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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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Library-themed outfit for a library-themed presentation

Another day, another opportunity to wear library-themed clothing! I wore this outfit on a day that I gave a library-themed presentation, so I had to represent. 😉

Also, a quick note that today is the last day of spring quarter and academic year for my college. But I will be working during summer quarter, so you will be seeing more casual work outfits throughout the summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

I am wearing FOUR different library-themed items, but the outfit as a while doesn’t come off as gimmicky — at least not to me. And it gave me so much joy to know about all the library-themed details I added to this outfit (even if no one else noticed), including:

  • library due date stamp tee
  • book-print skirt
  • library card tote bag
  • “Library Lovers” pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Library Lovers" pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

My denim jacket served as my outerwear, but I also wanted to show how the outfit looked without the jacket. You can see better how I incorporated grey tones throughout the outfit, with the softer grey in the tee, a darker grey in the patent leather skinny belt, and pewter in the flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day and library-themed presentation

What:

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Gingham + necktie style inspiration

A quick note that the monthly reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from Suzanne Carillo’s style blog, an outfit I pinned immediately. She remixed a gingham midi dress + a red tie/scarf under a black sweater vest, which I turned into a gingham button-front shirt + burgundy tie layered under a black scoop-neck dress. Suzanne paired her outfit with shiny red heels, and I went with my shiny red buckled flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

It’s interesting to me that Sam remarked in the morning that this outfit was “intentionally attention-seeking,” and it did turn out to be a head-turner. I got lots of comments and compliments all day, from both colleagues and students. I have to wonder why, because it’s definitely not attention-seeking due to any skin showing; literally only my face, neck, and hands are on display. One could even describe this outfit as prim. Is it my obvious joy wearing this outfit that others can feel? Is it because I, a woman, am playing off both masculine and feminine style tropes with this outfit? Is it simply how the black scoop-neck neckline of the dress stands out visually against the gingham and pop of burgundy at the top? A combination of all the above? What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Y’all, I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved loved loved wearing this outfit! It’s not very spring-like, but WHATEVER. The heart wants what it wants. ♥♥♥ (And actually, black is totally on trend for spring this year. My beloved Tom & Lorenzo have commented about it.)

I wore this outfit on a heavy teaching day, and it pleased me so much that when I walked into one class, one student exclaimed, “You look like Hermione from Harry Potter!” I clapped my hands in glee at this realization, oh yes I did. #hermionemyhero #harrypotterforever #teamgryffindor 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of personal joy out of slipping in subtle, subversive details when I get a chance. It’s often the “quirky” part of my personal style. And today, I borrowed one of my husband’s ties, one that he thrifted years ago, which has a design of thumbs up underneath “Women’s Lib” statements. Yaaaaaaaas. 👍 👍 👍

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

And y’all KNOW I matched my lipstick to my tie. Because that’s how I roll through life, color-coordinated whenever possible. (Love you, Mom, you taught me well!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Weather:  Still chilly enough for tights that day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk day at the library

What:

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SIA interpretation: Hindu painting

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

I chose this beautiful Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s. This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and you can read more here about  the history of this style of painting.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Interpretation:

I was drawn to the painting mainly because of the mix of colors and subtle patterns together. I also did NOT want to go down the cultural appropriation route, so I liked the idea of a modern look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

My pink + burgundy + navy patterned ankle pants felt like the perfect starting point. I added more texture with the navy cable-knit sweater, and the burgundy cargo vest also added more burgundy to the mix while also feeling more modern. I wore my lapis lazuli earring studs, and the bronze-y zipper and buttons on the vest also made a (slight) nod to the jewelry in the inspiration painting (minus any possible cultural appropriation).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy patterns and textures closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Why the burgundy brogues? I could have gone with my champagne-colored flats, as seen here, which would have been right at home with this inspiration painting. But I went with the patent leather burgundy brogues because (a) the weather was off-and-on rainy, and I am nothing if not practical, and (b) it’s a painting of a courtesan, and I liked the idea of wearing a masculine-inspired piece of clothing to contrast with this painting of a very feminine subject and object.

I wore this outfit to get my hair trimmed even shorter, again not conforming to historically traditional ideals of feminine beauty. Gotta admit, I get a lot of personal joy out of being subtly and sartorially subversive. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues, jumping hsot

Librarian for Life + Style | Jumping in my burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Weather:  Off-and-on bouts of of rain and sunshine

Where:  Getting my hair cut and running errands on the weekend

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!) at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, 10 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time, to be included in the round-up on my blog

See y’all on Wednesday for the round-up!

White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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