Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

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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. ūüėČ

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! ūüėČ

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! ūüėÄ

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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Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Bonus Sam style! You’re welcome.

Seriously, isn’t my husband just the cutest — and so stylish! — in his grey cords and grey felt fedora?! And I think he (secretly) enjoys it when I think he looks so good that I have to take pics. All for you, dear readers. I am selfless that way. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Hats off to my husband's style

Sam recently took stock of his wardrobe and realized he needed some new jeans. I happened to have a couple of Gap gift cards, so it was perfect timing. Plus, we happened to hit the Gap when they were having a “buy 1, get 1 free” sale!!! Serendipity, y’all.

And Sam has NEVER bought cords before, because he’s always felt they were unflattering. But these cords must be magical. I think it’s because they’re a lighter weight of corduroy — they’re so soft! — and we both love the soft grey color. It’s fun shopping for Sam, as we don’t get to do it as often!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + textured shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoe portrait

Another shoe portrait of us as a couple! I love these tweed herringbone slip-ons of Sam’s, plus you’re getting a sneak peek at my shoes and my outfit. I’ll post those outfit photos tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Sam so often cracks me up when we’re taking photos, so it’s exciting for me when I get to crack him up and capture photos of it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cracking my husband up

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Fedoras are definitely Sam’s signature hat! This is a fedora we bought at a wonderful little haberdashery shop in Charlottetown, during our first trip to Prince Edward Island (you can see pics from our second trip to PEI here in this post).

Classic style is timeless! I hope you enjoyed another look at my husband’s cool, classic style.

Review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner | Restoring my hair after a long winter

As I’ve mentioned recently, it’s been a long winter up here in the Pacific Northwest. And it’s not just me! It’s officially been the coldest winter up here in 3 decades¬†— and we’ve only had 3 mild-temperature, full days of sun since October! Although the overcast days make for good lighting for photographs, this weather has been rough on my skin and my hair, as both tend to run dry.

So when the opportunity came up to review Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, I was eager to try them out for myself.

Librarian for Life + Style | Haircare review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

I remember using¬†Finesse¬†shampoo and conditioner when I was a teenager, so it’s been awhile since I’ve personally used Finesse haircare products. I also¬†remember Finesse being known for its clean scent — and for being very budget-friendly. (It’s still budget-friendly, with an under-$4 price tag.)

And come to find out, Finesse was founded¬†over 30 years ago in 1982 and started out with¬†a commercial featuring Sharon Stone (!). I am a librarian, so y’all KNOW I had to look that up. Enjoy:

1982 Sharon Stone Finesse Shampoo Commercial,” uploaded by¬†TheRetroTimeMachine, Dec. 1, 2013. Standard YouTube license.

I may not¬†have flowing locks like Sharon Stone back in the day, but that doesn’t mean we shorter-haired ladies can’t also enjoy soft, clean-smelling hair!

When the Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner bottles arrived, I tried them out right away and washed my hair twice to get a feel for the product. The bottles themselves are nice and bright, in shades of blue and pink, almost like trying to usher in spring (which cannot get here soon enough!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Haircare review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

The first time after I washed my hair with the Finesse shampoo and conditioner, I let my hair¬†air dry. This way, I could get a sense of how my hair felt after using the products, without any additional products in my hair. And I have to say, my hair did feel super soft! The product itself states that¬†“the active silk and soy proteins penetrate deep into the hair shaft, leaving your hair more moisturized and manageable.” As my straight hair is pretty manageable on its own, I can’t state¬†that my hair felt¬†more manageable after using the shampoo, but it did feel more moisturized.

Librarian for Life + Style | Haircare review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

The smell of a shampoo and conditioner is super important, and as I have short hair (and therefore cannot physically smell my own hair!), I asked my husband, Sam, how my hair smelled. His answer — and this is WORD FOR WORD what he said — was:

Clean. Not overly floral or overpowering. I like it.

I’d say that’s a good response! ūüėÄ

The second time I washed my hair with the¬†Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, I blow-dried my hair as per usual — but, again,¬†without any additional haircare products.¬†I wanted to see how my hair held up without any additional volumizing or texturizing products.

Here’s the result:

Librarian for Life + Style | My hair, after using Finesse shampoo + conditioner

I was pleased at how fresh and clean my hair looked, and how much volume my hair still retained! My hair did still feel wonderfully soft. Two thumbs up — from me AND my husband! ūüėČ

And I am budget-conscious, so the under-$4 price tag also fits the outlook of both my style and my style blog. I will continue to use my bottles of Finesse shampoo and conditioner, and you can find the brand at Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and grocery chains such as Kroger, Shoprite, HEB, and Publix. You can also search for and read more reviews about Finesse products on the Home Tester Club site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Haircare review of Finesse shampoo + conditioner

Have you ever used Finesse shampoo and conditioner? Please leave a comment and share!


Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post via BrandBacker, and I received two 13 oz. bottles of Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are honest and reflect my own personal views and experiences.


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SIA round-up: Bold portrait

It’s time for the¬†Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up!¬†For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I chose a piece of art featuring a woman and created by¬†a woman. I chose a¬†modern painted portrait¬†by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site.

I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this¬†painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face. What were y’all inspired by?

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

Painted portrait by Agnali/Juanita Mulder

First up is SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks, posing with her very handsome dog Chewie. They braved the cold to get this photo! I love that BOTH Erin and Chewie are echoing the inspiration painting, with their colors of tan, black, and red. And y’all know I love Erin’s red lipstick!

Erin's SIA outfit

Next is Mike, a longtime SIA participant, who wore a red shirt to¬†represent the red that’s behind the woman in the painting, as well as in her hair. And¬†Mike’s purple-and-black shirt jacket is the PERFECT¬†match for the shaded part of the woman’s hair!

Mike's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey went with darker, more subdued shades of the colors featured in the painting — navy instead of blue, maroon instead of red, etc. — and chose bold patterns — stars and stripes — to echo the painting’s patterns. It’s a fantastic look inspired by this week’s artwork!

Salazar's SIA outfit

And finally, there’s me. I knew I wanted a red wall and red lips, and the rest of the outfit came together after that. More details and closeups on yesterday’s post!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

It was another small SIA round-up this week, but I think we all did splendidly. Plus, I love that we all wore a different pattern (or two) in each of our outfits!

Next Monday, Erin @ Loop Looks will be curating the Style Imitating Art challenge. Stay tuned!

SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my¬†Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation!¬†For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted¬†to choose a piece of art of¬†a woman created by¬†a woman. I chose a¬†modern painted portrait¬†by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this¬†painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge!¬†Everyone ‚ÄĒ bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! ‚ÄĒ is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit ‚ÄĒ selfies and flat lays are also just fine ‚ÄĒ inspired by this week‚Äôs SIA artwork to this week‚Äôs curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then¬†post the SIA round-up on¬†my blog¬†tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining¬†down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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