Tag Archives: navy

SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

A quick note that the monthly outfit reader poll is still open — thanks in advance!

Inspiration:

And now for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. After these past hella-emotional weeks for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) continues to give me life. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version seen in the collage below.

I’m usually a smiley blogger, but not today. I am channeling Bara’s steady, challenging gaze — and stance!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA collage

‘Cleopatra’ poster, 1917, public domain

Interpretation:

I knew that I had to wear one of my Egyptian scarab pendant necklaces with whatever I wore, but it actually took me awhile to figure out my outfit for this SIA challenge. Nothing was really gelling in my mind (see here where I explain my mental process for putting outfits together), until I spied my embroidered navy and tomato red tank top, and the lightbulb in my brain went off.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

In the inspiration movie poster, you can spy a couple of obelisks framing the sides. I did a Google search for obelisks in Tacoma, and the results came up with a few tombstones in the Old Tacoma Cemetery (plus it’s October and Halloween season, so again, it felt appropriate to take photos in a cemetery). The stone for these obelisks also gave off a sheen that fit the colors of the inspiration poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

I stepped it up with the makeup that day, lining my eyes with eye liner and bronze-y eye shadow, as well as a coral lip stain to coordinate with my tank top and ring. I wore one of my Egyptian scarab pendants — you can see a better closeup of it in the collage below — plus two gold statement rings, one coral and one smoky quartz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA jewelry closeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze tote and shoes closeup

It’s hard to see, but my brown wide-leg trousers have metallic burgundy threads running through the fabric, so they give off a bit of a shimmer. (I also managed to let out an additional inch from the hem of these trousers over the summer, so I feel more comfortable wearing them with heels.)

We visited the Old Tacoma Cemetery one day last week after work, and the late afternoon light was quite lovely. No one else was there at the cemetery, which seems to be very well-kept. We will definitely be back! (It might seem strange to some, but both Sam and I have always found cemeteries to be quite peaceful and pleasant places to be in. We have visited several cemeteries over the years, even on vacations; whenever we visit one, we take time to straighten up flowers or offerings that have fallen over. And RIP to the Durr family, whose family markers are featured in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Weather:  Perfect fall day, chilly but bright

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts

What:

Please note that I get commission for affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Visible Monday | #iwillwearwhatilike | Shoe and Tell | Weekly Fashion Link up | Mix It Mondays | Start the Week Stylish | #HowISummer | Confident Twosdays | Turning Heads | Style With a Smile | The Style File | Style Swap Tuesdays | Style Sessions | Trend SpinWho’s Wearing What Wednesdays | I Feel Pretty Wednesdays | Style Perspectives | Fashion Linkup | Weekly Wednesday Fashion linkup | Style on the Daily | Oh, Hey Girl! | Thursday Fashion Files | Top of the World | Thursday Moda | Fashion Friday | Fun Fashion Friday | Fabulous Friday | Fancy Friday | Friday Favorites | Weekend Wear Link Up | #SaturdayShareLinkUp

There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged 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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, October 10th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

Advertisements

SIA interpretation: Autumn abstract

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

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, which he painted in 1950. It’s one of the most notable examples of the “poured-painting” style that Pollock used during the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can read more about this painting here and here.

Below is an openly licensed photograph of the painting hanging in The Met:

Photograph of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock" by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

Photograph of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock” by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

And below is a closeup detail of the painting via The Met’s website, where you can also see additional closeups and photographs of the painting. The detail below gives you a better sense of the colors Pollock used in the abstract painting.

Detail of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" by Jackson Pollock

Detail of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock

Salazar chose this painting because she “recently learned that his drip paintings are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature, which I found fascinating… Plus, the neutral color scheme and the title make this an appropriate choice for September.”

My interpretation:

My outfit is a bit out-of-the-box, at least regarding the SIA challenge, but no worries, I will explain all. I am on summer break right now, so I wanted to highlight a typical outfit that’s more casual and sportier than what you usually see on my blog. I wore this outfit on a sunny (albeit chillier) summer day last weekend, when my husband and I enjoyed a picnic and stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeup

So how does this tie in with the abstract inspiration artwork? The navy and tan colors reflect the two major colors in the painting, obviously. But for me, this outfit — and how it ties into the SIA challenge — comes down to the closeup of textures and accessories, seen above and below.

Salazar mentioned that Pollock’s abstract paintings “contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature,” and I was intrigued by that. Therefore, I chose pieces that, upon closer inspection, have interesting patterns, like the cable knit pattern on this fisherman’s sweater, and the checkerboard pattern on my sneakers. But the core of this idea is the scarf, which is actually a map of the Portland transit system! (Click on the photo below to open a larger version.) It just looks like random lines and squiggles on a piece of cotton fabric, but there is method to its madness. Like Pollock’s abstract paintings. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

It felt great to be out by the water. And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you, as always!), then you know the Ruston Way waterfront is one of my favorite places in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Weather:  Sunny but chillier — and it’s always colder by the water

Where:  Picnic and stroll along Ruston Way waterfront

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, September 12th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

Linkups:  Visible Monday | #iwillwearwhatilike | Shoe and Tell | Weekly Fashion Link up | Mix It Mondays | Start the Week Stylish | #HowISummer | Confident Twosdays | Turning Heads | Style With a Smile | The Style File | Style Swap Tuesdays | Style Sessions | Trend SpinWho’s Wearing What Wednesdays | I Feel Pretty Wednesdays | Style Perspectives | Fashion Linkup | Weekly Wednesday Fashion linkup | Style on the Daily | Oh, Hey Girl! | Thursday Fashion Files | Top of the World | Thursday Moda | Fashion Friday | Fun Fashion Friday | Fabulous Friday | Fancy Friday | Friday Favorites | Weekend Wear Link Up | #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Street mural | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Every year during the McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma, “Graffiti Alley” gets repainted with a new mural, to showcase live art during the fair. This results in a mural for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Sam and I took outfit photos in front of 2016’s McKinley Street Fair mural last year, and we managed to sneak in outfit photos in front of 2017’s mural recently before it was painted over again for this year’s street fair.

