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Berry + Burberry | Maxidress + tie belt

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know I have frequently worn tie belts. I have made ties into obi-style belts, but I’ve also used single ties as belts, as seen in the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidresses + tie belts collage

left (2012 outfit)  //  middle (2013 outfit)  //  right (2017 outfit, this post)

So on a work day that was cooler and overcast — and knowing I would be in a library with amped-up air-conditioning — I thought a longer-sleeved maxidress would be a good choice.

And hey, I wore a tie to work! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

If you’re thinking you haven’t seen this particular tie before, you’re right! My husband recently thrifted this tie on a visit to a local Value Village, and y’all, it’s a Burberry tie. Score! The pattern is a fun plaid with purple, white, orange, and teal stripes, and the Burberry logo —  a knight upon a horse, i.e. the “Equestrian Knight” — is scattered throughout.

So yes, I *literally* borrowed from the boys today. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

It’s a dressier look for work — literally — but so comfy! And a maxidress made out of soft t-shirt material? #Winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Weather:  Cooler and overcast

Where:  Work

What:

  • Maxidress:  Old Navy, old
  • Tie (worn as belt):  Burberry, thrifted, new
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  Local farmer’s market in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

berry sleeveless maxidress  //  pink short-sleeve maxidress  //  tie-inspired belt  //  similar champagne flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidress + tie belt outfit collage

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Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I almost wanted to title this post, LBM, and christen a new acronym, for “little black maxidress.” But then that would be an oxymoron (like “jumbo shrimp”). Regardless, a black maxidress can be as versatile as an LBD, in that you can dress it up or down.

Today, I decided to dress my black maxidress up a bit with metallic accessories, just because I felt like it. Sometimes, a lady needs a little extra glimmer in her day! 😉 My metallic accessories included my metallic sandals, rose gold stack of bangles, crocheted earrings with beads and bronze, and orange wicker purse. This could also serve well as a day-to-night kind of look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

I wore this outfit during an afternoon outing with my husband and my visiting in-laws to the Museum of Glass here in Tacoma, which has amazing glass artwork plus a working studio called the “Hot Shop” (click that link for a live video stream and previous webisodes of visiting artists and their teams working on glass art pieces).

The backdrop of these photos is a stunning collection of clear glass sculptures atop the main plaza’s reflecting pool is just outside the museum entrance. Collectively, they’re called “Fluent Steps,” made by artist Martin Blake during his Visiting Artist residency at the museum in 2008.

Fluent Steps glass sculpture outside the Museum of Glass

Below is a fun outtake during out quickie photoshoot when my father-in-law was goofing around in front of the camera!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

And even though we once again took pics in full sunlight (generally the worst time to take photos, because of the shadows and harsh light), the backdrop was too stunning to pass up. My “LBM” also really popped against all the clear glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories -- closeup of earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress with metallic accessories

You can see more pieces of glass artwork in Tacoma-themed outfit posts on my blog here and here.

Are y’all enjoying posts featuring artwork and sights in and around Tacoma? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

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SIA interpretation: The Home Coming

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! I chose a woodblock print from American woman artist, Bertha Lum (1869 – 1954), who helped popularize Chinese and Japanese woodblock art in the U.S. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in both Japan and China during her life. You can read more about Bertha Lum’s life here and here, and see a gallery of some of her works here on the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. You can also see more of her work here on Pinterest.

I chose a 1905 print, “The Home Coming,” currently in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration for 'The Home Coming'

I was drawn to the block print in the first place, and I thought the pattern on my maxidress — although the pattern is more tribal and geometric upon close inspection — looked like a bunch of block prints all together. I thought my long rope belt over my denim jacket would accomplish the “long ‘n’ lean” look I was going for, as “The Home Coming” inspiration piece is quite vertical. The yellow colorblock tote bag adds a punch of yellow, like in the edges of the print.

(I can also feel my mom’s bemused disbelief that I am still using this yellow tote bag, which she gifted me ages ago. I think it came as a free gift for something else she had ordered at the time. This tote bag has proved amazingly versatile and long-lasting — and because it’s canvas, it’s also washable! It’s like this tote bag heralds the summer season for me, and it is the absolute perfect size for a tote bag — not too large and not too small. It’s like the Goldilocks of tote bags, even in color! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you know I love the simple “rope braid” style, which I did here again with the bangs of my short hairdo. Easy, simple, fuss-free summer hairstyle. My topaz drop earrings, once again, were the final touch. (These earrings, along with the crystal version — are the two pairs of earrings I didn’t pack up while preparing to move, as seen here in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Short hair + rope braid closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

I wore this outfit on a summer afternoon/early evening, where I (informally) presented at a workshop series my husband was teaching, all about writing historical fiction. This was the final workshop, and I was there to discuss research tips for historical sources — and tips for how to contact librarians for research help! So I wanted to be comfy and approachable, but still put together and (casually) professional.

So there is still time to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are all welcome to participate. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration pick — flat lays or selfies or collages are also okay — to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, and I will post the round-up on my blog this coming Wednesday, June 29.


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Late summer marina | Blue stripes + floral

It’s become a kind of tradition for me and Sam to enjoy a meal at the floating Island Cafe at the end of summer. (See also this post from summer 2012 and this post from summer 2014). This year, Stephanie joined us for a lunch enjoying the view across the marina.

Stephanie and I didn’t “match,” but we did complement each other in our blue tones and maxidresses. (And yes, Stephanie layered a tee over a maxidress — gotta love getting more use out of dresses!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stephanie and I enjoy the marina

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue stripes and floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue stripes and floral

Details:  Navy floral maxidress, c/o Pink Blush giveaway {similar}  //  Blue striped cardigan, Old Navy, old {similar}  //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Straw tote, vintage, thrifted {modern tote option}

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue stripes and floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue stripes and floral

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New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

FYI, the next SIA challenge should be up tomorrow… the upcoming challenge will be curated by Jess @ Animated Cardigan. Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month! 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a red, white, and blue kick. This week, looking at my posts lined up in the queue, I realized I’m now in a florals kick.

First up is a casual weekend outfit I wore for a girls’ afternoon out to watch Pitch Perfect 2 (Mini-review:  Not as good as the first movie, but still thoroughly enjoyable. I ♥ Elizabeth Banks!). I always feel cold in a movie theater, so I layered my new chambray shirt over this sleeveless floral maxidress.

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

Details:  Chambray button-down, J. Crew, new {exact}  //  Floral maxidress, c/o giveaway, PinkBlush {very similar} {similar}  //  Metallic strappy flat sandals, Target, old {similar}  //  Yellow colorblock tote, gift from Mom, old {similar}  //  Straw fedora, Stetson, vintage {similar}  //  Yellow rose earrings, local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

If you’re a longtime reader, you might recognize this floral maxidress, which I selected last summer after winning a giveaway. It has a drawstring waist and a scoop neck in the front. When I tied the chambray shirt over the dress, the drawstring ties looked odd hanging below the ends of the button-down. So I simply turned the maxidress around! This way, the drawstring detail was covered up, and the higher neckline (from the normal backside of the dress) gave this outfit a slight twist.

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style | New chambray shirt + floral maxidress

And y’all know I’m all about the details. When I chose my yellow colorblocked canvas tote, I also selected my yellow rose earrings to match. It’s subtle color-coordinating, I know, but it made me smile. 🙂

Here are two other ways I’ve worn this floral maxidress:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a floral maxidress

1 (this post)  //  2  //  3

Have you ever worn a dress backwards on purpose? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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