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SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

It’s time for my SIA interpretation! It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose a classic:  The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. The muted colors and mix of textures in the painting are lovely.

My starting point was my pleated cotton skirt in shades of bronze, white, and light blue. This skirt hasn’t been on the blog that often, seen here, here, and here, but I’ve had it for years. I added a light denim jacket, plain white tee, and my porcelain Wedgwood pendant necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

We’ve taken photos at various places outside our new home, but it felt like good timing to take some photos inside. Plus, my blogger pal Erin at Loop Looks — and SIA co-host! — has asked for some pics inside the house, so we took these photos in our living room. (Our couch is usually in front of this picture window, but we moved it forward for a few pics.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of porcelain pendant and pleated skirt

Above is a closeup of my skirt with its bronze ribbon detailing, plus a closeup of the Wedgwood porcelain pendant that my mom got in England decades ago — it’s so delicate and pretty!

Last week, I mentioned recognizing The Chocolate Girl painting from the cover of Longbourn. So OF COURSE I had to incorporate my copy of the book into the photos, along with a yellow tea cup (a birthday gift from Portland friends) and a porcelain dish for chocolate sweets (from Scotland, a gift from Sam’s great-aunt). The green metal tray is one we picked up years ago in Texas, and it’s usually in the center of our dining table. I thought it was a nice touch to bring it into the photo shoot in order to echo the tray the maid is carrying in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation tableau for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Lastly, below are some photos of me on our tufted couch, which is the newest addition to our living room. (It’s hard to find a smaller-scale sofa!) Our cat Ibsen was determined to join in on the photo shoot. (I think he was a little jealous of all the attention Brontë got last month in this SIA interpretation post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Half-day at work (which gave me time in the morning for photos!)

What:

  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Pendant:  Wedgwood, vintage, from my mom
  • Earrings:  Minnesota visitor’s gift shop, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old

similar denim jacket  //  similar long-sleeved white tee  //  similar floral skirt  //  similar ballet flats  //  blue circle pendant necklace

denim jacket + floral skirt

So there is still time to participate in SIA challenges! It’s easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s art piece — flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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Dark floral + sunshine

I snagged this dress last fall at a friend’s fashion swap, and I wore this dark floral print this past winter, as seen here. I figured it was time to finally wear this cotton dress in summertime! The weather was in the 80s and sunny — perfect for light layers and sandals!

By the way, I tried on a couple of “completer pieces” with this dress, including my light denim jacket and my dark denim jacket. I didn’t want to go with a black cardigan, as that’s what I wore the dress with before, but then I spied my short-sleeved white cardigan, which felt just right. My strappy black sandals helped ground the look, and my white shell earrings and bracelet (handmade by my paternal grandmother when I was little) tied in with the cardigan.

I felt super pretty in this comfortable, late-summer outfit, and my husband especially liked it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral dress + tote bag

My tote bag — my summer bag of choice — has a little darker edge, with its typewriter skull design. (My husband picked this tote bag up at a writer’s conference this past year.) I wanted to add a little edge to my outfit, to keep it from being too girly or sweet.

The backdrop? My new campus! There’s a pretty bridge connecting the two parts of campus, so we chose that as the main setting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

And lastly, below is me having some fun recreating this statue of a woman and a book, an art piece located right across from the library on my new campus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

I start my new job next month, so it was a good time to visit the campus again and get excited about “starting school” soon. Working in academia, I still always get butterflies in my tummy when fall term rolls around! 🙂

Do you still like to go “back to school” shopping? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!


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Tex | Conference casual

The reason behind this post title, “Tex,” is immediately apparent:

Librarian for Life + Style | Tex

I wore this outfit for a day of traveling to a state library conference in Bend, Oregon, a day that ended with an association get-together at a local bar and restaurant. So OF COURSE I had to something library-themed. If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ll know I have more than one library-themed item of clothing; for today, that turned out to be my library due date-stamped tee.

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Library due date stamped tee + floral scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tex

Librarian for Life + Style | Tex

So how did this backdrop come about? Before setting off for the conference, I was dropping off Sam, and I spied this shady spot marked “Tex.” Thank goodness we take most of our photos now with my camera phone, so we can take advantage of these unexpected opportunities! And it’s so perfect since I grew up in Texas! (I know you’re smiling now, Mom! 😀 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Tex

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SIA interpretation: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose | Remixing florals + stripes

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For this week’s challenge, Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1885 oil painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent. Salazar chose it for its simple, classic prettiness and floral motif for the spring season. You can read more about the painting here.

There’s still time to participate in SIA challenges! All are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Just take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies and flat lays are also okay — and send your pics to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, who will post the round-up on her blog 14 Shades of Grey. Deadline is tonight!

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art challenge for 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose'

The colors from the painting are represented in my outfit, but in more saturated tones. I also mixed in the florals from the painting with the sheer floral blouse, and the ridges in the paper lanterns are echoed in my striped tank. My backdrop of leafy trees also imitates the backdrop of the painting. My forest green, pointy-toed, kitten heel pumps finish off my work outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

The mix of this sheer floral blouse and black striped tank top felt right for the spring season. I could have worn my teal green cardigan, but I went with the berry cardigan instead, just to bring out more colors in the floral print. I wore my green crocheted earrings to tie in with my kitten heel, pointy-toed pumps.

I also continued experimenting with my shorter hairstyle, slicking it back for a sleeker look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral + stripes | Berry + black + forest green

After wearing the outfit and uploading pics, I realized that I had worn a similar floral + striped combination before, back in spring 2013 for another style challenge. I actually love that my current outfit is like a flipped image of the 2013 outfit, flipping the berry from the bottom to the top. The pieces are essentially the same:  cardigan, sheer blouse, tank top, and wide-leg trousers. Obviously, my style instincts are still compatible! 😉

Remixing = real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing florals + stripes collage

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Wide silk headband with short hair | Pink + black + denim trousers

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), you know I love to experiment with my hair, no matter the length. So OF COURSE I changed it up with my new shorter ‘do, by wearing a wide silk headband I picked up ages ago during a Chicago trip. I really like wearing headbands and head scarves when I have shorter hair — maybe because they have more visual impact? I think wearing headbands, etc. when you have shorter hair also projects confidence in your hairstyle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of new short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | New short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

The rest of the outfit, which I wore on a behind-the-scenes kind of day — never-ending library instruction prep! — is a typical example of a work casual look for me. The combination is very basic:  top + cardigan + trousers + flats. Denim trousers, aka trouser jeans, are a great way to make an outfit more professional while still feeling as comfortable as jeans, and canvas flats are more professional while still feeling as comfortable as sneakers. I felt super comfy wearing this outfit, and work-appropriate enough for a “casual Friday.”

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

We took photos after work, along this tree-lined pedestrian path on Klickitat Street. Especially fitting since Portland author Beverly Cleary just celebrated her 100th birthday! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake with pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

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