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Navy + pink stripes for springtime

Two quick reminders:


I have worn my new navy- and pink-striped tee a few times already, but it hasn’t yet made it to the blog… until now! The pink and navy color combo feels so fresh for spring, and we’re finally seeing some blooms around here. Of course, it’s still off-and-on rainy (more “on” than “off”), so the rain boots are still a necessity.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes for spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes for spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes for spring

I wore this on the weekend running errands, and it’s a good casual example of my personal style:

  • Comfy = Yep! Skinny jeans and a tee are always comfortable in my book
  • Classic = You can’t get more classic than a striped tee and a trench coat!
  • Touch of whimsy = The bits of whimsy for me come down to the pops of pink, especially in the unexpected pink trim on the rain boots, and in the daisy floral trim in the trench coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes for spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy trench coat close-up

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes for spring

We took a break while running errands around town to enjoy a stroll around Wright Park, which is one of the oldest, and loveliest, parks in the city. They have trees of all different kinds, and placards on each so I always learn something new each time we visit. And OF COURSE I got excited when we came across an old cherry blossom tree, this one blooming with buds of white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes + cherry blossom trees

And at the end of our quick photo shoot, Sam spied a brightly painted rock around one of the trees. It turns out there’s a community art project called “Tacoma Rocks,” in which locals paint rocks and place them all around the city. Why? In order to spread happiness. The founder of the Tacoma Rocks group stated in a local interview that, “We spread smiles one rock at a time.” How awesome is that?!

The rock that Sam found spreads a great message, that “Different is cool!” ♥ ♥ ♥ I had to share this sweet story and awesome message!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Rocks find!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes + cherry blossom trees

Weather:  Off and on rain and sunshine with a chilly breeze

Where:  Errand-running on the weekend

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new (available in different colors)
  • Trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Rain boots:  Hunter, old
  • Silver circle earrings:  Local boutique in Tacoma, Christmas gift from my husband

Shop my outfit

similar navy trench coat  //  similar pink-and-navy striped tee  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar rain boots by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + pink stripes outfit collage

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Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Not that long ago, I was looking at my thrifted wrap dress — the one featured here, here and here — and thinking that I always wore it essentially the same way:  as a dress, either with or without a cardigan, depending on the weather. I wear the dress more often than it appears on the blog, because I just keep wearing it the same way, and I don’t want to keep repeating it as such on the blog. But I repeat it in real life. It’s a go-to dress when I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m wearing.

And then I saw this post about “How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan” from the oh-so-fabulous Psyche of the Economy of Style blog. My eyes lit up, my brain switched on, and my mouth broke into a smile. A new way to wear a wrap dress?! YESSSSSSSSSSS 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a wrap dress collage

2012 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2014 outfit (without a cardigan)

Right after I read the Economy of Style blog post, we had on the forecast a rare day of sunshine and no rain. I took advantage of the opportunity!

I’ve written before how I feel like my best self when I’m feeling long ‘n’ lean — and I’ve written about this while I wearing this wrap dress as a wrap dress. I also felt gloriously long ‘n’ lean wearing this wrap dress as a long cardigan duster. It sounds odd, but it’s true:  when a taller lady wears longer items of clothing (shorts, dresses, skirts, cardigans), she ends up looking taller.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan, closeup

As the Economy of Style blog post points out, pulling the wrap ties inside and knotting them at the back was the way to go to convert this dress into a long cardigan. I also continued the “long ‘n’ lean” theme with my accessories, finishing off the look with my long gold chain and bar pendant.

