“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains

I’ve been experimenting lately with layering lip stains over lip liner, so I thought I’d document it (finally) for the blog. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I’ve long loved lip stains, and I’ve written before about layering lip stains over other lip stains, like here in this post.

Recently, I’ve liked the look of layering neutral-colored lip stains over my red lip liner. Here are the steps I do to achieve this subtler take on the classic red lip:

Step 1. Choose liner and lip stain

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, choosing products

Details:

Step 2:  Outline lips with the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, lining with red lip liner

Funny story:  After I’d lined my lips but before I’d filled in the liner, as seen above, Sam stopped outside the bathroom to ask me something. While I answered him, he had a funny look on his face — he said it was mesmerizing to watch the lip liner “move” while I was talking. Hah!

P.S. It feels so weird to take selfies in the bathroom for makeup posts.

Step 3:  Fill in the rest of lips with the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, lip liner all over

I generally prefer to fill in my entire lips with lip liner, just to have a more natural look for when the lipstick or lip stain on top fades or comes off. The trick is to choose a non-drying lip liner. I really love this L’Oreal Colour Riche line of lip liners because it doesn’t dry out my lips.

Step 4:  Blot, and then layer the neutral lip stain over the lip liner

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, final product

The neutral lip stain not only adds shine to the lip liner, but it softens the color a bit. I’ve really enjoyed how it’s not a bright red but also not a coral. It’s this nice in-between color, one with depth to it, thanks to the combination of the liner and lip stain. And because it’s lip stain, it doesn’t feel as “high stakes” as red lipstick, if that makes any sense.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

Here’s how this exact lip liner + lip stain combo looks in natural light:

Librarian for Life + Style | Experimenting with lip liner and lip stains, final look

I also did the same lip liner + lip stain trick for our Audrey Hepburn style inspiration mini-series, as you can see in the color version of the closeup below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Layered lip liner and lip stain, Audrey Hepburn style inspiration closeup

Do you like wearing lip stains? Have you enjoyed experimenting with layering lipsticks or lip stains? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

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 tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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Birthday outtakes + bloopers 2017

Happy birthday to me! It’s become a tradition for me to celebrate my birthday on the blog with an outtakes post. (I also celebrate the New Year with outtakes, as well as my blog anniversary in April.)

This year, I’ve mixed in some collages that feature common kinds of outtakes. And since my birthday is on the 12th, there are 12 collages in total. Enjoy!

Zoom, zoom

I often ask Sam to take closeup pics, in order to zoom in on pattern-mixing or textures. And because Sam just keeps clicking away, whatever I’m doing, he often captures me gesturing to him to take closeups and where.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print scarf
Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color
SIA interpretation: Flowering tree
Raspberry velvet, if you please

When the backdrop rebels

We had set up an all-white backdrop on the side of our house to take our first set of photos for an Audrey Hepburn style inspiration mini-series. The wind that day kept blowing the backdrop up and around me. It’s a wonder that we got any usable shots on the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

Flailing arms

These kinds of outtakes happen when I’m moving my arms to change poses. Not the kind of “action” shot I prefer! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Never forget | Library tee remix
Silk tunic + vintage earrings
Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July
Equestrian-style remix

Missing limbs

Sometimes, my limbs temporarily go AWOL when Sam clicks the camera — equal opportunity legs, feet, or arms!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (left to right):
Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms
Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July

Reaching for the camera

I’ve featured these kinds of outtakes before, and I have a handful of new ones each time I do an outtakes post. Like I said before, Sam just keep clicking the camera in hopes of capturing outtakes like these. This outtake happens when I reach for the camera to check on photos, usually in the middle of a photo shoot, to make sure the photos are coming out okay.

