Category Archives: outerwear

Sam’s style, new cardigan + thrifted button-front

I’ve written a lot about cardigans before, like in this “Cardigan collective” post, as cardigans are wardrobe staples for librarians (it’s often very cold in libraries to help preserve the collection, so we librarians gotta layer!). My husband, being an educator himself, also loves cardigans — but it’s harder to find in men’s stores nice cardigans that aren’t really thick or bulky. Has anyone else encountered this?

So it was my mission to find a reliable line of cardigans for Sam, which have turned out to be the thinner merino wool cardigans at J.Crew Factory. Over the last couple of years, he has accumulated J.Crew Factory cardigans in basic neutrals of black, light grey (seen here) and dark grey (seen here). And now there’s a new addition to his J.Crew Factory cardigan collection — a “heather garnet” (and still available online!). It looks like a darker burgundy online, but it’s brighter in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front closeup

I really love that you can see the heather pattern in this cardigan when you look up close. And it pairs really well with a plaid button-front shirt he thrifted in town last year. The plaid is a dark grey and white with bits of this exact garnet color running through it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

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Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Today’s outfit was so comfortable that I wore it twice, the first time on a casual Friday at work and the second time the next day for a morning of errands.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

And now for a look at my outfit proper. The base outfit is super simple and monochromatic, just a navy sweater +  navy cords + sneakers. The accessories, the brown cloche and my recently thrifted silk scarf, add special touches. You don’t have to be dressed fancy to look put-together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf closeup

The backdrop is the side of a building with a series of arches — a convenient and picturesque spot to take photos out of the rain (even if the lighting is uneven).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Weather:  Rainy and cold

Where:  Casual work day + running errands on the weekend

What:

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Bohemian snow bunny in pink + burgundy

The title of this blog post, the bit about the “snow bunny” comes from my husband, who refers to this Bohemian coat as my “snow bunny” coat. So I’ve combined both our names for this coat, into my “Bohemian snow bunny” coat. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Snow bunny in pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Snow bunny in pink + burgundy + chambray

I’ve worn this fabulous coat, with its lambswool trim and hood, with neutral colors before — as seen here and here — so this time, I wanted to try something new. I thought the pink parts of the embroidery would pair well with my pink skinny jeans and burgundy ankle boots. A chambray button-front provided a neutral base for everything mixed together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Embroidery closeup on bohemian coat

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

The backdrop for the photos above is a memorial sculpture commemorating the Nihongo Gakko Japanese Language School, located on the Univ. of Washington-Tacoma campus, along the Prairie Line Trail.

I wore this outfit on a “day date” that Sam and I enjoyed while on winter break. That day, we decided to revisit the Museum of Glass. The photo collages below are ones that Sam took while we were looking at exhibits (the top collage) and along the Glass Walk on the way out of the museum (the bottom collage). I loved the spontaneity that Sam captured in these informal and impromptu photos — and you can see this “Bohemian snow bunny” coat in action! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from Museum of Glass visit

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from Museum of Glass visit

Weather:  Cold but clear

Where:  Day date at the Museum of Glass

What:

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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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Burgundy + grey + animal print, winter style inspiration

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit that I pinned from Lands’ End. The moment I saw the outfit online, I was reminded of similar items already in my closet, including a burgundy coat, grey dress, cognac tall boots, and leopard accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I never worry about exact interpretations, so it didn’t bother me in the least that my burgundy coat is longer or that I substituted the leopard tote bag in the inspiration photo for a leopard print scarf instead.

I added extra tweaks of my own, of course, including adding grey patterned boot socks and my new tote bag in multiple neutral shades.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

The background in these photos is the side of a local public library branch, and I thought the light orange color would set off my winter layers. And of course, a dark burgundy lip color coordinated well with my overcoat! I do love me some color-coordination! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + grey + leopard, winter style inspiration

Weather: Chilly but sunny

Where:  Work at the library

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