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Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Last week, I mentioned that I had received my plaid shirtdress from eShakti (remade after the first one was two sizes too big), and I lost no time wearing my new dress for work. The shirtdress is a classic design, with a shawl collar, banded waist, and flared skirt. I wanted to add a modern edge to this classic dress, which led to my pairing this dress with my grey suede-and-leather booties.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Details, like the fabric-covered buttons and angled placement of the plaid pattern, make this dress feel special. Details like the pockets make this dress feel practical. The best of both worlds! 😉

The day I wore this dress to work included teaching and a full faculty meeting, and I was quite pleased to receive a few compliments on my first day wearing my new dress! Whenever I wear a full-skirted dress with pockets, I always get delighted exclamations from women:  “POCKETS?! That’s awesome!” Women just GET IT. Bless.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Pearl jewelry + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Sam suggested this background, a shady sidewalk with moss-covered walls and steps. I really loved how the silver-and-white dress pops against the green backdrop. What’s funny is that this angle of the sidewalk makes it look like a peaceful, serene scene — but on the other side of that sidewalk is a major, constantly busy road in Portland. Those shots of me laughing, like the pic above, are because I am reacting to the drivers going by and Sam saying, “Aaaaaaaand they’re gone! You’ll never see them again! Snap, snap!” 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

And finally, I just loved this picture above, with the afternoon setting sun in the background.

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The sparkly girl

Today’s blog post title comes from my husband. I wore this ensemble to a house concert of live music and poetry, and there were breaks for mingling and socializing. My husband pointed me out to others as “the sparkly girl,” since I was wearing a sequined tank top. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

I went for a “casual yet dressy” vibe because there was no dress code circulated prior to the house concert event. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a carpeted or a hardwood floor, or if it was going to be held outside or inside. Therefore, I didn’t want to wear high heels, so I knew I would be wearing flats instead. I wore my sequined tank top because it was comfortable but also dressy because of the sequins. I finished it off with basic black ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse + bracelets

I added a bit more quirk with my vintage book cover clutch and a bit more sparkle with my Greg Michaels crystal earrings, which I chose to echo the circular shape of the sequins. The chrome layer of my chevron self-manicure also echoed the metallic shine of the sequins.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevrons + sequins

I had fun with my makeup! I rarely wear a lot of makeup, but I decided to make more of an effort that night. I went with purple tones on my eyes, blending lighter and darker shadows on my lids, and lining with a dark purple liquid eyeliner. I also layered two lip stains, starting with a dark purple shade and then topping with a pinky burgundy stain.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl makeup

Finally, I added a little sparkle to my hair, as well, clipping one side of my bob back with a sparkly bobby pin. I then slightly curled my longer bangs with a large-barreled curling iron, in order to get a bit of a swoop to the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob with sparkly bobby pin

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

The evening was fantastic — good music, good poetry, good conversation — and I’m glad I felt comfortable so I could just focus on the evening’s entertainment. I really liked how this “sparkly girl” outfit turned out — what about you?

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What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

It’s already 2015, I know, but here’s a look back at what I wore for a New Year’s Eve holiday party last week. In this post last week, I talked about how we attended a pajama-themed NYE party in 2013, but this year, our NYE invite was for a party described as “feel free to dress up.” That was an instant YES for me. 😉

And it started with this hi-lo striped skirt I’ve been wanting to wear ever since I took out an odd back seam that was there when I picked up the skirt at a clothing swap. It has a satin-y finish, so it looks a bit dressier. I paired it with my new cowl-necked sleeveless top and my bedazzled cardigan that I first wore for another NYE party in 2012. I wore my snakeskin wedges, which not only added more pattern-mixing but were also practical. I didn’t want to wear heels because they can be wobbly on house carpet or loud of hardwood floors, but I felt that this hi-lo skirt needed height.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Details:

  • Striped hi-lo skirt {most similar piece I could find was this very expensive Altuzarra striped pencil skirt} {less expensive beige-and-black striped satin pencil skirt}:  Thrifted last spring
  • Bedazzled cardigan {similar}:  Forever 21, winter 2012
  • Black cowl-necked top {exact}:  JCPenney, newly gift-carded
  • Snakeskin wedges {exact}:  Clarks via Imelda’s, this fall
  • Silver sequin clutch {similar}:  Aldo, old
  • Black tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Silver link bracelet {very similar}:  Resale boutique, gift-carded last spring
  • Silver crystal hoop earrings {exact} {similar in gold}:  c/o Greg Michaels, this winter
  • Lip stain, foundation layer {exact}:  Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless”
  • Lip stain, top layer {exact}:  Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Crush”

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

I kept the jewelry pretty simple, considering all the bling on my cardigan. I wore a silver link bracelet along with my new Greg Michaels crystal hoop earrings, which I also recently paired with a more informal holiday look.

I also layered two lip stain colors:  the foundation is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless” with a top layer of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Crush.”

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

I also wore the vintage wool swing coat with the faux fur collar that my mom made when she was young. I know she gets such a kick out of seeing that I still wear this coat! I don’t think she could have predicted this coat’s longevity. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014

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What I wore to an informal holiday party

One last day to enter the holiday giveaway for your own piece of Greg Michaels jewelry! The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers through tonight, Dec. 23, by 10pm PST. All the details here in this post! (I will announce the lucky winner tomorrow on Christmas Eve.)

Continuing my mini-series of festive outfits, this is what I recently wore to an informal holiday party, a low-key gathering of friends.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

Details:

  • Sequined tank top {similar}:  LOFT, fashion-swapped two falls ago
  • Grey cardigan {exact}:  August Silk via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Red ankle pants {similar}:  Macy’s, two winters ago
  • Grey flats {similar}:  DKNY via Macy’s, old
  • Crystal silver hoop earrings:  c/o Greg Michaels, new
  • Red lipstick {exact}:  Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast in Cherry on Top

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

I definitely went for comfort first, in ankle pants, flats, and a cardigan. I don’t like to wear heels when going to a friend’s house, because heels can be wobbly on thicker carpet, or really loud on hardwoods. I added a bit of sparkle with my sequined tank and new Greg Michaels crystal hoop earrings.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

I went sleek and simple with my short hair, slicking it back, allowing my hoop earrings (and red lips) to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hoop earrings + red lips

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to an informal holiday party

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I wanna be like Gracey

When Gracey @ Fashion for Giants and I first met up in person, I wore my coral pleated skirt, and she mentioned that she also had a similar pleated coral skirt. Then this past spring, Gracey debuted a library stamp tee — which my husband then gifted me this summer for my birthday.

So on this morning, I woke up with the thought, “I wanna be like Gracey!” and put the two together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Details:  Grey stamp tee:  Out of Order, birthday gift from my husband  {exact} /  Coral pleated skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway in spring 2012 {similar}  /  Pewter wedges:  Payless, old  {similar} /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter 2013 {exact} /  Silver circle drop earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {similar}

My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to take my pics today — she took pics the whole first week of fall term, while my husband was away on his book tour — and below is the pose I struck after she said, “Now be sassy!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt
I haven’t been inspired that lately with my hair, but on this day, I decided to try an old favorite, side rope braids twisted into mini-buns {here’s a good online tutorial for this hairstyle}. This kind of style really only works when my hair is wet, as my thin hair has very little “grip” when it’s dry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braids and bun hairstyle

I like this photo below, even though it’s blurry, because of the movement in the photo and my facial expression.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

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