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Fall casual with a light sweater + slip-on sneakers

Transition from summer to fall can be a tricky transition up here in the Pacific Northwest. We go with the actual seasons up here, so it now officially fall. We’ve had a hot summer with very little rain (and lots of wildfires!), so I am SO READY for the cooler temps that have come our way this past week or two. Right before the college fall quarter began, we had a cooler day, with breezes to blow out the residual wildfire smoke, so Sam and I took the opportunity to go up to Seattle for a day trip.

So in that summer-to-fall transition period, I paired a light, three-quarter-sleeved sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on sneakers. I pulled up the pant legs to give my legs and feet a little air, as it was a day we were planning on doing a lot of walking (we took the train up to Seattle and then went around town on the light rail, so we knew we would be on out feet!). This combo felt just right for this in-between seasonal time and weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of pink lip stain and pink heart sweater

We were headed for the Henry Art Gallery — we signed up for free tickets through the museum pass program through the Seattle Public Library system! — which is on the University of Washington main campus. So we took the train up to Seattle and then took the light rail subway system up to the UW campus and then had fun walking through campus and seeing all the new students on orientation tours.

We took photos along the way across campus. There’s a large fountain on campus, surrounded on four sides of roses, which felt like a picturesque spot for pics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

And OF COURSE there is always time for an outtake… or two… or three. 😉 We took jumping photos in front of the fountain on the UW campus, and then I felt inspired to do a little twist on the top level of the Henry Art Gallery.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated gif in sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Cool and crisp with bits of sun

Where:  Day trip to Seattle

What:

  • Heart sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar heart sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar patterned canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine’s Day 2017

This is what I wore last week on Valentine’s Day. It was a work day, of course, a day that included a presentation at a department meeting. So I wanted to be both professional and comfortable — and acknowledge the holiday without looking cheesy.

Therefore, I paired my “Follow Your Heart” sweater — featured in my heart sweater round-up on Valentine’s Day last week! — with the wide-legged burgundy tweed trousers I bought in the fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you), then you know I love color-coordinating. So OF COURSE I rounded out my outfit with my burgundy ankle booties. ♥ My wood beaded earrings also tie into the brown tones of my trousers. Aaaaaaaand my wine-colored lipstick matches my sweater. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of burgundy ankle boots + brown trousers

It’s a low-key outfit, but I really enjoyed wearing it. Totally fits my style outlook of classic (tweed trousers) and comfy (sweater + trousers combo) with a bit of quirk (the novelty print of the sweater).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Weather:  Dry and chilly

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, this fall
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, this fall
  • Earrings:  Made by my grandmother, vintage
  • Lipstick:  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Shop my outfit:

burgundy heart sweater  //   light brown tweed trousers  //  similar burgundy ankle booties  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + trousers outfit collage

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Wear your heart on your sweater | Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought it would be fun to go literal this year to celebrate the holiday, to round up different ways I’ve worn my heart on my sleeve sweater. 😉

I’ve had these two Old Navy heart sweaters for years. I first got the pink-and-grey heart sweater in 2012, and I snagged the burgundy-and-pink “Follow Your Heart” sweater on clearance a couple of years ago. And I still love to wear and remix these heart sweaters!

♥ Remixing = real life. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Wear your heart on your sweater | Happy Valentine's Day

Links to original posts, left to right and top to bottom:
Top row:  Hearts aflight  //  Maroon + brown tweed  //  Color-coordinated heart
Middle row:  Pencil skirt + sweater recipe  //  Once, twice, three times burgundy
Bottom row:  Grey heart  //  Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater  //
Long ‘n’ lean casual


Which heart sweater is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share! ♥


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What we wore to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party

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Sam and I were invited to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” holiday party last weekend, so OF COURSE we had to take some pics for y’all. The party was also a toy drive to benefit the Toy Rescue Mission, so it was a great event to enjoy and also to give back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam got both of these sweaters at Target, by the way. Mine is actually a sweater vest — that still counts, right? 😉 — and it is pattern-mixing all on its own. True love! I also wore my red bubble earrings, as they felt particularly festive when combined with the large Christmas ornaments on the sweater vest.

Those red and green stripes are particularly searing to the eyes, aren’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam’s ugly Christmas sweater truly takes the cake. And if you’re wondering what those creatures are on that Christmas tree, they’re sloths. Yes, SLOTHS. And that is a sentence I never thought I’d say or write. Life is full of surprises, eh? 😉 I think Sam’s sweater is awesomely bad, and I quite like that it also incorporates fair isle patterns. By the way, his sweater is more noticeably, ahem, sparkly up close and in person, with sequins on the tree and sparkly fibers sewn into the fair isle pattern.

Sam also had fun imitating the sloths around our own Christmas tree! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters seem to be ubiquitous nowadays — where did this trend start? I personally think back to Mr. Darcy’s reindeer “jumper” in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m not alone in that, right? 😉

A Time article from 2011, “A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater,” shines a light on this modern trend:

According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, there was a noticeable uptick in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition snowballed from there.  Now the tops are bigger than ever, but in a very hipstery, oh-so-ironic way.

And below is a round-up of more ugly Christmas sweaters, for both men and women, including links to the exact sweaters we’re wearing (all of them are $55 or less, and our two sweaters are between the $20 to $40 range). There are a LOT of choices out there for ugly Christmas sweaters — it was hard to narrow down!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters collage

Row 1 (women’s):  1  //  2  //  3  //  4
Row 2 (men’s):  1  //  2  //  3  //  4

Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater, too? Do you loathe, or love, this trend? Please leave a comment and share!

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