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Street mural | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Every year during the McKinley Street Fair in Tacoma, “Graffiti Alley” gets repainted with a new mural, to showcase live art during the fair. This results in a mural for everyone to enjoy for the next year. Sam and I took outfit photos in front of 2016’s McKinley Street Fair mural last year, and we managed to sneak in outfit photos in front of 2017’s mural recently before it was painted over again for this year’s street fair.

First up, the mural painted during last year’s street fair:

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | McKinley Street Fair mural 2017

And now for some details about my outfit, which I wore for another summer casual work day. It was BLAZING HOT that day, hence the rare sleeveless look for work. (I also brought a bronze shawl to wear at work, just in case I felt cold from the air conditioning or in case I felt I needed to cover up my shoulders.)

I am no stranger to wearing unexpected color combinations, and navy pairs well with just about every color. So I thought this navy + salmon pink combination worked well for a summer day. I sneaked a bit of pattern into this outfit, with the small-scale graphic print on the navy shell. And the shell has a surprise — shell buttons down the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

I wore neutral accessories, so as not to compete with the color combo, including my cognac wedge sandals, bronze hoop earrings, and a simple brass bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoop earrings + navy shell

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

And finally, I had some fun with the mustachioed “tree man” figure in the mural. Sam said I was maybe having too much fun, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + salmon pink + cognac wedges

Weather:  Blazing hot

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Remixing teal + tweed

I have definitely been enjoying remixing my new teal overcoat. And although this outfit is a bit old, it’s still chilly up here in the PNW!

I haven’t worn this tweed, pleated pencil skirt in quite a while — the last time it was featured on the blog was in 2013 (whaaaaa?!). I actually wasn’t sure it would still fit me (I’ve gained a few pounds the past couple of years), but it does! I do have to admit, however, that the skirt does fit tighter and sits higher on my waist now, but I’m glad to still be able to get some use out of this classic design.

I also liked how you still got a peek at the skirt pleats underneath my teal overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

And below is a look at my outfit underneath the overcoat.

A note about my accessories. Last year, when I shared my necklace extender trick (courtesy of my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks), a reader shared a comment about how to turn a charm bracelet into a necklace by attaching it to a plain chain. So I took my mom’s silver charm bracelet and turned it into a necklace!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my silver bracelet-necklace and cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Weather: Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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Coral pleats + button-front outfit inspiration

A quick note that the poll is open for you to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

The inspiration for my outfit today comes from Sarah Jessica Parker — or rather, a character’s costume she wore on set for “Best Day of My Life.” I pinned her outfit here on my Pinterest account. My version is not a faithful reproduction, but the basics of a blue button-front shirt and a pleated skirt are the same.

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

I love me some patent leather, which is reflected in my tortoiseshell-print wedges and my animal print belt. I also went for a different kind of animal print with my “put a bird on it” resin earrings! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

The day I wore this, several colleagues — and students! — complimented me about both the pleated skirt and wearing bright colors together. Y’all know that I’m not afraid of wearing bright colors! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Weather:  Clear fall day — and probably the last day this year that I will be completely bare-legged!

Where:  Work that included teaching and reference shifts

What:

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SIA interpretation: Gerda Wegener

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated for this round.

SIA inspiration pick:

I recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery. I was really struck by the artwork of Gerda (1886-1940), who was played by Alicia Vikander in the film, who also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Therefore, for this next SIA challenge, I selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Most of Gerda Wegener’s artwork seems pretty colorful, but I was drawn to the more muted tones of this self-portrait. Perhaps because the more muted tones seem to suit this transitional period between summer and fall? Perhaps because I was also drawn to the complicated expression on the artist’s face?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gerda Wegener self-portrait SIA collage

SIA collage for Gerda Wegener self-portrait

I had a few different ideas for outfits inspired by this self-portrait. In the end, I went with a floral pleated skirt in muted tones of bronze and light blue, as the colors were in the inspiration painting, and the pattern played off the couch print she’s sitting on. I layered a light blue cardigan over a teal tank top to add some depth, and my champagne-colored satin flats looked more bronze-y when paired with the skirt.

For accessories, I have multiple pieces of pearl jewelry, so I had some options there (pearls are my favorite gemstone). In the end, I went with my multi-colored pearl necklace as it has the largest-sized pearls (I call it my “gumball pearl necklace”), which paired nicely with my black pearl stud earrings. Finally, I chose my vintage wicker bag because it has a bakelite handle, which is a little nod to the Art Deco period of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

We had planned to take photos at Wright Park, which was near where we had brunch that morning. But as we were walking toward Wright Park, I spied this “Love” cornerstone of a church opposite the park, and I thought that would be a perfect alternative. The Danish Girl is a love story at its core, and the neutral colors of the wall and stone also tied in with the inspiration painting. It just felt right!

Below, a closeup of my multi-colored pearl jewelry — and my sassy pixie haircut! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cardigan with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Pleated skirt? Commence twirling! This skirt is a bit shorter than I remember it being. (I’ve also gained weight around my middle in the last ten years since I bought this skirt, so that’s another reason why this skirt seems to be getting shorter, hah!) I bought this skirt and cardigan together at the same time, but I think this cardigan may have seen its last day… its cost-per-wear is in fractions of pennies by now, so it’s had a good run!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze, high 70s

Where:  Brunch and errands

What:

  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Wicker bag:  Thrifted in Chicago, vintage
  • Pearl necklace:  Gift from my husband, Abu Dhabi
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this winter

Shop my outfit:

light blue cardigan  //  floral pleated skirt  //  multi-color pearl necklace set  //  blush satin flats  //  basket handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls outfit collage

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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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I’m excited to see what y’all will be inspired by!


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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee:  Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt:  c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new
  • Black metal hoops:  Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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