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Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Another day of rainy day layers? You’d think I lived in the Pacific Northwest or something… 😉 Seriously, y’all. So. Much. Rain. And it’s funny to me how it really is hard to capture rain in a photograph. It was legit raining while we took these photos — none of the drizzly rain we’re (in)famous for in the PNW, but honest-to-goodness rain — and you really can’t tell.

On to today’s outfit! I don’t wear my burgundy zip-up sweater cardigan all that often, because it is 100% wool and really warm. It’s also wool, and therefore itchy, which means I have to wear a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath it. So now y’all know that it was both rainy AND very cold when I wore this sweater cardigan.

And I’ve worn this sweater cardigan with these boots before, as seen in the collage below. But this time around, I wore it with a denim skirt and leggings (and a different-colored turtleneck). Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a sweater cardigan collage

2013 outfit — which I really want to rewear soon! Also, it’s fun to pair up photos like these, like I’m looking at myself across time and space.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Sam joked that it the gentleman in the mural who’s facing outward, as seen above, looked like he was enjoying my posing in front of his mural. That made me laugh! Sam always does manage to make me laugh, especially when we’re taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

And more info about this backdrop! I’ve been wanting to take photos at this location for awhile now. It’s a series of murals made out of ceramic tiles, and they look so different depending on whether you’re viewing them up close, like in the pic above, or from further away, like in the pic below.

The murals depict historical views and buildings from the Stadium District neighborhood in Tacoma around the turn of the century. There’s so much public art here in Tacoma, and this is a great example of public art integrated into a private building. You can read more about the murals here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic tile murals in Tacoma, Stadium District

And of course, as we walked across the street after taking photos (where there is an iron fence), Sam suggested I mimic the gentleman in the central mural who is gazing out over the city. No city view for me — the view past the trees is industrial, hence the trees — but we like to be thorough, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Weather:  Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Where:  Sunday brunch with friends in Stadium District

What:

  • Wool cardigan:  Smart Set, bought during PEI trip, 2006
  • Denim skirt:  Thrifted, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx for Kohl’s, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Peacoat:  Bealls, old

Shop my outfit

similar burgundy cardigan sweater  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar cognac tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater cardigan outfit collage


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Blanket scarf inspiration

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Blanket scarf inspiration

I was inspired recently by Catherine’s “How to Style a Blanket Scarf” post on her Southern Gloss blog. The overall look is a bit more boho than my usual style, but I thought it was a clever idea for how to wear a blanket scarf in a different way. Here’s how Catherine describes what she did:

Simply fold a large scarf diagonally and place it over your shoulders as you would a wrap, then belt it at your natural waist being sure to keep the back free

I thought, “I could do that!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf closeup

As you can tell from the back, my scarf is not a true blanket scarf. It’s not in the shape of a square, but instead a rectangle. If my scarf had been a square, it would be hanging in a V down the back, which would have looked more proportional. But it’s the closest thing I have to a blanket scarf, as it has similar bulk and heft.

This scarf was a parting gift from a dear colleague in Abu Dhabi. I usually keep it in my office at work, for whenever I get cold and need to wrap up in something warm. I’ve also been known to bring it with me to movie theaters for the same reason. (Surely I’m not the only one who finds movie theaters freezing?!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Trying something new

I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone on this one, and I don’t know if it’s an entirely successful effort. My rope tassel belt is a bit too thin and disproportionate to the bulk of the scarf, and while my arms were warmer with the additional layer of the white long-sleeved tee, I think it makes the overall outfit look a bit too fussy. But I liked trying something new!

And speaking of trying something new… below is how I normally wear this scarf, casually thrown around my shoulders. This variation looks more like my usual style!

Which way do you prefer the scarf? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf alternative

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Regular work day

What:

  • Blanket scarf:  Gift from co-worker in UAE, old
  • Sheath dress:  My mom’s, vintage
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx, old
  • Tassel belt:  Came with another dress, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit

similar blanket scarf  //  similar white sheath dress  //  similar tassel belt  //  very similar cognac flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration outfit collage


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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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Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Another day, another outfit featuring a statement coat with my cognac boots! Plus, this outfit was so nice I wore it twice! Once on the weekend before the winter quarter began, and then for the first day back to school. I’ve noticed a theme for when I have to run errands on the weekend:  throw on a statement coat and then keep everything else simple.

The outfit underneath this eye-catching coat is literally a t-shirt and a denim skirt with leggings. When I was wearing this outfit around the house, my husband, Sam, didn’t say anything. I put on the coat, Sam turns around, and goes, “WOW! You look like a snow bunny!” It’s all about this fabulous coat. (Which I fashion-swapped last fall, y’all. #fashionswapforthewin)

The last time I wore this coat on the blog, I wore it with these same cognac boots and skinny jeans. I wanted to try something at least a little bit different, so I paired the coat with a denim skirt this time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat closeup

This coat is very worthy of being a statement piece, with its mix of textures and lambswool-lined cuffs and hood. But my and my husband’s favorite detail? The embroidery of bright pink and yellow flowers. It’s the perfect finishing touch and gives this coat a Bohemian flourish.

But I have to admit, the lambswool trim is very photogenic, especially on a windy day. It’s basically photo-bombing me in these photos! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

And lastly, as I mentioned, we took these photos on the weekend before school started up again. So what better place to take photos than a school?! 😉 The backdrop is the main entrance of Lincoln High School, which was first built in 1914 and named for President Abraham Lincoln. The school was designed by Frederick Heath, who was also the mastermind behind adapting the French Chateau-style hotel into Stadium High School, which you can see here in this post from last week. There are quite a lot of historic and beautiful school buildings in Tacoma, thanks in large part to Heath, who was the city’s official school architect in the early 1900s.

I love that the word above the front doors of Lincoln High School is “Simplicity.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Weather:  The high was only 33 degrees Fahrenheit!

Where:  One weekend day for running errands; First day back at school for winter quarter

What:

  • Statement coat:  Phosphorus, fashion-swapped last fall {exact coat still available in black!!!}
  • Denim skirt:  Fashion-swapped a few falls ago
  • Tee:  Gap, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx for Kohl’s
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, new

exact coat in black  //  vest with fur and fringe trim  //  suede jacket with fringe trim  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  very similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat outfit collage

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