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SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art of a woman created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! 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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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Pattern-mixing with brown + black for fall

I was inspired recently by this pattern-mixing of brown + black from Jessica @ What I Wore — particularly the outfit where she combined a polka-dot button-front shirt with a tweedy vest — and I thought, “Hey, I can do that!” And thus an outfit idea was born.

Here’s my take on pattern-mixing with brown and black for fall:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

I have a tweedy plaid vest, which I layered over my dotted button-front shirt. (You can read here in this post about how I shortened the shirt cuffs.) I didn’t go with a black blazer, as seen in Jessica’s outfit inspiration; instead, I added more black to the outfit with black skinny jeans and tall boots.

Side note:  Is it just me, or am I also giving off a slight Han Solo vibe in this outfit? Totally unintentional, but I kinda like it! 😉

By the way, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in this post that we had stained our backyard fence “sequoia red,” and here it is! This perspective is from inside the fence, and I think you will be seeing more of this fence in the future.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Back view of my racerback vest

I love that the “dots” on this shirt are actually little diamond clusters! 🙂 And I mixed in more brown + black with my wood watch, c/o JORD (it’s the Ely style in “dark sandalwood,” FYI). Once again, this watch attracted comments and compliments!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black closeup, with wood watch c/o JORD

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Weather:  Misty and overcast, typical PNW fall weather

Where:  Casual Friday work day and after-work bar get-together with new faculty cohort

What:

  • Button-front:  Fashion-swapped with friend, old
  • Vest:  Maurice’s?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last winter
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Bridesmaid gift, years ago in Texas
  • Watch:  c/o JORD, 2015

similar polka dot shirt  //  similar vest  //  exact skinny jeans  //  this year’s riding boot version from same brand  //  exact watch (Ely style in “dark sandalwood”)

Librarian for Life + Style | pattern-mixing brown + black collage

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SIA interpretation: Detroit pop art mural

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Erin from Loop Looks was inspired to chose a mural titled “Brummel” by artist POSE (Jordan Nickel), created the interactive mural on behalf of Library Street Collective (gotta love that name!), a local gallery in Detroit. You can read more about the mural project here, see more of the artist’s work here on his website, and read a review of this work here that also highlights  other must-see street art in Detroit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

My first thought? To find a colored wall backdrop that included colors from the mural so that I didn’t necessarily have to include those colors in my outfit.

My next thought was to wear my polka-dotted peplum top, as it felt reflective of the “pop art” vibe of the mural. I could have worn my red cardigan + black pencil skirt, but I decided instead on my red pencil skirt + black cardigan combo in order to:

  1. Get more mileage out of my red pencil skirt, last seen here, and
  2. Carry the red visually throughout the outfit, from top (red lips) to middle (skinny belt) to bottom (pencil skirt)

I chose my large pearl stud earrings because they echoed the large polka dots on this mod-style peplum top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

And here’s a closer look at the cool detailing and cut-out on the back of this peplum top. Sam picked out this top a few years ago, and it was during the height of the Mad Men-inspired style influence.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Outtakes alert! I couldn’t resist sharing these goofy outtakes with y’all. I feel like one could write a short story incorporating my facial expressions of the three pictures below, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Weather:  Perfect, crisp fall day

Where:  Work day that included a meeting

What:

similar peplum top (the print combines polka dots + stripes!)  //  very similar cardigan  //  very similar pencil skirt  //  exact skinny belt  //  similar ballet flats  // exact lip color

red + black polka dots + pencil skirts collage

There’s still time to participate in this SIA challenge! How? Bloggers and non-bloggers both are welcome to participate — just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s challenge to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com, by tonight, Oct. 3. Erin will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, Loop Looks.

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Day to date night

My husband and I planned a date night recently, and I knew I would need to wear something that I could easily adapt after work before setting off for our date. Then the light bulb went off — why not also document this for the blog? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Day to date night collage

I started by checking the weather — no rain! — and then I knew that I wanted to wear my yellow-and-black high heels for nighttime. I worked backward from there. The common elements between my casual work day outfit and my date night outfit were my polka-dotted top and my black skinny jeans. That meant that all I had to do to get ready for our date was to switch out the shoes and the “completer piece,” from cardigan to blazer. I also switched out my bag, from tote bag to clutch.

