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Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

Last month, I purchased a pair of gingham shorts, and I’ve worn them AT LEAST six times since. They are sooooooo comfortable. I’ve been wearing them around the house and while errand-running, so I figured I should get busy actually showing them for the blog, right? ;)

Gingham shorts and cat tee

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Details:  Gingham shorts, Lee via Kohl’s {exact – and in different colors and prints}  //  Cat print tee, Jason Wu for Target, old {very similar} {super cute cat print blue tee option} {dressier cat print bow blouse option} //  Black strappy sandals, Lands’ End {still available online!}  //  Checkered fedora, my husband’s {similar}  //  Black pearl-and-silver hoop earrings, Abu Dhabi, old {similar style}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

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When I first bought these shorts, the gingham print looked to me like black-and-white. Online, the color is listed as “midnight,” so now I’ve been wondering if they’re actually a dark navy. Up close, they still look black to me, but in pics, I can see how they look navy. So… I’m deciding they’re BOTH navy and black, and I will wear them with either color. Versatility for the win! :)

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I also wore a very similar outfit a couple of summers ago, pairing my kitty cat t-shirt with this same checkered fedora. I’m glad I got in some more pattern-mixing this time around. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Cat print tee remixing

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What I wore for Independence Day | An American born in the UAE

If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ll probably know that I’m an American born abroad. If you didn’t already know, here’s some quick background:  My parents were living and working as teachers in Dubai when I came along, and returned home to the U.S. when I was a baby. I then grew up in northeast Texas. I went back to the UAE as an adult, to live and work in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, until I relocated to Portland, Oregon.

I chose this outfit for the 4th of July because it felt like the perfect blend of my American roots and my Emirati birthplace. It still has that patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue for the USA combined with the fun camel detail for the UAE.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

Details:  Camel t-shirt, birthday gift from my mom last year {sold out online but here’s another fun camel print tee} {navy striped tee with anchor graphic}  //  Red ankle pants, Macy’s, old {very similar}  //  Navy straw fedora, my husband’s, old {very similar} {similar option with natural straw and a navy striped band} //  Pewter t-strap sandals, Target, old {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

This 4th of July holiday was an unusually social one for us, with two engagements with friends — one an afternoon soiree with friends who have recently relocated to Portland, and then a nighttime get-together with friends who recently got engaged. Both events were definitely casual, and of course, I wanted to feel comfortable — especially in this heat! Ankle pants + a t-shirt worked for me on both counts! :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

The finishing touch? Another one of my husband’s fedoras! This navy straw fedora played off the patriotic color scheme, and brought in more stripes to the outfit! ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  What I wore for Independence Day

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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? ;)

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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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