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SIA interpretation: Venus poster

Time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration:

Salazar chose an awesome space travel poster! of Venus, one in a series created by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology for NASA’s. You can browse and download all the posters here for free and learn more about the poster project here.

How to participate in SIA:

There is still time to join the SIA fun this week! 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 tomorrow, May 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday the 24th.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Venus poster collage

I had an immediate idea for what to wear for this SIA challenge (even though I don’t have any blush pink or sherbet colors in my wardrobe, as they tend to wash me out). I focused on the grey, silver, white, and tan colors in the poster, pairing together a grey-striped tee and tan trousers — and then found a wall that looked pinky orange to me to supply the backdrop.

And I created my own dome of sorts, like in the poster, with an umbrella — a happy accident, because it had started drizzling! 🙂 (This is the spare umbrella we had in the car.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Pewter round-toe wedges + orange wall

And of course, you know me and details. I added my metallic pewter round-toe wedges, to mimic the rounded edge of the dome in the poster. Same thing with my metallic-dipped porcelain, teardrop-shaped earrings and necklace set by Zoë Comings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + metallic-dipped jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

This was a super simple outfit, and I really enjoyed wearing it. You could also very easily make this outfit even more casual, by switching out the wide-leg trousers for tan ankle pants, and the wedges for flats or sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Weather:  Drizzly and cool with bursts of sunshine

Where:  Jane Austen tea and lecture

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew, old
  • Trousers:  The Limited, old
  • Wedges:  Cole Haan, fashion-swapped with a friend, old
  • Earrings and necklace:  Zoë Comings, Christmas gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee  //  similar tan wide-leg trousers  //  similar pewter wedges  //  geometric porcelain earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Venus Style Imitating Art outfit collage

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Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” 😉

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! 😉 ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13 hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse:  Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself):  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Last week, I mentioned that I had received my plaid shirtdress from eShakti (remade after the first one was two sizes too big), and I lost no time wearing my new dress for work. The shirtdress is a classic design, with a shawl collar, banded waist, and flared skirt. I wanted to add a modern edge to this classic dress, which led to my pairing this dress with my grey suede-and-leather booties.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Details, like the fabric-covered buttons and angled placement of the plaid pattern, make this dress feel special. Details like the pockets make this dress feel practical. The best of both worlds! 😉

The day I wore this dress to work included teaching and a full faculty meeting, and I was quite pleased to receive a few compliments on my first day wearing my new dress! Whenever I wear a full-skirted dress with pockets, I always get delighted exclamations from women:  “POCKETS?! That’s awesome!” Women just GET IT. Bless.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Pearl jewelry + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Sam suggested this background, a shady sidewalk with moss-covered walls and steps. I really loved how the silver-and-white dress pops against the green backdrop. What’s funny is that this angle of the sidewalk makes it look like a peaceful, serene scene — but on the other side of that sidewalk is a major, constantly busy road in Portland. Those shots of me laughing, like the pic above, are because I am reacting to the drivers going by and Sam saying, “Aaaaaaaand they’re gone! You’ll never see them again! Snap, snap!” 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

And finally, I just loved this picture above, with the afternoon setting sun in the background.

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The sparkly girl

Today’s blog post title comes from my husband. I wore this ensemble to a house concert of live music and poetry, and there were breaks for mingling and socializing. My husband pointed me out to others as “the sparkly girl,” since I was wearing a sequined tank top. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

I went for a “casual yet dressy” vibe because there was no dress code circulated prior to the house concert event. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a carpeted or a hardwood floor, or if it was going to be held outside or inside. Therefore, I didn’t want to wear high heels, so I knew I would be wearing flats instead. I wore my sequined tank top because it was comfortable but also dressy because of the sequins. I finished it off with basic black ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse + bracelets

I added a bit more quirk with my vintage book cover clutch and a bit more sparkle with my Greg Michaels crystal earrings, which I chose to echo the circular shape of the sequins. The chrome layer of my chevron self-manicure also echoed the metallic shine of the sequins.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevrons + sequins

I had fun with my makeup! I rarely wear a lot of makeup, but I decided to make more of an effort that night. I went with purple tones on my eyes, blending lighter and darker shadows on my lids, and lining with a dark purple liquid eyeliner. I also layered two lip stains, starting with a dark purple shade and then topping with a pinky burgundy stain.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl makeup

Finally, I added a little sparkle to my hair, as well, clipping one side of my bob back with a sparkly bobby pin. I then slightly curled my longer bangs with a large-barreled curling iron, in order to get a bit of a swoop to the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob with sparkly bobby pin

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

The evening was fantastic — good music, good poetry, good conversation — and I’m glad I felt comfortable so I could just focus on the evening’s entertainment. I really liked how this “sparkly girl” outfit turned out — what about you?

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What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

It’s already 2015, I know, but here’s a look back at what I wore for a New Year’s Eve holiday party last week. In this post last week, I talked about how we attended a pajama-themed NYE party in 2013, but this year, our NYE invite was for a party described as “feel free to dress up.” That was an instant YES for me. 😉

And it started with this hi-lo striped skirt I’ve been wanting to wear ever since I took out an odd back seam that was there when I picked up the skirt at a clothing swap. It has a satin-y finish, so it looks a bit dressier. I paired it with my new cowl-necked sleeveless top and my bedazzled cardigan that I first wore for another NYE party in 2012. I wore my snakeskin wedges, which not only added more pattern-mixing but were also practical. I didn’t want to wear heels because they can be wobbly on house carpet or loud of hardwood floors, but I felt that this hi-lo skirt needed height.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Details:

  • Striped hi-lo skirt {most similar piece I could find was this very expensive Altuzarra striped pencil skirt} {less expensive beige-and-black striped satin pencil skirt}:  Thrifted last spring
  • Bedazzled cardigan {similar}:  Forever 21, winter 2012
  • Black cowl-necked top {exact}:  JCPenney, newly gift-carded
  • Snakeskin wedges {exact}:  Clarks via Imelda’s, this fall
  • Silver sequin clutch {similar}:  Aldo, old
  • Black tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Silver link bracelet {very similar}:  Resale boutique, gift-carded last spring
  • Silver crystal hoop earrings {exact} {similar in gold}:  c/o Greg Michaels, this winter
  • Lip stain, foundation layer {exact}:  Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless”
  • Lip stain, top layer {exact}:  Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Crush”

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

I kept the jewelry pretty simple, considering all the bling on my cardigan. I wore a silver link bracelet along with my new Greg Michaels crystal hoop earrings, which I also recently paired with a more informal holiday look.

I also layered two lip stain colors:  the foundation is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless” with a top layer of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Crush.”

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

I also wore the vintage wool swing coat with the faux fur collar that my mom made when she was young. I know she gets such a kick out of seeing that I still wear this coat! I don’t think she could have predicted this coat’s longevity. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

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