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SIA interpretation 1: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for my FIRST 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 will see the other one on Wednesday, the same day of the round-up 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 first interpretation:

My immediate starting point was this dress, which has a double dot print of large and small circles. In my mind, the larger circles could represent the coconuts in the lithograph. Then came the idea of pairing this print dress with a patterned headband or scarf that had a mix of colors from the print. And this headband with its floral and paisley print has all the colors mixed in together! The rest of the outfit came together very easily.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of straw handbag + dress pattern

I picked this straw bag because the reddish brown trim fit in with the lithograph colors. And the straw, or raffia, helped tie in my cognac wedges to the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

For my jewelry, I had lots of options, including several wood pieces of jewelry. I originally thought of wearing my coconut shell earrings and/or necklace, seen here, but ultimately, they pulled too much focus for my liking. But I did in the end choose my petrified wood stud earrings and this reddish stone necklace that my husband bought me years ago in Turkey. The pendant matched the reddish bits in my headband, and OF COURSE y’all know that I then matched my lip color accordingly. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Weather:  Sunny and perfect

Where:  Work day at the library that included a presentation to fellow faculty

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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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from May — thanks in advance!

If you’re a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!), then it is no surprise that I often feature variations of go-to outfit formulas. Some of my favorite outfit formulas include:

This last outfit formula is one that I often wore when I worked overseas in the UAE, and I’ve kept it up since moving back to the U.S. 6+ years ago. Tunics are dressier than tees — and often more colorful! — and they’re meant to be untucked, which makes them extremely comfortable. Pairing tunics with trousers, particularly wide-legged trousers, makes the look more work-appropriate.

And for hotter climates or for when working in the summer, pairing trousers with sandals is another way to keep comfortable while also looking professional — as long as your workplace allows open-toed shoes or sandals, of course. My workplace, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is generally super casual, so I can get away with wearing more casual clothing at work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

I haven’t worn my bronze hoop earrings in awhile, but I thought they worked well with this brown-and-pink paisley tunic. The elongated hoop shape also played off the circular U-shape of the tunic neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

And judging by the deep creases in these wide-legged trousers, it’s pretty obvious that we took these outfit photos at the END of the work day. That’s why I prefer to take outfit photos at the beginning of the work day, if possible — but I really don’t mind that much, as this just goes to show that I really do wear my outfits in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Tunic:  Thrifted at local resale shop, last fall
  • Trousers:  Worthington’s, UAE, old
  • Sandals:  Target, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Kohl’s?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar paisley tunic  //  similar wide-legged trousers  //  very similar T-strap sandals  //  bronze hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic + tan trousers outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Lace designs by Isabella Catanea Parasole

It’s time for my interpretation of this Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This go-round, it was my time to curate, and I came across the lace designs of Isabella Catanea Parasole (1565-1625), an Italian lace designer and wood carver. She was the first lace designer to create a lace instruction manual for women, a manual called Il Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne. There’s a brief bio and samples of her work here, plus many more pics of her lace instruction manual here at the Met website.

From inspiration to interpretation:

At first, I focused on the round lace designs, as they had first caught my eye when I came across Isabella Catanea Parasole’s artwork.

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

But then I spied my black-and-white paisley tunic in my closet, and the lightbulb went off! Here’s a collage of one of Parasole’s more ornate designs (top) and my paisley tunic (bottom):

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art challenge, Isabella Catanea Parasole's lace designs, ca. 1620

Since my tunic was doing most of the work, the rest of my outfit came together very quickly. Again — and I’ve been saying this a lot! — I kept it simple with black skinny jeans tucked into my black high-heeled boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

I’m trying out my new lipstick color, a deep wine color called “Cabaret Blend” by Milani. The lipstick smells really good — like grapefruit?– and I loooooooove the color. However, the staying power of the lipstick is admittedly not as good as my long-lasting lipsticks and lip stains from Revlon and L’Oreal.

I wore pearl earrings and a pearl pendant necklace — white pearls this time — in order to keep with the subtle ombre effect of the tunic. I also chose a delicate silver bracelet with black beads, as seen below, for the way it echoed the scroll design that separates the two different paisley prints in the tunic.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silver-and-black bracelets

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

I liked this outfit for its striking simplicity. Plus, it’s pattern-mixing all on its own! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Weather:  Warmer (50s) and dry

Where:  Behind-the-scene day at work

What:

  • Tunic:  White House Black Market, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last winter
  • Tall boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Pearl earrings:  Gift from colleagues in UAE, old
  • Pearl necklace:  Wedding gift from Sam, old
  • Bracelets:  Gifts from Sam, old

similar paisley tunic  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  very similar black tall boots  //  similar silver bracelet with black beads

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

There’s still time to participate in this week’s challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by 10 p.m. PST tonight, Jan. 30th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.


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