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Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I loved this outfit so much — and the photo location! — that this is a warning that this post is more photo-laden than usual.

The backdrop was a total accident, albeit a happy one. It’s a branch-covered wall by a public parking space in downtown Tacoma. While we were out and about a few weeks ago (yes, it took a while to get this outfit up on the blog), we parked in this parking lot for the first time. As we got out of the car, I saw the wall and went, “Huh. That might be a good place to take pictures.” And it was! I didn’t realize how good this backdrop would be until Sam kept saying, “Wow!” while he taking photos, about how dynamic the branches looked in photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

But now about the outfit! It’s SO SIMPLE yet low-key dynamic on its own, I suppose. I paired a basic white cardigan with black skinny jeans and a tan coat. I then decided to make myself feel a bit more pepped-up with red lipstick… which led to the red crossbody bag. And the gold trim on the red crossbody bag led me to my classic gold hoop earrings (reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s own earrings in Sabrina, a birthday gift last year).

Classic, simple pieces that just work. Every. Single. Time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of textured slip-on flats

These textured espadrille slip-ons were the last things I grabbed. I could have easily gone for my classic black ballet flats, or my leopard print flats, or even my striped slip-on sneakers, which would all have looked just fine. But I chose these espadrille slip-ons because the colors, tan and black, just seemed to tie the color-blocked nature of my outfit together. And they felt a bit unexpected amidst all the classic pieces. It just worked for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I had to darken the photo above a bit to get a better look at these gold hoop earrings, which are actually clip-ons. Being such a classic design, these earrings are a fun and easy way to add some easy glamor to an everyday kind of outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Weather:  Chilly and windy but no rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

I am pattern-mixing AND remixing today with one of my favorite color combos, navy + green.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

If you are seeing this outfit and thinking, “Haven’t I seen this outfit on the blog before?,” I would not blame you. I haven’t worn this exact combo before on the blog — colorblock cardigan + striped tank + polka-dotted skirt — but I have remixed two out of the three pieces together in different ways before, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of cardigan + tank + skirt

Links to original posts:
top left, cardigan + skirt (2014)  //  top middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  top right, tank + skirt (2013)
bottom left, tank + skirt (2013)  //  bottom middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  bottom right, cardigan + tank + skirt (2018, ths post)

Remixing = real life.
Always.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Admittedly, I hadn’t worn this polka-dotted skirt in awhile, but it did amuse me how many of my colleagues in the library first complimented me on my dress. It was extra fun to see their jaws drop when I told them it was actually a tank top and a skirt. I do appreciate that my colleagues have gotten used to seeing me pattern-mix, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

It was still quite chilly that day — we “joke” up here in the PNW that it doesn’t really warm up until after Fourth of July — which is why you’re seeing a peek of my coat in the pic below.

I went for bronze accessories, my Mary Jane heels and my topaz drop earrings, because of the bronze buttons on my cardigan. I love my thrifted Mary Jane heels deeply, and one of the (many) things I love about them is how the perforations on the toe make a heart shape. ♥♥♥ Click the photo below for a closeup.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze Mary Jane heels + navy tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Summer work casual | Grey library tee + tan trousers + pewter wedges

On a summer work day that included multiple meetings, I wore a basic go-to outfit formula that I utilize time and again when I happen to be working in summer quarter:  a nicer tee with wide-legged trousers and strappy sandals. The trousers give it the necessary work-appropriate edge, while the tee is casual and comfy, and the sandals allow for air flow in the heat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee + trousers work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee + trousers work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Pewter wedges closeup

Above and below are closeups of my accessories, including my pewter wedge sandals (which have a rubber sole, so they’re particularly useful while walking across campus) and my earrings below. I debated amongst several earring choices, but I went with these “tiki-style” bead earrings that my paternal grandmother made decades ago, to add a bit of fun and whimsy to my ensemble. (Note:  We took photos of this outfit before I got my new purse that replaced this tote bag.)

