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SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap

My friend Christina has the best ideas! She’s the one who invited me to the “cars & couture” local fashion show last summer, and it was her idea to get tickets to the annual local Oscars viewing party, hosted by The Grand Cinema. I am a lifelong Oscars nerd fan, so she did not have to twist my arm to say yes — and then it turned out to be a really fun and unique “double date” when our significant others agreed to come along.

Festive attire dress code

The dress code, as explained on the event’s website, suggested “festive attire.” I had no idea what that meant, so y’all know I looked that up, right? Librarian skillz. 😉 Turns out, “festive attire” is basically like “cocktail attire” but with more sparkle and sequins.

This was a great opportunity for Sam to bust out his formal kilt attire, because YES. And he went full formal, with his tux shirt and buttons and bow tie and fancy, faux-fur sporran. I love love love when Sam gets to wear his formal kilt, because (a) he looks so handsome, (b) the Fraser red tartan is very striking, and (c) he looks so handsome.

And because Sam would be wearing the Fraser red tartan, I knew I would need to incorporate that into my own ensemble. I had two options in my closet that would coordinate with the red tartan:  my navy satin-and-chiffon halter dress, seen here, and my purple retro-style dress with the sweetheart neckline, first seen here. Either dress would have been fine, but I decided on my purple cocktail dress as it provided a bit more coverage, and it’s still winter. Practicality, y’all.

Here we are, in our festive finest:

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

The day before the Oscars viewing party, my friend Christina scored a black velvet wrap dress, seen below. A great find, so classic and flattering! I also loved that she added fun patterns with her clutch and heels. She also convinced her sweetie, Bismark, to incorporate patterns, through his checked button-front and socks. (Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of his socks!).

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Don’t they look so dapper? ♥ And if Bismark’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the tattoo artist who painted the inspiration artwork that I chose for the first Style Imitating Art challenge of the year!

For fun, as well as to honor Bismark, I added his pin to my clutch. (You can also see a closeup of this pin on my Instagram.) I also added a Jamie Fraser Outlander pin to my clutch, to honor my own Fraser. This pin — which some of you may also have seen earlier this year on my Instagram! — was a Christmas gift from friends in Portland. I also added a Wonder Woman pin, because the movie should have been nominated for multiple Academy Awards this year but was shut out. (Other than Wonder Woman not getting nominated, I was pretty happy with the rest of the nominations. And I was pretty pleased with the eventual winners, too.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of clutch and pins

Below is a photo of my other accessories and jewelry. I first added the circular brooch that my husband’s Scottish great-aunt gifted me when we visited her and Sam’s cousins years ago during our trip to Scotland (see this post for more pics during that trip). To coordinate with the black pearls in that brooch, I added two bracelets with black pearls, as well as my headband that looks like it’s made of miniature black pearls. I added more sparkle with my crystal drop earrings, as well as the vintage, Art Deco-inspired brooch from my paternal grandmother.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of scarf rosette and brooch

I used the circular brooch to secure one end of the sash, as you can see above, and I used the Art Deco brooch to secure the top part of the sash on my shoulder, as you can see below.

When I was double-checking to see which shoulder to drape the sash over — wearing it over the right shoulder signifies you are married to a clansman, whereas wearing it over the left shoulder signifies you are married to the clan chieftain — I saw a tutorial for an easy way to do a rosette at the end of the sash. I ended up doing a half-rosette, and I really loved how it finished off one end of the sash. The other end I left hanging down the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

The viewing party was really well-organized! Everyone got awards booklets, as well as a special, complimentary cookie. There was a private viewing room for VIPs, but we opted for the general admission seats — and I am glad to report that the theatre seats were very cushy and comfortable! When you know the telecast will last 4+ hours, that’s a very important detail! 😉

During the commercial breaks, the emcees held raffle drawings and even a costume contest! I forgot to get photos of the costume contest, but you can see more photos from the event here and here on the Grand Cinema’s Facebook site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018, program and cookie

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

They also had a fun photo booth downstairs, which was open during the entire telecast. They had all sorts of props to play with, including a miniature Oscar statuette, feather boas, masks, and more. Sam and I opted for black-and-white photos for our turn — we had fun with the Oscars statuette, because OF COURSE — and we went for full color for a group photo booth souvenir. I loved how these turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Finally, some selfies to wrap up the night!

