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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! ūüôā

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 neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

I wore this outfit for a casual coffee meet-up with a fellow librarian in the region, but I still wanted to look professional. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and red and leopard print combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Since I didn’t have to go to work this day, I could get away with this smaller crossbody bag. And it’s amazing how much this crossbody bag and my coordinating red lipstick helped elevate this simple look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Weather:  50s and drizzly

Where:  Coffee meeting with regional colleague

What:

  • Gingham button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, this winter
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, last year
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Crossbody: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Black hoops: ¬†Made In Oregon, Christmas gift years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar red envelope clutch  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red clutch + leopard flats outfit collage


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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme?¬†Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. ūüôā

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out¬†arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take¬†outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Scarf: ¬†Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat: ¬†Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots: ¬†Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings: ¬†From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick: ¬†L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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Then and now: Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Almost exactly three years ago, I paired together a basic teal tee and my mom’s vintage skirt from Thailand, along with a vintage statement necklace. This summer, I again reached for the teal tee and vintage skirt, this time remixing the outfit¬†with statement earrings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Then and now: Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

I love the teal and brown together and the more casual vibe this go-round. Perhaps that also comes from untucking the tee?

It’s also appropriate — and unplanned, I promise! — that I wore this vintage skirt of my mom’s from Thailand along with dangly earrings I got from a more recent trip to Thailand ON MY WAY to eat lunch at a Thai restaurant. Style synergy, y’all. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Librarian for Life + Style | Dangly earrings and rope braid for bangs

Details:  Paisley print maxi skirt, vintage, Thailand {similar}  //  Teal tee, Nordstrom Rack, old {similar}  //  Dangly beaded earrings, Thailand {similar}  //  Crossbody bag, gift, old {similar} //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand} {another similar option from same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

The backdrop is a transit stop in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, where all the benches are in the shapes of punctuation marks. So fun!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

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Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

This might just turn out to be my favorite outfit for the month! I love the bright and bold color combo of berry + black and white, as well as the pattern-mixing with the crossbody bag and striped dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

Details: ¬†Striped dress, Old Navy, old {very similar sleeveless option} {very similar long-sleeved option} ¬†// ¬†Berry cardigan, August Silk via Macy’s {exact style in different colors} ¬†// ¬†Berry leggings, Spanx {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Black flats, Payless, old {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Polka-dot crossbody bag, Fossil via Macy’s {mint crossbody bag} {black polka dot crossbody bag}

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

I wore this cheery outfit on a weekend outing for a breakfast with friends, followed by a bit of shopping and a haircut trim. It turned out to be a sunny day, but since I was starting out on public transit in the early morning chill, I wore leggings. I thought about basic black leggings, but then I realized that my berry-colored leggings almost exactly matched my cardigan. An opportunity to color-coordinate? As I’ve said before, color-coordination = LOVE.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

Sam caught the¬†photo below as the breeze kicked up. Such a fun shot! (And thank goodness I wore leggings in windy weather! ūüėČ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Bright and bold in berry + black and white stripes

How do you feel about color-coordinating? Please leave a comment — I’d love to hear your perspective!

Linking up with these lovely ladies.