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SIA interpretation: Sing Street

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This week’s inspiration artwork was chosen by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and she chose the bright and colorful poster for Sing Street, which was one of her favorite movies this past year.

My interpretation

I think this is the first time to feature this infinity scarf I thrifted back in December — and what better way to feature this chevron-print scarf of multiple neon colors than with an ’80s-inspired challenge?! And the background color of this part of the fence matches up almost perfectly with the background color of the movie poster! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage for my Sing Street SIA interpretation

I wanted the scarf to be the focus of the look, so I paired it with an outfit of neutrals that also fit in with the movie poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored chevron scarf closeup

Yep, I’m wearing denim on denim:  black skinny jeans and a dark-wash denim jacket. But it works because the colors and washes are different — but no ’80s acid wash! And no “Canadian tux” here! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Multi-colored backdrop

The backdrop is a fence that’s been painted in multiple colors. (I believe it’s a fence that encircles a local child’s day care or playground.) I spied the fence a few weeks ago and thought at the time it might make a good backdrop for future photos. Multi-colored scarf, multi-colored fence — and just perfect for the movie poster inspiration! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainbow fences collage

Weather: A day of sun after a week of snow and rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit

similar infinity scarf  //  very similar dark denim jacket  //  exact skinny jeans //  similar black round-toe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Double denim with a multi-colored scarf collage


Still time 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight Monday, Feb. 27th. Salazar will be traveling, so she will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, March 1st.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to choose the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

A quick reminder about the JORD giveaway… just click the graphic below to go to the link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Style pinspiration

When I am feeling uninspired when it comes to dressing for work, I turn to my “Easy work outfits” Pinterest board. And when I came across this look I pinned from Jules in Flats, with her burgundy ankle pants, white top, and grey cardigan, the lightbulb went off in my head. Once again, I thought:  “I can do that!

And so I did. I didn’t worry about being too literal in my outfit. It’s about inspiration, not exact replication. For example, instead of wearing my burgundy ankle pants, I opted instead for my red jeans (which have a bit more coverage around the ankles).

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Jewelry details

I tend to prefer silver or white gold jewelry, as I feel it’s more complimentary to my pale skin tone. After dressing, I also realized that every single piece of jewelry I was wearing came from my husband! Sam was only too pleased to take close-ups. 🙂

My wedding ring is white gold, and we designed it in collaboration with a local jewelry designer back in West Texas; it also includes the same diamond from my mom’s original wedding ring. Awwwwww…. ♥ My engagement ring is silver with a white pearl. My husband adapted a ring design from James Avery Jewelry in order to echo a ring of my grandmother’s, and he had it made at the flagship James Avery store and studios in central Texas. My necklace chain and two of the pendants — a silver ring with a scroll design and a heart pendant (which is still available!) — are also from James Avery. The red rose ring pendant is a ring Sam bought me at a farmer’s market in Portland, first seen here, and I added it to the necklace to bring it a pop of color. Finally, the silver circle hoops are a recent Christmas present from Sam.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

It’s such a simple outfit — I’ve been saying that a lot lately, haven’t I? — but the bits of red throughout really stand out. The final finishing touch, of course, was red lipstick! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration

And finally, here’s a pic of me with the outerwear I wore going to and from work. I wore my black coat, plus a buffalo plaid scarf with colors that played off the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, last spring
  • Sleeveless sweater:  Kmart?, super old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Heart pendant:  James Avery, gift from husband, old
  • Scarf:  ???, my husband’s
  • Lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

grey cardigan from same brand  //  exact red straight-leg jeans  //  similar sleeveless white top  //  similar grey sporty flats  //  exact heart pendant from same brand //  exact red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration outfit collage


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Jewelry review of Pearl & Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you will know that my favorite gemstone is the pearl. Both of my grandmothers loved pearl jewelry, so that’s probably where I was first learned to love pearls. I also love that pearls are gemstones that come from organic, living organisms — mostly mollusks and oysters — which makes them very special. (The vast majority of gemstones come from minerals.) Pearls come in such a variety of shapes and colors and textures, it’s no wonder they’ve been highly valued for centuries.

I’ve worn pearls for years — including at my wedding! — and you can see previous outfits that I’ve worn with pearl jewelry here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings

So it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Pearl & Clasp, an online company that provides pearl restringing services as well as quality pearl jewelry at a variety of price points. Plus, the company was co-founded by two women, Tara and Sari, and y’all know that I love to support strong women leaders and entrepreneurs! The selection at Pearl & Clasp includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, along with a variety of clasp options.


Full disclosure: This is a post done in collaboration with Pearl & Clasp, and I received a pair of earrings of my choice in exchange for a review. As always, I am 100% honest about sharing my personal thoughts and experiences with you.


I chose a simple and classic pair of black pearl earrings, the 9mm button black freshwater earrings. The $34 price is a totally fair price, in my opinion, and reflects the more affordable variety of freshwater pearls. They also have Tahitian black pearl earrings, which are more expensive, of course.