Sam also made the excellent point that because this wrap dress has a collar, it made it look more like a jacket, more intentional. I’ll take it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

I felt this outfit looked best when I was walking, to allow for more movement and flow in the dress/cardigan. So I will admit that I took EVERY OPPORTUNITY to get up and walk around this work day, to feel like I was gliding around in my flowy cardigan dress. True story. #noregrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Y’all, I felt GREAT in this outfit. And it showed. I felt comfy and confident and chill, and my co-workers picked up on that. I got so many compliments on this outfit — and they were all surprised when I let them know it was a wrap dress that I was wearing as a long cardigan. It’s fun to keep surprising my new co-workers with my sartorial experimentation! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Weather:  Chilly and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Wrap dress (worn as long cardigan):  Thrifted, old
  • Blouse:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Heels:  Payless, old
  • Necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print wrap dress  //  similar gold necklace with bar pendant  //  very similar bronze pumps  //  similar skinny jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Wrap dress as long cardigan outfit collage


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Winter layers in purple + pink + grey

Today’s outfit I wore during my winter break on a weekday outing to the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) to see the “30 Americans” exhibit, which “showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the US and beyond.” I highly recommend this exhibit, which runs through January 15th.

We took these photos outside the Tacoma Art Museum.

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Tacoma Art Museum

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Tacoma Art Museum

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey

This outfit is really all about the bright colors up top, my deep purple overcoat and my pink sweater. The black-grey-and-white Pride and Prejudice-themed scarf visually connects the other colors in my outfit together, from my black hat to my black boots and my grey wool midi skirt. At the last minute before walking out the door, I put on bright lipstick — the classic “Cherries in the Snow” shade by Revlon — to add a final color-coordinating touch.

The bright blue sculpture glimpsed behind me is very eye-catching from any direction on this street, but I never realized until we took pics that the sculpture is made of blankets! The 2014 sculpture by artist Marie Watt is called Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek, and you can read more about it here on the TAM website.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of 'Blanket Stories' statue outside the Tacoma Art Museum

Collage of ‘Blanket Stories’ statue outside the Tacoma Art Museum

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Tacoma Art Museum

As we walked down “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma — this stretch connects the Washington State History Museum, the old Union Station (which is now a federal courthouse with a four-wall gallery of Chihuly art), the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Children’s Museum — we had first stopped at the bronze statue, “New Beginnings,” by Larry Anderson. This sculpture of a man with suitcases is right outside the Union Station, and it’s a fun sculpture to interact with!

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Union Station

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Union Station

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, outside the Union Station

And finally, a sweet pic of me that Sam captured while we were inside the museum and along the upper level balcony. I love these kinds of spur-of-the-moment opportunities! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Winter layers in purple + pink + grey, inside the Tacoma Art Museum

Weather:  Quite chilly

Where:  Downtown Tacoma to visit the Tacoma Art Museum

What:

  • Overcoat:  Lands’ End, bought years ago in Wisconsin
  • Sweater:  Mango, old
  • Midi skirt:  Marks & Spencer, old
  • Flat-heeled boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Cap:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my husband, old
  • Lipstick:  Revlon, “Cherries in the Snow
  • Pearl earrings:  Gift from my husband in the UAE, old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old

very similar wool coat from same brand  //  similar sweater  //  similar grey wool skirt  //  similar black boots from same brand  //  similar black newsboy cap  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple overcoat collage

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Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

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I have worn the navy + pink gingham button-front top I bought earlier this fall, but I realized it hadn’t made it to the blog yet. Time to correct that! I have worn it a couple of times underneath my “Follow Your Heart” novelty print sweater, as a way to subtly mix prints.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

I wore the button-front and sweater combo with my olive cargo ankle pants, for another subtly holiday-appropriate color combination. My burgundy patent leather brogues finished off this masculine-inspired, casual work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

The backdrop is a nearby park and playfield, which we stopped at on our way to mail off Christmas cards and presents, before I had to go to work. I thought it would be fun backdrop — and I have always loved the swings!

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Work

What:

  • Button-front:  Old Navy, this fall
  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Cargo pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Brogues:  Clark’s, last winter

novelty heart print sweater in grey and red  //  novelty heart print sweater in grey and black  //  novelty love print sweater  // similar button-front shirt (available in navy, blue, and pink gingham)  //  similar cargo ankle pants (also available in olive) //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering button-front with sweaters collage

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate! Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress:  Lands’ End, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces:  ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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