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Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to my American readers!

When my new red and navy blanket scarf c/o JustFashionNow arrived last week — in time for our Independence Day celebrations and detailed in last week’s monthly budget adventures post — I had the idea of doing a scarf inspiration post for the holiday.

Up here in the PNW, the temps tend to drop overnight, so it can get quite cool in the evenings. So I’m doing a day-to-night type of post with two different kinds of scarves, a square scarf and a blanket scarf.

For day:

First up, wearing a smaller, lighter scarf for the daytime.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

I decided to wear my vintage, polka-dotted red-white-and-blue square scarf around my neck, but there are lots of other ways to wear a square scarf if it’s just too hot where you live to put anything around your neck.

You could also tie a scarf:

  • around a hat
  • around your hair
  • looped around a purse or bag handles
  • around your wrist for a funky take on a bracelet
  • around your waist as a belt, if the scarf is long enough
  • looped around a belt loop on jeans or shorts, if your scarf is shorter

You can also visit a prior post I did illustrating different ways to wear square scarves.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

And if it’s hotter where you live, you could totally go with a plain white tank or tee and/or denim shorts. The foundation of my outfit is just a simple pair of jeans and a white top, with the accessories bringing a patriotic flavor to the look.

Details:

For night:

As I said before, it can get quite chilly on summer evenings up here — which I love about the PNW! — so taking a blanket scarf with you if you plan staying out at night to watch fireworks or hang out with loved ones — is a practical thing. And why not infuse your practicality with a fun pattern? Particularly with a double-sided blanket scarf! 😀

Here’s the darker blue side of my new blanket scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

And the lighter blue side of the scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Now for a closeup of the graphic pattern on the blanket scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf pattern closeup

And Sam managed to catch a couple of awesome action shots while I was flipping the ends of the scarf around my shoulders. It’s like twirling for scarves! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf outtake

Do you like wearing scarves in different ways? How do you wear different types of scarves? Please leave a comment and share!

For all my readers, hope your Tuesday in general is going great! ♥


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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

🍀 🍀 🍀 I’m wearing green on my blog for St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🍀 🍀

I knew I wanted to pair this colorblock-trim cardigan with my navy dress, a riff off when I wore this cardigan over my navy dotted skirt. That morning as I was getting dressed, I happened to look over at my scarf bins in our closet… and realized that one of the vintage scarves I thrifted in the fall had the EXACT colors of this cardigan. EXACT. (I can neither confirm nor deny a happy dance commencing after that revelation.)

The front of my cardigan is distinctive with a row of navy trim down the front with brass buttons as well as navy-trimmed pockets, so I didn’t want to detract from those details with my scarf. I could have doubled up the scarf to wear it more like a neckerchief, but then another light bulb… I could wear my scarf with the ends hanging down the back!

I am a fashion rebel, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan, closeup

The mint-and-navy scarf I thrifted last fall is a Vera Neumann scarf, and it is so pretttttttty. I was looking at posts, like here and here, about how you could date the scarf, and most of the clues go back to the signature. The signature on my scarf with its taller and more curved “V” looks like the signature that began in the late 60s and in the 80s. Based on the more streamlined, preppy-type pattern, I’m going to guess the early ’80s, rather than the ’60s, when her scarves had more graphic and geometric prints.

Below is a closeup of my scarf’s signature, plus how well it matches the trim of my cardigan. Y’all know how I love color-coordinating, so this discovery had me over the moon!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Vera Neumann scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Looking over these pics, I really should have used either my steamer or my wrinkle releaser spray on my outfit… on the plus side, these wrinkles serve to highlight everyday use. Just another example of how I really do wear these outfits in real life! 😉

Also, it was super fun and sweet when a student worker in our library that day stopped short, all wide-eyed, and asked, “Did that scarf come with that cardigan? How does it attach?” And then she was amazed that I had bought each piece separately, even years apart! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Weather: Chilly and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day with meetings (what else is new?!)

