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Fall casual with a light sweater + slip-on sneakers

Transition from summer to fall can be a tricky transition up here in the Pacific Northwest. We go with the actual seasons up here, so it now officially fall. We’ve had a hot summer with very little rain (and lots of wildfires!), so I am SO READY for the cooler temps that have come our way this past week or two. Right before the college fall quarter began, we had a cooler day, with breezes to blow out the residual wildfire smoke, so Sam and I took the opportunity to go up to Seattle for a day trip.

So in that summer-to-fall transition period, I paired a light, three-quarter-sleeved sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on sneakers. I pulled up the pant legs to give my legs and feet a little air, as it was a day we were planning on doing a lot of walking (we took the train up to Seattle and then went around town on the light rail, so we knew we would be on out feet!). This combo felt just right for this in-between seasonal time and weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of pink lip stain and pink heart sweater

We were headed for the Henry Art Gallery — we signed up for free tickets through the museum pass program through the Seattle Public Library system! — which is on the University of Washington main campus. So we took the train up to Seattle and then took the light rail subway system up to the UW campus and then had fun walking through campus and seeing all the new students on orientation tours.

We took photos along the way across campus. There’s a large fountain on campus, surrounded on four sides of roses, which felt like a picturesque spot for pics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

And OF COURSE there is always time for an outtake… or two… or three. 😉 We took jumping photos in front of the fountain on the UW campus, and then I felt inspired to do a little twist on the top level of the Henry Art Gallery.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated gif in sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Cool and crisp with bits of sun

Where:  Day trip to Seattle

What:

  • Heart sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar heart sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar patterned canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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Monthly budget adventures (September 2017) + recent Target shopping experience

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month!

Spoiler:  I only spent $2 this month!

New jeans

I earned a $25 Target gift card this month via online surveys, and I thought it good timing to try out the new clothing line, “A New Day,” at Target. (By the way, this post is NOT sponsored by Target — I thought it would be useful to share my recent shopping experiences at Target.) If you haven’t heard yet, Target is phasing out a lot of their well-known brands, including Mossimo and Merona (noooooooooo!) and bringing in new lines, including “A New Day” for women and “Goodfellow & Co” for men.

The one item I picked up at Target? A pair of Mossimo skinny jeans. Yep, the new item I ended up getting from Target is from one of the lines they are phasing out. Get ’em while you can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | New dusty rose skinny jeans at Target

The color for these “curvy” skinny jeans is labeled as “Pink,” but they’re really more of a dusty rose. It’s a trendy color — and not a color that’s represented much in my closet. It’s not a color that is particularly flattering for me, but having this color on the bottom isn’t as bad as having the color near my face. But I think this color will play nice with a lot of other items in my wardrobe, so the “dusty rose” kind of ends up an interesting variation on a neutral color. And hey, I finally match the background color of my style blog!

I did like the fit of these skinny jeans, as I definitely have a curvy bottom half, and the placement of the back pockets looks flattering. And they feel sooooooo soft. I’m not sure how long they will last — but my regular pair of skinny  jeans from Target has lasted 5+ years of weekly wear! — but for $2, I was willing to take a chance on a trendier clothing item.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on dusty rose skinny jeans at Target

Details:

Fitting room snapshots at my local Target

Here are the rest of the items I tried on from my recent shopping excursion to my local Target. Long story short:  I was NOT impressed with the overall fit of the new “A New Day” clothing items, and I did not buy anything from the new line. The sizing inconsistencies confounded and exasperated me. I am not a fan of this new line, and the following pics will show you why.

And fair warning, I’m about to get VERY CAPSY. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I first tried on this white-and-black striped boatneck top in size large. I like the envelope shoulder detailing, and of course, stripes are classic. But this size large was SUPER unflattering on me — basically clinging instead of skimming and making all my curves look like lumps. PASS. I will continue to get my striped tees from J.Crew or J.Crew Factory — and I wore one of my J.Crew Factory tees above — this is the exact tee from J.Crew Factory — when I tried on the dusty rose skinny jeans!

