Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Earlier this year, I loooooooooved remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan. Kezzie, a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!) mentioned in a comment on that post about how she also has remixed shirtdresses as long cardigans or jackets. I cataloged that brilliant idea in my head — yes, I mentally picture my brain as a kind of library card catalog, complete with drawers and categories — and brought it back out again when I purchased my new-to-me floral shirtdress.

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of remixing this shirtdress, first as a tunic over leggings, seen at left, and this time as a long cardigan or jacket over ankle pants, seen at right below. And the shorter length of this shirtdress works particularly well for wearing it as a long cardigan!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress

I loved wearing this outfit, y’all. So much I wore it twice! Once to work, and then again on the weekend to a reading discussion group. And since I layered the shirtdress-turned-long-cardigan over a sleeveless shell, it was totally wearable for a summer work outfit. I could have worn any number of shoes with this outfit, so if your work dress code doesn’t allow for open-toed shoes or sandals, you could easily pair this kind of look with pumps or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of headband in my pixie cut

I pinned my bangs back on my new pixie cut and added a thin black headband to play a bit with it, and I fluffed up the back. And instead of big earrings or black metal hoops, I went with little turquoise drop earrings to pick up on the bits of turquoise in the floral print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

And last but not least, this is the third in our series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, summertime and full-blooming, leafy trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter pics, and here for spring pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Weather:  sunny and mild

Where:  work day, then remixed for a reading discussion group on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress (worn as long cardigan):  Phillip Lim for Target 2013 collection, new via Poshmark
  • Ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Shell:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Payless, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral duster  //  similar white shell  //  very similar olive ankle pants  //  similar black t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral long cardigan/duster outfit collage

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Going full pixie

New haircut alert! I’ve been mulling over going from my short hairdo to a full pixie cut for awhile now — being inspired by super-short hairstyles from Charlize Theron to Audrey Hepburn — and it felt like the right time to try it out at the beginning of summer.

I took these quick selfies when I got home directly from my hairdresser.

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

I am LOVING this new ‘do! It’s got sass and some edge, and I really love how my silver hairs are more prominent with this cut. It’s not that much different from my previous cut, really, and yet the little differences make a big impact.

And OF COURSE I’ve been having fun playing with my hair, spiking it up and down and pinning it back, and more. You’ll see! 😉 Regardless the length of my hair, I like to experiment with it. For example, I’m eager to try out the quiff hairstyle again, previously seen here.

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Librarian for Life + Style | New pixie haircut

Have you gone full pixie, or had a different yet dramatic haircut? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

SIA round-up: Light in the dark

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up!

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a striking photographic artwork that I’ve had pinned on my private “SIA Ideas” Pinterest board for awhile. I found this public domain image on Pixabay, and it’s by a 16-year old Italian photographer, Joachim Mayr, who posts images on Pixabay under the username of “By_Jo.” You can see more of his photographs, mostly of closeups of nature and animals, online here.

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Up first is Jodie, a frequent SIA participant, from Jodie’s Touch of Style, a blog that features her own style plus her step-mother Nancy, (60+ style) and her mother, Charlotte (70+ style).

Jodie, in a gold & plaid skirt, plus what looks to be some major bling in the accessories:

Jodie's SIA outfit

Nancy, in a gold & black kimono (also love her yellow sandals!):

Nancy's SIA outfit

Charlotte, in a maxi dress with yellow cardigan (and a black-and-gold tassel necklace that is perfect for this challenge!):

Charlotte's SIA outfit

Next is SIA co-founder and co-host Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey, who went with a very simple, all-black outfit. Her copper circle pendant necklace mimics the circle of sparks in the photo, so you will *definitely* want to visit her post for the close-ups!

Salazar's SIA outfit

SIA co-host Erin from Loop Looks took advantage of a perfect event to use for the inspiration, a performance of fire dancers. Amaaaaaaazing! She put together a collage featuring one of the fire dancers plus a look at her black-and-tan outfit. She has lots more awesome photos on her blog post!

Erin's SIA outfit collage

Stephanie’s back! I visited my good friend Stephanie in Portland last week, so I was able to take photos of her in her super-cute (and super-comfy) Lularoe dress. To me, the pattern totally looks like little pops of fireworks all over! Her sandals also have little central discs down the middle, and her teardrop earrings as well as her toenail polish are shades of orange.

