No foolin’ for outtakes | Upcoming blogiversary series + gift card GIVEAWAY

It’s April Fool’s Day and coming up on my 4th year blog anniversary (!!!) — all good reasons for doing another post of outtakes.

But before we get to all the blooper shenanigans, I wanted to let y’all know about two new exciting things:

  1. My 4th blog anniversary is officially on April 8. To help celebrate my upcoming blogiversary, I have reached out to three librarian style bloggers for their own “librarian style profiles,” which will go live starting next Wednesday, April 6, through next Friday, April 8. Stay tuned!!!
  2. $50 Macy’s gift card GIVEAWAY that opens TODAY and is open for entries through Monday, April 11. Details below the outtakes.

10 collages of outtakes

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  Red stripes remix with a black skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original posts:  Fox sweater + animal print scarf  //  Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  Eyeglasses + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  French-inspired casual Friday

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Bible Quilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  What I wore for tenure | School spirit in black + red

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  Feeling bold in houndstooth and red lips

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collageOriginal posts:  A pocket full of autumn sunshine  //  SIA: Stripes + long limbs  //  Springtime inspiration + cherry blossom love

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Sunrise by Georgia O’Keeffe

Gift card giveaway

Librarian for Life + Style | Macy's gift card giveaway

To celebrate my upcoming blog anniversary, I am offering a $50 Macy’s gift card to 1 lucky reader (U.S. residents only, due to restrictions on the gift card). This giveaway is NOT sponsored — it’s a gift card I purchased myself, saved up from credit card points, for the purpose of offering a giveaway as a thank you for your readership!

How to enter the giveaway:

  • I’m going old-school on the giveaway entries — no fancy Rafflecopter entry system, just comments on this blog post
  • Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment on THIS post about how long you’ve been a reader PLUS your favorite thing about Librarian for Life + Style
  • Optional entry:  Leave one additional comment below detailing how you follow Librarian for Life + Style (via email, Facebook, Bloglovin‘, Pinterest, and/or combination)
  • The giveaway will be open for entries through Monday, April 11 @ 10 pm PST

Details:

  • Please only leave comments on this post if you are entering the giveaway.
  • Please do NOT include your personal email address in the comment field itself; include your email address only in the required email address field, which is visible only to me.
  • Please note that this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents (due to restrictions on the gift card).
  • The winner will be randomly selected using the Random.org random number generator.
  • I will contact the winner by email and ask for a mailing address for the sole purpose of mailing the gift card to the winner.
  • I will announce the winner on my blog on Tuesday, April 12.
  • Good luck!

Linkups:  Hello Monday, Monday Mingle, Sophisticated Style, Visible Monday#iwillwearwhatilike, A Lovely Little a La Mode, Shoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy Wednesday, What I Wore WednesdayThrowback Thursday, Top of the World, What I Wore to Work/Summer StyleThursdays Fashion Files, Thursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for Fashion, Fun Fashion FridayCharming Friday, Friday Favorites, The Weekly Edit

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107 thoughts on “No foolin’ for outtakes | Upcoming blogiversary series + gift card GIVEAWAY

  1. Jessica

    I think I have been reading for about a year now. My favorite thing about your blog is that your style tips are easily attainable for a person with a “realistic” budget, and I don’t have to have sky high clothing budget to be stylish. Also, your blog gives me serious Librarian envy, and I wish I could change my major, but alas I’ve already got a double major (History and Natural Resources), and I think my husband would have a complete cow if I decided to add one more thing to the pile at this point! Maybe a Masters??

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Jessica, for your comment! And definitely a Master’s for Library Science, not a bachelor’s. There are very few bachelor programs left for Library Science, and you would need an MLS anyway for a librarian job. And honestly, a double major in History and Natural Resources would be a GREAT background for an MLS, since you could go either social sciences or sciences with it — in bigger libraries, you can be a subject liaison in specific areas, like becoming the “Science Librarian,” etc. Anyway, something to think about! It’s super nice to know that you find both my style AND my chosen profession inspiring! 😀

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  2. Dawn

    Enjoy your sense of color. I love your color chart on the side of your blog. You make it easy to look up outfits by color and hue. I found your blog about 6 months ago and enjoy the fact you are a Librarian, since I am a Retired Teacher.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Salazar! And I’m sorry that this year’s giveaway is not open to international readers — I didn’t realize that restriction on the gift card until I got it in the mail. 😦 But thanks for commenting anyway and showing your support!

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  3. Lori

    I have been reading the blog for over a year, but enjoying your style for well over 5 years.

