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Valentine’s Day casual in red + black + snakeskin

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This casual outfit, in black with pops of red and silver, feels appropriate for Valentine’s Day. It’s the accessories that jazz up what is otherwise a very simple combo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

This is a closeup of my new turtleneck cable sweater from Lands’ End — I love that the cable knit is a bit thinner than other styles.

These sets of photos also demonstrate how tricky the light can be during the winter. The pics above are a bit blown-out, which makes it easier to notice the details of my outfit, but it also makes my umbrella look like it’s floating in air because the white panels totally disappear into the background. The pics below are more saturated, and this is honestly how these photos came out — they appear darker just because of the angle in which my husband held my camera phone! Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

And while I was putting this post together, I thought that it would be fun to try a couple of photos in black and white, which you can see below. This outfit, while simple, also feels pretty classic — appropriate when wearing these earrings, which are reproductions of the ones Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina. A classic love story — also appropriate for Valentine’s Day! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick, black + white closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick in black + white

Weather:  Drizzly and chilly

Where:  Running errands

What:

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Bohemian snow bunny in pink + burgundy

The title of this blog post, the bit about the “snow bunny” comes from my husband, who refers to this Bohemian coat as my “snow bunny” coat. So I’ve combined both our names for this coat, into my “Bohemian snow bunny” coat. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Snow bunny in pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Snow bunny in pink + burgundy + chambray

I’ve worn this fabulous coat, with its lambswool trim and hood, with neutral colors before — as seen here and here — so this time, I wanted to try something new. I thought the pink parts of the embroidery would pair well with my pink skinny jeans and burgundy ankle boots. A chambray button-front provided a neutral base for everything mixed together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Embroidery closeup on bohemian coat

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

Librarian for Life + Style | Bohemian coat with pink + burgundy + chambray

The backdrop for the photos above is a memorial sculpture commemorating the Nihongo Gakko Japanese Language School, located on the Univ. of Washington-Tacoma campus, along the Prairie Line Trail.

I wore this outfit on a “day date” that Sam and I enjoyed while on winter break. That day, we decided to revisit the Museum of Glass. The photo collages below are ones that Sam took while we were looking at exhibits (the top collage) and along the Glass Walk on the way out of the museum (the bottom collage). I loved the spontaneity that Sam captured in these informal and impromptu photos — and you can see this “Bohemian snow bunny” coat in action! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from Museum of Glass visit

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from Museum of Glass visit

Weather:  Cold but clear

Where:  Day date at the Museum of Glass

What:

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Happy holidays with black + chambray + snowflakes

Merry Christmas, y’all! Today’s outfit post is an example of a subtle holiday outfit, thanks to the snowflake pin I wore on my blazer lapel. (And yes, I am off for the holidays, but I’ve got posts already lined up during the holidays.)

For this work outfit, I was inspired by Chrissy Teigen’s recent outfit of a chambray shirt with black leather skinny pants and lace-up boots. I never worry about doing an exact outfit replica, so I immediately converted the black leather pants into black skinny jeans in my mind, and the lace-up boots into my burgundy brogues. I also mentally changed her (covetous) black overcoat into my black blazer — I added metal hoops and my own black bag, and done! A cute work look that is still pretty casual and chill.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

I felt like I needed a bit of something to jazz up all the black, so I came across this snowflake pin in my jewelry armoire, and thought it would make a nice addition. Plus, it helped make my outfit holiday-appropriate without being gimmicky.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + chambray + a snowflake pin

Weather:  Rainy and chilly

Where:  Work at the library, including a night reference shift

What:

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Monthly budget adventures (September 2017) + recent Target shopping experience

It’s time to see what my monthly clothing budget adventures were for this month!

Spoiler:  I only spent $2 this month!

New jeans

I earned a $25 Target gift card this month via online surveys, and I thought it good timing to try out the new clothing line, “A New Day,” at Target. (By the way, this post is NOT sponsored by Target — I thought it would be useful to share my recent shopping experiences at Target.) If you haven’t heard yet, Target is phasing out a lot of their well-known brands, including Mossimo and Merona (noooooooooo!) and bringing in new lines, including “A New Day” for women and “Goodfellow & Co” for men.

The one item I picked up at Target? A pair of Mossimo skinny jeans. Yep, the new item I ended up getting from Target is from one of the lines they are phasing out. Get ’em while you can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | New dusty rose skinny jeans at Target

The color for these “curvy” skinny jeans is labeled as “Pink,” but they’re really more of a dusty rose. It’s a trendy color — and not a color that’s represented much in my closet. It’s not a color that is particularly flattering for me, but having this color on the bottom isn’t as bad as having the color near my face. But I think this color will play nice with a lot of other items in my wardrobe, so the “dusty rose” kind of ends up an interesting variation on a neutral color. And hey, I finally match the background color of my style blog!

I did like the fit of these skinny jeans, as I definitely have a curvy bottom half, and the placement of the back pockets looks flattering. And they feel sooooooo soft. I’m not sure how long they will last — but my regular pair of skinny  jeans from Target has lasted 5+ years of weekly wear! — but for $2, I was willing to take a chance on a trendier clothing item.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on dusty rose skinny jeans at Target

Details:

Fitting room snapshots at my local Target

Here are the rest of the items I tried on from my recent shopping excursion to my local Target. Long story short:  I was NOT impressed with the overall fit of the new “A New Day” clothing items, and I did not buy anything from the new line. The sizing inconsistencies confounded and exasperated me. I am not a fan of this new line, and the following pics will show you why.

