Category Archives: retrospectives

Sequined tank + ankle pants dressy casual remix

The transition time between summer and fall can be a magical time in the Pacific Northwest, as temps tend to hover in the 70s, with a combination of sunshine and cooler breezes. It was such an “Indian summer” type of day that Sam and I decided to enjoy happy hour for an impromptu and low-key date night. I was already wearing my navy ankle pants + pewter t-strap sandals for a prep day at work (before the fall quarter officially begins next week!), so I just traded in my top for a sequined tank, and I was ready to go!

I’ve gone for this “dressy casual” combo before:  a sequined tank + ankle pants + sparkly/metallic sandals. Here’s a version of that combo I wore back in 2015, compared with my recent date night outfit. Same outfit foundation and types of garments, but different versions. Still works!

Then vs. Now:

short bob // short pixie
white & silver sequined tank // grey & silver sequined tank
black ankle pants // navy ankle pants
black t-strap sparkly sandals // pewter t-strap metallic sandals
brightly colored clutch // silver sequined clutch

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of sequined tank + ankle pants combo

Link to original 2015 post:  The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

If you’re wondering if this tank top is new — it isn’t! I thrifted this awhile ago at my favorite resale shop in Portland, as seen in this monthly round-up post from January 2016 — I scored this tank for only $6! But I do believe it’s the first time it’s been featured on the blog in an actual outfit post. Never too late, eh? 😉

The sequins are in subtle stripes, with a strip of matte sequins in-between strips of shinier sequins. It’s kind of a subtle effect in pics, but it is way more sparkly in person. I also like that the sequins don’t go all the way around — the back is a soft grey, as you can see in the pic above. The tank is more flowy because of this, and it’s more practical since I don’t have to worry about the sequins rubbing against the backs of things when I sit down. Win-win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Spiky hair + sequined tank closeup

I used hair paste to fluff up the front part of my pixie a bit, as you can see in the closeup above. I kept my accessories simple and silver, including simple silver bar earrings and a silver sequined clutch. With an all-neutral outfit of grey, silver, and navy, I brought in a pop of color via my darker lipstick.

The mural backdrop is on the side of a local arts center in the Hilltop region of Tacoma, on the east side. I love the dynamic, 3D Greek key design of this mural!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Weather:  Low 70s and perfect

Where:  Happy hour cocktails for a low-key date night

What:

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Shop my outfit:

sequined tank top  //  very similar navy ankle pants  //  exact lipstick  //  similar metallic t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank top + ankle pants outfit collage

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Favorite outfit of August 2017

Time for a look back at my outfits in August and vote for your favorite!

My most popular outfit this month, in terms of total views was #6, the outfit that caused my husband to exclaim, “You look like summer!” I had two main favorites — #2 and #8, two very different looks — but I ultimately went with #2, as the white lace + cargo vest combo is one I’ve been wanting to wear for quite awhile now. I felt pretty and special wearing this outfit, and the neutral accessories really brought the whole look together for me. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of August? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | August 2017 outfits

Top row:  1  //  2
Second row:  3  //  4  //  5  //  6
Third row:  7  //  8  //  9  //  10
Bottom row:  11  //  12  //  13


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Favorite outfit of July 2017

Time for a look back at my outfits in July and vote for your favorite!

My most popular outfit this month, in terms of total views was #10, the first of my Audrey Hepburn style inspiration posts. Choosing my own favorite was reallllllly hard, so hard that I couldn’t choose just one! Instead, I chose both ways I wore my newly thrifted Phillip Lim for Target shirtdress as my favorites, outfits #1 and #9. I rewore both outfit variations this past month, which is always one hallmark of a personal fave.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of July? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | July 2017 outfits

Top row:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5
Middle row:  6  //  7  //  8  //  9
Bottom row:  10  //  11  //  12  //  13

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Anniversary selfies

It’s our anniversary, y’all! We are celebrating today 16 years of marriage and 20 1/2 years together… and counting! For previous anniversary posts, I’ve highlighted my wedding dress and our engagement photos.

