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Cat wings | Dressing up a cat tee for work with a midi skirt

This is my final summer work look (although I’ve been on summer break for a few weeks; my 3-day-a-week posting schedule can delay outfit postings), although it could TOTALLY work for a fall work outfit for those, like me, who are still experiencing hotter temps.

So it still feels like good timing for this outfit, which for me has ALL THE THINGS:  cats, more cats, a midi skirt, pattern-mixing, comfy tee, statement earrings, red lipstick, and a public art mural backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

That’s right, I’m doubling down on the cats! #noregrets

And I had to choose WHICH cat tote to pair with my cat tee, because I have more than one cat-print tote bag. I am that kind of cat lady, yes I am. Again, #noregrets. I chose my multi-cat tote bag over my bolder “Meow!” cat tote, as seen here, because I wanted my Jason Wu for Target cat tee to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + style | Cat tote and tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Ahhhh, red lipstick and retro-style silver hoop earrings. Classic. And my silver metallic nail polish matching my earrings? Hello, my name is Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

The backdrop is one of wings in a Native American art style. It’s actually one pair of wings in a trio of wing murals, and I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile. I particularly like this pair of wings, because of the bold lines and color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA: Madame X | Mixing metallics with a black maxi

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s stunning 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

My interpretation:

My black v-neck maxidress is a total no-brainer for this inspiration painting. And while I wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

I picked up this bronze bag at Tacoma’s Pride Festival last month, a bag made of recycled leather and made by a local artisan, Patrick Kdep of Patrick’s Creations. I didn’t think about it on the day, but after looking at the photos, I like how the white liner of the bag goes with my white cardigan.

And the bronze color of the tote bag echoes the bronze-y tones of the table and backdrop of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Below is a closeup of how I mixed metallics for the accessories:

  • rose gold (square stud earrings + bangles)
  • bronze (hoop earrings + recycled leather handbag)
  • pewter (the upper strap on my metallic sandals)

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze accessories closeup

And finally, last but not least, are a couple of photos from other places in our front yard where we took photos. I included them because I liked how the different backdrops brought out different tones in the metallics: the cooler green leaves of the tree highlight the cooler tones of my outfit, while the sienna red of our fence brings out the warmer tones of the metallics and bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Weather:  Perfect summer day

Where:  Casual work day in the library

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome 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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, August 15th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


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SIA interpretation: Arrow Collar advertisement

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose an ad for Arrow shirt collar by J. C. Leyendecker. The male model in the ad is based on his long-time partner, Charles Beach. You can read more about Leyendecker and see more of his artwork here.

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Since we’re in the middle of summer, Salazar “wanted to pick a summery piece, and this one — with its white-and-beige color scheme and touches of green, black, and pink — just fits the bill.”

I also appreciated that the ad includes both a man and a woman, so here’s a peek at what my sweetie Sam and I wore for the challenge (psst… you can see Sam’s entire outfit on Wednesday’s round-up on Salazar’s blog):

Librarian for Life + Style | Double SIA inspiration

My interpretation:

And now more details about what I wore… I thought first about wearing my bow blouse tee, seen here, but I wanted to wear a shirt with a collar, since the ad is for the Arrow Collar. So I wore my diamond-print button-front shirt instead, and tied a thin salmon pink scarf into a bow for a “lady tie,” which echoed the pink scarf in the woman’s hair. Neutral khakis and a structured tote finished off the look and tied into the inspiration artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

My peep-toe wedges with the black piping were a last-minute addition to the outfit, and I think they ended up making the look! They tie into the color scheme, link all the black accents in my outfit together, and the style could be considered a feminine take on spats. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

And finally, a closeup of the diamond-print and shirt collar, as well as the bronze-and-bead earrings. I chose these earrings because they reminded me of little arrows, which tied into the Arrow Collar company! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, July 31st. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, August 1st.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, and be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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SIA interpretation 1: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for my FIRST interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you will see the other one on Wednesday, the same day of the round-up on Daenel’s blog.

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My first interpretation:

My immediate starting point was this dress, which has a double dot print of large and small circles. In my mind, the larger circles could represent the coconuts in the lithograph. Then came the idea of pairing this print dress with a patterned headband or scarf that had a mix of colors from the print. And this headband with its floral and paisley print has all the colors mixed in together! The rest of the outfit came together very easily.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of straw handbag + dress pattern

I picked this straw bag because the reddish brown trim fit in with the lithograph colors. And the straw, or raffia, helped tie in my cognac wedges to the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

For my jewelry, I had lots of options, including several wood pieces of jewelry. I originally thought of wearing my coconut shell earrings and/or necklace, seen here, but ultimately, they pulled too much focus for my liking. But I did in the end choose my petrified wood stud earrings and this reddish stone necklace that my husband bought me years ago in Turkey. The pendant matched the reddish bits in my headband, and OF COURSE y’all know that I then matched my lip color accordingly. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Weather:  Sunny and perfect

Where:  Work day at the library that included a presentation to fellow faculty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!