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What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap

My friend Christina has the best ideas! She’s the one who invited me to the “cars & couture” local fashion show last summer, and it was her idea to get tickets to the annual local Oscars viewing party, hosted by The Grand Cinema. I am a lifelong Oscars nerd fan, so she did not have to twist my arm to say yes — and then it turned out to be a really fun and unique “double date” when our significant others agreed to come along.

Festive attire dress code

The dress code, as explained on the event’s website, suggested “festive attire.” I had no idea what that meant, so y’all know I looked that up, right? Librarian skillz. 😉 Turns out, “festive attire” is basically like “cocktail attire” but with more sparkle and sequins.

This was a great opportunity for Sam to bust out his formal kilt attire, because YES. And he went full formal, with his tux shirt and buttons and bow tie and fancy, faux-fur sporran. I love love love when Sam gets to wear his formal kilt, because (a) he looks so handsome, (b) the Fraser red tartan is very striking, and (c) he looks so handsome.

And because Sam would be wearing the Fraser red tartan, I knew I would need to incorporate that into my own ensemble. I had two options in my closet that would coordinate with the red tartan:  my navy satin-and-chiffon halter dress, seen here, and my purple retro-style dress with the sweetheart neckline, first seen here. Either dress would have been fine, but I decided on my purple cocktail dress as it provided a bit more coverage, and it’s still winter. Practicality, y’all.

Here we are, in our festive finest:

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

The day before the Oscars viewing party, my friend Christina scored a black velvet wrap dress, seen below. A great find, so classic and flattering! I also loved that she added fun patterns with her clutch and heels. She also convinced her sweetie, Bismark, to incorporate patterns, through his checked button-front and socks. (Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of his socks!).

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Don’t they look so dapper? ♥ And if Bismark’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the tattoo artist who painted the inspiration artwork that I chose for the first Style Imitating Art challenge of the year!

For fun, as well as to honor Bismark, I added his pin to my clutch. (You can also see a closeup of this pin on my Instagram.) I also added a Jamie Fraser Outlander pin to my clutch, to honor my own Fraser. This pin — which some of you may also have seen earlier this year on my Instagram! — was a Christmas gift from friends in Portland. I also added a Wonder Woman pin, because the movie should have been nominated for multiple Academy Awards this year but was shut out. (Other than Wonder Woman not getting nominated, I was pretty happy with the rest of the nominations. And I was pretty pleased with the eventual winners, too.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of clutch and pins

Below is a photo of my other accessories and jewelry. I first added the circular brooch that my husband’s Scottish great-aunt gifted me when we visited her and Sam’s cousins years ago during our trip to Scotland (see this post for more pics during that trip). To coordinate with the black pearls in that brooch, I added two bracelets with black pearls, as well as my headband that looks like it’s made of miniature black pearls. I added more sparkle with my crystal drop earrings, as well as the vintage, Art Deco-inspired brooch from my paternal grandmother.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of scarf rosette and brooch

I used the circular brooch to secure one end of the sash, as you can see above, and I used the Art Deco brooch to secure the top part of the sash on my shoulder, as you can see below.

When I was double-checking to see which shoulder to drape the sash over — wearing it over the right shoulder signifies you are married to a clansman, whereas wearing it over the left shoulder signifies you are married to the clan chieftain — I saw a tutorial for an easy way to do a rosette at the end of the sash. I ended up doing a half-rosette, and I really loved how it finished off one end of the sash. The other end I left hanging down the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to the Oscars viewing party

The viewing party was really well-organized! Everyone got awards booklets, as well as a special, complimentary cookie. There was a private viewing room for VIPs, but we opted for the general admission seats — and I am glad to report that the theatre seats were very cushy and comfortable! When you know the telecast will last 4+ hours, that’s a very important detail! 😉

During the commercial breaks, the emcees held raffle drawings and even a costume contest! I forgot to get photos of the costume contest, but you can see more photos from the event here and here on the Grand Cinema’s Facebook site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018, program and cookie

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscars viewing party 2018

They also had a fun photo booth downstairs, which was open during the entire telecast. They had all sorts of props to play with, including a miniature Oscar statuette, feather boas, masks, and more. Sam and I opted for black-and-white photos for our turn — we had fun with the Oscars statuette, because OF COURSE — and we went for full color for a group photo booth souvenir. I loved how these turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of photo booth souvenirs

Finally, some selfies to wrap up the night!

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore to the Oscars viewing party

I really enjoyed reliving this fun night while putting this post together — I hope you also enjoyed this Oscars viewing party recap! What did you do for the Academy Awards this year? Please leave a comment and share. 😀

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Sam’s style, new cardigan + thrifted button-front

I’ve written a lot about cardigans before, like in this “Cardigan collective” post, as cardigans are wardrobe staples for librarians (it’s often very cold in libraries to help preserve the collection, so we librarians gotta layer!). My husband, being an educator himself, also loves cardigans — but it’s harder to find in men’s stores nice cardigans that aren’t really thick or bulky. Has anyone else encountered this?

So it was my mission to find a reliable line of cardigans for Sam, which have turned out to be the thinner merino wool cardigans at J.Crew Factory. Over the last couple of years, he has accumulated J.Crew Factory cardigans in basic neutrals of black, light grey (seen here) and dark grey (seen here). And now there’s a new addition to his J.Crew Factory cardigan collection — a “heather garnet” (and still available online!). It looks like a darker burgundy online, but it’s brighter in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front closeup

I really love that you can see the heather pattern in this cardigan when you look up close. And it pairs really well with a plaid button-front shirt he thrifted in town last year. The plaid is a dark grey and white with bits of this exact garnet color running through it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Details:

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Sam’s style | Burberry tie + overcoat

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

Sam’s classes that he’s been teaching this fall quarter are early-morning classes, so I often don’t get to see him until after I get off work, except on days that I work the night shift at the library. This day (which fortunately was a night shift day for me), I had to take photos of him after work because, HELLO. My man looks GOOOOOOOD, y’all. Professional, sharp, stylish. (Swoon.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

And the cognac shoes and belt? Brilliant! The lighter color of these faux-leather accessories really sets off the cooler colors of the lavender button-front and berry colors of this Burberry tie we thrifted this past summer. (Does that tie look familiar? I’ve also worn it already — as a belt!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Sam also likes to have fun with the details. One of his (male) students cracked up when he spied Sam’s cuff links — which are in the shape of the Transformers. Such a cheeky detail! (And so very Sam! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, Transformers cuff links

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie closeup

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Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I felt really great in today’s outfit, my white-and-grey plaid shirtdress, which I’ve worn before here with my grey ankle boots. This time, I wore the shirtdress with grey heather tights, a textured silver metallic belt, and burgundy patent leather brogues. It’s such a classic silhouette, this fit-and-flare shirtdress, but the details of the brogues and the metallic belt provide some unexpected details up close.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid shirtdress + wide silver belt closeup

A fit-and-flare dress practically begs to be twirled in, right?! Right.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I wore my burgundy overcoat on this chilly fall day, which provided a fantastic pop of color to my outfit — and it also really does pop against the backdrop of orange-y fall foliage!

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

And last but not least, this is the fourth and final post in my (informal) series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter picshere for spring pics, and here for summer pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

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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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