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Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid button-front:  Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest:  Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt:  Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues:  Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from March — thanks in advance!

With my pale skin and dark hair, I’ve always looked best in more saturated colors and jewel tones. Today’s outfit is an example of that, with my teal green cardigan and navy tee. But the real “jewel” of the outfit — har har — is my silk scarf with a plaid print of jewel tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

I love this scarf! It’s one of the three scarves I thrifted back in the fall, and it’s an Anne Klein scarf. I love its jewel-tone colors of purple mixed in with stripes of teal green, white, and red. The bronze-y trim finishes everything off — and makes it quite a versatile piece to wear with other colors! I debated about whether to keep the scarf longer and looser or tied more like a neckerchief. Obviously, I went with the latter, to keep the color and interest up top.

I also wore my topaz drop earrings to tie in — another pun! — with the scarf trim. The same reasoning went into wearing my bronze brogue heels. Color-coordinating for the win! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was talking about how she never wore scarves, that they were “too much” for her. I understand that reticence to wear scarves, because I used to feel that way, too. There was a time that I never wore scarves. I didn’t understand them or how to wear them; I always felt awkward even trying to wear them. But while I lived overseas in the UAE, where scarves and shawls are so common, I was inspired to start wearing them — and loved them! I appreciate now how scarves are an instant pick-me-up for any outfit.

The trick to wearing scarves? It really comes down to confidence. It’s that simple but also that scary. Yes, scarves command attention, and you have to be okay with that. I am now okay with that, because I want to wear things that I love — and that includes pretty patterns and jewel tones! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Scarf:  Anne Klein, thrifted
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar teal green cardigan  //  very similar navy scoop-neck tee  // exact dark-wash jeans from same brand  //  similar jewel-tone silk scarf  //  similar bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones and a scarf outfit collage

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Mod casual | Leopard + tattersall

Today’s outfit is a casual one I wore during the winter break. Sam dubbed this look “mod casual,” as once again, I wore an all-black foundation of a black turtleneck and skinny jeans. The flats and swing shape of the coat also fit in with a slightly mod vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

I’ve been wanting to take pics by Stadium High School for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity during the winter break to do so, when school was out of session. Stadium High School was the filming location for the high school in the 10 Things I Hate About You movie, and it’s  both a public high school and an historic landmark. The French Chateau-style building was first designed to be a luxury hotel, but it burned in 1898, and in 1906, it was reconstructed as a school. It’s a pretty amazing sight to see in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

And last but not least, I’m pattern-mixing (again), with my leopard print flats and tattersall plaid swing coat. The mixing of patterns works because they’re in the same color family.

I had never been sure of the actual pattern on this swing coat, as it looks like both a plaid and a little bit like houndstooth to me. Then I came across a piece about different kinds of tweed, and tattersall was on the list — and the light bulb went off! It’s tattersall! Tattersall is a “a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth,” and is known for being a favorite pattern of equestrians. Little wonder, then, since the word “tattersall” is named after Tattersall’s horse market in London.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Weekday brunch

What:

  • Swing coat:  Façonnable, thrifted
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Turtleneck:  ?, old
  • Leopard flats:  Macy’s, old
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift, new
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

similar plaid cape  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + plaid + leopard print outfit collage

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Going subtle with holiday accessories for work | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my holiday GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own teeth whitening kit. Thanks in advance! (You can read more details and my own review of the teeth whitening kit here in this post.)


Except for when we’re going to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater“-themed holiday party, I prefer to tone down the typical red-and-green Christmas color combo when it comes to wearing work outfits during the month of December. I either wear darker or lighter tones, as seen in last week’s burgundy-and-olive outfit, or I focus on holiday-themed accessories. Today’s post is an example of the latter.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + holiday brooch closeup

For this work look, I went subtle by accessorizing with a holiday-themed accessory — in this case, a wood antler brooch. I got this brooch as a free gift at my first (and so far, only) style blogger party, and I always get compliments on it whenever I wear it.

