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Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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SIA interpretation: Primavera

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen this round by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose an amazing sculpture she saw during her recent trip to Cuba. The sculpture is entitled “Primavera” (which translates to “Spring” in English) by Cuban sculptor Rafael San Juan. Installed for Havana’s 12th Biennial of Arts, it depicts the bust of a woman with a crown of butterflies on her head, and the artwork is intended as a tribute to the spirit of Cuban women. You can see more photos and learn more about the sculpture from this article and this interview with the sculptor. Below is a photo of the sculpture that Salazar took on her travels.

Photograph of "Primavera" (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

Photograph of “Primavera” (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

My inspiration outfit started with bronze, to bring in the color and texture from the sculpture itself. I have on bronze hoop earrings, bronze heels, and wide-leg brown trousers with bronze-y threads woven throughout the textile. I then pulled together the green (walls) and blue (sky) tones from the photograph. No butterflies for me, but the graphic print on my blouse felt like it captured the fluid nature and curves of the sculpture. The backdrop I chose of the fence and stone also added industrial materials and textures that the sculpture incorporates.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoops and lapiz lazuli earrings

I paired my bronze hoops with my lapis lazuli stud earrings, in order to connect to my bronze heels and the bits of blue in my patterned blouse — and to juxtapose more textures together.

I almost prefer my outfit with the outerwear, as seen below. The cloche and the coat give the outfit a bit of a retro flair, and my bronze hoops pair nicely with the cloche hat. The scarf is the one my mom gifted me years ago; the other side features the names of book genres, as seen here in this post. This side, the striped back side of the scarf, is also pretty cool. I also added photos of my inspiration outfit with the outerwear because I am combining hard and soft lines together — the cloche has a rounded shape, while the overcoat (and trousers, too, for that matter) have harder lines and angles.

Side note about patterning… with the outerwear, I am technically mixing four different patterns — tattersall (overcoat), stripes (scarf), geometric print (blouse), and tweed print (trousers) — yet nothing is clashing or overwhelming. All the patterns and color tones are working harmoniously together. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library, including a reference shift

What:

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Remixing brown + green + bronze

I do love remixing brown + green + bronze together. Here’s a quick round-up of ways I’ve mixed these colors together, including this most recent outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing brown + green + bronze collage

left outfit (2014)  //  middle outfit (2015)  //  right outfit (2018)

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Teal coat + all black outfit + new earrings

I have been LOVING my new teal overcoat, especially when paired with black. Today’s outfit is pretty basic and simple, punched up with the bright color of the coat and the chevron pattern on the scarf.

Below, the full outfit with the coat on.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

And now a look at the outfit underneath. Black flats, leggings, a-line skirt, and cardigan — super basic and super comfortable.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

The accessories, the chevron scarf and the rosette earrings, are both gifts from my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie — you most recently saw Stephanie here in this SIA round-up post! The earrings are from Rose Pedals Jewelry, made from recycled rubber and inner tubes — how cool is that?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit from the back

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit closeup + view of Tacoma

The backdrop is one seen on the top level of the Tacoma Dome parking garage. I’m glad we got another batch of photos here, as the parking structure is about to undergo a year (at least) of construction.

And below, a special series of outtakes from our quick photoshoot. It was a (rare!) sunny winter day, so Sam had fun playing with shadows, including his own! The photos below were taken in sequence, starting with my wave at Sam, his wave back, and then my blowing him kisses. After 21+ years together, we still crack each other up! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit outtake

Weather:  Sunny but very chilly

Where:  Brunch on the weekend, and then to work the next week

What:

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

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Sam’s style, new cardigan + thrifted button-front

I’ve written a lot about cardigans before, like in this “Cardigan collective” post, as cardigans are wardrobe staples for librarians (it’s often very cold in libraries to help preserve the collection, so we librarians gotta layer!). My husband, being an educator himself, also loves cardigans — but it’s harder to find in men’s stores nice cardigans that aren’t really thick or bulky. Has anyone else encountered this?

So it was my mission to find a reliable line of cardigans for Sam, which have turned out to be the thinner merino wool cardigans at J.Crew Factory. Over the last couple of years, he has accumulated J.Crew Factory cardigans in basic neutrals of black, light grey (seen here) and dark grey (seen here). And now there’s a new addition to his J.Crew Factory cardigan collection — a “heather garnet” (and still available online!). It looks like a darker burgundy online, but it’s brighter in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front closeup

I really love that you can see the heather pattern in this cardigan when you look up close. And it pairs really well with a plaid button-front shirt he thrifted in town last year. The plaid is a dark grey and white with bits of this exact garnet color running through it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, new cardigan + plaid button-front

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