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What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap

My friend Christina has the best ideas! She’s the one who invited me to the “cars & couture” local fashion show last summer, and it was her idea to get tickets to the annual local Oscars viewing party, hosted by The Grand Cinema. I am a lifelong Oscars nerd fan, so she did not have to twist my arm to say yes — and then it turned out to be a really fun and unique “double date” when our significant others agreed to come along.

Festive attire dress code

The dress code, as explained on the event’s website, suggested “festive attire.” I had no idea what that meant, so y’all know I looked that up, right? Librarian skillz. 😉 Turns out, “festive attire” is basically like “cocktail attire” but with more sparkle and sequins.

This was a great opportunity for Sam to bust out his formal kilt attire, because YES. And he went full formal, with his tux shirt and buttons and bow tie and fancy, faux-fur sporran. I love love love when Sam gets to wear his formal kilt, because (a) he looks so handsome, (b) the Fraser red tartan is very striking, and (c) he looks so handsome.

And because Sam would be wearing the Fraser red tartan, I knew I would need to incorporate that into my own ensemble. I had two options in my closet that would coordinate with the red tartan:  my navy satin-and-chiffon halter dress, seen here, and my purple retro-style dress with the sweetheart neckline, first seen here. Either dress would have been fine, but I decided on my purple cocktail dress as it provided a bit more coverage, and it’s still winter. Practicality, y’all.

Here we are, in our festive finest:

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

The day before the Oscars viewing party, my friend Christina scored a black velvet wrap dress, seen below. A great find, so classic and flattering! I also loved that she added fun patterns with her clutch and heels. She also convinced her sweetie, Bismark, to incorporate patterns, through his checked button-front and socks. (Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of his socks!).

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Don’t they look so dapper? ♥ And if Bismark’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the tattoo artist who painted the inspiration artwork that I chose for the first Style Imitating Art challenge of the year!

For fun, as well as to honor Bismark, I added his pin to my clutch. (You can also see a closeup of this pin on my Instagram.) I also added a Jamie Fraser Outlander pin to my clutch, to honor my own Fraser. This pin — which some of you may also have seen earlier this year on my Instagram! — was a Christmas gift from friends in Portland. I also added a Wonder Woman pin, because the movie should have been nominated for multiple Academy Awards this year but was shut out. (Other than Wonder Woman not getting nominated, I was pretty happy with the rest of the nominations. And I was pretty pleased with the eventual winners, too.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of clutch and pins

Below is a photo of my other accessories and jewelry. I first added the circular brooch that my husband’s Scottish great-aunt gifted me when we visited her and Sam’s cousins years ago during our trip to Scotland (see this post for more pics during that trip). To coordinate with the black pearls in that brooch, I added two bracelets with black pearls, as well as my headband that looks like it’s made of miniature black pearls. I added more sparkle with my crystal drop earrings, as well as the vintage, Art Deco-inspired brooch from my paternal grandmother.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of scarf rosette and brooch

I used the circular brooch to secure one end of the sash, as you can see above, and I used the Art Deco brooch to secure the top part of the sash on my shoulder, as you can see below.

When I was double-checking to see which shoulder to drape the sash over — wearing it over the right shoulder signifies you are married to a clansman, whereas wearing it over the left shoulder signifies you are married to the clan chieftain — I saw a tutorial for an easy way to do a rosette at the end of the sash. I ended up doing a half-rosette, and I really loved how it finished off one end of the sash. The other end I left hanging down the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

The viewing party was really well-organized! Everyone got awards booklets, as well as a special, complimentary cookie. There was a private viewing room for VIPs, but we opted for the general admission seats — and I am glad to report that the theatre seats were very cushy and comfortable! When you know the telecast will last 4+ hours, that’s a very important detail! 😉

During the commercial breaks, the emcees held raffle drawings and even a costume contest! I forgot to get photos of the costume contest, but you can see more photos from the event here and here on the Grand Cinema’s Facebook site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018, program and cookie

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

They also had a fun photo booth downstairs, which was open during the entire telecast. They had all sorts of props to play with, including a miniature Oscar statuette, feather boas, masks, and more. Sam and I opted for black-and-white photos for our turn — we had fun with the Oscars statuette, because OF COURSE — and we went for full color for a group photo booth souvenir. I loved how these turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Finally, some selfies to wrap up the night!