And fair warning, I’m about to get VERY CAPSY. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I first tried on this white-and-black striped boatneck top in size large. I like the envelope shoulder detailing, and of course, stripes are classic. But this size large was SUPER unflattering on me — basically clinging instead of skimming and making all my curves look like lumps. PASS. I will continue to get my striped tees from J.Crew or J.Crew Factory — and I wore one of my J.Crew Factory tees above — this is the exact tee from J.Crew Factory — when I tried on the dusty rose skinny jeans!

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

Next was a trendy ruffle-sleeved sweater — which was SO RIDICULOUS on me that I burst out laughing in the changing room. I had chosen it because I wanted to try something new and outside my comfort zone. But it turned out to be too tight (even though I got a large), and wayyyyyy too fussy for me. (Note:  I cannot find this anywhere on the Target site. I think it’s from the “A New Day” line, but it might also be from the “Who What Wear” line. It’s similar to this ruffled cardigan from the “A New Day” line.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the pattern and colors of this shirtdress, which has an elastic waist. I grabbed this in size medium, and while the waist fit, I was drowning in fabric on both the top and bottom. Who is this dress made for?!!!! I could fit an extra set of boobs in the top part, and it still would be too large. And it’s so odd to have such a full skirt and no pockets. The other items in size large had been too small, as seen above, and now this size medium was way too large. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

So although I loved the print — and I love shirtdresses in general — this shirtdress failure really disappointed me.

Correction: I thought this shirtdress was from the “A New Day” line, but it’s actually from the “Who What Wear” line; these two clothing lines were right next to each other in my local Target store, so I can understand the mix-up. Either way, the sizing is insane.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I picked this black floral dress for its lovely autumnal floral print. I grabbed a size large for this dress, and my hips were stretching the bottom half to within a quarter-inch of its life — but the top was swimming on me. So again, who is this dress made for?! Women with fuller hips need not apply. DISAPPOINTING.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

I picked up this grey shirtdress because, on the hanger, it looked like an interesting variation on a basic piece, like a longer top to wear over leggings. It had interesting details like the fabric covering both the buttons and the tie belt. The top looked fuller, so I picked up a medium to try on.

I think you can tell from the picture below that the fit is — again! — RIDICULOUS. The bottom is NOT designed for curvier hips, and those buttons are just about to pop off from the strain. Meanwhile, the top is huge, with billowing sleeves. So sizing up to fit the bottom would have meant an even larger top half. SIZING FAIL.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items from the new "A New Day" line at Target

The last item of clothing I tried on wasn’t from the “A New Day” line — because by that point, I was *done* with the weird sizing — but rather from the “Xhilaration” line. It’s a wrap blouse in a navy floral print and three-quarter sleeves. I liked the shoulder detail with the light shirring — it kind of had a slight 1940s retro feel to the design. But alas, the top was too short and threw off my proportions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on items at Target

I think it’s also telling that the two items I liked the most — the top above and the dusty rose curvy skinny jeans that I did end up buying — were NOT from this new “A New Day” clothing line. I will admit that the new clothing line looks like it has a nice range of accessories and handbags, but those are also items that don’t have major sizing issues to take into consideration!

Final takeaway from the new Target line:

When I got home from my recent shopping experience at Target, here’s how I summed it up for my husband:

If I didn’t have such a positive body image, then it would have been really easy to blame myself and my body as the problem rather than the clothing line and its sizing issues.

And I DID have to remind myself while I was in the dressing room that it wasn’t ME, that it was the clothes and the way they were designed. But even knowing that it wasn’t my body’s fault that things didn’t fit — and saying this out loud to reinforce the message to myself — did not lessen my personal frustration and exasperation at the confusing and inconsistent sizing.

Perhaps others have found gems in Target’s new “A New Day” clothing line, and if so, I am happy for you! But it is obvious to me that I am not the target (har har) customer — nor the target body shape — at Target, at least not for the “A New Day” line. I will not be wasting my time with “A New Day” anymore.

Oh, and if you have enjoyed the Mossimo and/or Merona clothing items at Target, stock up while you still can, before they are completely phased out!

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $2
Total savings for this month:  $27

Total spent for this year:  $820
Total savings for this year:  $591


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What have you added to your closet lately? Please leave a comment and share!

Casual Friday Pride

I showcased this new tee in last month’s monthly budget post, and I wore it on a day in which I knew I would be attending an art gallery reception immediately after work. So this is another example of a “day-to-night” outfit for me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

I seriously got SO MANY compliments on this outfit from work colleagues, which I wasn’t expecting. Tacoma Pride!      

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

We took these photos at a little Japanese friendship garden. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile — I’m so glad it worked out this day!

I was also really pleased that I was finally able to get a good photo of these tuxedo-stripe jeans, so you could get a sense of how the black stripe looks against the dark denim, without me having to lighten the photo.

It was a happy accident that I happened to be wearing my “Rockstar” nail polish while wearing my Tacoma Pride tee. This nail polish is bright pink but includes all colors of the rainbow if you look close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure and cherry blossom lipstick closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and perfect

Where:  Casual Friday at the library and an art show reception after work

What:

  • Tee:  Tacoma Pride Festival, new
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Skinny jeans:  LOFT, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Rose earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Nail polish:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Lipstick:  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherry Blossom

Shop my outfit:

very similar classic black blazer  //  similar Pride tee  //  tuxedo-stripe jeans  //  exact lipstick  //  exact nail polish  //  similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + blazer outfit combo

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