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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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Coral pleats + button-front outfit inspiration

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

The inspiration for my outfit today comes from Sarah Jessica Parker — or rather, a character’s costume she wore on set for “Best Day of My Life.” I pinned her outfit here on my Pinterest account. My version is not a faithful reproduction, but the basics of a blue button-front shirt and a pleated skirt are the same.

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

I love me some patent leather, which is reflected in my tortoiseshell-print wedges and my animal print belt. I also went for a different kind of animal print with my “put a bird on it” resin earrings! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

The day I wore this, several colleagues — and students! — complimented me about both the pleated skirt and wearing bright colors together. Y’all know that I’m not afraid of wearing bright colors! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Weather:  Clear fall day — and probably the last day this year that I will be completely bare-legged!

Where:  Work that included teaching and reference shifts

What:

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SIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

A note about my posting schedule

I wanted to let my readers know that I will be going back to a posting schedule of 3 posts a week, on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. This fall quarter is shaping up to be very busy — I will be teaching a credit course, and Sam has a new teaching schedule — and we need time to adjust to our new real-life daily schedule (not least of which for finding time to take photos during the work week).

I plan on continuing on co-hosting Style Imitating Art challenges, as well as my monthly clothing budget post and my outfit round-up post and reader poll. I will be discontinuing my monthly “everyday faves” series.

SIA inspiration:

And now, it’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar has been scouting out a watercolor painting for awhile, and finally came across a watercolor sketch by James McNeill Whistler via the open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. This will be the third time we’ve featured a Whistler painting for SIA, but the first time with a watercolor. And the crowded street scene, all in neutrals, feels like an unusual subject for a watercolor — and perfect for the autumn season!

Librarian for Life + Style | Whistler watercolor SIA collage

It took me awhile to come up with my outfit, but finally, I remembered my tan cotton skirt with a soft, watercolor-esque print in shades of neutrals. That was the starting point. And because the watercolor has more of tan & blue tones to me — rather than the lavender & grey tones of the title — I went with navy blue accents with my  navy cardigan and navy tights. My burgundy brogues were a practical choice, as well as a color choice that still fit the inspiration piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

My tote bag — doctor’s bag? — was the final piece I added to the outfit. It FINALLY feels like fall around here, in all its drizzly and cool PNW glory — so I can use this gorgeous bag with its wool fabric sides. It fit in with the color scheme of my outfit (and the inspiration watercolor) but added its own cool texture and shape to the overall look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of printed skirt + tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag

I felt my outfit looked a little retro-inspired, with the combination of the full skirt + tights + brogues. It was a professional development day on campus — also known as in-service — and I got lots of compliments on my outfit from colleagues. 😀

And because it was cold and rainy, I got to wear my navy trench coat again!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Professional development day at my college

What:

  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Skirt:  Walmart, over a decade old
  • Trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old
  • Tights:  Kohl’s, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last year
  • Purse:  MOE Gallery, giveaway this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar navy cardigan  //  floral midi skirt  //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + floral skirt + burgundy brogues outfit collage

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the next day.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

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Style inspiration | Blue stripes + black belt

I recently came across this article featuring Michelle Obama’s stylish combo of a high-lo striped button-front tunic, black skinny trousers, and wide black corset belt. I have long been a fan of Michelle Obama’s personal style, which has always felt so accessible even when she chooses edgy, fashion-forward pieces.

When I saw Obama’s outfit, I immediately thought, “Oh, I have an idea of what to wear!” So I immediately pinned her outfit for inspiration. I paired my thin-striped blue button-front shirt with black ankle pants and black patent leather heels. My wide black stretchy belt mimicked the corset belt of Obama’s inspiration outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

It’s so hard to photograph the thin stripes of this button-front shirt! The stripes are more obvious in person.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

I felt a little mod in this outfit, with the ankle pants and wide belt. It was a very comfortable outfit to wear for work!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Button-front:  H&M, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan Fit” pants, thrifted
  • Wide belt:  Kohl’s, old
  • Patent leather pumps:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new this winter
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, old birthday gift

Shop my outfit:

very similar thin-striped button-front  //  exact style ankle pants by same brand  //  similar wide black belt  //  exact tote bag  //  very similar black patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped button-front + black ankle pants outfit collage

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Never forget | Library tee remix

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of April — thanks in advance!

I wore this outfit twice, once for a book reading at a local library, and then a slight variation for the next work day. And I wore some of my library-themed gear, because OF COURSE. This card catalog tee is one that my husband picked up me for years ago at a writer’s conference, and it still elicits chuckles from people who see it — and not just from librarians! 🙂

Here are a few ways I’ve worn this tee over the years on the blog. Interesting to note that I obviously prefer pairing this tee with blazers + jeans! Uh, at least the blazers are of different colors? Yeah, let’s go with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my library card catalog tee collage

left, 2014  //  middle, 2015  //  right, 2017

This go-round, I paired the tee with black skinny jeans and a taupe blazer and patent leather wedges. Everything neutral except for the pop of turquoise in the tee and the pop of yellow in the library card clutch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed tee and clutch

NEVER FORGET. And many people like to share their personal (and usually fond) memories of using old library card catalogs. I join in those reminiscences, as I remember helping my mom convert from the old library card catalog to a computerized system!

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

The backdrop is the Charlotte Mottet branch of the Tacoma Public Library system, one of the smaller branches in the system. But it’s in a very sweet, renovated brick building that’s had two additions on each side of the original central section. The entrance is my favorite part, with the iron scroll work and the brick design around the round doorway.

Mottet branch library, Tacoma Public Library system

It started raining when we were taking pics, so we took the opportunity to take some photos under some trees, beside a lamp post. So it’s raining, there’s a lamp post… can y’all guess what I started doing???

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Sam guessed right away:  “Are you doing the scene from Singin’ in the Rain?!”

My response? “Yessssssssssss.” 😀 😀 😀

#MovieMusicalFan #LibrarianNerd #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Weather:  Off and on rainy and chilly, on and on and on and on

Where:  To a book reading on my day off

What:

  • Library tee:  Unshelved via a writer’s conference, gift from Sam, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year {but still available!}
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit

very similar beige blazer  //  blue librarian-themed tee  //  exact skinny jeans  //  library card tote bag  //  similar taupe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

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