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SIA interpretation: René Lalique brooch

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a gorgeous art nouveau brooch by French artist René Lalique. This “Dragonfly Lady” brooch, ca. 1897-98, was presented at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, as part of Lalique’s art nouveau jewelry collection.

And there’s still time to participate in the SIA challenge! You don’t have to be a blogger, and you can also take flay lays of outfits or selfies. Just send a photo of your inspired outfit to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight. Salazar will have the inspiration round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Here’s my SIA interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA collage for Rene Lalique brooch

I wanted to mix gold, mint, and black and an interesting piece of jewelry. My first thought was my mint statement earrings, so checkmark for the jewelry and mint. Then came my graphic print blouse, which has a pattern that echoed the color scheme and art nouveau feel. I finished the outfit off with my teal green cardigan — and yes, I did wear this outfit on St. Patrick’s Day!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + STyle | Closeup of mint earrings and braided headband

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

We were planning on taking photos in a different location in the neighborhood, and then I spied this tree. And then I realized that the shape of the tree echoed the shape of the dragonfly brooch — happy accident!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

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Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

I actually wore this outfit back around Christmas (which also explains why my hair is slightly longer and lighter than seen on Monday’s outfit post), but I thought y’all would still like another look at a casual look of layering and pattern-mixing. Winter term at my college has begun, so there will be fewer casual outfits in the coming months.

I wore this outfit to go errand-running during break time, and it’s my favorite kind of casual winter outfit:  comfortable and cozy yet still “put together.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

For a chilly winter day, I layered a plaid button-down shirt over a longer tank top. I thought my “Anne of Green Gables” scarf was a nice play off the green tones in the plaid, and added another (subtle) pattern to the mix. Y’all know I love to pattern-mix! 🙂

I also like how there’s a slight ombre look to the outfit, with the lighter green of the scarf going into the brighter green in the plaid and then leading into the teal green of the tank top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

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InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

When I received the October 2015 issue of InStyle, I was inspired by the cover with its mix of teal green and navy. I thought, “I could do that!” I immediately thought of layering my teal green cardigan over a navy dress. I could have gone with my solid navy dress, seen here, but I went with my floral navy dress instead to add some pattern. The floral pattern of my navy dress has bits of green in the roses, so it played off nicely with the cardigan. I also added gold earrings to echo the gold earrings Sofia Vergara is wearing on the magazine cover.

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

I thought about using a navy skinny belt but decided on a white skinny belt to tie more into the floral pattern of the dress. The white skinny belt also has a gold buckle, to coordinate with my gold circle earrings. I kept the shoes neutral and grounded with my peep-toe tortoiseshell wedges, so all the attention was up top.

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Outtakes alert!

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

I wore this for work, on the day I taught my first library instruction session of the fall term. Sam took pics for me after work, and it was a treat for me that a neighborhood cat, Cambridge, came out to meow hello.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + teal green + a kity cat

Hope y’all have a wonderful kitty cat Thursday!

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Christmas casual

Two more days to enter the holiday giveaway for your own piece of Greg Michaels jewelry! The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers through this Tuesday, Dec. 23. All the details here in this post!

Also a quick note that SIA (Style Imitating Art) challenge is taking a break for the holidays. Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey will be back with her SIA pick on January 5.

To start off this holiday week, I will highlight three festive outfits! First up is a casual outfit just right for looking put together while running last-minute holiday-themed errands (like I did), or even just for staying warm at home (also me). I was inspired by Corilynn’s recent “winter uniform” post, with her combo of leather jacket, green sweater, and plaid scarf. The basic foundation is the same as Corilynn’s outfit, but there are small differences:  my jacket is faux leather, my sweater is a green cardigan all buttoned up, and my scarf is an infinity scarf.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Details:

  • Plaid infinity scarf {similar}:  Old Navy, gift-carded this fall
  • Faux leather jacket {similar} {real leather option} {faux shearling option}:  ?, old
  • Green cardigan {exact}:  August Silk via Macy’s, two winters ago
  • Boot-cut dark jeans {exact}:  Old Navy, gift-carded last winter
  • Flat brown ankle boots {similar}:  Discount footwear store in Texas, old
  • Colorblocked tote bag {similar}:  Christian Siriano for Payless, two winters ago
  • Topaz drop earrings {very similar}:  Local boutique, this summer
  • Bracelet:  c/o Greg Michaels, new

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

The festive backdrop for these photos is a local church in the neighborhood which has been recently restored. The bright red doors really highlight the lovely architectural details!

Also, the wind was definitely having a moment — and stirring up some outtakes! — while we were taking these photos. It was downright chilly!

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Windblown outtakes

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

I also donned my new Greg Michaels bracelet, to add a bit more sparkle to my casual outfit. You can see the bracelet peeking out of my left sleeve in the pics above, and below is a closeup.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual + bracelet

And don’t forget to enter the holiday jewelry giveaway!

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SIA: Canyon colors

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, co-founder Jess @ Animated Cardigan chose a modern abstract piece called “Canyon,” by Helen Frankenthaler, an American abstract artist. Below is an excerpt of the painting, and you can view the full painting of “Canyon” here or by clicking the image below.

If you’d still like to participate in SIA, there’s still time. The deadline is tonight, and email Jess directly at animatedcardigan@gmail.com, with a pic of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice. She will post the round-up afterward on her site.

Inspiration:

Detail of 'Canyon' by Helen Frankenthaler

Detail of ‘Canyon’ by Helen Frankenthaler

Interpretation:

I actually had a harder time than usual with this week’s inspiration piece. I don’t have much orange-y red in my closet, and I didn’t want to come off as too Christmas-y in red and green. So I went a bit darker with the red tones, going for burgundy with my pencil skirt and new patterned tights.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Canyon colors

Details:  Wine-colored patterned tights {exact}:  ModCloth, new  /  Burgundy pencil skirt {very similar}:  LOFT, two falls ago  /  Teal cardigan {same cardigan in a variety of colors}:  August Silk via Macy’s, two winters ago  /  Green floral scarf {similar option}:  Lands’ End, gift-carded this summer  /  Bronze Mary Jane oxfords {similar} {similar}:  Franco Sarto, thrifted at local boutique last fall  /  Topaz drop earrings {very similar}:  Local boutique, this summer

Librarian for Life + Style | New chevron tights

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Canyon colors

I added my new green floral scarf, to add a bit more pattern and dimension up top. The print also looked a bit abstract to me, in keeping with the abstract painting. And it was interesting to me to realize that with the scarf hanging down, my buttoned-up cardigan looked more like a regular sweater. More mileage out of my wardrobe! 😉

And yes, it was rainy the day I wore this SIA-inspired outfit. I was pleased that the colors of my umbrella also fit the color scheme of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Canyon colors

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Canyon colors

I’ve worn this burgundy pencil skirt many times before, including here with a plaid button-down and here tone-on-tone with a light sweater and peep-toe wedges.

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