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SIA interpretation: Anna Atkins

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

Inspiration:

It was my turn to curate, and I had recently come across the amazing botanical photographs of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who is considered to be the first woman to take a photograph — and the first person EVER to publish a book of photographic images. Below is a collage of three of her cyanotype photographs, featuring ferns, leaves, and feathers. You can read more about Anna Atkins and her work here and here.

Collage of Anna Atkins' photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Collage of Anna Atkins’ photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Interpretation:

Most of her cyanotype photographs are blue in color, but I especially love the ones that appear more purple. As I said in last week’s SIA announcement post, I thought there would be scope for prints and/or jewelry — and I did both! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl closeup

This is a new dress from Lands’ End, in the classic “fit and flare” silhouette, that I got for my birthday via a gift card from my good friend Stephanie. This exact dress is still available!!! The print is a purple paisley — it’s a print Sam picked out — and I realized it would be PERFECT for this style challenge! The print reminds me of both the ferns and feathers Anna Atkins took cyanotype photographs of.

I added flower bead earrings to echo the flowers Anna Atkins also took photographs of, and of course, the purple tones coordinated with my monochromatic outfit. And of course, purple lip stain! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl + flower earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

I added my purple shawl to both go with the purple monochromatic look, as well as provide warmth if I needed layers. I wore this dress for a dinner out with Sam and friends, and I was perfectly comfortable. I feel like this dress is one I can dress up or down, depending on the accessories I choose. Versatility for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Weather: Warm with a breeze

Where: Out to dinner

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged 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 this Tuesday, August 28th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, August 29th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.


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Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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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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SIA interpretation: Dido Belle portrait

A quick note, the poll is open for you to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month. Thanks in advance!

Now it’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge and artwork that I chose to host this go-round.

SIA inspiration:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, circa 1779, once attributed to Johann Zoffany. (The actual painter is still unknown.) This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady, Dido Belle, who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The two ladies in the double portrait were second cousins. You can read more about the painting here, in this article about how this enigmatic painting inspired a movie, and more here about the real-life Dido Belle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of SIA artwork and my interpretation, Double portrait of Dido Belle + her cousin

My interpretation:

Usually, my SIA-inspired outfits build up from a very specific starting point, be it a color or texture or piece of clothing. This time, multiple inspirations came together at one time for me, including:

  • pearl jewelry, as it’s one of the items that visually link both women in the painting
  • floral-print dress, to bring in the various florals in the painting
  • beret, to echo the look of the turban on Dido’s head
  • feather clip, because of the feather on Dido’s turban
  • winter-blooming camellias in our backyard, to capture the backdrop in the painting

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, beret + feather clip

This is the second time I’ve added a feather clip to this beret — you can see the first time here in this post, another SIA-inspired outfit! — and it just felt right. It captured a literal item in the inspiration painting, the feather in Dido Belle’s turban, and it felt like it captured the mood of the painting. I have several pearl necklace options (pearls being my favorite gemstone), and I chose this multi-colored pearl necklace because it pulled in multiple colors from the painting. Plus, it felt like a modern way to pull in the pearls.

The bright pink in the photo below is the lining of this purple velvet blazer. This beautiful lining rarely gets featured, and I just wanted to give it its due. The inspiration painting features a pale pink, through Lady Elizabeth’s dress, but I don’t have any pale pink in my wardrobe. It didn’t bother me in the least to darken that inspiration color to a dark purple through my velvet blazer — and shocking pink lining! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, velvet blazer + pearl necklace + beret + feather clip

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

It was really hard for me to get any usable photos of me mimicking Dido Belle’s gesture of her hand in her cheek. It’s such a, well, cheeky pose! 😉 And it’s realllllllly hard for me to do the slight smiles on both ladies’ faces in the inspiration painting — whenever I try to smile without showing teeth, it just comes out like I’m angry — or snobby. It always feels more natural for me to smile wide, as you can see below. You do you, ladies. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

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, March 6th. I will then include you in the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, March 7th.

Closet inventory for ultra violet, Pantone 2018 color of the year

I’ve highlighted Pantone colors of the year before (greenery in 2017, rose quartz and serenity in 2016marsala in 2015, and emerald in 2013); Pantone chooses a color every year as a “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2018, Pantone chose the color Ultra Violet, a color that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Pantone Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet

I actually am a personal fan of Pantone’s choice this year. I have very pale skin and dark hair, so dark purple looks GREAT on me! So as I have done the last few years, I went through my closet to see what I already had close to the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. It turns out, I have a LOT of dark purple items in my closet, y’all, including accessories, lip stain, shoes, tops, blazers, coats, dresses, and denim.

As you can see, it’s often not necessary to buy all-new items to stay on trend; first, take stock of what you’ve got already and remix those items! Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closet inventory collage for Ultra Violet, Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Top row:

Second row:

Third row:

Bottom row:

What do you think of the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year? Do you have this color in your closet already? Please leave a comment and share!

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