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Pairing orange floral with black

My outfit today was inspired by two outfits I saw via Instagram, this one from @iamterrib and this one from @suzannecarillo. Both outfits paired an orange floral dress or skirt with black… and thus, a style idea was born! ūüėÄ

It also was a practical choice to pair a heavier jacket and tall boots with this dress, as our transition to spring up here in Tacoma has been a decidedly cold (and rainy) one.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

I last paired this orange floral dress with a white cardigan; this time, it was fun to play off the vibrant floral print with all-black pieces and accessories, including a moto-style jacket, tall black heeled boots, and black metal hoop earrings.

I also thought it made for a nice contrast to pair the heavy canvas of this jacket with the floaty fabric of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black boots closeup

Although I think the look would be sharper with a slightly shorter jacket, I really liked wearing this outfit. It felt fun and fresh and unexpected, just right as we are still transitioning into spring up here in the PNW. So many colleagues and students commented on the orange floral print, that it cheered them up! Me, too. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Weather:  50s, damp and chilly

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Jacket: ¬†St. John Sport, thrifted at Portland resale shop, old
  • Dress: ¬†Loco Lindo, thrifted at another Portland resale shop, old
  • Boots: ¬†Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†Made in Oregon, Christmas gift from in-laws, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights): ¬†Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall

Shop my outfit

very similar canvas moto-style jacket  //  similar orange floral dress  //  similar high-heeled black boots  //  similar black metal hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + black outfit collage


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Agatha Raisin style inspiration

For the last year, I have been enjoying a subscription to the Acorn streaming media service, as it has all my favorite British period and mystery series, like¬†Midsomer Murders,¬†Foyle’s War, Vera,¬†and¬†Poirot. This past August, it started streaming¬†Agatha Raisin, a TV series based on the book series written by¬†M. C. Beaton. It’s a humorous mystery series, spinning off the “cozy mystery” formula in surprising ways, and it stars¬†the dynamic¬†Scottish actress Ashley Jensen as the title character, a PR agent-turned-amateur sleuth.

What I love most about Jensen’s portrayal of Agatha Raisin is how she stays true to her flashy, color-coordinated style, even while feeling (and simultaneously fighting) the urge to “fit in” with her neighbors in the Costwolds. She is realistically flawed while always looking FABULOUS.¬†‚ô•

My¬†favorite episode thus far is the “Witch of Wyckhadden” episode, which features a castle library, as well as a hidden passageway (which I have been a sucker for ever since reading about Nancy Drew’s adventures in¬†The Hidden Staircase). I took notice when Agatha wore this classic + sassy black-and-brown-tweed combo. I literally shouted at the screen, “I can recreate that outfit!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Agatha Raisin style collage

And here is my recreation:  wide-legged, brown tweed trousers, a thin black sweater, a tan trench coat, a black beret, and a statement necklace. Gotta admit, I felt pretty snazzy in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Black beret + sweater + jet necklace

Below is a closeup of the different textures in this outfit, including the tweed of my trousers, the ribbed cuffs of my lightweight sweater, and the dark wood tones of my JORD watch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tweed trousers + wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Sam and I had fun recreating some of the poses from the screenshots I took of the Agatha Raisin episode. We browsed various antiques and salvage shops downtown in the theater district of Tacoma, and along the walk, we spotted a picturesque stone wall as well as a beautiful set of stone steps and greenery tucked into a hillside.

Sam had also gone to a literary reading the week before at a local antique shop, Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions, which has three levels of amazing finds. On the bottom floor is a stage lined in bookcases, complete with library ladder. A perfect place to hold a reading — and a perfect place to take photos for this inspiration post! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Weather:  Crisp, clear fall day

Where:  Antique-shopping downtown on the weekend and on a work day during the week

What:

very similar black crewneck sweater  //  very similar wide-legged trousers in herringbone pattern  //  similar black ankle boots  //  very similar jet teardrop earrings  //  very similar jet necklace  //  very similar beret  //  similar herringbone purse

black + brown tweed

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SIA interpretation: The Hundred Dresses

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, I chose the 1944 children’s classic,¬†The Hundred Dresses, written by Eleanor Estes and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. The book was a Newbery Honor book, and you¬†can read more about the book here.

