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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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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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