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Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

I was able to get in one last photo op with cherry blossoms! And I do believe this is the first time this year that y’all get a peek at my toes via my peep-toe wedges. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

I broke up all the colorblocking in this outfit with this orange print scarf. And yes, my toenail polish matches my cardigan. Hi, I’m Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

My library card tote bag was a last-minute addition as I was gathering up my stuff in the morning. I like that it adds a pop of (unexpected) color… but is it too much? A different purse or tote would definitely change the vibe of this outfit. Your thoughts?

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Plaid shirt + shorts + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photo (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a costume that Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina, a casual button-front plaid shirt, shorts, and slides combo. There are lots of photos, film stills as well as behind-the-scenes publicity shots, of Audrey in this casual outfit, but I was particularly drawn to this little-seen photo of her in this outfit beside a leafy lattice work, shot in and around her apartment in 1954.

Interpretation

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s clear that Audrey — and/or Edith Head, the lead designer on the Sabrina set — has wrapped a button-front plaid shirt around her waist, to showcase how tiny her waist was. I simply knotted one of my plaid button-front shirts in front, but I did pop the collar. I also am wearing longer shorts than she wore, as well as slingback wedges, rather than the wedge mules she sported.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

And, of course, one last shot in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Hope y’all enjoyed this second of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Stay tuned for one more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by eShakti to select a new clothing item from their site. I have worked with eShakti quite a few times over the years, as seen here and here, for starters. I ultimately selected a floaty midi skirt with a palm leaf-print design.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must point out that that this was my second selection for an eShakti item this spring; I will detail my failed first attempt in my monthly budget adventures post later this month. This post is also not sponsored by eShakti; although I was contacted by them to select a complimentary clothing item of my own choosing, there was no obligation to provide a review. I am doing so because I want to share my experience and photos with my readers.

I went the custom sizing route for the skirt, as you can see by the label and pics below. I’m very glad to report the skirt does fit. (Whew.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Fair warning, this is a photo-heavy post!

I like the wide and high-waist design of the skirt, and this design looks a bit retro to me. It is floaty and flippy, and I lost no time in twirling in my new skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

The skirt is also lined, thank goodness, as the fabric is quite thin and lightweight. The fabric for both the skirt and lining is polyester crepe, which means I did have to use my static guard spray on the skirt, to make sure it didn’t cling throughout the day. (You can also read about my love of the static spray here in this “Everyday faves” post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

As the skirt design feels both fresh and retro to me, I stuck with simple pieces to pair with it. I wanted the vibe to be soft and simple. Brown and turquoise remain one of my favorite color combinations, so I layered my brown cardigan over a simple white tank top. My tortoiseshell peep-toe wedges tied into the brown color tones, as did my vintage sunglasses.

My white tank top provided a nice backdrop for my gold bar pendant necklace. And my finishing accessories were my thin gold-and-pearl hoop earrings and my turquoise stud earrings. Ultimately, I felt pretty and feminine and comfortable in my new skirt and outfit today!

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day that included meetings

What:

  • Skirt:  c/o eShakti, new
  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Gold necklace:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

exact skirt  //  very similar v-neck brown cardigan  //  very similar white tank top  //  similar peep-toe pumps  //  very similar gold bar pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise midi skirt outfit collage

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Mixing red + orange together for fall

I wore this outfit during new faculty orientation week at my new college. I wanted to look pulled-together but also a bit casual. And obviously, I wanted to represent my area, the library, in a positive way!

I started with my red knit dress — a comfortable and more casual choice — and layered my dark denim jacket — also casual — over it. To look more pulled-together and finish off the outfit, I then chose my dark denim peep-toe wedges and my orange patterned scarf.

The red and orange together is also a great combination as we transition to autumn!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

The final finishing touch? My reddish orange lip stain, Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in “Adore.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn these peep-toe wedges, and I had forgotten how comfortable they are! So cushy, particularly around the peep-toe detail. The Dexter line from Payless never fails to be comfortable.

I wore this outfit the second day of new faculty orientation (here’s what I wore the first day), and I smiled when a new colleague commented, “Oh! I didn’t realize yesterday that you were so tall!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing red and orange together for autumn

Weather:  Mid-60s and overcast

What for:  Day two of new faculty orientation

What I wore:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger for Macy’s, old
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Scarf:  Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Lip stain:  Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in “Adore”

very similar red dress //  similar dark denim jacket // similar scarf // very similar wedges  // very similar topaz drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | red + orange + dark denim collage

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Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Casual Fridays in my world usually mean jeans + a blazer. It’s a uniform of sorts that just seems to work every time. For this Friday, I had a work day mostly consisting of instruction prep, along with a meeting and a more informal library orientation and Q&A session for new faculty. My “casual Friday” uniform definitely seemed right for this work day mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped jeans + peep-toe wedges closeup

Because of the meeting and orientation, I wanted to look, and feel, a little dressier and put-together. And a little sassy. So I slipped on my bow, peep-toe wedges, shoes I have had over a decade! I also had a subtle colorblock and striped theme going, with my black-and-tan tote bag and striped skinny jeans. (I lightened the photo above so you could better see the black stripe on my dark jeans.)

I also added my gold rope brooch to jazz things up a bit on the top half, and my gold-and-black dangly earrings — a gift from my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie — rounded everything out.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday in tan + black stripes

I felt comfortable, put-together, and “long ‘n’ lean” in this variation of my “casual Friday” jeans + a blazer uniform. When I put this post together, I also realized that this outfit was very similar to yet another “casual Friday’-themed post from spring 2013. The skinny jeans are different, as well as the color of the striped tank, but otherwise, it’s the same outfit idea!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a tan blazer + wedges + skinny jeans

left  //  right (this post)

So there you go, accidental remixing. And the outfit still works for me today, as it worked for me two years ago. Remixing = real life, y’all.

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