Berry + Burberry | Maxidress + tie belt

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know I have frequently worn tie belts. I have made ties into obi-style belts, but I’ve also used single ties as belts, as seen in the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidresses + tie belts collage

left (2012 outfit)  //  middle (2013 outfit)  //  right (2017 outfit, this post)

So on a work day that was cooler and overcast — and knowing I would be in a library with amped-up air-conditioning — I thought a longer-sleeved maxidress would be a good choice.

And hey, I wore a tie to work! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

If you’re thinking you haven’t seen this particular tie before, you’re right! My husband recently thrifted this tie on a visit to a local Value Village, and y’all, it’s a Burberry tie. Score! The pattern is a fun plaid with purple, white, orange, and teal stripes, and the Burberry logo —  a knight upon a horse, i.e. the “Equestrian Knight” — is scattered throughout.

So yes, I *literally* borrowed from the boys today. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

It’s a dressier look for work — literally — but so comfy! And a maxidress made out of soft t-shirt material? #Winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Weather:  Cooler and overcast

Where:  Work

What:

  • Maxidress:  Old Navy, old
  • Tie (worn as belt):  Burberry, thrifted, new
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  Local farmer’s market in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

berry sleeveless maxidress  //  pink short-sleeve maxidress  //  tie-inspired belt  //  similar champagne flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidress + tie belt outfit collage

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Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

I mentioned in my most recent monthly budget post that I had snagged another tee with the “Never Forget” card catalog design. Y’all know that I wore it immediately to work, right? 😉 I wore it for a summer work casual look on a day with cooler temps. (Hence my light cotton jacket, which I actually work all day, because the A/C in the library was on high.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | New library card catalog tee

If you’re wondering, “Uhhhh, what makes this outfit work-appropriate?,” it comes down to the black ankle pants for me. And a library card catalog tee will ALWAYS be work-appropriate if you work in a library. 😉

Admittedly, I work in a VERY casual work environment, so this level of casual might not fly at your workplace. But to me, the ankle pants — which could very easily be black jeans for a regular casual outfit — tip it into the business side of things, while the tee and canvas flats (and the earrings, honestly) make it more casual. I could have also gone with black flats, which would have made it dressier, but I saw an opportunity to add a pattern, and I took it. #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

I have been feelin’ the red lately, haven’t I? Red is also on trend this summer, so perhaps I’ve also been subconsciously soaking up the trend. Whatever the case, red is always classic.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

And last but not least, a fun outtake! This one came about because I asked Sam if you could see my silver earrings, and he said that he couldn’t. So here y’all go, readers. Enjoy the earrings — and the red pout! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Weather:  Cooler and overcast summer day

Where:  Work day behind the scenes

What:

  • Library tee:  TopatoCo, new
  • Cotton jacket:  Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan” style, thrifted, old
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, old
  • Silver earrings:  Birthday present from Sam years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar red jacket  //  exact tee  //  exact black ankle pants  //  similar silver geometric earrings  //  similar black striped canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black outfit collage

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Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print skirt

I haven’t worn my books-and-cats-print skirt in awhile, and since it’s cotton, it’s a decent choice in summer. I went a bit retro pairing the circle skirt with a buttoned-up cardigan and a patent leather skinny belt with a fun heart buckle.

We have quite a few “Little Free Libraries” around town, so I went online to the map of officially registered little free libraries and found a very sweet-looking one in east Tacoma for a fun photo backdrop. (I also wore a variation of this outfit the next day to work at the library. Waste not, want not. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Below is a closeup of my turquoise skinny belt with the heart buckle detail. And OF COURSE I had to wear my turquoise stud earrings to tie in with everything. That’s what I do y’all. Color-coordinate.

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan + turquoise belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Light blue cardigan and earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

It’s summer, so that means wearing one of my favorite types of sandals, the flat t-strap sandal. These are my second pair of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals, as I detailed in this prior post.

And if you’re wondering how I managed to wear a three-quarter sleeve cardigan in the summer sunshine and not burn up, it’s because I layered it over a sports bra. No extra tank top layer around the middle, which really cuts down on the sweat factor. One of my favorite clothing tricks!

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  To dinner with friends on the weekend and then a variation to work the next day

What:

  • Print skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom, this year (sold out online)
  • Cardigan (worn as top):  Gap, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Dolce Vita, old
  • Skinny belt:  JCPenney, old
  • Straw bag:  Local boutique, old
  • Drop hoop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar turquoise cardigan  //  cat-print dress  //  turquoise-and-gold hoop earrings  //  similar turquoise skinny belt  //  similar gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Print skirt + turquoise cardigan outfit collage

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SIA: Light in the dark

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

SIA inspiration pick:

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round coming back to me to curate.

I’ve had this photograph pinned on my private “SIA Ideas” Pinterest board for awhile, and it felt right to go with it this time. Let’s extend the Fourth of July fireworks! 🙂 I found this public domain image on Pixabay, and it’s by a 16-year old Italian photographer, Joachim Mayr, who posts images on Pixabay under the username of “By_Jo.” You can see more of his photographs, mostly of closeups of nature and animals, online here.

"Light in the dark" photograph by By-Jo is in the public domain

“Light in the dark” photograph by By-Jo is in the public domain

I find it a very striking image, with its light source making a circle and sparks pinwheeling in the dark. I guess, ultimately, this image speaks to me of bravery and hope. It recalls to mind lines from the Dylan Thomas poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Even though the photo art is pretty simple, there are a few different ways you could go with the inspiration. Color-wise, there’s black and gold, or extend that to yellow or other metallics like rose gold. You could go with a graphic print, or even polka dots. (That would be fun!) You could also go with metallic jewelry or hoops or necklaces or bangles. You could take a photo at dusk — to rage against the dying of the light. 😉 Lots of options!

How 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, July 17, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog, the following day, on Tuesday, July 18.

Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon

Thanks in advance for voting for your favorite outfit of mine from last month! 🙂

I am combining two new items in this month, showcasing my equal love for Audrey Hepburn (my hoop earrings, an early birthday present from my mom) AND Wonder Woman (my new tee). Just put your hands together…

The first time you saw me wearing my new Wonder Woman tee, I wore it with red ankle pants. I kept to the red theme, but this time, I remixed the tee by layering it over my red-and-gold cotton dress. (You can see the dress in its entirety here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Two Wonder Women! At the Tacoma Public Library Atomic Comicon

I wore this Wonder Woman-inspired outfit to Tacoma Public Library’s annual Atomic Comicon. OF COURSE I had to pose with the new Wonder Woman herself! I also enjoyed the Lego display, with Wonder Woman leading the Justice League, as seen below. 😀

And at the button-making table, I was inspired to make my own Wonder Woman button, which I added to my tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Justice League Lego display at local comicon

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my Wonder Woman button

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

And how perfect are my new hoop earrings with this outfit? They perfectly echo the circular Wonder Woman logo on my tee. And I’m just loving the metallics in general with this outfit, from my earrings to the tee to the gold lotus blossom print on my dress to my criss-cross sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my Wonder Woman button

I also picked up a button at the Geek Girl Con table, which is an organization that “works to empower women and girls to pursue their passions—whether they love science and technology, comics, literature, gaming, or anything else!” ♥

#GeekGirlCon #ProudToBeAGeek #LibraryGeekForLife

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Local comicon and then out to ice cream

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar Wonder Woman tee //  very similar drop hoop earrings  //  polka-dot red skirt  //  very similar sandals by same brand 

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee + skirt outfit collage

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