Colorful + casual cotton tunic with leggings

Last month in my budget adventures post, I shared that I had bought a colorful tunic from a local vendor during our local street fair. I wore it the next weekend to a visit a local farmer’s market, followed by a friend’s BBQ.

I kept things simple and bold, layering the tunic over leggings and my criss-cross black sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

This cotton tunic is known as a dashiki, which is a garment with roots in West Africa. This dashiki has such a simple, classic design, the colorful printed cotton folded over and stitched down the sides (leaving room for armholes), with elastic stitched along the middle to give it shape. (I’ve seen other dashikis with ties along the middle to cinch in the waist.)

The dashiki became popular in the U.S. during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as a symbol of black pride and culture. It then also transitioned into part of the hippie counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read more about the dashiki and its political and cultural significance here and here.

To be open and transparent, I have to admit some reservations that, as a white woman purchasing and wearing a sartorial symbol of African culture, it would be interpreted as cultural misappropriation. But please know that is not my intent. My intent is to celebrate and honor culture and diversity — and all different kinds of style. Everywhere I have lived, including overseas in the Middle East, it has felt natural to incorporate bits of local style — perhaps even as a way to remember people and places I have lived and loved.

I bought this gorgeous garment because:

  • I was drawn to the vibrant and colorful print, and y’all know I’m not afraid to wear color!
  • I had a lovely conversation with the vendor, who is herself an immigrant from west Africa. She seemed thrilled and supportive of me buying the dashiki — and actually wanted me to wear it right then and there, to promote it at the fair! I felt like I had her blessing to wear it.
  • I seek ways to support local artisans and small businesses.
  • It is an external expression of my support of ethnic, cultural, and sartorial diversity.

You can see the shape of the dashiki better in the twirling pics below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

We visited the farmer’s market at Point Ruston, and we’ve taken pics along this waterfront view before, as seen recently here and here. It’s just a stunning backdrop of the Sound, so I hope you don’t mind yet another series of pictures along the Ruston waterfront.

Oh, and I spiked up my pixie even more so today, which was fun for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup of print, leggings, and sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Weekend BBQ at friend’s house

What:

  • Cotton tunic:  Local street fair, new
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s — exact pair still available!
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old (and sold out)

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Shop my outfit:

brightly colored tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful tunic + leggings outfit collage

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White + navy + mint work casual

Another casual work outfit while I was working this summer — ankle pants and cardigans is such a go-to combo for me! Add in some fun shoes, and you’re set. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Earlier this spring, I realized that my mint-and-navy scarf matched my white cardigan trimmed in mint and navy, which you can see here in this post. And then I realized that this same scarf matched my navy-and-green espadrille sandals, and an idea was born… I love the mint-and-navy color combination. Navy is always a nice neutral, and mint just freshens everything up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white head scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white scarf + espadrilles

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint espadrilles close-up

We visited this little Japanese rock garden again, which is quite lovely. Sam caught me peeking into the stone lantern below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Weather:  Cooler but clear

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  Brooks Brothers, thrifted, old
  • Ankle pants:  Alfani via Macy’s, old
  • Espadrilles:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted last fall
  • Pearl earrings:  Parting gift from Abu Dhabi colleagues, old

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Shop my outfit:

white short-sleeved cardigan  //  similar scarf  //  similar navy ankle pants  //  similar striped espadrille wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White + navy + mint outfit collage

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Easy pattern-mixing | Pink stripes + denim trousers + geometric-print flats

I felt so good in this outfit, as it just felt so easy and light and simple — yet I’m still sneaking in some pattern-mixing. Because WHY NOT.

We took photos after work at these interesting stained-glass windows at a local church (which wasn’t holding services when we took pics, just FYI).

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Sam cracked me up when I came downstairs for coffee that morning, and he saw the top half with my pink-striped tee and denim trousers. He went, “Oh, you look cute!” — and THEN he looked down and spied my pink geometric-print canvas flats. He then exclaimed, “Oh, and that was BEFORE I saw your shoes! Look at you pattern-mixing!” 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braid for short bangs

I did another rope-braid for my pixie bangs, as an easy way to get my hair off my face — and a little rope braid is more interesting than just a bobby pin. And if you’re not sure what a “rope braid” is or how to do one, here’s a “rope braid for pixie cut” hair video tutorial.

I wanted to get in a selfie after I realized that we (accidentally) were color-coordinating. Sam’s grey chambray shirt coordinates with my denim trousers, and I love how the pink sides of his sunglasses echo my pink-striped shirt.

