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SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

A quick note that the monthly outfit reader poll is still open — thanks in advance!

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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SIA: Piano inspiration

This week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) inspiration piece, as chosen by Jess @ Animated Cardigan, is the 1858/59 painting, “At the Piano,” by James McNeill Whistler. This painting was considered Whistler’s first masterpiece; the two females in the painting are his half-sister and niece. You can read more about this painting here at the Taft Museum of Art website.

There is still time to participate in SIA — all you have to do is send a picture of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice. The deadline is tonight, and send your pics directly to animatedcardigan@gmail.com. Jess will then post the round-up shortly thereafter on her blog, Animated Cardigan.

Inspiration:

At the Piano,1858–59, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

At the Piano,1858–59, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Jess chose this painting for its neutral color scheme, but I couldn’t help but go instead for the bolder red and black tones, along with a bit of gilt edging. I wore this holiday-appropriate outfit for a local JASNA event.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Details:

  • Red cardigan {exact}:  August Silk via Macy’s
  • Black-and-white dotted skirt {exact and on sale}:  Lands’ End, gift-carded last spring
  • Black opaque tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Black patent leather heels {very similar}:  Payless, two winters ago
  • Red patent leather skinny belt {similar}:  Target
  • Red bubble earrings {similar}:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway, this summer

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

I buttoned up my red cardigan and tucked it into my dotted black-and-white skirt. The black tights and patent leather heels grounded the look, while I amped up the red with my patent leather belt and bubble earrings — and of course, a bold red lip!

Both the jewelry and belt buckle have gold finishings, and I also added a gold ring with a red stone from my paternal grandmother. The square cut of the stone and frame of gold reminds me of the frames in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

I felt great in this festive outfit! I’m glad Jess chose an inspiration painting that lent itself so well to a holiday outfit. And make sure you check out Jess’s Animated Cardigan blog for the SIA round-up!

And here are different ways I’ve worn this dotted black-and-white skirt:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black dotted skirt

Left to right:  1 (this post)  /  2  /  3


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What to wear to a wine tasting

My main tip for what to wear to a wine tasting? Wear something wine-colored. Just in case anything gets spilled. 😉

I managed not to spill anything on a recent outing to a wine tasting, but I’m still glad I rewore my purple shirtdress. You can see what I wore to another wine tasting last fall in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | What to wear to a wine tasting

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | What to wear to a wine tasting

Librarian for Life + Style | What to wear to a wine tasting accessories

This is also the second day this week I’m wearing something my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie made me (click here for Monday’s post). This time it’s the felt flower pin she made me two Christmases ago. I got so many compliments on it at the wine tasting event!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | What to wear to a wine tasting

I’m also digging the purple + grey + cognac color scheme of this outfit. I will need to remember this color combination in the future!

Librarian for Life + Style | What to wear to a wine tasting

Link ups:  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Passion for Fashion 

SIA: Frenchie

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Salazar chose a painting called “Lady Folding a Letter” by French painter and portraitist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. The details in this painting are incredible, from the silks to the lace to the feathers.

If you would still like to participate in SIA, there is still time — the deadline is tonight to submit a picture of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice directly to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Salazar will post a round-up shortly thereafter on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration:

Lady Folding a Letter - Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842)

Lady Folding a Letter – Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842)

Interpretation:

Since recently rediscovering my thrifted, vintage French beret — the label reads “Foulard De Luxe” — I had to start with that, right? 😉 For the color scheme, I went with my purple jeans, a tan-and-black printed top, a black cardigan, and on top of that, my long purple overcoat. For a mix of textures, I have lace, wool, denim, and feathers.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie

Where I felt the most creative was in the accessories. I chose black-and-gold dangly earrings, a gold rope brooch, as well as a lovely black-and-gold ring from my mom paternal grandmother. And in a fit of inspiration — thanks to my husband! — I added a feathered clip to the beret. My own plumage! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie beret + feather clip

Details:

  • Vintage wool beret {similar}:  Foulard De Luxe, thrifted in Texas over a decade ago
  • Wool purple overcoat {very similar from same brand}:  Lands’ End Outlet, gift-carded years ago
  • Purple straight-leg jeans {very similar}:  Bealls, recent birthday gift from my mom
  • Tan-and-black lace-trim top {similar} {similar}:  Bealls?, old
  • Black cardigan {exact}:  August Silk, last spring
  • Black flats {similar}:  Payless, two summers ago
  • Feathered hair clip {small rose clip options}:  Scarborough Faire, from childhood
  • Black-and-gold drop earrings {very similar}:  InPink, c/o giveaway
  • Black-and-gold ring {similar}:  My mom’s paternal grandmother’s
  • Gold rope brooch {similar}:  Thrifted last fall

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie accessories

I collected several feathered and beribboned clips when I was younger, from about ages 8 through 12, on annual trips to the Scarborough Faire (now renamed “Scarborough Renaissance Festival“) in Waxahachie, Texas. I haven’t worn them for years (they currently live in a treasured jewelry box of my grandmother’s), so it was really fun to take one out again to wear!

I wore this outfit on a girls’ day out with my friend, colleague, and fellow SIA participant Stephanie. She also took the pics! 🙂 We both wore our SIA-inspired outfits on our day out, so for a look at Stephanie’s outfit, head on over to Salazar’s blog later!

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Red rose ring

Yesterday at the Mississippi Street Fair, I picked up this beautiful (and affordable!) ring from the Lioness Works booth. A red rose made of recycled materials — so very Portland! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red rose ring

It goes really well with my easy 4th of July manicure, doesn’t it? And don’t worry, I’ll be changing up my manicure soon!
Librarian for Life + Style | Red rose ring

Librarian for Life + Style | Red rose ring

You can see more designs from Lioness Works over on their Facebook page.