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As country as I get, y’all

A friend of mine — the same friend who invited me to the local fashion show! — recently gifted me a pair of like-new Lucchese cowboy boots she had been moving around with her for years after she stopped wearing cowboy boots. When we were realized we wore the same size shoe, she saw an opportunity to pass them on. Even though I grew up in Texas, and in the countryside to boot (hah! pun intended), I had NEVER WORN real cowboy boots before. (I KNOW.) So we made a deal:  I would try on the boots, and if they fit, then it was meant to be. If they didn’t, then no harm in trying.

Y’all, I tried on the first boot, and it went on with that little “pop” you get when a boot really fits. It was meant to be! These cowboy boots are beautifully simple and well-made.

Prepare yourself, you’re about to see me in cowboy boots. (Mom, this message is especially for you.) Y’all ready? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots collage

And OF COURSE my first instinct was to do research. I immediately started searching on Pinterest for casual outfits with cowboy boots, and you can see my “Cowboy boots outfit inspiration” board here.

The day I went over to try on the boots, I wore my denim skirt and my “My y’all is authentic” tee. This simple outfit also felt right with the boots, so I just kept wearing them for pics!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + the Tacoma dome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + the Tacoma dome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + the Tacoma dome

Some extra fun details:  In addition to my “y’all” tee, I am also wearing a Stetson hat. It’s a fedora, not a cowboy hat — even I have my limits — but it is made by Stetson, a well-known maker of cowboy hats. And I am wearing yellow rose earrings, and “The Yellow Rose of Texas” is a well-known folk song (and movie starring Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger). The yellow rose signifies friendship, and the original Caddo Indian name for the state — “Tejas” — means “friendship.”

So, yes, this is as country (and as Texan) as I get, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Stetson hat + "My y'all is authentic" tee + yellow rose earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Stetson hat + "My y'all is authentic" tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + the Tacoma dome

The backdrop for these photos is McKinley Park, on the east side of Tacoma, a park that overlooks the Tacoma Dome. So yes, that is the Tacoma Dome that is featured in the backdrop of some of the photos above! It’s actually one of the oldest parks in the city, and includes trails that go down and around the east side hills. However, due to the location of I-5 (a major freeway that connects Tacoma to Seattle), there are also parts of the park that get drowned amidst traffic noise, and some of the views include the highway and its constant construction, as you can see in one of my pics below.

I liked this location for photos of me finally (!) wearing cowboy boots as it’s a park that’s equal parts country and city. Like me wearing cowboy boots! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + denim skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + the Tacoma dome sign

Below is a close-up of the cowboy boots — I like that you can see the special details of the stitching when you look close. Thank you, Christina, for gifting me these boots — and, as you put it, “embracing my heritage.” LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + denim skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cowboy boots + denim skirt

Weather:  Hot and hazy

Where:  Weekend

What:

  • Cowboy boots:  Lucchese, gifted from a friend
  • Tee:  The Home T, gift from my mom
  • Denim skirt:  Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • Fedora:  Stetson, thrifted in Amsterdam, old
  • Rose earring studs:  Local boutique in Portland, old

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Shop my outfit:

similar fedora  //  similar grey “y’all” tee  //  denim a-line skirt  //  very similar boots by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Y'all tee + denim skirt + cowboy boots outfit collage

I enjoyed that the first time out wearing these boots, I had to run an errand — and as I walking, I overheard a woman say to her significant other, “Oooh, I like those boots! I need a pair!” 😀

Do you have a pair of cowboy boots? If so, how do you enjoy wearing them? Please leave a comment and let me know!


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“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you look through my Pinterest boards — especially my “White Lace Dress Ideas” board — then you’ll know I’ve pinned several versions of a white lace dress/skirt + olive cargo vest combo, like here, here, and here.

So I have been waiting to wear this particular combo for awhile now… and that time is NOW:

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you follow my Instagram, then you know I had henna done at the Tacoma pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I love how the henna design on my hand looked like a variation of lace itself right next to the lace design on my dress. And the reddish brown hue of the henna ties in with my cognac wedges — and my coconut shell necklace. I also wore stud earrings my paternal grandmother made decades ago out of petrified wood.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo closeup

I wore my bangs back on my new pixie cut this day — it’s super easy to style right after a shower! I still use my dry shampoo paste on this shorter cut, a process I outlined in this post here.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

The mural on the stairs, seen above, and the retaining wall, seen below, is known as the “Dometop Mural” and is part of the Tacoma Mural Arts Project. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Work day in the summer

What:

  • Dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, new
  • Cargo vest:  Old Navy, fashion-swapped with blogger pal Erin years ago
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Coconut shell necklace:  Local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

similar white lace dress  //  very similar olive cargo vest //  very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + olive cargo vest outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Chicago naturescape

It’s my interpretation of this past week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin decided to use a photograph that her friend, an amateur photographer, took of tulips against the Chicago skyline. Her friend posts online and on Instagram as blinkofalens.

Chicago flowers and skyline, photo by Vinod, blinkofalens

Photo of Chicago flowers and skyline, used with permission of the photographer

My interpretation:

My outfit came together very quickly. I primarily focused on the pink and turquoise colors in the photo. (It also helped that I had recently painted my fingernails “Rockstar Pink” and my toenails “Jazzy Jade” from the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear line.) I knotted my thinner chambray shirt over my pink-and-white ikat-print sundress.

I also had Sam take some photos from a lower perspective, to echo the angle taken in the inspiration photograph. It was fun to look super tall in these photos — I guess my legs are like the “stems” of the flowers? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

We took photos in Wright Park in Tacoma, where we also enjoyed the annual Food Truck Fest! The greenery of the park grass totally fit in with the inspiration photograph.

We also took a few photos by one of the nearby sculptures in the park, a bronze sculpture of an older man and a younger girl called “The Leaf” by teacher-turned-artist Larry Anderson.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + teal pedicure + cognac wedges closeup

Close-ups of my cognac-colored accessories and my new mani/pedi!

I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, and it came together so easily. Gotta love summer! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Rockstar Pink" manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze — perfect PNW summer weather!

Where:  Weekend outing to the park and annual Food Truck Fest

What:

  • Dress:  JCPenney, old
  • Chambray shirt:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Straw bag:  Local boutique in Vancouver, WA, old
  • Nail polish for manicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Nail polish for pedicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Jazzy Jade

Shop my outfit:

very similar chambray shirt  //  similar print dress  // very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Chambray + floral + cognac outfit collage

Yep, there’s 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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, so get those photos in to her by tonight.

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Equestrian-style remix

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Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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