Monthly budget adventures (May 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! I kept it pretty low-key this past month, with only one purchase.

Wallet replacement

I have been needing to replace my cat wallet, seen here, and I couldn’t find my old Nine West wallet that I used to use. So one day, we happened to be shopping near a Ross outlet store, so we went in just to see… and I came out with this black-and-white patterned wallet.

And getting this wallet at a discount was… wait for it… easy on the wallet! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | New wallet, May 2017

  • Wallet, Tommy Hilfiger via Ross:  paid $14.99 (originally $39)

And below are three Tommy Hilfiger wallets that are very similar in design to the one I picked up:

Librarian for Life + Style | Tommy Hilfiger wallets collage

left option  //  middle option  //  right option

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $14.99
Total savings for this month:  $24.01

Total spent for this year:  $544.47
Total savings for this year:  $425.74

Giveaways and gifts

Sam won a gorgeous handbag (!) at the MOE Gallery fashion show that I modeled for recently. Of course then it became MY gift! 😀 This is such a well-made bag, with the thicker fabric panels, sturdy handles, interior lining, and metal studs on the bottom. Since the sides are wool, I will probably wait until fall to really use it — sweet anticipation!

Librarian for Life + Style | MOE Gallery handbag collage

My friend and fellow librarian Stephanie recently stayed over for a girls’ weekend, and gifted me a pair of handcrafted vintage earrings. They are Native American, combining turquoise, wood, and silver. Beautiful! The square button shape makes me think of mid-century design. She thought I would like them because I have other turquoise and silver jewelry, as seen here, plus she knows that I often wear my wood JORD watch, as seen here. She knows me so well! 😀

Librarain for Life + Style | Vintage button earrings

Speaking of earrings and gifts… My mother-in-law recently went on a Caribbean cruise vacation and picked up this pair of beaded earrings for me. So sweet! I love the inky, speckled midnight color of the beads.

Librarian for Life + Style | New beaded earrings, May 2017


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Smokey eyes

To walk in my first fashion show, I mentioned that I had to do my own nails, hair, and makeup. You can read all about my new manicure here in this post, and all about the fashion show here in this post. Now it’s time to detail how I did my makeup for the show!

The designer Annie Moe wanted dramatic, smokey eyes as the makeup look for the show. I don’t usually wear much makeup, so OF COURSE I immediately set about researching YouTube video tutorials. Here are two helpful videos I watched for tips on how to do smokey eyes:

Before:

Below is my bare, moisturized, and makeup-free face before starting out, both with and without glasses. (Side note:  Glasses really do help create a “focus” for a face, don’t they?)

Librarian for Life + Style | Before makeup collage

After:

And here’s how I looked after doing all my makeup! Such a difference, right?! I went for bolder eyes — and eyebrows! — and kept the lipstick a more natural pink. Also, it’s been a loooooooooong time since I’ve worn blush, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | After makeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes

A library colleague had passed along some Mary Kay makeup samples to me, and I used some of my own makeup, as well. Here are details on all the makeup I used:

Librarian for Life + Style | Makeup used for smokey eyes makeup look

For the smokey eyes:

For the face:

For the lips:

Below are a couple of closeups of the smokey eyes. I went more subtle and smudge-y with the eyeliner, and I kept blending, blending, blending eyeshadows in small circles into the creases and corners of my eyelids. I also darkened slightly the beauty mark off my left eye.

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

Librarian for Life + Style| Smokey eyes closeup

It was fun for a day, but it took me A LONG TIME to do this full face of makeup! So this is definitely not an everyday makeup routine for me, but I did enjoy the end result. Plus, it helped give me a bit more confidence to walk in my first fashion show! 😀

You can also see me all made up when I was photographed for an NEA photo shoot, and here after I had a facial and makeup session at Aveda.

Have you tried the “smokey eye” makeup look? If so, do you then go for a bold or neutral lip? Please leave a comment and share!