He really is SO pleased with himself when he gets a “good one.” Here ya go, sweetie, a handful of “good ones” (har har) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan
Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print
Pairing orange floral with black
SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

Smooooooth

When I do something goofy, I often follow it up with a “smooth” hand gesture, like a cat resetting itself after an embarrassing incident. (I am a total cat person.) As always, Sam is happy to catch these oh-so-smooooooth outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from top left):
Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan
Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work
Casual canvas
Pencil skirt work casual

Trippin’

When we were taking photos by this mural, I tripped — I have a tendency to trip on, um, nothing — and Sam was there to capture the magic! (He was soooooo pleased with himself that he got these pics!) I kind of like that they kind of came out like weird dance moves. Trippin’. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Photobombing dog

OMG, I laughed SO HARD when I went back over the photos from this day, to discover that a little dog had totally photobombed me while I posed against a large rhododendron bush in a local park.

This is as glamorous as it gets for a style blogger, y’all. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:
SIA interpretation: On the road

Reacting to Sam

Sam likes to capture reaction shots, so he will often make jokes or make weird noises when he’s taking photos, in order to capture a funny facial expression or burst of laughter from me. I am sure that the outtake below is a result of Sam saying something SHOCKING.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:
SIA interpretation: Venus poster

Making adjustments

Have I mentioned Sam just keeps clicking away no matter what I’m doing? No? 😉 Well, here’s another benefit (or drawback, whatever your perspective) of him doing that — catching me make adjustments to my clothing or my hair or just NOT BEING READY OH MY GOODNESS JUST STOP TAKING PHOTOS.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts:
Top row, left to right:  Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest  |  SIA interpretation: Garden Center roses  |  Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon  |  Statement necklace + necklace extension trick
Bottom row, left to right:  New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white |  Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print  |   Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown  |  Equestrian-style remix

Weird facial expressions

I do have a (sometimes frustratingly) expressive face! Evidence below, running the gamut from “Whut?” to “I dunno” to  “Ew” to “Enh?” 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts:
Top row, left to right:  Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon  |  White lace dress + cargo vest combo  |  Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print scarf  |  Silk tunic + vintage earrings
Bottom row, left to right:  Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan |  SIA interpretation: Chagall in love |   Casual canvas  |  Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Just being goofy

And for the final collage, here is a motley collection of me just, being, well, goofy. My natural state of being! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts (clockwise from left):
Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan
Wine + flowers | Spring floral
New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white


For more birthday bloopers and goofiness and all-around awkwardness, have fun visiting the:


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Everyday faves | Chapstick

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

#ChapstickLove

I CANNOT believe that I haven’t yet done an “Everyday faves” post about chapstick!!! It is time to correct that oversight RIGHT NOW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

For decades, since junior high, I have had some kind of chapstick or lip balm within arm’s reach. My lips get so dry, so it’s one of my essentials that I literally carry around with me every.single.day. And I have tubes of chapstick in multiple places, including:

  • in my desk at work
  • in the zip-up pouch I take with me whenever I leave my office, seen below
  • tinted lip balm in a mirrored lipstick case in my handbag organizer, seen below
  • on the nightstand beside my side of the bed
  • on the side table on my side of the couch
  • in my makeup organizer in our medicine cabinet, seen below

If I somehow manage to leave the house without chapstick — it’s a rare occurrence, but it happens every now and again! — I have been known to buy an extra tube of chapstick while I’m out, just in case. Sooner or later, it’ll be put to good use! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Lipstick case

Oddly, for an everyday essential, I’m not that picky about the brand of chapstick. I have all kinds and brands stashed in the different places I mentioned above, including ones I’ve bought and freebies that I’ve picked up. For example, my dentist back in Portland always had a bowl of complimentary chapsticks by the check-out counter, so she kept me in stock all through my Invisalign process, LOL! Lately, I have bought more organic chapsticks, like the “Compassion Lip Balm” seen below, which is a local brand and available at my chiropractor’s office.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, chapstick

Do you have a chapstick obsession, too? Do you have a favorite brand? Please leave a comment and share!

Exploring more everyday faves

Want to explore more of my “everyday faves”? Past posts in the series have included:


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