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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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Burgundy + grey + animal print, winter style inspiration

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit that I pinned from Lands’ End. The moment I saw the outfit online, I was reminded of similar items already in my closet, including a burgundy coat, grey dress, cognac tall boots, and leopard accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I never worry about exact interpretations, so it didn’t bother me in the least that my burgundy coat is longer or that I substituted the leopard tote bag in the inspiration photo for a leopard print scarf instead.

I added extra tweaks of my own, of course, including adding grey patterned boot socks and my new tote bag in multiple neutral shades.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

The background in these photos is the side of a local public library branch, and I thought the light orange color would set off my winter layers. And of course, a dark burgundy lip color coordinated well with my overcoat! I do love me some color-coordination! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Weather: Chilly but sunny

Where:  Work at the library

What:

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Happy holidays with black + chambray + snowflakes

Merry Christmas, y’all! Today’s outfit post is an example of a subtle holiday outfit, thanks to the snowflake pin I wore on my blazer lapel. (And yes, I am off for the holidays, but I’ve got posts already lined up during the holidays.)

For this work outfit, I was inspired by Chrissy Teigen’s recent outfit of a chambray shirt with black leather skinny pants and lace-up boots. I never worry about doing an exact outfit replica, so I immediately converted the black leather pants into black skinny jeans in my mind, and the lace-up boots into my burgundy brogues. I also mentally changed her (covetous) black overcoat into my black blazer — I added metal hoops and my own black bag, and done! A cute work look that is still pretty casual and chill.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

I felt like I needed a bit of something to jazz up all the black, so I came across this snowflake pin in my jewelry armoire, and thought it would make a nice addition. Plus, it helped make my outfit holiday-appropriate without being gimmicky.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Weather:  Rainy and chilly

Where:  Work at the library, including a night reference shift

What:

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Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Can you guess the starting point for today’s outfit?

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It wasn’t the skirt — rather, it was the blue leggings that I wore as tights! This is one of my favorite clothing tricks during fall and winter, to wear leggings as tights. They’re warmer than tights and provide more coverage and hold, plus they’re easier to pull on.

Here’s how the rest of the outfit came together in my head:

  • Next came the blue cardigan, as it coordinated with the tights.
  • Then came the cognac boots, as I thought my black riding boots would look too harsh.
  • Then I thought of my cat-print skirt, as it incorporates cognac and orange-y tones that would go well with the boots.
  • Then came the cognac belt — I thought my blue patent leather belt would look odd right next to the blue cardigan. I could have also untucked my cardigan, but I decided I wanted a tucked-in look that day. It just depends on the day, as y’all know I’m a fan of untucking my tops.
  • Then I decided on my topaz drop earrings, to bring out more earth tones.
  • I went with my new cognac, black, and white tote bag because it tied together the black and cognac tones in the skirt.
  • At the last minute, I added my blue beanie, which I thought would be a fun finishing touch — and an unexpected one!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It was super windy this day, so thank goodness I was wearing tights! Sam was able to catch a few fun pics that show how the wind affected my skirt. 😀Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Both the beanie and bow belt are accessories I got while living overseas in the UAE. It’s been awhile since you’ve seen this beanie, which surfaced in an early post here, and here in my travel post to Amsterdam. The bow belt you have seen lots of times, like here and here, and it actually came with my cat-print dress, most recently seen here (although I NEVER wear this bow belt with my cat-print dress!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Weather:  Cold, clear + windy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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