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The sparkly girl

Today’s blog post title comes from my husband. I wore this ensemble to a house concert of live music and poetry, and there were breaks for mingling and socializing. My husband pointed me out to others as “the sparkly girl,” since I was wearing a sequined tank top. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

I went for a “casual yet dressy” vibe because there was no dress code circulated prior to the house concert event. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a carpeted or a hardwood floor, or if it was going to be held outside or inside. Therefore, I didn’t want to wear high heels, so I knew I would be wearing flats instead. I wore my sequined tank top because it was comfortable but also dressy because of the sequins. I finished it off with basic black ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse + bracelets

I added a bit more quirk with my vintage book cover clutch and a bit more sparkle with my Greg Michaels crystal earrings, which I chose to echo the circular shape of the sequins. The chrome layer of my chevron self-manicure also echoed the metallic shine of the sequins.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevrons + sequins

I had fun with my makeup! I rarely wear a lot of makeup, but I decided to make more of an effort that night. I went with purple tones on my eyes, blending lighter and darker shadows on my lids, and lining with a dark purple liquid eyeliner. I also layered two lip stains, starting with a dark purple shade and then topping with a pinky burgundy stain.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl makeup

Finally, I added a little sparkle to my hair, as well, clipping one side of my bob back with a sparkly bobby pin. I then slightly curled my longer bangs with a large-barreled curling iron, in order to get a bit of a swoop to the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob with sparkly bobby pin

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

The evening was fantastic — good music, good poetry, good conversation — and I’m glad I felt comfortable so I could just focus on the evening’s entertainment. I really liked how this “sparkly girl” outfit turned out — what about you?

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Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Fall term started last week! I have actually worn this outfit twice recently, including on the first day back to school. And it marks a second time that I’ve worn these burgundy pants (which I dyed myself) and animal print scarf as part of my “back to school” outfit. Two years ago, I paired the ankle pants and scarf with my safari jacket and bronze heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Details:

  • Cable knit cardigan, Brooks Brothers, thrifted {similar in long-sleeve}
  • Burgundy ankle pants:  Macy’s, dyed by me in 2013 {very similar}
  • Leopard print cap-toe flats, Macy’s {very similar}
  • Animal print scarf, fashion-swapped {similar}
  • Brown leather tote bag, JCPenney’s, old {similar}
  • Wood watch, c/o JORD {exact, Ely style in black}

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

Of course I have been choosing outfits that complement my chevron manicure. The deep burgundy of my dyed ankle pants coordinates nicely with the burgundy stripe in the manicure. The dark wood of my JORD watch coordinates with my brown leather tote bag. And my animal print scarf echoes my animal print flats. In my style world, color-coordination = love. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron nails closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Back to school in burgundy + white + animal print

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Chevron manicure for fall

Fall term began this week, so you can expect a lot more work outfits coming up. But during my last bit of free time before fall term, I decided to try a new manicure. I was inspired by the recent “Your Style” issue of InStyle, which showcased a chevron manicure. I looked at the picture and thought, “I could do that!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure inspiration

And here’s the final result of my own chevron manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure

I chose chrome as the first layer:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, first layer

Next came a deep burgundy:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, second layer

And finally, I brushed on a copper color to finish the freehand chevron stripes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure, third layer

Before the final clear top coat, I had to clean up the edges. No lie, this manicure took a bit of time, especially with all the drying time inbetween layers. It was also pretty messy and the chevron stripes are definitely not uniform, as I chose to freehand them instead of using circle snugs (as seen here). If I do a chevron manicure again, I will use the darkest color last, so as to prevent bleed-through around the edges.

But overall, I do like the end result!

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure

I also gave myself a pedicure, using the deep burgundy color on my toes. I LOVE how the manicure and pedicure play off each other!

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure + pedicure

And last but not least, here are the polishes I used for this ready-for-fall chevron manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevron manicure polishes

Details, from left to right: Essie, “No Place Like Chrome” {exact}  //  Elle, “Curtain Call” {sold out online, similar shade here}  //  Essie, “Penny Talk” {exact}  //  Seche Vite dry fast top coat {exact}

So do y’all like the end result? Would you try a chevron manicure for fall?

Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Three years ago, I posted an easy 4th of July manicure, and it has proved a perennially popular post. I decided to update it for this year’s Independence Day holiday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Here’s my original manicure from July 2012. The main idea was to paint my nails with silver, with one ring fingernail painted red and the other red fingernail painted blue. All three polishes are metallic, so there was a bit of shimmer to perk everything up! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Easy 4th of July manicure

I updated the manicure this year by substituting the silvery polish with a clear sparkle polish. The ring fingers I kept red and blue. And yes, I painted my left ring finger red and my right ring finger blue on purpose, so that when I look at my hands, it reads “red, white, and blue.”

I loved how the sparkle polish (Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate“) actually has multi-colored metallic bits in it. When it catches the light, it’s like an explosion of color — it reminds me of fireworks! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

I first applied the clear sparkle polish, two coats apiece. I then did two coats of the red on my left ring finger, and then two coats of the blue on my right ring finger. What pulled everything together was applying a thin coat of the sparkle polish on top of the red and blue nails. I finished everything off with the Seche Vite quick-dry topcoat.

The main thing is to let each coat dry. This is always a given, but it’s especially important with metallic polishes, as they tend to get very gloopy and uneven because of the extra texture mixed into the polish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure

Here are the polishes I used for updating my easy 4th of July manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Details:  Wet n Wild Wild Shine in “Hallucinate” {exact} //  Revlon in “Frankly Scarlet” {no longer sold but this Orly “Crimson” shade is very similar}  //  Finger Paints in “Artistic Azure” {can’t find online but this Orly “Royal” shade is very similar}  //  Seche Vite dry fast topcoat {exact}

You could do a similar manicure by switching out the colors for your ring fingers — or go with just one bright color for the ring fingers, instead of two different colors.

What do you think of this updated take on my easy 4th of July manicure? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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Lemon yellow is for librarians

Last weekend marked commencement ceremonies for my college, and as a faculty member, I get to walk in the ceremony. It is an honor and a privilege to cheer on our graduates close-up! Plus, it’s a chance for me to get the most wear out of my graduation robes and master’s hood. 😉

If you’re not familiar with what academic regalia in the U.S. looks like — the robes are different for each level of eduation, and each discipline or field of learning has its own color for hoods and tassels — see here for examples and a color chart. My field, library science, has the designated color of “lemon yellow.”

My colleague and friend Anna had the brilliant idea that we librarians should paint our toes lemon yellow to match our hoods. Stephanie, another librarian colleague and friend y’all are probably familiar with, bought the toenail polish — this exact color from Butter London — and we all painted our toenails yellow the week leading up to commencement.

Here’s the photo taken by Anna on graduation day:

Librarian for Life + Style | Lemon yellow is for librarians

A fellow faculty member from the Cosmetology department loved the idea so much, she also took pics!

OF COURSE I had to “bedazzle” my pedicure a bit. I’m so pale that I felt the yellow color needed a little something extra for contrast.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow sparkle pedicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow sparkle pedicure polishes

Details:  Butter London yellow nail polish {exact}  //  Wet n Wild ‘Fergie’ nail color in “Glamorous” {exact}  //  Seche Vite dry fast topcoat {exact}

Here’s a better close-up of the yellow color from the Butter London brand.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow nail polish

Librarians stand united in yellow — literally from head to toe!

(And doesn’t the title of this post, “Lemon yellow is for librarians,” make you think of a special graduation-themed alphabet book?! Let’s make it happen, y’all! 😉 )

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