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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

Just a quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she chose a glass beadwork art piece, “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears,” from the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit. Since the U.S. was celebrating Independence Day last Monday, Erin chose an artwork that also celebrated independence. These beadwork pieces are done by a community of women living and working together, and you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Here is a detail of the overall work, and click here to view the entire piece, which is beadwork done on black cloth.

Detail of glass beadwork art -- My Sea, My Sister, My Tears - 2011 - Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

Detail of glass beadwork art — My Sea, My Sister, My Tears – 2011 – Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

I wore my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration artwork around the Fourth of July holiday, as the art piece included red, white, and blue. And luckily, I still had all these pieces in my de facto capsule collection — and I was able to take pics before we moved! I combined textures with my sleeveless eyelet blouse and cable knit cardigan. I also thought the swirls of the cable knit echoed the swirls of white in the artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

I wore my polka-dotted navy blue skirt because the artwork has swirls, so I thought it fit thematically. And of course, twirling! Or should I say, swirling?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate, and all you need to do is take a picture — selfies and flat lays also count — of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork. Then send the pic to this week’s curator, Erin from Loop Looks, at looplooks@gmail by tonight, Monday, July 11. She’ll post the round-up on her blog soon after.

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Late summer layers | Visiting Oregon covered bridges

This summer, my husband and I started visiting covered bridges in Oregon. I didn’t realize we had so many! We’ve gone out a few weekends, and these pics are from our first outing. It’s a great way to see the Oregon countryside and small towns from the back roads.

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

For the casual outing, I wore light summer layers for a (thankfully) cooler late summer day. My new chevron canvas tote was perfect to add a bit more texture and pattern. Add another red, white, and blue outfit to the list! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers and textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Details:  Chambray shirt, Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Red eyelet sleeveless shirt, Kohls {similar eyelet tank}  //  Tan ankle pants, Style&Co at Macy’s, old {similar from same brand}  //  Chevron tote bag, new, gift from my mom {very similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}

We took these photos by the Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek just outside the small town of Silverton. It’s the last of the original covered bridges in Marion County, and its style has been described as that of “an overgrown doghouse” — LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Late summer layers, visiting Oregon covered bridges

Librarian for Life + Style | Gallon House covered bridge over Abiqua Creek

And last but not least, some funny outtakes! You’re welcome. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian for Life + Style | Being goofy on Gallon House covered bridge

Next time I spotlight Oregon stay-cation ideas, I will have to add covered bridges to the round-up! You can also view a directory of covered bridges in Oregon on this website.

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SIS: Style Imitating Stephanie | Dark teal + brown

Lots of different votes for your favorites from last month! Click here to vote for your favorite. 🙂

For last week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up on Salazar’s 14 Shades of Grey blog, Stephanie wore a cute and casual summer outfit. She put together a dark teal t-shirt, a brown skirt, and beaded jewelry. I loved her outfit so much — and I got to see it in person! — that I immediately thought, “Oh, I have all those pieces in my closet!”

And thus, an outfit idea was born. 😉

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Style Imitating Stephanie

I added my own beaded necklace and strappy sandals to also echo the inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Details:  Dark teal tee, Nordstrom Rack, old {similar} {dressier blouse option}  //  Dark brown eyelet skirt, thrifted, old {similar style in white} {similar style in yellow} //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Bird print tote bag, gift from Sam {similar} {similar style in a super cute sunflower pattern} //  Beaded necklace, gift from Sam {colorful option}  //  Topaz drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown eyelet + accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

I wore this outfit on a day of errand-running, starting with getting a hair trim. (These pics were taken before my haircut, btw.) We took quick pics in the Pearl district in the northwest of Portland, which is a great neighborhood for interesting photo backdrops!

I love this eyelet skirt because it’s designed like a flamenco skirt — made for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

And, last but not least, further proof that I’m a goofball:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet outtakes

Thanks, Stephanie, for the style inspiration! 🙂

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Red + black + white stripes

For in-service last week, I broke out the school spirit; our college colors are red and black. I layered my new red eyelet button-down over my black-and-white striped dress, last seen here paired with mint. Yep, another deployment of the dress-as-skirt trick! 😉 In-service is pretty casual, so I paired the outfit with my black strappy sandals. And as you can see, we are still enjoying an Indian summer!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + white stripes

Details:  Red eyelet blouse (sold out but very similar here and similar version with short sleeves):  Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom  /  Black and white striped dress (similar, similar with cut-out back):  Old Navy, gift-carded two springs ago  /  Black strappy sandals (exact, similar wedge version):  Lands’ End, last winter  /  Jet beaded necklace (similar):  Art fair in Chicago, 2007 trip  /  Black beaded earrings (similar):  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + white stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + white stripes

I realized that as I tied my eyelet top that button-down shirts with side notches are the way to go for this look. You can see what I mean above. The back side of the notch allows the back of the shirt to lie flat against the back, and the front parts of the button-down are then easier to tie together. So if you’re a fan of tying blouses over dresses or skirts — as I clearly am, evidenced here and here for starters — then keep a look out for button-downs that include side notches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red eyelet + black beads

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + white stripes

After our quick photoshoot, a neighborhood cat named Cambridge came out to say hello. He also made it onto the blog here.

Have a cat-loving Tuesday!

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Tulips + eyelets

Another outfit that I had NOT been planning to photograph (also see here), but that’s what great about having a cell phone with a good camera.

On a recent lunch outing in the Alberta district with my husband Sam and my friend Stephanie — check out her awesome guest post here! — I spied these weird sculpture-like shapes in the front of a local business. They look like tulips, and they turned out to be seats — very clever! And thus a photo opportunity was born. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tulips + eyelets

Details:  Eyelet button-up (exact):  Kohl’s, recent birthday gift  /  Navy ankle pants (very similar):  Macy’s, gift-carded last summer  /  Red striped canvas flats (similar):  Target, spring 2013  /  Red + navy floral headband (similar):  Self-made from fabric leftover from eShakti dress, last summer  /  Red patterned tote bag (exact):  Out of Print, recent birthday gift

Librarian for Life + Style | Tulips + eyelets

In the end, it’s good we captured this outfit, because it features my new eyelet lace button-up top, part of the recent birthday haul from my mom. Eyelet is definitely a texture/pattern appropriate for spring and summer, so I’m glad I got in this shirt before the season technically ends!

Also, pattern-mixing! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Tulips + eyelets

Can’t get enough of red, white, and blue outfits? Check out my post here on how to wear red, white, and blue for all seasons!

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