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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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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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Statement scarf + Fabulous Friday co-host link-up

Today, I’m so excited to be co-hosting the Fabulous Friday link-up with Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots, one of my favorite style bloggers! (I’ve been a reader of her blog for a long time — check my Blog Love roll.) Scroll down to the end of this outfit post for all the link-up details!

But first, a bit about my outfit, which is all about the accessories. I layered my black knit sleeveless dress over a black knit tee and black opaque tights in order to have a blank, er, black canvas for my geometric-print scarf and burgundy booties. I felt great in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

This gorgeous scarf, with its black, burgundy, and bits of gold threading, was a gift from my husband, Sam, when he took a college trip to Turkey. My wine-colored lipstick played off both my scarf and my ankle booties.

And since the print on the scarf is geometric, I also went with my geometric bronze earrings, a gift from my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with statement scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turkish scarf + bronze earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze earrings closeup

What goes into choosing photos for an outfit post? It’s mostly about choosing photos that highlight the outfit or details of the outfit¬†(that’s the point of a style blog, right?!). But sometimes, I choose a photo for a purely arbitrary reason, like¬†because I like the way my hair looks in that particular photo. See examples below. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Scarf: ¬†From Turkey, decades old
  • Dress: ¬†eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck: ¬†Walmart, super old
  • Booties: ¬†Naturalizer, this past fall
  • Earrings: ¬†Gift from my friend Stephanie
  • Lipstick: ¬†Milani, this winter

Fabulous Friday link-up

And now, time for the Fabulous Friday link-up, hosted by the always fabulous Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. That’s right — two Jens¬†unite for an ultra-Fabulous Friday! ūüėÄ

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A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Fabulous Friday Linky Party

Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots.

‚ąľ Hey y’all, I’m Jennie and I am a 47-year-old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn’t like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here ‚ąľ

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Each week, both Jennie and that week’s co-host choose a personal favorite outfit from last week’s link-up. My favorite this past week was¬†from Cindy, aka PRIIINCESSS from the I Am Priiincesss blog, who looks so fabulous and fresh in her “little white dress.”

Little white dress, I Am Priincesss

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Thanks for linking up! Would y’all like me to explore hosting a regular link-up of my own? Please leave a comment and let me know! ūüôā


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Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Just 4 more days to enter my JORD giveaway… click the graphic below or here to go to the link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Remixing my novelty print skirt

Another week, another opportunity to remix this novelty print skirt featuring cats and books! The first time I wore this skirt, I wore it with a black cardigan and my Fluevog heels, and the second time, I wore it with a grey cardigan, over-the-knee socks, and patent leather brogues.

This time, no cardigans! Instead, I layered my chambray shirt over a black turtleneck, and then tucked both into my skirt. Since the waist on this skirt is a bit big (the skirt is cotton, so a smaller size would have been too small), I cinched in my waist with a black skinny belt to keep everything secure. I also paired the skirt with my black flat-heeled boots for a more casual look overall.

On the day I wore this outfit, a co-worker remarked that she was enjoying seeing how I kept remixing this skirt. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + boot socks closeup

And yes, these are the black version of the grey over-the-knee socks I previously wore with this cat-and-books skirt. They look totally different scrunched down and just peeking over my tall black boots. Cute and comfy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

I also remixed my new black pearl earrings, c/o Pearl & Clasp. (Read my review of these earrings here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Black pearl earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day with multiple meetings across campus

What:

  • Skirt: ¬†ModCloth, Christmas gift from mom, new — still available! (if out-of-stock, sign up for an alert, as this skirt¬†often gets¬†restocked)
  • Button-front shirt: ¬†J.Crew, old — but still available!
  • Turtleneck: ¬†Walmart?, old
  • Skinny belt: ¬†JCPenney, old
  • Tall boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†c/o Pearl & Clasp, new

Shop my outfit:

exact chambray shirt  //  similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact skirt  //  very similar black over-the-knee socks  //  similar black boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt


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Classic + quirky | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

This might just turn out to be one of my favorite outfits of ALL TIME. And I think it’s fair to say from these photos that I felt GREAT in this outfit. I mean: ¬†kitty cats, books, classic pieces like the cardigan and full skirt, plus statement heels, all in one outfit? It’s classic and quirky at the same time.

It’s just so me, isn’t it?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

I got such a kick out of my co-workers’ reactions to this outfit, which basically went like this:

Co-worker, walking by: ¬†“Cute skirt!

Me: ¬†“Thanks!

[Co-worker pauses. Looks back and leans in for a closer look.]

Co-worker: ¬†“Wait…. are those cats?!

Me: ¬†“Yep.” ūüėÄ

Co-worker:  [Squealing in glee]

This skirt demands double-takes! (As do my shoes, my beloved Fluevogs.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Closeup of my bracelet + novelty print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

I think I will have a lot of fun remixing this skirt, which was a recent Christmas gift from my mom. And pockets? YES, PLEASE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Weather:  Very, very cold and very, very dry

Where:  Regular work day

What:

  • Skirt: ¬†ModCloth, Christmas gift, new
  • Cardigan (worn as sweater): ¬†August Silk, old
  • Heels: ¬†John Fluevog, old
  • Tights: ¬†DKNY via Nordstrom, old
  • Bracelet: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old

similar black cardigan  //  exact skirt  //  similar black belt  //  exact tights  //  herringbone Oxford heels  //  black-and-white Oxford flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + statement heels outfit collage
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What I wore on voting day

Today is Election Day in the U.S.! In Washington state, along with Oregon and Colorado, we have mail-in voting — that means¬†we can vote at home instead of having to stand and wait in long lines to vote on Election Day! — so this is technically what I wore a couple of weeks ago when I dropped off my mail-in ballot on my way to work. But that didn’t translate well to a blog post title. ūüėČ

I’m NOT going to get into politics or specifics about any politician or candidate as that’s not the point or focus of this style blog. But I will say that for my American readers, I hope you are/were able to vote and do vote, via whatever voting methods are available to you in your state.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore on voting day

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore on voting day

I love this photo above! Not just because of my delighted “I did it!” facial expression, but also because Sam managed to capture the EXACT moment the envelope was sliding down the chute. Awesome!

The first time I wore this dress, as seen here, I didn’t like the extra line of white stitching on the bust, so I mentioned the possibility of¬†blacking¬†out that bit of stitching. And I did! (I just used a black Sharpie.) I felt MUCH more comfortable wearing the dress this time, and I don’t think it detracts from the rest of the interesting seaming and details on this dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trial fit dress, before and after

It was a windy day, so I’m glad I wore a sheath dress. This was the dress that eShakti made for me for a “trial fit” exercise this past summer. I wanted to transition the dress for fall, as the colors of the waistband and stitching (olive with orange, yellow, and white stitching) are perfect for the fall season. Transitioning the dress for fall basically boiled down¬†to me adding¬†tights and closed-toe shoes! I also took a bronze shawl with me to work, in case I got chilly. (I did.)

I think this is the first time I’ve paired black tights with my beloved bronze Franco Sarto pumps (which I thrifted a few falls ago!). I really liked the mix of neutrals and how the black tights made the bronze heels look a bit darker.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Weather: Super-windy fall day

Where:  To drop off voting ballot and then work

What:

  • Dress: ¬†c/o eShakti, this summer
  • Tights: ¬†DKNY via Macy’s
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Local boutique in Portland, old

similar colorblock sheath dress  //  exact DKNY tights  //  similar Mary Jane heels  //  very similar topaz drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels collage

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