    What do I like? You have great style, and I love it when post your outtakes because it shows your great personality. The color chart has helped me put outfits together. I also enjoy Sam’s involvement.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Lori! You have seen my style evolve over the years, close-up! I still have quite a few pieces in my closet from when we worked together — do you ever go, “Hey, I remember that!”? And I relayed your comment to Sam, which made him smile! 😀

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  4. Nouveau North Westerners

    Hahaha, love the outtakes, especially the second one, which looks like you’re grabbing a paparazzi photographers camera!

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  5. Rachel Armock

    I’ve been reading your blog for about three years now, and have loved it! I love your style and find much of my own inspiration from it. I first found you from reading Gracie’s blog Fashion for Giants and began following you that way but now follow via Facebook. Your sense of fashion is fun and affordable!

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks so much for your comment and readership, Rachel! Isn’t Gracey the best?! I still get quite a bit of traffic from her blog roll list of fellow tall bloggers — I hope she gets some reciprocal traffic from my blog love roll, as well. 🙂

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  6. robjodiefilogomo

    I’ve only started following your blog, but I love the way you dress for “everyday”—even though you’re quite a bit younger than my niche—many of the things you wear are things I’d wear—so ageless really!! thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

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  7. robjodiefilogomo

    I do now follow you on facebook, bloglovin & pinterest! Hey—if you’re doing social media, might as well do them all, right?

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I still find myself keeping up with the style blogs I especially like by just going to my Blog Love page and going straight to the blogs. I check in on FB and Bloglovin’ but I guess I am old-school that way, to focus more on the blogs themselves and less on the social media outlets.

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  8. Apryl

    Gosh – I’ve been a reader for a couple years now…my favorite thing is how you make fashion “accessible” to those of us that are fashion-challenged: your ideas are creative, affordable, stylish, and fun…I also like the detail you provide when describing your choices. Finally, I LOVE LOVE the outtakes! 🙂

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks so much, Apryl! It’s really nice to know that my style and approach is accessible and creative. I see style as a personal challenge, and a stimulating kind of mental game. Like I challenge myself, “Hmmm…. is there another way I wear this scarf? Or this print? Or this pair of pants?” And it really took a lot for me to publish my first outtakes post, but now they’re so fun to do! And I like the “keeping it real” aspect of my blog, and the outtakes series of posts are definitely a part of that! 😀

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  9. Katie

    I’ve been reading for almost two years, since my son was born. I spent a lot of time napping with him but he was the only one napping and I just got ADDICTED! I love your outfits–color use and combinations and also when you talk about budgeting stuff. I follow you on your actual website.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Wow, what a lovely comment — I am humbled, truly. I do have a lot of archives, since I have a new post every work day of the week, so my blog does afford one the opportunity to “binge” on archives. I always smile when I see my stats spike on a given day — I’ll then often remark to my husband, “Hmmmmm, maybe I have a new reader!” 😀

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  10. Brenda Neill

    I was hooked on your blog after finding it via a weekly blog link-up, on a day that featured your SIA interpretation of Georgia O’Keefe’s “Sunrise”. I loved the vintage look & creative colors! Your blog is so unique, quickly became a favorite & really clicks with me, as a lover of books, libraries, art, classic/vintage fashion & also, Portland! I enjoy voting on the monthly favorite outfit & I follow you directly on your website every day.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Wow, that’s so great that my SIA outfit for “Sunrise” grabbed your attention! And thank you for the comment that my style blog is unique — that’s such a sweet comment, and it means a lot to me. I definitely focus on things that I find interesting, and it’s great that you personally connect with those things, too! 😀

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  11. Jane Whittingham

    I can’t remember how I found your blog, or how long I’ve been following, but I love your down-to-earth approach to fashion. You shop at stores I can afford to shop at, you remix your clothes, and you wear real clothes that actual people can wear to work! I’m not in the US, so I’m not entering the contest, I just wanted to leave a comment. 🙂

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Jane! I think you’ve been following for perhaps a couple of years? Definitely over a year, since you did a guest post for me last summer. And thanks for leaving a comment, and I’m sorry my blogiversary giveaway isn’t open to my international readers! I didn’t realize that restriction until I got the gift card in the mail — but next time, I’ll make sure it’s open to everyone.

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  12. Lisa Stephenson

    I have been a reader for a few years now. I appreciate your blog as it features work wear and I am a teacher.

