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Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” 😉

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! 😉 ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13 hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse:  Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself):  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Flowering tree

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. 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. If you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Flowering tree SIA inspiration collage

The starting point was, of course, the cherry blossom tree as the backdrop. I had seen this tree blooming at the end of the East 34th Street Bridge, and it totally echoes this week’s SIA inspiration artwork. Perfect timing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

This cat tee says, “Te quiero mucho” (which means “I love you a lot” in Spanish), but the rounded font makes it look more like, “Le quiero.” I layered the tee over my black knit dress, in order to be more streamlined around the waist.

I kind of love that when I pulled the tee tight and looped the excess fabric into a knot, the design’s pink border trim morphed into a heart-like shape! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

And yes, it’s still been cold enough for tights. (Sigh.) But it worked out well for this SIA challenge, as my black tights and black skirt help to “ground” the look, like the trunk of the tree in the inspiration painting. 😉

The photo below might just be my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s the color combination of the light green of the budding trees in the background, along with the soft pink of the cherry blossom buds in the foreground. It feels like a Japanese-esque type composition, no?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

A fit-and-flare dress and twirling? But OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Gloriously sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Cat tee:  ModCloth, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  eShakti, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

Y’all, I might just love the collage outfit more than my own! 😉

Spanish-language cat tee  //  purple fit-and-flare dress  //  black cat ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee outfit collage

There’s still time 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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.


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Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Flowers on the trees and flowers on my tunic!

I recently switched out my fall/winter and spring/summer clothes in my closet, and I was inspired to remix my floral tunic in a different way. I’ve worn this loose-fitting, A-line shaped tunic with cargo ankle pants and leggings before on the blog, but I had never tried layering something over the tunic before. (Probably because it’s a swing top.) This time I tried the look of layering the tunic under my burgundy cargo vest.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral tunic collage

left:  SIA:  Floral mixing  //  right:  May Day in a floral tunic + leggings

I wore this casual look for a recent “wine-tasting walk” weekend event in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, which I mentioned in last week’s monthly budget post. We happened to find a gorgeous cherry tree blooming in People’s Park for a fantastic photo backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic and jewelry closeup

I wore my simple gold pendant necklace as well as yellow rose earrings to tie in the yellow roses in the tunic’s floral print. I almost paired the tunic with my olive cargo vest, but switched it out for the burgundy cargo vest at the last minute. I thought the deeper burgundy color helped the vibrant colors of the roses in the print stand out a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

These pics are a couple of weeks old, but there are still quite a few cherry blossoms blooming around town, little bursts of them popping up here and there. Our cherry blossom season is generally so short each spring, I figured y’all wouldn’t mind if I extended it as much as possible on the blog! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Weather:  Still chilly! (I also brought my black raincoat with me, and I did end up needing it!)

Where:  Wine-tasting walk around Hilltop-area businesses

What:

  • Tunic:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old
  • Cargo vest:  Rampage via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old
  • Rose stud earrings:  Gift, old

Shop my outfit

similar floral tunic  //  exact burgundy cargo vest  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar black ballet flats  //  rose stud earrings  //  rose gold bar pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! 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 is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Inspiration:

I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80. The cloth is in the upper right of the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA stripes + gingham inspiration outfit collage

Interpretation:

When I saw the graphic design of the wrapping cloth, I immediately thought of my new Lands’ End striped dress. That was my starting point. I could have stopped there, but since the cloth incorporates different shapes, I thought pattern-mixing was in order. (Any excuse to pattern-mix, y’all! 😉 ) I could have paired this dress with almost any of my gingham shirts, but in the end, I went with my old orange gingham shirt from Old Navy. And my yellow tote bag finished off this ready-for-spring casual outfit.

And y’all know I’m not one to shy away from wearing color. Bring it on, spring! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

I went with my champagne-colored flats because they’re a neutral color, plus I thought the wrapping of the satin ribbon on the front of the flats fit in with the inspiration wrapping cloth.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + flats SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

It was such a gorgeous and sunny day last weekend — the first day of spring that it felt warm enough to go out with bare legs! (And yes, I am really am this pale, all year round.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit closeup

And last but not least, do y’all remember when I mentioned the last time we took pics along East 34th Street Bridge that I wanted to take pics there each season as a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma? So here you go, springtime and budding trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Weather:  Sunny and glorious

Where:  Errand-running on a Saturday morning

What:

  • Striped dress:  Lands’ End, new {exact dress still available!}
  • Gingham shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Gift from my mom, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar orange gingham shirt  //  exact striped dress  //  similar colorblock tote bag  //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange gingham + striped dress outfit collage


Can’t wait to see the round-up!


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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee:  Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt:  c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new
  • Black metal hoops:  Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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