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

Next was a trendy ruffle-sleeved sweater — which was SO RIDICULOUS on me that I burst out laughing in the changing room. I had chosen it because I wanted to try something new and outside my comfort zone. But it turned out to be too tight (even though I got a large), and wayyyyyy too fussy for me. (Note:  I cannot find this anywhere on the Target site. I think it’s from the “A New Day” line, but it might also be from the “Who What Wear” line. It’s similar to this ruffled cardigan from the “A New Day” line.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the pattern and colors of this shirtdress, which has an elastic waist. I grabbed this in size medium, and while the waist fit, I was drowning in fabric on both the top and bottom. Who is this dress made for?!!!! I could fit an extra set of boobs in the top part, and it still would be too large. And it’s so odd to have such a full skirt and no pockets. The other items in size large had been too small, as seen above, and now this size medium was way too large. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

So although I loved the print — and I love shirtdresses in general — this shirtdress failure really disappointed me.

Correction: I thought this shirtdress was from the “A New Day” line, but it’s actually from the “Who What Wear” line; these two clothing lines were right next to each other in my local Target store, so I can understand the mix-up. Either way, the sizing is insane.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I picked this black floral dress for its lovely autumnal floral print. I grabbed a size large for this dress, and my hips were stretching the bottom half to within a quarter-inch of its life — but the top was swimming on me. So again, who is this dress made for?! Women with fuller hips need not apply. DISAPPOINTING.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I picked up this grey shirtdress because, on the hanger, it looked like an interesting variation on a basic piece, like a longer top to wear over leggings. It had interesting details like the fabric covering both the buttons and the tie belt. The top looked fuller, so I picked up a medium to try on.

I think you can tell from the picture below that the fit is — again! — RIDICULOUS. The bottom is NOT designed for curvier hips, and those buttons are just about to pop off from the strain. Meanwhile, the top is huge, with billowing sleeves. So sizing up to fit the bottom would have meant an even larger top half. SIZING FAIL.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

The last item of clothing I tried on wasn’t from the “A New Day” line — because by that point, I was *done* with the weird sizing — but rather from the “Xhilaration” line. It’s a wrap blouse in a navy floral print and three-quarter sleeves. I liked the shoulder detail with the light shirring — it kind of had a slight 1940s retro feel to the design. But alas, the top was too short and threw off my proportions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items at Target

I think it’s also telling that the two items I liked the most — the top above and the dusty rose curvy skinny jeans that I did end up buying — were NOT from this new “A New Day” clothing line. I will admit that the new clothing line looks like it has a nice range of accessories and handbags, but those are also items that don’t have major sizing issues to take into consideration!

Final takeaway from the new Target line:

When I got home from my recent shopping experience at Target, here’s how I summed it up for my husband:

If I didn’t have such a positive body image, then it would have been really easy to blame myself and my body as the problem rather than the clothing line and its sizing issues.

And I DID have to remind myself while I was in the dressing room that it wasn’t ME, that it was the clothes and the way they were designed. But even knowing that it wasn’t my body’s fault that things didn’t fit — and saying this out loud to reinforce the message to myself — did not lessen my personal frustration and exasperation at the confusing and inconsistent sizing.

Perhaps others have found gems in Target’s new “A New Day” clothing line, and if so, I am happy for you! But it is obvious to me that I am not the target (har har) customer — nor the target body shape — at Target, at least not for the “A New Day” line. I will not be wasting my time with “A New Day” anymore.

Oh, and if you have enjoyed the Mossimo and/or Merona clothing items at Target, stock up while you still can, before they are completely phased out!

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $2
Total savings for this month:  $27

Total spent for this year:  $820
Total savings for this year:  $591


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Colorful + casual cotton tunic with leggings

Last month in my budget adventures post, I shared that I had bought a colorful tunic from a local vendor during our local street fair. I wore it the next weekend to a visit a local farmer’s market, followed by a friend’s BBQ.

I kept things simple and bold, layering the tunic over leggings and my criss-cross black sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

This cotton tunic is known as a dashiki, which is a garment with roots in West Africa. This dashiki has such a simple, classic design, the colorful printed cotton folded over and stitched down the sides (leaving room for armholes), with elastic stitched along the middle to give it shape. (I’ve seen other dashikis with ties along the middle to cinch in the waist.)

The dashiki became popular in the U.S. during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as a symbol of black pride and culture. It then also transitioned into part of the hippie counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read more about the dashiki and its political and cultural significance here and here.

To be open and transparent, I have to admit some reservations that, as a white woman purchasing and wearing a sartorial symbol of African culture, it would be interpreted as cultural misappropriation. But please know that is not my intent. My intent is to celebrate and honor culture and diversity — and all different kinds of style. Everywhere I have lived, including overseas in the Middle East, it has felt natural to incorporate bits of local style — perhaps even as a way to remember people and places I have lived and loved.

