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Black floral tunic remix

Another day, another remix… this time, I am remixing my black floral tunic that I thrifted years ago. Here are different ways I’ve worn this tunic:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black floral tunic collage

left, “Tunic + leggings”  //  middle, “Rosebuds in bloom

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

This tunic is one I keep out year-round, as it works for every season. Its fabric is light enough to wear in spring and summer, along with its floral motif. And its darker colors make it appropriate for fall and winter seasons. I thrifted this tunic years ago at my favorite local resale boutique in Portland, Here We Go Again.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Comfort is the first rule of my personal style, and this outfit is super comfortable. After all, it’s a tunic, leggings, and flat boots! It’s like a work version of pyjamas, as far as I’m concerned. Yet it still looks appropriate enough for work — at least, appropriate for where I work.

And of course I enjoyed color-coordinating my accessories by going for burgundy statement earrings and my darker red leather tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Weather:  A cool spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Tunic:  White House Black Market, thrifted, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  MOSS Handmade, Christmas gift from Sam, old
  • Tote bag:  Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black floral tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black riding boots  //  crochet earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic outfit collage

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Never forget | Library tee remix

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

I wore this outfit twice, once for a book reading at a local library, and then a slight variation for the next work day. And I wore some of my library-themed gear, because OF COURSE. This card catalog tee is one that my husband picked up me for years ago at a writer’s conference, and it still elicits chuckles from people who see it — and not just from librarians! 🙂

Here are a few ways I’ve worn this tee over the years on the blog. Interesting to note that I obviously prefer pairing this tee with blazers + jeans! Uh, at least the blazers are of different colors? Yeah, let’s go with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my library card catalog tee collage

left, 2014  //  middle, 2015  //  right, 2017

This go-round, I paired the tee with black skinny jeans and a taupe blazer and patent leather wedges. Everything neutral except for the pop of turquoise in the tee and the pop of yellow in the library card clutch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed tee and clutch

NEVER FORGET. And many people like to share their personal (and usually fond) memories of using old library card catalogs. I join in those reminiscences, as I remember helping my mom convert from the old library card catalog to a computerized system!

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

The backdrop is the Charlotte Mottet branch of the Tacoma Public Library system, one of the smaller branches in the system. But it’s in a very sweet, renovated brick building that’s had two additions on each side of the original central section. The entrance is my favorite part, with the iron scroll work and the brick design around the round doorway.

Mottet branch library, Tacoma Public Library system

It started raining when we were taking pics, so we took the opportunity to take some photos under some trees, beside a lamp post. So it’s raining, there’s a lamp post… can y’all guess what I started doing???

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Sam guessed right away:  “Are you doing the scene from Singin’ in the Rain?!”

My response? “Yessssssssssss.” 😀 😀 😀

#MovieMusicalFan #LibrarianNerd #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Weather:  Off and on rainy and chilly, on and on and on and on

Where:  To a book reading on my day off

What:

  • Library tee:  Unshelved via a writer’s conference, gift from Sam, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year {but still available!}
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit

very similar beige blazer  //  blue librarian-themed tee  //  exact skinny jeans  //  library card tote bag  //  similar taupe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee 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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Seattle staycation + travel casual

During Spring Break a couple of weeks ago, Sam and I enjoyed a bit of a staycation. We took the train up to Seattle and explored some of the typical “tourist-y” sights in town — and enjoyed every minute of it! It was quite drizzly, which was PERFECT for Seattle (and meant less tourists). Win-win!

First stop was the Pike Place Public Market downtown, with its collection of cobblestone streets and alleyways and fish-throwing workers.

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market sign

Next stop was the gum wall alley, located along Post Alley under Pike Place Market. It’s become a local landmark since the early ’90s. It’s… pretty gross. So OF COURSE we had to take pics there. All for y’all, dear readers. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall

It was also a good spot to take pics of my casual travelling outfit. I love wearing cargo vests for travel, so this time I wore my new burgundy cargo vest (which is still available, wow!). It was rainy and cold, so my long-sleeved black tee, comfy jeans, and new black sneakers rounded out the practical parts of my outfit. My chevron knit scarf was practical while also adding a bit of pizzazz to my casual, comfy travel ensemble.

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle gum wall selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + Sam's travel casual outfit

So grosssssssssss! But these pics of us in front of the gum walls crack me up! (And yes, I totally had hand sanitizer gel in my bag!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Seattle gum wall + travel casual outfit

Weather:  Rainy and overcast, stereotypically perfect Seattle weather!

Where:  Typical tourist travels around Seattle downtown

What:

While we were in the vicinity, of course I had to pose with the famous bronze Rachel the Piggy Bank, the “mascot” of the Pike Place Market!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Market pig statue collage

Seattle waterfront and overcast vista near the Public Market:

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle vista

And of course, a stop just down the street to the first Starbucks store!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Visiting the Seattle Starbucks flagship store

Next, we took the monorail up to the Seattle Center, which is the location for the Space Needle and loads of museums, including the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, and The Children’s Museum. And there is public art EVERYWHERE — even to shield the view of parking lots! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle public artwork collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Space Needle and fountain

We didn’t go up the Space Needle as the wait was a bit too long. (Plus it was a super cloudy day, and with the steep ticket prices, we figured it would be better to visit again on a clear day.)

And when we visited the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, I lit up with glee when I spied a miniature of the Space Needle in its collection!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Space Needle miniature in the Seattle Public Library

And OF COURSE we had to visit the Seattle Public Library, to see up close the iconic and award-winning glass-filled design of its Central Branch, which opened in 2004. It has 10 levels, with tons of views and built-in way-finding by incorporating Dewey Decimal call numbers into the floor tiles. Brilliant!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Seattle Public Library collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Built-in wayfinding in the Seattle Public Library

Librarian for Life + Stye | Views from the Seattle Public Library

And finally, as you can see below, I had some fun playing around with the library’s copy of Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library! 😀 😀 😀

By the way, I’m documenting on Instagram my current reading goal of reading, or re-reading, all the Agatha Christie books in the order they were published. I’m currently up to Peril at End House, published in 1932. (For reference, her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920, and The Body in the Library wasn’t published until 1942.)

#LibrarianNerd #AgathaChristieFan

Librarian for Life + Stye | Having fun with Agatha Christie's 'The Body in the Library' at Seattle Public Library

Even though Seattle was ranked low in a recent national tourism poll — which had me cracking up! — that’s just fine with us! There’s plenty more for us to see and explore and enjoy.

Have y’all ever visited Seattle or the Pacific Northwest? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

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