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SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses

SIA inspiration pick:

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She has posted before on her blog about her friend Annabelle’s job at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs is called GrowArts, and its goal is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. For SIA this week Erin chose one of the pieces they have for sale, a striking painting of roses.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Garden center SIA collage

My very first idea was to wear my green, rose-print scarf. I wanted the focus to be more on the rose print, so I went the green-and-tan color scheme route, rather than pulling focus with a bright red clothing item. (But I did add in a touch of red with the ladybug on my brooch.)

The SIA painting is part of the Garden Center Services project, so I wanted to stick with that theme by taking photos in a local community garden. We took photos in the Dometop Community Garden, which is right beside the Rogers children’s park and overlooks a restored 1907 school building.

Can you tell I was ready for spring?! You might say I was so ready, I was jumping for joy… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

I mixed in more florals with my rose earring studs and my floral clutch. More pattern-mixing with multiple kinds of roses! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral scarf and jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

By the way, this clutch is pretty roomy! I can fit in my wallet, sunglasses case, tissues, chapstick, and my cell phone, with room to spare. PLUS this clutch is pattern-mixing all on its own, with an interior of striped fabric! I also love that the external fabric is a scuba-like material.

Librarian for Life + Style | What's in my clutch?

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Weather:  Early spring day with off-and-on sunshine and drizzly rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Floral scarf:  Lands’ End, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Grasshoppers via DSW, old
  • Floral clutch:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

rose print scarf //  very similar beige ankle pants  //  rose stud earrings //  similar beige canvas flats  //  very similar dark denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral-mixing outfit collage

How you can participate in this SIA challenge:

There’s still time to participate!

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, this Wednesday, so get those photos in to her before then!

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Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Another day of rainy day layers? You’d think I lived in the Pacific Northwest or something… 😉 Seriously, y’all. So. Much. Rain. And it’s funny to me how it really is hard to capture rain in a photograph. It was legit raining while we took these photos — none of the drizzly rain we’re (in)famous for in the PNW, but honest-to-goodness rain — and you really can’t tell.

On to today’s outfit! I don’t wear my burgundy zip-up sweater cardigan all that often, because it is 100% wool and really warm. It’s also wool, and therefore itchy, which means I have to wear a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath it. So now y’all know that it was both rainy AND very cold when I wore this sweater cardigan.

And I’ve worn this sweater cardigan with these boots before, as seen in the collage below. But this time around, I wore it with a denim skirt and leggings (and a different-colored turtleneck). Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a sweater cardigan collage

2013 outfit — which I really want to rewear soon! Also, it’s fun to pair up photos like these, like I’m looking at myself across time and space.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Sam joked that it the gentleman in the mural who’s facing outward, as seen above, looked like he was enjoying my posing in front of his mural. That made me laugh! Sam always does manage to make me laugh, especially when we’re taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

And more info about this backdrop! I’ve been wanting to take photos at this location for awhile now. It’s a series of murals made out of ceramic tiles, and they look so different depending on whether you’re viewing them up close, like in the pic above, or from further away, like in the pic below.

The murals depict historical views and buildings from the Stadium District neighborhood in Tacoma around the turn of the century. There’s so much public art here in Tacoma, and this is a great example of public art integrated into a private building. You can read more about the murals here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic tile murals in Tacoma, Stadium District

And of course, as we walked across the street after taking photos (where there is an iron fence), Sam suggested I mimic the gentleman in the central mural who is gazing out over the city. No city view for me — the view past the trees is industrial, hence the trees — but we like to be thorough, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Weather:  Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Where:  Sunday brunch with friends in Stadium District

What:

  • Wool cardigan:  Smart Set, bought during PEI trip, 2006
  • Denim skirt:  Thrifted, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx for Kohl’s, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Peacoat:  Bealls, old

Shop my outfit

similar burgundy cardigan sweater  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar cognac tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater cardigan outfit collage


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Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from February. Thanks in advance!

