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SIA interpretation: Greetings from Sonoma

Woot, time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks chose an awesome street mural for SIA, a “Greetings from Sonoma” mural, that is a combination of bright colors and patterns and vistas. It’s so appropriate as we transition to the summer season — and it’s appropriate, travel-wise, as Erin is on a trip to Sonoma herself! 😀

The mural is at the Fremont Diner, and you can see more pics of the diner and the full mural here and here.

Inspiration to interpretation, Sonoma to Tacoma:

Hey, that rhymes! 😉 I’ve been wanting to take pics against this mural for awhile, so this SIA challenge was the perfect opportunity.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sonoma to Tacoma SIA collage

The starting point for me for the challenge — besides the mural backdrop — was the red-and-blue colors in the “Greetings” part of the inspiration mural. That led me straight to my red-white-and-blue striped canvas flats. The corrugated backdrop of the mural reminded me of stripes, which led me to my striped shirtdress, plus the light blue color of the dress matched up with the light blue in the Sonoma letters. My vintage wicker bag just seemed to fit the breezy, summer-y vibe of the mural, plus it allowed me to get a bit of orange in the outfit. (There are orange flowers all along the bottom of the Sonoma mural.) I added in bits of additional red, through my lipstick and sports bra (yep, trotting out the layering-with-sports-bras trick again).

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Below are some larger pics of the “East Tacoma” mural, which is on the side of the Earth Wise Architectural Salvage building. Earth Wise is an AWESOME place to browse through — we will definitely have to get more pics there this summer!

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Gotta admit, I loved how this look came together. I felt casual and cool and ready for summer! 😀

Below is a closeup of the vintage wicker bag I thrifted years ago in Chicago. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to bags for summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage wicker bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Weather:  Dry and sunny

Where:  Ice cream treat on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress:  Gap, old
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, Amsterdam trip
  • Striped flats:  Payless, gift from my mom, old
  • Wicker bag:  Vintage, antiques fair during Chicago trip years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar shirtdress with contrasting stripes  //  similar fedora with navy band  //  similar red-white-and-blue striped flats  //  wicker bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats 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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, June 21, so get pics in to her by tomorrow, June 20.

Be sure to visit Loop Looks on Wednesday to see the SIA round-up. Next Monday will be Salazar’s turn to curate the next SIA challenge.


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Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

I wore this outfit for a casual coffee meet-up with a fellow librarian in the region, but I still wanted to look professional. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and red and leopard print combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Since I didn’t have to go to work this day, I could get away with this smaller crossbody bag. And it’s amazing how much this crossbody bag and my coordinating red lipstick helped elevate this simple look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Weather:  50s and drizzly

Where:  Coffee meeting with regional colleague

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Crossbody:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Black hoops:  Made In Oregon, Christmas gift years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar red envelope clutch  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red clutch + leopard flats outfit collage


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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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