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Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from July — thanks in advance! 🙂

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago — you can tell because of my yellow toenail polish — but better late than never, right? This is an outfit I wore to work soon after I got my hair cut shorter in a pixie cut. I didn’t actually plan on taking pics of this outfit, but in the end, I figured it was another good example of how mixing small-scale patterns can work. (You can also see here how I mixed small-scale patterns, from earlier in the summer.)

The pattern on my sleeveless dress is a different take on polka dots that looks kind of like a basketweave print from afar, and my cardigan — a true VIP in my closet! — has a subtle pattern of little starbursts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing and t-strap sandals

Even though this dress and cardigan combo might seem a bit formal for summer work behind-the-scenes at the library, my strappy sandals helped ground the outfit for me and provide a casual edge to the overall look. But honestly, I primarily dress for myself, so I don’t mind dressing up a bit, even if it’s just behind the scenes! 🙂

We took these photos after work, and I had already taken off my sandals — like I said, I didn’t plan on taking pics, which I generally prefer to do in the mornings — so when Sam suggested we take pics, I decided to stay barefoot as we walked out to our backyard. I thought holding my sandals this time around looked kind of cute, and a little unexpected — and true-to-life in that moment! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals and yellow pedicure

And I have been enjoying the coconut shell jewelry set I bought earlier in the summer. I have found that I prefer to wear to wear the earrings and the necklace, seen here, separately. Together, the effect is a little much for me. I prefer choosing one statement piece of jewelry to wear, earrings or a necklace, but not two statement pieces at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Weather: Warm and sunny

Where:  Work

What:

  • Sleeveless dress:  Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Cardigan:  Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • T-strap sandals:  DV, old
  • Earrings:  Local artist at local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  brown print dress  //  wood teardrop earrings  //  similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown outfit collage

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Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Striped tee + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a series of informal photos Audrey Hepburn took in her apartment bedroom in 1954, as seen here and here, where she is dressed in a striped tee and ankle pants, reading a book.

Interpretation

We took these photos in our master bedroom, and it was fun to shoot more informal shots in another location in our house, one that hasn’t been shown on the blog before now.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s a pretty simple and straightforward look:  a striped ballet-neck tee, ankle pants, and silver hoop earrings. Check, check, and check. I’m pretty sure Audrey’s outfit is black, and I went with navy… but yeah, it’s a classic style combination for a reason, y’all.

A couple of cheesy shots below (which are my favorites, of course!):

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants outtake

And one last pic in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Hope y’all enjoyed this series of Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Click here for the second post in the series, and here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Which was your favorite inspiration post of mine from this week? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Plaid shirt + shorts + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photo (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a costume that Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina, a casual button-front plaid shirt, shorts, and slides combo. There are lots of photos, film stills as well as behind-the-scenes publicity shots, of Audrey in this casual outfit, but I was particularly drawn to this little-seen photo of her in this outfit beside a leafy lattice work, shot in and around her apartment in 1954.

Interpretation

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s clear that Audrey — and/or Edith Head, the lead designer on the Sabrina set — has wrapped a button-front plaid shirt around her waist, to showcase how tiny her waist was. I simply knotted one of my plaid button-front shirts in front, but I did pop the collar. I also am wearing longer shorts than she wore, as well as slingback wedges, rather than the wedge mules she sported.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

And, of course, one last shot in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Hope y’all enjoyed this second of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Stay tuned for one more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

After my new shorter pixie haircut plus receiving my mom’s early birthday gift of reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s earrings she wore in Sabrina and in publicity shots during that time period in the mid-1950s, I had an idea… why not recreate some of the outfits she wore during that time period with those earrings? I already had a Pinterest board full of inspiration!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn jewelry collection closeup

The point of this mini-series of inspiration — this is the first of three such related posts this week — is not about copying or comparing myself to Audrey Hepburn. Rather, it’s about celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. It took me very little time to pull together similar pieces from my closet to emulate these iconic looks of Audrey’s. I know I’m not alone in that, having pieces in your wardrobe that Audrey Hepburn helped popularize and standardize as chic and classic.

Her style — from her hair to her jewelry to her clothing — remains inspirational, and most importantly, accessible. I don’t really look like Audrey Hepburn (except for superficial things like thicker eyebrows, a big smile, and pale skin — but my bone structure is very different), and my body shape is different (I’m taller and fuller). But the way she dressed, and even the simple pieces she chose, like striped tees and ankle pants, translate beyond body types and skin color. Even if we don’t look like Audrey, we can still see ourselves in her style and the way she carried herself. That’s part of why she is, and remains, an icon, in life and in style.

Closeups:

First up, some close-ups of my new pixie cut, which I have described as “Audrey Hepburn meets the ’80s.” 😀 I smoothed the sides down and curled the bangs down a bit as a modern take on Audrey’s short hairstyle in Sabrina. I also filled in my eyebrows more, as she also did during that time.

I wore the silver drop hoop earrings from the set that I recently received as an early birthday gift from my mom; these earrings are reproductions of the ones Audrey wore while filming Sabrina.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

The photos in this post were inspired by a series Audrey Hepburn did in 1954 in Los Angeles, which I’ve pinned here and here.

Sam rigged up a white tarp in our backyard to serve as a similar backdrop for our photos.

How did I make this outfit my own?

Audrey is wearing a long-sleeved, ballet-neck black tee in the photos linked above, a tee with a deep V in the back. I do have a long-sleeved black tee, but it has a crew neckline, so I swapped that out for a elbow-sleeved tee with a V-neck in the front. And I just turned the tee around so the V-neck was in the back, which created a ballet neckline in the front. (It worked so well that I think I’ll wear it like that again!) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Front views:

For the next inspiration pose — again, the original seen here — I perched on top of my old piano stool.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

And last but not least, a look at my outfit in full color — and my natural inclination to smile and laugh during our photo shoots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Hope y’all enjoyed this first of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts coming up this week! Stay tuned for more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the second post down this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

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Silk tunic + vintage earrings

I mentioned in last week’s budget post that my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie had gifted me these vintage Native American earrings… I did not hesitate to wear them immediately! As in, the day after she gave them to me, and to a brunch outing during our recent girls’ weekend.

I also wore this outfit to work the next week, for a more casual “behind the scenes” day (i.e. no teaching). So instead of a “work to weekend” outfit, this is a “weekend to work” outfit. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings vlodrup

I started with the earrings, and then pulled out this printed silk Anthropologie tunic that I fashion-swapped a few years ago, because I thought the turquoise of the earrings paired well with the teal color in the tunic. I also paired my brown cardigan and brown leggings with the tunic to echo the wood bits in the earrings.

This was a perfect outfit for a brunch, as the looser tunic style and leggings, which have a wide stretchy waistband, meant comfort for eating. I do not sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of style!

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

The backdrop is of a water collection tank outside the Tacoma Dome station, which includes free parking as well as access to the free light rail system that goes into downtown Tacoma. I thought it would make for a fun backdrop, and another way to highlight our city. Y’all know I really like to get outfit photos while we’re out and about, if at all possible, to show how I wear my outfits in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Water collection station outside the Tacoma Dome station

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Weather:  60s, sunny and cool — perfect spring weather!

Where:  Brunch downtown

What:

  • Silk tunic:  Anthropologie, fashion-swapped
  • Cardigan:  Gap, over a decade old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  JavoEdge, c/o giveaway years ago
  • Earrings:  vintage, gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar teal print tunic  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar yellow faux leather clutch  //  similar taupe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Print tunic + leggings outfit collage


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