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SIA interpretation 2: Monkey lithograph

Now for my SECOND interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you can see the other one on Monday’s post. And you can see the entire round-up — including Sam’s SIA-inspired outfit! — today on Daenel’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My second interpretation:

My second outfit idea started with my vintage Hawaiian-print dress (which was actually made in Hawaii, as per the label), because of the tropical theme of the lithograph. There’s also a tiny bit of red in the postcard via a bird in the lower left corner. I then layered my yellow starburst cardigan over the dress, because there is a fair bit of yellow in the postcard.

It amused me that I used the same outfit formula for both interpretations — a print dress layered under a cardigan — but the colors and print make the two outfits look very different.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

I added my cognac rope tassel belt to help give shape to the Hawaiian-print dress, and you can see more of the print in the pic below.

And a note about my accessories:  I chose my yellow and white colorblock tote for obvious color reasons; my bamboo earrings fit in with the tropical theme; and I added my turquoise stud earrings to bring in the bit of turquoise in the other bird in the lithograph postcard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan

The backdrop is actually the same backdrop from the trench coat + red crossbody bag outfit post, but the vines have now exploded into leaves thanks to our recent, extended bout of warm spring weather. I thought they made for a nice backdrop that also echoed the backdrop from the postcard.

And last but not least, during our photo shoot, I borrowed my husband’s elephant cane — he was using it on the day — because the russet and gold tones of the cane fit in with the colors of the inspiration lithograph. Also, why not add one more animal to the mix?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Elephant cane closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Librarian for Life + Style | Hawaiian-print dress + yellow cardigan + elephant cane

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Running errands last weekend + then reworn for work this week

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!

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Sam’s style | Corduroy times two

My husband, Sam, is a lifelong fan of the Corduroy bear and books. Years ago, he even wrote to the Out of Print clothing company to ask if they would consider adding adult size options for their Corduroy tee, which at that point was only available in kids’ clothing sizes. They eventually did extend their clothing size options for the Corduroy tee, and Sam immediately snapped up a tee for himself!

Sam teaches English composition and writing, so he loooooooves highlighting literary puns whenever possible — even through his style! So OF COURSE Sam enjoyed pairing his Corduroy tee with a corduroy blazer — it’s so punny! 😀
Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Teal green + black + animal print

It’s still cold enough some days for tights, and I do realize this outfit feels more tonally appropriate for fall more so than spring. But there must have been something in the air that day telling me to wear this color combo, because when I got to work, three of my fellow librarians were wearing green + black together. No lie. Style synergy, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

This cardigan looks more forest green in real life, but it came out looking more teal in the morning light. Either way, the color works with the earthy tones of this animal print scarf.

I turned this square scarf into a scarf necklace again, which I find a fun way to wear square scarves. It also keeps the scarf ends out of the way of whatever I’m doing! Here’s another way I’ve done a scarf necklace, which I learned from this scarf-tying video, 57 seconds into the video.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of the back of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Last but not least, I also wore this outfit with my library-themed tote bag. Why  not add another pattern to the mix? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print with my library tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

As the Fug Girls say, “Everyone looks hotter in sunglasses.” 😎

Weather:  Still cold enough for tights

Where:  Work day that included meetings, a presentation, and happy hour cocktails with a colleague afterward

What:

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SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

A quick note to please vote for your favorite coat — err, outfit — last month in the monthly reader poll post. Thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. This past week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose our inspiration artwork.

Still time to participate in SIA!

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by the end of Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Interpretation:

I noticed the bookcase in the background of the painting… which gave me the cheeky idea of wearing my bookcase-print skirt… which features cats! I am a total Leo, so incorporating cats into an outfit inspired by a painting of dogs made me laugh. Novelty animal prints for the win! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

After work, we took these photos in our dining room, so the lighting is definitely adding a yellow tinge. But I think this also echoes the inspiration painting! We also already happened to have a deck of cards on our green tin tray on our dining room table — no lie, we had been playing cards over the MLK Jr. holiday weekend and just never put up the deck of cards (Stephanie, I know you are not shocked by this!). So I pulled the cards into our SIA photoshoot, because I am never one to miss a chance to be cheesy! 😀

I also enjoy the fact that our dining room table and the green, brown, and russet tones in the room and curtains also tie into the colors of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

I wore this outfit on a work day that included library introductions and tours for first-year students, so the book-print skirt also served as a conversation starter for students. And so many of the female students remarked on the fact that this skirt has POCKETS. Women know what’s up, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Weather: Cold and rainy (hence the leggings worn as tights!)

Where:  Work day that included teaching and library tours

What:

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Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Can you guess the starting point for today’s outfit?

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It wasn’t the skirt — rather, it was the blue leggings that I wore as tights! This is one of my favorite clothing tricks during fall and winter, to wear leggings as tights. They’re warmer than tights and provide more coverage and hold, plus they’re easier to pull on.

Here’s how the rest of the outfit came together in my head:

  • Next came the blue cardigan, as it coordinated with the tights.
  • Then came the cognac boots, as I thought my black riding boots would look too harsh.
  • Then I thought of my cat-print skirt, as it incorporates cognac and orange-y tones that would go well with the boots.
  • Then came the cognac belt — I thought my blue patent leather belt would look odd right next to the blue cardigan. I could have also untucked my cardigan, but I decided I wanted a tucked-in look that day. It just depends on the day, as y’all know I’m a fan of untucking my tops.
  • Then I decided on my topaz drop earrings, to bring out more earth tones.
  • I went with my new cognac, black, and white tote bag because it tied together the black and cognac tones in the skirt.
  • At the last minute, I added my blue beanie, which I thought would be a fun finishing touch — and an unexpected one!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It was super windy this day, so thank goodness I was wearing tights! Sam was able to catch a few fun pics that show how the wind affected my skirt. 😀Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Both the beanie and bow belt are accessories I got while living overseas in the UAE. It’s been awhile since you’ve seen this beanie, which surfaced in an early post here, and here in my travel post to Amsterdam. The bow belt you have seen lots of times, like here and here, and it actually came with my cat-print dress, most recently seen here (although I NEVER wear this bow belt with my cat-print dress!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Weather:  Cold, clear + windy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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