Category Archives: casual outfits

Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Another day of rainy day layers? You’d think I lived in the Pacific Northwest or something… 😉 Seriously, y’all. So. Much. Rain. And it’s funny to me how it really is hard to capture rain in a photograph. It was legit raining while we took these photos — none of the drizzly rain we’re (in)famous for in the PNW, but honest-to-goodness rain — and you really can’t tell.

On to today’s outfit! I don’t wear my burgundy zip-up sweater cardigan all that often, because it is 100% wool and really warm. It’s also wool, and therefore itchy, which means I have to wear a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath it. So now y’all know that it was both rainy AND very cold when I wore this sweater cardigan.

And I’ve worn this sweater cardigan with these boots before, as seen in the collage below. But this time around, I wore it with a denim skirt and leggings (and a different-colored turtleneck). Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a sweater cardigan collage

2013 outfit — which I really want to rewear soon! Also, it’s fun to pair up photos like these, like I’m looking at myself across time and space.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Sam joked that it the gentleman in the mural who’s facing outward, as seen above, looked like he was enjoying my posing in front of his mural. That made me laugh! Sam always does manage to make me laugh, especially when we’re taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

And more info about this backdrop! I’ve been wanting to take photos at this location for awhile now. It’s a series of murals made out of ceramic tiles, and they look so different depending on whether you’re viewing them up close, like in the pic above, or from further away, like in the pic below.

The murals depict historical views and buildings from the Stadium District neighborhood in Tacoma around the turn of the century. There’s so much public art here in Tacoma, and this is a great example of public art integrated into a private building. You can read more about the murals here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic tile murals in Tacoma, Stadium District

And of course, as we walked across the street after taking photos (where there is an iron fence), Sam suggested I mimic the gentleman in the central mural who is gazing out over the city. No city view for me — the view past the trees is industrial, hence the trees — but we like to be thorough, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Weather:  Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Where:  Sunday brunch with friends in Stadium District

What:

  • Wool cardigan:  Smart Set, bought during PEI trip, 2006
  • Denim skirt:  Thrifted, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx for Kohl’s, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Peacoat:  Bealls, old

Shop my outfit

similar burgundy cardigan sweater  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar cognac tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater cardigan outfit collage


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Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from February. Thanks in advance!

I mentioned this yesterday on my Facebook page, about how it’s nice to see spring clothing starting to pop up on some other style bloggers’ sites, as spring is becoming a reality for many people in many part of this country. But not this part of the country, and not this site. Yesterday, we experienced snow and wintry mix. Last week, we had hail. So y’all will continue to see several outfits featuring winter layers, tights, boots, and coats — including today’s outfit!

The germ of today’s outfit was inspired by this casual winter outfit I pinned years ago from Crazy Style Love. The starting point for me — what turned on the lightbulb, so to speak — was the idea of an attention-getting scarf on top of a classic tan overcoat. Simple as that. Jenny’s scarf is bright pink and attention-getting in terms of color, whereas my scarf is neutral-colored but attention-getting in terms of its novelty print of foxes. If it had not been raining, I would have also worn my animal-print flats (Jenny’s heels are animal print), but alas, I had to err on the side of practicality. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

I wore this outfit on a casual weekend morning, on our way to coffee and a late-morning movie. (We found a local movie house that plays new movies on weekends before noon for $7! Cheaper prices plus fewer people in the theater = mutual movie-going happiness.)

The dock was less crowded, as well, with more birds than people. I enjoyed that this bird decided to hang out with us during our quick photo-shoot. It was decidedly non-plussed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

We stopped off before our morning movie date to stroll one of the docks along the Ruston Way waterfront. This is also the same dock we took photos at this past summer! We often enjoy walking or going places in the rain — it always means less people! 😉 And I think the water, as well as the waterfront, are beautiful in different ways in the rain. There’s a unique kind of serenity to gazing out over a body of water when it’s overcast and a bit foggy.

But in addition to a multitude of birds taking advantage of a mostly deserted dock, there was a lone fisherman on one end — decked out (har har) in a bright yellow slicker. We couldn’t resist taking photos of the opportune moment. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

Librarian for Life + Style | Dock along Ruston Way waterfront

One final look at my neutral winter layers and fox-print scarf. And another example of mixing black and brown neutrals together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual neutrals + fox print scarf

Weather:  Rainy, rainy, rainy

Where:  Late morning movie on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, last summer
  • Overcoat:  Bealls in Texas, very old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Boots:  Shoe boutique in Texas, very old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Hat:  Hat boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar peacoat  //  exact boot-cut jeans  //  similar black sweater  //  similar webbed belt  // similar brown ankle boots  //  similar black newsboy cap  //  same fox print scarf design in teal

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutral layers + fox print scarf outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: Sing Street

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This week’s inspiration artwork was chosen by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and she chose the bright and colorful poster for Sing Street, which was one of her favorite movies this past year.

My interpretation

I think this is the first time to feature this infinity scarf I thrifted back in December — and what better way to feature this chevron-print scarf of multiple neon colors than with an ’80s-inspired challenge?! And the background color of this part of the fence matches up almost perfectly with the background color of the movie poster! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage for my Sing Street SIA interpretation

I wanted the scarf to be the focus of the look, so I paired it with an outfit of neutrals that also fit in with the movie poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored chevron scarf closeup

Yep, I’m wearing denim on denim:  black skinny jeans and a dark-wash denim jacket. But it works because the colors and washes are different — but no ’80s acid wash! And no “Canadian tux” here! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Multi-colored backdrop

The backdrop is a fence that’s been painted in multiple colors. (I believe it’s a fence that encircles a local child’s day care or playground.) I spied the fence a few weeks ago and thought at the time it might make a good backdrop for future photos. Multi-colored scarf, multi-colored fence — and just perfect for the movie poster inspiration! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Multi-colored scarf + fences

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainbow fences collage

Weather: A day of sun after a week of snow and rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Scarf:  Thrifted, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit

similar infinity scarf  //  very similar dark denim jacket  //  exact skinny jeans //  similar black round-toe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Double denim with a multi-colored scarf collage


Still time 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 tonight Monday, Feb. 27th. Salazar will be traveling, so she will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, March 1st.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to choose the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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