Here are closeups of the earrings I selected. I love that the black of the pearl is more of an iridescent black, which reflects surrounding colors. It gives the black pearl earrings a warmer, richer look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Here’s a closeup of these earrings in my hand, so you can get a better sense of their size.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Pearls are so classic and timeless, yet I have often have heard other women say they don’t wear pearls because they see them as too formal or stuffy. I do not share this sentiment; on the contrary, I believe there’s a pearl for everyone!

So for my first time out wearing these pearls, I wanted to wear a more casual outfit, in order to demonstrate that you can wear pearls with all kinds of looks, including casual ones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

I am super pleased with my new earrings from Pearl & Clasp. They’re a lovely, warm color, plus I like the weight and feel of the earrings when I am wearing them. They are lightweight but also feel sturdy and secure when they’re in my ears. Highly recommended! This particular style of earring also comes in other colors, including soft pink and classic white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

I wore this more casual combo — black skinny jeans with my grey Pride & Prejudice sweatshirt and knit chevron infinity scarf — on a day off from work, a day in which I also had lunch with a friend. So I wanted to be comfortable around the house but also nice enough to go out to eat. These pearl earrings were a perfect addition to help me feel a bit more polished and put-together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Weather:  A bit warmer, in the low 50s — but definitely still winter!

Where:  Around the house and a lunch out with a friend

What:


Do you like these new earrings from Pearl & Clasp? Do you also love pearl jewelry? Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Vogue peacock

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! It was my turn to curate the SIA challenge, and I chose a vintage Vogue cover, from November 1909, featuring a peacock scene in shades of grey, black, white, and orange.

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Both bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate. Just send a photo — selfies or flat lays also just fine — of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork. Send a photo to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. PST. I will post the round-up on my blog tomorrow morning,  All Hallow’s Day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art challenge, Vogue peacock cover

It did not take me long to figure out what I wanted to wear for this week’s challenge. I started out in monochromatic grey, from my grey cotton knit dress (which has black seaming) to my tights to my ballet flats, with a pop of orange at the waist. I pulled in a bit of extra black with a grey-and-black ombre scarf, and I chose pearl jewelry:  white pearl drop earrings + a black pearl necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

I knew I wanted a pop of orange, and I had first thought of tying my orange sash, seen here, around the waist. And then I remembered my orange polka-dot ribbon belt, which meant I could get in the orange color PLUS the dotted pattern of the peacock’s feather. Score!

A closeup below of the belt plus the black seaming of the dress:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Weather:  Sunny fall day, low 60s

Where:  Work

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ballet flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tights:  WalMart?, old
  • Ribbon belt:  Thrifted in Portland, old
  • Scarf:  Fashion-swapped last fall
  • Pearl earrings:  Local store in Oregon, gift from my husband
  • Pearl necklace:  UAE, gift from my husband

similar grey fit-and-flare dress  //  similar orange belt  //  similar ombre scarf  //  similar heather grey tights  //  similar black pearl necklace  //  similar ballet flats

grey with a pop of orange collage

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SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

It’s time for my SIA interpretation! It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose a classic:  The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. The muted colors and mix of textures in the painting are lovely.

My starting point was my pleated cotton skirt in shades of bronze, white, and light blue. This skirt hasn’t been on the blog that often, seen here, here, and here, but I’ve had it for years. I added a light denim jacket, plain white tee, and my porcelain Wedgwood pendant necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

We’ve taken photos at various places outside our new home, but it felt like good timing to take some photos inside. Plus, my blogger pal Erin at Loop Looks — and SIA co-host! — has asked for some pics inside the house, so we took these photos in our living room. (Our couch is usually in front of this picture window, but we moved it forward for a few pics.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of porcelain pendant and pleated skirt

Above is a closeup of my skirt with its bronze ribbon detailing, plus a closeup of the Wedgwood porcelain pendant that my mom got in England decades ago — it’s so delicate and pretty!

Last week, I mentioned recognizing The Chocolate Girl painting from the cover of Longbourn. So OF COURSE I had to incorporate my copy of the book into the photos, along with a yellow tea cup (a birthday gift from Portland friends) and a porcelain dish for chocolate sweets (from Scotland, a gift from Sam’s great-aunt). The green metal tray is one we picked up years ago in Texas, and it’s usually in the center of our dining table. I thought it was a nice touch to bring it into the photo shoot in order to echo the tray the maid is carrying in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation tableau for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Lastly, below are some photos of me on our tufted couch, which is the newest addition to our living room. (It’s hard to find a smaller-scale sofa!) Our cat Ibsen was determined to join in on the photo shoot. (I think he was a little jealous of all the attention Brontë got last month in this SIA interpretation post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Half-day at work (which gave me time in the morning for photos!)

What:

  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Pendant:  Wedgwood, vintage, from my mom
  • Earrings:  Minnesota visitor’s gift shop, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old

similar denim jacket  //  similar long-sleeved white tee  //  similar floral skirt  //  similar ballet flats  //  blue circle pendant necklace

denim jacket + floral skirt

So there is still time to participate in SIA challenges! It’s easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s art piece — flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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