And of course, my “NEVER FORGET” library card catalog tee adds its own whimsy! It also reinforces my role as librarian in whatever campus meeting I’m involved in, and helps get across my sense of humor to anyone who might not know me yet. 😉 (Yes, I really do think all about all these details when I get dressed for the day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee + trousers work casual

Weather:  Hot

Where:  Summer work day with multiple meetings

What:

  • Library tee:  TopatoCo (?), new
  • Trousers:  The Limited, old
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

exact tee (it looks black online, but it’s actually a dark grey — still a few sizes left!)  //  very similar tan wide-leg trousers  //  very similar strappy pewter wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + wide-leg trousers outfit collage

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Remixing my Wonder Woman tee at a local comicon

Thanks in advance for voting for your favorite outfit of mine from last month! 🙂

I am combining two new items in this month, showcasing my equal love for Audrey Hepburn (my hoop earrings, an early birthday present from my mom) AND Wonder Woman (my new tee). Just put your hands together…

The first time you saw me wearing my new Wonder Woman tee, I wore it with red ankle pants. I kept to the red theme, but this time, I remixed the tee by layering it over my red-and-gold cotton dress. (You can see the dress in its entirety here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Two Wonder Women! At the Tacoma Public Library Atomic Comicon

I wore this Wonder Woman-inspired outfit to Tacoma Public Library’s annual Atomic Comicon. OF COURSE I had to pose with the new Wonder Woman herself! I also enjoyed the Lego display, with Wonder Woman leading the Justice League, as seen below. 😀

And at the button-making table, I was inspired to make my own Wonder Woman button, which I added to my tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Justice League Lego display at local comicon

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my Wonder Woman button

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

And how perfect are my new hoop earrings with this outfit? They perfectly echo the circular Wonder Woman logo on my tee. And I’m just loving the metallics in general with this outfit, from my earrings to the tee to the gold lotus blossom print on my dress to my criss-cross sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my Wonder Woman button

I also picked up a button at the Geek Girl Con table, which is an organization that “works to empower women and girls to pursue their passions—whether they love science and technology, comics, literature, gaming, or anything else!” ♥

#GeekGirlCon #ProudToBeAGeek #LibraryGeekForLife

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my Wonder Woman tee

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Local comicon and then out to ice cream

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar Wonder Woman tee //  very similar drop hoop earrings  //  polka-dot red skirt  //  very similar sandals by same brand 

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee + skirt outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! 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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Inspiration:

I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80. The cloth is in the upper right of the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA stripes + gingham inspiration outfit collage

Interpretation:

When I saw the graphic design of the wrapping cloth, I immediately thought of my new Lands’ End striped dress. That was my starting point. I could have stopped there, but since the cloth incorporates different shapes, I thought pattern-mixing was in order. (Any excuse to pattern-mix, y’all! 😉 ) I could have paired this dress with almost any of my gingham shirts, but in the end, I went with my old orange gingham shirt from Old Navy. And my yellow tote bag finished off this ready-for-spring casual outfit.

And y’all know I’m not one to shy away from wearing color. Bring it on, spring! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

I went with my champagne-colored flats because they’re a neutral color, plus I thought the wrapping of the satin ribbon on the front of the flats fit in with the inspiration wrapping cloth.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + flats SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

It was such a gorgeous and sunny day last weekend — the first day of spring that it felt warm enough to go out with bare legs! (And yes, I am really am this pale, all year round.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit closeup

And last but not least, do y’all remember when I mentioned the last time we took pics along East 34th Street Bridge that I wanted to take pics there each season as a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma? So here you go, springtime and budding trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Weather:  Sunny and glorious

Where:  Errand-running on a Saturday morning

What:

  • Striped dress:  Lands’ End, new {exact dress still available!}
  • Gingham shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Gift from my mom, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar orange gingham shirt  //  exact striped dress  //  similar colorblock tote bag  //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange gingham + striped dress outfit collage


Can’t wait to see the round-up!


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