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

I really enjoyed reliving this fun night while putting this post together — I hope you also enjoyed this Oscars viewing party recap! What did you do for the Academy Awards this year? Please leave a comment and share. 😀

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SIA interpretation: Light in the dark

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round coming back to me to curate.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a striking photographic artwork that I’ve had pinned on my private “SIA Ideas” Pinterest board for awhile. I found this public domain image on Pixabay, and it’s by a 16-year old Italian photographer, Joachim Mayr, who posts images on Pixabay under the username of “By_Jo.” You can see more of his photographs, mostly of closeups of nature and animals, online here.

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Still time to participate! Here’s how:

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or orange or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or necklaces or bangles. Lots of options!

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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

My interpretation:

My all-black outfit is right on target with the inspiration photograph, as is the circular Wonder Woman logo in gold on the front. And Wonder Woman herself echoes the feelings I found in this photo, of being brave and hopeful and strong.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Of course, I had to amp up this super casual tee-and-shorts combo with metallic accessories, which also all relate to Wonder Woman, as well as to the inspiration photo:

  • black and gold flip flops (it was not lost on me that when I put my feet together, the straps looked like “W”… and with the double straps, it was CLEARLY “Wonder Woman”…)
  • braided headband with gold bits (the Amazonian women all have braids)
  • gold knot earrings (to echo Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth…)
  • rose gold bangles (yes, I wore an equal number of bangles on each wrist to echo Wonder Woman’s metallic cuffs)

I’m sure all these details were lost on everyone else, but they all made me smile. And of course, I have a style blog outlet to delve into all those details! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black and gold flip flop sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallic accessories closeup

And yes, I was mixing metallics with my gold and rose gold tones, but I didn’t let that stop me. This was a good outfit to scoot around town running errands. And I got lots of smiles (and thumbs up) from mothers and daughters wherever we went.

#WonderWomanAlways #RoleModelForAll

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  Errand running on the weekend

What:

  • Wonder Woman tee:  Local comic book store, new
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o giveaway, Rhea, last year
  • Bangles:  c/o giveaway, InPink, old
  • Knot earring studs:  ?, old
  • Braided headband:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar Wonder Woman tee  //  similar black bermuda shorts  //  similar bangles  //  similar gold knot earrings  //  similar black & gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman metallics outfit collage

Remixing my Wonder Woman tee:

And yes, this SIA outfit is yet another casual remix with my new Wonder Woman tee! This time, I went all-black; the previous times, I mixed in some red, as recapped in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

left  //  right

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Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I almost wanted to title this post, LBM, and christen a new acronym, for “little black maxidress.” But then that would be an oxymoron (like “jumbo shrimp”). Regardless, a black maxidress can be as versatile as an LBD, in that you can dress it up or down.

Today, I decided to dress my black maxidress up a bit with metallic accessories, just because I felt like it. Sometimes, a lady needs a little extra glimmer in her day! 😉 My metallic accessories included my metallic sandals, rose gold stack of bangles, crocheted earrings with beads and bronze, and orange wicker purse. This could also serve well as a day-to-night kind of look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I wore this outfit during an afternoon outing with my husband and my visiting in-laws to the Museum of Glass here in Tacoma, which has amazing glass artwork plus a working studio called the “Hot Shop” (click that link for a live video stream and previous webisodes of visiting artists and their teams working on glass art pieces).

The backdrop of these photos is a stunning collection of clear glass sculptures atop the main plaza’s reflecting pool is just outside the museum entrance. Collectively, they’re called “Fluent Steps,” made by artist Martin Blake during his Visiting Artist residency at the museum in 2008.

