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Navy + argyle + brogues

I loved wearing this outfit. LOVED. Why? I felt like I was branching a bit with my own style, even though when I look at the bones of this outfit, it totally reflects my personal style outlook (comfy + classy + quirky).

This outfit started out with me wanting to wear my brogues in a different way, this time with tights and a skirt or dress. (Previously, I had worn my brogues with pants and jeans.) Then, it all came together when I realized I could layer my argyle sweater over my navy dress + navy tights. And if you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you know that wearing dresses as skirts is one of my favorite style tricks. #winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

One of my favorite things about this sweater — which I’ve had for a decade and counting — is how it’s a single piece that’s pattern-mixing argyle (on the front) with stripes (on the back). Done and done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy tights + brogues closeup

These burgundy brogues look SO GOOD with navy, y’all. So appropriate for fall. The brogues + tights combo felt a bit ’40s retro to me, in such a good way. And soooooooo comfortable.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun taking these photos? Y’all know I love a good twirl!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

And finally, super cute photos in front of our picturesque side gate. You’ve seen those stairs before in this post, and the latticed side of our fence in yesterday’s post. It felt like the perfect morning — all dewy and fresh and green — to take a few snaps in front of our “sequoia red” gate (the front of which I stained myself!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Weather:  Sunny and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Smart Set, trip to PEI in 2006
  • Dress:  Macy’s, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last winter
  • Necklace:  c/o Greg Michaels, fall 2014

very similar navy dress  //  similar argyle sweater  //  navy tights  //  very similar burgundy brogues  //  similar gold and crystal necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues collage

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At odds

I had a post already lined up for today — I tend to run at least a week ahead in posting outfit photos — but I have delayed that post until tomorrow. I feel I have to get something out today, to make any kind of sense of a terrible thing that happened yesterday in my community. Yet another shooter incident happened yesterday, one close to home, at the second largest high school in Oregon — a school located only a short distance from my college. The news broke yesterday morning, while I was having a meeting with a fellow faculty member. After our meeting — all smiles, culminating in “have a great summer!” remarks — I checked my work email and read the announcement, that our college would stay open and provide support for the community during this tragic incident.

I was in shock. And as I looked down at what I was wearing — a bright floral skirt — I remember instantly feeling ridiculous. Here I was dressed in a bright, cheery outfit with playful pattern-mixing, and wearing bright pink lipstain — and I felt so loud and at odds with my external and internal states of being. That might seem so silly, but that’s how I felt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

I debated about taking outfit photos today, but I went ahead with doing so. Why? I guess partly because I wanted some sense of normalcy at the end of this day. Because I tend to associate big events in my life with what I was wearing at the time of those events, and I wanted a record of this. To not forget. Instead, to remember the small ways my community immediately came together in support of each other.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Right after the news broke of the nearby incident, it was my turn to staff the Reference Desk at our college library. My colleagues and I pulled together info about the nearest places for families to gather, along with help numbers for staff to call, just in case. Our college counselors made the rounds to check in with each department.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

I remember the subdued tone of the students in the library — we were pretty full, as usual, especially as it’s finals week — and how unnaturally quiet it felt. Everyone had a phone, tablet, laptop — or was sitting next to someone who had one — tuned into the latest updates. The feeling of uncertainty, worry, sadness was palpable. Everything felt surreal, even this sense of uneasy quiet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Details:  Floral skirt:  eShakti, last spring  /  Grey argyle t-shirt:  Gift from my mom, old  /  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old  /  Pearl drop earrings:  Bridesmaid gift, Texas, old  /  Grey flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, fall 2011

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Everyone was reaching for connections. Work colleagues mentioned children, friends, church members, and other relatives who they knew at the school. Students mentioned friends who had texted them that they were okay. Teachers emailed students enrolled in our dual-credit high school/college classes. My husband texted me to check in. I mentioned to people that when my husband’s parents lived in Oregon, they and my husband lived in a house only a few blocks away from the school. My friend and colleague, Stephanie, and I stared at each other, aware that we pass by the school every day on our way to work, that the event happened only a short time after we drove by there together that very morning. Even in our quiet, dazed states, we were all seeking connections, human connections, stories that bound us together in a common experience.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

And at the end of the day, when my husband and I finished taking these photos after work, a friendly neighborhood cat trotted out to say hello. Another connection. I was comforted by this brief, uncomplicated contact between two beings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Comfort from a neighborhood cat

So that is what I choose to remember. The moments that we still reach out to one another in times of senseless, horrible tragedy.

