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Day-to-night holiday casual | Wearing scarves for 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to my American readers!

When my new red and navy blanket scarf c/o JustFashionNow arrived last week — in time for our Independence Day celebrations and detailed in last week’s monthly budget adventures post — I had the idea of doing a scarf inspiration post for the holiday.

Up here in the PNW, the temps tend to drop overnight, so it can get quite cool in the evenings. So I’m doing a day-to-night type of post with two different kinds of scarves, a square scarf and a blanket scarf.

For day:

First up, wearing a smaller, lighter scarf for the daytime.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

I decided to wear my vintage, polka-dotted red-white-and-blue square scarf around my neck, but there are lots of other ways to wear a square scarf if it’s just too hot where you live to put anything around your neck.

You could also tie a scarf:

  • around a hat
  • around your hair
  • looped around a purse or bag handles
  • around your wrist for a funky take on a bracelet
  • around your waist as a belt, if the scarf is long enough
  • looped around a belt loop on jeans or shorts, if your scarf is shorter

You can also visit a prior post I did illustrating different ways to wear square scarves.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, day time

And if it’s hotter where you live, you could totally go with a plain white tank or tee and/or denim shorts. The foundation of my outfit is just a simple pair of jeans and a white top, with the accessories bringing a patriotic flavor to the look.

Details:

For night:

As I said before, it can get quite chilly on summer evenings up here — which I love about the PNW! — so taking a blanket scarf with you if you plan staying out at night to watch fireworks or hang out with loved ones — is a practical thing. And why not infuse your practicality with a fun pattern? Particularly with a double-sided blanket scarf! 😀

Here’s the darker blue side of my new blanket scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

And the lighter blue side of the scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing scarves for 4th of July, night time

Now for a closeup of the graphic pattern on the blanket scarf:

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf pattern closeup

And Sam managed to catch a couple of awesome action shots while I was flipping the ends of the scarf around my shoulders. It’s like twirling for scarves! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf outtake

Do you like wearing scarves in different ways? How do you wear different types of scarves? Please leave a comment and share!

For all my readers, hope your Tuesday in general is going great! ♥


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Shoe love: Adding color + pattern with canvas flats

I figured it was high time for another “Shoe love” post! I’ve recently noticed how my collection of slip-on canvas flats has risen in the last few years (including 2 new pairs this year!) — and that all my canvas flats have some kind of pattern.

Let’s explore my collection of canvas flats, shall we?

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats collection

Top row:  Wide-striped pair, Payless, old {similar pair}  //  Tan + polka-dotted, Grasshoppers, old {similar style by same brand}
Middle row:  Geometric print, Target, new {exact pair}  //  Espadrille style, Target, new {exact pair}
Bottom row:  Black striped, Payless, old {similar pair in black stripes}  //  Thin striped pair, Target, old {similar pair}

I’ve worn these slip-on canvas flats with all different kinds of clothing items, including dresses, skirts, ankle pants, trousers, shorts, and jeans, as seen below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + white lace

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Chagall in love

Librarian for Life + Style | Tulips + eyelets

Original post:  Tulips + eyelets

Librarian for Life + Style | MIxing stripes + polka dots in navy + pink

Original post:  SIA interpretation: Spring

Librarian for Life + Style | Feline style follow-through

Original post:  Feline style follow-through

Librarian for Life + Style | Farmers Market outfit

Original post:  ‘Wear to Where?’ Spring/Summer 2016 blog tour | Farmer’s Market

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic + comfy | Blazer with jeans + canvas flats

Original post:  Classic + comfy | Blazer with jeans + striped canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Original post:  Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print


These slip-on canvas flats aren’t for everyone, I know, so let’s explore the drawbacks and benefits to wearing this kind of shoe.

Drawbacks?

For me, there aren’t many drawbacks to wearing these shoes. It all comes down to personal comfort level, but I’ve noticed that sometimes, the interior of these shoes can cause friction when I wear these a long time. So you might need to wear a kind of breathable sock liner, like these, and/or a cushioned insert, like this one, to make wearing these shoes more comfortable for the long haul.

Benefits?

For me, the benefits FAR outweigh any drawbacks. And I’m used to tricking out my shoes with inserts, so that’s not a big deal for me. The benefits include:

  • an easy way to jazz up a basic outfit with a pop of color or pattern
  • comfort and walkability
  • variety of options at every price point
  • versatility

Seriously, these shoes look good with EVERYTHING — as I’ve tried to demonstrate above — bringing a casual edge to work-appropriate outfits while at the same time bringing a more put-together vibe to more causal outfits. I just can’t get enough of them!


Do you have any slip-on canvas flats like these? How do you wear them? Please leave a comment and share!