First up, the mural painted during last year’s street fair:

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

And now for some details about my outfit, which I wore for another summer casual work day. It was BLAZING HOT that day, hence the rare sleeveless look for work. (I also brought a bronze shawl to wear at work, just in case I felt cold from the air conditioning or in case I felt I needed to cover up my shoulders.)

I am no stranger to wearing unexpected color combinations, and navy pairs well with just about every color. So I thought this navy + salmon pink combination worked well for a summer day. I sneaked a bit of pattern into this outfit, with the small-scale graphic print on the navy shell. And the shell has a surprise — shell buttons down the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

I wore neutral accessories, so as not to compete with the color combo, including my cognac wedge sandals, bronze hoop earrings, and a simple brass bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoop earrings + navy shell

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

And finally, I had some fun with the mustachioed “tree man” figure in the mural. Sam said I was maybe having too much fun, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Weather:  Blazing hot

Where:  Summer work day

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Visible Monday | #iwillwearwhatilike | Shoe and Tell | Weekly Fashion Link up | Mix It Mondays | Start the Week Stylish | #HowISummer | Confident Twosdays | Turning Heads | Style With a Smile | The Style File | Style Swap Tuesdays | Style Sessions | Trend SpinWho’s Wearing What Wednesdays | I Feel Pretty Wednesdays | Style Perspectives | Fashion Linkup | Weekly Wednesday Fashion linkup | Style on the Daily | Oh, Hey Girl! | Thursday Fashion Files | Top of the World | Thursday Moda | Fashion Friday | Fun Fashion Friday | Fabulous Friday | Fancy Friday | Friday Favorites | Weekend Wear Link Up | #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Library card catalog tee + tote for casual work combo

I always find it an interesting challenge to dress for campus professional development days. I’m not teaching, so I feel I can go more casual, but I’m also around colleagues, so I don’t want to go too casual.

So all that thinking led to the outfit below. It does veer more toward the casual end of the spectrum (the tee + tote bag + slip-on sneakers), but the two items that still keep it in the professional realm for me are the ankle pants (instead of jeans) and the cardigan. And I kept it fun with my bright pink lipstick 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I also feel motivated to wear library-themed clothing or accessories on campus professional development days, so I can help visually represent the library to other colleagues around the campus. (Not that I ever really need an excuse, hah! 😉 )

Luckily, I have accumulated several library-themed options in my closet, but the ones I chose for this outfit were my “NEVER FORGET” card catalog tee and my library card tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I’ve been wanting to take pics in front of this wall for awhile — the colors are so fun with the brightly colored bubbles and the fish-scale type siding. The colors in my outfit and in my shoes include many of the colors of the wall, which made me happy. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of library card tote bag + patterned slip-on sneakers
Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Weather:  Cooler with off-and-on sun

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion LinkupTop of the WorldThursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp

SIA interpretation: Cherry blossom dish

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit last month!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, a Japanese “Nabeshima” dish from the Met’s public domain collection.

The inspiration artwork:

"Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms," The Met, is in the public domain

“Large Dish with Cherry Blossoms,” The Met, is in the public domain

My interpretation:

My starting point was my green floral scarf, one of the few floral-patterned items in my closet. It brought in the green tones from the leaves in the plate design, plus the floral theme, of course. Then I added a navy cardigan (which you can see better if you scroll down a bit), dark skinny jeans, and finally, my navy trench. I snuck in a bit more floral because my trench coat and belt are trimmed in a daisy print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf + cherry blossom trees

I really wanted to get in photos this past week with some cherry trees, and I was lucky to spy this copse of cherry trees blooming with some of the paler blooms I’ve seen around town.

Below is a closeup of the floral print on my scarf, as well as a closeup of my champagne-colored flats. I went with these flats because the folds of the silk pleats along the round toe reminded me of the cross-hatching of lines in the plate design. I also wore yellow rose stud earrings, to tie into my scarf and to add a final floral touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Green floral scarf + flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

I wore this outfit to work, a decidedly casual outfit for a more casual day at work (no reference desk duty or teaching). I could easily wear this outfit for running errands, too, so it’s more of a “work to weekend” kind of look. I felt pretty and comfortable in this outfit, pretty true to my personal style outlook. The “bit of quirk” comes in with all the subtle floral-mixing of the daisies, roses — and cherry blossoms! 🙂

You could also easily dress this outfit up for your own workplace by switching out jeans for ankle pants or trousers or a pencil skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench + green floral scarf

Weather:  Chilly but no rain

Where:  Casual work day at the library

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion LinkupTop of the WorldThursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp


There is 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 8th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, May 9th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