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SIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

A note about my posting schedule

I wanted to let my readers know that I will be going back to a posting schedule of 3 posts a week, on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. This fall quarter is shaping up to be very busy — I will be teaching a credit course, and Sam has a new teaching schedule — and we need time to adjust to our new real-life daily schedule (not least of which for finding time to take photos during the work week).

I plan on continuing on co-hosting Style Imitating Art challenges, as well as my monthly clothing budget post and my outfit round-up post and reader poll. I will be discontinuing my monthly “everyday faves” series.

SIA inspiration:

And now, it’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar has been scouting out a watercolor painting for awhile, and finally came across a watercolor sketch by James McNeill Whistler via the open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. This will be the third time we’ve featured a Whistler painting for SIA, but the first time with a watercolor. And the crowded street scene, all in neutrals, feels like an unusual subject for a watercolor — and perfect for the autumn season!

Librarian for Life + Style | Whistler watercolor SIA collage

It took me awhile to come up with my outfit, but finally, I remembered my tan cotton skirt with a soft, watercolor-esque print in shades of neutrals. That was the starting point. And because the watercolor has more of tan & blue tones to me — rather than the lavender & grey tones of the title — I went with navy blue accents with my  navy cardigan and navy tights. My burgundy brogues were a practical choice, as well as a color choice that still fit the inspiration piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

My tote bag — doctor’s bag? — was the final piece I added to the outfit. It FINALLY feels like fall around here, in all its drizzly and cool PNW glory — so I can use this gorgeous bag with its wool fabric sides. It fit in with the color scheme of my outfit (and the inspiration watercolor) but added its own cool texture and shape to the overall look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of printed skirt + tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag

I felt my outfit looked a little retro-inspired, with the combination of the full skirt + tights + brogues. It was a professional development day on campus — also known as in-service — and I got lots of compliments on my outfit from colleagues. 😀

And because it was cold and rainy, I got to wear my navy trench coat again!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Professional development day at my college

What:

  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Skirt:  Walmart, over a decade old
  • Trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old
  • Tights:  Kohl’s, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last year
  • Purse:  MOE Gallery, giveaway this past spring

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!

Shop my outfit:

similar navy cardigan  //  floral midi skirt  //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + floral skirt + burgundy brogues outfit collage

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the next day.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

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Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now for another super-easy casual work outfit! That’s been my sweet spot while working behind-the-scenes this summer in the library. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

I almost always pair this purple-y floral popover top with my purple flower bead earrings — the two just go so well together! — and today was no exception. This time, I also added the lilac beaded necklace my husband recently came across, as explained in last month’s budget adventures post, and I ended up really liking the combination!

Also, these NYDJ jeans that I lucky to have fashion-swapped a couple of years ago? They have become my FAVORITE pair of jeans, as they are stretchy and comfortable and cover everything that needs to be covered. LOVE. I am letting y’all know that I am a total NYDJ convert. When I need new jeans, I will be saving up for NYJD jeans, because they are worth it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

The backdrop is one you’ve seen before in our backyard, by our back fence, with one of our pine trees (with tons of sap streaming down it), our winter-blooming camellia shrub, and one of our laurel trees. Settled in-between the trees are two little stone statues, one seated Buddha and one little Jizo Bodhisattva that’s in a more abstract style. We have future plans to turn this bit of the backyard into a little Japanese-themed rock garden, but in the meantime, these stone statues bring a bit of peace to the area.

Librarian for Life + Style | Buddhas in the garden collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Floral top:  Kohls, old
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old (but this style still available!)
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, recent gift from my mom, new
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Bead necklace:  Recently found by my husband

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Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top in blue and purple  //  similar purple beaded necklace  //  floral popover top in mulberry //  beaded long tassel necklace    //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  tote bag in same print by same brand //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover + beaded necklace outfit collage


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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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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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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

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

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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