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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

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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

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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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‘Wear to Where?’ Spring/Summer 2016 blog tour | Farmer’s Market

Last fall, I participated in my first-ever blog tour, the “Wear to Where?” blog tour, hosted by Katy of Wild and Wanderful and Angelica of Gardening in High Heels. It was so fun that they’re doing a spring/summer edition!

On this tour, fashion and sewing bloggers unite to bring you outfit inspirations for a whole range of possible spring/summer outings and activities, including outdoor festival, farmer’s market, glamping (like “glam camping), summer wedding, baseball game/tailgate, and summer picnic or BBQ.


This time around, I signed up for the “farmer’s market” theme, for which I visited my neighborhood farmer’s market, part of the wide network that makes up the Portland Farmers Market. It was a bit chillier that spring day, although the sun was shining, so I thought layers would be a good idea. A denim jacket kept things casual, as well as my red jeans and espadrille flats. I went for an “Americana” color scheme — red, white, and dark denim — which felt befitting a farmer’s market visit. 🙂

And of course, the finishing touch was a reusable tote bag, in order to carry all our fresh and local goodies back home!

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

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Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of striped espadrille flats

My mom bought me these canvas espadrille flats last summer, but it’s the first time I’m breaking them out on the blog. The wider stripes both echo and contrast with the thinner red stripes of my long-sleeved tee.

Below are some photos I snapped at our local farmer’s market.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Farmers Market collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Farmers Market vista

During our outing this time at the market, we enjoyed a breakfast of burritos and coffee (iced for me, hot for Sam) from the food cart stations before stocking up on a few things. I also enjoy how kid-friendly and dog-friendly our markets always are!

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

For more farmer’s market outfit ideas, make sure you check out the other awesome bloggers — both style and sewing bloggers — on Katy’s blog and Angelica’s blog.

See you at the market! 😀

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Four ways to remix a square scarf

When I was putting yesterday’s post together, I was inspired to look through my archives for other ways I’ve worn my vintage polka-dotted square scarf. I’ve had this scarf my entire life — I used to dress up my dolls in it!

This polka-dotted square scarf is one of my smaller scarves, measuring at 20 inches square. A smaller square scarf can be so versatile! To make it longer, I usually make a triangle out of the scarf, then roll up one side until it’s like a long rectangle and long enough to wrap around my hair or neck.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dotted square scarf closeups and collage

Here are four different ways I’ve worn this vintage square scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a square scarf

clockwise:  top left  //  top right  //  bottom right  //  bottom left

Head wrap:

I had a lot of fun dressing up as Rosie the Riveter this past Halloween, and one of the essential details was the head scarf. I wrapped the long ends of the scarf around the front of my head, then tucked the end of the triangle into the tied ends of the knot.

Librarian for Life + Style | Using a square scarf as a head wrap

Headband:

This is one of the most common ways I wear a square scarf, which are less bulky and therefore ideal to use as headbands. I especially like to wear scarves as headbands when I have shorter hair. I feel like they have more impact with shorter hair.

Librarian for Life + Style | Using a square scarf as a headband

Ponytail wrap:

I often utilized this trick when I had longer hair, as it’s such an easy way to dress up a ponytail.

Librarian for Life + Style | Using a square scarf as a ponytail wrap

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf ponytail closeup

Neck scarf:

A classic way to remix a square scarf! This is how I wore this scarf in yesterday’s post, as well. Tying the ends of the scarf in a square knot works particularly well when worn around the neck.

Librarian for Life + Style | Using a square scarf as a neck scarf

My polka-dotted scarf is vintage, but here are some similar square scarves:

Librarian for Life + Style | Square scarves collage

Details, clockwise from top left:


Do you like to wear scarves? I was never really comfortable wearing scarves until I lived overseas, and now I can’t imagine not remixing scarves in different ways. They can add so much to a simple outfit!

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French-inspired casual Friday

This outfit was inspired by a co-worker, who greeted me by speaking French earlier last week because he said I looked “very French” in my striped top and red lipstick. (This is the second time this has happened.) I don’t speak French, but I will take the compliment! My co-worker paid me a further compliment by suggesting that I get business cards with the words “Snappy Dresser” underneath my name. 😀 We then had an interesting conversation about French style, so I said I would dress in a French-inspired outfit that Friday.

Instead of going for stripes for my casual Friday outfit, I went with a fisherman’s sweater instead as my starting point. I then added French-inspired accessories with the neck scarf and beret. And of course, red lipstick!

Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday

Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday closeup

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Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday

Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday

I’m also mixing navy + black together again! The trick for me in mixing navy + black? Do it with intention. My black ballet flats and beret link to my black skinny jeans, and the navy in my neck scarf link to the navy sweater. And of course, my red lipstick links to the red in the scarf. Even when I mix neutrals, I color-coordinate! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | French-inspired casual Friday

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Dressing up as ‘Rosie the Riveter’

This is the third year I’ve committed to creating a Halloween costume from items already in my own closet. Two years ago, I dressed up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and last year, I dressed up ’20s style as Phyrne Fisher.

This year, I’m dressing up as Rosie the Riveter, inspired by the iconic propaganda poster commissioned by the U.S. War Production Coordinating Committee and created by artist J. Howard Miller in 1943.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

My husband did such an awesome job “recreating” the poster, and it was a really fun photo shoot! (I took these pics last weekend, but this is what I’m wearing today at work for Halloween.)

I got the idea when preparing for a library instruction class for a Women in U.S. History class earlier this month. I also thought it was a nice way to pay homage to my maternal grandmother and her service during WWII.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

This is a super easy costume to put together, as you need only jeans, a chambray button-up shirt, and a bandana or scarf. Red lipstick is a great finishing touch!

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Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

I have short hair and bangs, so I just wrapped my red-white-and-blue bandana around my bob. My bangs are too short to roll up, so I simply swooped them up and to the side, as seen above, to echo the overall look.

Outtake alert! This outtake also highlights the polka dot pattern on my vintage red-white-and-blue scarf, which I’ve had nearly all my life. (I used to dress my dolls up in this scarf!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter -- outtake!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

I felt both strong and feminine in this costume! I know that the “Rosie the Riveter” propaganda and “We Can Do It!” slogan was originally created only to inspire women to temporarily work for the war effort while the men were fighting overseas — but it has rightfully become an iconic image and rallying cry for women in the workplace.

We can do it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Rosie the Riveter

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