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Cat wings | Dressing up a cat tee for work with a midi skirt

This is my final summer work look (although I’ve been on summer break for a few weeks; my 3-day-a-week posting schedule can delay outfit postings), although it could TOTALLY work for a fall work outfit for those, like me, who are still experiencing hotter temps.

So it still feels like good timing for this outfit, which for me has ALL THE THINGS:  cats, more cats, a midi skirt, pattern-mixing, comfy tee, statement earrings, red lipstick, and a public art mural backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

That’s right, I’m doubling down on the cats! #noregrets

And I had to choose WHICH cat tote to pair with my cat tee, because I have more than one cat-print tote bag. I am that kind of cat lady, yes I am. Again, #noregrets. I chose my multi-cat tote bag over my bolder “Meow!” cat tote, as seen here, because I wanted my Jason Wu for Target cat tee to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + style | Cat tote and tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Ahhhh, red lipstick and retro-style silver hoop earrings. Classic. And my silver metallic nail polish matching my earrings? Hello, my name is Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

The backdrop is one of wings in a Native American art style. It’s actually one pair of wings in a trio of wing murals, and I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile. I particularly like this pair of wings, because of the bold lines and color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Late summer casual vibes | Paisley top + pink jeans

I was FEELIN’ this color combination the day I wore this outfit. It’s not a common color combo — dusty rose and light brown — but it feels like it just epitomizes late summer, doesn’t it?

I woke up this morning wanting to wear this thrifted top, with its unusual and distinctive u-shape neckline. And then I realized that it would pair well with my dusty rose jeans. The two items doesn’t exactly match, but my goodness, does they ever coordinate nicely together.

I pulled up the hems of the jeans for a more casual feel, for a decidedly behind-the-scenes kind of day at the library. So although I did wear this outfit for work, this could just as easily be a casual outfit. I grinned when a co-worker saw me and exclaimed, “You look like summer!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

I have been digging bronze-y and metallic tones this summer, and they were the right call again for this outfit. The dusty rose jeans just call out for metallics, don’t they?

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + cognac wedges closeup

I am mixing together brass (bracelet), bronze (hoop earrings + tote bag), cognac (wedges), rose gold (stud earrings), and a bit of metallic silver (nail polish). It doesn’t sound like all those different tones should work together, and yet they do. I actually really love the dash of metallic silver — so unexpected!

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top and bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley top + pink jeans

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day behind the scenes

What:

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Street mural | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Every year during the McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma, “Graffiti Alley” gets repainted with a new mural, to showcase live art during the fair. This results in a mural for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Sam and I took outfit photos in front of 2016’s McKinley Street Fair mural last year, and we managed to sneak in outfit photos in front of 2017’s mural recently before it was painted over again for this year’s street fair.

First up, the mural painted during last year’s street fair:

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

And now for some details about my outfit, which I wore for another summer casual work day. It was BLAZING HOT that day, hence the rare sleeveless look for work. (I also brought a bronze shawl to wear at work, just in case I felt cold from the air conditioning or in case I felt I needed to cover up my shoulders.)

I am no stranger to wearing unexpected color combinations, and navy pairs well with just about every color. So I thought this navy + salmon pink combination worked well for a summer day. I sneaked a bit of pattern into this outfit, with the small-scale graphic print on the navy shell. And the shell has a surprise — shell buttons down the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

I wore neutral accessories, so as not to compete with the color combo, including my cognac wedge sandals, bronze hoop earrings, and a simple brass bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoop earrings + navy shell

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

And finally, I had some fun with the mustachioed “tree man” figure in the mural. Sam said I was maybe having too much fun, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Weather:  Blazing hot

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Today’s summer work outfit started with waking up and thinking, “I want to feel feminine.” Sometimes, it’s that simple. A full midi skirt (with pockets!), a tee, strappy sandals, and a headband feels classically feminine to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

But there’s a twist to this simple outfit. I turned this tee around so that its v-neck was in the back, and it looked like a boatneck in the front. I did this trick first for an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look last year, and I still love it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

After I got dressed that morning, and was finishing up getting ready downstairs, I realized that my silk headband coordinated PERFECTLY with my crepe skirt. I got the headband years ago in Chicago, and I got this skirt courtesy of eShakti last year. I don’t always intentionally color-coordinate, but it makes me happy when it just seems to come naturally. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silk headband and black hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling feminine in black + turquoise

Weather:  Hot and bone dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA: Madame X | Mixing metallics with a black maxi

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s stunning 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

My interpretation:

My black v-neck maxidress is a total no-brainer for this inspiration painting. And while I wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

I picked up this bronze bag at Tacoma’s Pride Festival last month, a bag made of recycled leather and made by a local artisan, Patrick Kdep of Patrick’s Creations. I didn’t think about it on the day, but after looking at the photos, I like how the white liner of the bag goes with my white cardigan.

And the bronze color of the tote bag echoes the bronze-y tones of the table and backdrop of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Below is a closeup of how I mixed metallics for the accessories:

  • rose gold (square stud earrings + bangles)
  • bronze (hoop earrings + recycled leather handbag)
  • pewter (the upper strap on my metallic sandals)

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze accessories closeup

And finally, last but not least, are a couple of photos from other places in our front yard where we took photos. I included them because I liked how the different backdrops brought out different tones in the metallics: the cooler green leaves of the tree highlight the cooler tones of my outfit, while the sienna red of our fence brings out the warmer tones of the metallics and bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Weather:  Perfect summer day

Where:  Casual work day in the library

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, August 15th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


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