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DIY Halloween costume | Bob Ross

Happy Halloween! This is my sixth (!) year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Six years of no-cost costumes! And yes, I wear my costumes to work, so although we took photos this past weekend, this is what I am wearing today to the library. 😀

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween costume memory lane:

A bit about Bob Ross:

This year, I dressed up as Bob Ross (1942-1995), the host of the long-running PBS series “The Joy of Painting” from 1983-1994. I have extremely fond memories of Bob Ross’s soft-spoken, calming demeanor and “happy little” phrases. In today’s extremely stressful and increasingly divisive and violent world, a bit of joy and calm feels in order.

"The Joy of Painting" title cartoon

“The Joy of Painting” title cartoon

You can watch more “The Joy of Painting” episodes on the Bob Ross YouTube channel, and you read more about Bob Ross’s very interesting life (he was an Air Force sergeant for 20 years!) here.

A happy little costume:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

My Bob Ross no-cost costume:

My Bob Ross-inspired ensemble was super simple to put together, and it consisted of:

  • a curly wig we had purchased years ago for another costume
  • one of my husband’s button-front shirts (one with pearl snap buttons!)
  • my own corduroy flared jeans
  • my husband’s tan-and-brown rope belt
  • brown sneakers
  • Bob Ross “happy clouds” novelty socks! (For Christmas last year, I bought Bob Ross-themed socks for both me and my husband. You can check out Sam’s “happy tree” socks here in this SIA round-up post.)

I filled in my brows so they were a little darker as well as more straight across and a bit thicker. I also noticed that Bob Ross tended to smile with only his upper teeth showing, so that’s what I did, too, during our photo shoot.

I never worry about exact recreations, so I didn’t bother about adding a fake beard or mustache, and of course, I wear glasses although Bob Ross did not. The wig is darker than Bob Ross’s own hair, but I think the overall effect is pretty good. I will also add a “Bob Ross” name tag when I’m at work. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross socks

My props:

This past summer during our outing to the Sumner Rhubarb Fest, I couldn’t resist picking up a Bob Ross bobbblehead at a local bookstore — so this costume was meant to be! The “Bob”blehead also came with a little booklet of paintings by the man himself.

I then added these additional props:

  • a stuffed squirrel to stand in for Bob Ross’s squirrel named “Peapod” (it’s actually a cat toy that I borrowed!)
  • a few paintbrushes in different sizes
  • a palette I made from scrap material that I then added acrylic paint on top of
  • a metal stool/table we use as a base whenever we’re painting/staining — I thought its paint stains added authenticity to our photo session! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Here I am with pet squirrel “Peapod” who guest-starred on a few “The Joy of Painting” episodes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume props

Enjoying my paintings:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

Getting a kick out of my likeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume prop

And last but not least… outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob Ross Halloween costume outtakes

Do you fondly remember Bob Ross and his “The Joy of Painting” show? What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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Birthday outtakes + bloopers 2018

Happy birthday to me!

It’s become a tradition for me to celebrate my birthday on the blog with a bloopers and outtakes post. (I also celebrate the New Year and my blog anniversary in April with outtakes.) I also have added a couple of outtakes of my husband Sam — these are an additional birthday gift to myself. 😉

Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

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SIA interpretation 2: Monkey lithograph

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

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Cute ‘n’ casual | Chambray with a floral scarf + animal print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

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

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outtakes

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SIA round-up: Memorial Day poppy

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

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Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

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Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

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SIA interpretation: Hindu painting

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outtakes

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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

For more birthday bloopers and goofiness and all-around awkwardness, have fun visiting birthday outtakes post from prior years:


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6th blog anniversary | Outtakes

Quick reminder that the favorite outfit poll is up for March — thanks in advance!


Happy 6th blog anniversary to me! Hard to believe it’s been six years since I started this style blog. And it’s become tradition for me to highlight outtakes + bloopers on my blog anniversary (I also do special outtakes posts for my birthday in August and for New Year’s), so here are 6 special sets of outtakes. ‘Cause it’s good not to take yourself too seriously. 😀 Enjoy my awkwardness and goofy side shining through!


This is what happens when the elements (gusts of wind, flowers, branches, etc.) work against me! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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SIA interpretation: Dido Belle portrait


This is what happens when I see someone I know in the middle of taking pictures!

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscar outtake

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What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap


This is what happens when I do a little awkward dance in the middle of taking photos. (And one major reason why Sam just keeps taking photos, no matter what.) Seriously, it’s a minor miracle that we get any photos that I can actually use for outfit posts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 2


This is what happens when I stretch one leg out. Twice. (Why?!?) I am just naturally awkward, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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Teal coat + all black outfit + new earrings


This is what happens when I stretch my arms and legs and laugh at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

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SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker


And last, but not least, this is what happens when I take photos of Sam. What’s good for the goose… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker


Can’t get enough outtakes and bloopers? No worries, there are many more outtakes posts to enjoy!


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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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Outtakes for a new year, 2018

Happy 2018! Please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for December, if you have a minute. Thanks in advance!

It’s become a tradition for me to post outtakes to ring in the new year. Also see last year’s New Year’s outtakes, here for New Year’s outtakes for 2016 and here for 2015’s batch of New Year’s outtakes. I did 16 outfit outtakes for 2016, 17 outfit outtakes for 2017, and now 18 outfit outtakes for 2018! 😀

You may explore the original posts, linked below each outtake photo or collage. Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post: SIA interpretation: Roots

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage

Original post:  Follow your heart times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Starry silhouette

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Library mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postTobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postRoyal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postBurgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postSIA interpretation: Black Cat

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collage for Sam

Original postSam’s style | Burberry tie + overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postSIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postDusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake collageOriginal postAs country as I get, y’all

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postCasual Friday Pride

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postSIA interpretation: Flowering tree

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postClassic + quirky | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postCasually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postCat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Original postSo nice I wore it twice | Red jeans + grey tee


Any favorites? Please leave a comment and let me know! 😉

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