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Casual Friday formula | Purple + navy

Yep, another entry in my “Casual Friday” outfit formula of a blazer paired with skinny jeans! (I still have some past outfits from the spring quarter to show, and then I’ll continue with casual work outfits throughout the upcoming summer quarter.) When I saw this combo on Adina’s excellent Blue Collar Red Lipstick style blog¬†(scroll down for the final pic), my eyes and brain lit up. Here’s how my thinking went when I pinned this look on my “Casual Friday ideas” board:

  • Structured blazer in a neutral color? Check.
  • Wine-colored top underneath? Check.
  • Skinny jeans? Check.
  • Animal print flats? Check.
  • Long pendant necklace? Check.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

I wore this on a Friday — OF COURSE — a day which included a morning meet-and-greet coffee date with another local librarian, a meeting, another event on campus, and project work behind-the-scenes. Lots of variety on this Friday workday — and this comfy, classic outfit was good to go for all the myriad tasks on my to-do list. ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

We took these photos after work, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing the outfit “on the move,” so to speak, hence the photos of me jumping, above, and walking, below. The backdrop is a nearby church.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Weather:  Sunny and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Blazer: ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Tank top: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Pendant necklace: ¬†Christmas gift this year from my in-laws
  • Silver earrings: ¬†Christmas gift this year from my husband
  • Purple lip stain: ¬†Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in¬†‚ÄúShameless‚ÄĚ

Shop my outfit:

very similar blazer from same brand  //  similar berry tank top  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar silver circle pendant necklace  //  similar animal print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday outfit collage, purple & navy

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Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

A quick reminder about the JORD giveaway… just click the graphic below to go to the¬†link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Style pinspiration

When I am feeling uninspired when it comes to dressing for work, I turn to my “Easy work outfits” Pinterest board. And when I came across this look I pinned from Jules in Flats, with her burgundy ankle pants, white top, and grey cardigan, the lightbulb went off in my head. Once again, I thought: ¬†“I can do that!

And so I did. I didn’t worry about being too literal in my outfit. It’s about inspiration, not exact replication. For example, instead of wearing my burgundy ankle pants, I opted instead for my red jeans (which have a bit more coverage around the ankles).

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Jewelry details

I tend to prefer silver or white gold jewelry, as I feel it’s more complimentary to my pale skin tone. After dressing, I also realized¬†that every single piece of jewelry I was wearing came from my husband! Sam¬†was only too pleased to take close-ups. ūüôā

My wedding ring is white gold, and we designed it in collaboration with a local jewelry designer back in West Texas; it also includes¬†the same diamond from my mom’s original wedding ring. Awwwwww…. ‚ô•¬†My engagement ring is silver with a white pearl. My husband adapted a ring design from James Avery Jewelry in order to echo a ring of my grandmother’s, and he had it made at the flagship James Avery store and studios in central Texas. My necklace chain and two of the pendants — a silver ring with a scroll design and a¬†heart pendant (which is still available!) — are also from James Avery. The red rose ring pendant is a ring Sam bought me at a farmer’s market in Portland, first seen here, and I added it to the necklace to bring it a pop of color.¬†Finally, the silver circle hoops are a recent Christmas present from Sam.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

It’s such a simple outfit — I’ve been saying that a lot lately, haven’t I? — but the bits of red throughout really stand out. The final finishing touch, of course, was red lipstick! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration

And finally, here’s a pic of me with the outerwear I wore going to and from work. I wore my black coat, plus a buffalo plaid scarf with colors that played off the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Jeans: ¬†Style&Co. for Macy’s, last spring
  • Sleeveless sweater: ¬†Kmart?, super old
  • Cardigan: ¬†August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats: ¬†DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag: ¬†Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Heart pendant: ¬†James Avery, gift from husband, old
  • Scarf: ¬†???, my husband’s
  • Lipstick: ¬†L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

grey cardigan from same brand  //  exact red straight-leg jeans  //  similar sleeveless white top  //  similar grey sporty flats  //  exact heart pendant from same brand //  exact red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

It’s time for my SIA interpretation!¬†It was¬†Salazar‚Äės turn to curate, and she chose a classic: ¬†The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by¬†Swiss artist Jean-√Čtienne Liotard.¬†The muted colors and mix of textures in the painting are lovely.

