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Remixing my bandage dress

I’ve worn this bandage dress c/o The Kewl Shop a few times before, but I had always worn it layered under something else, like a cardigan or sweater. This time, I layered it over other items of clothing, a black turtleneck and black leggings. I love thinking about finding new ways to wear clothing in my closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress collage

2014 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2015 outfit (with a sweater)

I felt very secure in this outfit; this stretchy bandage dress was doing all the work of holding me in and supporting me. I am very much covered in this outfit — the top of my neck, face, and hands are the only bits of skin showing — yet the overall impression feels strong and sexy. I think it comes down to the silhouette the dress helps create, and the confidence I had in wearing it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

I thought about going with my black metal hoop earrings, to keep everything black except the dress, but then I spied these lavender metal earrings. I thought the color and shape of the earrings would be a nice play off the pattern and colors of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress

And as you can tell in these photos, it was raining really hard. Thank goodness I now have a phone that is water resistant! It makes it possible to take photos in the rain, which is very much the normal weather this time of year in the Pacific Northwest. Also, it tends to be overcast when it rains (but not always!), which makes the lighting particularly good for photos.

This outfit was definitely a hit at work! I had several meetings that day, and almost everyone who complimented me on the dress — all ladies, btw — wanted to touch the stretchy fabric. Against all that black, the blue, purple, and white feathery pattern of the dress really stood out, and I joked that the pattern was like a Rorschach test up close. Colleagues also got a kick out of when I stretched the dress so that the pattern and colors got distorted, like you can see in the photo below. And a couple of people commented that they liked the exposed zipper down the back. It’s a fun dress to wear!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my bandage dress with a turtleneck and leggings

Weather:  Reallllllly rainy

Where:  Work day with multiple meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Bandage dress:  c/o The Kewl Shop, 2014
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx, this winter
  • Tall boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old
  • Earrings:  Portland Saturday Market, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

feathered floral scuba fit-and-flare dress  //  similar black turtleneck  //  very similar black high-heeled boots  //  triangle drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Print dress + black layers outfit collage

Which is your favorite way that I’ve worn this bandage dress? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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Brown with bright pops of blue

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month!

It seems I love pairing this brown print dress with bright, solid colors; the last time I wore this dress on the blog, I paired it with a bright green button-front. This time, I paired it with a bright blue cardigan. I had first thought of wearing my rust-colored tights, as seen here, but at the last minute, I went bold with my bright blue tights.

Sam jokingly called me “Smurfette,” which I didn’t mind. Smurfette was a sassy gal. 😉 I liked the bright blue — it really pops against the brown!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

I had first thought of wearing my bronze Mary Jane pumps, but then I spied my bronze heels and my brown loafer heels. So I gathered all three pairs and asked Sam to make the final decision. He chose the brown loafer heels, a classic choice. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze and brown shoe choices

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of brown loafer heels and blue tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

I also brought out my rope braid trick again for my bangs, to bring some texture and interest to my short hair. I got quite a few compliments on my hairstyle that day!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of rope braid in short hair, side view

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with bright pops of blue

Weather:  Chilly and a dry spot before all the rain

Where:  Work day that included multiple meetings

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress:  Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Tights:  Kohl’s, old
  • Heels:  DSW, old
  • Tote bag:  JCPenney, old
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Necklace:  Gift from Sam, from a Turkey trip in college
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, 2015

Shop my outfit:

light brown print dress  //  royal blue cardigan  //  dark brown print dress  //  brown loafer heels  //  blue opaque tights  //  dark brown tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown with pops of blue outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Pond in the Woods

SIA inspiration pick:

Now it is time for my sartorial interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She chose the 1922 Georgia O’Keeffe painting called “Pond in the Woods” that she was lucky to see in person at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in December. As Erin says, “I like that it’s colorful but not overly bright.” You can see a close-up of the painting, plus others, here in this article. And you can learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary life here.

How to participate in this SIA challenge:

And there’s still time to participate!

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 by tonight. Erin will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's 1922 'Pond in the Woods' painting

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1922 ‘Pond in the Woods’ painting

My starting point was my sleeveless print blouse, which had four of the colors in the painting (green, blue, black, and white) as well as a swirly brushstroke pattern. My next idea was pairing it with my green patent leather kitten heels, since green is the most dominant color in the painting. I was going to layer my green cardigan over my top, and then that morning, I spied my white cardigan with its colorblock trim of navy and mint. Bingo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

The backdrop is the side of a building on my college campus, and I thought its muted greenish brown color, as well as the bit of lawn in front, helped add more earthy colors to the mix.

