Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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SIA: Help wanted

SIA help wanted graphic

No, that’s not the SIA inspiration for this week. 😉

This is actually an announcement that SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey and I are looking for a new co-host for Style Imitating Art. Erin from Loop Looks brought aMAZing inspirations to SIA the last few years, but she needs to take a blogging break. So Salazar and I are open for a new co-host to add some fun variety to the art inspiration mix.

What does co-hosting SIA entail?

You can also find more details over at Salazar’s style blog, but it’s pretty simple. SIA co-hosts:

  • take turns curating and hosting a style challenge
  • share art inspiration picks with each other at least a day in advance, so we announce the new SIA challenge in sync
  • participate in each other’s SIA challenges, if at all possible

Timing?

Inspiration posts go live every other Monday, with round-up posts on the co-host’s blogs the following Wednesday. Therefore, each challenge takes a total of two weeks (one week to post the challenge, with the round-up the following week). When it’s your turn to co-host, you find and post an art inspiration, which can be any visual medium, from paintings to short films to quilts to sculptures to photographs… we’re always up for new kinds of art to be inspired by! You can browse past SIA challenges and round-ups on Salazar’s style blog, as well as my own.

Regarding timing, I’m up next to curate the next SIA challenge, and then it’s Salazar’s turn. So the new co-host would have a few weeks to find some inspiration artwork and get into the SIA routine.

Contacts:

If you’re interested or have any questions, please email me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com and/or Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance! 😀

6th blog anniversary | Outtakes

Quick reminder that the favorite outfit poll is up for March — thanks in advance!


Happy 6th blog anniversary to me! Hard to believe it’s been six years since I started this style blog. And it’s become tradition for me to highlight outtakes + bloopers on my blog anniversary (I also do special outtakes posts for my birthday in August and for New Year’s), so here are 6 special sets of outtakes. ‘Cause it’s good not to take yourself too seriously. 😀 Enjoy my awkwardness and goofy side shining through!


This is what happens when the elements (gusts of wind, flowers, branches, etc.) work against me! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Link to original post:
SIA interpretation: Dido Belle portrait


This is what happens when I see someone I know in the middle of taking pictures!

Librarian for Life + Style | Oscar outtake

Link to original post:  
What we wore to the Oscars | Viewing party + style recap


This is what happens when I do a little awkward dance in the middle of taking photos. (And one major reason why Sam just keeps taking photos, no matter what.) Seriously, it’s a minor miracle that we get any photos that I can actually use for outfit posts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 2


This is what happens when I stretch one leg out. Twice. (Why?!?) I am just naturally awkward, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

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Teal coat + all black outfit + new earrings


This is what happens when I stretch my arms and legs and laugh at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Link to original post:
SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker


And last, but not least, this is what happens when I take photos of Sam. What’s good for the goose… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Link to original post:
Sam’s SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker


Can’t get enough outtakes and bloopers? No worries, there are many more outtakes posts to enjoy!


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Favorite outfit of March 2018

Time for a look back at my outfits in March and vote for your favorite!

My most popular outfit this month, in terms of total views was #2, what I wore to the Oscars viewing party. It felt SUPER HARD this month to choose my own personal favorite — I could make a case for each and every outfit this past month. But ultimately I chose #6, when I remixed my floral shirtdress as a long jacket over a black tee and skinny jeans. I ended up wearing three variations of that outfit in real life over this past month — including a variation that eagle-eyed readers might have noticed in my most recent “day in the life” post!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of March? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | March 2018 outfit collage

Top row:  1
Middle row:  2  //  3  //  4
Bottom row: 5  //  6  //  7


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SIA interpretation: Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow

It’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this one is really special. It is the last SIA challenge curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration:

Erin chose a really appropriate artwork for her lat time curating SIA. It’s called “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” a Chinese handscroll painted during the Ming dynasty, circa 1508.

"Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow," circa 1508, China

“Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” circa 1508, China

My interpretation:

This one wasn’t hard at all for me. The color palette is all neutrals — grey and black and beige with pops of red — and that’s what I’ve got in my outfit.

Grey in the leopard print infinity scarf
Black in the sweater shell, pointelle socks, flats
Beige in the blazer
The pop of red? My fingernails! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

I wore these pointelle socks — which are actually knee socks — because it was still pretty chilly. And it’s always colder in the mornings, which is when I travel to work by bus. Even though the main reason was practicality, I really liked the little extra texture the socks added to my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

And I am a completist, so here’s the outfit without the blazer, so you can see this sweater shell in its own right (I got it on sale this past December, before I started my year-long, self-imposed shopping ban to buy new clothing).

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library that included a couple of meetings

What:

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There’s still time to particpate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by the end of tomorrow to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

Let’s give Erin a great SIA send-off, shall we? Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!