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SIA interpretation: Monmon Cats

Two quick reminders:

SIA inspiration:

Now it’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar picked the “weird and wonderful” Monmon Cats (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a cat lady, she couldn’t pass this up! 😀 As a fellow cat lady, I approve. 😉

Below is a detail from the print. Click the image below to view the full print, or see this print and more from the artist on the Bored Panda site here or on the artist’s site here.

Detail of 'Monmon Cats' by Kazuaki Horitomo

Detail of ‘Monmon Cats’ by Kazuaki Horitomo

My interpretation:

I went for a combination of greys and blacks with pops of red and a bit of blue, to match the tones of the inspiration artwork. My grey dress and grey-and-black houndstooth tights came first. And then my new black gingham shirt came in the mail just in time, and the final piece clicked into place in my mind… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

The belt is actually a piece of embroidered ribbon my husband recently thrifted for me, thinking I could make something out of it. I haven’t had time to make it into a belt — and I think I have enough left over for a headband! — but I thought it was perfect for this week’s SIA challenge, because it brought in the bits of red flowers and blue colors from the inspiration artwork into my outfit. So I just wrapped the ribbon around me and pinned it on the side for a makeshift belt!
I revealed this wardrobe secret to a student worker at my library — the same student worker who was agog at my recent mint-and-navy cardigan and scarf outfit combo — and her reaction was so sweet. (She said she loved how creative I was with what I wore and that she always looked forward to what I would be wearing!) It’s so rare in real life that I have the chance to reveal just how detailed (and nerdy and thought-out) my style choices are. That’s what’s so great about having a style blogging outlet! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral ribbon belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

I *did* manage to get a cat in my pics, just in a different way with the “Meow” tote bag my mom gifted me this past Christmas. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag and houndstooth tights closeup

And now time for your daily recommended allowance of twirling…

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, new
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ribbon (worn as belt):  Recently thrifted
  • Houndstooth tights:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Lapis lazuli stud earrings:  Gift from my mom?, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, recent Christmas gift

Shop my outfit

exact black gingham top from same brand  //  exact tote bag from same brand  //  similar grey dress  //  very similar houndstooth tights  //  similar red floral belt  //  very similar black flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit collage

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, April 10th. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to curate the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print | How I mentally put together outfits

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I’m super practical, and I also enjoy thoroughly thinking through each outfit that I wear. It’s a creative outlet for me, and also a way to merge my creative and practical sides together. Everything I wear has a purpose and a reason for why I’m wearing it, depending on the weather and the activities set for that specific day. And sharing those reasons with others is a major reason why I still enjoy blogging. Not just posting pics of what I wear on Facebook or Instagram — but having the space to reflect and write down my thoughts and reasons for what I wear, to give voice to this style journey that I am documenting.

Reflecting on how I “build” outfits

In my head, when I’m “building” outfits, it is akin to those books in my childhood that you could flip the top, bottom, and middle sections to mix-and-match different looks. (Do they still make those?) I have the ability to visualize outfits in my head; I don’t have to physically “see” the clothes to put things together. (Same thing goes for mentally rearranging furniture in a room.) I just flip through possibilities in my head, mentally switching up tops or bottoms or accessories until I get to an outfit combination that makes sense.

How do I know when that moment comes? It’s hard to describe, but it’s like my brain is all active doing that mental flipping, flip flip flip like a lightbulb blinking. When it gets to a good outfit combination, my brain pauses and calms down, the glow from the lightbulb strong and true. A good outfit combo literally and mentally just feels right to me. Maybe that’s simply called instinct. I guess what it comes down to is that I’ve learned to trust my sartorial instincts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

Building an outfit, step by step

So how did this outfit come about? I’ll go through my mental outfit-building, step by step:

  • It first started with the shoes, which are patent leather. It was off-and-on rainy that morning, and patent leather is a good choice for rainy days. This was on the weekend, and we were running errands in the morning, so these patent leather flats would also be practical for doing that.
  • I had worn these grey jeans earlier in the week, so they were still on the floor in the laundry basket, so they came next. These jeans also aren’t too long, so they would be a good length with the flats.
  • Then I mentally flipped through a few possibilities for tops that would tie in with the red flats, and I came to my red striped tee. So far so good.
  • It was chilly, so I wanted an extra layer for warmth, and I first thought about a solid-colored cardigan, like my grey or black cardigan. And then, the final lightbulb — another opportunity to pattern-mix! My grey leopard-print cardigan would coordinate color-wise with my grey jeans but would also provide a bit more visual excitement to the top half with the pattern-mixing.
  • And when I pictured my leopard-print cardigan with the rest of the outfit I had put together in my mind, everything clicked. I could see it in my mind, and it just felt right.
  • Last step, accessories. I didn’t want a necklace to clutter up the pattern-mixing or the boat neckline of the striped tee. I didn’t want heavy earrings because we were running errands. So I went with simple earrings, black and silver earring studs. Done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

