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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: Pond in the Woods

SIA inspiration pick:

Now it is time for my sartorial interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She chose the 1922 Georgia O’Keeffe painting called “Pond in the Woods” that she was lucky to see in person at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in December. As Erin says, “I like that it’s colorful but not overly bright.” You can see a close-up of the painting, plus others, here in this article. And you can learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary life here.

How to participate in this SIA challenge:

And 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 by tonight. Erin will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's 1922 'Pond in the Woods' painting

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1922 ‘Pond in the Woods’ painting

My starting point was my sleeveless print blouse, which had four of the colors in the painting (green, blue, black, and white) as well as a swirly brushstroke pattern. My next idea was pairing it with my green patent leather kitten heels, since green is the most dominant color in the painting. I was going to layer my green cardigan over my top, and then that morning, I spied my white cardigan with its colorblock trim of navy and mint. Bingo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

The backdrop is the side of a building on my college campus, and I thought its muted greenish brown color, as well as the bit of lawn in front, helped add more earthy colors to the mix.

And, of course, y’all deserve a closer look at these pretty patent leather kitten heels. They have a rubber sole, so they were a good choice on a drizzly day. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of denim trousers + green patent leather kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Last but not least, a look at my complete outfit with my outerwear. I chose my purple-and-olive houndstooth overcoat so that I could get in the purple color from the painting. And bonus pattern-mixing! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching and multiple meetings

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, old
  • Print top:  Macy’s?, old
  • Denim trousers:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Kitten heels:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print sleeveless top  //  white cardigan with embellished pockets  //  very similar denim trousers  //  olive pointy-toed kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Print blouse + denim trousers + kitten heels outfit collage

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Greenery closet inventory, Pantone 2017 color of the year

I’ve highlighted Pantone colors of the year before (rose quartz and serenity in 2016marsala in 2015, and emerald in 2013); Pantone chooses a color every year as a “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2017, Pantone chose the color Greenery, “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade.”

Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year 2017

Here’s the reasoning behind Pantone’s 2017 choice:

Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Once again, I’m not a particular fan of Pantone’s choice. I don’t have that much green in my closet, even though peridot, a yellow-green very similar to the “Greenery” color Pantone chose, is my birthstone. What green I do have is either mint or a darker forest green, or it’s mixed in a print with other colors.

However, as I did last year, I went through my closet to see what I already had close to the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. It’s often not necessary to buy all-new items to stay on trend; first, take stock of what you’ve got already and remix those items! Remixing = real life. Also, nail polish is a fun — and cheap! — way to incorporate color trends into your outfits. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closet inventory for greenery, Pantone's 2017 color of the year

Counter-clockwise from top left:

What do you think of the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year? Do you have this color in your closet already? Please leave a comment and share!

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King’s Books + fall layers for work day

One last call to vote for your favorite outfit of October — thanks in advance! 🙂

I didn’t initially plan on documenting this outfit for the blog, but after we found ourselves enjoying a light dinner after work in the Stadium District, Sam was open to taking pics. What I’m wearing today is like a combination of this casual outfit (navy striped tee + green infinity scarf) with this casual work outfit (navy striped tee + cargo vest + brown boots). The fall layers served me well on this drizzly fall day.

A few notes about today’s work outfit:

  • I didn’t wear the scarf or the cloche during the work day (both were just for outerwear purposes)
  • I didn’t get a closeup of my flesh-colored tights, which are ribbed and thicker than regular hose. The pattern and texture of these tights are more noticeable in real life.
  • Those creases in my pencil skirt? A result of working all day — and extra proof that I do actually wear the outfits I show on the blog. I usually take pics at the beginning of the day, so as to avoid showing these kinds of creases, but it’s kind of nice to see them here — and a reminder of why I document my personal style journey!

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | King's Books in Tacoma, WA

After dinner and a drink (I had a Maker’s Mark old-fashioned) at Doyle’s Pub after a particularly good work day, we walked across the parking lot to browse through one of Tacoma’s best local bookshops, King’s Books. As the mural states, it’s “almost a city block of books,” a cheeky reference to Powell’s Books in Portland (which actually is a city block of books). King’s Books also has two resident cats! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Weather:  Drizzly and overcast fall day, temps in the 50s

Where:  Work day with teaching + meetings

What:

  • Striped tee:  H&M, old
  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped with Erin @ Loop Looks, old
  • Pencil skirt:  Bealls?, old
  • Infinity scarf:  Anne of Green Gables pattern, StoriArts, gift from husband last fall
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Tall boots:  Nine West, old
  • Belt:  ?, old
  • Colorblock tote:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old

similar striped tee (also available in navy)  //  similar olive cargo vest  //  similar pencil skirt (also available in tan) //  very similar infinity scarf from same brand  //  similar tall high-heeled boots (also available in brown) //  similar cloche with flower detail

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots collage

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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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