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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

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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. ūüėČ

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! ūüėČ

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! ūüėÄ

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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Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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I am all about the remixing! Earlier this fall, I had subtly remixed my heart print dress, wanting to highlight how small changes can make a difference. This time, I’m going bold with the remix — but still keeping it within the same burgundy color family.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress, Fall 2016

Left, Remixing hearts + shades of red

I also am lately all about layering long sweaters over dresses, like I did last week with my SIA interpretation outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I guess I’m also technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, with my chevron tights and my heart locket print dress. There are so many ways to mix prints and patterns!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I really liked wearing this outfit. It was comfortable, and I felt good in it. The long sweater over the dress is an unexpected, and slightly ’20s-retro, silhouette, but the tights, asymmetrical collar, and the booties provide modern touches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Weather:  Cold and brisk

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Dress: ¬†eShakti, last fall
  • Tights: ¬†ModCloth, old (but still often in stock!)
  • Booties: ¬†Naturalizer (sold out, but I’ve linked a very similar option below)

similar long burgundy sweater  //  similar novelty-print dress  //  exact chevron tights  //  very similar burgundy booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy sweater + print dress collage

And one last photo, an outtake, for y’all! It’s like I’m saying, “Ta-da!” ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate!¬†Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight,¬†10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building¬†atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building¬†tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this¬†striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a¬†drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Tights: ¬†American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche: ¬†LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces: ¬†ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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Navy + argyle + brogues

I loved wearing this outfit. LOVED. Why? I felt like I was branching a bit with my own style, even though when I look at the bones of this outfit, it totally reflects my personal style outlook (comfy + classy + quirky).

This outfit started out with me wanting to wear my brogues in a different way, this time with tights and a skirt or dress. (Previously, I had worn my brogues with pants and jeans.) Then, it all came together when I realized I could¬†layer my argyle sweater over my navy dress + navy tights. And if you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you know that wearing dresses as skirts is one of my favorite¬†style tricks. #winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

One of my favorite things about this sweater — which I’ve had for a decade and counting¬†— is how it’s a single¬†piece that’s pattern-mixing argyle (on the front) with stripes (on the back). Done and done! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy tights + brogues closeup

These burgundy brogues look SO GOOD with navy, y’all. So appropriate for fall. The brogues + tights combo felt a bit ’40s retro to me, in such a good way. And soooooooo comfortable.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun taking these photos? Y’all know I love a good twirl!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

And finally, super cute photos in front of our picturesque side gate. You’ve seen those stairs before in this post, and the latticed side of our fence in yesterday’s post. It felt like the perfect morning — all dewy and fresh and green — to take a few snaps¬†in front of our “sequoia red” gate (the front of which I stained myself!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Weather:  Sunny and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes work day

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†Smart Set, trip to PEI in 2006
  • Dress: ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Tights: ¬†American Apparel, old
  • Brogues: ¬†Clarks, last winter
  • Necklace: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, fall 2014

very similar navy dress  //  similar argyle sweater  //  navy tights  //  very similar burgundy brogues  //  similar gold and crystal necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues collage

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SIA interpretation: The Home Coming

It‚Äôs time for my interpretation for this week’s¬†Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! I chose a woodblock print from¬†American woman artist, Bertha Lum (1869 ‚Äď 1954),¬†who helped popularize Chinese and Japanese woodblock art in the U.S. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in both Japan and China during her life. You can read more about Bertha Lum‚Äôs life here and here, and see a gallery of some of her works here on the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. You can also see more of her work¬†here on Pinterest.

I chose a 1905 print, ‚ÄúThe Home Coming,‚ÄĚ currently in the¬†Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration for 'The Home Coming'

I was drawn to the block print in the first place, and I thought the pattern on my maxidress — although the pattern is more tribal and geometric upon close inspection — looked like a bunch of block prints all together. I thought my long rope belt over my denim jacket would accomplish the “long ‘n’ lean” look I was going for, as “The Home Coming” inspiration piece is quite vertical. The yellow colorblock tote bag adds a punch of yellow, like in the edges of the print.

(I can also feel my mom’s bemused disbelief that I am¬†still using this yellow tote bag, which she gifted me ages ago. I think it came as a free gift for something else she had ordered at the time. This tote bag has proved amazingly versatile and long-lasting — and because it’s canvas, it’s also washable! It’s like this tote bag heralds the¬†summer season for me, and it is the absolute perfect size for a tote bag — not too large and not too small. It’s like the Goldilocks of tote bags, even in color! ūüėČ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you know I love the simple “rope braid” style, which I did here again with the bangs of my short hairdo. Easy, simple, fuss-free summer hairstyle. My topaz drop earrings, once again, were the final touch. (These earrings, along with the crystal version — are the two pairs of earrings I¬†didn’t pack up while preparing to move, as seen here in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Short hair + rope braid closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

I wore this outfit on a summer afternoon/early evening, where I (informally) presented at a workshop series my husband was teaching, all about writing historical fiction. This was the final workshop, and I was there to discuss¬†research tips for historical sources — and tips for how to contact librarians for research help! So I wanted to be comfy and approachable, but still put together and (casually) professional.

So there is still time to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!¬†Bloggers and non-bloggers are all welcome to participate. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs inspiration pick ‚ÄĒ flat lays or¬†selfies or collages are also okay ‚ÄĒ to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, and¬†I will post the round-up on my blog this coming¬†Wednesday, June 29.


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