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SIA interpretation: Library mural

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

SIA inspiration pick:

And now it’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated for this round.

This week’s inspiration pick was suggested by longtime SIA participant, Mike, who also blogs at Post Card Purposes. He took photos of a mural that was recently painted in the library he works at, for a new “tween” area. The mural, “Galaxy,” is by artist Julie Hogarth, who gave her permission to use her work for our SIA inspiration. The mural is very large, encompassing at least three different walls, and includes a range of colors — and sparkle!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA mural

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA mural

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA mural

My interpretation:

And here’s my inspiration outfit! I had hoped perhaps to take photos in my own library, but alas, time was against me.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit collage

I wanted to capture the rainbow of colors aspect of the mural — but without looking too kitschy about it. The first item clothing I picked was my yellow cardigan, because it has a pattern of tiny stars — and the mural is called “Galaxy.” 😀 Then came my striped scarf with stripes in several different colors, a purple tank top, and my royal blue tote bag. I kept the rest of the outfit neutral, with dark jeans and brown boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit in a rainbow of colors

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit in a rainbow of colors

Librarian for Life + Style | Star-print cardigan with star earrings

Along with the tiny stars on my yellow cardigan, my eyes lit up when I realized I could continue the star theme with these dangly earrings, a birthday gift a few years ago from my friend Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit in a rainbow of colors

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit in a rainbow of colors

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit in a rainbow of colors

Weather:  Chilly but dry

Where:  Work day in the library behind the scenes

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, fashion-swapped years ago in Portland
  • Scarf:  Christmas gift from my sister-in-law, years ago
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Tote bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from Stephanie, old
  • Boots:  Discount shoe store in Texas, really old

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Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  purple tank top  //  striped scarf  //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  similar blue tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Oct. 10th, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, Oct. 11th.

I’m excited to see what y’all will be inspired by!

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What I wore to a local fashion show

A friend of mine had two VIP tickets to the 2017 Tacoma Cars & Couture Fashion Show, and I was able to tag along as her “plus one.” 😀 The show took place at LeMay – America’s Car Museum and showcased five couture designers from around the Pacific Northwest:

It was a fantastic show, and last week on my Facebook page, I put together a “Cars and Couture Fashion Show 2017” album of photos from the event, including my favorite designs from the show. So definitely browse that album, screenshot below, if you’d like to see some really cool looks from local designers — whose styles were all so different!

Librarian for Life + Style | Facebook album screenshot of Cars and Couture Fashion Show 2017

Below is a peek at the program from the show — plus my awesome yellow-and-black heels (4 inches!) and my peekaboo vintage book cover purse. My friend and I decided to put in an effort and bust out the heels for the show. We fit right in! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show, closeup of program

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show, closeup of killer heels

Below is a look at the whole outfit that I wore to the fashion show. I’ve worn my yellow-and-black heels with a cocktail dress, as seen here; with ankle pants, as seen here; and with black jeans, as seen here. This time, I decided to be a little bit different and pair them with my wide-leg black trousers. I knew we had front-row seats, so that when I sat down, my whole shoe would be visible. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

And if that top looks vaguely familiar, but also a little different, that’s because I decided to take the attached front ties on the blouse, as you can see here, and wrap them around my neck to let the ends hang down the back.

But of course, when I took a photo on the balcony off the museum’s main level — a view overlooking downtown Tacoma and the harbor — the scarf ends decided to photo-bomb me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show and close-up of my photo-bombing neck scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

We took these pics during the intermission — thanks, Christina, for taking photos! — when most of the crowd had retreated to either end, the lobby or the balcony, of the museum’s main level. But there were quite a few style bloggers and Instagrammers there, taking photos of their outfits in front of the cars. I was no exception! So instead of cropping this photo below, I decided to keep it wide so you could see some more of the photo-taking action. (I also looooooved the green-and-black hi-lo top the lady to my left is wearing. I would pair that top with skinny pants or jeans and use every excuse to walk around so the back hem would flare out.) The people-watching at the fashion show was almost as good as the couture itself!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

Also, a funny story to share with y’all:  I had a nice chat with one of the show’s sponsors, who happened to be seated next to us. He was very nice (and very stylish), and remarked at one time that it was obvious that I was interested in fashion. He gestured toward my heels as proof, and I grinned in agreement. Toward the end of our chat, he asked what I did for a living. His face fell into TOTAL SHOCK when I revealed to him that I was a librarian. After he picked his jaw up off the floor, he was then delighted to learn that I had a style blog. I definitely felt like I was helping represent my profession in a positive way in that moment — and perhaps expand expectations of a librarian’s sense of style and love of fashion? 😀


Can’t get enough of fashion shows? You can also read about my first experience walking in a fashion show earlier this spring

Have you attended a fashion show before? What would, or did, you wear to a fashion show? Please leave a comment and share!


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Silk tunic + vintage earrings

I mentioned in last week’s budget post that my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie had gifted me these vintage Native American earrings… I did not hesitate to wear them immediately! As in, the day after she gave them to me, and to a brunch outing during our recent girls’ weekend.

