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Books, books, books | Little free library + book-print skirt

I haven’t worn my books-and-cats-print skirt in awhile, and since it’s cotton, it’s a decent choice in summer. I went a bit retro pairing the circle skirt with a buttoned-up cardigan and a patent leather skinny belt with a fun heart buckle.

We have quite a few “Little Free Libraries” around town, so I went online to the map of officially registered little free libraries and found a very sweet-looking one in east Tacoma for a fun photo backdrop. (I also wore a variation of this outfit the next day to work at the library. Waste not, want not. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Little free library + book-print skirt

Below is a closeup of my turquoise skinny belt with the heart buckle detail. And OF COURSE I had to wear my turquoise stud earrings to tie in with everything. That’s what I do y’all. Color-coordinate.

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan + turquoise belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Light blue cardigan and earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

It’s summer, so that means wearing one of my favorite types of sandals, the flat t-strap sandal. These are my second pair of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals, as I detailed in this prior post.

And if you’re wondering how I managed to wear a three-quarter sleeve cardigan in the summer sunshine and not burn up, it’s because I layered it over a sports bra. No extra tank top layer around the middle, which really cuts down on the sweat factor. One of my favorite clothing tricks!

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Book-print skirt + light blue cardigan

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  To dinner with friends on the weekend and then a variation to work the next day

What:

  • Print skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom, this year (sold out online)
  • Cardigan (worn as top):  Gap, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Dolce Vita, old
  • Skinny belt:  JCPenney, old
  • Straw bag:  Local boutique, old
  • Drop hoop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar turquoise cardigan  //  cat-print dress  //  turquoise-and-gold hoop earrings  //  similar turquoise skinny belt  //  similar gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Print skirt + turquoise cardigan outfit collage

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Style inspiration | Blue stripes + black belt

I recently came across this article featuring Michelle Obama’s stylish combo of a high-lo striped button-front tunic, black skinny trousers, and wide black corset belt. I have long been a fan of Michelle Obama’s personal style, which has always felt so accessible even when she chooses edgy, fashion-forward pieces.

When I saw Obama’s outfit, I immediately thought, “Oh, I have an idea of what to wear!” So I immediately pinned her outfit for inspiration. I paired my thin-striped blue button-front shirt with black ankle pants and black patent leather heels. My wide black stretchy belt mimicked the corset belt of Obama’s inspiration outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

It’s so hard to photograph the thin stripes of this button-front shirt! The stripes are more obvious in person.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

I felt a little mod in this outfit, with the ankle pants and wide belt. It was a very comfortable outfit to wear for work!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Button-front:  H&M, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan Fit” pants, thrifted
  • Wide belt:  Kohl’s, old
  • Patent leather pumps:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new this winter
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, old birthday gift

Shop my outfit:

very similar thin-striped button-front  //  exact style ankle pants by same brand  //  similar wide black belt  //  exact tote bag  //  very similar black patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped button-front + black ankle pants outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Score card

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

It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she found an original score card/program from the 1908 World Series, to honor the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908! Plus, the vintage card highlights men’s clothing on the score card. 🙂

And there’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate. Just send a photo — selfies or flat lays also just fine — of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork. Send a photo to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, and Erin will post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow morning.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball score card SIA challenge

My interpretation’s starting point was my librarian baseball tee, which also happened to have most of the colors in the score card. Win-win! I thought about wearing my red ankle pants, but I decided to go with these darker tan trousers because they had more of a menswear feel to them. I also wore pearl earring studs, to subtly call out the shape of baseballs. (Yes, I really do think of those kinds of details.)

At the last minute, I finished off the outfit with my striped canvas flats, to echo the red-striped socks the dapper man is wearing on the score card.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shoes + trousers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

I wore this casual outfit this past weekend, to go out for breakfast and do some errands and to just get out of the house.

On our way to coffee and breakfast, we stopped at a local park which has a baseball diamond. I thought it would make an appropriate backdrop for photos. I definitely was feeling the more dramatic and moody pictures, and the backdrop lent itself to that.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

We didn’t bring any baseball equipment with us, but Sam challenged me to throw a pitch, anyway. I obliged, and he captured a couple of fun pics. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Weather:  High 50s and dry (for now!)

Where:  Breakfast and errands

What:

  • Tee:  gift?, old
  • Trousers:  Woolworth’s in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, old
  • Pearl studs:  ?, old

similar novelty print baseball tee  //  wide-leg trousers (also available in tan)  //  very similar striped flats  //  similar pearl stud earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers collage

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Red, white, and blue — from summer to fall

Another day, another opportunity for a colored wall backdrop! 🙂

I wore this outfit on a day walking around Tacoma, on one of those transitional days where you could feel in the air the weather shifting from summer to fall. The shift in seasons is also reflected in what I wore, pairing a light jacket over a cotton dress and canvas flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

I dressed just fine for the temperature (it was still warm enough for bare legs), but I did not account for the wind! I need to pay more attention to the wind advisory on the weather reports, especially now that we’re out here on the Sound. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I love to wear red, white, and blue for all seasons! And how perfect to find a bright blue wall along our walk! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and blue from summer to fall

Weather:  High 60s to low 70s, windy and overcast

Where:  A walk around town and shopping for furniture

What I wore:

  • Jacket:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Bicycle print dress:  c/o eShakti, old {see review here}
  • Striped flats:  Target, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Kohl’s, old

similar cotton jacket // bicycle print dress // similar canvas flats, wide stripes // similar canvas flats, thinner stripes // similar silver hoop earrings

bicycle dress + red jacket

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Closet inventory for Pantone 2016 color of the year

A quick reminder that the $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway is still open! (It ends January 4th.)

I’ve highlighted Pantone colors of the year before (marsala in 2015 and emerald in 2013); Pantone chooses a color every year as a “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2016, Pantone combined two colors for the 2016 Color of the Year:  Rose Quartz (a soft pink) and Serenity (a dusky, periwinkle-type blue).

Pantone colors of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity

Here’s the reasoning behind Pantone’s 2016 choices:

Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

I do believe in the power that color can bring our lives, but I cannot say I’m a personal fan of wearing the two chosen colors this year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Being quite pale with dark hair, I do not look good in most pastels. I usually go for more saturated tones, like in this pink-and-turquoise floral skirt:

Librarian for Life + Style | Springtime pattern-mixing closeup

I went through my closet, and below seem to be the only items that come close to the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year:

Librarian for Life + Style | Closet inventory for Pantone colors of the year 2016

Counter-clockwise from top left:

What do you think of the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year? Do you have these colors in your closet already? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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