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Red + black + smiley faces

When I’m tired, I tend to go for easy color combinations that I know flatter me. I’m quite pale, and a true red brightens up my skin tone. That was the basic motivation behind this outfit, when I winterized my sleeveless red dress by layering it over a black turtleneck.

Sam also really liked this outfit because it’s very similar to the outfit I was wearing when we first met, a little over 20 years ago. Back then, I wore a red button-front shift dress over a black turtleneck, along with black tights and black suede flats. Very simple, very mod. There are differences with this outfit, of course — a fit-and-flare red dress and tall black boots — but the color combination and overall visual effect are essentially the same. Like I said, I like tried-and-true combos. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And of course, wearing red lipstick when I’m wearing red is a no-brainer. So easy! We also took pics after I got home from work, so you’re seeing an accurate depiction of what my L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-Hour Lipstick in “Refined Ruby” looks like… after almost 10 hours!

I also rewore my “Hammer Time” necklace made out of microfiche, which I picked up at a librarian conference a couple of years ago. It’s the first time I’ve worn this necklace at my new workplace, so all my librarian co-workers got a kick out of it! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

It was a rainy day, hence the umbrella. And WOW, is this smiley face umbrella photo-bombing my outfit photos or what?!

Sam also captured a couple of fun shots of me twirling our smiley face umbrella!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

And more cheesy photo fun! You’re welcome. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces

Weather:  Raaaaaaaaaaaaainy

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Leggins (worn as tights):  Spanx, this fall
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

similar scoop-neck red dress  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  very similar tall black boots  //  very similar smiley-face umbrella

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + smiley faces outfit collage

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Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Today’s outfit is one I wore out on the weekend (coffee date with the hubby!), and it was inspired by multiple similar combos pinned on my “Casual inspiration” Pinterest board, including this pin, this pin, and this pin. Pattern-mixing along with a red, white + blue color scheme? Right up my alley!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

We enjoyed one of those chilly but bright winter days — a rarity to enjoy actual sunshine during February up here in the Pacific Northwest! We made the most of it. 🙂

Also, the picture below with my scarf enjoying the breeze just cracked me up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stripes and nautical with pops of red

There are subtle bits of a nautical theme in my outfit, including my rope knot earrings, the chain on the crossbody purse, as well as my vintage scarf featuring Dutch tiles (some of the tiles include ships).

I chose my grey overcoat to tie in with my grey-striped tee and grey ankle booties, but after-the-fact, I also thought it fun that the coat has military touches with the button details. Also ties in with the nautical elements!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes and nautical with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing grey and blue with pops of red

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you’ll now I love these leather-and-suede grey booties. But I think this is the first time I’ve featured them with wider-leg bottoms. I’ve always worn them with skinny jeans or pants before, to show off more of the boots themselves. But they’re comfortable to wear — and super practical with their rubber soles — so it’s good to use more opportunities to wear them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey booties + boot-cut jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Walking with my coffee + crossbody bag

The backdrop, by the way, is the imaginatively named “East 34th Street Bridge,” located — you guessed it! — along East 34th Street in Tacoma. There are two halves to the bridge, one newer half and one older half. This is the older half, from when the bridge was originally built in 1937, and it has those special kinds of details like the picturesque ledges and carved-out arches. Because the bridge overlooks a lot of trees in a gulch, I want to take outfit photos on this bridge in every season, to showcase how the seasons change here in Tacoma. What do y’all think?

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Going for coffee on the weekend + work the next week

What:

  • Striped tee:  J. Crew, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Thrifted, vintage
  • Overcoat:  Mango in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  From my mom?, old
  • Crossbody bag:  c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Red lipstick:  L’Oreal 10-Hour Color Riche in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit:

similar grey-striped tee from same brand  //  similar scarf  //  exact boot-cut jeans  // very similar grey ankle booties  // similar red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped + pops of red outfit collage


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Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

A quick reminder about the JORD giveaway… just click the graphic below to go to the link for the JORD giveaway entry form plus additional contest details.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Style pinspiration

When I am feeling uninspired when it comes to dressing for work, I turn to my “Easy work outfits” Pinterest board. And when I came across this look I pinned from Jules in Flats, with her burgundy ankle pants, white top, and grey cardigan, the lightbulb went off in my head. Once again, I thought:  “I can do that!

And so I did. I didn’t worry about being too literal in my outfit. It’s about inspiration, not exact replication. For example, instead of wearing my burgundy ankle pants, I opted instead for my red jeans (which have a bit more coverage around the ankles).

