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SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art of a woman created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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Grown-up school girl in knee socks + library card tote

As promised, here are more photos and details of what I wore on our anniversary outing this past weekend, when Sam and I both donned our JORD wood watches. Click here to view Sam’s outfit and closeups of his new JORD watch.

Plus, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $100 JORD e-gift code! Deadline to enter is Feb. 19th.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

I like how the dark sandalwood of this wood watch warms up cooler colors, like the grey of this cardigan. I had originally picked out this watch back in 2015 because the dark brown of the band and the black of the watch face would go with lots of different outfits. And I have found that to be true! 🙂

You can also see more of my JORD watch faves here on this Pinterest board.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

We took photos in a nearby park on our way to a “boozy brunch” anniversary outing at the Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma. I donned my grey over-the-knee socks for the first time, and I am really liking the pointelle design on these socks! And yes, I was totally inspired by to pair my grey socks, burgundy brogues, and skirt together after seeing ModCloth’s lead outfit pic for this cat-and-books-print skirt.

Sam said he especially liked this “grown-up school girl” outfit, with my knee socks and book-print skirt and brogues and library card tote bag.

I liked this outfit so much, I wore it again to work this week!

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Weather:  Getting warmer! 50s and clear

Where:  Anniversary brunch on the weekend + work day this week

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Over-the-knee socks:  Payless, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last winter
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Watch:  c/o JORD

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate! Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress:  Lands’ End, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces:  ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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School spirit | More shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Blue + yellow redux! Yep, I wore a different outfit with this same necklace for my first day at my new job, as seen here. And for the first day of the term, I paired more shades of blue, royal blue and navy, with this same yellow statement necklace. School spirit for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Closeup below of these awesome striped wedges and my yellow statement necklace. I got lots of compliments on my necklace — and it was funny that most of my colleagues were surprised that I dressed purposely in the school colors.

A new workplace = new colleagues to indoctrinate with my pattern-mixing and bright color combinations! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped wedges + yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

I utilized one of my favorite ways to wear a cardigan, all buttoned up so that it looks like a skinny sweater. It helps when the cardigan has dyed-to-match buttons, like this one, which comes from my favorite line of August Silk cardigans.

And quick note, the backdrop is part of our backyard fence — and this is the last time you’ll see this fence in its natural wood color. We (and by “we,” I mean mostly Sam) have since stained our fences “sequoia red,” which looks awesome! My own colored wall backdrop! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Weather:  High 60s and sunny

Where:  First day of fall term

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  The Limited, last spring
  • Statement necklace:  Urban Peach, c/o giveaway
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  My mom’s?, old

similar cardigan  //  exact navy trousers  //  similar striped wedges  //  similar knot earrings  //  similar yellow statement necklace

blue + yellow + stripes

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SIA interpretation: Detroit pop art mural

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Erin from Loop Looks was inspired to chose a mural titled “Brummel” by artist POSE (Jordan Nickel), created the interactive mural on behalf of Library Street Collective (gotta love that name!), a local gallery in Detroit. You can read more about the mural project here, see more of the artist’s work here on his website, and read a review of this work here that also highlights  other must-see street art in Detroit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

My first thought? To find a colored wall backdrop that included colors from the mural so that I didn’t necessarily have to include those colors in my outfit.

My next thought was to wear my polka-dotted peplum top, as it felt reflective of the “pop art” vibe of the mural. I could have worn my red cardigan + black pencil skirt, but I decided instead on my red pencil skirt + black cardigan combo in order to:

  1. Get more mileage out of my red pencil skirt, last seen here, and
  2. Carry the red visually throughout the outfit, from top (red lips) to middle (skinny belt) to bottom (pencil skirt)

I chose my large pearl stud earrings because they echoed the large polka dots on this mod-style peplum top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

And here’s a closer look at the cool detailing and cut-out on the back of this peplum top. Sam picked out this top a few years ago, and it was during the height of the Mad Men-inspired style influence.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Outtakes alert! I couldn’t resist sharing these goofy outtakes with y’all. I feel like one could write a short story incorporating my facial expressions of the three pictures below, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Weather:  Perfect, crisp fall day

Where:  Work day that included a meeting

What:

similar peplum top (the print combines polka dots + stripes!)  //  very similar cardigan  //  very similar pencil skirt  //  exact skinny belt  //  similar ballet flats  // exact lip color

red + black polka dots + pencil skirts collage

There’s still time to participate in this SIA challenge! How? Bloggers and non-bloggers both are welcome to participate — just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s challenge to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com, by tonight, Oct. 3. Erin will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, Loop Looks.

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