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Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” 😉

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! 😉 ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom. ♥ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13 hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse:  Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself):  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings:  Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Flowering tree

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

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose another lovely piece by a growARTS artist. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of growARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell. If you’d like to learn more about growARTS and how important a cause it is, watch this video:  https://www.facebook.com/growARTSgcs/videos/1336387089779126/

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Flowering tree SIA inspiration collage

The starting point was, of course, the cherry blossom tree as the backdrop. I had seen this tree blooming at the end of the East 34th Street Bridge, and it totally echoes this week’s SIA inspiration artwork. Perfect timing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

This cat tee says, “Te quiero mucho” (which means “I love you a lot” in Spanish), but the rounded font makes it look more like, “Le quiero.” I layered the tee over my black knit dress, in order to be more streamlined around the waist.

I kind of love that when I pulled the tee tight and looped the excess fabric into a knot, the design’s pink border trim morphed into a heart-like shape! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms

And yes, it’s still been cold enough for tights. (Sigh.) But it worked out well for this SIA challenge, as my black tights and black skirt help to “ground” the look, like the trunk of the tree in the inspiration painting. 😉

The photo below might just be my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s the color combination of the light green of the budding trees in the background, along with the soft pink of the cherry blossom buds in the foreground. It feels like a Japanese-esque type composition, no?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

A fit-and-flare dress and twirling? But OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple cat tee + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Gloriously sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Cat tee:  ModCloth, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  eShakti, old
  • Tights:  DKNY via Macy’s
  • Flats:  Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

Y’all, I might just love the collage outfit more than my own! 😉

Spanish-language cat tee  //  purple fit-and-flare dress  //  black cat ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee outfit collage

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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, May 10th, so get those photos in to her before then.


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Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Today’s work outfit was really all about remixing my pink- and purple-print dress for a work-appropriate combo. The first time I wore this print dress was for a special anniversary night out in the summer. This time I wore it for work in chilly spring temps.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a pink print dress

2015 post: Feeling special in my new print dress

A blazer can work magic, instantly making any dress — even a sleeveless dress like this one –more work-appropriate simply by layering it on top. That’s exactly why blazers are “completer pieces,” because they really do serve to finish off, or complete, an outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + bronze heels closeup

I also made the look more work-appropriate by adding brownish-burgundy opaque tights and bronze heels. These tights are AMAZING, by the way. They can look more brown or more reddish depending on what it’s paired with. With this dress, the opaque tights help “tone down” the print, at least in my head.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

And there is ALWAYS time for twirling! 😉

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

I did wear the blazer buttoned up most of the day, mainly because the top of the dress is a bit lower-cut than most of my dresses. It worked, although I think next time I will add a white cami or sports bra underneath the dress so there’s another visible layer there.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Weather:  Chilly and rainy spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Velvet blazer:  Gap, over a decade old
  • Print dress:  Maggy London, thrifted, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old

Shop my outfit

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  similar print dress  //  Mary Jane heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + print dress outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! 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.

Inspiration:

I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80. The cloth is in the upper right of the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA stripes + gingham inspiration outfit collage

Interpretation:

When I saw the graphic design of the wrapping cloth, I immediately thought of my new Lands’ End striped dress. That was my starting point. I could have stopped there, but since the cloth incorporates different shapes, I thought pattern-mixing was in order. (Any excuse to pattern-mix, y’all! 😉 ) I could have paired this dress with almost any of my gingham shirts, but in the end, I went with my old orange gingham shirt from Old Navy. And my yellow tote bag finished off this ready-for-spring casual outfit.

And y’all know I’m not one to shy away from wearing color. Bring it on, spring! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

I went with my champagne-colored flats because they’re a neutral color, plus I thought the wrapping of the satin ribbon on the front of the flats fit in with the inspiration wrapping cloth.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + flats SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

It was such a gorgeous and sunny day last weekend — the first day of spring that it felt warm enough to go out with bare legs! (And yes, I am really am this pale, all year round.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit closeup

And last but not least, do y’all remember when I mentioned the last time we took pics along East 34th Street Bridge that I wanted to take pics there each season as a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma? So here you go, springtime and budding trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Weather:  Sunny and glorious

Where:  Errand-running on a Saturday morning

What:

  • Striped dress:  Lands’ End, new {exact dress still available!}
  • Gingham shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Gift from my mom, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar orange gingham shirt  //  exact striped dress  //  similar colorblock tote bag  //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange gingham + striped dress outfit collage


Can’t wait to see the round-up!


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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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