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SIA interpretation: Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow

It’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this one is really special. It is the last SIA challenge curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration:

Erin chose a really appropriate artwork for her lat time curating SIA. It’s called “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” a Chinese handscroll painted during the Ming dynasty, circa 1508.

"Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow," circa 1508, China

“Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” circa 1508, China

My interpretation:

This one wasn’t hard at all for me. The color palette is all neutrals — grey and black and beige with pops of red — and that’s what I’ve got in my outfit.

Grey in the leopard print infinity scarf
Black in the sweater shell, pointelle socks, flats
Beige in the blazer
The pop of red? My fingernails! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

I wore these pointelle socks — which are actually knee socks — because it was still pretty chilly. And it’s always colder in the mornings, which is when I travel to work by bus. Even though the main reason was practicality, I really liked the little extra texture the socks added to my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

And I am a completist, so here’s the outfit without the blazer, so you can see this sweater shell in its own right (I got it on sale this past December, before I started my year-long, self-imposed shopping ban to buy new clothing).

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library that included a couple of meetings

What:

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There’s still time to particpate in SIA:

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, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by the end of tomorrow to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

Let’s give Erin a great SIA send-off, shall we? Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

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SIA interpretation: Dido Belle portrait

A quick note, the poll is open for you to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month. Thanks in advance!

Now it’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge and artwork that I chose to host this go-round.

SIA inspiration:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, circa 1779, once attributed to Johann Zoffany. (The actual painter is still unknown.) This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady, Dido Belle, who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The two ladies in the double portrait were second cousins. You can read more about the painting here, in this article about how this enigmatic painting inspired a movie, and more here about the real-life Dido Belle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of SIA artwork and my interpretation, Double portrait of Dido Belle + her cousin

My interpretation:

Usually, my SIA-inspired outfits build up from a very specific starting point, be it a color or texture or piece of clothing. This time, multiple inspirations came together at one time for me, including:

  • pearl jewelry, as it’s one of the items that visually link both women in the painting
  • floral-print dress, to bring in the various florals in the painting
  • beret, to echo the look of the turban on Dido’s head
  • feather clip, because of the feather on Dido’s turban
  • winter-blooming camellias in our backyard, to capture the backdrop in the painting

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, beret + feather clip

This is the second time I’ve added a feather clip to this beret — you can see the first time here in this post, another SIA-inspired outfit! — and it just felt right. It captured a literal item in the inspiration painting, the feather in Dido Belle’s turban, and it felt like it captured the mood of the painting. I have several pearl necklace options (pearls being my favorite gemstone), and I chose this multi-colored pearl necklace because it pulled in multiple colors from the painting. Plus, it felt like a modern way to pull in the pearls.

The bright pink in the photo below is the lining of this purple velvet blazer. This beautiful lining rarely gets featured, and I just wanted to give it its due. The inspiration painting features a pale pink, through Lady Elizabeth’s dress, but I don’t have any pale pink in my wardrobe. It didn’t bother me in the least to darken that inspiration color to a dark purple through my velvet blazer — and shocking pink lining! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, velvet blazer + pearl necklace + beret + feather clip

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

It was really hard for me to get any usable photos of me mimicking Dido Belle’s gesture of her hand in her cheek. It’s such a, well, cheeky pose! 😉 And it’s realllllllly hard for me to do the slight smiles on both ladies’ faces in the inspiration painting — whenever I try to smile without showing teeth, it just comes out like I’m angry — or snobby. It always feels more natural for me to smile wide, as you can see below. You do you, ladies. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA:

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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th. I will then include you in the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, March 7th.

White Christmas style inspiration, take 2

As I mentioned earlier this week, I was inspired to recreate some of my favorite fashions in the classic 1954 musical, White Christmas. (It’s no longer the holiday season, but I can watch this movie any day of the year!)

In the previous post, I recreated a costume worn by Rosemary Clooney in this scene from the movie:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

Today, I’m recreating… Bing Crosby’s costume in this same scene! The ladies don’t get all the sartorial fun in this movie; the men get to wear super stylish outfits, too, with layers of textures and patterns. And jaunty scarves! 😉

Here’s another look at Bing Crosby’s costume, when he goes outside and dons a fedora:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

I’m no stranger to menswear-inspired style, but of course, my versions of Bing’s grey tweed blazer and trousers are more feminine in cut. I also flipped the navy in his outfit from his navy polo shirt to my navy trousers. And I added my husband’s grey fedora, as y’all know I also love to wear fedoras!

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

And OF COURSE I was excited about recreating the neck scarf. My only problem was which neck scarf to choose (!), as I have a few with blue tones in them. I finally chose a silk scarf I thrifted years ago in Portland, with bits of orange and an edging of bright blue.

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Weather:  Sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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DIY Halloween costume | Dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

This is my fifth (!) consecutive year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Five years of DIY no-cost costumes!

