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SIA interpretation: Black Cat

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

And now it’s time for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Salazar chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911).

Collage of "The Black Cat" and my inspiration outfit. "Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

Collage of “The Black Cat” and my inspiration outfit. “Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

My interpretation:

I have several cat-print items in my wardrobe, including this adorable cat-print tee, so my main task was to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t featured my cat-print dress on the blog for a few years. I have consistently worn this dress — it’s a staple during the fall season, and those on Instagram have seen me wear this dress already this fall (along with this same blanket scarf, although worn in a slightly different way) — but I just hadn’t bothered photographing it recently.

The colors in this dress are just so perfect for the inspiration artwork, as well as the kitty cats in the pattern!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

And just how perfect is this background?! I knew this little Japanese garden would be a good starting point, as the artist for this week’s SIA inspiration artwork, Hishida Shunso, is Japanese. In the garden, I then spied this Japanese maple tree in this gorgeous shade of yellow, which matched the inspiration painting so well! It was meant to be. (Happy sigh.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

I forgot to get detail shots of my pumpkin earrings, but you can sorta see them in the pic above. I wore this outfit last Monday, the day before Halloween, so they still fit thematically. And in real life, the orange of those earrings popped against the black blanket scarf. One could argue that the pinstripes in this scarf also echoed the veins in the leaves in the inspiration painting? Right? That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

My tights also have a ribbed texture, so I’m mixing three different patterns together! Hello, my name is Jen, and I like to find new ways to pattern-mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup with boots and ribbed tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Weather:  Dry and sunny, a perfect fall day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing this dress:

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I hadn’t featured this cat-print dress on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make a collage of the previous ways that I have worn this cat-print dress. You’ll notice in the middle pic below that the back of this dress is actually a V-neck — but this time around, I switched the dress around to wear the rounder neckline in the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my cat-print dress

Links to original posts:
left (2012)  //  middle (2013)  // right (2014)

There is 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

Can’t wait to see the SIA round-up!


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DIY Halloween costume | Dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

As I mentioned earlier this week, this is my fifth (!) year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Five years of no-cost costumes!

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween costume memory lane:

Like I said, I had two costume ideas this year, both for strong women action heroes in recent pop culture movie hits. So I decided to do them both! First up was me dressing up as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince after she tried on costumes to “blend in” in 1918 London.

Next up is a totally different brand of a strong woman action hero… the Atomic Blonde! Yep, I went blonde (gasp!) for this next Halloween costume (which I plan to wear for a Halloween party this weekend). For my birthday this year, we saw the Atomic Blonde film in the theater, and I was IN LOVE with Charlize Thereon’s look and wardrobe and total badass attitude throughout. The film is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City.

First, take a look at the film’s trailer to get a feel for the look and vibe that I was going for:

Isn’t Charlize Theron’s wardrobe in this film drool-worthy?! I was actually inspired while I was watching the film to put together my own DIY Halloween costume as the Atomic Blonde. I realized that I had pieces already in my closet that would echo the look and style of the title role.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Putting together the outfit for the Atomic Blonde:

The outfit I put together once again included pieces from my closet as well as pieces from my husband’s closet:

  • I started with this sweater with a grid print in black and white, along with panels of pink down the side. The pattern is so ’80s!
  • Next came my black pencil skirt and ribbed black tights and high-heeled boots (she wears a lot of boots in this film!)
  • Next I knew I would need a long coat (the coat wardrobe ALONE in this film is amazing!). I thought first of my long grey Vienna coat, seen here — but then I remembered my husband’s long, charcoal Vienna coat, seen here, and I knew that would be perfect. The lines of this coat are sharp and tailored, and it being slightly oversized on me would fit the ’80s time period well.
  • My husband’s freebie sunglasses with the hot pink sides was the perfect finishing touch!

One caveat — I did have to buy the blonde pageboy wig, as I am obviously not a natural blonde. (And nor should I be! It actually freaked me out to see what I looked like as a blonde. And I immediately felt like everyone was staring at me because of the bright blonde hair!) So it wasn’t completely a no-cost costume, but the wig only cost a few dollars, so it was still extremely low-cost.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Photo backdrops and filters:

OF COURSE it was unusually bright and sunny the day we had available to take these photos. But since the Atomic Blonde film itself has such fun with different colors and filters, I did, too!

I wanted an industrial or cityscape backdrop for the photos, to tie in with the gritty Berlin landscape of the film, and we finally realized that the top level of the parking garage by the Tacoma Dome station served that purpose very well — complete with a backdrop of downtown Tacoma and its industrial east side. On the way up to the top level of the parking garage, Sam realized it was perfect lighting to snap a few impromptu pics. (Note: I went in afterward and added a turquoise tint to the elevator photos above.)

The remainder of the photos below are overlooking the Tacoma industrial and downtown areas. I did a faded tint on the following photos, as I wanted the photos to feel a bit washed-out and gritty. I had to channel my inner badass — and my best bitchface! — for these photos, and I loved how they turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

These walking shots below are my personal faves of the bunch!

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde DIY makeup:

Even though I knew I would be wearing my husband’s pink-and-black sunglasses, I did do a full face of makeup. (I am nothing if not dedicated!) I found this video tutorial from BeautyChemCam about how to do an Atomic Blonde-inspired makeup look. The focus is all on the eyes, with heavy black eyeliner and eyeshadow, but with a neutral lip color.

And it’s the first time I’ve tried all-over black shadow on my lids — and the first time I’ve lined all the way around my eyes myself! It was a little disconcerting at first to see myself in such heavy eye makeup. I have never done eye makeup like this before, because, well, I have large eyes (and eyelids), and it always felt like I would be “gilding the lily,” if that makes any sense. But I actually kinda liked the look, and it surprised me to learn that I could actually carry off such an intense makeup look!

Also, do you like how you can see the bandaid on my finger in the pic below? I think it actually adds to the costume, as the director purposely showed in the film how the Atomic Blonde has to physically recover from violent encounters.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as the Atomic Blonde

Did you enjoy this DIY Halloween outfit and a second — and very different! — female action hero? What are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Please leave a comment and share!

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Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Flowering tree

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

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

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of growARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. If you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Flowering tree SIA inspiration collage

The starting point was, of course, the cherry blossom tree as the backdrop. I had seen this tree blooming at the end of the East 34th Street Bridge, and it totally echoes this week’s SIA inspiration artwork. Perfect timing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

This cat tee says, “Te quiero mucho” (which means “I love you a lot” in Spanish), but the rounded font makes it look more like, “Le quiero.” I layered the tee over my black knit dress, in order to be more streamlined around the waist.

I kind of love that when I pulled the tee tight and looped the excess fabric into a knot, the design’s pink border trim morphed into a heart-like shape! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

And yes, it’s still been cold enough for tights. (Sigh.) But it worked out well for this SIA challenge, as my black tights and black skirt help to “ground” the look, like the trunk of the tree in the inspiration painting. 😉

The photo below might just be my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s the color combination of the light green of the budding trees in the background, along with the soft pink of the cherry blossom buds in the foreground. It feels like a Japanese-esque type composition, no?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

A fit-and-flare dress and twirling? But OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Gloriously sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Cat tee:  ModCloth, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  eShakti, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

Y’all, I might just love the collage outfit more than my own! 😉

Spanish-language cat tee  //  purple fit-and-flare dress  //  black cat ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee outfit collage

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.


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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee:  Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt:  c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new
  • Black metal hoops:  Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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