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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!

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SIA interpretation: Starry silhouette

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration:

Erin chose this “celestial” photo illustration because she just put up her Christmas tree which has a “celestial” theme, with ornaments of suns, moons or stars. The photo illustration, created by M_Caballero, is in the public domain via Pixabay, which you can see in more detail here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art "starry silhouette" collage

Interpretation:

My starting point was the dominant color scheme of purple, black, and grey, which I interpreted through my combination of purple overcoat, black-and-white dotted pants, and grey-and-black ombre scarf.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit closeup

My pants, which look greyish from afar, are actually black with a white polka-dotted design, which you can only see up close — that was to mimic the “stars in the sky” through the tiny polka dots. And the finishing touch was my opal stud earrings, which felt like a subtle way to get in a bit of celestial iridescence that’s in the photo illustration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Opal earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

And OF COURSE I had to get photos on swings, to mimic the silhouette of the person on the swings in the artwork. 😀 We took these photos at a local park and playground.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Weather:  Cold and off-and-on rainy (typical late fall/early winter day in the PNW)

Where:  Work day with lots of meetings

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. 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, by tomorrow, Dec. 5th, to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

I’ll see y’all over at Erin’s style blog for the round-up on Wednesday!

What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My husband and I are not big entertainers — we’re both self-described “high-functioning introverts” — but we do enjoy small get-togethers at home with friends. And we love games, including card games and board games, so we recently had a couple of friends over for a low-key game night. I thought it would make for an interesting post to highlight a typical kind of outfit I wear for such casual get-togethers. (You can also see a post from late last summer, of what I wore for a casual dinner at home with friends.)

The trick for me is to balance being casual and non-fussy but also put-together enough to honor the occasion of welcoming guests. (I’ve written before about this style perspective, and upbringing, of mine — about how what I wear reflects that I care about the situation or people involved.)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My style formula is comfy + classic + a bit of quirk.

I always focus on comfort, which is the primary aspect behind this outfit of stretchy jeans and swingy tunic. It’s classic in that it’s a classic formula of jeans + top + flats. And there’s a bit of quirk in the interesting coral embroidery on the bib of the tunic, plus the sparkly bronze bits of the fold-up flats. These are the Fit in Clouds flats that I won in a giveaway this spring, and they’re perfect for an evening at home with friends!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

I don’t like to wear jewelry like rings or watches or bracelets while I’m at home, but dangly beaded earrings are light and not too fussy or fancy for an informal night at home with friends. This pair of beaded earrings was a recent birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, last seen in a recent monthly budget post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + beaded earrings + pixie haircut closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Weather:  Bright and breezy

Where:  Informal game night at home with friends

What:

  • Tunic:  Local boutique in Phuket Town, during our 2010 trip to Thailand
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • Flats:  c/o Fit in Clouds via giveaway, this spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar brown tunic  //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  similar metallic fold-up flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + flats outfit collage

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Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now for another super-easy casual work outfit! That’s been my sweet spot while working behind-the-scenes this summer in the library. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

I almost always pair this purple-y floral popover top with my purple flower bead earrings — the two just go so well together! — and today was no exception. This time, I also added the lilac beaded necklace my husband recently came across, as explained in last month’s budget adventures post, and I ended up really liking the combination!

Also, these NYDJ jeans that I lucky to have fashion-swapped a couple of years ago? They have become my FAVORITE pair of jeans, as they are stretchy and comfortable and cover everything that needs to be covered. LOVE. I am letting y’all know that I am a total NYDJ convert. When I need new jeans, I will be saving up for NYJD jeans, because they are worth it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

The backdrop is one you’ve seen before in our backyard, by our back fence, with one of our pine trees (with tons of sap streaming down it), our winter-blooming camellia shrub, and one of our laurel trees. Settled in-between the trees are two little stone statues, one seated Buddha and one little Jizo Bodhisattva that’s in a more abstract style. We have future plans to turn this bit of the backyard into a little Japanese-themed rock garden, but in the meantime, these stone statues bring a bit of peace to the area.

Librarian for Life + Style | Buddhas in the garden collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Floral top:  Kohls, old
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old (but this style still available!)
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, recent gift from my mom, new
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Bead necklace:  Recently found by my husband

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Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top in blue and purple  //  similar purple beaded necklace  //  floral popover top in mulberry //  beaded long tassel necklace    //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  tote bag in same print by same brand //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover + beaded necklace outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: Gerda Wegener

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated for this round.

SIA inspiration pick:

I recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery. I was really struck by the artwork of Gerda (1886-1940), who was played by Alicia Vikander in the film, who also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Therefore, for this next SIA challenge, I selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Most of Gerda Wegener’s artwork seems pretty colorful, but I was drawn to the more muted tones of this self-portrait. Perhaps because the more muted tones seem to suit this transitional period between summer and fall? Perhaps because I was also drawn to the complicated expression on the artist’s face?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gerda Wegener self-portrait SIA collage

SIA collage for Gerda Wegener self-portrait

I had a few different ideas for outfits inspired by this self-portrait. In the end, I went with a floral pleated skirt in muted tones of bronze and light blue, as the colors were in the inspiration painting, and the pattern played off the couch print she’s sitting on. I layered a light blue cardigan over a teal tank top to add some depth, and my champagne-colored satin flats looked more bronze-y when paired with the skirt.

For accessories, I have multiple pieces of pearl jewelry, so I had some options there (pearls are my favorite gemstone). In the end, I went with my multi-colored pearl necklace as it has the largest-sized pearls (I call it my “gumball pearl necklace”), which paired nicely with my black pearl stud earrings. Finally, I chose my vintage wicker bag because it has a bakelite handle, which is a little nod to the Art Deco period of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

We had planned to take photos at Wright Park, which was near where we had brunch that morning. But as we were walking toward Wright Park, I spied this “Love” cornerstone of a church opposite the park, and I thought that would be a perfect alternative. The Danish Girl is a love story at its core, and the neutral colors of the wall and stone also tied in with the inspiration painting. It just felt right!

Below, a closeup of my multi-colored pearl jewelry — and my sassy pixie haircut! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cardigan with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Pleated skirt? Commence twirling! This skirt is a bit shorter than I remember it being. (I’ve also gained weight around my middle in the last ten years since I bought this skirt, so that’s another reason why this skirt seems to be getting shorter, hah!) I bought this skirt and cardigan together at the same time, but I think this cardigan may have seen its last day… its cost-per-wear is in fractions of pennies by now, so it’s had a good run!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze, high 70s

Where:  Brunch and errands

What:

  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Wicker bag:  Thrifted in Chicago, vintage
  • Pearl necklace:  Gift from my husband, Abu Dhabi
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this winter

Shop my outfit:

light blue cardigan  //  floral pleated skirt  //  multi-color pearl necklace set  //  blush satin flats  //  basket handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls outfit collage

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There’s 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I’m excited to see what y’all will be inspired by!


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