Here are some photos below that show the detailing on this dress and how the plaids are pieced together to show off the shape of this sheath dress. (You can also see here in this post how I had to alter this dress by taking off the sleeves.) I ended up just removing the sleeves entirely to make the dress sleeveless, so I could also layer things over and under the dress, like I did here.

And, yes, it’s an eShakti dress, which means it has pockets! I love how the pockets on this dress blend seamlessly into the design.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

The backdrop is our own backyard, against a flowering shrub of winter-blooming camellias. We were totally surprised one late fall morning to walk out and see these bursts of bright pink-and-white-striped blooms against our back fence. Gorgeous! And after asking around to find out what they were, it turns out that these are amongst the hardiest shrubs out there, and super easy to take care of! Basically, we just leave them alone, and they will take care of themselves. LOVE. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + camellias

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

I didn’t plan on the color of my overcoat playing off the color of the flowers. Really, I didn’t — I’m not that color-coordinated! (Erin, I can feel you shaking your head right now, LOL!) I simply chose this overcoat to add a pop of color against my black and tan neutrals.

And while I was double-checking photos — which I usually do in the middle of our photo shoots, to make sure we’re getting enough photos I could potentially use — Sam draped my coat over my shoulders. ‘Cause it was FREEZING. (Literally.) I immediately assumed a haughty expression, which led to a series of funny outtakes! 😉 I only see this kind of thing, coats draped over shoulders, on celebrities and in high-fashion blogs, but does anyone wear their coat like this in real life?! It’s so impractical!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + beige + burgundy overcoat

Weather:  Literally freezing

Where:  Work during the last week of the fall quarter

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, last winter
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx, new
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Brooch:  free gift at PNW blogger party, old

very similar tan turtleneck  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 1  //  similar plaid sheath dress, option 2  //  very similar tall black boots  //  similar topaz drop earrings  //  similar burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Black plaid + tan + burgundy collage

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What I’m wearing for Thanksgiving this year

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~ William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, here in the U.S. and those living abroad. And Happy Thursday to all my readers! (As always, thank you.) Here’s an outfit I wore last week and am re-wearing for Thanksgiving day.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

By the way, I am loooooooving my new burgundy cargo vest, which is by the American Rag brand. I first paired this vest with a teal long-sleeved tee and plaid infinity scarf in autumnal colors. I particularly like how the vest curves down in the back, providing more coverage. The burgundy color of this vest is so deep and rich! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy cargo vest + plaid infinity scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

The backdrop, a mural on the east side of Tacoma in the McKinley Park district, is “a snapshot of the way life used to be for Native American people centuries ago in the very location where the mural is situated – two Native American hunters moving in on a bear while a third acts as a lookout from behind a tree.” This mural “honor[s] our region’s rich tribal history, as the McKinley Park area was once a fertile hunting ground for the Native American families that lived there centuries ago,” particularly the Puyallup Tribe. (The Puyallup tribe’s original name for Mt. Rainier was, in fact, Takhoma!) The mural was created by artist and Puyallup Tribal member Anthony Duenas, and the project was sponsored by the Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council. You can read the origin of these quotes and more about the mural here.

It is a beautiful, striking mural, and it felt like a fitting backdrop for a Thanksgiving-themed post, to recognize and appreciate the roots and history of the area we now call home.

Collage of Puyallup mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Weather:  Chilly fall days

Where:  Weekend errands last week + Thanksgiving this week

What:

  • Cargo vest:  American Rag via Macy’s, new
  • Infinity scarf:  Old Navy, old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Ankle boots: Texas shoe store, very old

exact burgundy cargo vest  // very similar long-sleeved tee (also available in teal)  //  similar plaid scarf (also available in rust tones)  //  exact boot-cut jeans in “Rinse” color  // similar brown ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy vest + plaid scarf collage

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