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Statement scarf + Fabulous Friday co-host link-up

Today, I’m so excited to be co-hosting the Fabulous Friday link-up with Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots, one of my favorite style bloggers! (I’ve been a reader of her blog for a long time — check my Blog Love roll.) Scroll down to the end of this outfit post for all the link-up details!

But first, a bit about my outfit, which is all about the accessories. I layered my black knit sleeveless dress over a black knit tee and black opaque tights in order to have a blank, er, black canvas for my geometric-print scarf and burgundy booties. I felt great in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

This gorgeous scarf, with its black, burgundy, and bits of gold threading, was a gift from my husband, Sam, when he took a college trip to Turkey. My wine-colored lipstick played off both my scarf and my ankle booties.

And since the print on the scarf is geometric, I also went with my geometric bronze earrings, a gift from my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with statement scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turkish scarf + bronze earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze earrings closeup

What goes into choosing photos for an outfit post? It’s mostly about choosing photos that highlight the outfit or details of the outfit (that’s the point of a style blog, right?!). But sometimes, I choose a photo for a purely arbitrary reason, like because I like the way my hair looks in that particular photo. See examples below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Scarf:  From Turkey, decades old
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart, super old
  • Booties:  Naturalizer, this past fall
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie
  • Lipstick:  Milani, this winter

Fabulous Friday link-up

And now, time for the Fabulous Friday link-up, hosted by the always fabulous Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. That’s right — two Jens unite for an ultra-Fabulous Friday! 😀

Fabulous Friday1

A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Fabulous Friday Linky Party

Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots.

∼ Hey y’all, I’m Jennie and I am a 47-year-old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn’t like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here ∼

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Each week, both Jennie and that week’s co-host choose a personal favorite outfit from last week’s link-up. My favorite this past week was from Cindy, aka PRIIINCESSS from the I Am Priiincesss blog, who looks so fabulous and fresh in her “little white dress.”

Little white dress, I Am Priincesss

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Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Remixing my bandage dress

I’ve worn this bandage dress c/o The Kewl Shop a few times before, but I had always worn it layered under something else, like a cardigan or sweater. This time, I layered it over other items of clothing, a black turtleneck and black leggings. I love thinking about finding new ways to wear clothing in my closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress collage

2014 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2015 outfit (with a sweater)

I felt very secure in this outfit; this stretchy bandage dress was doing all the work of holding me in and supporting me. I am very much covered in this outfit — the top of my neck, face, and hands are the only bits of skin showing — yet the overall impression feels strong and sexy. I think it comes down to the silhouette the dress helps create, and the confidence I had in wearing it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

I thought about going with my black metal hoop earrings, to keep everything black except the dress, but then I spied these lavender metal earrings. I thought the color and shape of the earrings would be a nice play off the pattern and colors of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

And as you can tell in these photos, it was raining really hard. Thank goodness I now have a phone that is water resistant! It makes it possible to take photos in the rain, which is very much the normal weather this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. Also, it tends to be overcast when it rains (but not always!), which makes the lighting particularly good for photos.

This outfit was definitely a hit at work! I had several meetings that day, and almost everyone who complimented me on the dress — all ladies, btw — wanted to touch the stretchy fabric. Against all that black, the blue, purple, and white feathery pattern of the dress really stood out, and I joked that the pattern was like a Rorschach test up close. Colleagues also got a kick out of when I stretched the dress so that the pattern and colors got distorted, like you can see in the photo below. And a couple of people commented that they liked the exposed zipper down the back. It’s a fun dress to wear!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Weather:  Reallllllly rainy

Where:  Work day with multiple meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Bandage dress:  c/o The Kewl Shop, 2014
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx, this winter
  • Tall boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old
  • Earrings:  Portland Saturday Market, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

feathered floral scuba fit-and-flare dress  //  similar black turtleneck  //  very similar black high-heeled boots  //  triangle drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Print dress + black layers outfit collage

Which is your favorite way that I’ve worn this bandage dress? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit, as it’s not an outfit I put much thought into in the early morning hours when I was getting dressed. This is a combination that I’ve reworn several times — a cozy sweater + skinny jeans + tall boots. But on this morning, I thought, “Hmmmm… why not add a statement necklace just to brighten things up? That’ll cheer me up.” And it did!

