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Pairing orange floral with black

My outfit today was inspired by two outfits I saw via Instagram, this one from @iamterrib and this one from @suzannecarillo. Both outfits paired an orange floral dress or skirt with black… and thus, a style idea was born! 😀

It also was a practical choice to pair a heavier jacket and tall boots with this dress, as our transition to spring up here in Tacoma has been a decidedly cold (and rainy) one.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

I last paired this orange floral dress with a white cardigan; this time, it was fun to play off the vibrant floral print with all-black pieces and accessories, including a moto-style jacket, tall black heeled boots, and black metal hoop earrings.

I also thought it made for a nice contrast to pair the heavy canvas of this jacket with the floaty fabric of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black boots closeup

Although I think the look would be sharper with a slightly shorter jacket, I really liked wearing this outfit. It felt fun and fresh and unexpected, just right as we are still transitioning into spring up here in the PNW. So many colleagues and students commented on the orange floral print, that it cheered them up! Me, too. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Weather:  50s, damp and chilly

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Jacket:  St. John Sport, thrifted at Portland resale shop, old
  • Dress:  Loco Lindo, thrifted at another Portland resale shop, old
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, Christmas gift from in-laws, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall

Shop my outfit

very similar canvas moto-style jacket  //  similar orange floral dress  //  similar high-heeled black boots  //  similar black metal hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + black outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: Monmon Cats

Two quick reminders:

SIA inspiration:

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

Salazar picked the “weird and wonderful” Monmon Cats (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a cat lady, she couldn’t pass this up! 😀 As a fellow cat lady, I approve. 😉

Below is a detail from the print. Click the image below to view the full print, or see this print and more from the artist on the Bored Panda site here or on the artist’s site here.

Detail of 'Monmon Cats' by Kazuaki Horitomo

Detail of ‘Monmon Cats’ by Kazuaki Horitomo

My interpretation:

I went for a combination of greys and blacks with pops of red and a bit of blue, to match the tones of the inspiration artwork. My grey dress and grey-and-black houndstooth tights came first. And then my new black gingham shirt came in the mail just in time, and the final piece clicked into place in my mind… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

The belt is actually a piece of embroidered ribbon my husband recently thrifted for me, thinking I could make something out of it. I haven’t had time to make it into a belt — and I think I have enough left over for a headband! — but I thought it was perfect for this week’s SIA challenge, because it brought in the bits of red flowers and blue colors from the inspiration artwork into my outfit. So I just wrapped the ribbon around me and pinned it on the side for a makeshift belt!
I revealed this wardrobe secret to a student worker at my library — the same student worker who was agog at my recent mint-and-navy cardigan and scarf outfit combo — and her reaction was so sweet. (She said she loved how creative I was with what I wore and that she always looked forward to what I would be wearing!) It’s so rare in real life that I have the chance to reveal just how detailed (and nerdy and thought-out) my style choices are. That’s what’s so great about having a style blogging outlet! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral ribbon belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

I *did* manage to get a cat in my pics, just in a different way with the “Meow” tote bag my mom gifted me this past Christmas. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag and houndstooth tights closeup

And now time for your daily recommended allowance of twirling…

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, new
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ribbon (worn as belt):  Recently thrifted
  • Houndstooth tights:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Lapis lazuli stud earrings:  Gift from my mom?, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, recent Christmas gift

Shop my outfit

exact black gingham top from same brand  //  exact tote bag from same brand  //  similar grey dress  //  very similar houndstooth tights  //  similar red floral belt  //  very similar black flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration 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, Monday, April 10th. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to curate the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses

SIA inspiration pick:

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She has posted before on her blog about her friend Annabelle’s job at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs is called GrowArts, and its goal is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. For SIA this week Erin chose one of the pieces they have for sale, a striking painting of roses.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Garden center SIA collage

My very first idea was to wear my green, rose-print scarf. I wanted the focus to be more on the rose print, so I went the green-and-tan color scheme route, rather than pulling focus with a bright red clothing item. (But I did add in a touch of red with the ladybug on my brooch.)

The SIA painting is part of the Garden Center Services project, so I wanted to stick with that theme by taking photos in a local community garden. We took photos in the Dometop Community Garden, which is right beside the Rogers children’s park and overlooks a restored 1907 school building.

Can you tell I was ready for spring?! You might say I was so ready, I was jumping for joy… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

I mixed in more florals with my rose earring studs and my floral clutch. More pattern-mixing with multiple kinds of roses! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral scarf and jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

By the way, this clutch is pretty roomy! I can fit in my wallet, sunglasses case, tissues, chapstick, and my cell phone, with room to spare. PLUS this clutch is pattern-mixing all on its own, with an interior of striped fabric! I also love that the external fabric is a scuba-like material.

Librarian for Life + Style | What's in my clutch?

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Community garden floral-mixing

Weather:  Early spring day with off-and-on sunshine and drizzly rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Floral scarf:  Lands’ End, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Grasshoppers via DSW, old
  • Floral clutch:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

rose print scarf //  very similar beige ankle pants  //  rose stud earrings //  similar beige canvas flats  //  very similar dark denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral-mixing outfit collage

How you can participate in this SIA challenge:

There’s still time to participate!

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, this Wednesday, so get those photos in to her before then!

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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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