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Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

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I have worn the navy + pink gingham button-front top I bought earlier this fall, but I realized it hadn’t made it to the blog yet. Time to correct that! I have worn it a couple of times underneath my “Follow Your Heart” novelty print sweater, as a way to subtly mix prints.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

I wore the button-front and sweater combo with my olive cargo ankle pants, for another subtly holiday-appropriate color combination. My burgundy patent leather brogues finished off this masculine-inspired, casual work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

The backdrop is a nearby park and playfield, which we stopped at on our way to mail off Christmas cards and presents, before I had to go to work. I thought it would be fun backdrop — and I have always loved the swings!

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Work

What:

  • Button-front:  Old Navy, this fall
  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Cargo pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Brogues:  Clark’s, last winter

novelty heart print sweater in grey and red  //  novelty heart print sweater in grey and black  //  novelty love print sweater  // similar button-front shirt (available in navy, blue, and pink gingham)  //  similar cargo ankle pants (also available in olive) //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering button-front with sweaters collage

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Camel camel | What I wore to the Tacoma zoo

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know my husband and I like to go to zoos. And today’s outfit post documents what I wore to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which is located in the Point Defiance Park on the north tip of Tacoma. It’s a smaller zoo, but they definitely make the most out of what they have.

I didn’t realize the zoo had camels — and a camel ride! — when I picked out my camel tee to wear to the zoo. Style synergy! And yes, the zoo handlers with the camels went gaga over my camel tee! As did Sinbad the camel. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

It was unusually hot that day, and I knew we would be walking a lot, so that’s the reason for wearing the most comfortable sandals I own plus the fedora to help shade the sun. The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium also has an interactive children’s area as well as a carousel.

And yes, Sam and I are “fedorable” together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing our fedoras at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Octopus art above Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sign

Librarian for Life + Style | At the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel closeup

The rest of the photos in this post features a mural on the side of what used to the be the local food co-op (sadly closed a few weeks ago) along 6th Avenue. The mural showcases a nature and mountain scene of what I am assuming is Mount Rainier.

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Mountain mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Hats off to summer! Next week, our fall term begins!

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Weather:  Heat-advisory hot and sunny

Where:  Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and clothes shopping afterwards (you’ll see the fitting room pics tomorrow!)

What I wore:

  • Camel tee:  Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom a few years ago
  • Ankle pants:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, a couple of summers ago
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, bought at vintage hat store in Amsterdam
  • Hoop earrings:  InPink, c/o giveaway, old

elephant print tee // similar ankle pants // large bamboo hoop earrings // similar metallic sandals by same brand // similar straw fedora

Novelty animal tee + fedora collage

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Back to school and starting a new job | Blue + yellow

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

I wore this outfit last month to a professional organization board meeting (I’m transitioning off the board), which is when these photos were taken. And thanks to my good friend Stephanie, who took these pictures for me — and we took these photos at her house! Yep, that’s her very cool mural behind me.

I also plan on rewearing this outfit today, on my first day at my new job! Why? Because my new college’s colors are blue and yellow! 😀 And this outfit is casually professional and also comfy, a good combination for starting a new school year AND a new job.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

My starting point with this outfit was the gingham shirt and the cognac wedges. Then came the navy ankle pants — seriously, these navy ankle pants seem to be my go-to pants for whenever I feel I need a “professional yet still casual” kind of vibe, as seen here, here, and here! Then came the belt, because I thought a little subtle pattern-mixing would be fun. And lastly, the yellow statement necklace, because I thought some contrast was in order.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

And yep, I totally did the “blogger tuck,” which means half-tucking and half-untucking your shirt in that oh-so-casual way. I’m not so skilled at the casual part, but I actually liked the way it turned out. And it’s just more comfortable to untuck the back of one’s shirt — mine always seem to come untucked in the back anyway! Have you ever done the “blogger tuck” — intentionally or unintentionally?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Weather:  Very hot (upper 90s) and sunny

Where:  Board meeting in Portland (August) + first day at new job (September)

What:

  • Shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Ankle pants:  Alfani for Macy’s, old
  • Statement necklace:  c/o Urban Peach via giveaway
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Belt:  Came with a pair of shorts, Kohl’s, old

similar gingham shirt // similar navy ankle pants // similar cognac cork wedges // cognac espadrille wedges // braided belt // yellow statement necklace

navy + yellow business casual

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Navy + bronze casual

I wore this casual outfit on a day filled with errands and meetings, including an early morning meeting with our Portland realtor. It was a sunny day, but I knew I would be in and out of air conditioning, so I accessorized this simple navy outfit with a bronze scarf/shawl that I could wrap around my shoulders if needed. (And I did.)

By the way, I didn’t realize until after I’d chosen this week’s SIA inspiration artwork that this outfit today could also have served as an interpretation! But alas, I wore this outfit before I chose my most recent SIA piece. Obviously, I’m feeling the navy + bronze lately!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

My metallic sandals and topaz drop earrings tied into the neutral metallic of the scarf. I added in a bit of whimsy to the outfit with my Nancy Drew tote bag! The top I’m wearing is one that I thrifted a few years ago, and it has cute retro details like buttons along the back and notched sides. (By the way, I never unbutton this top to put it on — I just slip it on and off over my head.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

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What I wore for a local librarian conference | Glasses tee

Even though I’m officially done with work for the academic year, I still have a few more work outfits to showcase on the blog…

I wore this outfit for a one-day librarian regional conference, a more casual conference. (And the Pacific Northwest is more sartorially casual in general.) I’ve collected quite a number of librarian-themed tees — or at least, novelty theme tees that relate well to librarians, like this eyeglasses tee, which was a big hit at the conference! And OF COURSE my colorblock tote bag fit the color scheme.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze drop earrings

And it was a bit rainy on the day, so I wore my red cotton jacket again. The red of the jacket really pops! Another day for a pop of red!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a librarian conference | Glasses tee

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