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Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

When I am really tired — and these past few weeks have been exhausting at work, because of so many projects to wrap up! — I often go back through my archives and rewear or remix past outfits. Yes, I use my own outfit galleries! 🙂

One such outfit I recently came across was this combo from April 2015, and back then, I had only been able to take flat lay pics of the outfit, rather than full outfit photos, as seen below. (I’m sure it had been raining.) It’s an outfit combo I wear again and again, a fit-and-flare dress under a cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing Top 10 items + black flats

My blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks had left a comment at the time, “I’d love to see a full body shot of that one.” So here ya go, Erin! I did follow up on your request — even if it just took me two years to do it! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new shiva shell earrings

The first time I wore this dress-and-cardigan combo, I paired it with my small silver hoops with black pearls. This time, I wore my new shiva shell earrings, to bring more lightness to my face. Plus, I thought the swirly bit in the earrings echoed the polka dot design.

I also wore a light berry lip stain to tie in with the berry cardigan. Every time I wear this cardigan, I get compliments because of the color. It’s definitely become one of my go-to colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

The backdrop for these photos is against our side fence and gate, where our lilac trees are. In the pics below, you can see both the white and purple lilacs blooming in the trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

And I just love this last pic, with the lilac blossoms and the ray of sunshine glinting off my sunglasses. It sums up how I feel about our recent weather! 😀

Weather:  Sunshine-filled spring day

Where:  Work, which included teaching

What:

  • Fit-and-flare dress:  JCPenney, over a decade old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  By local designer Ajmer by Jodi, new

Shop my outfit:

very similar berry cardigan  //  polka-dotted dress  //  similar black ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + polka dots outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Bold portrait

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! For the first SIA challenge of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month, I knew I wanted to choose a piece of art of a woman created by a woman. I chose a modern painted portrait by the South African artist Juanita Mulder (who uploads her artwork to Pixabay under the username of “Agnali”). There is a brief bio and more of her artwork here on this site. I was struck by the bold colors and brush strokes of this painting, as well as by the bold expression on the woman’s face.

And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! 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 (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage

My starting point was actually the background. I knew I wanted a red wall and a red lip. And if I found a red wall to take pictures in front of, that meant I didn’t have to have any red in my actual outfit. So then I focused on mixing the lighter (creamy yellow) and darker (black) tones of the painting, hence my yellow cardigan and black skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

I didn’t actually set out to pattern-mix, but it just seems to naturally happen! My yellow cardigan has a starburst pattern up close, but from further away, it looks more like a solid color, a soft, pale yellow. I hadn’t worn my black dotted skirt in awhile, so that I thought that would be a more fun choice than my solid black skirt. And of course, my red lipstick finished off the look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

This was a day that included snow, rain, and wintry mix. That explains my umbrella, and you can actually see in these photos the wintry mix raining down. It’s hard to capture rain or precipitation of any kind in photos, so for it to be this visible in photos, you know it was really coming down that day!

And of course, there was time for twirling and outtakes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + yellow + black inspiration outfit outtake

Weather: Snow, rain, wintry mix, and sunshine all mixed into one slushy mess

Where:  Work day and then eating out for a campus fundraiser

What:

Shop my outfit:

similar yellow cardigan  //  very similar black dotted skirt  //  similar black waist belt  //  very similar black heeled boots  //  similar black and gold teardrop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black outfit collage


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Pattern-mixing with brown + black for fall

I was inspired recently by this pattern-mixing of brown + black from Jessica @ What I Wore — particularly the outfit where she combined a polka-dot button-front shirt with a tweedy vest — and I thought, “Hey, I can do that!” And thus an outfit idea was born.

Here’s my take on pattern-mixing with brown and black for fall:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

I have a tweedy plaid vest, which I layered over my dotted button-front shirt. (You can read here in this post about how I shortened the shirt cuffs.) I didn’t go with a black blazer, as seen in Jessica’s outfit inspiration; instead, I added more black to the outfit with black skinny jeans and tall boots.

Side note:  Is it just me, or am I also giving off a slight Han Solo vibe in this outfit? Totally unintentional, but I kinda like it! 😉

By the way, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in this post that we had stained our backyard fence “sequoia red,” and here it is! This perspective is from inside the fence, and I think you will be seeing more of this fence in the future.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Back view of my racerback vest

I love that the “dots” on this shirt are actually little diamond clusters! 🙂 And I mixed in more brown + black with my wood watch, c/o JORD (it’s the Ely style in “dark sandalwood,” FYI). Once again, this watch attracted comments and compliments!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black closeup, with wood watch c/o JORD

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with brown + black

Weather:  Misty and overcast, typical PNW fall weather

Where:  Casual Friday work day and after-work bar get-together with new faculty cohort

What:

  • Button-front:  Fashion-swapped with friend, old
  • Vest:  Maurice’s?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last winter
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Bridesmaid gift, years ago in Texas
  • Watch:  c/o JORD, 2015

similar polka dot shirt  //  similar vest  //  exact skinny jeans  //  this year’s riding boot version from same brand  //  exact watch (Ely style in “dark sandalwood”)

Librarian for Life + Style | pattern-mixing brown + black collage

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