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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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Red + black + patent leather circle bag

This past weekend, Sam and I enjoyed going out to a couple of local festivals, including Ethnic Fest at Wright Park and Glass Fest Northwest down by the harbor and Museum Row.

Here’s what I wore to the Glass Fest, with a circle bag that I picked up the day before at Ethnic Fest. It was a beautiful summer day by the harbor, and I felt cool and comfy in a sleeveless eyelet top, a cotton jersey skirt, strappy sandals, and this retro-inspired circle bag. I was feelin’ it. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Below is a closeup of this cool patent leather circle bag, which I picked up at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth at the Ethnic Fest. Although I’ve been on a general shopping ban these past six months, I don’t mind scouting out clothes or jewelry or accessories at local festivals, because I’m helping support local artists and small business owners.

The bag is covered in a collage of Michelle and Barack Obama magazine covers, and I just love every little thing about it, including the gold studs on one side. It’s retro-inspired and timeless at the same time. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

The purse also came with a matching wallet, seen below, and a crossbody strap (which you can spy in my Instagram post yesterday!), which made it really comfortable to wear while we walked around the festival — which included free day passes to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass! We took photos outside the Museum of Glass’s hot shop tower.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag and wallet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Weather: Quintessential summer day

Where: Local festival by the harbor

What:

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DIY Halloween costume | Dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

This is my fifth (!) consecutive year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Five years of DIY no-cost costumes!

Here’s a quick trip down Halloween memory lane:

This year, I had two costume ideas, both for strong women action heroes in recent pop culture movie hits. So I decided to do them both! That’s right, you get two (!) DIY Halloween costume posts from me this year.

First up, I realized I had pieces already in my closet to dress up as Wonder Woman from the recent 2017 film version… or rather, Diana Prince as she looks after she’s tried on costumes to “blend in” with 1918 London. So yes, I’m dressing in a costume… of Diana Prince in a costume. It’s so meta! 😉

I searched for inspiration photos, and I created a “Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board” on my Pinterest account.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman / Diana Prince inspiration board on Pinterest

For my own version of the costume, I put together:

  • Wonder Woman tee (also remixed here, here, and here)
  • Knit jacket/blazer (which I’ve had for ages!)
  • Long brown skirt (also remixed here and here)
  • Brown hat with a wide brim (borrowed from my husband)
  • Brown chunky heels (also remixed here and here)
  • Bronze bracelet cuffs (from a craft store months ago)
  • Brown belt (also borrowed from my husband!)
  • Bit of gold braided ribbon (to represent the “lasso of truth”!)
  • Gold rope knot earring studs (to echo off the “lasso of truth”)
  • My own glasses!

And mad props to my husband, Sam, for creating this photo graphic below of me in my Diana Prince costume with a composite reflection of Wonder Woman in the window. AMAZING.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

 

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, closeup

For the makeup, I went for the more natural and apple-cheeked look that Gal Gadot has as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince, as seen here in this screenshot. I put on foundation all over my face for a smoother, more even finish, then I filled in my eyebrows a bit and added dark brown eyeliner. I put on a neutral lip stain, and added pink blush to mimic the perpetual rosy glow Wonder Woman has. As someone who doesn’t normally wear blush, the fact that I really liked the effect of this makeup surprised me!

And below are additional closeups of the details I put in the costume, including bronze cuffs peeking out of my knit blazer and a bit of gold braid left over from a previous craft project that I pinned underneath my blazer to serve as my favorite Wonder Woman prop, the “lasso of truth.” Did you also notice my gold rope knot earrings above? Yep, an additional little wink to the “lasso of truth”! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I never worry too much about exact accuracy with these DIY costumes — it’s really more about the overall effect. I don’t have a long blazer jacket and matching long skirt like Diana Prince did in the movie, but this shorter knit blazer and long brown skirt combo sufficed. And she wears a navy hat with a rounder shape and brim in the movie, but my brown hat (borrowed from my husband Sam!) served as a nice substitute, as it is bigger than a regular fedora and has a brim that I can tilt slightly to one side like she does in the film. And of course, the Wonder Woman tee is not period — LOL! — but it’s a cheeky nod to my costume and inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

We took photos this past weekend in front of two theater buildings in Tacoma, the Pantages Theater and the Rialto Theater. The reason? I wanted backdrops that matched the 1918 time period of the film — and both the Pantages and Rialto Theaters opened in 1918! The Pantages Theater opened in January 1918, and the Rialto Theater opened a few months later, in September 1918. You can read more about the history of these two historical buildings here on this site.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Pantages Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Collage of Rialto Theater in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

Catching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince snapping a pic of the Rialto Theater sign!

