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Cat wings | Dressing up a cat tee for work with a midi skirt

This is my final summer work look (although I’ve been on summer break for a few weeks; my 3-day-a-week posting schedule can delay outfit postings), although it could TOTALLY work for a fall work outfit for those, like me, who are still experiencing hotter temps.

So it still feels like good timing for this outfit, which for me has ALL THE THINGS:  cats, more cats, a midi skirt, pattern-mixing, comfy tee, statement earrings, red lipstick, and a public art mural backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

That’s right, I’m doubling down on the cats! #noregrets

And I had to choose WHICH cat tote to pair with my cat tee, because I have more than one cat-print tote bag. I am that kind of cat lady, yes I am. Again, #noregrets. I chose my multi-cat tote bag over my bolder “Meow!” cat tote, as seen here, because I wanted my Jason Wu for Target cat tee to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + style | Cat tote and tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Ahhhh, red lipstick and retro-style silver hoop earrings. Classic. And my silver metallic nail polish matching my earrings? Hello, my name is Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

The backdrop is one of wings in a Native American art style. It’s actually one pair of wings in a trio of wing murals, and I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile. I particularly like this pair of wings, because of the bold lines and color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this floaty floral maxi (which you can see on its own here in this post). I have worn this floral maxi a couple of times for fancier occasions, but this time, I decided to make it more casual with a chambray button-front shirt. (And yes, it’s still summer up here in the PNW, and I wore this on a sunny and warm day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

By the way, we took these photos on our back steps, which had definitely seen better days! Basically right after we took these photos, we worked on replacing those steps — yep, with me and my husband doing all the work — so these photos are the last remnants of what our back steps used to look like! (The new steps are now stained red, like the posts in the railing and our fence.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

This dress is so fun! I love how the overlay with all the flowers is sheer, so it creates interesting depth and shapes when I move. And the v-neck on this dress is deep, so I wore the maxi over a black sports bra, as per my usual clothing layering trick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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What I wore to a local street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I got this bright and colorful dashiki a year ago at a local street fair, so it felt like the perfect item to wear to this year’s street fair! Also, a cotton dashiki or tunic is a VERY good idea to wear to any summer festival, as it is loose-fitting and in a breathable fabric.

Also, I have learned that a crossbody bag is the perfect bag for these kinds of festivals, as I don’t have to worry about it as we walk around. Plus, it keeps both my hands free for all the stuff you accumulate at a street fair (flyers, bags, sno cones, etc.). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Because it was hot that day, I wore my wide-brimmed black sunhat, which I thrifted at a local resale shop last summer. Sam said the hat gave me “flair.” 😀

You’ve seen this sun hat before, in an SIA post a few weeks ago, but it looks totally different today paired with this more casual outfit. I love the hat’s bendable rim — and this EXACT sun hat is still available!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I started out the day wearing my black metal hoop earrings, which you’ve seen several times before, like here and here. But during the street fair, I picked up these fabulous circle earrings made out of wood. In fact, I bought these earrings from the same African businesswoman, who is sales director for Kijiji Village Craft, that I bought the dashiki from last year! I loved them so much that I decided to wear them then and there. This summer, I have been all about the lightweight statement earrings!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

The vibrant backdrop is a local grocer and convenience store that is painted turquoise with bright pink window trim. I’ve been wanting to take photos against this backdrop for awhile now, so it all turned out perfectly to pair a brightly colored backdrop with a brightly colored tunic! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Weather:  Hot with no breeze

Where:  Summer street fair

What:

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Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Today’s summer work outfit started with waking up and thinking, “I want to feel feminine.” Sometimes, it’s that simple. A full midi skirt (with pockets!), a tee, strappy sandals, and a headband feels classically feminine to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

But there’s a twist to this simple outfit. I turned this tee around so that its v-neck was in the back, and it looked like a boatneck in the front. I did this trick first for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look last year, and I still love it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

After I got dressed that morning, and was finishing up getting ready downstairs, I realized that my silk headband coordinated PERFECTLY with my crepe skirt. I got the headband years ago in Chicago, and I got this skirt courtesy of eShakti last year. I don’t always intentionally color-coordinate, but it makes me happy when it just seems to come naturally. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silk headband and black hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Weather:  Hot and bone dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA: Madame X | Mixing metallics with a black maxi

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s stunning 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

My interpretation:

My black v-neck maxidress is a total no-brainer for this inspiration painting. And while I wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

I picked up this bronze bag at Tacoma’s Pride Festival last month, a bag made of recycled leather and made by a local artisan, Patrick Kdep of Patrick’s Creations. I didn’t think about it on the day, but after looking at the photos, I like how the white liner of the bag goes with my white cardigan.

And the bronze color of the tote bag echoes the bronze-y tones of the table and backdrop of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Below is a closeup of how I mixed metallics for the accessories:

  • rose gold (square stud earrings + bangles)
  • bronze (hoop earrings + recycled leather handbag)
  • pewter (the upper strap on my metallic sandals)

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze accessories closeup

And finally, last but not least, are a couple of photos from other places in our front yard where we took photos. I included them because I liked how the different backdrops brought out different tones in the metallics: the cooler green leaves of the tree highlight the cooler tones of my outfit, while the sienna red of our fence brings out the warmer tones of the metallics and bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Weather:  Perfect summer day

Where:  Casual work day in the library

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, August 15th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


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