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Star Wars casual

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

Every year during the McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma, “Graffiti Alley” gets repainted with a new mural, to showcase live art during the fair. This results in a mural for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Sam and I knew we needed to take pics of last year’s McKinley Street Fair mural before it was painted over for a new mural. (And we’ll be back to take pics of the new mural!)

Below is the “angel wings” part of the mural, complete with halo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

It’s so much fun to pose in front of wings! Basically any pose you do looks striking against the backdrop of the wings. (And we just spotted some additional wing murals in the area, so you’ll be seeing more wing backdrops!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

I wore this outfit on a recent weekend, on our way downtown to visit the Washington State History Museum. I borrowed my husband’s Star Wars long-sleeved tee. I rolled the sleeves up a bit on the tee, as it’s a little bit big on me, and I also rolled up the ends of my skinny black jeans. My striped canvas flats fit in with the color scheme of my outfit plus provided a bit more visual interest.

I usually layer this purple-y lip stain under other lip stains, as seen here, but this time, I decided just to wear the lip stain as is.

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + angel wings mural

Here is the full mural on McKinley’s “Graffiti Alley,” from angel wings on the left through to Pokemon-like figures.

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair 2016 mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + Pokemon mural

I liked this cheeky fellow, with his hands on his hips. I also like that someone else went in later (it wasn’t me, I promise!) to correct the fellow’s grammar. If you look closely or enlarge the photos below, you’ll see someone wrote in an “s” at the end of the word “last,” so that it then read: ¬†“Take a picture – it lasts longer!” ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + Pokemon mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + Pokemon mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual + Pokemon mural

Weather:  Cool and overcast

Where:  Weekend outing to Washington State History Museum

What:

  • Star Wars tee: ¬†Borrowed from my husband
  • Black skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Payless, old
  • Black hoop earrings: ¬†Gift, old
  • Lip stain: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain¬†in¬†‚ÄúShameless‚ÄĚ

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Shop my outfit:

short-sleeved Star Wars tee  //  long-sleeved Star Wars tee  //  exact black skinny jeans by same brand  //  similar striped slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Star Wars casual outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: On the road

Time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round¬†curated by SIA co-founder Salazar¬†@ 14 Shades of Grey.

Inspiration to interpretation:

Salazar chose¬†an animated GIF inspired by a flower seller in Vietnam from a series of illustrated, animated GIFs called “On the Road” by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA 'On the Road' inspiration collage

I thought my new-to-me floral shirtdress from the 2013 Phillip Lim for Target collection, as detailed in my monthly budget adventures post from last week, totally fit the inspiration bill! And there are lots of flowers, both in the print of my shirtdress, plus in the bright red rhododendron flower bush behind me. (There’s a clump of orangey-red flowers in the illustration.) And there are bits of black in the flower seller’s outfit, who is also wearing strappy flat sandals. ūüėÄ

It also felt fitting that the inspiration artist, Oamul, is Chinese, and my shirtdress was designed by Phillip Lim, an Asian-American artist of Chinese and Cambodian descent born in Thailand. Cheers to awesome Asian designers and artists!

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

It’s called a “shirtdress” but it is WAY too short for me to wear it as a dress. It also has an interesting and different cut on the back, which you can glimpse in the pics just above and below. So I just treated the dress as a tunic, layering it over black leggings. And HELLO perfect match with my tan-and-black colorblock tote!

This pattern is SO interesting, as is the cut of this dress/tunic, that I kept getting compliments on this outfit, both when I first wore it on the weekend and when I rewore it the next day to work. I felt cool and comfortable in this combo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

The backdrop for all the photos is the Fireman’s Park, located in downtown Tacoma across the old City Hall building. It’s this very sweet little park tucked away on the side; its location on the Metro Parks website is described as “carved into a hillside.” Downtown Tacoma is full of interesting public art and buildings and tiny little niches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Weather:  Sunny with a chilly breeze

Where: ¬†To a farmer’s market and literary reading on the weekend; To work during the week

What:

  • Shirtdress: ¬†Phillip Lim for Target, old, via Poshmark
  • Leggings: ¬†Spanx for Macy’s, this fall
  • Strappy sandals: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†Made in Oregon, Christmas gift, old
  • Colorblock tote bag: ¬†Christian Siriano for Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral shirtdress  //  exact black leggings  //  very similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress + leggings outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone ‚ÄĒ bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! ‚ÄĒ is¬†welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit ‚ÄĒ selfies and flat lays are also just fine ‚ÄĒ inspired by this week‚Äôs SIA artwork to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar,¬†at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her¬†blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, July 5.

Can‚Äôt wait to see what all y‚Äôall¬†are inspired to wear ‚ÄĒ let‚Äôs all get on the road! ūüėÄ


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Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

I wore this outfit for a casual coffee meet-up with a fellow librarian in the region, but I still wanted to look professional. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and red and leopard print combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Since I didn’t have to go to work this day, I could get away with this smaller crossbody bag. And it’s amazing how much this crossbody bag and my coordinating red lipstick helped elevate this simple look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Weather:  50s and drizzly

Where:  Coffee meeting with regional colleague

What:

  • Gingham button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, this winter
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, last year
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Crossbody: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Black hoops: ¬†Made In Oregon, Christmas gift years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar red envelope clutch  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red clutch + leopard flats outfit collage


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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

Librarian for Life + Style | black + brown tweed collage

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