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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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Happy holidays with black + chambray + snowflakes

Merry Christmas, y’all! Today’s outfit post is an example of a subtle holiday outfit, thanks to the snowflake pin I wore on my blazer lapel. (And yes, I am off for the holidays, but I’ve got posts already lined up during the holidays.)

For this work outfit, I was inspired by Chrissy Teigen’s recent outfit of a chambray shirt with black leather skinny pants and lace-up boots. I never worry about doing an exact outfit replica, so I immediately converted the black leather pants into black skinny jeans in my mind, and the lace-up boots into my burgundy brogues. I also mentally changed her (covetous) black overcoat into my black blazer — I added metal hoops and my own black bag, and done! A cute work look that is still pretty casual and chill.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

I felt like I needed a bit of something to jazz up all the black, so I came across this snowflake pin in my jewelry armoire, and thought it would make a nice addition. Plus, it helped make my outfit holiday-appropriate without being gimmicky.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Weather:  Rainy and chilly

Where:  Work at the library, including a night reference shift

What:

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Follow your heart times two

Today’s outfit started with my shoes, a pair of patent leather pumps with velvet bows that I scored at an estate sale, which I mentioned in last month’s budget post. I thought they would look cool paired with my chevron tights, and the rest of the outfit came together from there.

There’s actually a lot of texture in this outfit, including the velvet bows on the shoes, the crocheted tights, and the nubby texture of the pencil skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Hello, patent leather and velvet! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of painted rock + patent leather pumps

And the day I decided to wear this outfit, Sam came home with a painted rock he found while out and about. (There’s a “Tacoma Rocks” movement to paint rocks and then leave them around town to brighten people’s days. The first “Tacoma Rocks” we found is featured here in this post.)

So it was meant to be that I wore my “Follow Your Heart” sweater on the same day Sam found a rock painted with the same sentiment. There are not enough heart emoticons in the world to describe this serendipity. ♥♥♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of 'Follow Your Heart' sweater + painted rock

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of 'Follow Your Heart' sweater + painted rock

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of painted rock

I’ve got one heart in my pocket… 😉

And finally, a look at the overcoat I wore over this work outfit. More burgundy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Weather:  Cold and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a Reference Desk shift

What:

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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!

SIA interpretation: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for my personal interpretation of the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge that I curated this go-round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

Here is one photo, and portion, of this large-scale mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

My interpretation:

Living in Tacoma, of course I was lucky enough to pose for photos in front of the mural itself! I focused on the colors, combining different shades of blue and beige, as well as combining different textures. I layered a nubby-textured navy blue sleeveless dress over a beige turtleneck, navy tights, and bronze Mary Jane heels. I then layered my tattersall cape-like short coat over that, to add warmth and depth to the look.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

My accessories rounded out the outfit and added extra textures:  a royal blue patent leather skinny belt; gold earrings in the shape of a ribbon tied with a knot; and a silk dupioni clutch that looks gold in one light with hints of light blue in different light.

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Instead of spiking my short hair up or sweeping the bangs off my face, I instead blow-dried it into a sleeker look and smoothed down my bangs. It’s fun to play with my hair, even when it’s short!

I also put my gold ribbon knot earrings in the second, upper hole in my ears, so you could see them better. My paternal grandmother used to make lots of jewelry, including these simple yet striking earrings. I’ve also worn these earrings as a pair of brooches here.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

And one final look at this breathtaking mural:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  En route to see the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” show at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA:

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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!

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