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Pattern-mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

I recently wore this outfit to work, a day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting. I wanted to make sure I looked professional, but to also stay true to my own style. And y’all know I love to pattern-mix! I loved how the grey tones in the houndstooth tights and leopard infinity scarf linked the two patterns together.

The backdrop is the Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters building, which has beautiful architecture and greenery and little nooks. We will definitely be back here to take more photos!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

And while we were taking photos, I spied a beautiful painted Tacoma rock admist the leaves and branches! It really blends in, doesn’t it?! #TacomaRocks

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Rocks collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

The pattern on these houndstooth tights is quite subtle, as it reads like a light grey from afar. It’s only when you get close up do you realize it’s houndstooth! I am enjoying my black ankle boots again, as I had the heel tips replaced by a local shoe cobbler. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Houndstooth tights + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Work day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting

What:

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Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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SIA interpretation: Roots

It’s time for my interpretation of the final Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge for 2017! For this style challenge, SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration:

Salazar picked an amazing photo from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, a series which depicts people in outfits with flowers for their heads. Salazar was drawn to the series for its striking — and stylish! — effect, and you can learn more about the meaning of the series here in this article.

There are a lot of photos in the series, which you can see more of here, but Salazar chose the “Number 24” photo, a combo that includes a blue gingham shirt, a long cardigan, and a head of purple-colored flowers, all against a black backdrop. In the collage below is a detail from the inspiration photo, but you can see the full photo here.

Interpretation:

I recreated the outfit pretty closely but added a twist when it came to the flowers in the inspiration photo. I also wore a denim skirt instead of jeans, and an overcoat instead of a long cardigan. All the major colors are there: beige, blue, purple, green, and denim.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit collage

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

I brought in the floral in a subtle way through my cloisonné earrings, which also brought in the black and green tones. (The purple tones of the flowers are represented in my purple sweater vest.) You can’t see the earrings too well in the full outfit photos, so I included some closeups below. (You’ve also seen these earrings before on the blog here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

The black painted wall as the backdrop came out looking more grey, due to the foggy weather. But that’s what I was going for, a black background. The blue of my gingham button-front shirt and my tights really pops, right?

And even though it was foggy, I wore my sunglasses for our quick photo shoot in order to sort of “hide” my face — a little nod to the flowers that substitute for the head in the inspiration photo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Weather:  Foggy and cold

Where:  Work day and running errands on the weekend

What:

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By the way, if you’re wondering if this outfit looks familiar, it’s because it’s basically a mash-up of two previous outfits, as you can see below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue gingham shirt and a sweater vest

2014 outfit  //  2016 outfit


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Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Can you guess the starting point for today’s outfit?

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It wasn’t the skirt — rather, it was the blue leggings that I wore as tights! This is one of my favorite clothing tricks during fall and winter, to wear leggings as tights. They’re warmer than tights and provide more coverage and hold, plus they’re easier to pull on.

Here’s how the rest of the outfit came together in my head:

  • Next came the blue cardigan, as it coordinated with the tights.
  • Then came the cognac boots, as I thought my black riding boots would look too harsh.
  • Then I thought of my cat-print skirt, as it incorporates cognac and orange-y tones that would go well with the boots.
  • Then came the cognac belt — I thought my blue patent leather belt would look odd right next to the blue cardigan. I could have also untucked my cardigan, but I decided I wanted a tucked-in look that day. It just depends on the day, as y’all know I’m a fan of untucking my tops.
  • Then I decided on my topaz drop earrings, to bring out more earth tones.
  • I went with my new cognac, black, and white tote bag because it tied together the black and cognac tones in the skirt.
  • At the last minute, I added my blue beanie, which I thought would be a fun finishing touch — and an unexpected one!

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

It was super windy this day, so thank goodness I was wearing tights! Sam was able to catch a few fun pics that show how the wind affected my skirt. 😀Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Both the beanie and bow belt are accessories I got while living overseas in the UAE. It’s been awhile since you’ve seen this beanie, which surfaced in an early post here, and here in my travel post to Amsterdam. The bow belt you have seen lots of times, like here and here, and it actually came with my cat-print dress, most recently seen here (although I NEVER wear this bow belt with my cat-print dress!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + kitty cats, too

Weather:  Cold, clear + windy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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SIA interpretation: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for my personal interpretation of the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge that I curated this go-round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

Here is one photo, and portion, of this large-scale mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

My interpretation:

Living in Tacoma, of course I was lucky enough to pose for photos in front of the mural itself! I focused on the colors, combining different shades of blue and beige, as well as combining different textures. I layered a nubby-textured navy blue sleeveless dress over a beige turtleneck, navy tights, and bronze Mary Jane heels. I then layered my tattersall cape-like short coat over that, to add warmth and depth to the look.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

My accessories rounded out the outfit and added extra textures:  a royal blue patent leather skinny belt; gold earrings in the shape of a ribbon tied with a knot; and a silk dupioni clutch that looks gold in one light with hints of light blue in different light.

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Instead of spiking my short hair up or sweeping the bangs off my face, I instead blow-dried it into a sleeker look and smoothed down my bangs. It’s fun to play with my hair, even when it’s short!

I also put my gold ribbon knot earrings in the second, upper hole in my ears, so you could see them better. My paternal grandmother used to make lots of jewelry, including these simple yet striking earrings. I’ve also worn these earrings as a pair of brooches here.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

And one final look at this breathtaking mural:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  En route to see the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” show at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma

What:

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There is 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!

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