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Late summer casual vibes | Paisley top + pink jeans

I was FEELIN’ this color combination the day I wore this outfit. It’s not a common color combo — dusty rose and light brown — but it feels like it just epitomizes late summer, doesn’t it?

I woke up this morning wanting to wear this thrifted top, with its unusual and distinctive u-shape neckline. And then I realized that it would pair well with my dusty rose jeans. The two items doesn’t exactly match, but my goodness, does they ever coordinate nicely together.

I pulled up the hems of the jeans for a more casual feel, for a decidedly behind-the-scenes kind of day at the library. So although I did wear this outfit for work, this could just as easily be a casual outfit. I grinned when a co-worker saw me and exclaimed, “You look like summer!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

I have been digging bronze-y and metallic tones this summer, and they were the right call again for this outfit. The dusty rose jeans just call out for metallics, don’t they?

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + cognac wedges closeup

I am mixing together brass (bracelet), bronze (hoop earrings + tote bag), cognac (wedges), rose gold (stud earrings), and a bit of metallic silver (nail polish). It doesn’t sound like all those different tones should work together, and yet they do. I actually really love the dash of metallic silver — so unexpected!

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top and bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day behind the scenes

What:

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Street mural | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Every year during the McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma, “Graffiti Alley” gets repainted with a new mural, to showcase live art during the fair. This results in a mural for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Sam and I took outfit photos in front of 2016’s McKinley Street Fair mural last year, and we managed to sneak in outfit photos in front of 2017’s mural recently before it was painted over again for this year’s street fair.

First up, the mural painted during last year’s street fair:

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

And now for some details about my outfit, which I wore for another summer casual work day. It was BLAZING HOT that day, hence the rare sleeveless look for work. (I also brought a bronze shawl to wear at work, just in case I felt cold from the air conditioning or in case I felt I needed to cover up my shoulders.)

I am no stranger to wearing unexpected color combinations, and navy pairs well with just about every color. So I thought this navy + salmon pink combination worked well for a summer day. I sneaked a bit of pattern into this outfit, with the small-scale graphic print on the navy shell. And the shell has a surprise — shell buttons down the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

I wore neutral accessories, so as not to compete with the color combo, including my cognac wedge sandals, bronze hoop earrings, and a simple brass bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoop earrings + navy shell

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

And finally, I had some fun with the mustachioed “tree man” figure in the mural. Sam said I was maybe having too much fun, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Weather:  Blazing hot

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose this Penobscot Indian powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Inspiration:

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Interpretation:

The color scheme of the inspiration piece is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings, but lots of texture with the beading and carvings. I started with accessories, including my textured espadrille flats, which fit the color scheme and the feel of the carvings. I then thought of my red-and-white shell earrings, to pull in the bits of red in the carvings, plus add more texture. Next came my black sun hat — which has a bendable rim — because of the leather-and-wood detail around the crown and the ribbing that reminded me of the Wampum shoulder belt. (You will see details of all these accessories in photos below as you scroll through the post.)

How to pull all these different pieces together? A classic black dress, of course!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

We took photos in our backyard, against the back side of our sienna red fence. I thought the red tied in with the red bits in the carvings (and my earrings and lipstick), and the black iron bits on the back of the fence added yet more texture to the photos.

The last thing I added to my outfit was my cognac tie belt. But instead of leaving it hanging down, I tied it into a bow and moved the bow to the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

And here’s a closeup of the accessories that started me out with this SIA inspiration outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Weather:  Hot and dry summer day

Where:  I plan to wear this to brunch with a friend — I just took photos early!

What:

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There is 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, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s 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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

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

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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SIA interpretation 2: Monkey lithograph

Now for my SECOND 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 can see the other one on Monday’s post. And you can see the entire round-up — including Sam’s SIA-inspired outfit! — today 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 second interpretation:

My second outfit idea started with my vintage Hawaiian-print dress (which was actually made in Hawaii, as per the label), because of the tropical theme of the lithograph. There’s also a tiny bit of red in the postcard via a bird in the lower left corner. I then layered my yellow starburst cardigan over the dress, because there is a fair bit of yellow in the postcard.

It amused me that I used the same outfit formula for both interpretations — a print dress layered under a cardigan — but the colors and print make the two outfits look very different.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

I added my cognac rope tassel belt to help give shape to the Hawaiian-print dress, and you can see more of the print in the pic below.

And a note about my accessories:  I chose my yellow and white colorblock tote for obvious color reasons; my bamboo earrings fit in with the tropical theme; and I added my turquoise stud earrings to bring in the bit of turquoise in the other bird in the lithograph postcard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

The backdrop is actually the same backdrop from the trench coat + red crossbody bag outfit post, but the vines have now exploded into leaves thanks to our recent, extended bout of warm spring weather. I thought they made for a nice backdrop that also echoed the backdrop from the postcard.

And last but not least, during our photo shoot, I borrowed my husband’s elephant cane — he was using it on the day — because the russet and gold tones of the cane fit in with the colors of the inspiration lithograph. Also, why not add one more animal to the mix?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Elephant cane closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Running errands last weekend + then reworn for work this week

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!