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Walking in my first fashion show

I have exciting news to share… I recently had the opportunity to walk in my first fashion show! 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

How did it come about? Local Tacoma designer Annie Moe, of MOE Gallery, invited me to be one of the models for her new line of Indonesian batik styles. Annie Moe is from Indonesia and is doing her bit to both preserve and spread the beauty of batik. (And batik has a fascinating history as a cultural art form. For example, Indonesian batik was designated in 2009 by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.) She recently held her spring fashion show at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.

And how did Annie come to invite me? I have actually taught her in class a few times, and after the most recent time, she asked me to model in her spring fashion show. It was a very sweet moment, as she started with saying, “I have noticed you love fashion…” Of course, I took no convincing to say YES! 😀

(And by the way, Annie did NOT know about my style blog beforehand — I shared my style blog with her afterwards, before publishing this post, to make sure she was cool with it.)

Behind the scenes

This was a wonderful event with loads of inspiring designs and cultural displays. I was in the back area with the other models, so I didn’t get to enjoy the show itself. But my husband took pics of me during the show, and I took a few pics behind the scenes.

The best part for me about the whole experience was the feeling of positivity and camaraderie of the models. All of us were amateurs — many, like me, walking in a fashion show for the first time — and we cheered and clapped for each other in the hallway after each round. (I haven’t posted any close-up pics of the other models out of respect for their privacy.)

Annie had all the outfits lined up on rolling rods and tagged with each model’s name and outfit number.

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

I had a fitting session in the week before the show, where Annie talked through what she wanted for each round of outfits, including what kind of emotion or vibe she wanted for each walk. Annie also went through the music for each round to help illustrate the vibe she was going for. We were all expected to do our own hair and makeup, and provide our own shoes and accessories, by the way, so I took lots of notes during my fitting session. It was fun to flip roles, for me to become Annie’s student! 🙂

(By the way, a shout-out to my mom:  I showed up for my fitting in my mom’s vintage sunglasses, which Annie loved! So I got to wear my sunglasses during the first two of the three outfit rounds. 😀 )

I was super impressed by how Annie had thought through everything, including the plan for the walk and where to hit our poses (where the stars are marked on the map below).

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery, walk route

As you can see below, now you know why I needed a quick-dry manicure!

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Behind the scenes at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

First outfit

I was the 5th out of the 17-model line-up, which included women, men, and younger girls. The first round of outfits was a cheerful mix of casual prints and styles. My outfit was a beach-ready maxi dress with box pleats, and I carried a teal-and-yellow print tote bag.

Yep, Annie had me pattern-mixing! 😀 The vibe was fun and confident.

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Second outfit

I was one of the taller models, so Annie wanted me in a shorter dress for the second round, to show off my legs. BAM! Mission accomplished. 😉 This dress fit LIKE A GLOVE. I loved the mix of the high neckline with the high-lo hem. All of the outfits in this round had this batik print of pinks and yellow-greens.

Annie wanted a more casual, sassy walking vibe for this round. And Sam managed to capture (and edit) a brief video clip of me walking in this outfit. Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Third outfit

This final round of outfits all featured this beautiful batik print of blues and blacks with subtle bits of orange mixed in. Annie designed all the batik prints as well as the garments. The long jacket I wore is open with no closures, so that’s my own black knit dress underneath, most recently seen here.

Annie wanted a more formal, strong vibe for this walk and round of outfits. I did attempt “smizing” (“smiling with your eyes,” as defined by Tyra via America’s Next Top Model). 😉 I felt great in this look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking in my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Encore

And here we are all lined up for the final encore, clapping for the designer Annie Moe! As you can see, it’s a wonderful mix of diversity, designs and models alike. I was very proud to walk in the show, and to do my bit to support a local designer!

Librarian for Life + Style | Final encore at my first fashion show, MOE Gallery

Final thoughts

After the fashion show, which garnered a lot of local attention, several people asked me if I was nervous to walk in the show. I actually didn’t feel very nervous, mainly because I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t about me. It was about Annie and her designs and her business. My job was to showcase her vision to the best of my ability.

Plus, she articulated her vision so clearly — and gave lots of personal tips! For example, Annie recommended while walking toward the audience, to look just slightly above their heads so as to avoid getting nervous or distracted. It totally worked! (Plus, it helped that I got to wear sunglasses the first two rounds, so in a way, no one could “see” me.) We also had time to rehearse walking before the show began, which I think was very smart in helping calm any nerves the models had).

