My collection of novelty print socks

I often feature my shoes on this blog, but rarely my socks. When I do highlight my socks, it’s usually in a monthly budget post. Here are some posts in which I have featured socks or slipper socks:

Librarian for Life + Style | Socks collage

Clockwise, starting from top left:  Banned books socks (budget post)  //  Solid-colored slipper socks (budget post)  //  Print slipper socks (day-in-the-life post)  //  Library card socks (outfit post)

Novelty print socks

So that got me thinking… why not highlight my small-but-growing collection of novelty print socks? Sounded like fun to me! 😀

I have had these Wonder Woman socks for years {here’s another pair of Wonder Woman socks} — way before I started this style blog in 2012 — but they’ve never made it to the blog. That’s probably because I almost always wear them at home. Same goes for my pairs of bookworm socks, which my mom gifted me years ago. This past year, a former colleague gifted me the library card socks, and then I scored these banned books socks for free from Out of Print Clothing during their Banned Books Week sale last October.

Librarian for Life + Style | My collection of novelty socks

Librarian for Life + Style | My collection of novelty socks

Librarian for Life + Style | My collection of novelty socks

Any favorites? Do you also have some novelty print socks? If so, which kinds? Please leave a comment and share!


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Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine’s Day 2017

This is what I wore last week on Valentine’s Day. It was a work day, of course, a day that included a presentation at a department meeting. So I wanted to be both professional and comfortable — and acknowledge the holiday without looking cheesy.

Therefore, I paired my “Follow Your Heart” sweater — featured in my heart sweater round-up on Valentine’s Day last week! — with the wide-legged burgundy tweed trousers I bought in the fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you), then you know I love color-coordinating. So OF COURSE I rounded out my outfit with my burgundy ankle booties. ♥ My wood beaded earrings also tie into the brown tones of my trousers. Aaaaaaaand my wine-colored lipstick matches my sweater. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of burgundy ankle boots + brown trousers

It’s a low-key outfit, but I really enjoyed wearing it. Totally fits my style outlook of classic (tweed trousers) and comfy (sweater + trousers combo) with a bit of quirk (the novelty print of the sweater).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Weather:  Dry and chilly

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, this fall
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, this fall
  • Earrings:  Made by my grandmother, vintage
  • Lipstick:  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Shop my outfit:

burgundy heart sweater  //   light brown tweed trousers  //  similar burgundy ankle booties  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + trousers outfit collage

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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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SIA: Sing Street

Now it is time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Since it’s awards season and the Oscars are coming up this coming Sunday (!!!), Salazar decided to pick a movie poster as our inspiration this week. She chose the poster for Sing Street, which was one of her favorite movies this past year. I haven’t yet seen Sing Street, but I bet I would like it since I have really enjoyed other movies, Once and Begin Again, by the same writer-director, John Carney.

The poster has a lot of colors and an ’80s vibe (the story takes place in 1980s) that I agree with Salazar will be fun to interpret in an outfit.

Here is a detail from the poster. Click the image below or click here to view the full poster.

Detail of poster for 'Sing Street' (2016)

Detail of poster for ‘Sing Street’ (2016)

How 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 next Monday, Feb. 27th. Salazar will be traveling, so she will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, March 1st.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

Winter outfits I would (and do) wear again

Last reminder, I promise — just 2 more days to enter my JORD giveaway! Click the graphic below or here to go to the link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Retrospective remix

Last November, I highlighted favorite fall outfits I would wear again, which was a fun retrospective. (It was fun for me — was it fun for you? 😉 ) If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you know I love remixing!

It’s also good timing, as a way to brighten up these often dreary winter days. February is the hardest month for me, y’all. So to perk myself up, I thought it would be fun this time to browse my outfit galleries for winter outfits I would (and do!) wear again.

Links to original posts are below each collage, listed left to right.

2012:

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter 2012 faves collage

Purple + black + silver //  “Sunny day, chasing the clouds away”

2013:

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter 2013 faves collage

In cloche contact  //  Royal blue + tartan  //  Feeling pinkish

2014:

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter 2014 faves collage

Black pencil skirt  //  Feline flapper style

2015:

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter 2015 faves collage

Casual Friday in white + purple layers  //  Black + brown + boots  //  Remixing a red-striped tee with a blazer + boots

In fact, I just rewore that red-striped tee outfit, above right, last week! 🙂

Any personal faves of yours? Please leave a comment and share!


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