Purple floral + denim trousers

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I wore this more casual combo for a behind-the-scenes kind of day that included an informal “coffee break” meeting with a new faculty member to talk about an upcoming library instruction session. I thought my purple floral blouse and my comfortable denim trousers would serve my purpose of feeling very comfortable but also put together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple floral + denim trousers

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Librarian for Life + Style | Purple floral + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple floral + denim trousers

I also tried out the “blogger tuck” — also known as the “front tuck” — by keeping my blouse tucked in the front but untucked in the back, for a more casual look. The finishing touch was my hot pink skinny belt, to bring out the pink in the floral pattern.

(Full disclosure: It was a last-minute addition to add a skinny belt. I first thought about my purple skinny belt, but I couldn’t find it that morning, so I went with the pink belt instead. Real life, y’all!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple floral + denim trousers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple floral + denim trousers

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SIA interpretation: Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket

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It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This week, Salazar chose the c. 1875 painting “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Participating in SIA challenges is pretty easy, and there’s still time to participate! Wear something inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a pic to this week’s curator, Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up the next morning on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket

This outfit came to me pretty quickly. The colors of teal and black, along with the bit of grey in the skinny belt, reflect the colors in the painting. I knew gold jewelry had to be the way to go, to echo the fireworks in the painting. At first, I thought of wearing my long gold bar pendant, but then I spied my gold rope brooch, and I knew that was the one. The shape reminded me of spinwheel fireworks, and the rope tied into the nautical setting of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

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Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

I work this outfit to a teaching day at work, a day that also had a couple of meetings, so I wanted to look polished. I think the brooch definitely helped elevate this pretty simple outfit.

My friend Stephanie and I took SIA pictures for each other, and even though the outtake below is a bit blurry, I liked the happy facial expression she caught. We have a lot of fun taking pics for each other! :D

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black + gold jewelry

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Time for a coloring book break

There have been a lot of articles and posts lately about the adult coloring book trend, including this interesting and in-depth article from The New Yorker about the reasons why this has become a trend and this online article from Vogue that asks the question, “Are Adult Coloring Books Really a Thing?” (They are.) There are even buying guides now for adult coloring books, like this one for “21 Adult Coloring Books That’ll Make All Your Work Stress Melt Away.”

My friend and colleague Stephanie got a couple of coloring books a few months ago — including the gorgeous Lost Ocean coloring book — and I got a couple of coloring books for Christmas, as well, including the Women: Heart and Whimsy coloring book from local press Blue Skirt Productions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

During a recent girls’ day, Stephanie and I even took a coloring break!

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

And I’ve been coloring sometimes after work and on the weekends to de-stress and de-compress. I have found it a quite soothing experience, and I like to have music on in the background while I color. So I am definitely on Team Coloring Books for Adults!

Here are a few photos of my recent coloring book adventures. Below is “Lady Camouflage” from the Women: Heart and Whimsy coloring book.

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

I don’t have any fancy coloring pencils that I use to color; in fact, I still have — and am using — my Crayola crayons and coloring pencils (with portable case!) from when I was young. :D

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Do you have any adult coloring books, or are you interested in getting one? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Leo handsome

It’s been too long since I’ve featured the style of Sam, my husband. (He’s usually the one behind the camera.) So here’s an extra special treat for y’all today!

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

On Tuesday, I featured an outfit I wore on an afternoon lunch date with my husband. Today, I feature what Sam wore on our outing together. I loved his winter layers and textures, with his tweed vest and overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed layers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

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At the end of our quick photo shoot, I wanted to also take a photo of the lion statue behind Sam. (We’re both Leos.) Sam had fun with the statue, putting his glasses on the statue.

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Two cool Leos!

Favorite outfit of January 2016

It’s that time again to take a quick look back — and vote for your favorite outfit of mine from the first month of the new year!

My houndstooth outfit (#4 below) garnered the most views last month, and my yellow + pink + burgundy outfit (#1 below) captured the most comments. My own personal favorite was super easy — it had to be my new houndstooth dress and bold red lips (#4 below).

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling bold in houndstooth and red lips

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of January? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | January 2016 outfits

Top row:  1  //  2  //  3
Middle row:  4  //  5  //  6
Bottom row:  7  //  8  //  9

Thanks for voting!