During our photo shoot, we tried to get in as many of the details as possible of these historical and beautifully restored buildings! Below are some closeups of the details in the external lobby of the Rialto Theater.

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

Librarian for Life + Style | DIY Halloween costume, dressing up as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince

I posted this costume early, but I will be wearing this exact Wonder Woman / Diana Prince costume on Halloween next week. And yes, I have to teach AGAIN on Halloween, so my students will be seeing this costume up close! 😀 Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share.

And be sure to tune in on Friday for my second DIY, no-cost Halloween costume idea!

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SIA interpretation: A dark and stormy skirt

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This latest challenge was curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose this 1939 gouache painting titled “Angel Applicant” and created by artist Paul Klee. You can read more about the painting here on the Met’s site.

"Angel Applicant" by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

“Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

My interpretation:

The inspiration painting is mostly black and grey, but I also noted bits of pale pink in the creature’s nostrils and the cloudy bits in the background. I thought this outfit, with its “dark and stormy skirt” and berry cardigan fit in well with the inspiration painting. (Full disclosure — I wore this outfit before Erin chose the inspiration painting — but I do think it ties in well with the challenge.)

And this skirt is one that my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie actually picked for me to style! She also selected my grey-and-black snakeskin wedges to pair with the skirt — she knows how I love to pattern-mix. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

I got this skirt years ago when we lived in the UAE, and I was drawn to its stark and stormy floral print. It has double-box pleats on each side, in the front and in the back. This is one of the few items in my closet with box pleats, which can visually widen hips if the pleats spread out too far.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + snakeskin wedges closeup

If you don’t remember this box-pleat skirt, don’t worry — it’s been awhile since I’ve worn it or featured it on the blog. You can see it in action here and here, both posts from 2012. Interesting to note that I keep wearing this skirt with shades of purple… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Weather:  Clear fall day

Where:  Work that included a reference shift

What:

  • Pleated floral skirt:  Laura Ashley, bought in the UAE, old
  • Cowl-necked shell:  JCPenney, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Snakeskin wedges:  Clarks, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, this past spring
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this past winter

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Shop my outfit:

berry cardigan  //  very similar cowl-neck shell  //  black floral midi skirt  //  snakeskin wedges  //  similar black tote bag by same retailer

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + black + floral outfit collage

There is still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. 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, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th on her blog, Loop Looks.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!


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New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by eShakti to select a new clothing item from their site. I have worked with eShakti quite a few times over the years, as seen here and here, for starters. I ultimately selected a floaty midi skirt with a palm leaf-print design.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must point out that that this was my second selection for an eShakti item this spring; I will detail my failed first attempt in my monthly budget adventures post later this month. This post is also not sponsored by eShakti; although I was contacted by them to select a complimentary clothing item of my own choosing, there was no obligation to provide a review. I am doing so because I want to share my experience and photos with my readers.

I went the custom sizing route for the skirt, as you can see by the label and pics below. I’m very glad to report the skirt does fit. (Whew.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Fair warning, this is a photo-heavy post!

I like the wide and high-waist design of the skirt, and this design looks a bit retro to me. It is floaty and flippy, and I lost no time in twirling in my new skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

The skirt is also lined, thank goodness, as the fabric is quite thin and lightweight. The fabric for both the skirt and lining is polyester crepe, which means I did have to use my static guard spray on the skirt, to make sure it didn’t cling throughout the day. (You can also read about my love of the static spray here in this “Everyday faves” post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

As the skirt design feels both fresh and retro to me, I stuck with simple pieces to pair with it. I wanted the vibe to be soft and simple. Brown and turquoise remain one of my favorite color combinations, so I layered my brown cardigan over a simple white tank top. My tortoiseshell peep-toe wedges tied into the brown color tones, as did my vintage sunglasses.

My white tank top provided a nice backdrop for my gold bar pendant necklace. And my finishing accessories were my thin gold-and-pearl hoop earrings and my turquoise stud earrings. Ultimately, I felt pretty and feminine and comfortable in my new skirt and outfit today!

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day that included meetings

What:

  • Skirt:  c/o eShakti, new
  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Gold necklace:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

exact skirt  //  very similar v-neck brown cardigan  //  very similar white tank top  //  similar peep-toe pumps  //  very similar gold bar pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise midi skirt outfit collage

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