SIA interpretation: Pocket flasks

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

Interpretation:

I also loved how the colors and patterns reflected our autumn season. So that’s where I began. My cable knit sweater — which I love so much, so comfy, and it’s still available! — echoed the patterns of the blown glass flasks, and my plaid infinity scarf and cognac boots brought in all the different fall colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wore my topaz drop earrings, which reminded me of the blown glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid infinity scarf and topaz drop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wanted to take pics against a backdrop of multi-colored fall leaves. The shape of the leaves also, for me, echoes the shapes and patterns in the glass, and showcases a variety of colors, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

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, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, November 7th.

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

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

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Favorite outfit of October 2018

Time for a look back at my outfits in October and vote for your favorite!

My most popular outfit this month, in terms of total views was #4, when I layered my floral zip-up shirtdress over a sleeveless red dress for an SIA challenge. My own personal favorite was #2, when I channeled Cleopatra for another SIA challenge this past month.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of October? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | October 2018 outfits

Top row:  1  //  2  //  3
Bottom row:  4  //  5  // 6


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DIY Halloween costume | Bob Ross

Happy Halloween! This is my sixth (!) year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Six years of no-cost costumes! And yes, I wear my costumes to work, so although we took photos this past weekend, this is what I am wearing today to the library. 😀

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween costume memory lane:

A bit about Bob Ross:

This year, I dressed up as Bob Ross (1942-1995), the host of the long-running PBS series “The Joy of Painting” from 1983-1994. I have extremely fond memories of Bob Ross’s soft-spoken, calming demeanor and “happy little” phrases. In today’s extremely stressful and increasingly divisive and violent world, a bit of joy and calm feels in order.

"The Joy of Painting" title cartoon

“The Joy of Painting” title cartoon

You can watch more “The Joy of Painting” episodes on the Bob Ross YouTube channel, and you read more about Bob Ross’s very interesting life (he was an Air Force sergeant for 20 years!) here.

A happy little costume:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

My Bob Ross no-cost costume:

My Bob Ross-inspired ensemble was super simple to put together, and it consisted of:

  • a curly wig we had purchased years ago for another costume
  • one of my husband’s button-front shirts (one with pearl snap buttons!)
  • my own corduroy flared jeans
  • my husband’s tan-and-brown rope belt
  • brown sneakers
  • Bob Ross “happy clouds” novelty socks! (For Christmas last year, I bought Bob Ross-themed socks for both me and my husband. You can check out Sam’s “happy tree” socks here in this SIA round-up post.)

I filled in my brows so they were a little darker as well as more straight across and a bit thicker. I also noticed that Bob Ross tended to smile with only his upper teeth showing, so that’s what I did, too, during our photo shoot.

I never worry about exact recreations, so I didn’t bother about adding a fake beard or mustache, and of course, I wear glasses although Bob Ross did not. The wig is darker than Bob Ross’s own hair, but I think the overall effect is pretty good. I will also add a “Bob Ross” name tag when I’m at work. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross socks

My props:

This past summer during our outing to the Sumner Rhubarb Fest, I couldn’t resist picking up a Bob Ross bobbblehead at a local bookstore — so this costume was meant to be! The “Bob”blehead also came with a little booklet of paintings by the man himself.

I then added these additional props:

  • a stuffed squirrel to stand in for Bob Ross’s squirrel named “Peapod” (it’s actually a cat toy that I borrowed!)
  • a few paintbrushes in different sizes
  • a palette I made from scrap material that I then added acrylic paint on top of
  • a metal stool/table we use as a base whenever we’re painting/staining — I thought its paint stains added authenticity to our photo session! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Here I am with pet squirrel “Peapod” who guest-starred on a few “The Joy of Painting” episodes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Enjoying my paintings:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

Getting a kick out of my likeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

And last but not least… outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume outtakes

Do you fondly remember Bob Ross and his “The Joy of Painting” show? What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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SIA: Pocket flasks

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

I love how the colors and patterns are so evocative of our autumn season. I can’t wait to interpret this challenge! 😀

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, November 7th.

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

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

Sam’s style | Tartan tie + textured cardigan sweater

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (as always, thank you), then you know that my husband, Sam, is quite stylish. And he’s enjoying teaching at a local college as a new, tenure-track faculty member (he was adjunct faculty for years) — not least of which because he now gets daily use out of his own extensive wardrobe! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan closeup

We got this cardigan sweater last winter, when J.Crew Factory was having a big sale, and you may remember from this post last year that J.Crew Factory is Sam’s go-to place for cardigans! This one’s a big thicker and textured, and is totally up Sam’s “professorial” style alley. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + textured brown sweater cardigan

Weather: Perfect fall day

Where: Teaching day

What:

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