There is still time¬†to participate in SIA — bloggers and non-bloggers are both welcome to participate. Wear something inspired by this week’s SIA piece, and send a picture of it to me (at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by tonight¬†by 10 p.m. PST. I will post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow morning.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | SIA interpretation:  The Hundred Dresses

My starting point for this SIA challenge was my “Little Women” tote bag — the one with hundreds of ladies in dresses on it! ūüėÄ I then chose my red knit fit-and-flare dress, to go with the tote bag (there are also a few red dresses in some¬†internal illustrations), and finished everything off with classic black accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

Details: ¬†Little Women tote bag, Out of Print {sold out online but here’s a similar tote bag from the same brand} ¬†// ¬†Red knit dress, eShakti {similar and comes with a black belt} ¬†// ¬†Black wedge sandals, old {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Black leather belt, Lands’ End {sold out online but here’s a similarly classic leather belt} {here’s a stretch belt option}

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

And I counted the number of dresses on this tote bag: ¬†There are 500¬†dresses, to be exact. (Y’all knew I would count them, right? ūüėČ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + Little Women tote bag

Check back tomorrow for the full SIA round-up! ūüėÄ

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Yellow + leopard pinspiration

I recently came across this outfit¬†when searching for leopard flats on Pinterest (original post on Lilly Style here), and it clicked for me to pair my yellow cardigan with my leopard print flats. I also have a pair of trouser jeans, so 1-2-3 done! Pinspiration at its quickest and easiest. ūüôā

I also have a leopard belt, seen here, which I also tried with this outfit, but the proportions didn’t look right on me. I also went with a jet black statement necklace instead of silver. I felt comfortable and chic in this work outfit. Thanks to Lilly for the inspiration!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + leopard pinspiration

Details:

  • Yellow print cardigan {similar}: ¬†Target, fashion-swapped last spring
  • Black cowl-neck top {exact}: ¬†JCPenney, gift-carded last month
  • Trouser jeans {similar}: ¬†Thrifted fall 2012
  • Leopard print flats {similar}: ¬†Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Yellow rose earrings {very similar}: ¬†Twill, gift-carded last month
  • Jet black necklace {similar} {similar with hexagonal shapes}: ¬†Florence Adams, c/o giveaway, spring 2013

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow rose earring studs

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + leopard pinspiration

I had to lighten up these photos quite a bit so you could see that I had on trouser jeans rather than black trousers, so I apologize that the lighting is inconsistent throughout the photos.

I can also see this outfit working with my skinny jeans with the black side stripe as well as with my wide-leg black trousers. Lots of possibilities! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + leopard pinspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Trouser jeans + leopard flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + leopard pinspiration

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

Black + white + pops of pink

Today’s outfit is SO simple, and once again, it’s all about a bold pattern doing all the work. I scooped up this black-and-white grid-print sweater on sale last month at JCPenney (sorry, it’s sold out online), and I am¬†loving it. I got in a larger size, which I quite like. And the bold pink stripe down the sides and shoulders is a perfect pop of color — especially paired with my “Cherries in the Snow” lipstick!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + white + pops of pink

Details:

  • Grid pattern sweater {sold out but here’s a¬†similar option}: ¬†JCPenney, gift-carded last month
  • Black ankle pants {similar}: ¬†Banana Republic, thrifted last year
  • Black ballet flats {similar}: ¬†Payless, old
  • Black metal hoops {similar} {silver + black metal option}: ¬†Made in Oregon store, Christmas gift from in-laws a few years ago
  • Black and silver link bracelet {very similar}: ¬†Thrifted at local resale boutique, last spring
  • Pink lipstick {exact}: ¬†Revlon “Cherries in the Snow,” gift from my friend Stephanie

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + white + pops of pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + white + pops of pink

I wore this super-simple combo on a heavy teaching day, where I knew I needed to¬†be comfortable. And I love how the grid pattern on this sweater echoes the ’80s, yet¬†it’s still¬†modern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + white + pops of pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + white + pops of pink

Linking up with these lovely ladies!