Pairing orange floral with black

My outfit today was inspired by two outfits I saw via Instagram, this one from @iamterrib and this one from @suzannecarillo. Both outfits paired an orange floral dress or skirt with black… and thus, a style idea was born! 😀

It also was a practical choice to pair a heavier jacket and tall boots with this dress, as our transition to spring up here in Tacoma has been a decidedly cold (and rainy) one.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

I last paired this orange floral dress with a white cardigan; this time, it was fun to play off the vibrant floral print with all-black pieces and accessories, including a moto-style jacket, tall black heeled boots, and black metal hoop earrings.

I also thought it made for a nice contrast to pair the heavy canvas of this jacket with the floaty fabric of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black boots closeup

Although I think the look would be sharper with a slightly shorter jacket, I really liked wearing this outfit. It felt fun and fresh and unexpected, just right as we are still transitioning into spring up here in the PNW. So many colleagues and students commented on the orange floral print, that it cheered them up! Me, too. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Weather:  50s, damp and chilly

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Jacket:  St. John Sport, thrifted at Portland resale shop, old
  • Dress:  Loco Lindo, thrifted at another Portland resale shop, old
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, Christmas gift from in-laws, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall

Shop my outfit

very similar canvas moto-style jacket  //  similar orange floral dress  //  similar high-heeled black boots  //  similar black metal hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + black outfit collage


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SIA: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate and co-host!

Inspiration artwork:

Last month, I came across this textile artwork when I was perusing the newly open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. They recently released hundreds of thousands of artwork images into the public domain, which is both awesome in general AND awesome for this and future SIA challenges! 😉

And the artwork images they’ve released into the public domain aren’t all older artwork — there’s newer stuff, too! Like this striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

"Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)" by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

“Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)” by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

Here’s how the Richmond Art Center described jogakbo:

Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, are used to wrap, cover, or carry things in daily life from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes, household goods, and food. Jogakbo refers to a colorful patchwork bojagi that is strikingly contemporary and was historically made with remnants of fabrics from leftover cloths.

It’s silk, and I was drawn to the combination of the texture, the graphic print of the patchwork, and the colors. There could be a lot of different ways to interpret it, and you can pick and choose your favorite colors. 🙂

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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline to participate is next Monday, April 24th, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the next day.

I hope y’all enjoy this week’s SIA challenge!

5 more fun facts + 5 outtakes PLUS 5th blogiversary giveaway winners

Last week, I began celebrating my 5th blog anniversary, which culminates today in getting to announce the 5 winners of my 5th blogiversary giveaway. I thought a little extra celebration was in order. 😀 (Are you the winner? Scroll below.)

For a special thank you that ties in with one of my fun facts from last week’s post, I wrote out a thank you message in backwards cursive handwriting! (And provided a mirror image below, so you wouldn’t have to scramble your brain trying to read it or holding your computer or phone up to a mirror.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Giveaway thanks handwriting graphic

It’s funny how my backwards handwriting is basically a window into what my regular handwriting looked like at age 9. My regular handwriting looks very different today, but it’s like time stood still with my backwards handwriting. Weird, huh?

And now for one extra twist, today’s fun facts AND outtakes will all focus on Sam! He’s a huge part of this blog behind the scenes, as he takes almost all of the photos. Plus, he’s quite stylish — and just as goofy as I am in real life! 😀

Fun fact #1 about Sam:

He voluntarily attended a Marine Military camp as a teen and thought seriously during that time about joining the Marines and having a military career. I’ve seen the video of his camp experience, in which they show footage of him getting all his hair buzzed off!

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Fun fact #2 about Sam:

And that’s just about the last time he got a major haircut… Sam’s hairstyle — long, curly hair parted in the middle plus a goatee — is essentially the same hairstyle he had when we first met, over 20 years ago. He’s had hair trims, of course, but it’s the same look. I can’t imagine him without a goatee! The beard is relatively recent, only the last couple of years.

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Oooooooops, I forgot to post about this outfit that Sam wore earlier this spring. I will correct that oversight next week! In the meantime, enjoy this outtake 😀

Fun fact #3 about Sam:

One of his nicknames during high school was “Cheese Man,” because his jokes were so cheesy. (And continue to be!) He even had a little “Cheese Man” drawing because OF COURSE he was proud of this nickname. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  Sam’s style | Mixing brown + grey

Fun fact #4 about Sam:

Sam courted me by letter. He wrote his first letter to me the very day we met — on handmade paper, no less! — and continued to write letters to me the next few months. (This was also in the dark ages, before cell phones became commonplace.) I still have all those letters. And he still has all the letters that I wrote him! He is a true romantic!

