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SIA interpretation 2: Monkey lithograph

Now for my SECOND interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you can see the other one on Monday’s post. And you can see the entire round-up — including Sam’s SIA-inspired outfit! — today on Daenel’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My second interpretation:

My second outfit idea started with my vintage Hawaiian-print dress (which was actually made in Hawaii, as per the label), because of the tropical theme of the lithograph. There’s also a tiny bit of red in the postcard via a bird in the lower left corner. I then layered my yellow starburst cardigan over the dress, because there is a fair bit of yellow in the postcard.

It amused me that I used the same outfit formula for both interpretations — a print dress layered under a cardigan — but the colors and print make the two outfits look very different.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

I added my cognac rope tassel belt to help give shape to the Hawaiian-print dress, and you can see more of the print in the pic below.

And a note about my accessories:  I chose my yellow and white colorblock tote for obvious color reasons; my bamboo earrings fit in with the tropical theme; and I added my turquoise stud earrings to bring in the bit of turquoise in the other bird in the lithograph postcard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

The backdrop is actually the same backdrop from the trench coat + red crossbody bag outfit post, but the vines have now exploded into leaves thanks to our recent, extended bout of warm spring weather. I thought they made for a nice backdrop that also echoed the backdrop from the postcard.

And last but not least, during our photo shoot, I borrowed my husband’s elephant cane — he was using it on the day — because the russet and gold tones of the cane fit in with the colors of the inspiration lithograph. Also, why not add one more animal to the mix?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Elephant cane closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Running errands last weekend + then reworn for work this week

What:

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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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!

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Sam’s style | Burberry tie + overcoat

One last reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

Sam’s classes that he’s been teaching this fall quarter are early-morning classes, so I often don’t get to see him until after I get off work, except on days that I work the night shift at the library. This day (which fortunately was a night shift day for me), I had to take photos of him after work because, HELLO. My man looks GOOOOOOOD, y’all. Professional, sharp, stylish. (Swoon.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

And the cognac shoes and belt? Brilliant! The lighter color of these faux-leather accessories really sets off the cooler colors of the lavender button-front and berry colors of this Burberry tie we thrifted this past summer. (Does that tie look familiar? I’ve also worn it already — as a belt!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Sam also likes to have fun with the details. One of his (male) students cracked up when he spied Sam’s cuff links — which are in the shape of the Transformers. Such a cheeky detail! (And so very Sam! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, Transformers cuff links

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie closeup

Details:

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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

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

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!

Monthly budget adventures, December 2016

It’s time again for my monthly budget adventures, and for the final month of the year, I spent a grand total of 25 cents! That’s right, one quarter. 😀

Thrift sale scarf

Right before our winter break, my college held its annual thrift shop sale, and that’s where I picked up this infinity scarf for a quarter. With its bold geometric chevron print and bright colors of green, yellow, and turquoise, I thought it might add a fun pop of color to different outfits. After the fact, I also realized the green shade is on trend for the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. More “Greenery” added to my closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifted scarf, December 2016

Thrifted scarf {similar infinity scarf in yellow chevron}:  paid $.25, no label

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $.25
Total savings for this month:  $0

Total spent for this year:  $475
Total savings for this year:  $698.70

Last month, I said I wanted to finish off the year with under $500 spent, and I made that goal and then some, which feels great! Next month, we need to reevaluate our budget, which includes our clothing budget, and the start of the new year is always a good time to reevaluate one’s closet, so I’ll be back with details.

Christmas gifts collage

These were all gifts I received for Christmas that were jewelry, clothing, or accessories. Thanks to my husband and family and friends for these super cute and thoughtful gifts! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Christmas gifts 2016 collage

Top row:  Cats-and-books print skirt from ModCloth (gift from mom) //  Fuzzy socks (stocking stuffer)
Middle row:  Front-and-back views of cat-themed tote bag from ModCloth // library card tote bag from Out of Print Clothing (both gifts from mom)
Bottom row:  Silver circle earrings (gift from Sam)  //  Tree circle earrings (gift from family friend)  //  Gold-and-silver Christmas present earrings (gift from mom)  //  Harry Potter quote necklace (gift from mother-in-law)

And yes, the quote from the Harry Potter-themed necklace?

When in doubt, go to the library.

Wise words! 😀 😀 😀


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Thrifting tips round-up

Happy Wednesday! Today, I hope you will visit Nicole’s blog, High Latitude Style, where she has gathered tricks and tips from various style bloggers about thrifting. I was very excited that Nicole asked me to contribute to the post, and you can see my tip on her thrifting tips round-up blog post.

High Latitude Style logo

Y’all know I love thrifting, and you can browse my own thrifting adventures here. You can also revisit Nicole’s guest post on my blog from summer 2014, where she showcased her expertise in layering.

Thanks, Nicole! I also can’t wait to check out other bloggers’ advice about scoring great thrift finds!