SIA: Snowdrops inspiration

It was my turn again to curate the SIA (Style Imitating Art) challenge, and my choice this week was inspired by the TV series Outlander. This watercolor, “Snowdrops,” is by Scottish painter and illustrator Katherine Cameron (1874-1965) and dates from the late1800s/early 1900s. There are more examples of her works here, here, and here.

There is still time to participate in SIA, for both bloggers and non-bloggers — just send me a photo of your outfit inspired by this SIA pick by tonight, April 20, 10 p.m. PST. My email address is librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. I will be posting the SIA round-up tomorrow.

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

I had lots of ideas for outfits inspired by this watercolor, but this was the first outfit that came to mind. I started with my “Top 10” pick from Sarah’s Real Life style challenge — the scarf — which picked out the brightest colors in the watercolor. I then added more neutral tones of grey and brown to provide a softness to the outfit foundation, and I also incorporated the dark purple of the far-off mountains with my skinny belt.

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

The final touches were my pearl cluster earrings — echoing the snowdrop flowers, yes? — and my amber-and-vines bracelet. (Fun fact:  The second book in the Outlander series is titled Dragonfly in Amber;) )

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Details:  Multi-colored scarf:  From Nepal, gift from friend  {similar}  //  Grey dress:  eShakti {similar}  //  Brown cardigan:  Gap, old {similar}  //  Flats:  Payless {similar}  //  Pearl cluster earrings:  Old Navy {very similar}  //  Wicker bag:  Vintage {similar}  //  Purple patent leather skinny belt:  Fashion-swapped {similar}

By the way, if you’re thinking you haven’t seen this wicker bag before, you’d be right! It’s vintage — but new to me. All the details in this month’s “Closet adventures” post, to be posted later this week!

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style:  SIA:  Snowdrops inspiration

Also linking up with these lovely ladies!

And for more SIA fun, check out SIA co-founders Jess @ Animated Cardigan and Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Top 10 remix round-up

With the intermittent spring weather and my husband being gone for a writer’s conference last week, I haven’t been able to take a lot of pictures of work outfits. So instead, I decided to take some flat pics of recent work outfits, as well as to showcase more ways I’ve remixed my “Top 10” items for the Top 10 remix style challenge from Sarah’s Real Life.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Top 10 remix round-up

Top 10 item:  crystal drop earrings

Details:  Charcoal maxidress:  Target {similar}  //  Red cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s {similar}  //  Red striped canvas flats:  Target {similar} {cute red striped cat flats}  // Crystal drop earrings:  Local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Top 10 remix round-up

Top 10 item:  polka-dotted ankle pants

Details:  Dotted ankle pants:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s {similar}  //  Abstract print sleeveless top:  Kohl’s {similar}  //  Black cardigan:  August Silk {exact}  //  Black ballet flats:  Payless {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Top 10 remix round-up

Top 10 item:  navy polka-dotted skirt

Details:  Navy polka-dotted skirt:  Lands’ End {exact}  //  Black cowl-neck sweater:  Fashion-swapped from friend Stephanie {similar}  //  Black riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s {similar}  //  Silver chain long necklaces:  From my mom {similar}

Linking up with Sarah’s Real Life and these lovely ladies.

Head shot lounging

One last ACRL Conference-related post for y’all! (Also see here and here.) One of my favorite memories and takeaways from the conference –and a totally unexpected one! — was the “Head Shot Lounge,” which provided free head shots for anyone willing to stand in the (admittedly long) lines.

Here’s how it appeared in the conference scheduler:

HeadShotLOUNGE info from ACRL Conference

The lounge, which was scheduled to be open Thursday and Friday, as you can read above, even opened for a few hours on Saturday morning.

So how was the experience? It was like class picture day, except for professionals and complete with makeup artists! The line was long, but once you got into the rotation — there were 4 tables with makeup artists plus one photographer — it went pretty quickly.  The makeup artist who worked on me added some concealer, blush, and lipstick to even out my makeup. (She also recommended that I begin applying eye moisturizer to combat my under-eye circles. Know any good brands to try?)

