Category Archives: work outfits

Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” 😉

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! 😉 ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13 hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse:  Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself):  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be a compliment, of course. As I would, too. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note:  I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee:  Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings:  Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share 🙂


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Black floral tunic remix

Another day, another remix… this time, I am remixing my black floral tunic that I thrifted years ago. Here are different ways I’ve worn this tunic:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black floral tunic collage

left, “Tunic + leggings”  //  middle, “Rosebuds in bloom

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

This tunic is one I keep out year-round, as it works for every season. Its fabric is light enough to wear in spring and summer, along with its floral motif. And its darker colors make it appropriate for fall and winter seasons. I thrifted this tunic years ago at my favorite local resale boutique in Portland, Here We Go Again.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Comfort is the first rule of my personal style, and this outfit is super comfortable. After all, it’s a tunic, leggings, and flat boots! It’s like a work version of pyjamas, as far as I’m concerned. Yet it still looks appropriate enough for work — at least, appropriate for where I work.

And of course I enjoyed color-coordinating my accessories by going for burgundy statement earrings and my darker red leather tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Weather:  A cool spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Tunic:  White House Black Market, thrifted, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  MOSS Handmade, Christmas gift from Sam, old
  • Tote bag:  Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black floral tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black riding boots  //  crochet earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic outfit collage

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Never forget | Library tee remix

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of April — thanks in advance!

I wore this outfit twice, once for a book reading at a local library, and then a slight variation for the next work day. And I wore some of my library-themed gear, because OF COURSE. This card catalog tee is one that my husband picked up me for years ago at a writer’s conference, and it still elicits chuckles from people who see it — and not just from librarians! 🙂

Here are a few ways I’ve worn this tee over the years on the blog. Interesting to note that I obviously prefer pairing this tee with blazers + jeans! Uh, at least the blazers are of different colors? Yeah, let’s go with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my library card catalog tee collage

left, 2014  //  middle, 2015  //  right, 2017

This go-round, I paired the tee with black skinny jeans and a taupe blazer and patent leather wedges. Everything neutral except for the pop of turquoise in the tee and the pop of yellow in the library card clutch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed tee and clutch

NEVER FORGET. And many people like to share their personal (and usually fond) memories of using old library card catalogs. I join in those reminiscences, as I remember helping my mom convert from the old library card catalog to a computerized system!

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

The backdrop is the Charlotte Mottet branch of the Tacoma Public Library system, one of the smaller branches in the system. But it’s in a very sweet, renovated brick building that’s had two additions on each side of the original central section. The entrance is my favorite part, with the iron scroll work and the brick design around the round doorway.

Mottet branch library, Tacoma Public Library system

It started raining when we were taking pics, so we took the opportunity to take some photos under some trees, beside a lamp post. So it’s raining, there’s a lamp post… can y’all guess what I started doing???

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Sam guessed right away:  “Are you doing the scene from Singin’ in the Rain?!”

My response? “Yessssssssssss.” 😀 😀 😀

#MovieMusicalFan #LibrarianNerd #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Weather:  Off and on rainy and chilly, on and on and on and on

Where:  To a book reading on my day off

What:

  • Library tee:  Unshelved via a writer’s conference, gift from Sam, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year {but still available!}
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit

very similar beige blazer  //  blue librarian-themed tee  //  exact skinny jeans  //  library card tote bag  //  similar taupe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Flowering tree

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of growARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. If you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Flowering tree SIA inspiration collage

The starting point was, of course, the cherry blossom tree as the backdrop. I had seen this tree blooming at the end of the East 34th Street Bridge, and it totally echoes this week’s SIA inspiration artwork. Perfect timing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

This cat tee says, “Te quiero mucho” (which means “I love you a lot” in Spanish), but the rounded font makes it look more like, “Le quiero.” I layered the tee over my black knit dress, in order to be more streamlined around the waist.

I kind of love that when I pulled the tee tight and looped the excess fabric into a knot, the design’s pink border trim morphed into a heart-like shape! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

And yes, it’s still been cold enough for tights. (Sigh.) But it worked out well for this SIA challenge, as my black tights and black skirt help to “ground” the look, like the trunk of the tree in the inspiration painting. 😉

The photo below might just be my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s the color combination of the light green of the budding trees in the background, along with the soft pink of the cherry blossom buds in the foreground. It feels like a Japanese-esque type composition, no?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

A fit-and-flare dress and twirling? But OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Gloriously sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Cat tee:  ModCloth, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  eShakti, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

Y’all, I might just love the collage outfit more than my own! 😉

Spanish-language cat tee  //  purple fit-and-flare dress  //  black cat ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee outfit collage

There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.


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