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SIA interpretation: Hindu painting

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

I chose this beautiful Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s. This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and you can read more here about  the history of this style of painting.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Interpretation:

I was drawn to the painting mainly because of the mix of colors and subtle patterns together. I also did NOT want to go down the cultural appropriation route, so I liked the idea of a modern look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

My pink + burgundy + navy patterned ankle pants felt like the perfect starting point. I added more texture with the navy cable-knit sweater, and the burgundy cargo vest also added more burgundy to the mix while also feeling more modern. I wore my lapis lazuli earring studs, and the bronze-y zipper and buttons on the vest also made a (slight) nod to the jewelry in the inspiration painting (minus any possible cultural appropriation).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy patterns and textures closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Why the burgundy brogues? I could have gone with my champagne-colored flats, as seen here, which would have been right at home with this inspiration painting. But I went with the patent leather burgundy brogues because (a) the weather was off-and-on rainy, and I am nothing if not practical, and (b) it’s a painting of a courtesan, and I liked the idea of wearing a masculine-inspired piece of clothing to contrast with this painting of a very feminine subject and object.

I wore this outfit to get my hair trimmed even shorter, again not conforming to historically traditional ideals of feminine beauty. Gotta admit, I get a lot of personal joy out of being subtly and sartorially subversive. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues, jumping hsot

Librarian for Life + Style | Jumping in my burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Weather:  Off-and-on bouts of of rain and sunshine

Where:  Getting my hair cut and running errands on the weekend

What:

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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 (me!) at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, 10 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time, to be included in the round-up on my blog

See y’all on Wednesday for the round-up!

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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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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