I mentioned this yesterday on my Facebook page, about how it’s nice to see spring clothing starting to pop up on some other style bloggers’ sites, as spring is becoming a reality for many people in many part of this country. But not this part of the country, and not this site. Yesterday, we experienced snow and wintry mix. Last week, we had hail. So y’all will continue to see several outfits featuring winter layers, tights, boots, and coats — including today’s outfit!

The germ of today’s outfit was inspired by this casual winter outfit I pinned years ago from Crazy Style Love. The starting point for me — what turned on the lightbulb, so to speak — was the idea of an attention-getting scarf on top of a classic tan overcoat. Simple as that. Jenny’s scarf is bright pink and attention-getting in terms of color, whereas my scarf is neutral-colored but attention-getting in terms of its novelty print of foxes. If it had not been raining, I would have also worn my animal-print flats (Jenny’s heels are animal print), but alas, I had to err on the side of practicality. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

I wore this outfit on a casual weekend morning, on our way to coffee and a late-morning movie. (We found a local movie house that plays new movies on weekends before noon for $7! Cheaper prices plus fewer people in the theater = mutual movie-going happiness.)

The dock was less crowded, as well, with more birds than people. I enjoyed that this bird decided to hang out with us during our quick photo-shoot. It was decidedly non-plussed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

We stopped off before our morning movie date to stroll one of the docks along the Ruston Way waterfront. This is also the same dock we took photos at this past summer! We often enjoy walking or going places in the rain — it always means less people! 😉 And I think the water, as well as the waterfront, are beautiful in different ways in the rain. There’s a unique kind of serenity to gazing out over a body of water when it’s overcast and a bit foggy.

But in addition to a multitude of birds taking advantage of a mostly deserted dock, there was a lone fisherman on one end — decked out (har har) in a bright yellow slicker. We couldn’t resist taking photos of the opportune moment. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

One final look at my neutral winter layers and fox-print scarf. And another example of mixing black and brown neutrals together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Weather:  Rainy, rainy, rainy

Where:  Late morning movie on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, last summer
  • Overcoat:  Bealls in Texas, very old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Boots:  Shoe boutique in Texas, very old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Hat:  Hat boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar peacoat  //  exact boot-cut jeans  //  similar black sweater  //  similar webbed belt  // similar brown ankle boots  //  similar black newsboy cap  //  same fox print scarf design in teal

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutral layers + fox print scarf outfit collage


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Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Another day, another outfit featuring a statement coat with my cognac boots! Plus, this outfit was so nice I wore it twice! Once on the weekend before the winter quarter began, and then for the first day back to school. I’ve noticed a theme for when I have to run errands on the weekend:  throw on a statement coat and then keep everything else simple.

The outfit underneath this eye-catching coat is literally a t-shirt and a denim skirt with leggings. When I was wearing this outfit around the house, my husband, Sam, didn’t say anything. I put on the coat, Sam turns around, and goes, “WOW! You look like a snow bunny!” It’s all about this fabulous coat. (Which I fashion-swapped last fall, y’all. #fashionswapforthewin)

The last time I wore this coat on the blog, I wore it with these same cognac boots and skinny jeans. I wanted to try something at least a little bit different, so I paired the coat with a denim skirt this time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat closeup

This coat is very worthy of being a statement piece, with its mix of textures and lambswool-lined cuffs and hood. But my and my husband’s favorite detail? The embroidery of bright pink and yellow flowers. It’s the perfect finishing touch and gives this coat a Bohemian flourish.

But I have to admit, the lambswool trim is very photogenic, especially on a windy day. It’s basically photo-bombing me in these photos! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

And lastly, as I mentioned, we took these photos on the weekend before school started up again. So what better place to take photos than a school?! 😉 The backdrop is the main entrance of Lincoln High School, which was first built in 1914 and named for President Abraham Lincoln. The school was designed by Frederick Heath, who was also the mastermind behind adapting the French Chateau-style hotel into Stadium High School, which you can see here in this post from last week. There are quite a lot of historic and beautiful school buildings in Tacoma, thanks in large part to Heath, who was the city’s official school architect in the early 1900s.

