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Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown

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

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago — you can tell because of my yellow toenail polish — but better late than never, right? This is an outfit I wore to work soon after I got my hair cut shorter in a pixie cut. I didn’t actually plan on taking pics of this outfit, but in the end, I figured it was another good example of how mixing small-scale patterns can work. (You can also see here how I mixed small-scale patterns, from earlier in the summer.)

The pattern on my sleeveless dress is a different take on polka dots that looks kind of like a basketweave print from afar, and my cardigan — a true VIP in my closet! — has a subtle pattern of little starbursts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing and t-strap sandals

Even though this dress and cardigan combo might seem a bit formal for summer work behind-the-scenes at the library, my strappy sandals helped ground the outfit for me and provide a casual edge to the overall look. But honestly, I primarily dress for myself, so I don’t mind dressing up a bit, even if it’s just behind the scenes! ūüôā

We took these photos after work, and I had already taken off my sandals — like I said, I didn’t plan on taking pics, which I generally prefer to do in the mornings — so when Sam suggested we take pics, I decided to stay barefoot as we walked out to our backyard. I thought holding my sandals this time around looked kind of cute, and a little unexpected — and true-to-life in that moment! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals and yellow pedicure

And I have been enjoying the coconut shell jewelry set I bought earlier in the summer. I have found that I prefer to wear to wear the earrings and the necklace, seen here, separately. Together, the effect is a little much for me. I prefer choosing one statement piece of jewelry to wear, earrings or a necklace, but not two statement pieces at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Weather: Warm and sunny

Where:  Work

What:

  • Sleeveless dress: ¬†Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Cardigan: ¬†Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • T-strap sandals: ¬†DV, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Local artist at local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  brown print dress  //  wood teardrop earrings  //  similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown outfit collage

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Red jeans + black gingham | Weekend casual

This look is similar to the last outfit I wore with this black gingham button-front shirt, but with red jeans this time instead of a red bag. What can I say… red and black gingham just work so well together!

And this combo — skinny or straight-leg jeans with a button-front shirt, either unbuttoned or layered over a tank top — is such an easy and comfortable combo to wear. It doesn’t take much thought at all. Just as easy as a tee + jeans, just a little bit more put-together. And that’s why it’s important to have basics like these in one’s closet, as outfits are then easy to mix and match!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

The backdrop is of a nearby church that I’ve long admired, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Its architecture is stunning! And the front entrance and stairs are so wide and deep, I figured it would be a good backdrop for photos. ūüôā

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

This is a VERY basic outfit, but for me, it’s the details that make this variation fresh, like the gold double straps on the flip flops and the red, white & black pattern on the clutch that ties the whole outfit together.

And when we’re running around town doing errands, I love throwing just a few essentials (e.g. chapstick, cell phone, sunglasses case) in a clutch, and and not having to lug around a big tote bag. It also helps motivate me that I have a growing collection of cute clutches! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

And i just liked the photos below for their more casual view of the outfit — and of me! ūüėČ And I liked how the deeper red of my manicure and pedicure played off the red jeans and added a bit more depth to the red in the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Weather:  Slightly cool and sunny, perfect spring weather

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Red jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Flip flops:  Rhea, c/o giveaway last spring
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front shirt  //  exact Banned Books print in a tote bag  // very similar red jeans  //  similar gold-and-black flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red denim outfit collage

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Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from May — thanks in advance!

If you’re a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!), then it is no surprise that I often feature variations of go-to outfit formulas. Some of my favorite outfit formulas include:

This last outfit formula is one that I often wore when I worked overseas in the UAE, and I’ve kept it up since moving back to the U.S. 6+ years ago. Tunics are dressier than tees — and often more colorful! — and they’re meant to be untucked, which makes them extremely comfortable. Pairing tunics with trousers, particularly wide-legged trousers, makes the look¬†more work-appropriate.

And for hotter climates or for when working in the summer, pairing trousers with sandals is another way to keep comfortable while also looking professional — as long as your workplace allows open-toed shoes or sandals, of course. My workplace, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is generally super casual, so I can get away with wearing more¬†casual clothing at work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

I haven’t worn my bronze hoop earrings in awhile, but I thought they worked well with this brown-and-pink paisley tunic. The elongated hoop shape also played off the circular U-shape of the tunic neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

And judging by the deep creases in these wide-legged trousers, it’s pretty obvious that we took these outfit photos at the END of the work day. That’s why I prefer to take outfit photos at the beginning of the work day, if possible — but I really don’t mind that much, as this just goes to show that I really do wear my outfits in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Tunic: ¬†Thrifted at local resale shop, last fall
  • Trousers: ¬†Worthington’s, UAE, old
  • Sandals: ¬†Target, old
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†Kohl’s?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar paisley tunic  //  similar wide-legged trousers  //  very similar T-strap sandals  //  bronze hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic + tan trousers outfit collage

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Camel camel | What I wore to the Tacoma zoo

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know my husband and I like to go to zoos. And today’s outfit post documents what I wore to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which is located in the Point Defiance Park on the north tip of Tacoma. It’s a smaller zoo, but they definitely make the most out of what they have.

