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SIA interpretation: Le Chat Noir

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, I chose iconic the 1896 “Le Chat Noir” poster by Théophile Steinlen for our collective inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Le Chat Noir SIA collage

I had LOTS of ideas of outfits inspired by this poster, including wearing my cat print dress, seen here. But ultimately, it was too warm to wear that dress, but my cat tee was also perfect for this challenge! I love how the cat on this tee has a similarly non-plussed expression on its face. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

The stitching outlines on this jacket — one of my best-ever thrifting finds, as I described in this post — echoed the outlines of the cat in the inspiration poster. And in the closeup above, you can also see my quotation mark earrings. Every time I wear these earrings, people comment on them! (Right after they squint at me, turn their head to see my other ear, and go, “Are those… ?” Hah! )

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

As I mentioned last week, we happen to have a print of this poster in our house. I came across it as we were starting to figure out where to put artwork in our new home, and this poster is in our guest room. (We haven’t hung it up yet, FYI, because we want to figure out other artwork to go with it.)

So I thought it appropriate to pose beside our poster, at least for a couple of pics. Our calico cat Brontë — the one who kept parading in front of me as I was trying to put together the SIA post last week — also decided to get in on the action for the interpretation post.

Here’s how that went down:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

What’s going on here? You’re taking photos? Why wasn’t I informed in advance?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

I don’t know who those cats are in the poster and on your t-shirt, but I’m the one who’s getting all the petting!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

Ok, enough petting, I’m bored now. See ya!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Weather:  Mid-60s and no rain on the forecast

Where:  For a series of work meetings on the first day of in-service week

What:

similar cat tee  //  similar moto-style cotton jacket  //  almost exact trousers from same brand //  similar wedges  //  exact earrings  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + moto-style jacket collage

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, due tonight, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. I will post the round-up tomorrow morning.

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Back to school and starting a new job | Blue + yellow

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance!

I wore this outfit last month to a professional organization board meeting (I’m transitioning off the board), which is when these photos were taken. And thanks to my good friend Stephanie, who took these pictures for me — and we took these photos at her house! Yep, that’s her very cool mural behind me.

I also plan on rewearing this outfit today, on my first day at my new job! Why? Because my new college’s colors are blue and yellow! 😀 And this outfit is casually professional and also comfy, a good combination for starting a new school year AND a new job.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

My starting point with this outfit was the gingham shirt and the cognac wedges. Then came the navy ankle pants — seriously, these navy ankle pants seem to be my go-to pants for whenever I feel I need a “professional yet still casual” kind of vibe, as seen here, here, and here! Then came the belt, because I thought a little subtle pattern-mixing would be fun. And lastly, the yellow statement necklace, because I thought some contrast was in order.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

And yep, I totally did the “blogger tuck,” which means half-tucking and half-untucking your shirt in that oh-so-casual way. I’m not so skilled at the casual part, but I actually liked the way it turned out. And it’s just more comfortable to untuck the back of one’s shirt — mine always seem to come untucked in the back anyway! Have you ever done the “blogger tuck” — intentionally or unintentionally?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Weather:  Very hot (upper 90s) and sunny

Where:  Board meeting in Portland (August) + first day at new job (September)

What:

  • Shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Ankle pants:  Alfani for Macy’s, old
  • Statement necklace:  c/o Urban Peach via giveaway
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Belt:  Came with a pair of shorts, Kohl’s, old

similar gingham shirt // similar navy ankle pants // similar cognac cork wedges // cognac espadrille wedges // braided belt // yellow statement necklace

navy + yellow business casual

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The Umbrellas of Tacoma

I’ve been scouting out interesting sights and public art around town for possible photo ops (and future SIA challenges?), and when I discovered the “Umbrella Wall” mural in the Dome District here in Tacoma (near the “Tacoma Dome” stadium), my eyes lit up. Yessssss!

This simple mural of dozens of colorful umbrellas is so cheery and whimsical — and oh-so-perfect for the rainy Pacific Northwest! Of course, we happened to take photos there on a perfectly sunny summer day. I dressed in all solid colors — a rarity these days — no prints or patterns! Unless you count my purse. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Umbrella Wall mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Umbrella Wall mural in Tacoma

The “Umbrella Wall” mural is part of the Tacoma Mural Project, which began in 2010; this mural was painted in 2012. (The mural was also vandalized last year — such a shame! — but they’ve since cleaned it up, although you can still see bits of the defacing up close.) There is a LOT of public art here in Tacoma, as well as local government support for public art initiatives, which is awesome. Individually and collectively, the art really highlights the character and diversity of the city and each neighborhood.