This year, I’m highlighting a collection of selfies we’ve taken over the years. Since my sweetie Sam is the one who takes a majority of the photos on this blog — he’s as much a part of the style blog as I am! — this felt like an appropriate way to celebrate our anniversary on the blog.

Side note:  Is there an official term for a “couples selfie”? Is the term “usie” a thing?

Commence cuteness overload!

Around town..

Librarian for Life + Style | Selfie alert

Portland, OR, May 2012

Librarian for Life + Style | Anniversary floral

Chinese Garden, Portland, OR, Aug. 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | Selfie in front of the Venetian Wall, along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Tacoma Museum of Glass bridge, Tacoma, WA, 2016

On the water…

Librarian for Life + Style | Selfie on the waterfront

Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Thailand trip, Fall 2010

Phuket beach, Thailand, 2010

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2014

Librarian for Life & Style | PEI, Summer 2006

Prince Edward Island waterway, Canada, 2006

With animals…

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat selfie

Portland Art Museum, OR, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Just a selfie... with a huge rubber ducky!

Tacoma waterfront, WA, 2017

On the train…

Librarian for Life + Style | Visiting Vancouver, BC

On Amtrak to Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | Amsterdam trip, Spring 2010

On the train to Hoorn, The Netherlands, 2010

On holiday…

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel flashback: Scotland, Spring 2008

Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008

Librarian for Life + Style | Vienna trip, Winter 2009

Vienna, Austria, 2009

Librarian for Life + Style | Amsterdam trip, Spring 2010

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010

Librarian for Life + Style | Holiday card behind-the-scenes selfie

Holiday card selfie, Portland, OR, 2014

Wearing cute shoes…

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoes selfie

Gig Harbor, WA, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | His and hers, shoe closeups

Downtown Tacoma, WA, 2017

Wearing cute hats…

Librarian for Life + Style | Garden party selfie

Gresham, OR, 2015

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing our fedoras at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, WA, 2016

Yep, we’re fedora-ble! 😀 ♥ 😀 ♥ 😀

Six-month retrospective of monthly favorites in 2017

Each month, I do a monthly retrospective post with a reader poll to choose your own favorite outfit from the month. It’s already more than halfway through 2017, so I thought a six-month retrospective was in store. (I’ve also taken time to do a 6-month favorites reflection post in 2015 and in 2016.)

This year, I’m going to start with the most recent month, June, and go backwards to the start of the year.

June 2017 favorites:

Wow, four different faves last month! What I love most is that they are four different prints:  diamond clusters, stripes, palm leaves, and a floral paisley.

Librarian for Life + Style | June 2017 faves

most viewed  //  Jen’s fave  //  poll winner  //  Sam’s fave

May 2017 favorites:

Everything’s coming up rose-colored! Shades of pink or purple are in every winning outfit, even though each outfit is so different. My personal fave matched up with the poll winner, yay! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | May 2017 faves

most viewed  //  Jen’s fave + poll winner  //  Sam’s fave

April 2017 favorites:

It’s rare that Sam and I choose a mutual monthly fave! Very different color palettes in the faves this month, but all were skirts or dresses.

Librarian for Life + Style | April 2017 faves

most viewed  //  Jen’s fave + Sam’s fave  //  poll winner

March 2017 favorites:

Allllllllmost a clean sweep for my wrap dress worn as a long cardigan. I was actually very surprised that my yellow-and-black SIA outfit sneaked in there!

Librarian for Life + Style | March 2017 faves

most viewed + Jen’s fave + poll winner (tie) + Sam’s fave  //  poll winner (tie)

February 2017 favorites:

I like that Sam and I split the faves, with mine matching up with the most viewed, and Sam’s matching up with the poll winner. I also noted how two different patterned circle skirts won the month, full stop. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | February 2017 faves

most viewed + Jen’s fave  //  poll winner + Sam’s fave

January 2017 favorites:

I noted a touch of cognac in the three different faves to start off 2017. I was jazzed that my own personal fave once again matched the poll winner. And Sam’s favorite was summed up in one phrase:  “Snow bunny!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | January 2017 faves

most viewed  //  Jen’s fave + poll winner  //  Sam’s fave


Any of your personal favorites here? Please leave a comment and let me know!


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