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Raspberry velvet, if you please

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from April — thanks in advance!

Like I mentioned in my most recent clothing budget post, I snagged this AWESOME velvet fedora at the iconic local men’s clothing store, Mr. Mac’s. When I got the hat home, I realized that it exactly matched my self-made obi-style belt made out of vintage ties. And that my new raspberry gingham shirt fit the color story coming together in my head… 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

I will most likely rewear this combo in the fall, but it’s been a very cold and rainy spring thus far. And it was a VERY comfortable outfit to wear, with my burgundy brogues.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

This velvet (or velveteen?) fedora really does catch the light, doesn’t it? And yes, it was pouring down rain when we took these photos. (That explains the random spots all over the button-front shirt!) I also got quite a few compliments and questions about my tie belt during the day — it is a statement piece, isn’t it? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Weather: Raaaaaaaaainy and cool

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

  • Fedora:  New, local men’s store
  • Gingham button-front shirt:  Lands’ End, new
  • Tie belt:  Made from two of my dad’s vintage ties, old
  • Wide-leg trousers:  White House Black Market, last fall
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last spring
  • Bead earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar gingham button-front shirt  //  very similar velvet hat  //  similar tweed wide-leg trousers  //  similar obi-style belt  //  very similar wood watch  //  very similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + velvet outfit collage

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Dark floral + sunshine

I snagged this dress last fall at a friend’s fashion swap, and I wore this dark floral print this past winter, as seen here. I figured it was time to finally wear this cotton dress in summertime! The weather was in the 80s and sunny — perfect for light layers and sandals!

By the way, I tried on a couple of “completer pieces” with this dress, including my light denim jacket and my dark denim jacket. I didn’t want to go with a black cardigan, as that’s what I wore the dress with before, but then I spied my short-sleeved white cardigan, which felt just right. My strappy black sandals helped ground the look, and my white shell earrings and bracelet (handmade by my paternal grandmother when I was little) tied in with the cardigan.

I felt super pretty in this comfortable, late-summer outfit, and my husband especially liked it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral dress + tote bag

My tote bag — my summer bag of choice — has a little darker edge, with its typewriter skull design. (My husband picked this tote bag up at a writer’s conference this past year.) I wanted to add a little edge to my outfit, to keep it from being too girly or sweet.

The backdrop? My new campus! There’s a pretty bridge connecting the two parts of campus, so we chose that as the main setting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

And lastly, below is me having some fun recreating this statue of a woman and a book, an art piece located right across from the library on my new campus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

I start my new job next month, so it was a good time to visit the campus again and get excited about “starting school” soon. Working in academia, I still always get butterflies in my tummy when fall term rolls around! 🙂

Do you still like to go “back to school” shopping? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!


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SIA interpretation: Rescued art

My turn to interpret the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she rescued this painting, The Door Within, from the dumpster in her building! The artist, Jean Fetman, from Highland Park, IL, and you can read Fetman’s obituary online here.

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just sent a pick of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a photo — selfies and flay lays also okay — to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, August 22. Erin will then post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

(Warning, this post is particularly photo-heavy — Sam captured a lot of good photos!)

Here is my interpretation of The Door Within:

Librarian for Life + Style | 'The Door Within' Style Imitating Art challenge

This painting is so vibrant, I knew I wanted to pull out at least a couple of the bright colors. So many to choose from! My pink scarf with the white geometric pattern was the starting point — the painting is composed of geometric shapes — and then my turquoise dress, and finally, my bright pink wedges.

Usually, I start with with the shoes when I think of outfits, but not this time! It actually took me longer than usual to decide on the shoes — and then when I saw the pink wedges, my brain went, “DUH!” I am fond of color-coordinating. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

When I came downstairs that day, Sam’s eyes went round. (Always a good sign.) Here’s how our conversation went:

Sam:  Wow. 

Jen:  I am taking that as a compliment.

Sam: You should! What are those colors?

Jen:  Turquoise and pink.

Sam:  Wow, I never would have thought to pair those colors together. 

Jen:  That’s why I love SIA challenges! I get inspired to try new things!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

I also added a tiny bit more color through my earrings, which have turquoise and royal blue beads. And of course, bright pink lip stain, to carry out the pink from head to toe! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

The backdrop adds a lot to the overall look and photos, as well. First of all, there’s the symbolism with the title of the painting, The Door Within (and there is a door actually in the painting, see here for the full painting). But the main reason I chose this backdrop was the bright lilac colors of the walls and door. Style bloggers LOVE a brightly colored wall, and I am no exception! This purple building is just down our street, so I had seen it before and thought, “I need to remember that building for a future photo location.” I thought it would be great as a backdrop for this challenge, plus it adds an additional color to my interpretation of the artwork!

