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SIA interpretation: Autumn abstract

A quick note that the reader poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, which he painted in 1950. It’s one of the most notable examples of the “poured-painting” style that Pollock used during the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can read more about this painting here and here.

Below is an openly licensed photograph of the painting hanging in The Met:

Photograph of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock" by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

Photograph of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock” by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

And below is a closeup detail of the painting via The Met’s website, where you can also see additional closeups and photographs of the painting. The detail below gives you a better sense of the colors Pollock used in the abstract painting.

Detail of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" by Jackson Pollock

Detail of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock

Salazar chose this painting because she “recently learned that his drip paintings are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature, which I found fascinating… Plus, the neutral color scheme and the title make this an appropriate choice for September.”

My interpretation:

My outfit is a bit out-of-the-box, at least regarding the SIA challenge, but no worries, I will explain all. I am on summer break right now, so I wanted to highlight a typical outfit that’s more casual and sportier than what you usually see on my blog. I wore this outfit on a sunny (albeit chillier) summer day last weekend, when my husband and I enjoyed a picnic and stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeup

So how does this tie in with the abstract inspiration artwork? The navy and tan colors reflect the two major colors in the painting, obviously. But for me, this outfit — and how it ties into the SIA challenge — comes down to the closeup of textures and accessories, seen above and below.

Salazar mentioned that Pollock’s abstract paintings “contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature,” and I was intrigued by that. Therefore, I chose pieces that, upon closer inspection, have interesting patterns, like the cable knit pattern on this fisherman’s sweater, and the checkerboard pattern on my sneakers. But the core of this idea is the scarf, which is actually a map of the Portland transit system! (Click on the photo below to open a larger version.) It just looks like random lines and squiggles on a piece of cotton fabric, but there is method to its madness. Like Pollock’s abstract paintings. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

It felt great to be out by the water. And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you, as always!), then you know the Ruston Way waterfront is one of my favorite places in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Weather:  Sunny but chillier — and it’s always colder by the water

Where:  Picnic and stroll along Ruston Way waterfront

What:

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

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, September 12th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

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Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Today’s outfit was so comfortable that I wore it twice, the first time on a casual Friday at work and the second time the next day for a morning of errands.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

And now for a look at my outfit proper. The base outfit is super simple and monochromatic, just a navy sweater +  navy cords + sneakers. The accessories, the brown cloche and my recently thrifted silk scarf, add special touches. You don’t have to be dressed fancy to look put-together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf closeup

The backdrop is the side of a building with a series of arches — a convenient and picturesque spot to take photos out of the rain (even if the lighting is uneven).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Weather:  Rainy and cold

Where:  Casual work day + running errands on the weekend

What:

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Seattle staycation + travel casual

During Spring Break a couple of weeks ago, Sam and I enjoyed a bit of a staycation. We took the train up to Seattle and explored some of the typical “tourist-y” sights in town — and enjoyed every minute of it! It was quite drizzly, which was PERFECT for Seattle (and meant less tourists). Win-win!

First stop was the Pike Place Public Market downtown, with its collection of cobblestone streets and alleyways and fish-throwing workers.

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market sign

Next stop was the gum wall alley, located along Post Alley under Pike Place Market. It’s become a local landmark since the early ’90s. It’s… pretty gross. So OF COURSE we had to take pics there. All for y’all, dear readers. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall

It was also a good spot to take pics of my casual travelling outfit. I love wearing cargo vests for travel, so this time I wore my new burgundy cargo vest (which is still available, wow!). It was rainy and cold, so my long-sleeved black tee, comfy jeans, and new black sneakers rounded out the practical parts of my outfit. My chevron knit scarf was practical while also adding a bit of pizzazz to my casual, comfy travel ensemble.

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle gum wall selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + Sam's travel casual outfit

So grosssssssssss! But these pics of us in front of the gum walls crack me up! (And yes, I totally had hand sanitizer gel in my bag!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Weather:  Rainy and overcast, stereotypically perfect Seattle weather!

Where:  Typical tourist travels around Seattle downtown

What:

While we were in the vicinity, of course I had to pose with the famous bronze Rachel the Piggy Bank, the “mascot” of the Pike Place Market!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market pig statue collage

Seattle waterfront and overcast vista near the Public Market:

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle vista

And of course, a stop just down the street to the first Starbucks store!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Visiting the Seattle Starbucks flagship store

Next, we took the monorail up to the Seattle Center, which is the location for the Space Needle and loads of museums, including the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, and The Children’s Museum. And there is public art EVERYWHERE — even to shield the view of parking lots! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle public artwork collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Space Needle and fountain

We didn’t go up the Space Needle as the wait was a bit too long. (Plus it was a super cloudy day, and with the steep ticket prices, we figured it would be better to visit again on a clear day.)

