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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. 😉

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! 😀

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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.

∼ 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 ∼

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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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Casually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Today’s outfit I actually wore twice within the span of a week:  once to work, and then to brunch on the weekend with a friend visiting the area.

When I wore this outfit to work, a librarian colleague was dressed in a similar outfit, which we both noticed and laughed about. For a casually professional look — one that doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation — we both return to the same outfit formula of:

  • pairing tall boots with skinny jeans
  • pairing a print blouse or tank with a solid-colored blazer

This outfit formula just works every time. It’s comfortable to wear, the print provides some visual interest, and the blazer adds a professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Because of the geometric print of my blouse, I added geometric earrings. These bronze-and-bead earrings were a gift from my friend and former co-worker Stephanie. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of print blouse + bronze earrings + velvet blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

We took pics after the weekend brunch, at a nearby skate park. It was a treat to be active and run around the park, which was deserted on a Saturday morning. Sam was there to capture all the fun! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

So. Many. Outtakes. The sun at late morning provided shadows and therefore opportunities for interesting photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Work day, then a weekend brunch

What:

  • Blazer:  Gap, old
  • Blouse:  Banana Republic, thrifted, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Oru, gift from Stephanie, old

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  very similar geo-print sleeveless blouse  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac tall boots  //  very similar bronze-and-bead earrings from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + print blouse outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate! Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress:  Lands’ End, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces:  ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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Remixing hearts + shades of red

Last week, I highlighted past fall favorite outfits I would wear again… which is basically what I did with this outfit. This is essentially the same outfit, only with the “completer piece” changed from a light blue cardigan, when I wore it last fall, to a denim jacket this fall. I also changed up the placement of the red fabric belt that came with this eShakti dress.

But those small differences make an impact. My 2015 outfit looks more 1950s retro, with the belted cardigan, while my denim jacket topper this fall helps make my outfit look more modern. Either way, I love this outfit and this heart-print dress!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart-print dress

And the house behind me in the photos? Yep, it’s our new home in Tacoma! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red fabric belt + heart-print dress

Last time, I wore this belt with the cut-out to the side. This time, I placed the cut-out front and center. I liked that from afar, it looks like banding on the waist of the dress!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

I really liked how all the colors came together in this outfit, even with all the different shades of red. I am mixing together bright red (belt), a bright burgundy (coat), a slightly warmer burgundy (tote bag), and a brownish burgundy (tights). Yet it all looks cohesive. Why? I think it comes down to the print of the dress, which has both bright red and burgundy shades in it. Plus, everything else is a neutral, including the white background of the dress, my bronze heels, and my denim jacket.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing hearts + shades of red

Weather:  Rainy + overcast fall day (it was actually raining while taking these photos — thank goodness for my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is water-resistant.)

Where:  Busy work day which included reference desk duty, meetings, and a presentation

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, last fall
  • Belt:  Came with this dress
  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Overcoat:  LOFT, thrifted, old
  • Tote bag:  Kmart? Kohl’s?, old

similar wrap dress with novelty print  //  similar light denim jacket  //  red belt  //  similar dark burgundy tights  //  neutral Mary Jane heels  //  similar burgundy tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of red 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. 😉

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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