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Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid button-front:  Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest:  Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt:  Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues:  Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

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I have worn the navy + pink gingham button-front top I bought earlier this fall, but I realized it hadn’t made it to the blog yet. Time to correct that! I have worn it a couple of times underneath my “Follow Your Heart” novelty print sweater, as a way to subtly mix prints.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

I wore the button-front and sweater combo with my olive cargo ankle pants, for another subtly holiday-appropriate color combination. My burgundy patent leather brogues finished off this masculine-inspired, casual work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

The backdrop is a nearby park and playfield, which we stopped at on our way to mail off Christmas cards and presents, before I had to go to work. I thought it would be fun backdrop — and I have always loved the swings!

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Work

What:

  • Button-front:  Old Navy, this fall
  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Cargo pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Brogues:  Clark’s, last winter

novelty heart print sweater in grey and red  //  novelty heart print sweater in grey and black  //  novelty love print sweater  // similar button-front shirt (available in navy, blue, and pink gingham)  //  similar cargo ankle pants (also available in olive) //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering button-front with sweaters collage

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King’s Books + fall layers for work day

One last call to vote for your favorite outfit of October — thanks in advance! 🙂

I didn’t initially plan on documenting this outfit for the blog, but after we found ourselves enjoying a light dinner after work in the Stadium District, Sam was open to taking pics. What I’m wearing today is like a combination of this casual outfit (navy striped tee + green infinity scarf) with this casual work outfit (navy striped tee + cargo vest + brown boots). The fall layers served me well on this drizzly fall day.

A few notes about today’s work outfit:

  • I didn’t wear the scarf or the cloche during the work day (both were just for outerwear purposes)
  • I didn’t get a closeup of my flesh-colored tights, which are ribbed and thicker than regular hose. The pattern and texture of these tights are more noticeable in real life.
  • Those creases in my pencil skirt? A result of working all day — and extra proof that I do actually wear the outfits I show on the blog. I usually take pics at the beginning of the day, so as to avoid showing these kinds of creases, but it’s kind of nice to see them here — and a reminder of why I document my personal style journey!

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | King's Books in Tacoma, WA

After dinner and a drink (I had a Maker’s Mark old-fashioned) at Doyle’s Pub after a particularly good work day, we walked across the parking lot to browse through one of Tacoma’s best local bookshops, King’s Books. As the mural states, it’s “almost a city block of books,” a cheeky reference to Powell’s Books in Portland (which actually is a city block of books). King’s Books also has two resident cats! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots

Weather:  Drizzly and overcast fall day, temps in the 50s

Where:  Work day with teaching + meetings

What:

  • Striped tee:  H&M, old
  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped with Erin @ Loop Looks, old
  • Pencil skirt:  Bealls?, old
  • Infinity scarf:  Anne of Green Gables pattern, StoriArts, gift from husband last fall
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Tall boots:  Nine West, old
  • Belt:  ?, old
  • Colorblock tote:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old

similar striped tee (also available in navy)  //  similar olive cargo vest  //  similar pencil skirt (also available in tan) //  very similar infinity scarf from same brand  //  similar tall high-heeled boots (also available in brown) //  similar cloche with flower detail

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall layering with stripes, cargo vest + tall boots collage

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What I wore on voting day

Today is Election Day in the U.S.! In Washington state, along with Oregon and Colorado, we have mail-in voting — that means we can vote at home instead of having to stand and wait in long lines to vote on Election Day! — so this is technically what I wore a couple of weeks ago when I dropped off my mail-in ballot on my way to work. But that didn’t translate well to a blog post title. 😉

I’m NOT going to get into politics or specifics about any politician or candidate as that’s not the point or focus of this style blog. But I will say that for my American readers, I hope you are/were able to vote and do vote, via whatever voting methods are available to you in your state.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore on voting day

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore on voting day

I love this photo above! Not just because of my delighted “I did it!” facial expression, but also because Sam managed to capture the EXACT moment the envelope was sliding down the chute. Awesome!

The first time I wore this dress, as seen here, I didn’t like the extra line of white stitching on the bust, so I mentioned the possibility of blacking out that bit of stitching. And I did! (I just used a black Sharpie.) I felt MUCH more comfortable wearing the dress this time, and I don’t think it detracts from the rest of the interesting seaming and details on this dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trial fit dress, before and after

It was a windy day, so I’m glad I wore a sheath dress. This was the dress that eShakti made for me for a “trial fit” exercise this past summer. I wanted to transition the dress for fall, as the colors of the waistband and stitching (olive with orange, yellow, and white stitching) are perfect for the fall season. Transitioning the dress for fall basically boiled down to me adding tights and closed-toe shoes! I also took a bronze shawl with me to work, in case I got chilly. (I did.)

I think this is the first time I’ve paired black tights with my beloved bronze Franco Sarto pumps (which I thrifted a few falls ago!). I really liked the mix of neutrals and how the black tights made the bronze heels look a bit darker.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels

Weather: Super-windy fall day

Where:  To drop off voting ballot and then work

What:

  • Dress:  c/o eShakti, this summer
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

similar colorblock sheath dress  //  exact DKNY tights  //  similar Mary Jane heels  //  very similar topaz drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sheath dress with black tights + bronze heels collage

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