I also wore this outfit to work the next week, for a more casual “behind the scenes” day (i.e. no teaching). So instead of a “work to weekend” outfit, this is a “weekend to work” outfit. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings vlodrup

I started with the earrings, and then pulled out this printed silk Anthropologie tunic that I fashion-swapped a few years ago, because I thought the turquoise of the earrings paired well with the teal color in the tunic. I also paired my brown cardigan and brown leggings with the tunic to echo the wood bits in the earrings.

This was a perfect outfit for a brunch, as the looser tunic style and leggings, which have a wide stretchy waistband, meant comfort for eating. I do not sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of style!

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

The backdrop is of a water collection tank outside the Tacoma Dome station, which includes free parking as well as access to the free light rail system that goes into downtown Tacoma. I thought it would make for a fun backdrop, and another way to highlight our city. Y’all know I really like to get outfit photos while we’re out and about, if at all possible, to show how I wear my outfits in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Water collection station outside the Tacoma Dome station

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Weather:  60s, sunny and cool — perfect spring weather!

Where:  Brunch downtown

What:

  • Silk tunic:  Anthropologie, fashion-swapped
  • Cardigan:  Gap, over a decade old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  JavoEdge, c/o giveaway years ago
  • Earrings:  vintage, gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar teal print tunic  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar yellow faux leather clutch  //  similar taupe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Print tunic + leggings outfit collage


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Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Today’s work outfit was really all about remixing my pink- and purple-print dress for a work-appropriate combo. The first time I wore this print dress was for a special anniversary night out in the summer. This time I wore it for work in chilly spring temps.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a pink print dress

2015 post: Feeling special in my new print dress

A blazer can work magic, instantly making any dress — even a sleeveless dress like this one –more work-appropriate simply by layering it on top. That’s exactly why blazers are “completer pieces,” because they really do serve to finish off, or complete, an outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + bronze heels closeup

I also made the look more work-appropriate by adding brownish-burgundy opaque tights and bronze heels. These tights are AMAZING, by the way. They can look more brown or more reddish depending on what it’s paired with. With this dress, the opaque tights help “tone down” the print, at least in my head.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

And there is ALWAYS time for twirling! 😉

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

I did wear the blazer buttoned up most of the day, mainly because the top of the dress is a bit lower-cut than most of my dresses. It worked, although I think next time I will add a white cami or sports bra underneath the dress so there’s another visible layer there.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Weather:  Chilly and rainy spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Velvet blazer:  Gap, over a decade old
  • Print dress:  Maggy London, thrifted, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old

Shop my outfit

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  similar print dress  //  Mary Jane heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + print dress outfit collage

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Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Not that long ago, I was looking at my thrifted wrap dress — the one featured here, here and here — and thinking that I always wore it essentially the same way:  as a dress, either with or without a cardigan, depending on the weather. I wear the dress more often than it appears on the blog, because I just keep wearing it the same way, and I don’t want to keep repeating it as such on the blog. But I repeat it in real life. It’s a go-to dress when I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m wearing.

And then I saw this post about “How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan” from the oh-so-fabulous Psyche of the Economy of Style blog. My eyes lit up, my brain switched on, and my mouth broke into a smile. A new way to wear a wrap dress?! YESSSSSSSSSSS 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a wrap dress collage

2012 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2014 outfit (without a cardigan)

Right after I read the Economy of Style blog post, we had on the forecast a rare day of sunshine and no rain. I took advantage of the opportunity!

I’ve written before how I feel like my best self when I’m feeling long ‘n’ lean — and I’ve written about this while I wearing this wrap dress as a wrap dress. I also felt gloriously long ‘n’ lean wearing this wrap dress as a long cardigan duster. It sounds odd, but it’s true:  when a taller lady wears longer items of clothing (shorts, dresses, skirts, cardigans), she ends up looking taller.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan, closeup

As the Economy of Style blog post points out, pulling the wrap ties inside and knotting them at the back was the way to go to convert this dress into a long cardigan. I also continued the “long ‘n’ lean” theme with my accessories, finishing off the look with my long gold chain and bar pendant.

Sam also made the excellent point that because this wrap dress has a collar, it made it look more like a jacket, more intentional. I’ll take it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

I felt this outfit looked best when I was walking, to allow for more movement and flow in the dress/cardigan. So I will admit that I took EVERY OPPORTUNITY to get up and walk around this work day, to feel like I was gliding around in my flowy cardigan dress. True story. #noregrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Y’all, I felt GREAT in this outfit. And it showed. I felt comfy and confident and chill, and my co-workers picked up on that. I got so many compliments on this outfit — and they were all surprised when I let them know it was a wrap dress that I was wearing as a long cardigan. It’s fun to keep surprising my new co-workers with my sartorial experimentation! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Weather:  Chilly and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Wrap dress (worn as long cardigan):  Thrifted, old
  • Blouse:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Heels:  Payless, old
  • Necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print wrap dress  //  similar gold necklace with bar pendant  //  very similar bronze pumps  //  similar skinny jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Wrap dress as long cardigan outfit collage


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