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Monthly budget adventures (February 2017)

I did not shop much this month, except to purchase a few t-shirts over the Presidents’ Day weekend. It’s been a busy month at work, and we’ve had a lot to do at home during the weekends.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (February 2017)

Striped tees

I took advantage of the Presidents’ Day sale at J.Crew Factory, when everything on the site was 50% off. So I stocked up on two more of my favorite striped tees, as I already have a few pairs, and I get a lot of wear out of them.

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped tees from J.Crew Factory

Message tees

I also purchased two message tees this month, a navy “Nevertheless She Persisted” tee which provided proceeds to ACLU, and a dark pink “Obstinate, Headstrong Girl!” Jane Austen-themed tee. (In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Lady Catherine de Bourgh seeks to impugn Lizzy Bennet’s character by calling her an “obstinate, headstrong girl.” The attempt, uh, doesn’t work.)

I purchased both tees through the Teespring.com website, totaling less than $50.

Interesting how the colors navy and berry were also a theme in what I bought this month!

Librarian for Life + Style | Message tees bought in February 2017

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $97.50
Total savings for this month:  $49.50

Total spent for this year:  $194.77
Total savings for this year:  $64.50

Earrings, earrings

For full disclosure, below is info about two sets of earrings I recently received as gifts.

First, my husband gifted me this pair of silver hammered earrings for our 20th anniversary. He actually bought them at the same time as the silver circle earrings he gifted me for Christmas — he just saved this pair of earrings for our anniversary! I’ve already worn these earrings, although they haven’t yet made it to the blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silver earrings gift from my husband

I also received a pair of pearl earrings c/o Pearl & Clasp late last month, which I reviewed in this post. I also wore the earrings in this outfit post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings


I have a few Lands’ End gift cards saved up, so we’ll see if I feel up to shopping this next month… stay tuned!


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

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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Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Another day, another outfit featuring a statement coat with my cognac boots! Plus, this outfit was so nice I wore it twice! Once on the weekend before the winter quarter began, and then for the first day back to school. I’ve noticed a theme for when I have to run errands on the weekend:  throw on a statement coat and then keep everything else simple.

The outfit underneath this eye-catching coat is literally a t-shirt and a denim skirt with leggings. When I was wearing this outfit around the house, my husband, Sam, didn’t say anything. I put on the coat, Sam turns around, and goes, “WOW! You look like a snow bunny!” It’s all about this fabulous coat. (Which I fashion-swapped last fall, y’all. #fashionswapforthewin)

The last time I wore this coat on the blog, I wore it with these same cognac boots and skinny jeans. I wanted to try something at least a little bit different, so I paired the coat with a denim skirt this time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat closeup

This coat is very worthy of being a statement piece, with its mix of textures and lambswool-lined cuffs and hood. But my and my husband’s favorite detail? The embroidery of bright pink and yellow flowers. It’s the perfect finishing touch and gives this coat a Bohemian flourish.

But I have to admit, the lambswool trim is very photogenic, especially on a windy day. It’s basically photo-bombing me in these photos! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

And lastly, as I mentioned, we took these photos on the weekend before school started up again. So what better place to take photos than a school?! 😉 The backdrop is the main entrance of Lincoln High School, which was first built in 1914 and named for President Abraham Lincoln. The school was designed by Frederick Heath, who was also the mastermind behind adapting the French Chateau-style hotel into Stadium High School, which you can see here in this post from last week. There are quite a lot of historic and beautiful school buildings in Tacoma, thanks in large part to Heath, who was the city’s official school architect in the early 1900s.

I love that the word above the front doors of Lincoln High School is “Simplicity.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat + cognac boots

Weather:  The high was only 33 degrees Fahrenheit!

Where:  One weekend day for running errands; First day back at school for winter quarter

What:

  • Statement coat:  Phosphorus, fashion-swapped last fall {exact coat still available in black!!!}
  • Denim skirt:  Fashion-swapped a few falls ago
  • Tee:  Gap, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings:  Spanx for Kohl’s
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, new

exact coat in black  //  vest with fur and fringe trim  //  suede jacket with fringe trim  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  very similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian statement coat outfit collage

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Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Jennie @ A Pocketful of Dots, who recently paired a leopard-print cardigan with a wine-colored top and suede heels. I instantly thought, “Hey, I can do something similar!” Thanks, Jennie, for the inspiration. 🙂

There was a very low percentage for rain that work day, and that’s usually when I take the opportunity to wear some of my more adventurous shoes. So I went in for a bit of animal print pattern-mixing by pairing my snakeskin wedges with my leopard cardigan. Two species mixing! No worries, they got along fine. 😉 Even though they were two different patterns and textures, they go together — at least in my mind — because they are in complementary grey tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

I kept adjusting my cardigan throughout our quickie photo shoot on our front steps. The pics in the collage below are two separate — but almost mirror-identical! — shots. I didn’t just flip one photo and put them together (you can tell by the part in my hair) — it’s just funny to me to see them side-by-side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Sam joked that in the pics below, I was making myself “look small” (like our calico cat Brontë does sometimes), but I quite liked how the pics came out. It’s fun to mix up the poses sometimes. Plus, this way, you get to see the two animal prints closer together. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Weather:  Chilly fall day with a low-chance percentage of rain

Where:  Low-key Friday work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Wedges:  Clark’s, old
  • Coin necklace:  My mom’s, vintage

very similar leopard-print cardigan  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  snakeskin ankle-strap pumps  //  similar coin pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Leopard print + snakeskin collage

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Wide silk headband with short hair | Pink + black + denim trousers

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), you know I love to experiment with my hair, no matter the length. So OF COURSE I changed it up with my new shorter ‘do, by wearing a wide silk headband I picked up ages ago during a Chicago trip. I really like wearing headbands and head scarves when I have shorter hair — maybe because they have more visual impact? I think wearing headbands, etc. when you have shorter hair also projects confidence in your hairstyle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of new short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | New short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

The rest of the outfit, which I wore on a behind-the-scenes kind of day — never-ending library instruction prep! — is a typical example of a work casual look for me. The combination is very basic:  top + cardigan + trousers + flats. Denim trousers, aka trouser jeans, are a great way to make an outfit more professional while still feeling as comfortable as jeans, and canvas flats are more professional while still feeling as comfortable as sneakers. I felt super comfy wearing this outfit, and work-appropriate enough for a “casual Friday.”

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

We took photos after work, along this tree-lined pedestrian path on Klickitat Street. Especially fitting since Portland author Beverly Cleary just celebrated her 100th birthday! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake with pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

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