This is my community. My heart is full and fragile and goes out to the victims and families of those affected, no matter how great or how small, by this tragic shooting. I hope you will join me in this effort.

Remixing favorites

I wasn’t actually planning on taking photos of the outfit featured today, but then my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie suggested otherwise. (She appreciates color-coordination, bless her, so she liked how my strappy wedge sandals went with my grey blazer.)

Today’s work outfit — worn for a non-teaching day at the library — felt to me like a mash-up of two previous outfits, this one here from 2012, and this one here from 2013. And y’all know how much a fan I am of remixing favorites from my closet. Why reinvent the wheel? Making a few tweaks here and there help make an outfit feel fresh, but there’s comfort in knowing that a certain silhouette (in this case, pairing a blazer with skinny jeans) or a color combination (like blue, grey, and black) will work for you, time and again.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites:  Skinny jeans for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites

Librarian for Life + Style | Tuxedo striped skinny jeans

It’s really hard to get a good shot of the tuxedo stripe detail on these skinny jeans. I always have to lighten the pictures to get a close-up of the stripe, as the denim is such a dark shade. But that’s exactly what I love that about these jeans, as the stripe is so subtle in real life. (I just wish it weren’t so subtle in pics. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites

Details:  Grey blazer:  Kasper line at Macy’s, gift-carded this winter  /  Tuxedo-striped skinny jeans:  LOFT, this fall  /  Pewter wedge sandals:  Payless, old  /  Blue argyle t-shirt:  Anniversary gift from my mom, old  /  Silver bar earrings:  Kohl’s, old  /  Silver circle pendant necklace:  Kohl’s, old  /  Sunglasses:  Vintage, my mom’s and updated to my prescription

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites

During our quickie photoshoot, Sam shouted out the direction, “Be adorable.” Hah! I happily obliged, and here are the “adorable” results. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | "Adorable" outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing favorites

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Mutual Inspiration: To argyle, with love

I can’t believe we’ve reached the end of our Mutually Inspired Series! I have had so.much.fun going through Erin’s archives and interpreting looks — and seeing which of my outfits that Erin  chose. And I definitely had more of Erin’s outfits that I could have interpreted — you can see the ones I’ve pinned so far by clicking here.

Mutually Inspired Series logo

Inspiration:

For Day 5, I chose an outfit of Erin’s from nearly a year ago, featuring an argyle sweater vest. For more argyle love, check out Erin’s first post from our Mutually Inspired Series here.

Erin @ Loop Looks

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mutual inspiration:  From argyle with love

The basic elements are the same:  grey pencil skirt + grey argyle sweater (mine’s a cardigan instead of a sweater vest) + grey heels + button-down shirt. I also chose circular jewelry to echo Erin’s accessories, including circular drop earrings and pearl bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle + mini-stripes closeup

A good friend and fellow librarian hinted today that she loved this cardigan so much, that I just might find it missing someday. 😉 (And she’s seen my closet in real life. She knows where I keep this argyle beauty. Oh wait, so do y’all. Hmmm… )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mutual inspiration:  From argyle with love

Details:  Pencil skirt:  LOFT, fall  /  Argyle cardigan:  Kohl’s, fall  /  Mary Jane heels:  Kohl’s, old  /  Tights:  Target?, old  /  Striped button-down:  H&M, last winter  /  Circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from hubby, old  /  Pearl circle bracelet:  Gift from hubby, Abu Dhabi, old

Librarian for Life + Style | Mutual inspiration:  From argyle with love

And, of course, there is NO WAY I’m looking at those creases in my skirt. Nope, not at all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mutual inspiration:  From argyle with love

Hope you enjoyed our Mutually Inspired Series this week! Which outfit was your personal favorite?

Mutually Inspired Series Round-up collage

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

And if you haven’t seen which looks Erin chose, get thee to Loop Looks right away! I hope Erin and I will do this series again… and perhaps add some more interested bloggers? If you’re possibly interested, let us know!

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Blame it on the rain

I wore this last Thursday, on a grey and drizzly day here in Portland. My husband joked that I matched the weather. I was okay with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey + argyle

Librarian for Life + Style | Blame it on the rain

Details:  Trousers:  Gap, old  /  Argyle cardigan:  Kohls, gift-carded last year  /  Flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, last year  /  Silver hoop earrings:  Kohls, gift-carded last year

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey + argyle

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