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Jewelry details

I tend to prefer silver or white gold jewelry, as I feel it’s more complimentary to my pale skin tone. After dressing, I also realized that every single piece of jewelry I was wearing came from my husband! Sam was only too pleased to take close-ups. 🙂

My wedding ring is white gold, and we designed it in collaboration with a local jewelry designer back in West Texas; it also includes the same diamond from my mom’s original wedding ring. Awwwwww…. ♥ My engagement ring is silver with a white pearl. My husband adapted a ring design from James Avery Jewelry in order to echo a ring of my grandmother’s, and he had it made at the flagship James Avery store and studios in central Texas. My necklace chain and two of the pendants — a silver ring with a scroll design and a heart pendant (which is still available!) — are also from James Avery. The red rose ring pendant is a ring Sam bought me at a farmer’s market in Portland, first seen here, and I added it to the necklace to bring it a pop of color. Finally, the silver circle hoops are a recent Christmas present from Sam.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver jewelry closeup

It’s such a simple outfit — I’ve been saying that a lot lately, haven’t I? — but the bits of red throughout really stand out. The final finishing touch, of course, was red lipstick! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration

And finally, here’s a pic of me with the outerwear I wore going to and from work. I wore my black coat, plus a buffalo plaid scarf with colors that played off the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style pinspiration | Red jeans + grey cardigan

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, last spring
  • Sleeveless sweater:  Kmart?, super old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old
  • Heart pendant:  James Avery, gift from husband, old
  • Scarf:  ???, my husband’s
  • Lipstick:  L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Refined Ruby

Shop my outfit

grey cardigan from same brand  //  exact red straight-leg jeans  //  similar sleeveless white top  //  similar grey sporty flats  //  exact heart pendant from same brand //  exact red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + grey cardigan | Style pinspiration outfit collage


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Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

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More subtly holiday-appropriate outfits for work! This time, it’s a “casual Friday” kind of combo, when I layered a red striped tee under my black textured jazer.

This outfit is super practical and comfy. Rubber-soled boots so I wouldn’t slip on the ice that formed overnight. Stretchy jersey knit and long-sleeved tee. Knit jazer (jersey blazer) that’s pretty unstructured but still nice enough to give a slight “professional” look to my outfit to make it more work-appropriate. You could totally switch out my dark jeans for trousers, and you’d be good to go!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering closeup

By the way, we took these pics in front of the iconic glass tower that’s part of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It makes for a simple yet still visually interesting backdrop, yes?

It’s also an example of how our pattern has shifted over the years when it comes to taking photos. To alleviate any stress of “OMG, how do we squeeze in extra time to take pics?” and seeing it as a burden, we just look for opportunities to take pics while we’re out doing stuff in our daily lives. We do this particularly on the weekends, or when I work later in the day and we’re out in the morning doing errands (like what happened today). This works particularly well in the middle of winter, when it’s already dark and impossible to take photos when I get home at night. I also loathe having to dress in the same outfit after the fact in order to take photos, which I did the first couple of winters for this blog. It always felt like wasting time to do that, plus you didn’t get the sense of how I chose to do my hair, etc., on the day. (I make a lot of those kinds of decisions in the spur of the moment, often right before I walk out the door.) The photos all tended to look same-y to me, because my hair and makeup were the same throughout.

The way we take a lot of photos now, while we’re out and about, I get to stay true to capturing what I actually wear, while going about my regular day-to-day life, on the day that I actually wear the outfit. Plus, it helps us capture different backdrops so you often get a better sense of where we live. Win-win! Do you like this way of capturing my outfits? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

True story, it was LITERALLY freezing cold that day. This photo shoot was quick, y’all. And of course, it was really windy, too, so that was SUPER FUN for me. Sam captured all that fun in the pics below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

And below is how a shift in perspective can change everything. I took three steps forward and turned, Sam pivoted the camera, and voilà, a gorgeous backdrop of the waterfront and marina in downtown Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront Tacoma backdrop

Weather:  Freezing and breezy

Where:  Errands in the morning, work at night

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, old but still available!
  • Jazer:  JCPenney?, super old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old but still available!
  • Ankle boots:  Hush Puppies, old
  • Skinny belt:  Target, old

similar jazer  //  exact tee from same brand  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar red skinny belt  //  similar black leather ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + knit blazer collage

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Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

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This is the second time this fall that I’ve worn my black full skirt to turn a tunic into a top. Back in October, I tucked my newly thrifted paisley top into this black knit skirt; this time, I wore this skirt over my red + black tunic dress. The bold red + black color combination of this outfit also looks subtly holiday-appropriate, as we get closer to the Christmas holidays and the official start of the winter season.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of how I’ve worn this tunic dress:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my red + black statement tunic

2015 post:  Red and black statement tunic

I didn’t get too fussy with this outfit, as the bold color scheme and graphic print do so much work on their own. I belted the skirt with a red skinny belt, and I wore red lipstick to keep the focus up top. The bottom of this outfit is all black, including my new black Spanx leggings as tights!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black closeup

It was quite cold that day, and I was very warm in my tunic and skirt layers, as well as the leggings. And this skirt from eShakti continues to be a VIP in my closet. It’s warm and comfortable (and machine-washable, thanks to it being knit), and its classic shape will never go out of style! Plus, pockets!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

It was also quite windy that day, and as the series of photos below visually demonstrates!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing a tunic dress as a top | Bold red + black

Weather:  Windy and cold

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

similar graphic print dress, option 1  //  similar graphic print dress, option 2  //  similar graphic print dress, option 3  //  similar full knit skirt  //  similar tall black boots  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black collage

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