And, of course, y’all deserve a closer look at these pretty patent leather kitten heels. They have a rubber sole, so they were a good choice on a drizzly day. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of denim trousers + green patent leather kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Last but not least, a look at my complete outfit with my outerwear. I chose my purple-and-olive houndstooth overcoat so that I could get in the purple color from the painting. And bonus pattern-mixing! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching and multiple meetings

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, old
  • Print top:  Macy’s?, old
  • Denim trousers:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Kitten heels:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print sleeveless top  //  white cardigan with embellished pockets  //  very similar denim trousers  //  olive pointy-toed kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Print blouse + denim trousers + kitten heels outfit collage

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Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Before we get to my outfit of the day, please consider:

  1. Entering my giveaway for a $100 JORD wood watch e-gift code! All entrants receive a $25 e-gift code. Deadline to enter is Feb. 19th. Read more details about the giveaway here.
  2. Voting for your favorite outfit of mine for January.

Thanks in advance!

Remixing blue + chevron

I recently remixed my black-and-white chevron skirt with a blue top, a formula I first tried out a little over a year ago, as seen in my “Chevron skirt debut” post from November 2015.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my chevron skirt with blue

The tops are different but very similar in color. In 2015, I wore my royal blue button-front camp shirt, and tucked it into the skirt. This time, I wore my royal blue sweater and left it untucked. I also switched from black flats to black high-heeled boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

I didn’t initially plan on mixing chevron prints together. I had an early morning shift at the Reference Desk that day, so right before I walked out the door, I grabbed this knit infinity scarf in a chevron print, to help keep me warm. (The sweater is quite thin, and it has a wide, curved neckline.) I ended up needing the scarf all day, and I ended up quite liking the effect of mixing the two chevron prints together. I think it works because the colors in the scarf are neutrals and kind of play off the colors in the skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Awkward…

Midway through our quick photo-shoot, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that directly across the street, a group of guys gathered around a truck were openly staring at us. It felt… uh, awkward, to say the least. They weren’t challenging us or calling out anything — which has happened before when we lived in Portland — but rather just staring, very openly and obviously, in confusion. They had left by the time we finished.

Later, going through the photos, I realized that Sam had captured the transition of my facial expressions, as I went from realization straight on through to awkwardness. It’s all in my facial expressions and arm movements! Left to right, I go from “Wait, are those guys staring at us?” to “Oh crap, they ARE staring at us!” to “Eeeeeek, this is awwwwwwkward” to “Oh, well, let’s finish what we started!” LOL!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Backdrop mural

The backdrop behind me is a 2004 set of murals entitled “Welcome to McKinley” by artist Bob Henry. The mural, fittingly, is located in the McKinley neighborhood of Tacoma. As described on Bob Henry’s site, which has more pics and closeup details of his public art:

“This mural was design[ed] to welcome visitors to the neighborhood. Using the past and progressing to the modern, faces of the owner and friends, Mt. Rainer [sic] and the 34th Street bridge which bridges two canvases 8′ x 20′ into this welcoming, warm mural”

I took photos of the two halves of the mural, and merged them together as best I could into the following collage, so you can get a sense of the contrasting time periods. Click on the photo to enlarge the details.

'Welcome to McKinley' mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

‘Welcome to McKinley’ mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

Bob Henry also included a sweet painting above the mural, depicting children of different ethnicities. This reflects the ethnic diversity in this particular neighborhood of Tacoma.

Detail of 'Welcome to McKinley' mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Weather:  Cold and icy

Where:  Work day, which included a faculty meeting

What:

  • Skirt:  eShakti, last year
  • Sweater:  Mango?, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from Stephanie, old
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Shop my outfit

very similar blue ribbed sweater //  very similar chevron skirt  //  similar chevron infinity scarf  //  similar black heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + chevron outfit collage


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Wearing my mom’s favorite colors

One quick note:  the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

It’s my mother’s birthday today, so in her honor, I put together a collage of me wearing outfits featuring her favorite colors:  purple, royal blue, turquoise, and hot pink. We have similar coloring — pale skin and dark hair — so I often wear these colors, too. I also wear these colors often in combination with each other, particularly pink and purple, as well as pink and turquoise.

Here’s to you, Mom, and happy birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my mom's favorite colors

Links to original posts:
Purple:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4
Royal blue:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4
Turquoise:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4
Hot pink:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4

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