I didn’t realize the zoo had camels — and a camel ride! — when I picked out my camel tee to wear to the zoo. Style synergy! And yes, the zoo handlers with the camels went gaga over my camel tee! As did Sinbad the camel. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

It was unusually hot that day, and I knew we would be walking a lot, so that’s the reason for wearing the most comfortable sandals I own plus the fedora to help shade the sun. The¬†Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium¬†also has an¬†interactive children’s area as well as a carousel.

And yes, Sam and I are “fedorable” together! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing our fedoras at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Octopus art above Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sign

Librarian for Life + Style | At the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel closeup

The rest of the photos in this post features a mural on the side of what used to the be the local food co-op (sadly closed a few weeks ago) along 6th Avenue. The mural showcases a nature and mountain scene of what I am assuming is Mount Rainier.

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Mountain mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Hats off to summer! Next week, our fall term begins!

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Weather:  Heat-advisory hot and sunny

Where: ¬†Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and clothes shopping afterwards (you’ll see the fitting room pics tomorrow!)

What I wore:

  • Camel tee: ¬†Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom a few years ago
  • Ankle pants: ¬†Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals: ¬†Naturalizer via DSW, a couple of summers ago
  • Fedora: ¬†Stetson, vintage, bought at vintage hat store in Amsterdam
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†InPink, c/o giveaway, old

elephant print tee // similar ankle pants // large bamboo hoop earrings // similar metallic sandals by same brand // similar straw fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Novelty animal tee + fedora collage

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SIA interpretation: The Great Wave

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! And a¬†quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance for voting! ūüôā

Now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!¬†It was¬†Salazar‚Äôs turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print,¬†The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as¬†The Great Wave or¬†The Wave), by Japanese¬†artist Hokusai.¬†It was published between 1830 and 1833, the¬†first print in Hokusai‚Äôs Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

Librarian for Life + Style | The Great Wave SIA collage

My initial starting point was the bright blue, the “Prussian blue” in the¬†woodblock print that was so revolutionary (and described in last week’s SIA post). My blue cotton¬†knit dress fit the bill. I then layered¬†different shades of blue, with a¬†light blue sports bra (continuing my trick of layering with¬†sports bras!) and a navy cardigan. I added my striped scarf, wearing that as a head scarf, to tie all the shades of blue together. Plus, if you look closely at the underside of the waves in the print, the different shades of blue look like stripes. I chose my tan-and-gold t-strap sandals as they reminded me of the long, thin boats you can spot amidst¬†the waves.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

I knew that we had to take photos down by the Ruston Way waterfront, although we don’t get the waves here like the ones in the print. And then I remembered this large sculpture down along the waterfront, and I thought the tall, swooping curves of the sculpture kind of echoed the tall, swooping curve of the big wave in the block print.

Come to find out, that sculpture is a sundial! It was added as public art to Jack Hyde Park, formerly called Commencement Park, in 1978.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

A closer look at the stripes in my head scarf, which I have remixed several times, including here with long hair, and¬†here with shoulder-length hair. And I thought my recent jewelry set, a birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, also reflected the subtler colors in the print, plus the “dipped effect” on the porcelain¬†earrings and necklace gives¬†a nod to, say, dipping into water.

Yes, I really do think of these things, on a daily basis, when putting together outfits and accessories. It just comes naturally to me — I’ve always been one for details! And I’m glad I have an outlet for sharing those kinds of details, here on this blog. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

We really do live in a stunningly beautiful place. And Ruston Way along the waterfront of Puget Sound — Tacoma’s located in what is¬†called the “South Sound” — is an area I find particularly beautiful and peaceful. There are a series of parks all along the waterfront, so you’ll definitely see more of Ruston Way on the blog!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Weather:  Summer day, overcast and low 70s (perfect summer weather, in my opinion!)

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront to enjoy the weather, and then out to an appointment

What I wore:

blue sleeveless dress // similar navy blue cardigan // blue striped lightweight scarf // teardrop silver earrings // similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | shades of blue collage

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA round-up!¬†Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is tonight, and just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs artwork to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. She‚Äôll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

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