One of our errands took us across the Sound into Gig Harbor. And I like to the take photos while we’re out and about, as a way to also document where we live, so it was a perfect opportunity to highlight the marina waterfront along the smaller town of Gig Harbor. This location was at the Austin Estuary Park, which helps protect wetland and stream buffer areas with native grasses, shrubs, and trees. A great place to take photos, and a great place to appreciate our natural habitat!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Finally, another shoe portrait of me and Sam! Tomorrow, I’ll be highlighting another outfit of Sam’s, so stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoes selfie

Weather:  Off-and-on rainy and sunny

Where:  Errand-running in Tacoma and Gig Harbor

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, last winter
  • Jeans:  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  DSW, old

Shop my outfit

similar grey leopard print cardigan  //  similar striped tee  //  similar grey jeans  //  similar patent leather flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing stripes and leopard print outfit collage

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Red + black + smiley faces

When I’m tired, I tend to go for easy color combinations that I know flatter me. I’m quite pale, and a true red brightens up my skin tone. That was the basic motivation behind this outfit, when I winterized my sleeveless red dress by layering it over a black turtleneck.

Sam also really liked this outfit because it’s very similar to the outfit I was wearing when we first met, a little over 20 years ago. Back then, I wore a red button-front shift dress over a black turtleneck, along with black tights and black suede flats. Very simple, very mod. There are differences with this outfit, of course — a fit-and-flare red dress and tall black boots — but the color combination and overall visual effect are essentially the same. Like I said, I like tried-and-true combos. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And of course, wearing red lipstick when I’m wearing red is a no-brainer. So easy! We also took pics after I got home from work, so you’re seeing an accurate depiction of what my L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-Hour Lipstick in “Refined Ruby” looks like… after almost 10 hours!

I also rewore my “Hammer Time” necklace made out of microfiche, which I picked up at a librarian conference a couple of years ago. It’s the first time I’ve worn this necklace at my new workplace, so all my librarian co-workers got a kick out of it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

It was a rainy day, hence the umbrella. And WOW, is this smiley face umbrella photo-bombing my outfit photos or what?!

Sam also captured a couple of fun shots of me twirling our smiley face umbrella!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And more cheesy photo fun! You’re welcome. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Weather:  Raaaaaaaaaaaaainy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggins (worn as tights):  Spanx, this fall
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

similar scoop-neck red dress  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  very similar tall black boots  //  very similar smiley-face umbrella

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces outfit collage

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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

A quick reminder about the JORD giveaway… just click the graphic below to go to the link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Style pinspiration

When I am feeling uninspired when it comes to dressing for work, I turn to my “Easy work outfits” Pinterest board. And when I came across this look I pinned from Jules in Flats, with her burgundy ankle pants, white top, and grey cardigan, the lightbulb went off in my head. Once again, I thought:  “I can do that!

And so I did. I didn’t worry about being too literal in my outfit. It’s about inspiration, not exact replication. For example, instead of wearing my burgundy ankle pants, I opted instead for my red jeans (which have a bit more coverage around the ankles).

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Jewelry details

I tend to prefer silver or white gold jewelry, as I feel it’s more complimentary to my pale skin tone. After dressing, I also realized that every single piece of jewelry I was wearing came from my husband! Sam was only too pleased to take close-ups. 🙂

My wedding ring is white gold, and we designed it in collaboration with a local jewelry designer back in West Texas; it also includes the same diamond from my mom’s original wedding ring. Awwwwww…. ♥ My engagement ring is silver with a white pearl. My husband adapted a ring design from James Avery Jewelry in order to echo a ring of my grandmother’s, and he had it made at the flagship James Avery store and studios in central Texas. My necklace chain and two of the pendants — a silver ring with a scroll design and a heart pendant (which is still available!) — are also from James Avery. The red rose ring pendant is a ring Sam bought me at a farmer’s market in Portland, first seen here, and I added it to the necklace to bring it a pop of color. Finally, the silver circle hoops are a recent Christmas present from Sam.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

It’s such a simple outfit — I’ve been saying that a lot lately, haven’t I? — but the bits of red throughout really stand out. The final finishing touch, of course, was red lipstick! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration

And finally, here’s a pic of me with the outerwear I wore going to and from work. I wore my black coat, plus a buffalo plaid scarf with colors that played off the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, last spring
  • Sleeveless sweater:  Kmart?, super old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Heart pendant:  James Avery, gift from husband, old
  • Scarf:  ???, my husband’s
  • Lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

grey cardigan from same brand  //  exact red straight-leg jeans  //  similar sleeveless white top  //  similar grey sporty flats  //  exact heart pendant from same brand //  exact red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration outfit collage


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