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Purple tee + grey floral skirt

Good news, y’all, I am off-contract for summer term! {Insert sigh of relief x 100 — it’s been quite the challenging year.} But I still have some work outfits in the queue, taken during my last week of the term.

First up is a more casual look, pairing my Pride & Prejudice tee with a grey-and-white floral skirt. I wondered if this outfit was “enough” for the blog, but then I realized that I hadn’t yet featured this P&P tee on the blog! I’ve worn it quite a few times in real life but mostly with casual-around-the-house outfits.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Purple tee + grey floral skirt

Details:  Purple P&P tee, Out of Print Clothing via ModCloth, gift from Sam {exact}  //  Floral skirt, Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi {dress with similar print}  //  Pewter wedges, Payless, old {similar} {similar, in pewter and different colors}  //  Dangly pearl earrings, parting gift from Abu Dhabi {similar} {similar}

I wore dangly pearl earrings to elevate the look a bit for work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tee + grey floral skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tee + grey floral skirt

I really like the longer length of this tee — both tees I’ve gotten from Out of Print clothing are longer in length — and I like the look of it paired with a longer skirt. I got this skirt overseas when I was living in the UAE, where it was rare to find a skirt long enough to cover my knees (and not have it be maxi-length). This midi skirt was also great to wear overseas because the lining is also made of cotton!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tee + grey floral skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tee + grey floral skirt

I haven’t worn this grey floral skirt all that often, but I always like it when I do. The embroidered pattern is subtle and pretty, and it’s of a fabric designed to look a bit wrinkled, so it’s no big deal if it actually is wrinkled. (That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!) ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a floral midi skirt

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Casual camel

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month!

I wore this outfit on the weekend, and I wasn’t actually planning on photographing this casual look for the blog when we set out on a walk around the neighborhood. But then I realized that this is probably the last time this chambray shirt will be on the blog, as I need to replace it. (The sleeve length is shrinking, and it’s never fit quite right in the shoulders.)

I also thought it might make for an interesting juxtaposition to the last time I wore this camel tee, which was for work, as seen in this post last week.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

We also found an interesting location while walking around the neighborhood. We had a lot of fun on this impromptu photo shoot! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

There were also many, many outtakes. Including these two below that made me think of photos that would be appropriate for a spread in Seventeen or another teen magazine that I read growing up. Isn’t my hair so emotive in the pictures below? ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Teen angsty collage

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Details:  Camel tee, Kohl’s {camel print tee} {navy striped tee}  //  Chambray button-up, Old Navy, old {similar}  //  Olive cargo pants, Tommy Hilfiger {very similar}  //  Tan canvas flats, Grasshopper via DSW {exact style in other patterns}

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Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

I’ve pattern-mixed stripes + polka dots together before, as seen here and here, but I wouldn’t blame you if you’re wondering… camels? It’s easy when you have a striped t-shirt that already includes a camel! I got this novelty print t-shirt on sale last summer, and I paired it recently with my navy polka-dotted skirt [available online for less than $15!].

One final time to incorporate “Top 10” items (the dotted skirt plus my crystal drop earrings) for Sarah’s Real Life style challenge!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

This combo was inspired by this dress + red belt combo @ ModCloth, as well as from this pattern-mixing ensemble I pinned from Corilynn.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

I wore this comfortable outfit — it’s literally just a t-shirt + skirt + flats — on a loooooooong day of teaching. It felt great to wear a t-shirt in a more professional way! It also felt great to get a few compliments from students on my camel t-shirt. One girl remarked, “It’s not something you see every day.” :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Details:  Navy polka-dotted skirt, Lands’ End {still available and under $15!}  //  Striped t-shirt, Kohl’s {metallic camel tee} {navy striped tee}  //  Red buckle flats, DSW, old {similar} {similar} //  Red patent leather skinny belt:  Target, old {similar}  //  Crystal drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}  //  Navy trench coat, Jason Wu for Target, old {cute polka-dotted trench coat option}

And here’s the outfit with the navy blue trench coat I wore over it. Another “Top 10” item!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

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Remixing Top 10 items + black flats

It’s been really hard to find time (and natural light) to take full outfit photos — a lot of professional development events and long nights for both me and my husband this spring term — so once again, I have turned to the alternative of taking flat pics of recent outfits. All of these work-related outfits include Top 10 items from Sarah’s Real Life style challenge.

And when I put all the pics together, I realized each outfit also includes my black ballet flats! So unexpectedly, this also turned into a post with ideas on how to remix basic black flats. You’re welcome ;) (Maybe I should have chosen the black flats as one of my Top 10 items…)Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  berry cardigan

Details:  Berry cardigan, August Silk via Macy’s {exact in different colors}  //  Polka-dotted v-neck dress, JCPenney, old {similar at same store and on sale}  // Silver-and-grey-pearl hoop earrings, gift from husband from Abu Dhabi, old {similar}  //  Black ballet flats, Payless {very similar} Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  dotted ankle pants

Details:  Black dotted ankle pants, Dana Buchman for Kohl’s {very similar}  //  Red striped sweater, Old Navy, old {similar}  // Black ballet flats, Payless, old {very similar} Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  denim jacket

Details:  Eyeglasses print t-shirt, JCPenney {very similar tank top}  //  Denim jacket, Kohl’s, old {similar}  //  Red ankle pants, Macy’s {very similar}  //  Black ballet flats {very similar}

Which is your favorite combo with the black flats? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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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!

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