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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.

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 😀 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! 😉

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. 😉

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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