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SIA interpretation: The Sculptures of Bernini

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans! It’s a national holiday, so no work for me today, and I will be spending a bit of my day rereading King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in quiet contemplation of his memory and legacy. A truly great and honorable man, and his vision and message still ring as true today as they did during his lifetime.

It’s also time for my interpretation of the first Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge of 2017! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a very interesting inspiration, something “a little off the beaten path but still classical,” by selecting the collective works of Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).

Browsing the full list of his works, I was struck by the fact that Bernini not only used different kinds of marble for his main sculptures but also designed the backdrops, or niches, surrounding the sculptures. His astonishing work reflects a range of textures and color tones, including shades of white, grey, red, gold, brown, and bronze. That was my starting point, to put together an outfit with complementary neutral tones.

To visually represent what I’m referring to in my inspiration collage, I selected two sculptures and backdrops with a range of textures and colors:  Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (1671–74) in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, and Mary Magdalen (1659–63) in the Chigi Chapel, Siena Cathedral, Siena.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation of the sculptures of Bernini

Credits:  Photograph of “Mary Magdalen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” by sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 (top left) ; Photograph of “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Altieri Chapel, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome” by ho visto nina volare is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (bottom left)

The color tones in my inspiration outfit include bright white (tee shirt + boot socks), winter white (midi skirt), nude (ribbed tights), bronze (shawl), and cognac (tall boots). I also had the idea of taking photographs against a stone wall backdrop that would enhance the neutral color palette of my outfit — and give a playful nod to the use of natural stone in Bernini’s sculptures. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

I also have several different textures in my outfit, including my wool skirt with floral appliqués, ribbed nude tights, and pointelle textured boot socks. By the way, the boot socks are new! (And thanks to Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, a fellow librarian style blogger, for recommending Target for over-the-knee boot socks.)

It was a coooooooold day, but I felt very warm in my boot socks and wool skirt. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

I also included different textures in my accessory choices, wearing my porcelain earrings dipped in metallic silver and my polymer clay scarf pin that my husband gifted me this summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ceramic jewelry, earrings + scarf pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Last but not least, the photos below have no link to the SIA inspiration challenge, but I wanted to share what overcoat I wore on my way to and from work. I wore my teal houndstooth overcoat to “pop” against my work outfit of all neutrals. Although my overcoat is quite long — and soooooooo warm! — I loved that my skirt was still long enough to peek out beneath my coat. 😀

I also think this is the first time you’re seeing me wear this A-MAZING coat with a work outfit; I’ve only shown it with casual outfits on the blog before this.

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Weather:  Freeeeeeeeezing

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

  • Skirt:  Banana Republic, fashion-swapped a few years ago
  • Tee:  ?, old
  • Boot socks:  Target, new
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, super old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted in Portland last year
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie,  Zoë Comings
  • Scarf pin:  Gift from my husband Sam, Joan Tayler Designs

similar long-sleeved tee  //  similar midi skirt  //  similar bronze scarf  //  exact boot socks  //  similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutrals outfit collage


And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — are welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator and co-host, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Get your photo in by tonight, and Salazar will include it in her round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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Going casual with a statement overcoat

Here’s a casual outfit I wore to run errands over the break, when I was off work. This is a great example of dressing down a statement piece like this houndstooth overcoat with its own faux fur collar.  Or, if you prefer to think about it the opposite way, it’s an example of dressing up a casual outfit with a statement overcoat. Either way, it works. 😉

I thrifted this AWESOME coat last winter, and it is such an eye-catching piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

If you mentally remove the coat, what I’m wearing is literally just a tee and jeans and boots. That’s it. Super simple. The coat is doing so much work on its own and instantly jazzes up the outfit. But my cognac flat boots and fun felt beanie still keep the overall look casual.

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

The backdrop is a mural entitled “Youth For Christ Mural” by Covenant High School in the “New Tacoma” neighborhood. I spotted the mural on a side street as we were running errands, and I thought it would be a fun backdrop for pics. I don’t match the colors of the mural, but I certainly go.

And it totally looks like the two hands in the mural are tapping me on the shoulder… once you see it, you can’t unsee it, right?! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Weather:  Super cold and dry

Where:  Errand running

What:

  • Overcoat:  Louie Lucie, thrifted last year in Portland
  • Beanie:  Gift, very old
  • T-shirt:  Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

similar plaid overcoat in teal + black  //  light blue overcoat with faux fur collar  //  similar teal tee  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac boots  //  similar tan beanie

Librarian for Life + Style | Overcoat casual collage

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What I’m wearing for Thanksgiving this year

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~ William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, here in the U.S. and those living abroad. And Happy Thursday to all my readers! (As always, thank you.) Here’s an outfit I wore last week and am re-wearing for Thanksgiving day.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

By the way, I am loooooooving my new burgundy cargo vest, which is by the American Rag brand. I first paired this vest with a teal long-sleeved tee and plaid infinity scarf in autumnal colors. I particularly like how the vest curves down in the back, providing more coverage. The burgundy color of this vest is so deep and rich! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy cargo vest + plaid infinity scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