I bought this gorgeous garment because:

  • I was drawn to the vibrant and colorful print, and y’all know I’m not afraid to wear color!
  • I had a lovely conversation with the vendor, who is herself an immigrant from west Africa. She seemed thrilled and supportive of me buying the dashiki — and actually wanted me to wear it right then and there, to promote it at the fair! I felt like I had her blessing to wear it.
  • I seek ways to support local artisans and small businesses.
  • It is an external expression of my support of ethnic, cultural, and sartorial diversity.

You can see the shape of the dashiki better in the twirling pics below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

We visited the farmer’s market at Point Ruston, and we’ve taken pics along this waterfront view before, as seen recently here and here. It’s just a stunning backdrop of the Sound, so I hope you don’t mind yet another series of pictures along the Ruston waterfront.

Oh, and I spiked up my pixie even more so today, which was fun for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup of print, leggings, and sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Weekend BBQ at friend’s house

What:

  • Cotton tunic:  Local street fair, new
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s — exact pair still available!
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old (and sold out)

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Shop my outfit:

brightly colored tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful tunic + leggings outfit collage

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Easy pattern-mixing | Pink stripes + denim trousers + geometric-print flats

I felt so good in this outfit, as it just felt so easy and light and simple — yet I’m still sneaking in some pattern-mixing. Because WHY NOT.

We took photos after work at these interesting stained-glass windows at a local church (which wasn’t holding services when we took pics, just FYI).

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Sam cracked me up when I came downstairs for coffee that morning, and he saw the top half with my pink-striped tee and denim trousers. He went, “Oh, you look cute!” — and THEN he looked down and spied my pink geometric-print canvas flats. He then exclaimed, “Oh, and that was BEFORE I saw your shoes! Look at you pattern-mixing!” 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braid for short bangs

I did another rope-braid for my pixie bangs, as an easy way to get my hair off my face — and a little rope braid is more interesting than just a bobby pin. And if you’re not sure what a “rope braid” is or how to do one, here’s a “rope braid for pixie cut” hair video tutorial.

I wanted to get in a selfie after I realized that we (accidentally) were color-coordinating. Sam’s grey chambray shirt coordinates with my denim trousers, and I love how the pink sides of his sunglasses echo my pink-striped shirt.

The couple that color-coordinates together… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie, grey + pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Weather:  Cool and clear

Where:  Work day

What:

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Shop my outfit:

pink striped long-sleeved tee  //  dark grey trousers  //  silver hoop earrings  //  patterned slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + trousers + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Chicago naturescape

It’s my interpretation of this past week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin decided to use a photograph that her friend, an amateur photographer, took of tulips against the Chicago skyline. Her friend posts online and on Instagram as blinkofalens.

Chicago flowers and skyline, photo by Vinod, blinkofalens

Photo of Chicago flowers and skyline, used with permission of the photographer

My interpretation:

My outfit came together very quickly. I primarily focused on the pink and turquoise colors in the photo. (It also helped that I had recently painted my fingernails “Rockstar Pink” and my toenails “Jazzy Jade” from the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear line.) I knotted my thinner chambray shirt over my pink-and-white ikat-print sundress.

I also had Sam take some photos from a lower perspective, to echo the angle taken in the inspiration photograph. It was fun to look super tall in these photos — I guess my legs are like the “stems” of the flowers? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

We took photos in Wright Park in Tacoma, where we also enjoyed the annual Food Truck Fest! The greenery of the park grass totally fit in with the inspiration photograph.

We also took a few photos by one of the nearby sculptures in the park, a bronze sculpture of an older man and a younger girl called “The Leaf” by teacher-turned-artist Larry Anderson.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + teal pedicure + cognac wedges closeup

Close-ups of my cognac-colored accessories and my new mani/pedi!

I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, and it came together so easily. Gotta love summer! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Rockstar Pink" manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze — perfect PNW summer weather!

Where:  Weekend outing to the park and annual Food Truck Fest

What:

  • Dress:  JCPenney, old
  • Chambray shirt:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Straw bag:  Local boutique in Vancouver, WA, old
  • Nail polish for manicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Nail polish for pedicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Jazzy Jade

Shop my outfit:

very similar chambray shirt  //  similar print dress  // very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Chambray + floral + cognac outfit collage

Yep, there’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, so get those photos in to her by tonight.

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