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SIA interpretation 1: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for my FIRST interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you will see the other one on Wednesday, the same day of the round-up on Daenel’s blog.

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My first interpretation:

My immediate starting point was this dress, which has a double dot print of large and small circles. In my mind, the larger circles could represent the coconuts in the lithograph. Then came the idea of pairing this print dress with a patterned headband or scarf that had a mix of colors from the print. And this headband with its floral and paisley print has all the colors mixed in together! The rest of the outfit came together very easily.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of straw handbag + dress pattern

I picked this straw bag because the reddish brown trim fit in with the lithograph colors. And the straw, or raffia, helped tie in my cognac wedges to the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

For my jewelry, I had lots of options, including several wood pieces of jewelry. I originally thought of wearing my coconut shell earrings and/or necklace, seen here, but ultimately, they pulled too much focus for my liking. But I did in the end choose my petrified wood stud earrings and this reddish stone necklace that my husband bought me years ago in Turkey. The pendant matched the reddish bits in my headband, and OF COURSE y’all know that I then matched my lip color accordingly. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Weather:  Sunny and perfect

Where:  Work day at the library that included a presentation to fellow faculty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!

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Remixing + pattern-mixing | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

I’ve worn my patterned wrap dress in different ways before, including as a long cardigan, and I keep trying to think of new ways to wear it. Today, I layered the wrap dress (which I thrifted years ago) over another dress — and pattern-mixed at the same time!

Today’s outfit is basically a mash-up of these two dresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown print dresses collage

Links to original posts:
Left (2012 post)  //  Right (2014 post)

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Below is a closer look at how the two patterns look up close. The wrap dress has a graphic pattern, which I’ve likened to the “Good ‘n’ Plenty” candy, as seen in this post, while the dress underneath has a polka dot pattern. They’re both pretty small-scale patterns, which shouldn’t work together, but somehow, it does — at least to me.

I also really enjoyed figuring out which accessories to pair with the dresses. I thought bronze jewelry would look nice, as well as my wooden jewelry pieces — two textures that are combined in this bronze + wood bracelet. Bronze and brown tones are also in my wide belt, and I added more wood-type textures in my stud earrings (made out of petrified wood), and my coconut shell necklace (which I tied up in the back so it would be more like a choker with a hanging pendant).

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup, layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

One of my library co-workers complimented me on my dress. I cheekily responded, “Which one?!” 😀

And if you’re wondering what happened to the ends of the wrap dress, they’re hidden underneath the wide belt! It looked a little lumpy, but I didn’t mind it.

I also really liked how the wrap dress is longer than the dress it’s layered over — the end result looked more intentional, somehow. And the collar on the wrap dress layered well over the v-neck of the dress underneath. It’s an outfit that shouldn’t work, in theory, but totally does in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

And finally, photos of the outerwear I wore with the dress. Sam looooooved that I wore the brown cloche with the outfit, and with the bell-shaped coat, Sam said, “You look like you could go back to the 1920s with this outfit.” I think you can tell that I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, including the outerwear! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Weather:  Cold and on-and-off rainy

Where:  Work day that included reference shifts

What:

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SIA interpretation: Primavera

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen this round by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose an amazing sculpture she saw during her recent trip to Cuba. The sculpture is entitled “Primavera” (which translates to “Spring” in English) by Cuban sculptor Rafael San Juan. Installed for Havana’s 12th Biennial of Arts, it depicts the bust of a woman with a crown of butterflies on her head, and the artwork is intended as a tribute to the spirit of Cuban women. You can see more photos and learn more about the sculpture from this article and this interview with the sculptor. Below is a photo of the sculpture that Salazar took on her travels.

Photograph of "Primavera" (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

Photograph of “Primavera” (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

My inspiration outfit started with bronze, to bring in the color and texture from the sculpture itself. I have on bronze hoop earrings, bronze heels, and wide-leg brown trousers with bronze-y threads woven throughout the textile. I then pulled together the green (walls) and blue (sky) tones from the photograph. No butterflies for me, but the graphic print on my blouse felt like it captured the fluid nature and curves of the sculpture. The backdrop I chose of the fence and stone also added industrial materials and textures that the sculpture incorporates.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoops and lapiz lazuli earrings

I paired my bronze hoops with my lapis lazuli stud earrings, in order to connect to my bronze heels and the bits of blue in my patterned blouse — and to juxtapose more textures together.

I almost prefer my outfit with the outerwear, as seen below. The cloche and the coat give the outfit a bit of a retro flair, and my bronze hoops pair nicely with the cloche hat. The scarf is the one my mom gifted me years ago; the other side features the names of book genres, as seen here in this post. This side, the striped back side of the scarf, is also pretty cool. I also added photos of my inspiration outfit with the outerwear because I am combining hard and soft lines together — the cloche has a rounded shape, while the overcoat (and trousers, too, for that matter) have harder lines and angles.

Side note about patterning… with the outerwear, I am technically mixing four different patterns — tattersall (overcoat), stripes (scarf), geometric print (blouse), and tweed print (trousers) — yet nothing is clashing or overwhelming. All the patterns and color tones are working harmoniously together. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library, including a reference shift

What:

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Remixing brown + green + bronze

I do love remixing brown + green + bronze together. Here’s a quick round-up of ways I’ve mixed these colors together, including this most recent outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing brown + green + bronze collage

left outfit (2014)  //  middle outfit (2015)  //  right outfit (2018)

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SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

A quick note to please vote for your favorite coat — err, outfit — last month in the monthly reader poll post. Thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. This past week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose our inspiration artwork.

Still time to participate in SIA!

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by the end of Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Interpretation:

I noticed the bookcase in the background of the painting… which gave me the cheeky idea of wearing my bookcase-print skirt… which features cats! I am a total Leo, so incorporating cats into an outfit inspired by a painting of dogs made me laugh. Novelty animal prints for the win! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

After work, we took these photos in our dining room, so the lighting is definitely adding a yellow tinge. But I think this also echoes the inspiration painting! We also already happened to have a deck of cards on our green tin tray on our dining room table — no lie, we had been playing cards over the MLK Jr. holiday weekend and just never put up the deck of cards (Stephanie, I know you are not shocked by this!). So I pulled the cards into our SIA photoshoot, because I am never one to miss a chance to be cheesy! 😀

I also enjoy the fact that our dining room table and the green, brown, and russet tones in the room and curtains also tie into the colors of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

I wore this outfit on a work day that included library introductions and tours for first-year students, so the book-print skirt also served as a conversation starter for students. And so many of the female students remarked on the fact that this skirt has POCKETS. Women know what’s up, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Weather: Cold and rainy (hence the leggings worn as tights!)

Where:  Work day that included teaching and library tours

What:

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Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Today’s outfit was so comfortable that I wore it twice, the first time on a casual Friday at work and the second time the next day for a morning of errands.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

And now for a look at my outfit proper. The base outfit is super simple and monochromatic, just a navy sweater +  navy cords + sneakers. The accessories, the brown cloche and my recently thrifted silk scarf, add special touches. You don’t have to be dressed fancy to look put-together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf closeup

The backdrop is the side of a building with a series of arches — a convenient and picturesque spot to take photos out of the rain (even if the lighting is uneven).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Weather:  Rainy and cold

Where:  Casual work day + running errands on the weekend

What:

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