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Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Today’s outfit is a casual one I wore on a mildly chilly weekend afternoon. I have to admit, I have been wearing this oversized sweater A LOT this fall (I received it c/o Tobi Clothing, and you can read my review of this sweater here.)

And even in casual outfits, I always seem to find my way into pattern-mixing. Once you start mixing patterns, you can’t stop! I’m actually mixing three different patterns here:  my scarf has a pattern of text (from “Anne of Green Gables,” one of my favorite books); my flats are animal print; and my tote bag has an ikat-style print. Yet you almost don’t notice that I’m pattern-mixing, as each pattern is visually spaced out (top, middle, and bottom of my outfit). Also, the patterns on my tote bag and scarf are quite subtle and neutral — and animal print is another neutral in my book. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

I have been wanting to take pics in front of this cool mural in the “Dome District” part of Tacoma. It’s on the side of a business, and I love its simple and bold graphics and lines.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

In the photo below, I love how you can really see the shape of my (freshly trimmed) haircut. With the spiky edges of this short cut, the silver threads in my dark brown hair really pop, don’t they? (I call them “my silvers,” by the way. No grey hair for me! 😉 )

I also wore my silver-and-peridot hoop earrings, as the light green peridot complemented my green scarf. I do love to pair green and navy together! You can read my review of these Anjolee earrings here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my oversized navy sweater with mint + animal print

Weather:  Crisp and clear

Where:  On the weekend, running errands

What:

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SIA: Roots

It’s the final Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge for 2017! For this style challenge, SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration:

Salazar picked an amazing photo from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, a series which depicts people in outfits with flowers for their heads. Salazar was drawn to the series for its striking — and stylish! — effect, and you can learn more about the meaning of the series here in this article.

There are a lot of photos in the series, which you can see more of here, but Salazar chose the “Number 24” photo, a combo that includes a blue gingham shirt, a long cardigan, and a head of purple-colored flowers, all against a black backdrop. Below is a detail from the inspiration photo, but you can see the full photo here.

Detail of 'Raiz Numero 24' by Miguel Vallinas

Detail of ‘Raiz Numero 24’ by Miguel Vallinas

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 Tuesday, December 19th, and Salazar will post the round-up on the 20th on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with for this final SIA challenge for the year!

Sam’s style | Burberry tie + overcoat

One last reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

Sam’s classes that he’s been teaching this fall quarter are early-morning classes, so I often don’t get to see him until after I get off work, except on days that I work the night shift at the library. This day (which fortunately was a night shift day for me), I had to take photos of him after work because, HELLO. My man looks GOOOOOOOD, y’all. Professional, sharp, stylish. (Swoon.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

And the cognac shoes and belt? Brilliant! The lighter color of these faux-leather accessories really sets off the cooler colors of the lavender button-front and berry colors of this Burberry tie we thrifted this past summer. (Does that tie look familiar? I’ve also worn it already — as a belt!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Sam also likes to have fun with the details. One of his (male) students cracked up when he spied Sam’s cuff links — which are in the shape of the Transformers. Such a cheeky detail! (And so very Sam! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, Transformers cuff links

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie closeup

Details:

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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!

SIA interpretation: Starry silhouette

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration:

Erin chose this “celestial” photo illustration because she just put up her Christmas tree which has a “celestial” theme, with ornaments of suns, moons or stars. The photo illustration, created by M_Caballero, is in the public domain via Pixabay, which you can see in more detail here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art "starry silhouette" collage

Interpretation:

My starting point was the dominant color scheme of purple, black, and grey, which I interpreted through my combination of purple overcoat, black-and-white dotted pants, and grey-and-black ombre scarf.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit closeup

My pants, which look greyish from afar, are actually black with a white polka-dotted design, which you can only see up close — that was to mimic the “stars in the sky” through the tiny polka dots. And the finishing touch was my opal stud earrings, which felt like a subtle way to get in a bit of celestial iridescence that’s in the photo illustration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Opal earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

And OF COURSE I had to get photos on swings, to mimic the silhouette of the person on the swings in the artwork. 😀 We took these photos at a local park and playground.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + black Style Imitating Art outfit

Weather:  Cold and off-and-on rainy (typical late fall/early winter day in the PNW)

Where:  Work day with lots of meetings

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. 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, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Dec. 5th, to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

I’ll see y’all over at Erin’s style blog for the round-up on Wednesday!