Dark floral + sunshine

I snagged this dress last fall at a friend’s fashion swap, and I wore this dark floral print this past winter, as seen here. I figured it was time to finally wear this cotton dress in summertime! The weather was in the 80s and sunny — perfect for light layers and sandals!

By the way, I tried on a couple of “completer pieces” with this dress, including my light denim jacket and my dark denim jacket. I didn’t want to go with a black cardigan, as that’s what I wore the dress with before, but then I spied my short-sleeved white cardigan, which felt just right. My strappy black sandals helped ground the look, and my white shell earrings and bracelet (handmade by my paternal grandmother when I was little) tied in with the cardigan.

I felt super pretty in this comfortable, late-summer outfit, and my husband especially liked it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine


Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral dress + tote bag

My tote bag — my summer bag of choice — has a little darker edge, with its typewriter skull design. (My husband picked this tote bag up at a writer’s conference this past year.) I wanted to add a little edge to my outfit, to keep it from being too girly or sweet.

The backdrop? My new campus! There’s a pretty bridge connecting the two parts of campus, so we chose that as the main setting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

And lastly, below is me having some fun recreating this statue of a woman and a book, an art piece located right across from the library on my new campus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

I start my new job next month, so it was a good time to visit the campus again and get excited about “starting school” soon. Working in academia, I still always get butterflies in my tummy when fall term rolls around! 🙂

Do you still like to go “back to school” shopping? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!

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8 thoughts on “Dark floral + sunshine

  1. Mike

    Very cool Jen. I’m happy to see that you are so excited for the new semester to begin. You say that you get butterflies in your stomach at the beginning of a new term? You’ll be fine! You and Salazar are great teachers so there’s no worry for you both 🙂

    And I love the look of your new campus! That’s one of the things that I loved about going back to school was seeing the campus grounds as they were always so beautiful, especially in the fall.
    Best of luck Jen! You’ll do fine!

    And as a matter of fact, I do love “back to school” shopping. Even though I’m no longer in school, I still like to shop for supplies for my stationery uses and art purposes. It seems like they have the best stuff on sale around this time more than any other time of the year so I take advantage of it. Pencil sharpeners, paper, pencils, erasers, glue; ah the splendor… 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Patti! I was on the fence, I have to admit, about keeping the dress, but it’s so comfortable — having a cotton lining really helps for hot summer days! Plus, my husband REALLY liked this dress, and I ended up also wearing it to his 40th birthday party. 🙂 So I think it’s a keeper!


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