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Librarian, blogger, movie lover

Mani/pedi in shades of gold

I gave myself a new manicure and pedicure to spruce myself up for my college’s recent commencement ceremony. I treated myself to a new yellow nail polish, Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in “Mellow Yellow,” a sunny shade of gold.

Why yellow? Because yellow/gold is one of my college’s school colors AND because “lemon yellow” is the color of master’s hoods in library science. You can also read here and reminisce about a previous time I went with yellow polish to celebrate commencement.

I also decided, spur-of-the-moment, to do a quick manicure, too, but one that didn’t matchy-match my toes. I went with my Wet n Wild Fergie nail polish in “Glamorous” (no longer available but here’s a similar gold glitter option), which you’ve also seen before here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold flecks manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold flecks manicure nail polishes

Details, from left to right:

A friend remarked on how I got my nail polish on my toes so opaque. It’s pretty simple:  keep adding coats! My toenails took 3 coats of the “Mellow Yellow” nail polish, waiting a few minutes in-between each coat. I also did 3 coats of the gold-flecked “Glamorous” polish on my fingernails, slowly building up the gold flecks with each coat. Then I finished off all my nails with a coat of the fast-drying Seche Vite clear polish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mellow yellow pedicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Having nails in different shades of gold feels so right for summer, yes? Particularly against metallic sandals and bright green grass! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow line, yellow toes

Have you tried yellow nail polish — or would you be willing to? Please leave a comment and share!

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SIA: On the Road

It’s that time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration pick:

Salazar chose an animated GIF inspired by a flower seller in Vietnam from a series of illustrated, animated GIFs called “On the Road” by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul. Below is a screenshot from Oamul’s site for the series, including a detail of the illustration Salazar chose:

Screenshot of Oamul's "On the Road" series of animated GIFs (click screenshot to go to site and browse the full series)

Screenshot of Oamul’s “On the Road” series of animated GIFs (click screenshot to go to site and browse the full series)

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, July 3. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the following Wednesday, July 5.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear — let’s all get on the road! 😀

Red jeans + black gingham | Weekend casual

This look is similar to the last outfit I wore with this black gingham button-front shirt, but with red jeans this time instead of a red bag. What can I say… red and black gingham just work so well together!

And this combo — skinny or straight-leg jeans with a button-front shirt, either unbuttoned or layered over a tank top — is such an easy and comfortable combo to wear. It doesn’t take much thought at all. Just as easy as a tee + jeans, just a little bit more put-together. And that’s why it’s important to have basics like these in one’s closet, as outfits are then easy to mix and match!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

The backdrop is of a nearby church that I’ve long admired, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Its architecture is stunning! And the front entrance and stairs are so wide and deep, I figured it would be a good backdrop for photos. 🙂

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

This is a VERY basic outfit, but for me, it’s the details that make this variation fresh, like the gold double straps on the flip flops and the red, white & black pattern on the clutch that ties the whole outfit together.

And when we’re running around town doing errands, I love throwing just a few essentials (e.g. chapstick, cell phone, sunglasses case) in a clutch, and and not having to lug around a big tote bag. It also helps motivate me that I have a growing collection of cute clutches! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

And i just liked the photos below for their more casual view of the outfit — and of me! 😉 And I liked how the deeper red of my manicure and pedicure played off the red jeans and added a bit more depth to the red in the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Weather:  Slightly cool and sunny, perfect spring weather

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Red jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Flip flops:  Rhea, c/o giveaway last spring
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front shirt  //  exact Banned Books print in a tote bag  // very similar red jeans  //  similar gold-and-black flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red denim outfit collage

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Casual Friday formula | Purple + navy

Yep, another entry in my “Casual Friday” outfit formula of a blazer paired with skinny jeans! (I still have some past outfits from the spring quarter to show, and then I’ll continue with casual work outfits throughout the upcoming summer quarter.) When I saw this combo on Adina’s excellent Blue Collar Red Lipstick style blog (scroll down for the final pic), my eyes and brain lit up. Here’s how my thinking went when I pinned this look on my “Casual Friday ideas” board:

  • Structured blazer in a neutral color? Check.
  • Wine-colored top underneath? Check.
  • Skinny jeans? Check.
  • Animal print flats? Check.
  • Long pendant necklace? Check.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

I wore this on a Friday — OF COURSE — a day which included a morning meet-and-greet coffee date with another local librarian, a meeting, another event on campus, and project work behind-the-scenes. Lots of variety on this Friday workday — and this comfy, classic outfit was good to go for all the myriad tasks on my to-do list. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

We took these photos after work, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing the outfit “on the move,” so to speak, hence the photos of me jumping, above, and walking, below. The backdrop is a nearby church.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Weather:  Sunny and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Blazer:  Macy’s, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Pendant necklace:  Christmas gift this year from my in-laws
  • Silver earrings:  Christmas gift this year from my husband
  • Purple lip stain:  Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless”

Shop my outfit:

very similar blazer from same brand  //  similar berry tank top  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar silver circle pendant necklace  //  similar animal print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday outfit collage, purple & navy

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Shoe love: Adding color + pattern with canvas flats

I figured it was high time for another “Shoe love” post! I’ve recently noticed how my collection of slip-on canvas flats has risen in the last few years (including 2 new pairs this year!) — and that all my canvas flats have some kind of pattern.

Let’s explore my collection of canvas flats, shall we?

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats collection

Top row:  Wide-striped pair, Payless, old {similar pair}  //  Tan + polka-dotted, Grasshoppers, old {similar style by same brand}
Middle row:  Geometric print, Target, new {exact pair}  //  Espadrille style, Target, new {exact pair}
Bottom row:  Black striped, Payless, old {similar pair in black stripes}  //  Thin striped pair, Target, old {similar pair}

I’ve worn these slip-on canvas flats with all different kinds of clothing items, including dresses, skirts, ankle pants, trousers, shorts, and jeans, as seen below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Chagall in love

Librarian for Life + Style | Tulips + eyelets

Original post:  Tulips + eyelets

Librarian for Life + Style | MIxing stripes + polka dots in navy + pink

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Feline style follow-through

Original post:  Feline style follow-through

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

Original post:  ‘Wear to Where?’ Spring/Summer 2016 blog tour | Farmer’s Market

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic + comfy | Blazer with jeans + canvas flats

Original post:  Classic + comfy | Blazer with jeans + striped canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Original post:  Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print


These slip-on canvas flats aren’t for everyone, I know, so let’s explore the drawbacks and benefits to wearing this kind of shoe.

Drawbacks?

For me, there aren’t many drawbacks to wearing these shoes. It all comes down to personal comfort level, but I’ve noticed that sometimes, the interior of these shoes can cause friction when I wear these a long time. So you might need to wear a kind of breathable sock liner, like these, and/or a cushioned insert, like this one, to make wearing these shoes more comfortable for the long haul.

Benefits?

For me, the benefits FAR outweigh any drawbacks. And I’m used to tricking out my shoes with inserts, so that’s not a big deal for me. The benefits include:

  • an easy way to jazz up a basic outfit with a pop of color or pattern
  • comfort and walkability
  • variety of options at every price point
  • versatility

Seriously, these shoes look good with EVERYTHING — as I’ve tried to demonstrate above — bringing a casual edge to work-appropriate outfits while at the same time bringing a more put-together vibe to more causal outfits. I just can’t get enough of them!


Do you have any slip-on canvas flats like these? How do you wear them? Please leave a comment and share!


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