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  13. karenstrand

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for a couple of years now. I love your very real, down to earth approach to fashion and style. I love that you mix thrifted pieces with new things effortlessly. However, my favorite feature is where you have us choose our favorite look each month! Happy Blogiversary!

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thank you, Karen, for your comment and readership! And that’s so sweet, to say that I mix things together effortlessly. It’s nice that it comes off that way — but I can say it does take effort, but the effort is in always challenging myself to wear things in different ways. So it’s a fun kind of effort! 🙂

      And I’m so glad you enjoy the monthly polls and outfit round-ups! I find the gallery pages extremely useful, myself, to remember what I’ve worn, or get inspired again by an outfit that I had forgotten about!

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  14. plainjame

    I’ve been reading for at least two years, if not longer. My favorite bits? I also am a librarian, and your liberal use of cardigans justifies my liberal use of cardigans (my “librarian uniform,” as my husband calls it).

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  15. Erin @ Loop Looks

    Aww, some of those outtakes are cute! I think I’m going to start a folder of “good’ outtakes so I can do this sometime, too!

    I’ve been following your blog pretty much since the beginning, too. I remember when you first started commenting on my blog and, of course, since you’re a librarian I had to follow you back 🙂

    Your personality comes through in all your posts and I LOVE your attention to detail. I think those are my favorite things about your blog.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hahaha, I love how you describe them as “good” outtakes! Yes, some outtakes — and Sam captures a LOT of outtakes — are so bad that I delete them immediately!

      And thank you for your lovely comments! I love that you have highlighted my attention to detail in several comments throughout the years — they continue to make me smile! 😀

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  16. Isgolia

    I’ve been reading for about 6 months. I’m in academia as well, and I’ve loved your blog as a resource for possible outfits/ideas/creativity!

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  17. Kristin

    I’ve been reading for about 2 years. I love your review posts (so thorough!) and how you are always work appropriate, so many bloggers are too casual for the office, so I really appreciate the source of inspiration.
    Congrats on the upcoming anniversary.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I really appreciate your comment, Kristin. I do work in a more casual environment — the entire PNW is pretty casual — so sometimes I feel sartorially at odds when I “dress up” for work. But it feels very important to me to look professional, as a reflection of how much I value my job and a reflection of my profession. I am showing how much I care about my job by showing how much I care about what I wear. And thanks for the shout-out of my thorough reviews! I try to keep my reviews practical, and address what I would want to know about the product or the mission of the company. Anything in particular you’d like to see me review? I’m open to suggestions!

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  18. Samantha

    I love the outtakes! I have been a reader for the past two years. I am a middle school special education/ ELA teacher, so I especially love your literary themed clothing. Your blog introduced me to Out of Print accessories and clothing!

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      That’s awesome, that you’re now a fan of Out of Print literary-themed clothing! I was just talking about Out of Print the other day. I find my literary-themed items from Out of Print make for interesting conversation starters. And it’s great to hear from another educator. 🙂

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  19. Cathy Crandall

    Hi there-I found you about one year ago via another blog where you were recommended. I must say I was immediately intrigued because of several reasons – I was raised by two English teachers and have loved books and reading since I was 2 & when I saw the name of your blog I had to check it out! I too shop on a fashion budget and really enjoy your posts – plus your out takes are great!! Please keep up the good job – you are my blogging idol because I too would love to have my own blog someday. Cathy C.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      That is such a sweet thing to say, that I am your “blogging idol,” thank you!! That is both very humbling and gratifying at the same time! If I have any blogging advice at all — and honestly, I still feel like I’m learning — it’s to figure out your voice and perspective first. What do you want to focus on? How can you be true to your voice and outlook? I am really committed to making my “voice” come through in my writing and posts, so that others can relate to me and my style outlook. It’s great to hear from readers who get that and who are dedicated readers, thank you! 😀

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thank you, Karrie! Anything in particular you’d like me to review? I’m always open to suggestions! Reviews take me awhile to do, since I do like to be thorough — which just makes sense, right? I try to write about stuff that I’d be interested in as a reader, that I’d want to know about, and it’s great to hear that that comes through. And yes, I do sometimes re-read my own posts. It’s funny when I reread something and go, “Wow! That WAS a good post! I had forgotten how much detail I put in!” LOL 😀

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thank you so much, Allie! I am so happy — and humbled — to know that my style is inspiring! 😀 I am also inspired every day by other bloggers, by people I see during my daily life, by art, by anything, really! It’s a wonderful thing, to be on the lookout for inspiration every day. 😀

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  20. sallygg

    I’ve been following you for about a year now & I came across your blog on Bloglovin & have looked forward to your emails ever since! I really love all of your pics, the outtakes, everything lol & your style blows me away! I wish I had your wardrobe 🙂 you have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone as well, thank you!

