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Pattern-mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

I recently wore this outfit to work, a day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting. I wanted to make sure I looked professional, but to also stay true to my own style. And y’all know I love to pattern-mix! I loved how the grey tones in the houndstooth tights and leopard infinity scarf linked the two patterns together.

The backdrop is the Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters building, which has beautiful architecture and greenery and little nooks. We will definitely be back here to take more photos!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

And while we were taking photos, I spied a beautiful painted Tacoma rock admist the leaves and branches! It really blends in, doesn’t it?! #TacomaRocks

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Rocks collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

The pattern on these houndstooth tights is quite subtle, as it reads like a light grey from afar. It’s only when you get close up do you realize it’s houndstooth! I am enjoying my black ankle boots again, as I had the heel tips replaced by a local shoe cobbler. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Houndstooth tights + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Work day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting

What:

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SIA interpretation: Pocket flasks

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

Interpretation:

I also loved how the colors and patterns reflected our autumn season. So that’s where I began. My cable knit sweater — which I love so much, so comfy, and it’s still available! — echoed the patterns of the blown glass flasks, and my plaid infinity scarf and cognac boots brought in all the different fall colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wore my topaz drop earrings, which reminded me of the blown glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid infinity scarf and topaz drop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wanted to take pics against a backdrop of multi-colored fall leaves. The shape of the leaves also, for me, echoes the shapes and patterns in the glass, and showcases a variety of colors, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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

Everyone is welcome 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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, November 7th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what we are all inspired to wear!

SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

Inspiration:

For the challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

Interpretation:

I knew I had to incorporate a floral pattern into my SIA outfit, since the floral pattern is so central to the inspiration painting. But I first thought of a different floral dress, the cotton floral dress seen here, and I was considering layering it under a red cardigan. But that combo felt a little uninspiring to me. And on the morning I planned to wear that original outfit, I spied my floral shirtdress, and the lightbulb in my brain went off. I’ve worn this shirtdress as a tunic over leggings before, as a zipped-up jacket over jeans , as well as a long cardigan over ankle pants. Remixing this shirtdress over another dress this time felt fresh and fun to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

The woman in the painting is wearing ornate gold jewelry, so all of my jewelry is also gold, including a gold-and-crystal necklace, a gold circle ring, a gold-and-onyx sculptural ring, and a gold floral bracelet. The gold circle ring also ties into the circular mirror on the wall behind the woman in the painting. And finally, I doubled up on the floral with my cloisonné earrings. I quite liked the combination of a dark floral pattern paired with a light floral pattern. (You can click on each photo below to enlarge them.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of floral cloisonné earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold circle ring and bracelet

Although the floral pattern of this shirtdress feels quite springlike to me — and you may recall that I have this SAME floral pattern in a peplum vest! — I felt like it transitioned nicely into autumn when paired with the red dress and black tights.

And a note about my flats — they’re new! My old black ballet flats had finally given up the ghost (they started cracking on the sides), so it was time to replace them. These new round-toe flats are equally as comfy as my old flats, and the quilted sides and patent leather cap toes add some unexpected texture-mixing to the classic shape. You’ll be seeing more of them, I promise!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Weather:  Autumnal chill

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shift and teaching

What:

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

Everyone is welcome 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with in the round-up on Wednesday!

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Black jacket + red gingham

This is an outfit I wore during an in-service day, a day that the weather finally started to break toward fall. Which meant LAYERS! 😀

I layered my black canvas moto-style jacket over a buttoned-up gingham shirt and trouser jeans. This combo felt professional yet also a bit casual, which feels like my sweet spot for work wear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silver hoop earrings + red gingham shirt + black canvas jacket

I thought it would be fun to mix feminine and masculine details. The moto-style jacket is all hard angles, which feels a bit masculine, as does the shirt that I buttoned all the way up (I didn’t want the shirt collar to fight with the jacket collar). The feminine details boils down to my retro-style silver hoop earrings, classic red lipstick, and the fun striped dress charm on my structured tote bag.

And I thought it would be a bit cheeky to wear trousers to contrast with the dress charm! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of purse charm

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

I was originally planning on wearing my classic black ballet flats, but at the last minute, I thought wearing my snakeskin flats with the red patent leather cap toe would be fun. It added one more pattern to my outfit — pattern-mixing, yessssss!!!! — plus it carried the color of red all throughout my outfit. And I got compliments from colleagues on these shoes all day long! Plus, it was fun to see my colleagues’ reactions when I told them I had scored these at the first estate sale I went to, which I detailed last year in this post. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snakeskin flats with red cap toe

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Weather:  Cool with bouts of sunshine

Where:  Fall in-service day that included faculty meetings

What:

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Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I did not originally plan to take photos of today’s outfit, an outfit I wore on the weekend out to an afternoon movie date with my husband. I wore leggings and the tunic for comfort, and I threw on this belt to help shape the waist as this tunic is quite voluminous. I then added this lightweight red cotton jacket as it was chilly and drizzly — and because I always get cold in movie theaters!

We ended up taking photos because as we were walking out of the movie, Sam said he thought I looked cute, and then I spied this interesting bit of red canopy railing outside the movie theater. And that was that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wide grey belt + red jacket

I don’t know if this belt has ever made it to the blog before, but I’ve had it for years. It originally came with a pair of capri shorts, which you have seen before here; I donated the shorts a few years ago, but I kept the belt. I quite like how the chunkiness of the belt and the studded details combine to give a little ’80s flair to this casual outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I bought this red cotton jacket years ago, and it’s turned out to be quite a versatile VIP item in my wardrobe. It’s heavy enough to be a jacket in-between seasonal transitions, and light enough to layer. And I love the special details that elevate this basic piece, details like the curved yoke across the back, the elastic seam in the middle to provide more shape, the ruching in the collar, and the sleeves that can be pinned up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red cotton jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Weather:  Cool and drizzly

Where:  Weekend movie date

What:

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