My starting point was my pleated cotton skirt in shades of bronze, white, and light blue. This skirt hasn’t been on the blog that often, seen here, here, and here, but I’ve had it for years. I added a light denim jacket, plain white tee, and my porcelain Wedgwood pendant necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

We’ve taken photos at various places outside our new home, but it felt like good timing to take some photos inside. Plus, my blogger pal Erin at Loop Looks¬†— and SIA co-host! — has asked for some pics inside the house, so we took these photos in our living room. (Our couch is usually in front of this picture window, but we moved it forward for a few¬†pics.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of porcelain pendant and pleated skirt

Above is¬†a closeup of my skirt with its bronze ribbon detailing, plus a closeup of the Wedgwood porcelain pendant that my mom got in England decades ago — it’s so delicate and pretty!

Last week, I mentioned recognizing¬†The Chocolate Girl painting from¬†the cover of¬†Longbourn. So OF COURSE¬†I had to incorporate my copy of the book¬†into the photos, along with a yellow¬†tea cup (a birthday gift from Portland friends) and a porcelain dish for chocolate sweets (from Scotland, a gift from Sam’s great-aunt). The green metal tray is one we picked up years ago in Texas, and¬†it’s usually¬†in the center of our dining table. I thought it was a nice touch to bring it into the photo shoot in order to echo the tray the maid is carrying in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation tableau for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Lastly, below are some photos of me on our tufted couch, which is the newest addition to our living room. (It’s hard to find a smaller-scale sofa!) Our cat Ibsen was determined to join in on the photo shoot. (I think he was a little jealous of all the attention Bront√ę got last month in this SIA interpretation post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Half-day at work (which gave me time in the morning for photos!)

What:

  • Denim jacket: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Skirt: ¬†Gap, old
  • Tee: ¬†Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Pendant: ¬†Wedgwood, vintage, from my mom
  • Earrings: ¬†Minnesota visitor’s gift shop, old
  • Flats: ¬†Payless, old

similar denim jacket  //  similar long-sleeved white tee  //  similar floral skirt  //  similar ballet flats  //  blue circle pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | denim jacket + floral skirt collage

So there is still time to¬†participate in SIA challenges! It‚Äôs easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs art piece ‚ÄĒ flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well ‚ÄĒ and send to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

Have you entered the holiday giveaway for your own piece of Greg Michaels jewelry yet? The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers through next Tuesday, Dec. 23. All the details here in this post!

These olive cargo ankle pants that I bought¬†last January have turned out to be one of the VIP items in my wardrobe. I have worn them in every season! Most recently, I paired them again with my basic black blazer for a comfy yet classic outfit. (It’s actually an outfit I wore twice, once for work and then on the weekend for errand-running.)

I chose a backdrop of bright red berries to add a more festive flavor to the photos!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

Details:

  • Olive ankle pants {similar}: ¬†Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, gift-carded last winter
  • Black blazer {similar} {knit blazer option}: ¬†The Limited, old
  • Grey striped top {similar}: ¬†J. Crew, this summer
  • Grey flats {similar} {sporty option}: ¬†DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Black pendant necklace {similar}: ¬†Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter red berries

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

The grey flats link to the grey striped top, while the black pendant necklace links to the black blazer. Color-coordinating even in an outfit of neutrals!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black pendant

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

After looking at the pics, I realized that this outfit was another variation of a stripes + olive combo that I have frequently worn before, as seen below in the collage. Why mess with a go-to outfit formula of stripes + olive ankle pants? Remixing for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing stripes + olive ankle pants

Outfit 1 + Outfit 2 = This outfit post!


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