The photographer especially was very quick. But he was also very practical, as he had me extend my chin and tilt my head slightly, as to eliminate any double chin action. That pose felt super unnatural in person, but it looked just fine in the pictures. Then after a quick click, click, click, done, the photographer printed out his personal favorite pic and then emailed all the files to you right then and there!

Here was the picture that he printed out:

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Head shot lounging

And here are the rest of the pictures from my head shot lounging:

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Head shot lounging

You can also see my full outfit here in this post from earlier this week.

Have you ever had a professional head shot taken? What do you think of the idea? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Conference layering in a trench coat + crochet hat

One more Portland conference outfit! This one is VERY similar, I’ll admit, to this recent outfit post featuring my grey striped top and blue floral scarf. In fact, it’s the same top half of that outfit — if something works, it works, right? ;) I changed out the bottom half from trouser jeans and wedges to a denim skirt, leggings, and boots.

These photos are pretty informal, as they were taken spur-of-the-moment during an ice cream break (Ruby Jewel, one of my favorite ice cream places in Portland, FYI).

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Conference layers in a trench coat + crochet hat

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Conference layers in a trench coat + crochet hat

And of course I had to wear the cute little beret my fellow librarian and new friend-in-real-life Amy crocheted for me on her way to Portland (read Amy’s “librarian style profile” post here). I love the deep berry color and how it played off the purple bits in the floral scarf.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Crochet hat details

And here’s the entire look with my navy blue trench coat, also one of my “Top 10” items for the remix challenge @ Sarah’s Real Life.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Conference layers in a trench coat + crochet hat

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Conference layers in a trench coat + crochet hat

Details:  Navy trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old {cute polka-dotted navy trench}  //  Blue floral scarf:  JCPenney {very similar}  //  Grey striped top:  J. Crew {similar from same brand}  //  Denim a-line skirt:  Fashion-swapped {similar}  //  Blue leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s {exact style and brand in teal}  //  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s {exact – almost sold out!} {similar}  //  Crystal drop earrings:  Local boutique {very similar}  // Crochet beret:  Handmade by friend {similar}

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

 

Library conference style in Portland

As I’ve mentioned before, I spent most of my spring break inbetween winter and spring terms attending ACRL, a national library conference in Portland. I’ve posted about packing for conferences before (here and here for starters), but it was the first time I’ve attended a large, multi-day national conference in my own town — and not having to worry about packing professional outfits!

The weather in Portland started out rainy but turned into that lovely combination of sunny with a bit of chill in the air that you get at springtime. So I dressed in layers and focused on comfortable shoes, as I knew I’d do a lot of walking.

And OF COURSE I had to incorporate my card catalog t-shirt! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Card catalog tee:  Gift from husband {exact}  //  Grey blazer:  Macy’s {exact}  //  Boot-cut jeans: Old Navy {exact}  //  Pewter wedges:  Cole Haan, fashion-swapped from friend {almost exact from same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old {similar}  //  Black maxidress, worn as skirt:  Fred Meyer {very similar}  //  Yellow statement necklace:  c/o giveaway, Urban Peach Boutique {similar} {similar}  //  Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Grey patent leather belt:  Target {similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Purple-and-green striped button-down:  The Limited, old {similar in green-and-purple plaid}  //  Purple sweater vest:  JCPenney, old {similar in lilac}  //  Grey wide-leg trousers:  Gap, old {similar}  //  Mint green patent leather skinny belt:  Target {similar}  //  Grey ballet flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old {similar} {similar style in pewter and black}

I wore these outfits before the “Top 10″ remix style challenge @ Sarah’s Real Life, but there are some of my own “Top 10” items mixed in here, including my dark rinse boot-cut jeans in the first outfit and my trusty denim jacket in the second outfit.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with one more outfit I wore while at the conference!

Linking up with these lovely ladies!