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SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

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Inspiration:

And now for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. After these past hella-emotional weeks for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) continues to give me life. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version seen in the collage below.

I’m usually a smiley blogger, but not today. I am channeling Bara’s steady, challenging gaze — and stance!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA collage

‘Cleopatra’ poster, 1917, public domain

Interpretation:

I knew that I had to wear one of my Egyptian scarab pendant necklaces with whatever I wore, but it actually took me awhile to figure out my outfit for this SIA challenge. Nothing was really gelling in my mind (see here where I explain my mental process for putting outfits together), until I spied my embroidered navy and tomato red tank top, and the lightbulb in my brain went off.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

In the inspiration movie poster, you can spy a couple of obelisks framing the sides. I did a Google search for obelisks in Tacoma, and the results came up with a few tombstones in the Old Tacoma Cemetery (plus it’s October and Halloween season, so again, it felt appropriate to take photos in a cemetery). The stone for these obelisks also gave off a sheen that fit the colors of the inspiration poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

I stepped it up with the makeup that day, lining my eyes with eye liner and bronze-y eye shadow, as well as a coral lip stain to coordinate with my tank top and ring. I wore one of my Egyptian scarab pendants — you can see a better closeup of it in the collage below — plus two gold statement rings, one coral and one smoky quartz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA jewelry closeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze tote and shoes closeup

It’s hard to see, but my brown wide-leg trousers have metallic burgundy threads running through the fabric, so they give off a bit of a shimmer. (I also managed to let out an additional inch from the hem of these trousers over the summer, so I feel more comfortable wearing them with heels.)

We visited the Old Tacoma Cemetery one day last week after work, and the late afternoon light was quite lovely. No one else was there at the cemetery, which seems to be very well-kept. We will definitely be back! (It might seem strange to some, but both Sam and I have always found cemeteries to be quite peaceful and pleasant places to be in. We have visited several cemeteries over the years, even on vacations; whenever we visit one, we take time to straighten up flowers or offerings that have fallen over. And RIP to the Durr family, whose family markers are featured in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Weather:  Perfect fall day, chilly but bright

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts

What:

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There’s 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, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, October 10th.

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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SIA: Madame X | Mixing metallics with a black maxi

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s stunning 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

My interpretation:

My black v-neck maxidress is a total no-brainer for this inspiration painting. And while I wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

I picked up this bronze bag at Tacoma’s Pride Festival last month, a bag made of recycled leather and made by a local artisan, Patrick Kdep of Patrick’s Creations. I didn’t think about it on the day, but after looking at the photos, I like how the white liner of the bag goes with my white cardigan.

And the bronze color of the tote bag echoes the bronze-y tones of the table and backdrop of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Below is a closeup of how I mixed metallics for the accessories:

  • rose gold (square stud earrings + bangles)
  • bronze (hoop earrings + recycled leather handbag)
  • pewter (the upper strap on my metallic sandals)

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze accessories closeup

And finally, last but not least, are a couple of photos from other places in our front yard where we took photos. I included them because I liked how the different backdrops brought out different tones in the metallics: the cooler green leaves of the tree highlight the cooler tones of my outfit, while the sienna red of our fence brings out the warmer tones of the metallics and bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Weather:  Perfect summer day

Where:  Casual work day in the library

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, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, August 15th.

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


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SIA interpretation: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for my personal interpretation of the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge that I curated this go-round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

Here is one photo, and portion, of this large-scale mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

My interpretation:

Living in Tacoma, of course I was lucky enough to pose for photos in front of the mural itself! I focused on the colors, combining different shades of blue and beige, as well as combining different textures. I layered a nubby-textured navy blue sleeveless dress over a beige turtleneck, navy tights, and bronze Mary Jane heels. I then layered my tattersall cape-like short coat over that, to add warmth and depth to the look.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

My accessories rounded out the outfit and added extra textures:  a royal blue patent leather skinny belt; gold earrings in the shape of a ribbon tied with a knot; and a silk dupioni clutch that looks gold in one light with hints of light blue in different light.

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Instead of spiking my short hair up or sweeping the bangs off my face, I instead blow-dried it into a sleeker look and smoothed down my bangs. It’s fun to play with my hair, even when it’s short!

I also put my gold ribbon knot earrings in the second, upper hole in my ears, so you could see them better. My paternal grandmother used to make lots of jewelry, including these simple yet striking earrings. I’ve also worn these earrings as a pair of brooches here.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

And one final look at this breathtaking mural:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  En route to see the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” show at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma

What:

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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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!

