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SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

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Inspiration:

And now for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. After these past hella-emotional weeks for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) continues to give me life. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version seen in the collage below.

I’m usually a smiley blogger, but not today. I am channeling Bara’s steady, challenging gaze — and stance!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA collage

‘Cleopatra’ poster, 1917, public domain

Interpretation:

I knew that I had to wear one of my Egyptian scarab pendant necklaces with whatever I wore, but it actually took me awhile to figure out my outfit for this SIA challenge. Nothing was really gelling in my mind (see here where I explain my mental process for putting outfits together), until I spied my embroidered navy and tomato red tank top, and the lightbulb in my brain went off.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

In the inspiration movie poster, you can spy a couple of obelisks framing the sides. I did a Google search for obelisks in Tacoma, and the results came up with a few tombstones in the Old Tacoma Cemetery (plus it’s October and Halloween season, so again, it felt appropriate to take photos in a cemetery). The stone for these obelisks also gave off a sheen that fit the colors of the inspiration poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

I stepped it up with the makeup that day, lining my eyes with eye liner and bronze-y eye shadow, as well as a coral lip stain to coordinate with my tank top and ring. I wore one of my Egyptian scarab pendants — you can see a better closeup of it in the collage below — plus two gold statement rings, one coral and one smoky quartz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA jewelry closeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze tote and shoes closeup

It’s hard to see, but my brown wide-leg trousers have metallic burgundy threads running through the fabric, so they give off a bit of a shimmer. (I also managed to let out an additional inch from the hem of these trousers over the summer, so I feel more comfortable wearing them with heels.)

We visited the Old Tacoma Cemetery one day last week after work, and the late afternoon light was quite lovely. No one else was there at the cemetery, which seems to be very well-kept. We will definitely be back! (It might seem strange to some, but both Sam and I have always found cemeteries to be quite peaceful and pleasant places to be in. We have visited several cemeteries over the years, even on vacations; whenever we visit one, we take time to straighten up flowers or offerings that have fallen over. And RIP to the Durr family, whose family markers are featured in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Weather:  Perfect fall day, chilly but bright

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts

What:

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

Everyone is encouraged 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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, October 10th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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Remixing teal + tweed

I have definitely been enjoying remixing my new teal overcoat. And although this outfit is a bit old, it’s still chilly up here in the PNW!

I haven’t worn this tweed, pleated pencil skirt in quite a while — the last time it was featured on the blog was in 2013 (whaaaaa?!). I actually wasn’t sure it would still fit me (I’ve gained a few pounds the past couple of years), but it does! I do have to admit, however, that the skirt does fit tighter and sits higher on my waist now, but I’m glad to still be able to get some use out of this classic design.

I also liked how you still got a peek at the skirt pleats underneath my teal overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

And below is a look at my outfit underneath the overcoat.

A note about my accessories. Last year, when I shared my necklace extender trick (courtesy of my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks), a reader shared a comment about how to turn a charm bracelet into a necklace by attaching it to a plain chain. So I took my mom’s silver charm bracelet and turned it into a necklace!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my silver bracelet-necklace and cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Weather: Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you look through my Pinterest boards — especially my “White Lace Dress Ideas” board — then you’ll know I’ve pinned several versions of a white lace dress/skirt + olive cargo vest combo, like here, here, and here.

So I have been waiting to wear this particular combo for awhile now… and that time is NOW:

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you follow my Instagram, then you know I had henna done at the Tacoma pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I love how the henna design on my hand looked like a variation of lace itself right next to the lace design on my dress. And the reddish brown hue of the henna ties in with my cognac wedges — and my coconut shell necklace. I also wore stud earrings my paternal grandmother made decades ago out of petrified wood.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo closeup

I wore my bangs back on my new pixie cut this day — it’s super easy to style right after a shower! I still use my dry shampoo paste on this shorter cut, a process I outlined in this post here.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

The mural on the stairs, seen above, and the retaining wall, seen below, is known as the “Dometop Mural” and is part of the Tacoma Mural Arts Project. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Work day in the summer

What:

  • Dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, new
  • Cargo vest:  Old Navy, fashion-swapped with blogger pal Erin years ago
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Coconut shell necklace:  Local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

similar white lace dress  //  very similar olive cargo vest //  very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + olive cargo vest outfit collage

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Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit, as it’s not an outfit I put much thought into in the early morning hours when I was getting dressed. This is a combination that I’ve reworn several times — a cozy sweater + skinny jeans + tall boots. But on this morning, I thought, “Hmmmm… why not add a statement necklace just to brighten things up? That’ll cheer me up.” And it did!

I decided to take pics after I got home from work, as several colleagues commented favorably on my statement necklace and how it “popped” against the darker tones of my outfit. And we were lucky enough to capture that “golden light” when the day starts to turn to dusk. Plus, our winter-blooming camellias added another pop of color in the background. I love these flowers!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

And below is a closeup of my statement necklace — and matching earrings! My paternal grandmother made both the necklace and the earrings; she was a very creative and artistic person, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry after she passed away. (I also highlighted my grandmother’s jewelry here in this post.) She lived in Arizona during her later years, hence the turquoise and Southwestern feel to this jewelry set. You definitely don’t see much of this kind of jewelry up here in the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why it stood out even more for my colleagues!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

How to easily extend necklaces:

Now for the bracelet extender trick! I got this tip years ago from my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks, and it’s super simple. Just attach a bracelet to both ends of the necklace clasps, as you can see below, and voilà, you’ve extended any necklace by a few inches! It helps if the bracelet matches the metal or material of the necklace — but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I usually employ this trick when I’m wearing a turtleneck or cowl sweater or top , so the bracelet extension part is hidden by the extra folds of fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace and extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cowl sweater:  Maurice’s?, very old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Necklace and earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Shop my outfit:

similar purple sweater  //  similar silver-and-turquoise necklace  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar black flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate! Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress:  Lands’ End, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces:  ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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