Tag Archives: cognac accessories

Sam’s style | Tartan tie + brogues

Isn’t it time for some more of Sam’s style? The answer, of course, is ALWAYS. And it seems fitting that a day after I feature my dusty rose jeans, that I feature Sam’s “faded burgundy” trousers. Equality, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + brogues

My husband is a vegetarian, so we have to scout out non-leather shoes for him. These are brogues made from man-made materials, and I love the cognac color of these shoes. They also tie in with the (non-leather) cognac belt he’s wearing — and with his JORD wood watch!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, burgundy trousers + brogues closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + wood watch closeup

And of course, Sam is no stranger to outtakes, either! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + wood watch closeup outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, tartan tie + brogues

Details:

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Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

When it’s fall, I always want to bring out my “Ferdy the Fox” sweater. And it paired very nicely with my dusty rose skinny jeans {still available online!} and cowboy boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you just can’t take Texas out of the girl, eh?… 😉 Gotta admit, these cowboy boots are soooooo comfortable, and they fit LIKE A GLOVE. You can read all about how I came by these cowboy boots here in this post, thanks to my friend Christina.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

And yes, this tote bag that I won last spring (at the local fashion show I walked in!) is my favorite bag this fall season.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Dusty rose jeans + cowboy boots

Weather:  Chilly but dry

Where:  Professional development day

What:

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SIA interpretation: Black Cat

A quick note that the poll is open for you to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Salazar chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911).

Collage of "The Black Cat" and my inspiration outfit. "Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

Collage of “The Black Cat” and my inspiration outfit. “Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

My interpretation:

I have several cat-print items in my wardrobe, including this adorable cat-print tee, so my main task was to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t featured my cat-print dress on the blog for a few years. I have consistently worn this dress — it’s a staple during the fall season, and those on Instagram have seen me wear this dress already this fall (along with this same blanket scarf, although worn in a slightly different way) — but I just hadn’t bothered photographing it recently.

The colors in this dress are just so perfect for the inspiration artwork, as well as the kitty cats in the pattern!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

And just how perfect is this background?! I knew this little Japanese garden would be a good starting point, as the artist for this week’s SIA inspiration artwork, Hishida Shunso, is Japanese. In the garden, I then spied this Japanese maple tree in this gorgeous shade of yellow, which matched the inspiration painting so well! It was meant to be. (Happy sigh.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

I forgot to get detail shots of my pumpkin earrings, but you can sorta see them in the pic above. I wore this outfit last Monday, the day before Halloween, so they still fit thematically. And in real life, the orange of those earrings popped against the black blanket scarf. One could argue that the pinstripes in this scarf also echoed the veins in the leaves in the inspiration painting? Right? That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

My tights also have a ribbed texture, so I’m mixing three different patterns together! Hello, my name is Jen, and I like to find new ways to pattern-mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup with boots and ribbed tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Weather:  Dry and sunny, a perfect fall day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing this dress:

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I hadn’t featured this cat-print dress on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make a collage of the previous ways that I have worn this cat-print dress. You’ll notice in the middle pic below that the back of this dress is actually a V-neck — but this time around, I switched the dress around to wear the rounder neckline in the back!

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

Links to original posts:
left (2012)  //  middle (2013)  // right (2014)

There is 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

Can’t wait to see the SIA round-up!


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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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