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, years ago
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted, vintage
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein via Macy’s, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Birthday gift, old

Shop my outfit:

mint trim cardigan  //  very similar navy fit-and-flare dress  //  mint scarf  //  almost exact navy wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy outfit collage

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Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine’s Day 2017

This is what I wore last week on Valentine’s Day. It was a work day, of course, a day that included a presentation at a department meeting. So I wanted to be both professional and comfortable — and acknowledge the holiday without looking cheesy.

Therefore, I paired my “Follow Your Heart” sweater — featured in my heart sweater round-up on Valentine’s Day last week! — with the wide-legged burgundy tweed trousers I bought in the fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you), then you know I love color-coordinating. So OF COURSE I rounded out my outfit with my burgundy ankle booties. ♥ My wood beaded earrings also tie into the brown tones of my trousers. Aaaaaaaand my wine-colored lipstick matches my sweater. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of burgundy ankle boots + brown trousers

It’s a low-key outfit, but I really enjoyed wearing it. Totally fits my style outlook of classic (tweed trousers) and comfy (sweater + trousers combo) with a bit of quirk (the novelty print of the sweater).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Weather:  Dry and chilly

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, this fall
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, this fall
  • Earrings:  Made by my grandmother, vintage
  • Lipstick:  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Shop my outfit:

burgundy heart sweater  //   light brown tweed trousers  //  similar burgundy ankle booties  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + trousers outfit collage

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Going subtle with holiday accessories for work | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my holiday GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own teeth whitening kit. Thanks in advance! (You can read more details and my own review of the teeth whitening kit here in this post.)


Except for when we’re going to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater“-themed holiday party, I prefer to tone down the typical red-and-green Christmas color combo when it comes to wearing work outfits during the month of December. I either wear darker or lighter tones, as seen in last week’s burgundy-and-olive outfit, or I focus on holiday-themed accessories. Today’s post is an example of the latter.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + holiday brooch closeup

For this work look, I went subtle by accessorizing with a holiday-themed accessory — in this case, a wood antler brooch. I got this brooch as a free gift at my first (and so far, only) style blogger party, and I always get compliments on it whenever I wear it.

Here are some photos below that show the detailing on this dress and how the plaids are pieced together to show off the shape of this sheath dress. (You can also see here in this post how I had to alter this dress by taking off the sleeves.) I ended up just removing the sleeves entirely to make the dress sleeveless, so I could also layer things over and under the dress, like I did here.

And, yes, it’s an eShakti dress, which means it has pockets! I love how the pockets on this dress blend seamlessly into the design.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

The backdrop is our own backyard, against a flowering shrub of winter-blooming camellias. We were totally surprised one late fall morning to walk out and see these bursts of bright pink-and-white-striped blooms against our back fence. Gorgeous! And after asking around to find out what they were, it turns out that these are amongst the hardiest shrubs out there, and super easy to take care of! Basically, we just leave them alone, and they will take care of themselves. LOVE. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

I didn’t plan on the color of my overcoat playing off the color of the flowers. Really, I didn’t — I’m not that color-coordinated! (Erin, I can feel you shaking your head right now, LOL!) I simply chose this overcoat to add a pop of color against my black and tan neutrals.

And while I was double-checking photos — which I usually do in the middle of our photo shoots, to make sure we’re getting enough photos I could potentially use — Sam draped my coat over my shoulders. ‘Cause it was FREEZING. (Literally.) I immediately assumed a haughty expression, which led to a series of funny outtakes! 😉 I only see this kind of thing, coats draped over shoulders, on celebrities and in high-fashion blogs, but does anyone wear their coat like this in real life?! It’s so impractical!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Weather:  Literally freezing

Where:  Work during the last week of the fall quarter

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, last winter
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx, new
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Brooch:  free gift at PNW blogger party, old

very similar tan turtleneck  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 1  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 2  //  very similar tall black boots  //  similar topaz drop earrings  //  similar burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + tan + burgundy collage

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