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What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My husband and I are not big entertainers — we’re both self-described “high-functioning introverts” — but we do enjoy small get-togethers at home with friends. And we love games, including card games and board games, so we recently had a couple of friends over for a low-key game night. I thought it would make for an interesting post to highlight a typical kind of outfit I wear for such casual get-togethers. (You can also see a post from late last summer, of what I wore for a casual dinner at home with friends.)

The trick for me is to balance being casual and non-fussy but also put-together enough to honor the occasion of welcoming guests. (I’ve written before about this style perspective, and upbringing, of mine — about how what I wear reflects that I care about the situation or people involved.)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My style formula is comfy + classic + a bit of quirk.

I always focus on comfort, which is the primary aspect behind this outfit of stretchy jeans and swingy tunic. It’s classic in that it’s a classic formula of jeans + top + flats. And there’s a bit of quirk in the interesting coral embroidery on the bib of the tunic, plus the sparkly bronze bits of the fold-up flats. These are the Fit in Clouds flats that I won in a giveaway this spring, and they’re perfect for an evening at home with friends!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

I don’t like to wear jewelry like rings or watches or bracelets while I’m at home, but dangly beaded earrings are light and not too fussy or fancy for an informal night at home with friends. This pair of beaded earrings was a recent birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, last seen in a recent monthly budget post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + beaded earrings + pixie haircut closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Weather:  Bright and breezy

Where:  Informal game night at home with friends

What:

  • Tunic:  Local boutique in Phuket Town, during our 2010 trip to Thailand
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • Flats:  c/o Fit in Clouds via giveaway, this spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar brown tunic  //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  similar metallic fold-up flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + flats outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Gerda Wegener

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated for this round.

SIA inspiration pick:

I recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery. I was really struck by the artwork of Gerda (1886-1940), who was played by Alicia Vikander in the film, who also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Therefore, for this next SIA challenge, I selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Most of Gerda Wegener’s artwork seems pretty colorful, but I was drawn to the more muted tones of this self-portrait. Perhaps because the more muted tones seem to suit this transitional period between summer and fall? Perhaps because I was also drawn to the complicated expression on the artist’s face?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gerda Wegener self-portrait SIA collage

SIA collage for Gerda Wegener self-portrait

I had a few different ideas for outfits inspired by this self-portrait. In the end, I went with a floral pleated skirt in muted tones of bronze and light blue, as the colors were in the inspiration painting, and the pattern played off the couch print she’s sitting on. I layered a light blue cardigan over a teal tank top to add some depth, and my champagne-colored satin flats looked more bronze-y when paired with the skirt.

For accessories, I have multiple pieces of pearl jewelry, so I had some options there (pearls are my favorite gemstone). In the end, I went with my multi-colored pearl necklace as it has the largest-sized pearls (I call it my “gumball pearl necklace”), which paired nicely with my black pearl stud earrings. Finally, I chose my vintage wicker bag because it has a bakelite handle, which is a little nod to the Art Deco period of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

We had planned to take photos at Wright Park, which was near where we had brunch that morning. But as we were walking toward Wright Park, I spied this “Love” cornerstone of a church opposite the park, and I thought that would be a perfect alternative. The Danish Girl is a love story at its core, and the neutral colors of the wall and stone also tied in with the inspiration painting. It just felt right!

Below, a closeup of my multi-colored pearl jewelry — and my sassy pixie haircut! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cardigan with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Pleated skirt? Commence twirling! This skirt is a bit shorter than I remember it being. (I’ve also gained weight around my middle in the last ten years since I bought this skirt, so that’s another reason why this skirt seems to be getting shorter, hah!) I bought this skirt and cardigan together at the same time, but I think this cardigan may have seen its last day… its cost-per-wear is in fractions of pennies by now, so it’s had a good run!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze, high 70s

Where:  Brunch and errands

What:

  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Wicker bag:  Thrifted in Chicago, vintage
  • Pearl necklace:  Gift from my husband, Abu Dhabi
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this winter

Shop my outfit:

light blue cardigan  //  floral pleated skirt  //  multi-color pearl necklace set  //  blush satin flats  //  basket handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls outfit collage

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

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

I’m excited to see what y’all will be inspired by!


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