The couple that color-coordinates together… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie, grey + pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Weather:  Cool and clear

Where:  Work day

What:

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Shop my outfit:

pink striped long-sleeved tee  //  dark grey trousers  //  silver hoop earrings  //  patterned slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + trousers + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: A cup of coffee + a GIVEAWAY

It’s time again for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time curated by Erin @ Loop Looks. And Erin is hosting a GIVEAWAY for all SIA participants, and there is still time to participate!

How to participate in SIA and enter the GIVEAWAY:

Everyone who participates in this week’s challenge will get their name entered into a drawing to win either this painting or a notecard made from the image! You just need to email your SIA-inspired photo to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central time tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th. Selfies, flat lays, etc. are all okay — OR if you’re on Instagram, you can post on Instagram and tag Erin (@looplooks) and use the hashtag #SIAChallenge.

Erin personally purchased the painting below and notecard with her own money and will ship it at no extra cost to the winners. Erin will post the SIA round-up and winners on her blog, Loop Looks, next Wednesday, so stay tuned for the round-up, and for the prize winners!

Inspiration to Interpretation:

Erin chose another piece of art, seen in the collage below, which was painted by one of the GrowARTS participants, Kelly Jo. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of GrowARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA coffee collage

I have a few different turquoise and teal-colored items, and I decided on my turquoise tunic with black, brown, and white embroidered trim. I kept the vibe casual with my black denim shorts and my black-and-gold flip flops.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

I went with my black beaded earrings as they reminded me of coffee beans all stacked up. And my second earrings are my turquoise studs.

And of course, I had to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

As I wanted to take photos while I enjoyed my morning coffee, I decided it would be good timing to take photos in our kitchen and dining rooms, so you could get a glimpse of some additional spaces in our house.

Our house, including the kitchen, had just been renovated when we bought the house, and Sam immediately fell in love with the kitchen, seen above. The cabinets are white with grey countertops (which have embedded metallic bits close-up), with oil-rubbed bronze knobs. Our dining room, seen below, has light grey walls with dark refinished wood floors. We added a dark grey patterned rug and two-tone brown curtains to play off the room’s color scheme. And the picture window in our dining room mirrors the picture window in our living room, as seen in this prior post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Weather:  Hot and smoky because of the forest fires in Washington and Oregon (so we stayed in the house as much as we could)

Where:  At home

What:

  • Tunic:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o Rhea via giveaway, last year
  • Beaded earrings:  Handmade by my grandmother, vintage

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Shop my outfit:

blue embroidered tunic  //  very similar black denim shorts  //  similar black-and-gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Embroidered tunic + denim shorts outfit collage

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Everyday faves | Rocking chair

It’s time for a new 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.

Rocking chair

This month, I am shining the spotlight (literally, with my lamp!) on my wood rocking chair. This rocking chair was my mom’s, and I’ve never known my life without it. When I married and officially moved out of my parents’ house, my mom allowed me to take the rocking chair with me, as I was so attached to it. Thank you, Mom! ♥ This rocking chair has continued to fill a special place in my heart — and in our home — ever since. The wood is a lovely dark color, the design is classic, and it is built strong and sturdy. This rocking chair serves as the perfect space to read or simply rock back and forth to meditate and think about things.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, rocking chair

You’ve seen my rocking chair before, back in my post about my work area at home, a little niche off the stairs leading up to our master bedroom. It’s a cozy little reading corner, with my rocking chair, lamp, and my childhood piano stool serving as a side table for magazines and other reading material.

Librarian for Life + Style | My work area at home

I’ve since switched out the cushion on the rocking chair, as you can compare in the pics above and below. You’ll also notice a new addition to this little corner — a tufted storage ottoman! Its light grey color fits in well with the overall color scheme of my little work space, grey and brown tones with accent touches of green and white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, rocking chair

The past few months, I’ve realized that my cat Ibsen has totally claimed the rocking chair as HIS space. So, really, this post is about one of IBSEN’s “everyday faves.” This is how I usually find Ibsen, snoozing on the cushion:

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Below is how Ibsen looks when I dare to sit in the rocking chair. He climbs up on my lap and looks mournfully at me. When he makes this face, I totally replay this Puss ‘n’ Boots scene from Shrek in my head.

Isn’t Ibsen’s pinky nose the cutest? (And he knows it!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

And recently when I was walking up the stairs to our master bedroom, I found Ibsen in the rocking chair, sitting up with paws out and an imperious expression on his face like he was a king waiting for his subjects to kneel and pet him. (I obliged, after I took pics!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair

Ibsen’s expressions crack me up!

And below is an outtake from a couple of weeks ago that I was lucky to capture of Ibsen mid-yawn. Equal opportunity outtakes on this style blog! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Ibsen's everyday fave, rocking chair -- outtake

Explore more “everyday faves”

Want to explore more of my “everyday faves”? Past posts in the series include:


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