Fluent Steps glass sculpture outside the Museum of Glass

Below is a fun outtake during out quickie photoshoot when my father-in-law was goofing around in front of the camera!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

And even though we once again took pics in full sunlight (generally the worst time to take photos, because of the shadows and harsh light), the backdrop was too stunning to pass up. My “LBM” also really popped against all the clear glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories -- closeup of earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

You can see more pieces of glass artwork in Tacoma-themed outfit posts on my blog here and here.

Are y’all enjoying posts featuring artwork and sights in and around Tacoma? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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SIA interpretation: Tiffany Dome

Time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, brought to you this past week by Erin from Loop Looks, who chose something fitting for U.S. National Library Week, April 10-16.

The glass dome, pictured below, is the world’s largest Tiffany glass done, in the building currently known as the Chicago Cultural Center. The building opened in 1897 as the first Chicago Public Library, and the dome is atop the room where people picked up the books they had requested, now known as the Preston Bradley Hall. And, of course, the oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association, has its headquarters in Chicago. How neat are all these library connections?! LOVE. You can read more info about the dome here at this site.

Here’s my interpretation of this gorgeous glass dome. My interpretation is all about the jewelry:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Tiffany dome

My friend and colleague Stephanie gave me the idea of wearing all black as a foundation, with colorful accessories to pop against the black. I was drawn to the bold, dark lines of the cast iron frame, especially as seen in the top photo above. The round crewneck of my black sweater also recalls the shape of the dome, as do the shapes on my bracelet (a long beaded necklace I wrapped around my wrist) and the dangly discs on my statement earrings. The green, blue, and bronze tones of my jewelry tie into how the glass dome looks in the bottom photo in the collage above.

I got these earrings at last fall’s fashion swap, as detailed in this post. They are pretty heavy, so I’m seriously thinking about taking off the chains and discs and just leaving the geometric shape at the top. I would probably wear these earrings more often if I did that, and I could recycle the discs into something else, like a necklace. What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement jewelry

I was also drawn to the juxtaposition of the modern mixed with the ornate in this Tiffany dome. I feel that’s also reflected in my outfit — the modern (my all-black foundation) and the ornate (my jewelry).

Also, yes, I have gotten an even shorter haircut. I’ve got one more outfit set for tomorrow with my previous hairstyle, and after that, I will have more details, and pics, of my new hairdo. Stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Details:

I wore this outfit on Friday, a “behind the scenes” kind of day spent on collection development (reviewing and ordering materials in my subject liaison areas). So it was okay to go a bit more casual with my outfit — but you could definitely wear the jewelry for a day-to-night kind of look, especially if you swapped out the ankle boots for strappy heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies and flat lay pics are also fine — to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Submissions due by tonight, April 18, and Erin will post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow morning.


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Mixing mint with grey + black

One quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October!

My husband, Sam, sometimes likes to be involved with my daily outfit choices. He has NEVER wanted to actually choose an outfit for me — too much pressure, he says — but he quite likes it when I give him a range of options to choose from.

Like today, I knew I wanted to pair a t-shirt with my black pencil skirt. I presented Sam with three options (my bow blouse, my purple P&P tee, or my glasses-print tee), and he immediately chose my glasses-print tee. I then asked him what color skinny belt to choose (pink, mint, or grey), and he chose the mint option.

The end result, all put together:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

And YES, another outfit with these awesome grey booties. Obviously I’m IN LOVE. I knew I wanted to try them out with my light grey tights for a different kind of look. The end result is a little edgy — at least, edgy for me. I also piled on silver bracelets, including the “Librarian” bangle that my mother-in-law gifted me for my birthday.

The pic below is an outtake of when I adjusted my bracelets for the closeup, seen above. I smiled at how artistically splayed my fingers looked in the outtake. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

The backdrop is an interesting wall along a nearby neighborhood side street. I love the round shapes and concrete textures, so I thought it would make for a neutral yet also eye-catching backdrop for photos. The grey tones of the logs also tie in with my grey tights and ankle boots! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing mint with grey + black

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