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SIA: Garden Center roses

SIA inspiration pick:

Now it is time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She has posted before on her blog about her friend Annabelle’s job at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs is called GrowArts, and its goal is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. The program and the artist split the money. It sounds like an awesome organization and mission!

For SIA this week Erin chose one of the pieces they have for sale. She liked the colors and the sparkles that the artist added with the sequins.

Garden Center Services artwork

This is a perfect pick as we transition officially into spring! I’m already thinking about wearing my green rose-print scarf…

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, March  29th, 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: Bold portrait

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I chose a piece of art featuring a woman and created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site.

I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face. What were y’all inspired by?

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

First up is SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks, posing with her very handsome dog Chewie. They braved the cold to get this photo! I love that BOTH Erin and Chewie are echoing the inspiration painting, with their colors of tan, black, and red. And y’all know I love Erin’s red lipstick!

Erin's SIA outfit

Next is Mike, a longtime SIA participant, who wore a red shirt to represent the red that’s behind the woman in the painting, as well as in her hair. And Mike’s purple-and-black shirt jacket is the PERFECT match for the shaded part of the woman’s hair!

Mike's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey went with darker, more subdued shades of the colors featured in the painting — navy instead of blue, maroon instead of red, etc. — and chose bold patterns — stars and stripes — to echo the painting’s patterns. It’s a fantastic look inspired by this week’s artwork!

Salazar's SIA outfit

And finally, there’s me. I knew I wanted a red wall and red lips, and the rest of the outfit came together after that. More details and closeups on yesterday’s post!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

It was another small SIA round-up this week, but I think we all did splendidly. Plus, I love that we all wore a different pattern (or two) in each of our outfits!

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

SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art of a woman created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! 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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Not that long ago, I was looking at my thrifted wrap dress — the one featured here, here and here — and thinking that I always wore it essentially the same way:  as a dress, either with or without a cardigan, depending on the weather. I wear the dress more often than it appears on the blog, because I just keep wearing it the same way, and I don’t want to keep repeating it as such on the blog. But I repeat it in real life. It’s a go-to dress when I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m wearing.

And then I saw this post about “How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan” from the oh-so-fabulous Psyche of the Economy of Style blog. My eyes lit up, my brain switched on, and my mouth broke into a smile. A new way to wear a wrap dress?! YESSSSSSSSSSS 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a wrap dress collage

2012 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2014 outfit (without a cardigan)

Right after I read the Economy of Style blog post, we had on the forecast a rare day of sunshine and no rain. I took advantage of the opportunity!

I’ve written before how I feel like my best self when I’m feeling long ‘n’ lean — and I’ve written about this while I wearing this wrap dress as a wrap dress. I also felt gloriously long ‘n’ lean wearing this wrap dress as a long cardigan duster. It sounds odd, but it’s true:  when a taller lady wears longer items of clothing (shorts, dresses, skirts, cardigans), she ends up looking taller.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan, closeup

As the Economy of Style blog post points out, pulling the wrap ties inside and knotting them at the back was the way to go to convert this dress into a long cardigan. I also continued the “long ‘n’ lean” theme with my accessories, finishing off the look with my long gold chain and bar pendant.

Sam also made the excellent point that because this wrap dress has a collar, it made it look more like a jacket, more intentional. I’ll take it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

I felt this outfit looked best when I was walking, to allow for more movement and flow in the dress/cardigan. So I will admit that I took EVERY OPPORTUNITY to get up and walk around this work day, to feel like I was gliding around in my flowy cardigan dress. True story. #noregrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Y’all, I felt GREAT in this outfit. And it showed. I felt comfy and confident and chill, and my co-workers picked up on that. I got so many compliments on this outfit — and they were all surprised when I let them know it was a wrap dress that I was wearing as a long cardigan. It’s fun to keep surprising my new co-workers with my sartorial experimentation! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Weather:  Chilly and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Wrap dress (worn as long cardigan):  Thrifted, old
  • Blouse:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Heels:  Payless, old
  • Necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print wrap dress  //  similar gold necklace with bar pendant  //  very similar bronze pumps  //  similar skinny jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Wrap dress as long cardigan outfit collage


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SIA: Bold portrait

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate and co-host! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art featuring a woman and created by a woman.

A bit of context:

I have often used the site Pixabay to search for and use images and graphics for PowerPoint presentations, since Pixabay is a site that provides access to graphics in the public domain, i.e. “works that are free for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction under copyright law.” In my work as a librarian, I also often highlight sites like Pixabay to both students and faculty, to help aid conversations about copyright and ethical use of others’ work.

But I have NEVER thought of sites like Pixabay as a source for finding “real” or “traditional” art — but lo and behold, there are indeed artists who have gifted their more traditional artwork to the public through the site!

And that’s what led me to the artwork I chose for this SIA challenge. It’s a modern painted portrait using acrylic paint by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site.

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, with its tones of red, cream, indigo, black, and bits of yellow. I also am captivated by the bold expression on the woman’s face, like she’s challenging us and our preconceptions with her gaze alone. It is a stunning portrait of a stunning woman, and I am looking forward to exploring what I’ll come up with for the inspiration outfit!

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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is Monday, March 13th, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the next day.

I hope y’all enjoy the challenge!