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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted¬†to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt: ¬†c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag: ¬†Target, new
  • Black metal hoops: ¬†Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

As I flipping through the November 2016 issue of People StyleWatch, I saw a feature on fall outfit formulas, and one of them was about pairing a pleated midi skirt with a crewneck sweater and ankle strap shoes. ON IT.

Librarian for Life + Style | People StyleWatch pleated midi skirt feature

I paired coral pleated skirt with my black crewneck sweater for a super simple outfit formula. I added a little something extra with my snakeskin, ankle-strap wedges, for that touch of whimsy I like to mix in with my comfy + classic style.

I often tuck in my shirts when I wear this skirt, because I like to emphasize the wide waistband, as seen here and here, but today, it felt more natural to keep the sweater untucked. I think the pleats stood out even more this way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + coral + snakeskin wedges

And, of course, with a pleated skirt, you know there will be twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Weather:  Warmed up to low 60s and no rain

Where:  Work day with reference desk + meetings

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†JCPenney, old
  • Skirt: ¬†c/o giveaway, old
  • Wedges: Clark’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Christmas gift, old

exact crewneck sweater (also available in black)  //  very similar coral pleated skirt  //  snakeskin-and-suede wedges  //  chandelier lace earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula collage

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SIA interpretation: Bear in Boat

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Jess @ Animated Cardigan¬†chose a charming, modern painting, “Bear in Boat,” by artist Joyce Koskenmaki. The entire painting is viewable on the artist’s website.

And there’s still time to¬†participate in SIA! Everyone is welcome — just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs SIA choice to Jess at¬†animatedcardigan@gmail.com. She‚Äôll post the round-up tonight¬†on her blog,¬†Animated Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation:  Bear in Boat

The day after I posted about this week’s SIA challenge, I posted my orange floral + JORD wood watch review post. A reader pointed out that that outfit would have been great for this week’s SIA challenge — and I agree! Alas, I wore it the week before I knew about the SIA challenge.

What I did end up wearing inspired by the “Bear in Boat” painting was this outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Details: ¬†Brown print shirtdress, thrifted {similar} ¬†// ¬†Orange scarf (used as belt), came with another dress {similar} ¬†// ¬†Gold cube earrings studs, Old Navy {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Gold-and-scream sandals, Target, old {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Orange ceramic necklace, Vancouver BC {similar} ¬†// ¬†Dark brown wood watch, c/o JORD {exact, “Ely” style in black}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

The boat in the painting looks orange-y to me, so I tied an orange scarf around a brown printed shirtdress. The diamond print of the dress made me think of the “V” shape of the tree shadows in the bottom of the painting. I don’t have much green in my wardrobe, but posing against a backdrop of trees took care of that! ūüėČ I rewore my JORD wood watch, which also fit the inspiration painting full of forest.

Twirling alert!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

I felt super comfortable and feminine in this outfit. Thanks to Stephanie for taking photos!¬†And last but not least, dresses with pockets! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

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SIA: Two for one

My Style Imitating Art (SIA) choice this time is the beguiling “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist¬†Bartolom√© Esteban Murillo.

If you would like to participate in SIA — there’s still time! — then all you have to do is send a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to me (librarianforlifestyle[@]gmail.com) by¬†tonight,¬†Monday, Oct. 20, by 10 pm PST. I will then post the round-up tomorrow morning.

Inspiration:

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Interpretation:

I loved the autumnal color palette of the painting, so I layered my trusty brown cardigan over my mom’s vintage sheath dress and brown leggings. I added¬†to the earth tones with my cognac riding boots. The pop of color came from my new coral earrings from Our¬†World Boutique, courtesy of a giveaway prize. I also mixed in some texture with my chunky, bronze-and-wood bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Details: ¬†White sheath dress: ¬†My mom’s, vintage ¬†{similar option on sale} {another similar option on sale} / ¬†Brown cardigan: ¬†Gap, old {similar} / ¬†Brown leggings, worn as tights: ¬†Spanx for Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter {similar} / ¬†Cognac riding boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, last fall {almost exact from same brand} ¬†/ ¬†Coral earrings: ¬†Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway {cool option} {another pretty pair} / ¬†Tan overcoat: ¬†Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi, 2009 {similar} ¬†/ ¬†Bronze-and-wood bracelet: ¬†Christmas market in Vienna, 2009 {chunky wood bracelet} {wood-and-mother-of-pearl bracelet} / ¬†Brown felt cloche: ¬†LOFT, old {very¬†similar cloche}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Still having fun mixing things up on the short hair front… that morning, I wet the bangs and blow-dried them flat, and then secured them to the side with a couple of bobby pins. I like the softer, rounder result — definitely a nice frame for the coral earrings!

As it was an off-and-on rainy kind of day, I wore my tan overcoat and my brown cloche. More earth tones and textures! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloche hat + overcoat

For¬†more posts featuring this awesome felt cloche hat — but with my longer hair — click here and here.

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I wanna be like Gracey

When Gracey @ Fashion for Giants and I first met up in person, I wore my coral pleated skirt, and she mentioned that she also had a similar¬†pleated¬†coral skirt. Then this past spring, Gracey¬†debuted a library stamp tee — which my husband then gifted me this summer for my birthday.

So on this morning, I woke up with the thought, “I wanna be like Gracey!” and put the two together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Details:  Grey stamp tee:  Out of Order, birthday gift from my husband  {exact} /  Coral pleated skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway in spring 2012 {similar}  /  Pewter wedges:  Payless, old  {similar} /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter 2013 {exact} /  Silver circle drop earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {similar}

My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to take my pics today — she took pics the whole first week of fall term, while my husband was away on his book tour — and below is the pose I struck after she said, “Now be sassy!” ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt
I haven’t been inspired that lately with my hair, but on this day, I decided to try an old favorite, side rope braids twisted into mini-buns {here’s a good online tutorial for this hairstyle}. This kind of style really only works when my hair is wet, as my thin hair has very little “grip” when it’s dry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braids and bun hairstyle

I like this¬†photo below, even though it’s blurry, because of the movement in the photo and my facial expression.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

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