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Cat skirt + chambray shirt

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Librarian for Life + Style | JORD giveaway graphic

Remixing my novelty print skirt

Another week, another opportunity to remix this novelty print skirt featuring cats and books! The first time I wore this skirt, I wore it with a black cardigan and my Fluevog heels, and the second time, I wore it with a grey cardigan, over-the-knee socks, and patent leather brogues.

This time, no cardigans! Instead, I layered my chambray shirt over a black turtleneck, and then tucked both into my skirt. Since the waist on this skirt is a bit big (the skirt is cotton, so a smaller size would have been too small), I cinched in my waist with a black skinny belt to keep everything secure. I also paired the skirt with my black flat-heeled boots for a more casual look overall.

On the day I wore this outfit, a co-worker remarked that she was enjoying seeing how I kept remixing this skirt. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + boot socks closeup

And yes, these are the black version of the grey over-the-knee socks I previously wore with this cat-and-books skirt. They look totally different scrunched down and just peeking over my tall black boots. Cute and comfy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

I also remixed my new black pearl earrings, c/o Pearl & Clasp. (Read my review of these earrings here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Black pearl earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day with multiple meetings across campus

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from mom, new — still available! (if out-of-stock, sign up for an alert, as this skirt often gets restocked)
  • Button-front shirt:  J.Crew, old — but still available!
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart?, old
  • Skinny belt:  JCPenney, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, new

Shop my outfit:

exact chambray shirt  //  similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact skirt  //  very similar black over-the-knee socks  //  similar black boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat skirt + chambray shirt


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Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

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More subtly holiday-appropriate outfits for work! This time, it’s a “casual Friday” kind of combo, when I layered a red striped tee under my black textured jazer.

This outfit is super practical and comfy. Rubber-soled boots so I wouldn’t slip on the ice that formed overnight. Stretchy jersey knit and long-sleeved tee. Knit jazer (jersey blazer) that’s pretty unstructured but still nice enough to give a slight “professional” look to my outfit to make it more work-appropriate. You could totally switch out my dark jeans for trousers, and you’d be good to go!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering closeup

By the way, we took these pics in front of the iconic glass tower that’s part of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It makes for a simple yet still visually interesting backdrop, yes?

It’s also an example of how our pattern has shifted over the years when it comes to taking photos. To alleviate any stress of “OMG, how do we squeeze in extra time to take pics?” and seeing it as a burden, we just look for opportunities to take pics while we’re out doing stuff in our daily lives. We do this particularly on the weekends, or when I work later in the day and we’re out in the morning doing errands (like what happened today). This works particularly well in the middle of winter, when it’s already dark and impossible to take photos when I get home at night. I also loathe having to dress in the same outfit after the fact in order to take photos, which I did the first couple of winters for this blog. It always felt like wasting time to do that, plus you didn’t get the sense of how I chose to do my hair, etc., on the day. (I make a lot of those kinds of decisions in the spur of the moment, often right before I walk out the door.) The photos all tended to look same-y to me, because my hair and makeup were the same throughout.

The way we take a lot of photos now, while we’re out and about, I get to stay true to capturing what I actually wear, while going about my regular day-to-day life, on the day that I actually wear the outfit. Plus, it helps us capture different backdrops so you often get a better sense of where we live. Win-win! Do you like this way of capturing my outfits? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

True story, it was LITERALLY freezing cold that day. This photo shoot was quick, y’all. And of course, it was really windy, too, so that was SUPER FUN for me. Sam captured all that fun in the pics below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

And below is how a shift in perspective can change everything. I took three steps forward and turned, Sam pivoted the camera, and voilà, a gorgeous backdrop of the waterfront and marina in downtown Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront Tacoma backdrop

Weather:  Freezing and breezy

Where:  Errands in the morning, work at night

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, old but still available!
  • Jazer:  JCPenney?, super old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old but still available!
  • Ankle boots:  Hush Puppies, old
  • Skinny belt:  Target, old

similar jazer  //  exact tee from same brand  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar red skinny belt  //  similar black leather ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + knit blazer collage

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SIA interpretation: Detroit pop art mural

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Erin from Loop Looks was inspired to chose a mural titled “Brummel” by artist POSE (Jordan Nickel), created the interactive mural on behalf of Library Street Collective (gotta love that name!), a local gallery in Detroit. You can read more about the mural project here, see more of the artist’s work here on his website, and read a review of this work here that also highlights  other must-see street art in Detroit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

My first thought? To find a colored wall backdrop that included colors from the mural so that I didn’t necessarily have to include those colors in my outfit.

