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Cute ‘n’ casual | Chambray with a floral scarf + animal print flats

Today’s post is all about feeling comfortable, casual, and cute. This is something I wore on a past weekend, but dressing casual doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with a little pattern-mixing. Not in my world, at least. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Also, my library-themed tote bag adds one more pattern to add to the mix! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

The backdrop for these photos is the Tacoma Public School District administrative building. I liked all the brick, including these muted brick mosaics along the staircase, as you can see in the photos below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Cute 'n' casual | Chambray + animal print + floral

Weather:  Chilly but with some sun

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

Surprise, an Style Imitating Art two-fer this week! Stop by Salazar’s blog for the full round-up, and below is my husband Sam’s interpretation of Salazar’s art choice.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam incorporates all the colors of the inspiration artwork in this “professor casual” outfit he wore on a teaching day. How awesome is this vintage blazer in olive corduroy? He dressed the blazer down in dark jeans and sneakers, but added his own fun touches with the Fraser tartan scarf and a new knit hat! Our friend Stephanie knitted this hat for him as a Christmas gift this past winter, and he’s been wearing it a lot.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Here’s a better look at the colors in this knit hat. And it’s perfect for this SIA challenge, as it incorporates all the colors in the inspiration artwork!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit and knit hat closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Details:

Want to join in the SIA fun next time? Every Monday, I feature an SIA post, and the inspiration challenges are chosen by one of the SIA co-hosts: me, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and Erin @ Loop Looks. Next week, Erin will choose the SIA inspiration artwork!

Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

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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White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you look through my Pinterest boards — especially my “White Lace Dress Ideas” board — then you’ll know I’ve pinned several versions of a white lace dress/skirt + olive cargo vest combo, like here, here, and here.

So I have been waiting to wear this particular combo for awhile now… and that time is NOW:

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you follow my Instagram, then you know I had henna done at the Tacoma pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I love how the henna design on my hand looked like a variation of lace itself right next to the lace design on my dress. And the reddish brown hue of the henna ties in with my cognac wedges — and my coconut shell necklace. I also wore stud earrings my paternal grandmother made decades ago out of petrified wood.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo closeup

I wore my bangs back on my new pixie cut this day — it’s super easy to style right after a shower! I still use my dry shampoo paste on this shorter cut, a process I outlined in this post here.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

The mural on the stairs, seen above, and the retaining wall, seen below, is known as the “Dometop Mural” and is part of the Tacoma Mural Arts Project. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Work day in the summer

What:

  • Dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, new
  • Cargo vest:  Old Navy, fashion-swapped with blogger pal Erin years ago
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Coconut shell necklace:  Local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

similar white lace dress  //  very similar olive cargo vest //  very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + olive cargo vest outfit collage

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