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Cat skirt + chambray shirt

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Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Remixing my novelty print skirt

Another week, another opportunity to remix this novelty print skirt featuring cats and books! The first time I wore this skirt, I wore it with a black cardigan and my Fluevog heels, and the second time, I wore it with a grey cardigan, over-the-knee socks, and patent leather brogues.

This time, no cardigans! Instead, I layered my chambray shirt over a black turtleneck, and then tucked both into my skirt. Since the waist on this skirt is a bit big (the skirt is cotton, so a smaller size would have been too small), I cinched in my waist with a black skinny belt to keep everything secure. I also paired the skirt with my black flat-heeled boots for a more casual look overall.

On the day I wore this outfit, a co-worker remarked that she was enjoying seeing how I kept remixing this skirt. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + boot socks closeup

And yes, these are the black version of the grey over-the-knee socks I previously wore with this cat-and-books skirt. They look totally different scrunched down and just peeking over my tall black boots. Cute and comfy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

I also remixed my new black pearl earrings, c/o Pearl & Clasp. (Read my review of these earrings here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Black pearl earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day with multiple meetings across campus

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from mom, new — still available! (if out-of-stock, sign up for an alert, as this skirt often gets restocked)
  • Button-front shirt:  J.Crew, old — but still available!
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Skinny belt:  JCPenney, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, new

Shop my outfit:

exact chambray shirt  //  similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact skirt  //  very similar black over-the-knee socks  //  similar black boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt


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Grown-up school girl in knee socks + library card tote

As promised, here are more photos and details of what I wore on our anniversary outing this past weekend, when Sam and I both donned our JORD wood watches. Click here to view Sam’s outfit and closeups of his new JORD watch.

Plus, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $100 JORD e-gift code! Deadline to enter is Feb. 19th.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

I like how the dark sandalwood of this wood watch warms up cooler colors, like the grey of this cardigan. I had originally picked out this watch back in 2015 because the dark brown of the band and the black of the watch face would go with lots of different outfits. And I have found that to be true! 🙂

You can also see more of my JORD watch faves here on this Pinterest board.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

We took photos in a nearby park on our way to a “boozy brunch” anniversary outing at the Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma. I donned my grey over-the-knee socks for the first time, and I am really liking the pointelle design on these socks! And yes, I was totally inspired by to pair my grey socks, burgundy brogues, and skirt together after seeing ModCloth’s lead outfit pic for this cat-and-books-print skirt.

Sam said he especially liked this “grown-up school girl” outfit, with my knee socks and book-print skirt and brogues and library card tote bag.

I liked this outfit so much, I wore it again to work this week!

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Weather:  Getting warmer! 50s and clear

Where:  Anniversary brunch on the weekend + work day this week

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Over-the-knee socks:  Payless, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last winter
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Watch:  c/o JORD

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Classic + quirky | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

This might just turn out to be one of my favorite outfits of ALL TIME. And I think it’s fair to say from these photos that I felt GREAT in this outfit. I mean:  kitty cats, books, classic pieces like the cardigan and full skirt, plus statement heels, all in one outfit? It’s classic and quirky at the same time.

It’s just so me, isn’t it?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

I got such a kick out of my co-workers’ reactions to this outfit, which basically went like this:

Co-worker, walking by:  “Cute skirt!

Me:  “Thanks!

[Co-worker pauses. Looks back and leans in for a closer look.]

Co-worker:  “Wait…. are those cats?!

Me:  “Yep.” 😀

Co-worker:  [Squealing in glee]

This skirt demands double-takes! (As do my shoes, my beloved Fluevogs.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Closeup of my bracelet + novelty print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

I think I will have a lot of fun remixing this skirt, which was a recent Christmas gift from my mom. And pockets? YES, PLEASE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Kitty cats + books | Pairing a novelty print skirt with statement heels

Weather:  Very, very cold and very, very dry

Where:  Regular work day

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift, new
  • Cardigan (worn as sweater):  August Silk, old
  • Heels:  John Fluevog, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Nordstrom, old
  • Bracelet:  c/o Greg Michaels, old

similar black cardigan  //  exact skirt  //  similar black belt  //  exact tights  //  herringbone Oxford heels  //  black-and-white Oxford flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + statement heels outfit collage
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Mod casual | Leopard + tattersall

Today’s outfit is a casual one I wore during the winter break. Sam dubbed this look “mod casual,” as once again, I wore an all-black foundation of a black turtleneck and skinny jeans. The flats and swing shape of the coat also fit in with a slightly mod vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

I’ve been wanting to take pics by Stadium High School for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity during the winter break to do so, when school was out of session. Stadium High School was the filming location for the high school in the 10 Things I Hate About You movie, and it’s  both a public high school and an historic landmark. The French Chateau-style building was first designed to be a luxury hotel, but it burned in 1898, and in 1906, it was reconstructed as a school. It’s a pretty amazing sight to see in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

And last but not least, I’m pattern-mixing (again), with my leopard print flats and tattersall plaid swing coat. The mixing of patterns works because they’re in the same color family.

I had never been sure of the actual pattern on this swing coat, as it looks like both a plaid and a little bit like houndstooth to me. Then I came across a piece about different kinds of tweed, and tattersall was on the list — and the light bulb went off! It’s tattersall! Tattersall is a “a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth,” and is known for being a favorite pattern of equestrians. Little wonder, then, since the word “tattersall” is named after Tattersall’s horse market in London.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Weekday brunch

What:

  • Swing coat:  Façonnable, thrifted
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Turtleneck:  ?, old
  • Leopard flats:  Macy’s, old
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift, new
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

similar plaid cape  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + plaid + leopard print outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Vogue peacock

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! It was my turn to curate the SIA challenge, and I chose a vintage Vogue cover, from November 1909, featuring a peacock scene in shades of grey, black, white, and orange.

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Both bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate. Just send a photo — selfies or flat lays also just fine — of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork. Send a photo to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. PST. I will post the round-up on my blog tomorrow morning,  All Hallow’s Day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art challenge, Vogue peacock cover

It did not take me long to figure out what I wanted to wear for this week’s challenge. I started out in monochromatic grey, from my grey cotton knit dress (which has black seaming) to my tights to my ballet flats, with a pop of orange at the waist. I pulled in a bit of extra black with a grey-and-black ombre scarf, and I chose pearl jewelry:  white pearl drop earrings + a black pearl necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

I knew I wanted a pop of orange, and I had first thought of tying my orange sash, seen here, around the waist. And then I remembered my orange polka-dot ribbon belt, which meant I could get in the orange color PLUS the dotted pattern of the peacock’s feather. Score!

A closeup below of the belt plus the black seaming of the dress:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey with a pop of orange

Weather:  Sunny fall day, low 60s

Where:  Work

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ballet flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tights:  WalMart?, old
  • Ribbon belt:  Thrifted in Portland, old
  • Scarf:  Fashion-swapped last fall
  • Pearl earrings:  Local store in Oregon, gift from my husband
  • Pearl necklace:  UAE, gift from my husband

similar grey fit-and-flare dress  //  similar orange belt  //  similar ombre scarf  //  similar heather grey tights  //  similar black pearl necklace  //  similar ballet flats

grey with a pop of orange collage

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