SIA: Five women

It’s my favorite time of the week — a Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! Once more, here’s my choice this week, the painting “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

First up is my real-life friend and fellow librarian Stephanie. I knew this painting with its earth tones and textures would be right up her alley. And she did not disappoint! She paired a gorgeous cinnamon-colored, velvety jacket with interesting jewelry (her necklace is made of recycled skateboards!).

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two women challenge

Next is SIA veteran Erin from Loop Looks, who mixed black and brown tones for a very cool look. LOVE the animal print, as well as the overall relaxed vibe. Erin’s also ticking off all the boxes of my faves with this outfit:  comfy, classic, and that long ‘n’ lean look. :)

Erin @ Loop Looks

I love that Izzy from Adventures in Hel TOTALLY committed to this week’s SIA inspiration, both with the pose and the “capital-V Vintage” top. I also cannot stop marveling at how the colors of her hair (do I detect a newly auburn undertone?), clothes, and background totally set off her skin to perfection. Absolutely gorgeous. Be sure to check out her full post for the inside scoop on her photo shoot!

Izzy @ Adventures in Hel

Next is SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey, who was able to draw inspiration and pieces from her capsule wardrobe! She went with a pop of color with the skinny belt, and highlighted the neutrals that are the foundation of the inspiration painting. Be sure to check by her full blog post for how she imitated each woman’s facial expression!

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey

Finally, here’s my interpretation. You can see close-ups of my coral earrings and chunky wood bracelet here in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Two for one

A little bit of somethin’ for everyone in this round-up — casual and work looks mixed with vintage pieces and lots of texture. Nice job, ladies!

If you’re an SIA fan — or are wanting to jump in and participate! — the next SIA challenge will be curated by Jess @ Animated Cardigan next Monday.

SIA: Two for one

My Style Imitating Art (SIA) choice this time is the beguiling “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

If you would like to participate in SIA — there’s still time! — then all you have to do is send a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to me (librarianforlifestyle[@]gmail.com) by tonight, Monday, Oct. 20, by 10 pm PST. I will then post the round-up tomorrow morning.

Inspiration:

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Interpretation:

I loved the autumnal color palette of the painting, so I layered my trusty brown cardigan over my mom’s vintage sheath dress and brown leggings. I added to the earth tones with my cognac riding boots. The pop of color came from my new coral earrings from Our World Boutique, courtesy of a giveaway prize. I also mixed in some texture with my chunky, bronze-and-wood bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Details:  White sheath dress:  My mom’s, vintage  {similar option on sale} {another similar option on sale} /  Brown cardigan:  Gap, old {similar} /  Brown leggings, worn as tights:  Spanx for Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter {similar} /  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, last fall {almost exact from same brand}  /  Coral earrings:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway {cool option} {another pretty pair} /  Tan overcoat:  Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi, 2009 {similar}  /  Bronze-and-wood bracelet:  Christmas market in Vienna, 2009 {chunky wood bracelet} {wood-and-mother-of-pearl bracelet} /  Brown felt cloche:  LOFT, old {very similar cloche}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Still having fun mixing things up on the short hair front… that morning, I wet the bangs and blow-dried them flat, and then secured them to the side with a couple of bobby pins. I like the softer, rounder result — definitely a nice frame for the coral earrings!

As it was an off-and-on rainy kind of day, I wore my tan overcoat and my brown cloche. More earth tones and textures! :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

For more posts featuring this awesome felt cloche hat — but with my longer hair — click here and here.

Link ups:  Monday Bloom  /  Monday Mingle  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Mix It Mondays  /  Style to Inspire  /  #HowIFall  /  Thrifters Anonymous  /  Fashionably Employed  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  Confident Twosday  /  Trend Spin

Handsome Friday

The last time I featured my husband’s style, Kezzie asked for more male fashion shoots. You’re welcome. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Details:  Corduroy blazer:  Chaps, new {exact}  /  Navy button-down:  Target {exact}  /  Grey trousers:  Old Navy, newly gift-carded {same style, different colors}  /  Black slip-on shoes:  Payless {similar}  /  Charcoal-and-navy fedora:  Goorin Bros. via Imelda + Louie’s, this summer {same brand, similar style}

Sam wore this for a teaching day. I love my husband’s style! A little bit preppy and put-together — and always with a cool hat. I like a man comfortable and confident with himself to put in a bit of effort on the style front.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Happy Friday! And there’s still time to participate in the SIA challenge — read all about that here!

Casual stripes + short hair

Today’s outfit is a casual weekend look I wore to an afternoon movie date with  my husband. I wasn’t planning on pics, but then I realized that although I had worn this cute striped top several times in real life the past month, it hadn’t yet made it onto the blog.

Oversight corrected. And such a simple look — it’s a t-shirt, jeans, and flats, that’s it! — but the stripes and the short hair combine for some extra sass!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

And then after taking the pics, I thought of Jean Seberg in the classic 1960 French film Breathless and how my newly short hair and stripes could be a modern riff off Seberg’s iconic look.

Jean Seberg Breathless collage

Click collage for image sources

I love the ease of Seberg’s style, both with her hairstyle and stripes. No wonder this look has proved inspirational ever since — I think it’s entered our sartorial subconscious.

I even have stripes on my jeans. Pattern-mixing at it simplest!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

Details:  Red & navy striped top:  Chaps via Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom {exact but almost sold out} {cute option with long sleeves} {super cute short-sleeve sweater option} /  Tuxedo-stripe skinny jeans:  LOFT, last fall {same brand and style in white} {similar} /  Black ballet flats:  Payless, old {very similar}  /  Red cotton jacket:  Macy’s, gift-carded two winters ago {similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

And a final shot with my cotton red jacket. It’s definitely getting a bit chillier up here, so it’s great to have a light jacket to throw on, just in case. And red is such a bright, cheerful color!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual stripes + short hair

Link ups:  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Passion for Fashion  /  Fashion Friday  /  Sunday Best

Malt shop cutie

My husband, Sam, inspired this post’s title. When I got home from work on this day, he exclaimed, “You look so cute, I want to take you to a malt shop!” :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Malt shop cutie

Details:  Grey striped t-shirt:  J.Crew, this summer {similar} {similar}  /  Red ankle pants:  Macy’s, gift-carded two winters ago {very similar}  /  Leopard flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, newly gift-carded {exact}  /  Black & white headband:  c/o Jill’s Frills, last summer {similar} /  Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {very similar}

I am technically pattern-mixing with 3 patterns total:  the scallops on the headband, the stripes on the t-shirt, and the leopard print on the flats. But it’s not overwhelming, because two of the prints are quite small, and the prints are visually spaced out. I could have worn this with my black flats, but my new leopard flats are so fun and give this outfit just a bit more punch.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Malt shop cutie

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Malt shop cutie

Yes, the short hair experimenting continues… I’m thinking my mom will LOVE this hairdo. The ‘do is reminiscent of the early ’60s — as is the entire outfit, come to think of it.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Malt shop cutie

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Malt shop cutie

Link ups:  Look What I Got  /  Spotlight Weekly  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  What I Wore to Work  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Passion for Fashion  /  Fashion Friday