Category Archives: pattern mixing

Library card catalog tee + tote for casual work combo

I always find it an interesting challenge to dress for campus professional development days. I’m not teaching, so I feel I can go more casual, but I’m also around colleagues, so I don’t want to go too casual.

So all that thinking led to the outfit below. It does veer more toward the casual end of the spectrum (the tee + tote bag + slip-on sneakers), but the two items that still keep it in the professional realm for me are the ankle pants (instead of jeans) and the cardigan. And I kept it fun with my bright pink lipstick 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I also feel motivated to wear library-themed clothing or accessories on campus professional development days, so I can help visually represent the library to other colleagues around the campus. (Not that I ever really need an excuse, hah! 😉 )

Luckily, I have accumulated several library-themed options in my closet, but the ones I chose for this outfit were my “NEVER FORGET” card catalog tee and my library card tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I’ve been wanting to take pics in front of this wall for awhile — the colors are so fun with the brightly colored bubbles and the fish-scale type siding. The colors in my outfit and in my shoes include many of the colors of the wall, which made me happy. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of library card tote bag + patterned slip-on sneakers
Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Weather:  Cooler with off-and-on sun

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy

A quick note to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation. Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’ [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

Inspiration:

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretation:

I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration. I layered my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my thrifted orange floral dress. The combo feels simple yet also bold, which is also how I described this illustration last week.
Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

I kept my jewelry low-key, with a black pearl pendant necklace, black metal hoops, and bright yellow flower earring studs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Below is a closeup of the gingham print against the floral. This pattern-mixing worked so well! I think one reason this pattern-mixing duo works is because the gingham print is very small-scale (which looks kind of grey from a distance) while the floral print is very large-scale; therefore, the gingham doesn’t overpower the floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk duty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow night, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, June 6th.

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

Today’s post is all about feeling comfortable, casual, and cute. This is something I wore on a past weekend, but dressing casual doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with a little pattern-mixing. Not in my world, at least. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Also, my library-themed tote bag adds one more pattern to add to the mix! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

The backdrop for these photos is the Tacoma Public School District administrative building. I liked all the brick, including these muted brick mosaics along the staircase, as you can see in the photos below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Weather:  Chilly but with some sun

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

It feels like perfect timing to showcase a red, white + blue outfit as we head into Memorial Day weekend.

I have pinned several outfits similar to this red, white + blue stripes + polka dots combo, like this recent outfit of Victoria Beckham’s, or this casual outfit worn by Duchess Kate last year, or this stripes + scarf outfit from Sarah’s Real Life. Classic is as classic does, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

And y’all know I had no problem color-coordinating my (red) lipstick and (blue) earrings to my outfit, right? 😉

Also, this square scarf just keeps on truckin’ — it’s a scarf that I’ve literally had my entire life. I used to dress my dolls up in this scarf. Love comes in all forms, including scarves. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library behind the scenes (no meetings or teaching), so I could go more casual

What:

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Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

I am pattern-mixing AND remixing today with one of my favorite color combos, navy + green.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

If you are seeing this outfit and thinking, “Haven’t I seen this outfit on the blog before?,” I would not blame you. I haven’t worn this exact combo before on the blog — colorblock cardigan + striped tank + polka-dotted skirt — but I have remixed two out of the three pieces together in different ways before, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of cardigan + tank + skirt

Links to original posts:
top left, cardigan + skirt (2014)  //  top middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  top right, tank + skirt (2013)
bottom left, tank + skirt (2013)  //  bottom middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  bottom right, cardigan + tank + skirt (2018, ths post)

Remixing = real life.
Always.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Admittedly, I hadn’t worn this polka-dotted skirt in awhile, but it did amuse me how many of my colleagues in the library first complimented me on my dress. It was extra fun to see their jaws drop when I told them it was actually a tank top and a skirt. I do appreciate that my colleagues have gotten used to seeing me pattern-mix, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

It was still quite chilly that day — we “joke” up here in the PNW that it doesn’t really warm up until after Fourth of July — which is why you’re seeing a peek of my coat in the pic below.

I went for bronze accessories, my Mary Jane heels and my topaz drop earrings, because of the bronze buttons on my cardigan. I love my thrifted Mary Jane heels deeply, and one of the (many) things I love about them is how the perforations on the toe make a heart shape. ♥♥♥ Click the photo below for a closeup.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze Mary Jane heels + navy tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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