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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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SIA interpretation: Tiffany Dome

Time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, brought to you this past week by Erin from Loop Looks, who chose something fitting for U.S. National Library Week, April 10-16.

The glass dome, pictured below, is the world’s largest Tiffany glass done, in the building currently known as the Chicago Cultural Center. The building opened in 1897 as the first Chicago Public Library, and the dome is atop the room where people picked up the books they had requested, now known as the Preston Bradley Hall. And, of course, the oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association, has its headquarters in Chicago. How neat are all these library connections?! LOVE. You can read more info about the dome here at this site.

Here’s my interpretation of this gorgeous glass dome. My interpretation is all about the jewelry:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Tiffany dome

My friend and colleague Stephanie gave me the idea of wearing all black as a foundation, with colorful accessories to pop against the black. I was drawn to the bold, dark lines of the cast iron frame, especially as seen in the top photo above. The round crewneck of my black sweater also recalls the shape of the dome, as do the shapes on my bracelet (a long beaded necklace I wrapped around my wrist) and the dangly discs on my statement earrings. The green, blue, and bronze tones of my jewelry tie into how the glass dome looks in the bottom photo in the collage above.

I got these earrings at last fall’s fashion swap, as detailed in this post. They are pretty heavy, so I’m seriously thinking about taking off the chains and discs and just leaving the geometric shape at the top. I would probably wear these earrings more often if I did that, and I could recycle the discs into something else, like a necklace. What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement jewelry

I was also drawn to the juxtaposition of the modern mixed with the ornate in this Tiffany dome. I feel that’s also reflected in my outfit — the modern (my all-black foundation) and the ornate (my jewelry).

Also, yes, I have gotten an even shorter haircut. I’ve got one more outfit set for tomorrow with my previous hairstyle, and after that, I will have more details, and pics, of my new hairdo. Stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

Details:

I wore this outfit on Friday, a “behind the scenes” kind of day spent on collection development (reviewing and ordering materials in my subject liaison areas). So it was okay to go a bit more casual with my outfit — but you could definitely wear the jewelry for a day-to-night kind of look, especially if you swapped out the ankle boots for strappy heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + statement jewelry

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies and flat lay pics are also fine — to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Submissions due by tonight, April 18, and Erin will post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow morning.


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