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SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose this Penobscot Indian powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Inspiration:

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Interpretation:

The color scheme of the inspiration piece is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings, but lots of texture with the beading and carvings. I started with accessories, including my textured espadrille flats, which fit the color scheme and the feel of the carvings. I then thought of my red-and-white shell earrings, to pull in the bits of red in the carvings, plus add more texture. Next came my black sun hat — which has a bendable rim — because of the leather-and-wood detail around the crown and the ribbing that reminded me of the Wampum shoulder belt. (You will see details of all these accessories in photos below as you scroll through the post.)

How to pull all these different pieces together? A classic black dress, of course!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

We took photos in our backyard, against the back side of our sienna red fence. I thought the red tied in with the red bits in the carvings (and my earrings and lipstick), and the black iron bits on the back of the fence added yet more texture to the photos.

The last thing I added to my outfit was my cognac tie belt. But instead of leaving it hanging down, I tied it into a bow and moved the bow to the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

And here’s a closeup of the accessories that started me out with this SIA inspiration outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Weather:  Hot and dry summer day

Where:  I plan to wear this to brunch with a friend — I just took photos early!

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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Pride flag-inspired work outfit

Last week, I highlighted my Pride rainbow flag-inspired mani-pedi, and today’s look is what I wore on the day after I did my nails. The outfit is so simple — a fit-and-flare dress, buttoned-up cardigan, and sandals — while serving a neutral backdrop for my rainbow nails.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

I wore black and brown for my outfit specifically to reflect the newest variation on the Pride Flag, the Philadelphia City Hall version, released last year, with black and brown bands added to include LGBT+ people of color. (Lena Waithe wore this variation of the Rainbow Pride Flag as a high-fashion cape at this year’s Met Gala. ♥        )

"Philadelphia Pride Flag" is under Public Domain

“Philadelphia Pride Flag” is under Public Domain

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

And I wore this heart necklace not only because it kind of popped against the black of my dress, but also because I felt the gold-and-silver heart combo reflected the inclusivity of what I was trying to project in this outfit. I was demonstrating my heart and my allyship through style.

(Yes, I really do think through every single thing I wear.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, heart necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, accessories closeup

I reallllllly loved wearing this outfit, which I think comes across in these photos. Also, twirling! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

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SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy

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

And now it’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation. Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’ [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

Inspiration:

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretation:

I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration. I layered my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my thrifted orange floral dress. The combo feels simple yet also bold, which is also how I described this illustration last week.
Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

I kept my jewelry low-key, with a black pearl pendant necklace, black metal hoops, and bright yellow flower earring studs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Below is a closeup of the gingham print against the floral. This pattern-mixing worked so well! I think one reason this pattern-mixing duo works is because the gingham print is very small-scale (which looks kind of grey from a distance) while the floral print is very large-scale; therefore, the gingham doesn’t overpower the floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk duty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow night, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, June 6th.

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Teal green + black + animal print

It’s still cold enough some days for tights, and I do realize this outfit feels more tonally appropriate for fall more so than spring. But there must have been something in the air that day telling me to wear this color combo, because when I got to work, three of my fellow librarians were wearing green + black together. No lie. Style synergy, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

This cardigan looks more forest green in real life, but it came out looking more teal in the morning light. Either way, the color works with the earthy tones of this animal print scarf.

I turned this square scarf into a scarf necklace again, which I find a fun way to wear square scarves. It also keeps the scarf ends out of the way of whatever I’m doing! Here’s another way I’ve done a scarf necklace, which I learned from this scarf-tying video, 57 seconds into the video.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of the back of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Last but not least, I also wore this outfit with my library-themed tote bag. Why  not add another pattern to the mix? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print with my library tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

As the Fug Girls say, “Everyone looks hotter in sunglasses.” 😎

Weather:  Still cold enough for tights

Where:  Work day that included meetings, a presentation, and happy hour cocktails with a colleague afterward

What:

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Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I loved this outfit so much — and the photo location! — that this is a warning that this post is more photo-laden than usual.

The backdrop was a total accident, albeit a happy one. It’s a branch-covered wall by a public parking space in downtown Tacoma. While we were out and about a few weeks ago (yes, it took a while to get this outfit up on the blog), we parked in this parking lot for the first time. As we got out of the car, I saw the wall and went, “Huh. That might be a good place to take pictures.” And it was! I didn’t realize how good this backdrop would be until Sam kept saying, “Wow!” while he taking photos, about how dynamic the branches looked in photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

But now about the outfit! It’s SO SIMPLE yet low-key dynamic on its own, I suppose. I paired a basic white cardigan with black skinny jeans and a tan coat. I then decided to make myself feel a bit more pepped-up with red lipstick… which led to the red crossbody bag. And the gold trim on the red crossbody bag led me to my classic gold hoop earrings (reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s own earrings in Sabrina, a birthday gift last year).

Classic, simple pieces that just work. Every. Single. Time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of textured slip-on flats

These textured espadrille slip-ons were the last things I grabbed. I could have easily gone for my classic black ballet flats, or my leopard print flats, or even my striped slip-on sneakers, which would all have looked just fine. But I chose these espadrille slip-ons because the colors, tan and black, just seemed to tie the color-blocked nature of my outfit together. And they felt a bit unexpected amidst all the classic pieces. It just worked for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I had to darken the photo above a bit to get a better look at these gold hoop earrings, which are actually clip-ons. Being such a classic design, these earrings are a fun and easy way to add some easy glamor to an everyday kind of outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Weather:  Chilly and windy but no rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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