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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

It feels like perfect timing to showcase a red, white + blue outfit as we head into Memorial Day weekend.

I have pinned several outfits similar to this red, white + blue stripes + polka dots combo, like this recent outfit of Victoria Beckham’s, or this casual outfit worn by Duchess Kate last year, or this stripes + scarf outfit from Sarah’s Real Life. Classic is as classic does, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

And y’all know I had no problem color-coordinating my (red) lipstick and (blue) earrings to my outfit, right? 😉

Also, this square scarf just keeps on truckin’ — it’s a scarf that I’ve literally had my entire life. I used to dress my dolls up in this scarf. Love comes in all forms, including scarves. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library behind the scenes (no meetings or teaching), so I could go more casual

What:

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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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SIA interpretation: Greetings from Sonoma

Woot, time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks chose an awesome street mural for SIA, a “Greetings from Sonoma” mural, that is a combination of bright colors and patterns and vistas. It’s so appropriate as we transition to the summer season — and it’s appropriate, travel-wise, as Erin is on a trip to Sonoma herself! 😀

The mural is at the Fremont Diner, and you can see more pics of the diner and the full mural here and here.

Inspiration to interpretation, Sonoma to Tacoma:

Hey, that rhymes! 😉 I’ve been wanting to take pics against this mural for awhile, so this SIA challenge was the perfect opportunity.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sonoma to Tacoma SIA collage

The starting point for me for the challenge — besides the mural backdrop — was the red-and-blue colors in the “Greetings” part of the inspiration mural. That led me straight to my red-white-and-blue striped canvas flats. The corrugated backdrop of the mural reminded me of stripes, which led me to my striped shirtdress, plus the light blue color of the dress matched up with the light blue in the Sonoma letters. My vintage wicker bag just seemed to fit the breezy, summer-y vibe of the mural, plus it allowed me to get a bit of orange in the outfit. (There are orange flowers all along the bottom of the Sonoma mural.) I added in bits of additional red, through my lipstick and sports bra (yep, trotting out the layering-with-sports-bras trick again).

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Below are some larger pics of the “East Tacoma” mural, which is on the side of the Earth Wise Architectural Salvage building. Earth Wise is an AWESOME place to browse through — we will definitely have to get more pics there this summer!

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Gotta admit, I loved how this look came together. I felt casual and cool and ready for summer! 😀

Below is a closeup of the vintage wicker bag I thrifted years ago in Chicago. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to bags for summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage wicker bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Weather:  Dry and sunny

Where:  Ice cream treat on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress:  Gap, old
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, Amsterdam trip
  • Striped flats:  Payless, gift from my mom, old
  • Wicker bag:  Vintage, antiques fair during Chicago trip years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar shirtdress with contrasting stripes  //  similar fedora with navy band  //  similar red-white-and-blue striped flats  //  wicker bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats outfit collage

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, June 21, so get pics in to her by tomorrow, June 20.

Be sure to visit Loop Looks on Wednesday to see the SIA round-up. Next Monday will be Salazar’s turn to curate the next SIA challenge.


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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

Just a quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she chose a glass beadwork art piece, “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears,” from the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit. Since the U.S. was celebrating Independence Day last Monday, Erin chose an artwork that also celebrated independence. These beadwork pieces are done by a community of women living and working together, and you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Here is a detail of the overall work, and click here to view the entire piece, which is beadwork done on black cloth.

Detail of glass beadwork art -- My Sea, My Sister, My Tears - 2011 - Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

Detail of glass beadwork art — My Sea, My Sister, My Tears – 2011 – Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

I wore my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration artwork around the Fourth of July holiday, as the art piece included red, white, and blue. And luckily, I still had all these pieces in my de facto capsule collection — and I was able to take pics before we moved! I combined textures with my sleeveless eyelet blouse and cable knit cardigan. I also thought the swirls of the cable knit echoed the swirls of white in the artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

I wore my polka-dotted navy blue skirt because the artwork has swirls, so I thought it fit thematically. And of course, twirling! Or should I say, swirling?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate, and all you need to do is take a picture — selfies and flat lays also count — of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork. Then send the pic to this week’s curator, Erin from Loop Looks, at looplooks@gmail by tonight, Monday, July 11. She’ll post the round-up on her blog soon after.

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