LOVING the mix of patterns!

Charlotte's SIA outfit

Leslie @ Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After thought of several versions of an outfit featuring an autumnal floral blouse as the focal point of her interpretation. Leslie is asking her readers to vote on which interpretation they like best and then she will share photos wearing the most popular version. So check out her blog for more photos and info!

Leslie's SIA outfit collage

Finally, there’s me, also channeling Theda Bara’s steely gaze. You can see more of my outfit and lots more details in Monday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Thanks to everyone who participated in this SIA challenge! I appreciated how Mike put it when he emailed me his photo, that “I think we all needed this one.” ♥


Be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. See you next Monday for another SIA challenge!

SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

A quick note that the monthly outfit reader poll is still open — thanks in advance!

Inspiration:

And now for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. After these past hella-emotional weeks for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) continues to give me life. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version seen in the collage below.

I’m usually a smiley blogger, but not today. I am channeling Bara’s steady, challenging gaze — and stance!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA collage

‘Cleopatra’ poster, 1917, public domain

Interpretation:

I knew that I had to wear one of my Egyptian scarab pendant necklaces with whatever I wore, but it actually took me awhile to figure out my outfit for this SIA challenge. Nothing was really gelling in my mind (see here where I explain my mental process for putting outfits together), until I spied my embroidered navy and tomato red tank top, and the lightbulb in my brain went off.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

In the inspiration movie poster, you can spy a couple of obelisks framing the sides. I did a Google search for obelisks in Tacoma, and the results came up with a few tombstones in the Old Tacoma Cemetery (plus it’s October and Halloween season, so again, it felt appropriate to take photos in a cemetery). The stone for these obelisks also gave off a sheen that fit the colors of the inspiration poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

I stepped it up with the makeup that day, lining my eyes with eye liner and bronze-y eye shadow, as well as a coral lip stain to coordinate with my tank top and ring. I wore one of my Egyptian scarab pendants — you can see a better closeup of it in the collage below — plus two gold statement rings, one coral and one smoky quartz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA jewelry closeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze tote and shoes closeup

It’s hard to see, but my brown wide-leg trousers have metallic burgundy threads running through the fabric, so they give off a bit of a shimmer. (I also managed to let out an additional inch from the hem of these trousers over the summer, so I feel more comfortable wearing them with heels.)

We visited the Old Tacoma Cemetery one day last week after work, and the late afternoon light was quite lovely. No one else was there at the cemetery, which seems to be very well-kept. We will definitely be back! (It might seem strange to some, but both Sam and I have always found cemeteries to be quite peaceful and pleasant places to be in. We have visited several cemeteries over the years, even on vacations; whenever we visit one, we take time to straighten up flowers or offerings that have fallen over. And RIP to the Durr family, whose family markers are featured in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Weather:  Perfect fall day, chilly but bright

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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 this Tuesday, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, October 10th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA: Cleopatra

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork.

Inspiration:

After this past hella-emotional week for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) is giving me life. I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version below:

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

The film itself was destroyed in a fire, but this video below has the few seconds of footage that remains; the film footage begins at 39 seconds into the short clip below.

Theda Bara “Cleopatra” (1917) surviving footage.flv” video uploaded by nyesteiran, Standard  YouTube license

You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-making turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

Here’s 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, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, October 10th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA interpretation: Courthouse ceiling

Time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose one of her own photographs, one of the ceiling in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, a photograph she took in 2013 during a family trip. You can read more about the Old Courthouse — which is now located in the Gateway Arch National Park! — here and here.

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Daenel chose this photograph of because of the soft muted colors and the architectural features.

Interpretation:

The starting points for my SIA-inspired outfit were two items:

  • my Wedgwood Jasperware pendant, which has the soft blue color as well as the architectural feel of the ceiling
  • my geometric-print slip-on sneakers, again due to the geometric feel of the design and the soft, muted color combo of grey, pink, blue, and white

At first, I was thinking of an outfit created around one or the other — and then I realized that I could combine the two! And I added additional patterns to the mix with my berry & navy gingham shirt and striped tote bag. This outfit was super comfy but still professional enough for in-service week before our fall quarter begins.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo with a Wedgwood necklace

Above and below are closeups of this beautiful Wedgwood Jasperware pendant necklace, a piece of jewelry my mom got in England decades ago. You’ve seen me wear this necklace before here and here. The chain fell at an awkward length in regards to my dress, so I shortened the chain by tying a rubber elastic around the end. It worked! 🙂 I kept the rest of my jewelry very simple.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo with a Wedgwood necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Below is a closeup of pattern-mixing the gingham print of my button-front and the striped pattern of my coated canvas tote. I loved this pink and teal color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Weather:  Sunny and breezy — perfect summer-to-fall transitional day!

Where:  In-service week before fall quarter begins

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 25th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, September 26th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!


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