The backdrop, a mural on the east side of Tacoma in the McKinley Park district, is “a snapshot of the way life used to be for Native American people centuries ago in the very location where the mural is situated – two Native American hunters moving in on a bear while a third acts as a lookout from behind a tree.” This mural “honor[s] our region’s rich tribal history, as the McKinley Park area was once a fertile hunting ground for the Native American families that lived there centuries ago,” particularly the Puyallup Tribe. (The Puyallup tribe’s original name for Mt. Rainier was, in fact, Takhoma!) The mural was created by artist and Puyallup Tribal member Anthony Duenas, and the project was sponsored by the Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council. You can read the origin of these quotes and more about the mural here.

It is a beautiful, striking mural, and it felt like a fitting backdrop for a Thanksgiving-themed post, to recognize and appreciate the roots and history of the area we now call home.

Collage of Puyallup mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Weather:  Chilly fall days

Where:  Weekend errands last week + Thanksgiving this week

What:

  • Cargo vest:  American Rag via Macy’s, new
  • Infinity scarf:  Old Navy, old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Ankle boots: Texas shoe store, very old

exact burgundy cargo vest  // very similar long-sleeved tee (also available in teal)  //  similar plaid scarf (also available in rust tones)  //  exact boot-cut jeans in “Rinse” color  // similar brown ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy vest + plaid scarf collage

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SIA interpretation: Rescued art

My turn to interpret the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she rescued this painting, The Door Within, from the dumpster in her building! The artist, Jean Fetman, from Highland Park, IL, and you can read Fetman’s obituary online here.

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just sent a pick of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a photo — selfies and flay lays also okay — to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, August 22. Erin will then post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

(Warning, this post is particularly photo-heavy — Sam captured a lot of good photos!)

Here is my interpretation of The Door Within:

Librarian for Life + Style | 'The Door Within' Style Imitating Art challenge

This painting is so vibrant, I knew I wanted to pull out at least a couple of the bright colors. So many to choose from! My pink scarf with the white geometric pattern was the starting point — the painting is composed of geometric shapes — and then my turquoise dress, and finally, my bright pink wedges.

Usually, I start with with the shoes when I think of outfits, but not this time! It actually took me longer than usual to decide on the shoes — and then when I saw the pink wedges, my brain went, “DUH!” I am fond of color-coordinating. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

When I came downstairs that day, Sam’s eyes went round. (Always a good sign.) Here’s how our conversation went:

Sam:  Wow. 

Jen:  I am taking that as a compliment.

Sam: You should! What are those colors?

Jen:  Turquoise and pink.

Sam:  Wow, I never would have thought to pair those colors together. 

Jen:  That’s why I love SIA challenges! I get inspired to try new things!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

I also added a tiny bit more color through my earrings, which have turquoise and royal blue beads. And of course, bright pink lip stain, to carry out the pink from head to toe! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

The backdrop adds a lot to the overall look and photos, as well. First of all, there’s the symbolism with the title of the painting, The Door Within (and there is a door actually in the painting, see here for the full painting). But the main reason I chose this backdrop was the bright lilac colors of the walls and door. Style bloggers LOVE a brightly colored wall, and I am no exception! This purple building is just down our street, so I had seen it before and thought, “I need to remember that building for a future photo location.” I thought it would be great as a backdrop for this challenge, plus it adds an additional color to my interpretation of the artwork!

Be sure to check out all the SIA interpretations on Erin’s blog tomorrow!

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Zoo casual | Light layers on a chilly summer day

Just a quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

As Sam and I wrapped up our final weeks in Portland — in amongst all the packing and buying stuff for the new home — we took the time to visit the Oregon Zoo again, to round out our membership. It happened to be a chilly summer day with off-and-on rain, a not-uncommon occurrence here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also always colder in the mornings here, and we had an early start to the day, so I dressed in light layers.

My outfit on the blog today is definitely one of my more casual outfits, and it’s not really about style — it’s more about comfort and practicality. Some days are like that. And I wore it, so here it is.Librarian for Life + Style | Casual layers, outside the zoo at the Washington Park transit stopThe layers included a teal long-sleeved tee, my olive cargo vest, my green “Anne of Green Gables” infinity scarf, and my light grey hooded jacket. The hooded jacket was perfect for the off-and-on rain showers we had during the day. I also combined old and new by wearing my newly gifted library card socks with Skechers sneakers I’ve had for over a decade.

And even though I’m super-casual here, I’m still color-coordinating. (I am my mother’s daughter!) My teal socks tie in with my teal tee, and my light green scarf plays off my olive green cargo vest.

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my new library card socks

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual layers at the zoo

Sam also caught a shot of me gazing at the lions, below. As a Leo, I obviously have a special affinity for lions! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Gazing at the lions at the Oregon Zoo

Do you like going to the zoo? I’ve showcased several zoo outfits here on the blog throughout the years, including here, here, and here.

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