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Red jeans + black gingham | Weekend casual

This look is similar to the last outfit I wore with this black gingham button-front shirt, but with red jeans this time instead of a red bag. What can I say… red and black gingham just work so well together!

And this combo — skinny or straight-leg jeans with a button-front shirt, either unbuttoned or layered over a tank top — is such an easy and comfortable combo to wear. It doesn’t take much thought at all. Just as easy as a tee + jeans, just a little bit more put-together. And that’s why it’s important to have basics like these in one’s closet, as outfits are then easy to mix and match!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

The backdrop is of a nearby church that I’ve long admired, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Its architecture is stunning! And the front entrance and stairs are so wide and deep, I figured it would be a good backdrop for photos. 🙂

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

This is a VERY basic outfit, but for me, it’s the details that make this variation fresh, like the gold double straps on the flip flops and the red, white & black pattern on the clutch that ties the whole outfit together.

And when we’re running around town doing errands, I love throwing just a few essentials (e.g. chapstick, cell phone, sunglasses case) in a clutch, and and not having to lug around a big tote bag. It also helps motivate me that I have a growing collection of cute clutches! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

And i just liked the photos below for their more casual view of the outfit — and of me! 😉 And I liked how the deeper red of my manicure and pedicure played off the red jeans and added a bit more depth to the red in the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Weather:  Slightly cool and sunny, perfect spring weather

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Red jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Flip flops:  Rhea, c/o giveaway last spring
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front shirt  //  exact Banned Books print in a tote bag  // very similar red jeans  //  similar gold-and-black flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red denim outfit collage

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Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print

We had recently planned a picnic lunch out in Wapato Park, in SE Tacoma, and on that day, I woke up energized. I declared, “I want to mix 3 patterns today!” and Sam responded, “Yes, go bold!” 😀

So I mixed bright pink stripes with black/navy gingham shorts and my new geometric-print canvas sneakers from Target. A perfect way to welcome summer, which officially begins tomorrow, June 21st (although technically in the wee hours tonight on the Pacific Coast, due to the time zones).

And by the way, I will be working during summer quarter, starting next week, which I haven’t been able to do for a few years. So you’ll be seeing a mix of casual and work casual outfits this summer, yay!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

The backdrop for this first set of photos is the center pagoda pavilion at the main entrance to Wapato Park. It’s pretty breathtaking, particularly with the trees and lake glittering behind it. And I love the curve to the pagoda, which made all kinds of interesting shapes and shadows in the noon-day sun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And with the angles and all the beams, it was fun to play around during our photo shoot. In the first photo below, I’m stretching out my arm, which makes it look like I’m helping to hold up the ceiling. And in the second photo below, I joked that I was like Samson and pushing aside the columns.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And lastly, (yet) another closeup of my geometric-print canvas sneakers. I LOVE THEM. And paired with this outfit, I love that the shoe’s pattern is kinda what it would look like if you melted together the pink stripes of my top together with the gingham pattern of my shorts. In my mind, this totally pulls together the two contrasting elements of my top and bottom together. Color-coordinating even while mixing prints! All part of the service, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And the two pics above are of a shadier spot we found on a bridge as we explored the various trails of Wapato Park.

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Weekend and picnic lunch at Wapato Park

What:

  • Striped tee:  Bealls, part of a birthday gift from my mom, old
  • Gingham shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, new

Shop my outfit:

similar pink striped tee  //  very similar black gingham bermuda shorts  //  exact geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + black gingham outfit collage

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Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. 😉

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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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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Monthly budget adventures (March 2017)

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month! This month was mostly about replacing items, and here’s a sneak peek at what I got this month:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (March 2017)

Links to exact items:  striped fit-and-flare dress //  black gingham button-front shirt  //  raspberry gingham burton-front shirt  //  black tote bag  //  metallic pewter flats  //  black sneakers  //  brown sneakers  //  tan sneakers

Replacing shoes

I have been working on identifying well-worn items in my closet that need replacing. That has included almost all of my Skechers sneakers, which lasted me for over a decade. Time to stock back up! We happened to find all three colors I needed — brown, black, and tan — in stock in my size at a local Famous Footwear store.

Librarian for Life + Style | New Skechers sneakers

  • Tan sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)
  • Brown sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $40 (original price $64.99)
  • Black sneakers, Skechers via Famous Footwear:  paid $54.99 (original price $64.99)

I also have noted that my beloved grey metallic flats have cracked in the back and sunken down, and they’re not as comfortable to wear anymore for long stretches of time. Bummer. These beauties lasted me over six years! I happened to find these metallic pewter flats on the sale rack at the same Famous Footwear we were scouting out Skechers. Score!

Librarian for Life + Style | New metallic pewter flats

Replacing my black tote bag

My trusty black-and-grey tote bag, which I’ve used at least weekly for 5+ years now, is also starting to crack around the handles. Y’all have seen this bag many, many times (here and here, for example), so I’ve been scouting out a possible replacement for over a month. My requirements for a replacement included:

  • a tote bag shape — my preferred kind of work bag
  • handles big enough to fit over my shoulders
  • a zipper along the top so as to prevent rain from getting in — a PNW reality

Then I spied this tote bag at Target, and bingo! I love the structured shape, classic design, and what looks to be sturdy handles. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | New Target tote bag

Lands’ End gift card

I also have had a few Lands’ End gift cards, so I have been browsing the Lands’ End site for a couple of months now. When this past weekend saw a 30% off sale PLUS major savings on the gingham button-front shirts I’ve been wanting to stock up on, I finally placed an order. I paid less than $2 for the following 3 items!

And yes, that’s another striped dress in my favorite fit-and-flare shape. This marks the THIRD fit-and-flare dress I’ve picked up from Lands’ End. They’re SO comfortable and flattering, and they are great to pack when traveling. See here and here for the other two Lands’ End fit-and-flare dresses I’ve bought.

Librarian for Life + Style | Lands' End purchases, March 2017

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $206.21
Total savings for this month:  $285.74

Total spent for this year:  $400.98
Total savings for this year:  $350.24

I’ve definitely spent a chunk of change this month, with most of that spent on my sneakers! I’m okay with that, considering that my previous Skechers sneakers lasted me over a decade. I saved the most at Lands’ End, paying less than $2 for items originally priced at over $195.


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.