Be sure to check out all the SIA interpretations on Erin’s blog tomorrow!

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SIA interpretation: Una and the Lion

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from July — thanks in advance!

I chose the artwork for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and now it’s time for my interpretation! I chose Una and the Lion, painted by British painter Briton Rivière (1840-1920), which depicts figures from a story in Edmund Spenser’s epic 1590s poem, The Faerie Queene. Una represents “Truth,” and the lion represents “Honor.” You can read a translation of the story here and more details about why I chose this painting in last week’s post here.

I represent all three major figures in this painting:  the “fair lady” (the meaning of my name, Jennifer), the lion (my Western zodiac sign), and the lamb (my Chinese Zodiac sign). I totally get symbolism. Hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Una and the Lion SIA collage

Even though the colors in the painting are quite autumnal, I wanted to still look summer-y, as there’s still plenty of the summer season left up here in the Pacific Northwest. (We follow the actual seasons, with summer lasting through late September.) No maxidress; instead, I chose a floral skirt and tank top in shades of cream, to echo the color of Una’s dress. There are lacing details in Una’s hair and dress sleeves, so I chose accessories with criss-crosses and textural details, like my cognac rope tassel belt, my metallic sandals that criss-cross in the front, and my vintage wicker purse with darker-colored lacing details along the front. I also criss-crossed my hair with a rope braid in front! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

The backdrop of the painting is in the woods, so I also chose accessories of wood, including my copper-beaded bracelet with a wooden clasp, wood beaded earrings, and my stud earrings made from petrified wood. (My father’s mother made the last two on that list, the two sets of earrings!) The backdrop in these photos features trees along our new backyard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood and bead accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

And one extra fun detail:  the lining of my vintage wicker purse features logos and illustrations of famous car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Hillman, Porsche, and more. I wore this outfit on an outing with my husband and visiting in-laws to America’s Car Museum here in Tacoma. I am NOTHING if not coordinated! 😉

The museum also has a lovely deck with a panoramic view of downtown Tacoma and the marina. I could not resist getting a photo so y’all could enjoy the view, too!

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage purse liner of car logos

Librarian for Life + Style | Deck view from the American Car Museum

So there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a picture of an outfit inspired by my artwork choice this week — flat lays and selfies are also just fine — by tonight at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. I will post the round-up on my blog here on Wednesday morning.

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SIA interpretation: Tiffany Dome

Time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, brought to you this past week by Erin from Loop Looks, who chose something fitting for U.S. National Library Week, April 10-16.

The glass dome, pictured below, is the world’s largest Tiffany glass done, in the building currently known as the Chicago Cultural Center. The building opened in 1897 as the first Chicago Public Library, and the dome is atop the room where people picked up the books they had requested, now known as the Preston Bradley Hall. And, of course, the oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association, has its headquarters in Chicago. How neat are all these library connections?! LOVE. You can read more info about the dome here at this site.

Here’s my interpretation of this gorgeous glass dome. My interpretation is all about the jewelry:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Tiffany dome

My friend and colleague Stephanie gave me the idea of wearing all black as a foundation, with colorful accessories to pop against the black. I was drawn to the bold, dark lines of the cast iron frame, especially as seen in the top photo above. The round crewneck of my black sweater also recalls the shape of the dome, as do the shapes on my bracelet (a long beaded necklace I wrapped around my wrist) and the dangly discs on my statement earrings. The green, blue, and bronze tones of my jewelry tie into how the glass dome looks in the bottom photo in the collage above.

I got these earrings at last fall’s fashion swap, as detailed in this post. They are pretty heavy, so I’m seriously thinking about taking off the chains and discs and just leaving the geometric shape at the top. I would probably wear these earrings more often if I did that, and I could recycle the discs into something else, like a necklace. What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement jewelry

I was also drawn to the juxtaposition of the modern mixed with the ornate in this Tiffany dome. I feel that’s also reflected in my outfit — the modern (my all-black foundation) and the ornate (my jewelry).

Also, yes, I have gotten an even shorter haircut. I’ve got one more outfit set for tomorrow with my previous hairstyle, and after that, I will have more details, and pics, of my new hairdo. Stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Details:

I wore this outfit on Friday, a “behind the scenes” kind of day spent on collection development (reviewing and ordering materials in my subject liaison areas). So it was okay to go a bit more casual with my outfit — but you could definitely wear the jewelry for a day-to-night kind of look, especially if you swapped out the ankle boots for strappy heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies and flat lay pics are also fine — to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Submissions due by tonight, April 18, and Erin will post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow morning.


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