And OF COURSE she had to twirl, which also totally fits the inspiration photo! 😀

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s me in my black-and-gold Wonder Woman tee + metallic accessories! More close-ups and pics on yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this week’s SIA challenge!

Erin @ Loop Looks will be curating the next SIA challenge next Monday, so stay tuned! 🙂

SIA interpretation: Light in the dark

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round coming back to me to curate.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a striking photographic artwork that I’ve had pinned on my private “SIA Ideas” Pinterest board for awhile. I found this public domain image on Pixabay, and it’s by a 16-year old Italian photographer, Joachim Mayr, who posts images on Pixabay under the username of “By_Jo.” You can see more of his photographs, mostly of closeups of nature and animals, online here.

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Light in the dark by By-Jo, public domain

Still time to participate! Here’s how:

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or orange or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or necklaces or bangles. Lots of options!

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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

My interpretation:

My all-black outfit is right on target with the inspiration photograph, as is the circular Wonder Woman logo in gold on the front. And Wonder Woman herself echoes the feelings I found in this photo, of being brave and hopeful and strong.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Of course, I had to amp up this super casual tee-and-shorts combo with metallic accessories, which also all relate to Wonder Woman, as well as to the inspiration photo:

  • black and gold flip flops (it was not lost on me that when I put my feet together, the straps looked like “W”… and with the double straps, it was CLEARLY “Wonder Woman”…)
  • braided headband with gold bits (the Amazonian women all have braids)
  • gold knot earrings (to echo Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth…)
  • rose gold bangles (yes, I wore an equal number of bangles on each wrist to echo Wonder Woman’s metallic cuffs)

I’m sure all these details were lost on everyone else, but they all made me smile. And of course, I have a style blog outlet to delve into all those details! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black and gold flip flop sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallic accessories closeup

And yes, I was mixing metallics with my gold and rose gold tones, but I didn’t let that stop me. This was a good outfit to scoot around town running errands. And I got lots of smiles (and thumbs up) from mothers and daughters wherever we went.

#WonderWomanAlways #RoleModelForAll

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman monochrome + metallics

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  Errand running on the weekend

What:

  • Wonder Woman tee:  Local comic book store, new
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o giveaway, Rhea, last year
  • Bangles:  c/o giveaway, InPink, old
  • Knot earring studs:  ?, old
  • Braided headband:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar Wonder Woman tee  //  similar black bermuda shorts  //  similar bangles  //  similar gold knot earrings  //  similar black & gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman metallics outfit collage

Remixing my Wonder Woman tee:

And yes, this SIA outfit is yet another casual remix with my new Wonder Woman tee! This time, I went all-black; the previous times, I mixed in some red, as recapped in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

left  //  right

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Everyday faves: Fast drying top coat polish

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.

Fast drying top coat

Last month, I highlighted the silver tray I use to store my nail polishes. This month, it seemed fitting that I highlight the nail polish I use EVERY SINGLE TIME I paint my nails, my fast drying top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

I never used to wear a top coat, because I was super impatient when painting my nails as a teen and in my twenties. When I hit my third decade, I transitioned into being super impatient with instant chips in my polish and manicures that didn’t last, so I started scouting out clear top coats in order to extend the life of my self-manicures. And a top coat really does make a difference!

I am still pretty impatient when it comes to painting my nails — call a spade a spade, right? — so I’ve found a fast drying top coat is the perfect compromise to balance extending manicure but doing it as quickly as possible. Enter my favorite clear top coat, the Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you will have seen photos of this top coat before. I include it in a lineup of polishes whenever I do a nails post:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mellow yellow + gold flecks mani/pedi polishes

Original post:  Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Original post:  Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-tinted metallic polishes

Original post:  Rose-tinted metallics

I am now on my second bottle of Seche Vite top coat polish. I have found this brand at Walgreens or Target or Sally Beauty Supply stores, costing a range between $8.50 and $10. It’s definitely a bit more spendy than other nail polishes, but in my opinion, it’s worth the investment to extend the life of your manicure or pedicure. It also provides a lovely glossy finish to your polish, and tends to even out any lumpy bits.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Do you give yourself manicures or pedicures? Do you use a top coat? 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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