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Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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Pride flag-inspired work outfit

Last week, I highlighted my Pride rainbow flag-inspired mani-pedi, and today’s look is what I wore on the day after I did my nails. The outfit is so simple — a fit-and-flare dress, buttoned-up cardigan, and sandals — while serving a neutral backdrop for my rainbow nails.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

I wore black and brown for my outfit specifically to reflect the newest variation on the Pride Flag, the Philadelphia City Hall version, released last year, with black and brown bands added to include LGBT+ people of color. (Lena Waithe wore this variation of the Rainbow Pride Flag as a high-fashion cape at this year’s Met Gala. ♥        )

"Philadelphia Pride Flag" is under Public Domain

“Philadelphia Pride Flag” is under Public Domain

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

And I wore this heart necklace not only because it kind of popped against the black of my dress, but also because I felt the gold-and-silver heart combo reflected the inclusivity of what I was trying to project in this outfit. I was demonstrating my heart and my allyship through style.

(Yes, I really do think through every single thing I wear.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, heart necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, accessories closeup

I reallllllly loved wearing this outfit, which I think comes across in these photos. Also, twirling! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

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Pride Month mani-pedi

I like to paint my nails yellow around graduation time each year, and you can see prior yellow mani-pedi posts here and here. (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.)

This year, when I was getting ready to paint my nails yellow, I realized that I had most of the colors of the LGBT+ rainbow flag, and I could incorporate the rainbow colors into my mani-pedi. I thought it would be a fun way to show that I’m an LGBT+ ally during Pride Month.

I kept the base color yellow for consistency, but I tried out different techniques for my fingernails and toenails. The rainbow colors really pop against the yellow, don’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi

Manicure:

For the manicure, I kept all my fingernails yellow (three coats to get the opaqueness) but painted the ring finger on my left hand with rainbow stripes. I started at the base, painting the purple stripe, followed by a blue stripe, a green stripe, and topping things off with the red tripe. I just free-handed the stripes, so things did get messy (and I forgot to take a pic of the messiness, sorry!), and it took a while to clean up the edges.

Another look at my manicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi

Pedicure:

For the pedicure, I painted on three coats of the yellow base coat. Then I free-handed the tips, starting at the pinky toe with the pink, and then purple, blue, green, and the thicker red stripe on the big toes.

And a full look at my pedicure:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi

This was a really fun mani-pedi to do. Once I commit to doing my nails, I like to binge-watch a TV series (in this case, I binged on the BBC Victoria series, Season 1) while I am waiting for things to dry. That’s the most tedious part of doing nails, the drying, so it’s good to distract oneself by watching something! 😉

Looking at the final result, I think I prefer the rainbow-colored tips on the pedicure. I think next time I will try rainbow-colored moons for a manicure. What do y’all think? Please leave a comment and share!

Nail polishes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi, nail polishes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired mani-pedi, nail polishes

Details:

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Subtle candy cane striped nails

Those of you who subscribe to my Instagram feed have already seen my most recent manicure, but I thought y’all would all enjoy my holiday nails — a subtle candy stripe!

Behold:

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

Here’s how I achieved this subtle candy cane stripe effect:

I started out with a base coat of red, a Revlon shade that I’ve had for years. Then I did thin stripes with my a Sally Hansen nail art pen I picked up this past summer. The pearly white stripes looked kind of uneven — and too glaring for my taste — so I did another coat of red on top. That made the stripes look more subtle, and more intentional, somehow. Then I followed up with with my regular top coat of Seche Vite dry fast polish.

Here are the nail polishes I used:

Librarian for Life + Style | Polishes for candy stripe nails

Details:

  • Sally Hansen nail art pen in “Pearly White” {exact}
  • Seche Vite dry fast top coat {exact}
  • Revlon polish in “Frankly Scarlet” {similar polish, “Raven Red,” by same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

I honestly wasn’t sure how the nails would come out, but I ended up really enjoying the more subtle effect of the candy stripes.

And here’s a photo from my Instagram feed when I wore a red-and-white striped sweater. Candy stripes times two! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

You can see other holiday manicures I’ve done here, here, and here.

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Casual Friday Pride

I showcased this new tee in last month’s monthly budget post, and I wore it on a day in which I knew I would be attending an art gallery reception immediately after work. So this is another example of a “day-to-night” outfit for me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

I seriously got SO MANY compliments on this outfit from work colleagues, which I wasn’t expecting. Tacoma Pride!      

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

We took these photos at a little Japanese friendship garden. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile — I’m so glad it worked out this day!

I was also really pleased that I was finally able to get a good photo of these tuxedo-stripe jeans, so you could get a sense of how the black stripe looks against the dark denim, without me having to lighten the photo.

It was a happy accident that I happened to be wearing my “Rockstar” nail polish while wearing my Tacoma Pride tee. This nail polish is bright pink but includes all colors of the rainbow if you look close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure and cherry blossom lipstick closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and perfect

Where:  Casual Friday at the library and an art show reception after work

What:

  • Tee:  Tacoma Pride Festival, new
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Skinny jeans:  LOFT, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Rose earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Nail polish:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Lipstick:  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherry Blossom

Shop my outfit:

very similar classic black blazer  //  similar Pride tee  //  tuxedo-stripe jeans  //  exact lipstick  //  exact nail polish  //  similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + blazer outfit combo

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