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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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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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Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

As I flipping through the November 2016 issue of People StyleWatch, I saw a feature on fall outfit formulas, and one of them was about pairing a pleated midi skirt with a crewneck sweater and ankle strap shoes. ON IT.

Librarian for Life + Style | People StyleWatch pleated midi skirt feature

I paired coral pleated skirt with my black crewneck sweater for a super simple outfit formula. I added a little something extra with my snakeskin, ankle-strap wedges, for that touch of whimsy I like to mix in with my comfy + classic style.

I often tuck in my shirts when I wear this skirt, because I like to emphasize the wide waistband, as seen here and here, but today, it felt more natural to keep the sweater untucked. I think the pleats stood out even more this way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + coral + snakeskin wedges

And, of course, with a pleated skirt, you know there will be twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Weather:  Warmed up to low 60s and no rain

Where:  Work day with reference desk + meetings

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†JCPenney, old
  • Skirt: ¬†c/o giveaway, old
  • Wedges: Clark’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Christmas gift, old

exact crewneck sweater (also available in black)  //  very similar coral pleated skirt  //  snakeskin-and-suede wedges  //  chandelier lace earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula 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

denim jacket + floral skirt

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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SIS: Style Imitating Stephanie | Dark teal + brown

Lots of different votes for your favorites from last month! Click here to vote for your favorite. ūüôā

For last week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up on Salazar’s 14 Shades of Grey blog, Stephanie wore a cute and casual summer outfit. She put together a dark teal t-shirt, a brown skirt, and beaded jewelry. I loved her outfit so much — and I got to see it in person! — that I immediately thought, “Oh, I have all those pieces in my closet!”

And thus, an outfit idea was born. ūüėČ

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Style Imitating Stephanie

I added my own beaded necklace and strappy sandals to also echo the inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Details:  Dark teal tee, Nordstrom Rack, old {similar} {dressier blouse option}  //  Dark brown eyelet skirt, thrifted, old {similar style in white} {similar style in yellow} //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Bird print tote bag, gift from Sam {similar} {similar style in a super cute sunflower pattern} //  Beaded necklace, gift from Sam {colorful option}  //  Topaz drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown eyelet + accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

I wore this outfit on a day of errand-running, starting with getting a hair trim. (These pics were taken before my haircut, btw.) We took quick pics in the Pearl district in the northwest of Portland, which is a great neighborhood for interesting photo backdrops!

I love this eyelet skirt because it’s designed like a flamenco skirt — made for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet

And, last but not least, further proof that I’m a goofball:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark teal + brown eyelet outtakes

Thanks, Stephanie, for the style inspiration! ūüôā

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I wanna be like Gracey

When Gracey @ Fashion for Giants and I first met up in person, I wore my coral pleated skirt, and she mentioned that she also had a similar¬†pleated¬†coral skirt. Then this past spring, Gracey¬†debuted a library stamp tee — which my husband then gifted me this summer for my birthday.

So on this morning, I woke up with the thought, “I wanna be like Gracey!” and put the two together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Details:  Grey stamp tee:  Out of Order, birthday gift from my husband  {exact} /  Coral pleated skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway in spring 2012 {similar}  /  Pewter wedges:  Payless, old  {similar} /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter 2013 {exact} /  Silver circle drop earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {similar}

My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to take my pics today — she took pics the whole first week of fall term, while my husband was away on his book tour — and below is the pose I struck after she said, “Now be sassy!” ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt
I haven’t been inspired that lately with my hair, but on this day, I decided to try an old favorite, side rope braids twisted into mini-buns {here’s a good online tutorial for this hairstyle}. This kind of style really only works when my hair is wet, as my thin hair has very little “grip” when it’s dry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braids and bun hairstyle

I like this¬†photo below, even though it’s blurry, because of the movement in the photo and my facial expression.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

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