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  21. Becca

    I’m a relatively new reader (around 2 weeks). I discovered your blog hunting blogs to give me professional work wear (I’m a teacher). You’ve given me lots of inspiration since I discovered your website!

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  22. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker (@DaenelT)

    These are too funny!

    Oh my word, I don’t know how long I’ve been following you. More than two years, I know that much. I discovered your blog when I was looking for blogs by librarians. I didn’t know there were any style blogs by librarians and I was thrilled to find yours. And I’ve been a happy lurker ever since.

    Wishing you the happiest of anniversaries!

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  23. rabbitstylenews

    I’ve been a reader since last summer or maybe a year, I’m not sure. One of my favorite things is that you show the kind of attire I wear to work. As a style blogger, you’re aspirational and realistic at the same time.

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  24. Elena

    I follow your blog by email. I discovered you a few months ago through Pinterest. I like that your outfits are budget friendly! Congrats on your anniversary!

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  25. Ada

    I have been a reader for about a year now and I am so glad I found your blog Jen. My favorite thing about you is the art interpretations that you do, how you take a famous picture or art work and inspired by it, you turn it into one cool outfit. I also like that you show us that librarians can be professional yet elegant and sexy. Your style is relatable and realistic. I didn’t realize I wasn’t following you via Bloglovin but now I am following you on Bloglovin, Pinterest and Facebook. Are you on Instagram too?

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway. =)

    Have a great weekend! Ada. =)

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I really appreciate the shout-out for the SIA art challenges! Thanks, Ada!

      Nope, not on Instagram. I have thought about it, but then it’s so challenging to keep up with the social media outlets I currently have. I’d rather do something well, even if it doesn’t reach as many people. But who knows? Maybe I’ll expand in the future — never say never, right? 😉

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  26. Jacqueline Hearing

    I have been reading for 4 years. My sister, Daenel, is a contributor and got me hooked.
    She has always had a style all he own. Love the way that girl dresses!

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  27. Stephanie

    I’ve been reading the blog for about four years. I love your focus on affordable style; that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look really well put-together and professional. I love your color combinations and pattern mixing — you have really inspired me to branch out in my own color combinations and to be more confident in pattern-mixing.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks so much for commenting, Stephanie! I am so grateful that I’m able to share my style and style blog with you on a daily basis, and it’s so nice to hear that I’ve helped inspire you. Your love of vintage style has also helped inspire me! 😀

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  28. Lynn

    I’ve been reading for about a year or two. My favorite part of the blog is that you’re local (I’m in the Portland area). I appreciate that you’re a fan of the occasional pencil skirt and cardigan (which are a couple of my staples), and love your sense of humor. I also enjoy voting for the “outfit of the month”.

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  29. Mike

    Hey there! Last minute entry here!
    I’ve been a reader on “Librarian For Life And Style” for almost a year I guess (I think since May of 2015; my first SIA challenge). I became a regular once I discovered the awesome SIA challenges that were being hosted here and on other blogs and being someone who loves and studies art, I wanted to become a regular participant.

    I think my favorite part of your blog, besides the SIA challenges, is being able to interact with all of my blogging buddies on here and the fact that everyone is super nice to me and welcomes me into this community (I think I’m the only guy here). I remember when I first started, I was very shy about doing SIA, or even posting comments. But everyone’s been so nice that I slowly opened up more and more. And now, I participate whenever I can!
    And though this may not count towards the requirements for entry, I want to say this: Jen, Salazar, Jess (Animated Cardigan) and now Erin, are all awesome blog hosts and writers! They give me something to look forward to in the mornings before I start my day by reading their blog posts! Keep up the great work!

    And as far as how I follow, I’m pretty old school when it comes to that. Just plain ‘ol e-mail updates for me, as I subscribed to the blog to get updates whenever something new is posted.

    And that’s it! I’m not so interested in winning as I am in giving a shoutout to my blogging buddies on here as that’s good enough for me! 🙂

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      1. Mike

        No problem, Jen. I am really glad to be here and to help support in any way I can. And though the giveaway is over, I forgot to mention that I also enjoy your good humor and way of writing. It is always a pleasure to read your blog because you have a good way of writing. Keep up the great work!

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  30. Kaci

    I’ve been reading for about a year – I really appreciate your sense of style. I feel that it is unique in a sea of bloggers who post the same type of mall clothes all the time!

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