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Tobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

I was recently contacted by online clothing retailer Tobi with an opportunity to choose a few items from their site to review and style. It was fun to browse through their extensive site and look at different pieces and visualize potential outfits. (Putting together outfits in my head is like my way of doing crosswords — it keeps my brain active!)

Full disclosure:  Although I was provided clothing items of my choice free-of-charge to style and review, all my opinions are my own words, thoughts, and experiences.

What’s Tobi?

Tobi is definitely focused on trendy, “fast fashion” pieces and a self-described L.A. style. Their size range is admittedly limited, only extending to size Large (equivalent to 8-10, although a generously sized 8-10); my body lands on the uppermost end of their sizing scale, so I purposely chose items that were NOT form-fitting. I also admit that I am not particularly trendy, and my style is… more “color-coordinated” than “L.A. cool.” But I viewed that as an interesting challenge, to see if I could “see myself” in any of their items. And I did! There are a lot of items on their site that are admittedly NOT my style — rompers may be fine for others but decidedly not for me! — and there looks to be a range of quality and styles with a range of price ranges to match. Tobi is known for their low prices and final sales, but I found a number of moderate-to-higher-priced items that also seemed to be higher quality. I focused on choosing more substantial and looser-fitting pieces — and it’s autumn, so that meant I had a lot of options with sweaters and knitwear! Hooray for me! The shipping was also super-fast, but there’s the caveat that I live on the West Coast, so the items didn’t have far to go.

I also have to admit that I was impressed with their openness on the Tobi website about their processes and policies. I was also impressed that they fund a scholarship program for young women, and they have a page showcasing the local non-profit organizations the company donates to. It’s fast fashion, yes, but Tobi also seems like a company that gives back for the long-term.

Two Tobi items I paired together:

In this outfit, I am wearing two of the three items I chose:  a long, oversized, v-neck navy sweater (the “School Boy Ribbed Sweater,” priced $78 but currently on sale for $19) and a black blanket scarf with white stripes (the “Mel Pinstripe Scarf,” priced $32 but currently on sale for $16).

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

I primarily paired these two items together because I wanted to showcase again how you CAN wear navy + black together. My rule of thumb in combining navy + black is to be intentional about it. I am wearing one main navy piece — this simple yet bold navy sweater, which really is a standout — that I’ve paired with black leggings, tall boots, and my black pinstriped scarf. The “star” of this outfit is the sweater, and everything else is supporting it.

The sweater is purposely oversized — very ’80s, isn’t it, with its sloped shoulders and boxy shape? — and it’s the kind of sweater that honestly looks pretty shapeless on its own or on a hanger. I took it out of the box, and my husband Sam was NOT impressed and said it looked huge and wouldn’t fit me. I put it on, and guess what? He looooooved it! So did I! The sweater felt substantial enough in its ribbed weave and thickness, and felt very cozy and warm — not scratchy at all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of asymmetrical hem of Tobi navy sweater

My favorite detail of the sweater is how it’s longer in the back, which you can really tell in the photos above. That means there is extra coverage for one’s bottom, which I really appreciate, especially since I’m a pear-shaped lady. And the sweater is still long enough in the front to wear the sweater over leggings and not have to worry about anything showing. I would also wear this sweater with skinny jeans or ankle pants. The key with an oversized item of clothing is to pair it out with other pieces that fit closer to the body — this provides visual balance.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blanket scarf. It is so warm and soft. I love it so much that I have already worn this scarf twice! (If you’re an Instagram follower, you will have already spotted this scarf!) And the scarf’s pattern with its black background and thin white pinstripe is neutral enough to go with lots of other pieces in my wardrobe.

When pairing this navy sweater with the black scarf, leggings, and boots, I also replicated the navy + black color-coordinating with my earrings. I combined larger blue lapis lazuli earring studs with my smaller black studs. Just one more detail to make it clear that I intentionally mixed navy + black together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Weather:  Cold and windy

Where:  Reference night shift at work

What:

I will be back on Friday with how I styled my third and final Tobi item!

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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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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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Equestrian-style remix

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Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

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With my pale skin and dark hair, I’ve always looked best in more saturated colors and jewel tones. Today’s outfit is an example of that, with my teal green cardigan and navy tee. But the real “jewel” of the outfit — har har — is my silk scarf with a plaid print of jewel tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

I love this scarf! It’s one of the three scarves I thrifted back in the fall, and it’s an Anne Klein scarf. I love its jewel-tone colors of purple mixed in with stripes of teal green, white, and red. The bronze-y trim finishes everything off — and makes it quite a versatile piece to wear with other colors! I debated about whether to keep the scarf longer and looser or tied more like a neckerchief. Obviously, I went with the latter, to keep the color and interest up top.

I also wore my topaz drop earrings to tie in — another pun! — with the scarf trim. The same reasoning went into wearing my bronze brogue heels. Color-coordinating for the win! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was talking about how she never wore scarves, that they were “too much” for her. I understand that reticence to wear scarves, because I used to feel that way, too. There was a time that I never wore scarves. I didn’t understand them or how to wear them; I always felt awkward even trying to wear them. But while I lived overseas in the UAE, where scarves and shawls are so common, I was inspired to start wearing them — and loved them! I appreciate now how scarves are an instant pick-me-up for any outfit.

The trick to wearing scarves? It really comes down to confidence. It’s that simple but also that scary. Yes, scarves command attention, and you have to be okay with that. I am now okay with that, because I want to wear things that I love — and that includes pretty patterns and jewel tones! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Scarf:  Anne Klein, thrifted
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar teal green cardigan  //  very similar navy scoop-neck tee  // exact dark-wash jeans from same brand  //  similar jewel-tone silk scarf  //  similar bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones and a scarf outfit collage

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