And when we visited the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, I lit up with glee when I spied a miniature of the Space Needle in its collection!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Space Needle miniature in the Seattle Public Library

And OF COURSE we had to visit the Seattle Public Library, to see up close the iconic and award-winning glass-filled design of its Central Branch, which opened in 2004. It has 10 levels, with tons of views and built-in way-finding by incorporating Dewey Decimal call numbers into the floor tiles. Brilliant!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Library collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Built-in wayfinding in the Seattle Public Library

Librarian for Life + Stye | Views from the Seattle Public Library

And finally, as you can see below, I had some fun playing around with the library’s copy of Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library! 😀 😀 😀

By the way, I’m documenting on Instagram my current reading goal of reading, or re-reading, all the Agatha Christie books in the order they were published. I’m currently up to Peril at End House, published in 1932. (For reference, her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920, and The Body in the Library wasn’t published until 1942.)

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Librarian for Life + Stye | Having fun with Agatha Christie's 'The Body in the Library' at Seattle Public Library

Even though Seattle was ranked low in a recent national tourism poll — which had me cracking up! — that’s just fine with us! There’s plenty more for us to see and explore and enjoy.

Have y’all ever visited Seattle or the Pacific Northwest? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

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Monthly budget adventures (March 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! This month was mostly about replacing items, and here’s a sneak peek at what I got this month:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (March 2017)

Links to exact items:  striped fit-and-flare dress //  black gingham button-front shirt  //  raspberry gingham burton-front shirt  //  black tote bag  //  metallic pewter flats  //  black sneakers  //  brown sneakers  //  tan sneakers

Replacing shoes

I have been working on identifying well-worn items in my closet that need replacing. That has included almost all of my Skechers sneakers, which lasted me for over a decade. Time to stock back up! We happened to find all three colors I needed — brown, black, and tan — in stock in my size at a local Famous Footwear store.

Librarian for Life + Style | New Skechers sneakers

  • Tan sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)
  • Brown sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $40 (original price $64.99)
  • Black sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)

I also have noted that my beloved grey metallic flats have cracked in the back and sunken down, and they’re not as comfortable to wear anymore for long stretches of time. Bummer. These beauties lasted me over six years! I happened to find these metallic pewter flats on the sale rack at the same Famous Footwear we were scouting out Skechers. Score!

Librarian for Life + Style | New metallic pewter flats

Replacing my black tote bag

My trusty black-and-grey tote bag, which I’ve used at least weekly for 5+ years now, is also starting to crack around the handles. Y’all have seen this bag many, many times (here and here, for example), so I’ve been scouting out a possible replacement for over a month. My requirements for a replacement included:

  • a tote bag shape — my preferred kind of work bag
  • handles big enough to fit over my shoulders
  • a zipper along the top so as to prevent rain from getting in — a PNW reality

Then I spied this tote bag at Target, and bingo! I love the structured shape, classic design, and what looks to be sturdy handles. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Lands’ End gift card

I also have had a few Lands’ End gift cards, so I have been browsing the Lands’ End site for a couple of months now. When this past weekend saw a 30% off sale PLUS major savings on the gingham button-front shirts I’ve been wanting to stock up on, I finally placed an order. I paid less than $2 for the following 3 items!

And yes, that’s another striped dress in my favorite fit-and-flare shape. This marks the THIRD fit-and-flare dress I’ve picked up from Lands’ End. They’re SO comfortable and flattering, and they are great to pack when traveling. See here and here for the other two Lands’ End fit-and-flare dresses I’ve bought.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lands' End purchases, March 2017

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $206.21
Total savings for this month:  $285.74

Total spent for this year:  $400.98
Total savings for this year:  $350.24

I’ve definitely spent a chunk of change this month, with most of that spent on my sneakers! I’m okay with that, considering that my previous Skechers sneakers lasted me over a decade. I saved the most at Lands’ End, paying less than $2 for items originally priced at over $195.


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Double the foxes

I picked up this fox-print scarf back at the beginning of summer, as documented in my monthly budget adventures post for June, and as the scarf colors are so autumnal, I was waiting until fall arrived to bring it out. And why not double the foxes, by pairing this fox-print scarf with my “Ferdy the Fox” sweater?

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf closeup

This was a very comfortable casual weekend look for me, with cords, sneakers, sweater, and lightweight scarf. Sam and I enjoyed a walk through Old Town Tacoma and the Job Carr Cabin Museum. Job Carr was a founding father of Tacoma, arriving in the region in November 1864 and building a cabin near the site where the replicable cabin stands today. The small museum is quite sweet, and the histories of Job Carr and his family members — especially his very independent wife! — are fascinating.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Lazy Saturday, walk and lunch in Old Town

What:

  • Sweater:  J.Crew Factory, last fall
  • Scarf:  Thrifted in Portland boutique, this past summer
  • Corduroy jeans:  Fashion-swapped, last fall
  • Sneakers:  Fashion-swapped, old

fox sweater in tan  //  fox sweater in navy  //  fox sweater in orange-y red  //  similar fox-print lightweight scarf  //  very similar navy corduroy jeans  //  similar burgundy sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + scarf collage

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