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Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

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Remixing + pattern-mixing | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

I’ve worn my patterned wrap dress in different ways before, including as a long cardigan, and I keep trying to think of new ways to wear it. Today, I layered the wrap dress (which I thrifted years ago) over another dress — and pattern-mixed at the same time!

Today’s outfit is basically a mash-up of these two dresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown print dresses collage

Links to original posts:
Left (2012 post)  //  Right (2014 post)

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Below is a closer look at how the two patterns look up close. The wrap dress has a graphic pattern, which I’ve likened to the “Good ‘n’ Plenty” candy, as seen in this post, while the dress underneath has a polka dot pattern. They’re both pretty small-scale patterns, which shouldn’t work together, but somehow, it does — at least to me.

I also really enjoyed figuring out which accessories to pair with the dresses. I thought bronze jewelry would look nice, as well as my wooden jewelry pieces — two textures that are combined in this bronze + wood bracelet. Bronze and brown tones are also in my wide belt, and I added more wood-type textures in my stud earrings (made out of petrified wood), and my coconut shell necklace (which I tied up in the back so it would be more like a choker with a hanging pendant).

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup, layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

One of my library co-workers complimented me on my dress. I cheekily responded, “Which one?!” 😀

And if you’re wondering what happened to the ends of the wrap dress, they’re hidden underneath the wide belt! It looked a little lumpy, but I didn’t mind it.

I also really liked how the wrap dress is longer than the dress it’s layered over — the end result looked more intentional, somehow. And the collar on the wrap dress layered well over the v-neck of the dress underneath. It’s an outfit that shouldn’t work, in theory, but totally does in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

And finally, photos of the outerwear I wore with the dress. Sam looooooved that I wore the brown cloche with the outfit, and with the bell-shaped coat, Sam said, “You look like you could go back to the 1920s with this outfit.” I think you can tell that I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, including the outerwear! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Weather:  Cold and on-and-off rainy

Where:  Work day that included reference shifts

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Remixing teal + tweed

I have definitely been enjoying remixing my new teal overcoat. And although this outfit is a bit old, it’s still chilly up here in the PNW!

I haven’t worn this tweed, pleated pencil skirt in quite a while — the last time it was featured on the blog was in 2013 (whaaaaa?!). I actually wasn’t sure it would still fit me (I’ve gained a few pounds the past couple of years), but it does! I do have to admit, however, that the skirt does fit tighter and sits higher on my waist now, but I’m glad to still be able to get some use out of this classic design.

I also liked how you still got a peek at the skirt pleats underneath my teal overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

And below is a look at my outfit underneath the overcoat.

A note about my accessories. Last year, when I shared my necklace extender trick (courtesy of my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks), a reader shared a comment about how to turn a charm bracelet into a necklace by attaching it to a plain chain. So I took my mom’s silver charm bracelet and turned it into a necklace!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my silver bracelet-necklace and cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Weather: Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching

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SIA interpretation: Primavera

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen this round by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose an amazing sculpture she saw during her recent trip to Cuba. The sculpture is entitled “Primavera” (which translates to “Spring” in English) by Cuban sculptor Rafael San Juan. Installed for Havana’s 12th Biennial of Arts, it depicts the bust of a woman with a crown of butterflies on her head, and the artwork is intended as a tribute to the spirit of Cuban women. You can see more photos and learn more about the sculpture from this article and this interview with the sculptor. Below is a photo of the sculpture that Salazar took on her travels.

Photograph of "Primavera" (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

Photograph of “Primavera” (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

My inspiration outfit started with bronze, to bring in the color and texture from the sculpture itself. I have on bronze hoop earrings, bronze heels, and wide-leg brown trousers with bronze-y threads woven throughout the textile. I then pulled together the green (walls) and blue (sky) tones from the photograph. No butterflies for me, but the graphic print on my blouse felt like it captured the fluid nature and curves of the sculpture. The backdrop I chose of the fence and stone also added industrial materials and textures that the sculpture incorporates.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoops and lapiz lazuli earrings

I paired my bronze hoops with my lapis lazuli stud earrings, in order to connect to my bronze heels and the bits of blue in my patterned blouse — and to juxtapose more textures together.

I almost prefer my outfit with the outerwear, as seen below. The cloche and the coat give the outfit a bit of a retro flair, and my bronze hoops pair nicely with the cloche hat. The scarf is the one my mom gifted me years ago; the other side features the names of book genres, as seen here in this post. This side, the striped back side of the scarf, is also pretty cool. I also added photos of my inspiration outfit with the outerwear because I am combining hard and soft lines together — the cloche has a rounded shape, while the overcoat (and trousers, too, for that matter) have harder lines and angles.

Side note about patterning… with the outerwear, I am technically mixing four different patterns — tattersall (overcoat), stripes (scarf), geometric print (blouse), and tweed print (trousers) — yet nothing is clashing or overwhelming. All the patterns and color tones are working harmoniously together. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library, including a reference shift

What:

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Remixing brown + green + bronze

I do love remixing brown + green + bronze together. Here’s a quick round-up of ways I’ve mixed these colors together, including this most recent outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing brown + green + bronze collage

left outfit (2014)  //  middle outfit (2015)  //  right outfit (2018)

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Teal coat + all black outfit + new earrings

I have been LOVING my new teal overcoat, especially when paired with black. Today’s outfit is pretty basic and simple, punched up with the bright color of the coat and the chevron pattern on the scarf.

Below, the full outfit with the coat on.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

And now a look at the outfit underneath. Black flats, leggings, a-line skirt, and cardigan — super basic and super comfortable.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

The accessories, the chevron scarf and the rosette earrings, are both gifts from my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie — you most recently saw Stephanie here in this SIA round-up post! The earrings are from Rose Pedals Jewelry, made from recycled rubber and inner tubes — how cool is that?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit from the back

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit closeup + view of Tacoma

The backdrop is one seen on the top level of the Tacoma Dome parking garage. I’m glad we got another batch of photos here, as the parking structure is about to undergo a year (at least) of construction.

And below, a special series of outtakes from our quick photoshoot. It was a (rare!) sunny winter day, so Sam had fun playing with shadows, including his own! The photos below were taken in sequence, starting with my wave at Sam, his wave back, and then my blowing him kisses. After 21+ years together, we still crack each other up! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit outtake

Weather:  Sunny but very chilly

Where:  Brunch on the weekend, and then to work the next week

What:

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