Like I said, Annie had really thought through everything, and it was such an awesome experience!

MOE Gallery

And finally, yes, MOE Gallery has a Facebook page PLUS an online shop! You can also visit Annie Moe’s personal Facebook page. Check out the batik for yourself! 😀


Note:  This post is NOT sponsored nor compensated by MOE Gallery. I actually debated about whether or not to publish such a personal post, but in the end, I thought my readers would find it interesting! 


Did you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a local fashion show? Which of the outfits is your fave? Please leave a comment and share!


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New nail polish | Cinna-snap

It’s, uh, been awhile since I’ve done a nail polish post. The last one was in fall 2015 (!) — sorry about that oversight!

It’s actually been months since I painted my fingernails. But I rectified that recently by trying out a new polish, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Cinna-Snap.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

I didn’t do anything fancy with the manicure, like adding chevron stripes, as seen here, or dipped in sparkly polish, as seen here. Just straight on with the single “Cinna-Snap” color. I think it dried a little darker on my nails than it looked in the bottle — I liked the final color, a warm red somewhere inbetween red and burgundy.

I waited about five minutes, then did a second coat of the nail polish, waited another five minutes, and then topped it off with my go-to quick-dry top coat, Seche Vite.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

UPDATE:

Being a quick-dry nail polish, I wasn’t sure how long this polish would really last. Even with two coats of the nail polish plus the top coat, the nail polish only lasted a week. But it did look really good for that week. Then, almost like clockwork, after that week, it started chipping around the edges. And chipping is always more noticeable with a darker nail polish.

Below is what my manicure looked like yesterday, a week and a half since I first put on the nail polish. (This is also what it looked like right before I took it off.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sally Hansen manicure, Cinna-snap polish, after a week and a half

Final verdict? I liked the color and the quick drying time, which is what I primarily needed the polish for for when I bought it. I just need to be aware that this polish lasts only a week and not to expect it to last longer than that. (I normally prefer a manicure to last two weeks, which is probably why I usually prefer metallic nail polishes, which I’ve found to have longer staying power.)

Did you enjoy another nail polish post? What is your favorite nail polish color or brand? Please leave a comment and share. 🙂


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SIA interpretation: Venus poster

Time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration:

Salazar chose an awesome space travel poster! of Venus, one in a series created by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology for NASA’s. You can browse and download all the posters here for free and learn more about the poster project here.

How to participate in SIA:

There is still time to join the SIA fun this week! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday the 24th.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Venus poster collage

I had an immediate idea for what to wear for this SIA challenge (even though I don’t have any blush pink or sherbet colors in my wardrobe, as they tend to wash me out). I focused on the grey, silver, white, and tan colors in the poster, pairing together a grey-striped tee and tan trousers — and then found a wall that looked pinky orange to me to supply the backdrop.

And I created my own dome of sorts, like in the poster, with an umbrella — a happy accident, because it had started drizzling! 🙂 (This is the spare umbrella we had in the car.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Pewter round-toe wedges + orange wall

And of course, you know me and details. I added my metallic pewter round-toe wedges, to mimic the rounded edge of the dome in the poster. Same thing with my metallic-dipped porcelain, teardrop-shaped earrings and necklace set by Zoë Comings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + metallic-dipped jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

This was a super simple outfit, and I really enjoyed wearing it. You could also very easily make this outfit even more casual, by switching out the wide-leg trousers for tan ankle pants, and the wedges for flats or sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + orange wall

Weather:  Drizzly and cool with bursts of sunshine

Where:  Jane Austen tea and lecture

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew, old
  • Trousers:  The Limited, old
  • Wedges:  Cole Haan, fashion-swapped with a friend, old
  • Earrings and necklace:  Zoë Comings, Christmas gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee  //  similar tan wide-leg trousers  //  similar pewter wedges  //  geometric porcelain earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Venus Style Imitating Art outfit collage

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