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White + navy + mint work casual

Another casual work outfit while I was working this summer — ankle pants and cardigans is such a go-to combo for me! Add in some fun shoes, and you’re set. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Earlier this spring, I realized that my mint-and-navy scarf matched my white cardigan trimmed in mint and navy, which you can see here in this post. And then I realized that this same scarf matched my navy-and-green espadrille sandals, and an idea was born… I love the mint-and-navy color combination. Navy is always a nice neutral, and mint just freshens everything up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white head scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white scarf + espadrilles

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint espadrilles close-up

We visited this little Japanese rock garden again, which is quite lovely. Sam caught me peeking into the stone lantern below. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + mint + white work casual

Weather:  Cooler but clear

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cardigan: ¬†Brooks Brothers, thrifted, old
  • Ankle pants: ¬†Alfani via Macy’s, old
  • Espadrilles: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Scarf: ¬†Vera Neumann, thrifted last fall
  • Pearl earrings: ¬†Parting gift from Abu Dhabi colleagues, old

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Shop my outfit:

white short-sleeved cardigan  //  similar scarf  //  similar navy ankle pants  //  similar striped espadrille wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White + navy + mint outfit collage

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Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

One final note that the poll is still open¬†to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance!

Another casual late summer outfit! With¬†bonus stripes + outtakes! ūüėĬ†I wore this outfit to a casual lunch out with a new colleague, before the fall term started.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

I almost didn’t take photos of this outfit, as it is VERY casual. But it’s proof that (a) I do wear casual outfits, (b) I wore it, so why not put it on the blog?, and (c) remixing is real life. I have worn this black-and-white striped top a LOT this summer, last seen on the blog here. The bonus stripes come into play via the tuxedo stripe of black running down my jeans (it’s always hard to photograph these jeans, as the denim is so dark), plus the stripe-y effect of the strappy sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

The bicycle paths I refer to in the post title are actually on my head scarf — or is it a bandanna? Bandannas were trending this summer, so let’s say it’s a bandanna! ūüėČ Regardless, I came across this bandanna while packing for our move¬†— it came free in a Portland neighborhood welcome kit, and I had totally forgotten about it! It’s a practical accessory, with a map of bicycle paths in and around Portland, which is a very bike-friendly American city. It’s also a fun way for me to remember our time in Portland. ūüôā

The scarf also helped give my casual outing a slight sporty edge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my bicycle path scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

And I promised bonus outtakes — below¬†is proof of when action shots go WRONG! Sometimes, I will ask Sam to put the camera on the sports setting to try and get some shots in action — like when I’m walking or jumping or twirling — and usually, there are 1 or 2 good shots in the batch. Not so this time! All outtakes! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Action shots outtakes collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + bicycle paths | Late summer casual

Weather:  Sunny and warm (mid-80s)

Where:  Casual mid-week lunch out with a colleague

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans: LOFT, old
  • Sandals: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Scarf/bandanna: ¬†c/o Portland welcome kit, old
  • Pearl drop earrings: ¬†Bridesmaid gift, old
  • Black stud earrings: ¬†Came with a birthday gift set, old
  • Handbag: ¬†Nine West, old

similar striped tee //  tuxedo-stripe skinny jeans in black // plus-size tuxedo-stripe skinny jeans // similar strappy sandals // bicycle print scarf // similar pearl drop earrings // similar black stud earrings // almost exact black handbag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | black + white striped casual collage

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SIA interpretation: The Great Wave

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! And a¬†quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance for voting! ūüôā

Now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!¬†It was¬†Salazar‚Äôs turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print,¬†The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as¬†The Great Wave or¬†The Wave), by Japanese¬†artist Hokusai.¬†It was published between 1830 and 1833, the¬†first print in Hokusai‚Äôs Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

Librarian for Life + Style | The Great Wave SIA collage

My initial starting point was the bright blue, the “Prussian blue” in the¬†woodblock print that was so revolutionary (and described in last week’s SIA post). My blue cotton¬†knit dress fit the bill. I then layered¬†different shades of blue, with a¬†light blue sports bra (continuing my trick of layering with¬†sports bras!) and a navy cardigan. I added my striped scarf, wearing that as a head scarf, to tie all the shades of blue together. Plus, if you look closely at the underside of the waves in the print, the different shades of blue look like stripes. I chose my tan-and-gold t-strap sandals as they reminded me of the long, thin boats you can spot amidst¬†the waves.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

I knew that we had to take photos down by the Ruston Way waterfront, although we don’t get the waves here like the ones in the print. And then I remembered this large sculpture down along the waterfront, and I thought the tall, swooping curves of the sculpture kind of echoed the tall, swooping curve of the big wave in the block print.