♥ swoon ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Fun fact #5 about Sam:

This final fun fact is more about us together than just Sam. We got married over 15 years ago in a little one-steeple church in Poetry, Texas. Awwwwwww. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam jumps for joy over his new JORD wood watch

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Announcing the giveaway winners

And now, without further ado, the winners of my blog anniversary giveaway, a $25 Out of Print e-gift card each that I will purchase myself. There were 84 actual entries, which I then put on a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. (Putting the entries on a separate spreadsheet also allowed me to respond to all your lovely comments on the post itself!) I then used the random number generator on the Random.org website to select the winning entries, which were entries #20, #83, #23, #8, and #51.

Winner #1

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #2

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #3

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #4

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #5

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Congratulations to all the winners ! I will be in touch shortly so I can send you each the $25 Out of Print e-gift card. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the giveaway to help me celebrate my fifth blog anniversary! I hope you enjoyed all the fun facts, including those from fellow readers, as well as all the outtakes.


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Everyday faves | Native deodorant

To celebrate my 5th blog anniversary, I’m personally hosting a giveaway for 5 lucky winners. This is the final day to enter the giveaway (!), so visit this post for all the details on how to enter. I will announce the 5 winners tomorrow.

Everyday faves series

This is the latest entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Posts in the series have included:

Native deodorant

This month, I’m highlighting my love of the all-natural, non-toxic deodorant from the Native brand. And this is probably the most literal entry in my “Everyday faves,” series thus far, since I wear deodorant EVERY DAY. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, Native deodorant

Going Native

Back in February, I posted on my Facebook page about first trying out the deodorant that I had read good things about. (Of course, now I can’t find the posts and articles I had been reading earlier this year. Murphy’s Law.

Librarian for Life + Style | Facebook post about trying Native deodorant

After trying out the deodorant for a couple of months, I posted a follow-up on my Facebook page:

Librarian for Life + Style | Facebook post about trying Native deodorant

You can read more customer reviews of Native products here on their site.

Switching over to an all-natural deodorant

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, Native deodorant

I chose two scents, because they were doing a special discount at the time if you bought two or more deodorants. I chose the “Lavender & Rose” scent and an Unscented one just in case I didn’t like the “Lavender & Rose” one. I do like the “Lavender & Rose” scent, and it’s not overpowering at all. The sticks came in this cardboard shipping box, seen above, and the box arrived in just a few days. Gotta love free AND fast shipping!

Both deodorants are in my medicine cabinet now, and I use each stick about equally. I just go with the scent — or unscent — depending on my mood each day. (I’ve also noticed they have seasonal scents available at different times.)

There was a card enclosed in the package, seen below, with tips for how to transition to using the Native all-natural deodorant. It does take a bit of time to make the switch, for your body to adjust. It felt like it took me a couple of weeks, but it didn’t feel hard at all to transition. I just felt a little extra sweaty the first week or two.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, Native deodorant

Does it work?

In a word, YES. It worked for me, at least. I waited a couple of months to write this review and post, because I wanted to make sure I really could recommend Native deodorant. And I do recommend it. The peace of mind alone is worth it, knowing that it’s non-toxic, aluminum-free and paraben-free. (There’s also a sensitive option, for those sensitive to baking soda.)

I still sweat when I’m wearing the Native deodorant, which is natural, but I don’t stink by the end of the day. (Thank goodness!) I put it on the morning, about three swipes back and forth, and then I can just go about my day. It’s AWESOME. Plus, it doesn’t seem to be leaving any gross residue so far on the underarms of my shirts and dresses. I used to use the “invisible” type of deodorants, like from Secret or Lady Speed Stick, but when it came time for laundry day, I would STILL find a build-up of white residue on the underarms of my dark shirts and dresses. I have not found that kind of residue build-up on my clothes thus far after two months of wearing Native deodorant.

I honestly don’t think I will ever go back to regular deodorants. I am a #GoNative convert. An all-natural deodorant that WORKS. It’s like the magical unicorn of body care products.

Get a free travel-size Native deodorant

If you’re also interested to #GoNative, then you can get a FREE travel-size deodorant with your next purchase by clicking this link. Plus, Native ALWAYS has free shipping and free returns.


Note:  For full transparency, this post is NOT sponsored by the Native brand. I’m writing about Native deodorant because I truly use it every day and love it and want my readers to know about it. However, please know that the link above is a referral link. This means when you get a free travel-size deodorant, then I’m eligible to get one, too. #GoNative!


Have you used an all-natural deodorant? Do you have a favorite brand that you swear by? Have you tried any that didn’t work for you? Please leave a comment and share!


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Equestrian-style remix

To celebrate my 5th blog anniversary, I’m personally hosting a giveaway for 5 lucky winners. There are two days left to enter the giveaway, so visit this post for all the details on how to enter.

Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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