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

I really enjoyed reliving this fun night while putting this post together — I hope you also enjoyed this Oscars viewing party recap! What did you do for the Academy Awards this year? Please leave a comment and share. 😀

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Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid button-front:  Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest:  Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt:  Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues:  Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

Cargo kilt handsome

If you’re a longtime reader, y’all might remember seeing my husband, Sam, in a kilt. Even as recently as last month! (If not, then do yourself a favor and soak up some Scottish blue steel herehere and here.) My husband’s heritage is part Scottish — proudly of the Clan Fraser — and he’s worn his classic “Fraser red” tartan kilt several times. That kilt is fancier, so my husband also got a more casual “cargo kilt” a couple of years ago for versatility. The style is also called a “utility kilt” or “utilikit” for short.

This one’s made of thick canvas twill and has extra cargo pockets. It’s perfect for hiking, and my husband also wears it for work sometimes or occasions that have a dress code somewhere inbetween casual and fancy. This is what my husband wore to a recent JASNA event, and he dressed up the cargo kilt a bit with a grey button-down and brown Oxfords.

And behold the handsomeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

I mean, right?! Gotta love a man in a kilt! There’s something so down-to-earth and sexy about a man in a kilt. Perhaps it’s the confidence of the man wearing it. Sam always gets a ton of compliments when he’s out wearing a kilt — and sometimes I even get random compliments for supporting him wearing a kilt! It’s my pleasure. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

He still is sporting the Fraser connection — this time with his tie, which is in the “Fraser hunting” tartan. (This is my personal favorite of the Fraser tartans, by the way.) Sam also has a necktie in the classic “Fraser red” tartan, which he always wears on the first day of teaching!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Hope y’all liked a bit of Scottish flavor to your week!

Jane Austen style

And now for something completely different… a little break for Regency style!

I debated about whether or not to share these pics on my style blog, but hey, this is what I wore this past Sunday, so here goes! If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and member of a local region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). Our annual May event took place this past Sunday (yes, on Mother’s Day), and although costumes weren’t required, I had agreed to dress up for the occasion.

And Mom, this is for you. Happy (extended) Mother’s Day! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

I picked up this Regency-style costume — my first! — via a silent auction at our JASNA December event. The dress even came with its own matching reticule (drawstring bag)! I added my bronze scarf to serve as a shawl, a string of pearls, and the white satin ballet slippers that I had bought for my wedding almost 12 years ago.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

Details:  Dress and reticule:  JASNA silent auction, December  /  Bronze shawl: Kmart, old  /  Ballet slippers:  Leo’s brand at a ballet store in Texas, 2001  /  Pearl necklace:  From my grandmother, old

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

The dress feels slightly too small for my frame, at least lengthwise — I need to add an extra ruffle at the sleeves and another at the bottom — and slightly too large in the bust. But overall, the fit was pretty comfortable. I also appreciated the empire waist even more after our fantastic potluck luncheon! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style - ballet slippers

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style - braided bun

I researched Regency-style hairstyles and accessories (such a librarian!), and found this site with lots of illustrations. Loosely styled braids and buns were all the rage, so I parted my hair down the center and braided each side. I coiled the right braid into a bun, and then wrapped the left braid over the bun for a fuller effect, securing everything with lots of bobby pins. At first, we tried pinning the pearl necklace around my bun, but it didn’t look quite right, so I ended up wearing the pearls just as a necklace. In the end, I quite liked the simplicity of the single strand of pearls, and they helped balance out the dress’s neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual kilting

And once again, Sam donned his Scottish attire — always a hit at the JASNA events! — but went a bit more casual this time by adding a long-sleeved linen tunic. I asked, and yes, this kind of tunic is common for more daytime kilt looks. And we just got the belt from the Scottish Country Shop here in Portland, so Sam was happy to have an opportunity to wear that already. We’re slowly adding to his Scottish wardrobe. (Can’t get enough of the kilt? You can see more of Sam’s Scottish side by clicking here and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual kilting

Hope y’all enjoyed our mini-break to play dress-up. Back to modern-day librarian style tomorrow!