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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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Going subtle with holiday accessories for work | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my holiday GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own teeth whitening kit. Thanks in advance! (You can read more details and my own review of the teeth whitening kit here in this post.)


Except for when we’re going to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater“-themed holiday party, I prefer to tone down the typical red-and-green Christmas color combo when it comes to wearing work outfits during the month of December. I either wear darker or lighter tones, as seen in last week’s burgundy-and-olive outfit, or I focus on holiday-themed accessories. Today’s post is an example of the latter.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + holiday brooch closeup

For this work look, I went subtle by accessorizing with a holiday-themed accessory — in this case, a wood antler brooch. I got this brooch as a free gift at my first (and so far, only) style blogger party, and I always get compliments on it whenever I wear it.

Here are some photos below that show the detailing on this dress and how the plaids are pieced together to show off the shape of this sheath dress. (You can also see here in this post how I had to alter this dress by taking off the sleeves.) I ended up just removing the sleeves entirely to make the dress sleeveless, so I could also layer things over and under the dress, like I did here.

And, yes, it’s an eShakti dress, which means it has pockets! I love how the pockets on this dress blend seamlessly into the design.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

The backdrop is our own backyard, against a flowering shrub of winter-blooming camellias. We were totally surprised one late fall morning to walk out and see these bursts of bright pink-and-white-striped blooms against our back fence. Gorgeous! And after asking around to find out what they were, it turns out that these are amongst the hardiest shrubs out there, and super easy to take care of! Basically, we just leave them alone, and they will take care of themselves. LOVE. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

I didn’t plan on the color of my overcoat playing off the color of the flowers. Really, I didn’t — I’m not that color-coordinated! (Erin, I can feel you shaking your head right now, LOL!) I simply chose this overcoat to add a pop of color against my black and tan neutrals.

And while I was double-checking photos — which I usually do in the middle of our photo shoots, to make sure we’re getting enough photos I could potentially use — Sam draped my coat over my shoulders. ‘Cause it was FREEZING. (Literally.) I immediately assumed a haughty expression, which led to a series of funny outtakes! 😉 I only see this kind of thing, coats draped over shoulders, on celebrities and in high-fashion blogs, but does anyone wear their coat like this in real life?! It’s so impractical!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Weather:  Literally freezing

Where:  Work during the last week of the fall quarter

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, last winter
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx, new
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Brooch:  free gift at PNW blogger party, old

very similar tan turtleneck  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 1  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 2  //  very similar tall black boots  //  similar topaz drop earrings  //  similar burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + tan + burgundy collage

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SIA interpretation: Young Girl Reading

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, it was my time again to curate, and I chose Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s famous oil painting, Young Girl Reading (also known as The Reader), ca. 1770. This painting has always had a soft spot in my heart, and I got to see this painting in real life a few years ago at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send that to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by 10 p.m. tonight PST. I will post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Young Girl Reading collage

My starting point was — OF COURSE — my yellow cardigan. As it’s just almost the only yellow piece of clothing I own (I have more yellow accessories), that was a no-brainer. But I actually had several ideas for what to pair my yellow cardigan with, but I eventually settled on this pink-and-burgundy a-line in a light tweed texture. I liked the mix of textures, and this painting was ALL about texture and brushstrokes when you looked up close.

My husband also LOVED this outfit! ♥ He said it reminded him of ’70s style, in a good way.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + gold accessories

I didn’t think of the gold accessories until the morning I got dressed. I felt the cardigan needed a little something, and then I spied my rope brooch, which I thrifted a few years ago (for $1!). I debated about putting it on the left or right side, and then I realized that I liked the idea of putting the brooch front and center. It brought a bit of formality (and symmetry) to the outfit, and the loops of the brooch and gold knot earrings kind of echoed the loops of the young girl’s ruffled collar, at least in my mind.

I also brought in extra texture with my flats, which have satin detailing along the front.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

And, OF COURSE, I had to get in some reading to go with the SIA theme. I’m no young girl, but I do love to read! As you can see in the final pic, I am winding my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series! It’s sooooooooooo good!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the SIA round-up!

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SIA interpretation: Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket

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It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This week, Salazar chose the c. 1875 painting “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Participating in SIA challenges is pretty easy, and there’s still time to participate! Wear something inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a pic to this week’s curator, Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up the next morning on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket

This outfit came to me pretty quickly. The colors of teal and black, along with the bit of grey in the skinny belt, reflect the colors in the painting. I knew gold jewelry had to be the way to go, to echo the fireworks in the painting. At first, I thought of wearing my long gold bar pendant, but then I spied my gold rope brooch, and I knew that was the one. The shape reminded me of spinwheel fireworks, and the rope tied into the nautical setting of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

I work this outfit to a teaching day at work, a day that also had a couple of meetings, so I wanted to look polished. I think the brooch definitely helped elevate this pretty simple outfit.

My friend Stephanie and I took SIA pictures for each other, and even though the outtake below is a bit blurry, I liked the happy facial expression she caught. We have a lot of fun taking pics for each other! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

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Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Casual Fridays in my world usually mean jeans + a blazer. It’s a uniform of sorts that just seems to work every time. For this Friday, I had a work day mostly consisting of instruction prep, along with a meeting and a more informal library orientation and Q&A session for new faculty. My “casual Friday” uniform definitely seemed right for this work day mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped jeans + peep-toe wedges closeup

Because of the meeting and orientation, I wanted to look, and feel, a little dressier and put-together. And a little sassy. So I slipped on my bow, peep-toe wedges, shoes I have had over a decade! I also had a subtle colorblock and striped theme going, with my black-and-tan tote bag and striped skinny jeans. (I lightened the photo above so you could better see the black stripe on my dark jeans.)

I also added my gold rope brooch to jazz things up a bit on the top half, and my gold-and-black dangly earrings — a gift from my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie — rounded everything out.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

I felt comfortable, put-together, and “long ‘n’ lean” in this variation of my “casual Friday” jeans + a blazer uniform. When I put this post together, I also realized that this outfit was very similar to yet another “casual Friday’-themed post from spring 2013. The skinny jeans are different, as well as the color of the striped tank, but otherwise, it’s the same outfit idea!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a tan blazer + wedges + skinny jeans

left  //  right (this post)

So there you go, accidental remixing. And the outfit still works for me today, as it worked for me two years ago. Remixing = real life, y’all.

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