My next thought was to wear my polka-dotted peplum top, as it felt reflective of the “pop art” vibe of the mural. I could have worn my red cardigan + black pencil skirt, but I decided instead on my red pencil skirt + black cardigan combo in order to:

  1. Get more mileage out of my red pencil skirt, last seen here, and
  2. Carry the red visually throughout the outfit, from top (red lips) to middle (skinny belt) to bottom (pencil skirt)

I chose my large pearl stud earrings because they echoed the large polka dots on this mod-style peplum top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

And here’s a closer look at the cool detailing and cut-out on the back of this peplum top. Sam picked out this top a few years ago, and it was during the height of the Mad Men-inspired style influence.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Outtakes alert! I couldn’t resist sharing these goofy outtakes with y’all. I feel like one could write a short story incorporating my facial expressions of the three pictures below, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Weather:  Perfect, crisp fall day

Where:  Work day that included a meeting

What:

similar peplum top (the print combines polka dots + stripes!)  //  very similar cardigan  //  very similar pencil skirt  //  exact skinny belt  //  similar ballet flats  // exact lip color

red + black polka dots + pencil skirts collage

There’s still time to participate in this SIA challenge! How? Bloggers and non-bloggers both are welcome to participate — just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s challenge to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com, by tonight, Oct. 3. Erin will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, Loop Looks.

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SIA interpretation: Art of Independence

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she chose a glass beadwork art piece, “My Sea, My Sister, My Tears,” from the “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” exhibit. Since the U.S. was celebrating Independence Day last Monday, Erin chose an artwork that also celebrated independence. These beadwork pieces are done by a community of women living and working together, and you can learn more about that by clicking here.

Here is a detail of the overall work, and click here to view the entire piece, which is beadwork done on black cloth.

Detail of glass beadwork art -- My Sea, My Sister, My Tears - 2011 - Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

Detail of glass beadwork art — My Sea, My Sister, My Tears – 2011 – Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

I wore my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration artwork around the Fourth of July holiday, as the art piece included red, white, and blue. And luckily, I still had all these pieces in my de facto capsule collection — and I was able to take pics before we moved! I combined textures with my sleeveless eyelet blouse and cable knit cardigan. I also thought the swirls of the cable knit echoed the swirls of white in the artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

I wore my polka-dotted navy blue skirt because the artwork has swirls, so I thought it fit thematically. And of course, twirling! Or should I say, swirling?! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy inspiration

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate, and all you need to do is take a picture — selfies and flat lays also count — of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork. Then send the pic to this week’s curator, Erin from Loop Looks, at looplooks@gmail by tonight, Monday, July 11. She’ll post the round-up on her blog soon after.

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SIA interpretation: The Home Coming

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! I chose a woodblock print from American woman artist, Bertha Lum (1869 – 1954), who helped popularize Chinese and Japanese woodblock art in the U.S. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in both Japan and China during her life. You can read more about Bertha Lum’s life here and here, and see a gallery of some of her works here on the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. You can also see more of her work here on Pinterest.

I chose a 1905 print, “The Home Coming,” currently in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration for 'The Home Coming'

I was drawn to the block print in the first place, and I thought the pattern on my maxidress — although the pattern is more tribal and geometric upon close inspection — looked like a bunch of block prints all together. I thought my long rope belt over my denim jacket would accomplish the “long ‘n’ lean” look I was going for, as “The Home Coming” inspiration piece is quite vertical. The yellow colorblock tote bag adds a punch of yellow, like in the edges of the print.

(I can also feel my mom’s bemused disbelief that I am still using this yellow tote bag, which she gifted me ages ago. I think it came as a free gift for something else she had ordered at the time. This tote bag has proved amazingly versatile and long-lasting — and because it’s canvas, it’s also washable! It’s like this tote bag heralds the summer season for me, and it is the absolute perfect size for a tote bag — not too large and not too small. It’s like the Goldilocks of tote bags, even in color! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you know I love the simple “rope braid” style, which I did here again with the bangs of my short hairdo. Easy, simple, fuss-free summer hairstyle. My topaz drop earrings, once again, were the final touch. (These earrings, along with the crystal version — are the two pairs of earrings I didn’t pack up while preparing to move, as seen here in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Short hair + rope braid closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

I wore this outfit on a summer afternoon/early evening, where I (informally) presented at a workshop series my husband was teaching, all about writing historical fiction. This was the final workshop, and I was there to discuss research tips for historical sources — and tips for how to contact librarians for research help! So I wanted to be comfy and approachable, but still put together and (casually) professional.

So there is still time to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are all welcome to participate. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration pick — flat lays or selfies or collages are also okay — to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, and I will post the round-up on my blog this coming Wednesday, June 29.


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