You can tell I had a LOT of fun posing for pictures against this cheerful backdrop! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

In keeping with the whimsical nature of the mural backdrop, I also went for whimsy with my accessories, choosing dangly earrings handmade by my paternal grandmother and a handbag made from a vintage book cover. My bright pink cork wedges coordinate with my bright pink blouse (and with my lip stain!).

I don’t think I’ve showcased this vintage book cover purse before on the blog. At a librarian conference years ago in Wisconsin, I won both this “Beach Club” book cover purse and this “Candid Confessions” book cover purse, last seen here, in a prize raffle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and whimsical accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse, front and back covers

I also brought along my dark denim jacket, for colder indoor air conditioning. I like how the dark denim also adds to the colorblocking theme. And even though it’s all colorblocking — which tends to visually “chop up” the body — I did actually feel “long ‘n’ lean” in this outfit. This was helped, of course, by the height of these platform wedges. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Gotta say, I am LOVING Tacoma and our first summer here. The different places we’ve been to and taken photos thus far have also made for really dynamic photos and posts. Hope y’all are enjoying Tacoma, as well!

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock outfit + umbrella mural in Tacoma

Weather:  Sunny and hot (in the high 90s!)

Where:  Lunch with Sam, errand-running, and grocery shopping

What:

similar blouse // similar denim jacket //  similar cargo shorts // similar wedges // pink lace-up sandals // fun clutch // exact lip stain

Summer casual and book purse

Last but not least, a gold star for those who get the pop culture reference behind this post’s title!

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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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Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

I mentioned in my monthly budget post this past week that I recently received a free “trial fit” dress from eShakti, so here are the full-length photos and personal thoughts about the dress and fit. OF COURSE, I wore the dress the first chance I got!

I wore the dress out on a weekend outing along 6th Avenue in Tacoma, including a stroll around Wright Park. It was a beautiful sunny summer afternoon to visit the beautiful 27-acre park and arboretum.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

Librarian for Life + Style | Wright Park in Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

The setting

First, a little bit of history about the park and setting… The land for Wright Park was donated to the city for the sole purpose as a public park, and it is filled with artwork, including two lion statues gracing the entrance, as seen below. The lions remind me of the lions in front of the New York Public Library; the Wright Park lions are from Brussels. You can read more about the park here on its Tacoma Metro Parks page and here on the “History of Wright Park” page.

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing by the lions at Wright Park in Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

The dress

So onto my personal thoughts and review of my new eShakti dress, which I waited to do until after I wore it out in real life. First off, since it is a “trial fit” dress — it was made exactly to the measurements I sent in — the fit of the dress lives up to those expectations. It fits PERFECTLY, including around my shoulders and waistline, which had always been problem areas with eShakti dresses for me before. The sheath dress design also fits around my hips without being too snug, and it’s long enough for me to be comfortable in, hitting just above my knees.

The dress is made of cotton poplin, and I get why the dress is cotton poplin, as it’s most likely the most economical choice for a free garment. Poplin also wrinkles very easily, as you can see in these photos, and it rides up in front when I walk. (All of these are reasons I prefer cotton knit dresses over cotton poplin.)

It is a simple design, a classic sheath dress with short sleeves. I like that the sleeves aren’t cap sleeves, but proper short sleeves. The band of green at the waist and contrast stitching of white and yellow, as you can see below, warm up the black background of the dress, which is why I paired the dress with my cognac wedges and topaz drop earrings. And it is the contrast stitching that is the most interesting, and most prominent, feature of the overall design. No pockets — none would fit under this dress! — but there are bra strap holders, a practical detail I always appreciate.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti, closeup

However, it is strange to me, being a woman, that the stitching on the top front half of the dress also serves to, well, highlight and draw attention to the bust. I mean, once I noticed that, I couldn’t see anything else. Right?!! It’s so distracting to me that I am seriously considering blacking in the bustline stitching on the front of the dress. And it doesn’t need that extra stitching around the bust — the white stitching around the v-neck and sleeves has enough visual interest.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying out a trial fit dress from eShakti

Bottom line? It is a interesting dress and variation of an LBD that does fit me well. Thank you, eShakti, for asking me to participate in trying out a “trial fit” dress.

So what do you think? Is the contrast stitching distracting to you, or am I overthinking it? Have you ever had a dress customized from eShakti? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂


Full disclosure:  I received a dress made and customized specially for me by eShakti, but with no obligations or expectations to review the dress on my blog. I have chosen to provide a personal review for my readers, in order to be thorough and transparent about my clothing experiences.


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