Category Archives: spring outfits

Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Mea culpa, I completely forgot I had taken pics of this outfit from this past spring… so if you’re wondering why our lilac shrub is blooming out of season, that’s why!

But the outfit itself still works for summer, right? It’s bright and cheerful, and it was warm enough that day for bare legs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

I went with silver jewelry to coordinate with my pewter strappy wedge sandals. And yes, my nails and lipstick are dark pink, which coordinate with the darker pink bits on my skirt’s floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

I just love this floral print skirt with its scalloped edges. It’s such a special piece — and one that I spent considerable time hemming! I don’t wear it that often, because I feel the print really only fits the spring and summer seasons, but it’s the kind of piece that I always feel good wearing when I do get the chance to bring it out.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + bright pink, flowers + scallops

Weather:  Warm spring day

Where:  Casual work day at the library

What:

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Work day to date night | Sequin tank + colored jeans

I have worn two slight variations of this outfit lately, so I figured it’s time to feature it on the blog! I figure, why NOT do sequins to brighten up one’s work day — and it’s a great way to go from work day to date night! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

After I took pics, I realized this outfit is quite similar to a casual holiday party outfit I wore years ago. Both outfits are a combo of a grey cardigan + silver sequin tank top + red pants + pewter flats + silver jewelry. It’s the same grey cardigan in both outfits, but there ARE differences:

  • different sequin tank tops (this grey-and-silver tank top feels more casual with its monochromatic stripes)
  • different red bottoms (this time red jeans instead of red ankle pants)
  • different pewter flats
  • different short hairdo (I had the “wet look” in the earlier post)
  • different jewelry (silver bar earrings instead of sparkly hoops in the earlier post)

But even with all those (admittedly subtle) differences, it’s obvious that I like what I like, and I stick with what I like and what works for me. I’m ok with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

And a note about my favorite red lipstick, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick in “Refined Ruby” — they’ve apparently discontinued that specific shade of red! They’re still selling the Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick line — I also have the same lipstick in “Everlasting Plum,” last seen here, and it really does last, y’all! — so I hustled down to my local Walgreens and stocked up on my very favorite red lipstick.

After I stocked up, I felt like this:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Weather:  Chilly but with bits of sun

Where:  Teaching day with meetings

What:

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Library-themed outfit for a library-themed presentation

Another day, another opportunity to wear library-themed clothing! I wore this outfit on a day that I gave a library-themed presentation, so I had to represent. 😉

Also, a quick note that today is the last day of spring quarter and academic year for my college. But I will be working during summer quarter, so you will be seeing more casual work outfits throughout the summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

I am wearing FOUR different library-themed items, but the outfit as a while doesn’t come off as gimmicky — at least not to me. And it gave me so much joy to know about all the library-themed details I added to this outfit (even if no one else noticed), including:

  • library due date stamp tee
  • book-print skirt
  • library card tote bag
  • “Library Lovers” pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Library Lovers" pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

My denim jacket served as my outerwear, but I also wanted to show how the outfit looked without the jacket. You can see better how I incorporated grey tones throughout the outfit, with the softer grey in the tee, a darker grey in the patent leather skinny belt, and pewter in the flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day and library-themed presentation

What:

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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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What’s in my (weekender) bag? | Packing for a weekend trip

I’ve done a couple of “What’s in my bag?” kind of posts, including my original handbag post and a more recent evening bag post. When my mom sent me a weekender bag — in time for me to try it out for a Memorial Day weekend visit to my friend Stephanie in Portland! — I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pack for a weekend visit.

Weekender bag

First up, closeups of the weekender bag my mom recently gifted me. It’s striped and on wheels, with a collapsible handle. It also has a zippered bit on the bottom to expand the bag if needed. There are also pockets lining both sides of the bag’s interior.

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote, top view

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote bag side view

Librarian for Life + Style | Interior pockets of the weekender tote

What I packed in my weekender bag

Below is what went into my weekender bag. I like to roll up undergarments inside each outfit, so every outfit is bundled together. Then I just stack the bundles up in my bag or suitcase, and everything is nice and tidy. There are lots of different ways to pack — and I looooooove reading all about different packing tips! — but I have found that this way works for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

Details:

  1. Outfit for the trip back (floral shirtdress + black leggings, exact outfit previously seen here)
  2. Black sandals
  3. Metallic sandals
  4. Bronze shawl (to layer when cold, particularly on the train)
  5. Toiletries bag
  6. Pajamas
  7. Optional casual outfit (black & white striped tee + red shorts, to wear with black sandals — I didn’t end up wearing this outfit, but I always like to have an extra outfit on hand, just in case)
  8. Casual outfit (grey tee + tan shorts, to wear with metallic sandals)
  9. Travel pillow for my back or neck

And below is how everything fit into the bag, with room to spare:

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

My traveling outfit

Below are details of my traveling outfit, which I wore on the train down to Portland. I wore a grey scoop-neck tunic that my mom also recently sent me, and it’s so soft and comfy — perfect for traveling! I layered the tunic over leggings and my metallic sandals. A fabric belt helped give some shape to the tunic (which is a bit oversized on me) but didn’t feel restrictive.

Below is also a closeup of my accessories. When I travel, I don’t like to wear any jewelry except for one pair of earrings that go with every outfit. These topaz drop earrings are one of my go-to choices when traveling, because they’re so light, and the color is a nice neutral.

When I came downstairs, Sam remarked that it was a perfect traveling outfit, because, as he put it, “It’s cute and pulled together for traveling, and it looks comfy — but when you take the belt off, you’re ready to lounge!” Yep. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit closeup

On the day of travel

And finally, a couple of pics snapped on the day that I travelled down to Portland by train on Memorial Day weekend. (Mom, I knew you’d especially like to see how I’m wearing the items you’ve gifted me — thank you for knowing my style! Love you, Mom ♥ )

And yes, my black + tan + white purse also coordinated with every outfit that I packed. Because OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender bag and purse

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit and weekender bag

What do you include in a weekender bag? Please share!


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