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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

Surprise, an Style Imitating Art two-fer this week! Stop by Salazar’s blog for the full round-up, and below is my husband Sam’s interpretation of Salazar’s art choice.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam incorporates all the colors of the inspiration artwork in this “professor casual” outfit he wore on a teaching day. How awesome is this vintage blazer in olive corduroy? He dressed the blazer down in dark jeans and sneakers, but added his own fun touches with the Fraser tartan scarf and a new knit hat! Our friend Stephanie knitted this hat for him as a Christmas gift this past winter, and he’s been wearing it a lot.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Here’s a better look at the colors in this knit hat. And it’s perfect for this SIA challenge, as it incorporates all the colors in the inspiration artwork!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit and knit hat closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Details:

Want to join in the SIA fun next time? Every Monday, I feature an SIA post, and the inspiration challenges are chosen by one of the SIA co-hosts: me, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and Erin @ Loop Looks. Next week, Erin will choose the SIA inspiration artwork!

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Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Can you guess the starting point for today’s outfit?

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It wasn’t the skirt — rather, it was the blue leggings that I wore as tights! This is one of my favorite clothing tricks during fall and winter, to wear leggings as tights. They’re warmer than tights and provide more coverage and hold, plus they’re easier to pull on.

Here’s how the rest of the outfit came together in my head:

  • Next came the blue cardigan, as it coordinated with the tights.
  • Then came the cognac boots, as I thought my black riding boots would look too harsh.
  • Then I thought of my cat-print skirt, as it incorporates cognac and orange-y tones that would go well with the boots.
  • Then came the cognac belt — I thought my blue patent leather belt would look odd right next to the blue cardigan. I could have also untucked my cardigan, but I decided I wanted a tucked-in look that day. It just depends on the day, as y’all know I’m a fan of untucking my tops.
  • Then I decided on my topaz drop earrings, to bring out more earth tones.
  • I went with my new cognac, black, and white tote bag because it tied together the black and cognac tones in the skirt.
  • At the last minute, I added my blue beanie, which I thought would be a fun finishing touch — and an unexpected one!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It was super windy this day, so thank goodness I was wearing tights! Sam was able to catch a few fun pics that show how the wind affected my skirt. 😀Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Both the beanie and bow belt are accessories I got while living overseas in the UAE. It’s been awhile since you’ve seen this beanie, which surfaced in an early post here, and here in my travel post to Amsterdam. The bow belt you have seen lots of times, like here and here, and it actually came with my cat-print dress, most recently seen here (although I NEVER wear this bow belt with my cat-print dress!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Weather:  Cold, clear + windy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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