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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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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

🍀 🍀 🍀 I’m wearing green on my blog for St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🍀 🍀

I knew I wanted to pair this colorblock-trim cardigan with my navy dress, a riff off when I wore this cardigan over my navy dotted skirt. That morning as I was getting dressed, I happened to look over at my scarf bins in our closet… and realized that one of the vintage scarves I thrifted in the fall had the EXACT colors of this cardigan. EXACT. (I can neither confirm nor deny a happy dance commencing after that revelation.)

The front of my cardigan is distinctive with a row of navy trim down the front with brass buttons as well as navy-trimmed pockets, so I didn’t want to detract from those details with my scarf. I could have doubled up the scarf to wear it more like a neckerchief, but then another light bulb… I could wear my scarf with the ends hanging down the back!

I am a fashion rebel, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan, closeup

The mint-and-navy scarf I thrifted last fall is a Vera Neumann scarf, and it is so pretttttttty. I was looking at posts, like here and here, about how you could date the scarf, and most of the clues go back to the signature. The signature on my scarf with its taller and more curved “V” looks like the signature that began in the late 60s and in the 80s. Based on the more streamlined, preppy-type pattern, I’m going to guess the early ’80s, rather than the ’60s, when her scarves had more graphic and geometric prints.

Below is a closeup of my scarf’s signature, plus how well it matches the trim of my cardigan. Y’all know how I love color-coordinating, so this discovery had me over the moon!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Vera Neumann scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Looking over these pics, I really should have used either my steamer or my wrinkle releaser spray on my outfit… on the plus side, these wrinkles serve to highlight everyday use. Just another example of how I really do wear these outfits in real life! 😉

Also, it was super fun and sweet when a student worker in our library that day stopped short, all wide-eyed, and asked, “Did that scarf come with that cardigan? How does it attach?” And then she was amazed that I had bought each piece separately, even years apart! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Weather: Chilly and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day with meetings (what else is new?!)

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, years ago
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted, vintage
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein via Macy’s, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Birthday gift, old

Shop my outfit:

mint trim cardigan  //  very similar navy fit-and-flare dress  //  mint scarf  //  almost exact navy wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Pond in the Woods

SIA inspiration pick:

Now it is time for my sartorial interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She chose the 1922 Georgia O’Keeffe painting called “Pond in the Woods” that she was lucky to see in person at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in December. As Erin says, “I like that it’s colorful but not overly bright.” You can see a close-up of the painting, plus others, here in this article. And you can learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary life here.

How to participate in this SIA challenge:

And there’s still time to participate!

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 by tonight. Erin will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's 1922 'Pond in the Woods' painting

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1922 ‘Pond in the Woods’ painting

My starting point was my sleeveless print blouse, which had four of the colors in the painting (green, blue, black, and white) as well as a swirly brushstroke pattern. My next idea was pairing it with my green patent leather kitten heels, since green is the most dominant color in the painting. I was going to layer my green cardigan over my top, and then that morning, I spied my white cardigan with its colorblock trim of navy and mint. Bingo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

The backdrop is the side of a building on my college campus, and I thought its muted greenish brown color, as well as the bit of lawn in front, helped add more earthy colors to the mix.

And, of course, y’all deserve a closer look at these pretty patent leather kitten heels. They have a rubber sole, so they were a good choice on a drizzly day. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of denim trousers + green patent leather kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Last but not least, a look at my complete outfit with my outerwear. I chose my purple-and-olive houndstooth overcoat so that I could get in the purple color from the painting. And bonus pattern-mixing! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching and multiple meetings

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, old
  • Print top:  Macy’s?, old
  • Denim trousers:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Kitten heels:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print sleeveless top  //  white cardigan with embellished pockets  //  very similar denim trousers  //  olive pointy-toed kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Print blouse + denim trousers + kitten heels outfit collage

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