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Blue gingham + purple suede

Another day, another opportunity for jeans + Franco Sarto heels! Yesterday was skinny jeans and patent leather peep-toes; today is boot-cut jeans and suede slingbacks! ūüôā

Today’s work outfit is classic preppy (sweater vest + a gingham button-down) with a bright color combination (blue + purple) and unexpected textures (suede slingback heels). I felt cute and comfortable in this casual work outfit. Sometimes, that’s all you need! ūüôā

And we’re still experimenting with photo locations around our new house. Today, I posed outside¬†the kitchen side door. One thing we learned? Next time, don’t wear dark shoes and pants against these dark, painted steps. (I had to lighten up the photos so you could see the purple suede heels.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

And speaking of my purple suede heels… happy sigh. I’ve had these Franco Sarto suede heels for over a decade, and even though suede is super impractical for the weather up here, I still love them¬†even though I only get to wear them a few days out of the year.

Bonus, one of my new co-workers recognized my shoes as Franco Sartos! She used to have this same style of heels in another color and wore them until the soles wore out. LOVE. It was a nice moment, to reminisce over shoes.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple suede heels closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Weather:  Clear and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Top: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Sweater vest: ¬†?, old
  • Jeans: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Suede heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, over a decade
  • Earrings: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old

similar gingham button-front shirt  //  similar purple cable knit sweater vest  //  almost exact jeans from same brand  //  purple suede heels  //  similar crystal drop earrings

blue gingham + purple suede

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Back to school and starting a new job | Blue + yellow

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance!

I wore this outfit last month to a professional organization board meeting (I’m transitioning off the board), which is when these photos were taken. And thanks to my good friend Stephanie, who took these pictures for me — and we took these photos at her house! Yep, that’s her very cool mural behind me.

I also plan on rewearing¬†this outfit today, on my first day at my new job! Why? Because my new college’s colors are blue and yellow! ūüėÄ And this outfit is casually professional and also comfy, a good combination for starting a new school year AND a new job.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

My starting point with this outfit was the gingham shirt and the cognac wedges. Then came the navy ankle pants — seriously, these navy ankle pants seem to be my go-to pants for whenever I feel I need¬†a “professional yet still casual” kind of vibe, as seen¬†here, here, and here! Then came the belt, because I thought a little subtle pattern-mixing would be fun. And lastly, the yellow statement necklace, because I thought some contrast was in order.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

And yep, I totally did the “blogger tuck,” which means half-tucking and half-untucking your shirt in that oh-so-casual way. I’m not so skilled at the casual part, but I actually liked the way it turned out. And it’s just more comfortable to untuck the back of one’s shirt — mine always seem to come untucked in the back anyway! Have you ever done the “blogger tuck” — intentionally or unintentionally?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham shirt + statement necklace

Weather:  Very hot (upper 90s) and sunny

Where:  Board meeting in Portland (August) + first day at new job (September)

What:

  • Shirt: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Ankle pants: ¬†Alfani for Macy’s, old
  • Statement necklace: ¬†c/o Urban Peach via giveaway
  • Wedges: ¬†b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Belt: ¬†Came with a pair of shorts, Kohl’s, old

similar gingham shirt // similar navy ankle pants // similar cognac cork wedges // cognac espadrille wedges // braided belt // yellow statement necklace

navy + yellow business casual

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Greetings from Tacoma | Red dress + orange gingham

Greetings from Tacoma! I wore this casual day dress combo of red + orange gingham on the day we drove up to Tacoma to sign the closing documents for our new home. Since then, my life has been all about packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.

But before all that sweat, this summer outfit¬†just looked fiery with its red and orange color combo. Hah! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Details:

And I think we can all agree that my bangs are reaching Conan O’Brien heights. I am okay with this. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

From my de facto capsule collection, my metallic sandals, topaz drop earrings, and yellow tote bag showcased their MVP status!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

Librarian for Life + Style | Red dress + orange gingham

I have combined red and orange together several times before! Here are other ways I’ve mixed red with my orange gingham button-front shirt:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing orange gingham + red

far left (2012)  //  middle left (2012)  //  middle right (2013)  //  far right (2016)


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Lost and found

This past summer during my off-contract time, I worked on improving my blog. I resized all of my photos (which brought down storage totals and should lead to faster loading time) and added alt and title tags for accessibility. I also added more category headings on both the top and side navigation, as well as the ability to browse by color, pattern, and texture. You might have also noticed I streamlined my header graphic!

While going through all — yes, ALL — my past outfit photos for the last¬†3.5+ years, I noticed a few “lost outfits” that never made it to the blog. All of these are from summer and fall 2012 — better late than never, right? ūüėČ

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I actually used the picture above in a guest post about how to wear suit pieces in different ways, but this outfit itself proper never made it to my blog. And I would still wear this outfit, and slight variations, today!

Details: ¬†Blazer, The Limited, old {similar from same brand} {very similar} ¬†// ¬†Striped tank top, Gap, old {very similar from same brand} ¬†// ¬†Denim skirt, old¬†{similar} ¬†// ¬†Nude patent leather wedges, Payless, old {very similar} {very similar, open-toe option} ¬†// ¬†Navy skinny belt, Kohl’s, old {similar}

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I wore a similar variation of this outfit, layering¬†another¬†gingham top and beige belt over shorts, that same summer. So that probably explains why I never posted this on the blog. I’ve also remixed this teal dress several times.

Details:  Orange gingham button-down, Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Teal fit-and-flare dress, Chaps, old {similar} {similar}  //  Gold-and-tan t-strap sandals, Target, old {very similar}

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I first put this outfit together as a work version of this outfit and inspiration. But I never really liked how it all came together, specifically the nude tank top. I should have worn a white tank top instead, but I never got it together enough to shoot photos of an alternative version.

Details: ¬†Short-sleeved sweater, vintage, my dad’s {similar, in navy} {similar, v-neck style} ¬†// ¬†Taupe trousers, Woolworth’s, old {similar} {similar} ¬†// ¬†Bronze flats, no longer have {similar} ¬†// ¬†Bronze scarf, Kmart, old {similar}


I wonder if these photos and outfits now feel validated to be seen in public after all these years — like they’ve fulfilled their destiny? ūüėČ Are you glad I finally rediscovered these “lost” outfits? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

Last month, I purchased a pair of gingham shorts, and I’ve worn them AT LEAST six times since. They are sooooooo comfortable. I’ve been wearing them around the house and while errand-running, so I figured I should get busy actually showing them¬†for the blog, right? ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham shorts + strappy sandals

Details: ¬†Gingham shorts, Lee via Kohl’s {exact – and in different colors and prints} ¬†// ¬†Cat print tee, Jason Wu for Target, old {very similar} {super cute cat print blue¬†tee option} {dressier cat print bow blouse option} // ¬†Black strappy sandals, Lands’ End {still available online!} ¬†// ¬†Checkered fedora, my husband’s {similar} ¬†// ¬†Black pearl-and-silver hoop earrings, Abu Dhabi, old {similar style}

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

When I first bought these shorts, the gingham print looked to me like black-and-white. Online, the color is listed as “midnight,” so now I’ve been wondering if they’re actually a dark navy. Up close, they still look black to me, but in pics, I can see how they look navy. So… I’m deciding they’re BOTH navy and black, and I will wear them with either color. Versatility for the win! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing gingham shorts + a cat print tee

I also wore a very similar outfit a couple of summers ago, pairing my kitty cat t-shirt with this same checkered fedora. I’m glad I got in some more pattern-mixing this time around. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat print tee remixing

left  //  right (this post)


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