It also turned out that pattern-mixing emerged as a theme, but I didn’t think about that at the beginning. That was just a nice by-product! 😉

Warning:  This post is particularly photo-heavy.

Day:

I’ve had this sleeveless polka-dotted top for a few years now. Because of the ruffles, it can look a bit dressier on its own (perfect or a day-to-night outfit!), but adding a cardigan makes it totally appropriate for a casual work look. I added my striped canvas flats for comfort — the pattern-mixing was just icing on the cake! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

By the way, the backdrop here of painted bricks? It’s our chimney! It’s located more toward the west side of our house, so it’s a good place for photos in the morning.

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

Librarian for Life + Style | Day look

What I wore:

  • Top:  eShakti, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old — my favorite line of cardigans!
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, last winter
  • Earrings:  UAE, gift from my husband

similar polka-dotted, ruffled top // similar black cardigan // exact black skinny jeans //  similar silver-and-pearl hoop earrings //  similar striped canvas flats

black + white casual pattern-mixing collage

Date night:

Sam and I had made reservations at a nice dinner out downtown (at the Pacific Grill, which is excellent!), so I wanted to look a bit more dressy — but not too dressy. Remixing the black skinny jeans accomplished that sartorial goal, and my pattern-mixing heels just looked so cool with these jeans. I felt that the black cardigan would have been too casual, which is why I switched it out for my trusty black blazer, but I turned up the cuffs on the blazer.

My clutch has the print of an old library card, so my outfit still showcases my “librarian” side!

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

The backdrop is the front of a local church, by the way — and no worries, they weren’t having services while we took these photos!

During our quick photo shoots, Sam likes to call out things or jokes to elicit reactions from me. Like for the photo below, he called out, “Be fierce!” The result:

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

And… then I immediately cracked up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

What IS fierce, however, are these heels. I don’t wear these striped and polka-dotted four-inch heels very often, but when I do, I feel like a million dollars. I’ve worn these heels with dresses, as seen here, and with cropped ankle pants, as seen here. I did a slight cuff on my black skinny jeans this time to help show off the heels and the striped ankle straps.

It’s time for some close-ups!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of high heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

You can also see that I also amped up my makeup for date night, and tomorrow I’ll get into how I layered lip stains. I also switched out my accessories, going from small silver hoops for day to black teardrop earrings for night. At the last minute, right before we headed out the door, I asked Sam if he thought I should add my rope brooch to my blazer. He agreed, and I think it’s a nice finishing touch, to tie in the circular shapes from head to heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Librarian for Life + Style | Date night look

Weather:  Dry and clear late summer night, temperature in the 60s

What for:  Fancy dinner downtown for date night

What I wore:

  • Top:  eShakti, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • High heels:  Unisa via DSW, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Earrings:  InPink, c/o giveaway, old
  • Clutch:  Library card pouch, Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom
  • Brooch:  Vintage, thrifted in Portland, old

similar polka-dotted, ruffled top // exact black skinny jeans //  very similar black blazer from same brand  //  yellow high heels  //  black woven high heels  //  yellow geometric clutch

black + yellow date night outfit

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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

Just a quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she chose a glass beadwork art piece, “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears,” from the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit. Since the U.S. was celebrating Independence Day last Monday, Erin chose an artwork that also celebrated independence. These beadwork pieces are done by a community of women living and working together, and you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Here is a detail of the overall work, and click here to view the entire piece, which is beadwork done on black cloth.

Detail of glass beadwork art -- My Sea, My Sister, My Tears - 2011 - Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

Detail of glass beadwork art — My Sea, My Sister, My Tears – 2011 – Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

I wore my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration artwork around the Fourth of July holiday, as the art piece included red, white, and blue. And luckily, I still had all these pieces in my de facto capsule collection — and I was able to take pics before we moved! I combined textures with my sleeveless eyelet blouse and cable knit cardigan. I also thought the swirls of the cable knit echoed the swirls of white in the artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

I wore my polka-dotted navy blue skirt because the artwork has swirls, so I thought it fit thematically. And of course, twirling! Or should I say, swirling?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate, and all you need to do is take a picture — selfies and flat lays also count — of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork. Then send the pic to this week’s curator, Erin from Loop Looks, at looplooks@gmail by tonight, Monday, July 11. She’ll post the round-up on her blog soon after.

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