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Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit, as it’s not an outfit I put much thought into in the early morning hours when I was getting dressed. This is a combination that I’ve reworn several times — a cozy sweater + skinny jeans + tall boots. But on this morning, I thought, “Hmmmm… why not add a statement necklace just to brighten things up? That’ll cheer me up.” And it did!

I decided to take pics after I got home from work, as several colleagues commented favorably on my statement necklace and how it “popped” against the darker tones of my outfit. And we were lucky enough to capture that “golden light” when the day starts to turn to dusk. Plus, our winter-blooming camellias added another pop of color in the background. I love these flowers!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

And below is a closeup of my statement necklace — and matching earrings! My paternal grandmother made both the necklace and the earrings; she was a very creative and artistic person, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry after she passed away. (I also highlighted my grandmother’s jewelry here in this post.) She lived in Arizona during her later years, hence the turquoise and Southwestern feel to this jewelry set. You definitely don’t see much of this kind of jewelry up here in the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why it stood out even more for my colleagues!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

How to easily extend necklaces:

Now for the bracelet extender trick! I got this tip years ago from my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks, and it’s super simple. Just attach a bracelet to both ends of the necklace clasps, as you can see below, and voilà, you’ve extended any necklace by a few inches! It helps if the bracelet matches the metal or material of the necklace — but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I usually employ this trick when I’m wearing a turtleneck or cowl sweater or top , so the bracelet extension part is hidden by the extra folds of fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace and extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cowl sweater:  Maurice’s?, very old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Necklace and earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Shop my outfit:

similar purple sweater  //  similar silver-and-turquoise necklace  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar black flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace outfit collage

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Casually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Today’s outfit I actually wore twice within the span of a week:  once to work, and then to brunch on the weekend with a friend visiting the area.

When I wore this outfit to work, a librarian colleague was dressed in a similar outfit, which we both noticed and laughed about. For a casually professional look — one that doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation — we both return to the same outfit formula of:

  • pairing tall boots with skinny jeans
  • pairing a print blouse or tank with a solid-colored blazer

This outfit formula just works every time. It’s comfortable to wear, the print provides some visual interest, and the blazer adds a professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Because of the geometric print of my blouse, I added geometric earrings. These bronze-and-bead earrings were a gift from my friend and former co-worker Stephanie. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of print blouse + bronze earrings + velvet blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

We took pics after the weekend brunch, at a nearby skate park. It was a treat to be active and run around the park, which was deserted on a Saturday morning. Sam was there to capture all the fun! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

So. Many. Outtakes. The sun at late morning provided shadows and therefore opportunities for interesting photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Work day, then a weekend brunch

What:

  • Blazer:  Gap, old
  • Blouse:  Banana Republic, thrifted, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Oru, gift from Stephanie, old

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  very similar geo-print sleeveless blouse  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac tall boots  //  very similar bronze-and-bead earrings from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + print blouse outfit collage

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Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Another day, another outfit featuring a statement coat with my cognac boots! Plus, this outfit was so nice I wore it twice! Once on the weekend before the winter quarter began, and then for the first day back to school. I’ve noticed a theme for when I have to run errands on the weekend:  throw on a statement coat and then keep everything else simple.

The outfit underneath this eye-catching coat is literally a t-shirt and a denim skirt with leggings. When I was wearing this outfit around the house, my husband, Sam, didn’t say anything. I put on the coat, Sam turns around, and goes, “WOW! You look like a snow bunny!” It’s all about this fabulous coat. (Which I fashion-swapped last fall, y’all. #fashionswapforthewin)

The last time I wore this coat on the blog, I wore it with these same cognac boots and skinny jeans. I wanted to try something at least a little bit different, so I paired the coat with a denim skirt this time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat closeup

This coat is very worthy of being a statement piece, with its mix of textures and lambswool-lined cuffs and hood. But my and my husband’s favorite detail? The embroidery of bright pink and yellow flowers. It’s the perfect finishing touch and gives this coat a Bohemian flourish.

But I have to admit, the lambswool trim is very photogenic, especially on a windy day. It’s basically photo-bombing me in these photos! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

And lastly, as I mentioned, we took these photos on the weekend before school started up again. So what better place to take photos than a school?! 😉 The backdrop is the main entrance of Lincoln High School, which was first built in 1914 and named for President Abraham Lincoln. The school was designed by Frederick Heath, who was also the mastermind behind adapting the French Chateau-style hotel into Stadium High School, which you can see here in this post from last week. There are quite a lot of historic and beautiful school buildings in Tacoma, thanks in large part to Heath, who was the city’s official school architect in the early 1900s.

I love that the word above the front doors of Lincoln High School is “Simplicity.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Weather:  The high was only 33 degrees Fahrenheit!

Where:  One weekend day for running errands; First day back at school for winter quarter

What:

  • Statement coat:  Phosphorus, fashion-swapped last fall {exact coat still available in black!!!}
  • Denim skirt:  Fashion-swapped a few falls ago
  • Tee:  Gap, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx for Kohl’s
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, new

exact coat in black  //  vest with fur and fringe trim  //  suede jacket with fringe trim  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  very similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat 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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Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Jennie @ A Pocketful of Dots, who recently paired a leopard-print cardigan with a wine-colored top and suede heels. I instantly thought, “Hey, I can do something similar!” Thanks, Jennie, for the inspiration. 🙂

There was a very low percentage for rain that work day, and that’s usually when I take the opportunity to wear some of my more adventurous shoes. So I went in for a bit of animal print pattern-mixing by pairing my snakeskin wedges with my leopard cardigan. Two species mixing! No worries, they got along fine. 😉 Even though they were two different patterns and textures, they go together — at least in my mind — because they are in complementary grey tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

I kept adjusting my cardigan throughout our quickie photo shoot on our front steps. The pics in the collage below are two separate — but almost mirror-identical! — shots. I didn’t just flip one photo and put them together (you can tell by the part in my hair) — it’s just funny to me to see them side-by-side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Sam joked that in the pics below, I was making myself “look small” (like our calico cat Brontë does sometimes), but I quite liked how the pics came out. It’s fun to mix up the poses sometimes. Plus, this way, you get to see the two animal prints closer together. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Weather:  Chilly fall day with a low-chance percentage of rain

Where:  Low-key Friday work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Wedges:  Clark’s, old
  • Coin necklace:  My mom’s, vintage

very similar leopard-print cardigan  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  snakeskin ankle-strap pumps  //  similar coin pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Leopard print + snakeskin collage

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