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Pattern-mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

I recently wore this outfit to work, a day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting. I wanted to make sure I looked professional, but to also stay true to my own style. And y’all know I love to pattern-mix! I loved how the grey tones in the houndstooth tights and leopard infinity scarf linked the two patterns together.

The backdrop is the Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters building, which has beautiful architecture and greenery and little nooks. We will definitely be back here to take more photos!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

And while we were taking photos, I spied a beautiful painted Tacoma rock admist the leaves and branches! It really blends in, doesn’t it?! #TacomaRocks

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Rocks collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

The pattern on these houndstooth tights is quite subtle, as it reads like a light grey from afar. It’s only when you get close up do you realize it’s houndstooth! I am enjoying my black ankle boots again, as I had the heel tips replaced by a local shoe cobbler. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Houndstooth tights + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Work day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting

What:

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Black jacket + red gingham

This is an outfit I wore during an in-service day, a day that the weather finally started to break toward fall. Which meant LAYERS! 😀

I layered my black canvas moto-style jacket over a buttoned-up gingham shirt and trouser jeans. This combo felt professional yet also a bit casual, which feels like my sweet spot for work wear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silver hoop earrings + red gingham shirt + black canvas jacket

I thought it would be fun to mix feminine and masculine details. The moto-style jacket is all hard angles, which feels a bit masculine, as does the shirt that I buttoned all the way up (I didn’t want the shirt collar to fight with the jacket collar). The feminine details boils down to my retro-style silver hoop earrings, classic red lipstick, and the fun striped dress charm on my structured tote bag.

And I thought it would be a bit cheeky to wear trousers to contrast with the dress charm! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of purse charm

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

I was originally planning on wearing my classic black ballet flats, but at the last minute, I thought wearing my snakeskin flats with the red patent leather cap toe would be fun. It added one more pattern to my outfit — pattern-mixing, yessssss!!!! — plus it carried the color of red all throughout my outfit. And I got compliments from colleagues on these shoes all day long! Plus, it was fun to see my colleagues’ reactions when I told them I had scored these at the first estate sale I went to, which I detailed last year in this post. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snakeskin flats with red cap toe

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Weather:  Cool with bouts of sunshine

Where:  Fall in-service day that included faculty meetings

What:

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Name necklaces in two languages

Last Christmas, I won a name necklace giveaway via Nancy’s Fashion Style blog, all the way from the Netherlands. I highlighted the necklace in December 2017’s budget post. Although I have worn the necklace quite a few times in the thee-quarters-of-a-year, I realized that I hadn’t yet featured it on the blog. Time to correct that! 🙂

Silver name necklace

The necklace spells out my first name in full, Jennifer. I especially like the extra swoop on the “J.”
Librarian for Life + Style | Name necklace giveaway

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver name necklace

The silver name necklace also pairs up nicely with my other name necklace, which is in gold and has my name spelled out in Arabic, reading from right to left. (That’s the main reason I entered the giveaway, actually, to have coordinating name necklaces, in both Arabic and English as well as in silver and gold.)

I have found that when wearing these name necklaces, and because my full first name is a longer one, I pay more attention to the neckline shape of whatever I’m wearing. For example, the square neckline of my dress seen above is a perfect shape to help showcase the name necklace.

Gold name necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Name necklaces

My Arabic name necklace, also seen here in this post, is one of the most special items in my possession and was made in the UAE, at the world-famous Gold Souk in Dubai. The gold necklace is almost as old as I am! My parents bought this necklace for me right before we came back to the U.S., back when I was a baby. (I’m an American born abroad — the technical term is “native born,” which is used to distinguish from “foreign born” or naturalized American citizens.) When I travelled back to the UAE in the late 2000s to live and work for a few years, I took my Arabic name necklace with me — and my Arab colleagues let me know that it does indeed spell out my name correctly, thank goodness! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Arabic name necklace

Do you have a name necklace of your own, or one featuring your initials? Please leave a comment — and/or with an accompanying photo! — and share. I’d love to see it!


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Cat wings | Dressing up a cat tee for work with a midi skirt

This is my final summer work look (although I’ve been on summer break for a few weeks; my 3-day-a-week posting schedule can delay outfit postings), although it could TOTALLY work for a fall work outfit for those, like me, who are still experiencing hotter temps.

So it still feels like good timing for this outfit, which for me has ALL THE THINGS:  cats, more cats, a midi skirt, pattern-mixing, comfy tee, statement earrings, red lipstick, and a public art mural backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

That’s right, I’m doubling down on the cats! #noregrets

And I had to choose WHICH cat tote to pair with my cat tee, because I have more than one cat-print tote bag. I am that kind of cat lady, yes I am. Again, #noregrets. I chose my multi-cat tote bag over my bolder “Meow!” cat tote, as seen here, because I wanted my Jason Wu for Target cat tee to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + style | Cat tote and tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Ahhhh, red lipstick and retro-style silver hoop earrings. Classic. And my silver metallic nail polish matching my earrings? Hello, my name is Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

The backdrop is one of wings in a Native American art style. It’s actually one pair of wings in a trio of wing murals, and I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile. I particularly like this pair of wings, because of the bold lines and color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Summer work casual | Grey tunic with pops of red

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

I played with proportions and pops of color for today’s summer casual work outfit. I layered my grey tunic over red ankle pants, and I added more pops of red with the red floral ribbon belt I made this past year, a red patterned tote bag, and a red charm on my silver charm necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Below is a closeup of the double-sided fabric belt I made this past year. One side is a red floral ribbon; the other side is a red and green plaid. For a more casual feel, I just looped the ends over to hang down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Below is another closeup of the red ribbon side of the fabric belt, along with my silver charm necklace. I could have worn any number of earrings in my jewelry collection with this outfit, but in the end, I went with my silver + peridot small hoops, to bring out the green in the floral ribbon print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red floral belt + peridot earrings + silver jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Weather:  Summer day of sunshine and breezes

Where:  Casual work day

What:

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