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Monthly budget adventures (May 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! I kept it pretty low-key this past month, with only one purchase.

Wallet replacement

I have been needing to replace my cat wallet, seen here, and I couldn’t find my old Nine West wallet that I used to use. So one day, we happened to be shopping near a Ross outlet store, so we went in just to see… and I came out with this black-and-white patterned wallet.

And getting this wallet at a discount was… wait for it… easy on the wallet! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | New wallet, May 2017

  • Wallet, Tommy Hilfiger via Ross:  paid $14.99 (originally $39)

And below are three Tommy Hilfiger wallets that are very similar in design to the one I picked up:

Librarian for Life + Style | Tommy Hilfiger wallets collage

left option  //  middle option  //  right option

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $14.99
Total savings for this month:  $24.01

Total spent for this year:  $544.47
Total savings for this year:  $425.74

Giveaways and gifts

Sam won a gorgeous handbag (!) at the MOE Gallery fashion show that I modeled for recently. Of course then it became MY gift! 😀 This is such a well-made bag, with the thicker fabric panels, sturdy handles, interior lining, and metal studs on the bottom. Since the sides are wool, I will probably wait until fall to really use it — sweet anticipation!

Librarian for Life + Style | MOE Gallery handbag collage

My friend and fellow librarian Stephanie recently stayed over for a girls’ weekend, and gifted me a pair of handcrafted vintage earrings. They are Native American, combining turquoise, wood, and silver. Beautiful! The square button shape makes me think of mid-century design. She thought I would like them because I have other turquoise and silver jewelry, as seen here, plus she knows that I often wear my wood JORD watch, as seen here. She knows me so well! 😀

Librarain for Life + Style | Vintage button earrings

Speaking of earrings and gifts… My mother-in-law recently went on a Caribbean cruise vacation and picked up this pair of beaded earrings for me. So sweet! I love the inky, speckled midnight color of the beads.

Librarian for Life + Style | New beaded earrings, May 2017


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

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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Raspberry velvet, if you please

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

Like I mentioned in my most recent clothing budget post, I snagged this AWESOME velvet fedora at the iconic local men’s clothing store, Mr. Mac’s. When I got the hat home, I realized that it exactly matched my self-made obi-style belt made out of vintage ties. And that my new raspberry gingham shirt fit the color story coming together in my head… 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

I will most likely rewear this combo in the fall, but it’s been a very cold and rainy spring thus far. And it was a VERY comfortable outfit to wear, with my burgundy brogues.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

This velvet (or velveteen?) fedora really does catch the light, doesn’t it? And yes, it was pouring down rain when we took these photos. (That explains the random spots all over the button-front shirt!) I also got quite a few compliments and questions about my tie belt during the day — it is a statement piece, isn’t it? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Weather: Raaaaaaaaainy and cool

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

  • Fedora:  New, local men’s store
  • Gingham button-front shirt:  Lands’ End, new
  • Tie belt:  Made from two of my dad’s vintage ties, old
  • Wide-leg trousers:  White House Black Market, last fall
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last spring
  • Bead earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar gingham button-front shirt  //  very similar velvet hat  //  similar tweed wide-leg trousers  //  similar obi-style belt  //  very similar wood watch  //  very similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + velvet outfit collage

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Dark floral + sunshine

I snagged this dress last fall at a friend’s fashion swap, and I wore this dark floral print this past winter, as seen here. I figured it was time to finally wear this cotton dress in summertime! The weather was in the 80s and sunny — perfect for light layers and sandals!

By the way, I tried on a couple of “completer pieces” with this dress, including my light denim jacket and my dark denim jacket. I didn’t want to go with a black cardigan, as that’s what I wore the dress with before, but then I spied my short-sleeved white cardigan, which felt just right. My strappy black sandals helped ground the look, and my white shell earrings and bracelet (handmade by my paternal grandmother when I was little) tied in with the cardigan.

I felt super pretty in this comfortable, late-summer outfit, and my husband especially liked it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral dress + tote bag

My tote bag — my summer bag of choice — has a little darker edge, with its typewriter skull design. (My husband picked this tote bag up at a writer’s conference this past year.) I wanted to add a little edge to my outfit, to keep it from being too girly or sweet.

The backdrop? My new campus! There’s a pretty bridge connecting the two parts of campus, so we chose that as the main setting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

And lastly, below is me having some fun recreating this statue of a woman and a book, an art piece located right across from the library on my new campus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral + sunshine

I start my new job next month, so it was a good time to visit the campus again and get excited about “starting school” soon. Working in academia, I still always get butterflies in my tummy when fall term rolls around! 🙂

Do you still like to go “back to school” shopping? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!


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SIA interpretation: Rescued art

My turn to interpret the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she rescued this painting, The Door Within, from the dumpster in her building! The artist, Jean Fetman, from Highland Park, IL, and you can read Fetman’s obituary online here.

There is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just sent a pick of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send a photo — selfies and flay lays also okay — to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, August 22. Erin will then post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

(Warning, this post is particularly photo-heavy — Sam captured a lot of good photos!)

Here is my interpretation of The Door Within:

Librarian for Life + Style | 'The Door Within' Style Imitating Art challenge

This painting is so vibrant, I knew I wanted to pull out at least a couple of the bright colors. So many to choose from! My pink scarf with the white geometric pattern was the starting point — the painting is composed of geometric shapes — and then my turquoise dress, and finally, my bright pink wedges.

Usually, I start with with the shoes when I think of outfits, but not this time! It actually took me longer than usual to decide on the shoes — and then when I saw the pink wedges, my brain went, “DUH!” I am fond of color-coordinating. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

When I came downstairs that day, Sam’s eyes went round. (Always a good sign.) Here’s how our conversation went:

Sam:  Wow. 

Jen:  I am taking that as a compliment.

Sam: You should! What are those colors?

Jen:  Turquoise and pink.

Sam:  Wow, I never would have thought to pair those colors together. 

Jen:  That’s why I love SIA challenges! I get inspired to try new things!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

I also added a tiny bit more color through my earrings, which have turquoise and royal blue beads. And of course, bright pink lip stain, to carry out the pink from head to toe! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing pink + turquoise together

The backdrop adds a lot to the overall look and photos, as well. First of all, there’s the symbolism with the title of the painting, The Door Within (and there is a door actually in the painting, see here for the full painting). But the main reason I chose this backdrop was the bright lilac colors of the walls and door. Style bloggers LOVE a brightly colored wall, and I am no exception! This purple building is just down our street, so I had seen it before and thought, “I need to remember that building for a future photo location.” I thought it would be great as a backdrop for this challenge, plus it adds an additional color to my interpretation of the artwork!

Be sure to check out all the SIA interpretations on Erin’s blog tomorrow!

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