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween memory lane:

This year, I had two costume ideas, both for strong women action heroes in recent pop culture movie hits. So I decided to do them both! That’s right, you get two (!) DIY Halloween costume posts from me this year.

First up, I realized I had pieces already in my closet to dress up as Wonder Woman from the recent 2017 film version… or rather, Diana Prince as she looks after she’s tried on costumes to “blend in” with 1918 London. So yes, I’m dressing in a costume… of Diana Prince in a costume. It’s so meta! 😉

I searched for inspiration photos, and I created a “Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board” on my Pinterest account.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board on Pinterest

For my own version of the costume, I put together:

  • Wonder Woman tee (also remixed here, here, and here)
  • Knit jacket/blazer (which I’ve had for ages!)
  • Long brown skirt (also remixed here and here)
  • Brown hat with a wide brim (borrowed from my husband)
  • Brown chunky heels (also remixed here and here)
  • Bronze bracelet cuffs (from a craft store months ago)
  • Brown belt (also borrowed from my husband!)
  • Bit of gold braided ribbon (to represent the “lasso of truth”!)
  • Gold rope knot earring studs (to echo off the “lasso of truth”)
  • My own glasses!

And mad props to my husband, Sam, for creating this photo graphic below of me in my Diana Prince costume with a composite reflection of Wonder Woman in the window. AMAZING.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

 

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, closeup

For the makeup, I went for the more natural and apple-cheeked look that Gal Gadot has as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, as seen here in this screenshot. I put on foundation all over my face for a smoother, more even finish, then I filled in my eyebrows a bit and added dark brown eyeliner. I put on a neutral lip stain, and added pink blush to mimic the perpetual rosy glow Wonder Woman has. As someone who doesn’t normally wear blush, the fact that I really liked the effect of this makeup surprised me!

And below are additional closeups of the details I put in the costume, including bronze cuffs peeking out of my knit blazer and a bit of gold braid left over from a previous craft project that I pinned underneath my blazer to serve as my favorite Wonder Woman prop, the “lasso of truth.” Did you also notice my gold rope knot earrings above? Yep, an additional little wink to the “lasso of truth”! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I never worry too much about exact accuracy with these DIY costumes — it’s really more about the overall effect. I don’t have a long blazer jacket and matching long skirt like Diana Prince did in the movie, but this shorter knit blazer and long brown skirt combo sufficed. And she wears a navy hat with a rounder shape and brim in the movie, but my brown hat (borrowed from my husband Sam!) served as a nice substitute, as it is bigger than a regular fedora and has a brim that I can tilt slightly to one side like she does in the film. And of course, the Wonder Woman tee is not period — LOL! — but it’s a cheeky nod to my costume and inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

We took photos this past weekend in front of two theater buildings in Tacoma, the Pantages Theater and the Rialto Theater. The reason? I wanted backdrops that matched the 1918 time period of the film — and both the Pantages and Rialto Theaters opened in 1918! The Pantages Theater opened in January 1918, and the Rialto Theater opened a few months later, in September 1918. You can read more about the history of these two historical buildings here on this site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

During our photo shoot, we tried to get in as many of the details as possible of these historical and beautifully restored buildings! Below are some closeups of the details in the external lobby of the Rialto Theater.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I posted this costume early, but I will be wearing this exact Wonder Woman / Diana Prince costume on Halloween next week. And yes, I have to teach AGAIN on Halloween, so my students will be seeing this costume up close! 😀 Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share.

And be sure to tune in on Friday for my second DIY, no-cost Halloween costume idea!

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Casual Friday Pride

I showcased this new tee in last month’s monthly budget post, and I wore it on a day in which I knew I would be attending an art gallery reception immediately after work. So this is another example of a “day-to-night” outfit for me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

I seriously got SO MANY compliments on this outfit from work colleagues, which I wasn’t expecting. Tacoma Pride!      

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

We took these photos at a little Japanese friendship garden. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile — I’m so glad it worked out this day!

I was also really pleased that I was finally able to get a good photo of these tuxedo-stripe jeans, so you could get a sense of how the black stripe looks against the dark denim, without me having to lighten the photo.

It was a happy accident that I happened to be wearing my “Rockstar” nail polish while wearing my Tacoma Pride tee. This nail polish is bright pink but includes all colors of the rainbow if you look close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure and cherry blossom lipstick closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and perfect

Where:  Casual Friday at the library and an art show reception after work

What:

  • Tee:  Tacoma Pride Festival, new
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Skinny jeans:  LOFT, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Rose earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Nail polish:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Lipstick:  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherry Blossom

Shop my outfit:

very similar classic black blazer  //  similar Pride tee  //  tuxedo-stripe jeans  //  exact lipstick  //  exact nail polish  //  similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + blazer outfit combo

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