Come to find out, that sculpture is a sundial! It was added as public art to Jack Hyde Park, formerly called Commencement Park, in 1978.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

A closer look at the stripes in my head scarf, which I have remixed several times, including here with long hair, and¬†here with shoulder-length hair. And I thought my recent jewelry set, a birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, also reflected the subtler colors in the print, plus the “dipped effect” on the porcelain¬†earrings and necklace gives¬†a nod to, say, dipping into water.

Yes, I really do think of these things, on a daily basis, when putting together outfits and accessories. It just comes naturally to me — I’ve always been one for details! And I’m glad I have an outlet for sharing those kinds of details, here on this blog. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

We really do live in a stunningly beautiful place. And Ruston Way along the waterfront of Puget Sound — Tacoma’s located in what is¬†called the “South Sound” — is an area I find particularly beautiful and peaceful. There are a series of parks all along the waterfront, so you’ll definitely see more of Ruston Way on the blog!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Weather:  Summer day, overcast and low 70s (perfect summer weather, in my opinion!)

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront to enjoy the weather, and then out to an appointment

What I wore:

blue sleeveless dress // similar navy blue cardigan // blue striped lightweight scarf // teardrop silver earrings // similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | shades of blue collage

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA round-up!¬†Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is tonight, and just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs artwork to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. She‚Äôll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Linkups:  Hello Monday, Monday Mingle, Visible Monday, Shoe and Tell,#iwillwearwhatilike, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, A Good HUES-Day, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Top of the World, What I Wore to Work/Summer Style, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, On the Edge of the Week, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Charming Friday,Friday Favorites

SIA interpretation: Girl with a Pearl Earring

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-founder, Salazar, from 14 Shades of Grey, chose Vermeer’s¬†Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Salazar and I have both been lucky enough to see this iconic painting in person at¬†the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

The deadline this week to participate was a day earlier than normal this week, as Salazar is doing this while on vacation! She will have the round-up post ready to go today on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1665

Where to start for inspiration with this iconic painting? The earrings, of course! ūüôā I don’t have any pearl earrings in the teardrop shape (yet), so I went instead with my large pearl stud earrings from Abu Dhabi (the UAE is famous for its pearls, and pearls are my favorite gemstones). Next came the head scarf, and¬†the yellow, white, and navy pattern of this scarf went the best with the colors in the inspiration painting.

Overall, I went more with the yellow and gold tones in the painting (my scarf, cardigan, and gold Rhea flip flops), but there’s blue in there in the head scarf and in my denim skirt. I don’t really have anything in that cornflower blue shade in the painting. My ivory blouse mimicked the peek of ivory visible around the girl’s neck.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

We did the¬†obligatory head shots to echo the painting, as you can see below. I tried to keep my expression kind of soft¬†and hopeful, like the girl in the painting, but that didn’t last long… Sam soon had me cracking up! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

The setting for these photos is the front door and archway of our new home. The painting has a black background, so our black front door felt like a good backdrop for photos, plus the arch of the porch made a nice “frame” for my outfit. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + denim casual outfit

Please stop by¬†14 Shades of Grey¬†for the SIA round-up, and also visit fellow SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks. I’ll be curating the next SIA challenge next week, so stay tuned! ūüôā


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Navy + yellow work casual remix

I wore this navy + yellow work casual look on a teaching day, so I would be comfortable. These navy ankle pants are so comfortable — just as comfy as jeans but more professional-looking. Win-win!

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit — I’ve remixed these colors¬†a lot, as I detail below — but Sam really liked this navy + yellow variation, so he took photos on the fly for me. He said my outfit looked like a ’60s retro update, with my head scarf and ankle pants that reminded him of “pedal pushers.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Head scarf closeups

And yes, the hair experimentation continues with my new shorter ‘do! This time, I wrapped my clock-print scarf twice around my hair and let the ends¬†hang down the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow work casual remix

I have worn navy + yellow in many variations, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + yellow remix collage

left  //  middle left  //  middle right  //  right (this post)

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