I love that the word above the front doors of Lincoln High School is “Simplicity.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Weather:  The high was only 33 degrees Fahrenheit!

Where:  One weekend day for running errands; First day back at school for winter quarter

What:

  • Statement coat:  Phosphorus, fashion-swapped last fall {exact coat still available in black!!!}
  • Denim skirt:  Fashion-swapped a few falls ago
  • Tee:  Gap, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx for Kohl’s
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, new

exact coat in black  //  vest with fur and fringe trim  //  suede jacket with fringe trim  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  very similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: The Sculptures of Bernini

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans! It’s a national holiday, so no work for me today, and I will be spending a bit of my day rereading King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in quiet contemplation of his memory and legacy. A truly great and honorable man, and his vision and message still ring as true today as they did during his lifetime.

It’s also time for my interpretation of the first Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge of 2017! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a very interesting inspiration, something “a little off the beaten path but still classical,” by selecting the collective works of Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).

Browsing the full list of his works, I was struck by the fact that Bernini not only used different kinds of marble for his main sculptures but also designed the backdrops, or niches, surrounding the sculptures. His astonishing work reflects a range of textures and color tones, including shades of white, grey, red, gold, brown, and bronze. That was my starting point, to put together an outfit with complementary neutral tones.

To visually represent what I’m referring to in my inspiration collage, I selected two sculptures and backdrops with a range of textures and colors:  Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (1671–74) in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, and Mary Magdalen (1659–63) in the Chigi Chapel, Siena Cathedral, Siena.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation of the sculptures of Bernini

Credits:  Photograph of “Mary Magdalen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” by sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 (top left) ; Photograph of “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Altieri Chapel, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome” by ho visto nina volare is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (bottom left)

The color tones in my inspiration outfit include bright white (tee shirt + boot socks), winter white (midi skirt), nude (ribbed tights), bronze (shawl), and cognac (tall boots). I also had the idea of taking photographs against a stone wall backdrop that would enhance the neutral color palette of my outfit — and give a playful nod to the use of natural stone in Bernini’s sculptures. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

I also have several different textures in my outfit, including my wool skirt with floral appliqués, ribbed nude tights, and pointelle textured boot socks. By the way, the boot socks are new! (And thanks to Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, a fellow librarian style blogger, for recommending Target for over-the-knee boot socks.)

It was a coooooooold day, but I felt very warm in my boot socks and wool skirt. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

I also included different textures in my accessory choices, wearing my porcelain earrings dipped in metallic silver and my polymer clay scarf pin that my husband gifted me this summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ceramic jewelry, earrings + scarf pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Last but not least, the photos below have no link to the SIA inspiration challenge, but I wanted to share what overcoat I wore on my way to and from work. I wore my teal houndstooth overcoat to “pop” against my work outfit of all neutrals. Although my overcoat is quite long — and soooooooo warm! — I loved that my skirt was still long enough to peek out beneath my coat. 😀

I also think this is the first time you’re seeing me wear this A-MAZING coat with a work outfit; I’ve only shown it with casual outfits on the blog before this.

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Weather:  Freeeeeeeeezing

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

  • Skirt:  Banana Republic, fashion-swapped a few years ago
  • Tee:  ?, old
  • Boot socks:  Target, new
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, super old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted in Portland last year
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie,  Zoë Comings
  • Scarf pin:  Gift from my husband Sam, Joan Tayler Designs

similar long-sleeved tee  //  similar midi skirt  //  similar bronze scarf  //  exact boot socks  //  similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutrals outfit collage


And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — are welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator and co-host, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Get your photo in by tonight, and Salazar will include it in her round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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