I decided to take pics after I got home from work, as several colleagues commented favorably on my statement necklace and how it “popped” against the darker tones of my outfit. And we were lucky enough to capture that “golden light” when the day starts to turn to dusk. Plus, our winter-blooming camellias added another pop of color in the background. I love these flowers!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

And below is a closeup of my statement necklace — and matching earrings! My paternal grandmother made both the necklace and the earrings; she was a very creative and artistic person, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry after she passed away. (I also highlighted my grandmother’s jewelry here in this post.) She lived in Arizona during her later years, hence the turquoise and Southwestern feel to this jewelry set. You definitely don’t see much of this kind of jewelry up here in the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why it stood out even more for my colleagues!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

How to easily extend necklaces:

Now for the bracelet extender trick! I got this tip years ago from my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks, and it’s super simple. Just attach a bracelet to both ends of the necklace clasps, as you can see below, and voilà, you’ve extended any necklace by a few inches! It helps if the bracelet matches the metal or material of the necklace — but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I usually employ this trick when I’m wearing a turtleneck or cowl sweater or top , so the bracelet extension part is hidden by the extra folds of fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace and extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cowl sweater:  Maurice’s?, very old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Necklace and earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Shop my outfit:

similar purple sweater  //  similar silver-and-turquoise necklace  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar black flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace outfit collage

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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

🍀 🍀 🍀 I’m wearing green on my blog for St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🍀 🍀

I knew I wanted to pair this colorblock-trim cardigan with my navy dress, a riff off when I wore this cardigan over my navy dotted skirt. That morning as I was getting dressed, I happened to look over at my scarf bins in our closet… and realized that one of the vintage scarves I thrifted in the fall had the EXACT colors of this cardigan. EXACT. (I can neither confirm nor deny a happy dance commencing after that revelation.)

The front of my cardigan is distinctive with a row of navy trim down the front with brass buttons as well as navy-trimmed pockets, so I didn’t want to detract from those details with my scarf. I could have doubled up the scarf to wear it more like a neckerchief, but then another light bulb… I could wear my scarf with the ends hanging down the back!

I am a fashion rebel, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan, closeup

The mint-and-navy scarf I thrifted last fall is a Vera Neumann scarf, and it is so pretttttttty. I was looking at posts, like here and here, about how you could date the scarf, and most of the clues go back to the signature. The signature on my scarf with its taller and more curved “V” looks like the signature that began in the late 60s and in the 80s. Based on the more streamlined, preppy-type pattern, I’m going to guess the early ’80s, rather than the ’60s, when her scarves had more graphic and geometric prints.

Below is a closeup of my scarf’s signature, plus how well it matches the trim of my cardigan. Y’all know how I love color-coordinating, so this discovery had me over the moon!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Vera Neumann scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Looking over these pics, I really should have used either my steamer or my wrinkle releaser spray on my outfit… on the plus side, these wrinkles serve to highlight everyday use. Just another example of how I really do wear these outfits in real life! 😉

Also, it was super fun and sweet when a student worker in our library that day stopped short, all wide-eyed, and asked, “Did that scarf come with that cardigan? How does it attach?” And then she was amazed that I had bought each piece separately, even years apart! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Weather: Chilly and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day with meetings (what else is new?!)

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, years ago
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted, vintage
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein via Macy’s, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Birthday gift, old

Shop my outfit:

mint trim cardigan  //  very similar navy fit-and-flare dress  //  mint scarf  //  almost exact navy wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy outfit collage

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