Category Archives: pattern mixing

“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing WednesdayTop of the WorldThursdays Fashion FilesThursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp

Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from July — thanks in advance! 🙂

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago — you can tell because of my yellow toenail polish — but better late than never, right? This is an outfit I wore to work soon after I got my hair cut shorter in a pixie cut. I didn’t actually plan on taking pics of this outfit, but in the end, I figured it was another good example of how mixing small-scale patterns can work. (You can also see here how I mixed small-scale patterns, from earlier in the summer.)

The pattern on my sleeveless dress is a different take on polka dots that looks kind of like a basketweave print from afar, and my cardigan — a true VIP in my closet! — has a subtle pattern of little starbursts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing and t-strap sandals

Even though this dress and cardigan combo might seem a bit formal for summer work behind-the-scenes at the library, my strappy sandals helped ground the outfit for me and provide a casual edge to the overall look. But honestly, I primarily dress for myself, so I don’t mind dressing up a bit, even if it’s just behind the scenes! 🙂

We took these photos after work, and I had already taken off my sandals — like I said, I didn’t plan on taking pics, which I generally prefer to do in the mornings — so when Sam suggested we take pics, I decided to stay barefoot as we walked out to our backyard. I thought holding my sandals this time around looked kind of cute, and a little unexpected — and true-to-life in that moment! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals and yellow pedicure

And I have been enjoying the coconut shell jewelry set I bought earlier in the summer. I have found that I prefer to wear to wear the earrings and the necklace, seen here, separately. Together, the effect is a little much for me. I prefer choosing one statement piece of jewelry to wear, earrings or a necklace, but not two statement pieces at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Weather: Warm and sunny

Where:  Work

What:

  • Sleeveless dress:  Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Cardigan:  Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • T-strap sandals:  DV, old
  • Earrings:  Local artist at local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  brown print dress  //  wood teardrop earrings  //  similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown outfit collage

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing WednesdayTop of the WorldThursdays Fashion FilesThursday ModaFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp

What I wore to a local fashion show

A friend of mine had two VIP tickets to the 2017 Tacoma Cars & Couture Fashion Show, and I was able to tag along as her “plus one.” 😀 The show took place at LeMay – America’s Car Museum and showcased five couture designers from around the Pacific Northwest:

It was a fantastic show, and last week on my Facebook page, I put together a “Cars and Couture Fashion Show 2017” album of photos from the event, including my favorite designs from the show. So definitely browse that album, screenshot below, if you’d like to see some really cool looks from local designers — whose styles were all so different!

Librarian for Life + Style | Facebook album screenshot of Cars and Couture Fashion Show 2017

Below is a peek at the program from the show — plus my awesome yellow-and-black heels (4 inches!) and my peekaboo vintage book cover purse. My friend and I decided to put in an effort and bust out the heels for the show. We fit right in! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show, closeup of program

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show, closeup of killer heels

Below is a look at the whole outfit that I wore to the fashion show. I’ve worn my yellow-and-black heels with a cocktail dress, as seen here; with ankle pants, as seen here; and with black jeans, as seen here. This time, I decided to be a little bit different and pair them with my wide-leg black trousers. I knew we had front-row seats, so that when I sat down, my whole shoe would be visible. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

And if that top looks vaguely familiar, but also a little different, that’s because I decided to take the attached front ties on the blouse, as you can see here, and wrap them around my neck to let the ends hang down the back.

But of course, when I took a photo on the balcony off the museum’s main level — a view overlooking downtown Tacoma and the harbor — the scarf ends decided to photo-bomb me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show and close-up of my photo-bombing neck scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

We took these pics during the intermission — thanks, Christina, for taking photos! — when most of the crowd had retreated to either end, the lobby or the balcony, of the museum’s main level. But there were quite a few style bloggers and Instagrammers there, taking photos of their outfits in front of the cars. I was no exception! So instead of cropping this photo below, I decided to keep it wide so you could see some more of the photo-taking action. (I also looooooved the green-and-black hi-lo top the lady to my left is wearing. I would pair that top with skinny pants or jeans and use every excuse to walk around so the back hem would flare out.) The people-watching at the fashion show was almost as good as the couture itself!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a local "Cars and Couture" fashion show

Also, a funny story to share with y’all:  I had a nice chat with one of the show’s sponsors, who happened to be seated next to us. He was very nice (and very stylish), and remarked at one time that it was obvious that I was interested in fashion. He gestured toward my heels as proof, and I grinned in agreement. Toward the end of our chat, he asked what I did for a living. His face fell into TOTAL SHOCK when I revealed to him that I was a librarian. After he picked his jaw up off the floor, he was then delighted to learn that I had a style blog. I definitely felt like I was helping represent my profession in a positive way in that moment — and perhaps expand expectations of a librarian’s sense of style and love of fashion? 😀


Can’t get enough of fashion shows? You can also read about my first experience walking in a fashion show earlier this spring

Have you attended a fashion show before? What would, or did, you wear to a fashion show? Please leave a comment and share!


Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday#iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning HeadsStyle With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy WednesdayWhat I Wore WednesdayI Feel Pretty WednesdaysWeekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing WednesdayTop of the WorldThursdays Fashion FilesThursday ModaCelebrating StyleFashion FridayPassion for FashionFun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFriday FavoritesFancy FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp

Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

I’ve mentioned that I’ll be working in the library during the summer, which I’m very excited about, as I haven’t been able to do that in years. (My faculty contract is a standard 9-month one, so summer work is separate.) And… that means more work outfits for the blog over the summer!

This outfit is a good example of a “summer work casual” kind of look for me. It’s professional because of the ankle pants and wedges and cardigan, but it’s fun and colorful with the mix of prints and bright colors. A win-win in my book! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Below is a closeup of mixing geometric prints. I felt a little wary at first about mixing these prints, as I tend to combine a larger-scale print with a smaller-scale print to balance things out visually — but these are two smaller-scale prints mixed together. But I think it works because navy is a unifying color between the two prints — and the navy cardigan helps “rest” the eye between the two prints. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Plus, I got quite a few compliments on this outfit the first time I wore it, from students calling it “fun” and “cheerful.” I guess I’ve already worn down my colleagues with my pattern-mixing — they’re used to it by now! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing patterns + color closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

And this kind of comfy work outfit lends itself perfectly to being comfy while chilling out after work. (Yes, we took these photos after work. And yes, that’s me, Jen, with a gin. Or to be more specific, a gin-and-soda infused with cucumber elixir. Perfect for a light summer drink!)

Cheers, y’all!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Weather:  Sunny but not too warm

Where:  Work

What:

  • Print shell:  Thrifted, old
  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Print ankle pants:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein Sport via Macy’s, old
  • Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from husband, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar navy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves  //  similar print top  //  similar print ankle pants  //   //  similar silver circle earrings  //  very similar wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing geometric prints for a summer work casual outfit

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning Heads, Style With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Weekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing WednesdayTop of the WorldThursdays Fashion Files, Thursday ModaCelebrating StyleFashion FridayPassion for Fashion, Fun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFriday Favorites, Fancy Friday, Fine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp

Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print

We had recently planned a picnic lunch out in Wapato Park, in SE Tacoma, and on that day, I woke up energized. I declared, “I want to mix 3 patterns today!” and Sam responded, “Yes, go bold!” 😀

So I mixed bright pink stripes with black/navy gingham shorts and my new geometric-print canvas sneakers from Target. A perfect way to welcome summer, which officially begins tomorrow, June 21st (although technically in the wee hours tonight on the Pacific Coast, due to the time zones).

And by the way, I will be working during summer quarter, starting next week, which I haven’t been able to do for a few years. So you’ll be seeing a mix of casual and work casual outfits this summer, yay!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

The backdrop for this first set of photos is the center pagoda pavilion at the main entrance to Wapato Park. It’s pretty breathtaking, particularly with the trees and lake glittering behind it. And I love the curve to the pagoda, which made all kinds of interesting shapes and shadows in the noon-day sun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And with the angles and all the beams, it was fun to play around during our photo shoot. In the first photo below, I’m stretching out my arm, which makes it look like I’m helping to hold up the ceiling. And in the second photo below, I joked that I was like Samson and pushing aside the columns.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And lastly, (yet) another closeup of my geometric-print canvas sneakers. I LOVE THEM. And paired with this outfit, I love that the shoe’s pattern is kinda what it would look like if you melted together the pink stripes of my top together with the gingham pattern of my shorts. In my mind, this totally pulls together the two contrasting elements of my top and bottom together. Color-coordinating even while mixing prints! All part of the service, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And the two pics above are of a shadier spot we found on a bridge as we explored the various trails of Wapato Park.

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Weekend and picnic lunch at Wapato Park

What:

  • Striped tee:  Bealls, part of a birthday gift from my mom, old
  • Gingham shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, new

Shop my outfit:

similar pink striped tee  //  very similar black gingham bermuda shorts  //  exact geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + black gingham outfit collage

Linkups:  Hello MondayVisible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilikeShoe and TellConfident TwosdaysTurning Heads, Style With a SmileWho’s Wearing What WednesdaysTrendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Weekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing WednesdayTop of the WorldThursdays Fashion Files, Thursday ModaCelebrating StyleFashion FridayPassion for Fashion, Fun Fashion FridayFabulous FridayFriday Favorites, Fancy Friday, Flashback Fashion FridayFine-Whatever LinkupWeekend Wear Link Up#SaturdayShareLinkUp