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Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

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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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Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

As I flipping through the November 2016 issue of People StyleWatch, I saw a feature on fall outfit formulas, and one of them was about pairing a pleated midi skirt with a crewneck sweater and ankle strap shoes. ON IT.

Librarian for Life + Style | People StyleWatch pleated midi skirt feature

I paired coral pleated skirt with my black crewneck sweater for a super simple outfit formula. I added a little something extra with my snakeskin, ankle-strap wedges, for that touch of whimsy I like to mix in with my comfy + classic style.

I often tuck in my shirts when I wear this skirt, because I like to emphasize the wide waistband, as seen here and here, but today, it felt more natural to keep the sweater untucked. I think the pleats stood out even more this way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + coral + snakeskin wedges

And, of course, with a pleated skirt, you know there will be twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Weather:  Warmed up to low 60s and no rain

Where:  Work day with reference desk + meetings

What:

  • Sweater:  JCPenney, old
  • Skirt:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Wedges: Clark’s, old
  • Earrings:  Christmas gift, old

exact crewneck sweater (also available in black)  //  very similar coral pleated skirt  //  snakeskin-and-suede wedges  //  chandelier lace earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula collage

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Shopping my closet | Shoe trends for fall

I was recently reading my September issue of People’s Style Watch and was chuckling at the trends for fall. Plaid and oxblood/burgundy/whatever-we’re-calling-it-this-year are on trend for fall? I’M SHOCKED. 😉

And when I came to the shoe trends for fall, my eyes lit up when I realized how many of these trends I already have sitting in my shoe shelves. Fall shoe shopping? DONE. I just shopped my own closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | Shopping my closet: Shoe trends for fall

The main shoe trends for fall that I focused on were Mary Janes, menswear, and snakeskin.

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoe trends for fall

Librarian for Life + Style | Shopping my closet: Shoe trends for fall

Details, left to right:

  • Menswear:  Burgundy patent leather brogues, Clarks, last spring
  • Snakeskin:  D’Orsay snakeskin wedges with ankle strap, Clarks, fall 2014
  • Mary Janes:  Bronze Mary Janes, Franco Sarto, thrifted in fall 2013 // Brown suede-and-tweed Mary Janes, Franco Sarto, over a decade ago // Grey Mary Janes, Kohl’s, almost a decade ago // Black Mary Janes, Kohl’s, almost a decade ago (bought grey and black pairs at the same time)

Top row in collage below:  exact burgundy brogues // burgundy Oxford heels // exact snakeskin wedges // snakeskin low-heeled pump
Bottom row in collage below:  brown tweed pumps // brown tweed Mary Janes // grey suede-and-patent-leather Mary Janes // black suede-and-patent-leather Mary Janes

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoe trends for fall 2016 collage

Below are various fall-appropriate ways I’ve worn each current shoe trend. It just goes to show how style is so cyclical!

Menswear:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing patent leather burgundy brogues

left //  right

Snakeskin:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing snakeskin wedges

left  //  right

Mary Janes:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing bronze Mary Janes

left // middle left // middle right // right


Any shoe trends you’re eyeing for fall, either in stores or in your own closet? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

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SIA interpretation: Ansel Adams

This week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) inspiration challenge is curated by Jess @ Animated Cardigan, who chose the 1958 photograph “Aspens, Northern New Mexico” by the great American photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984). This year is also the centennial of the National Park Service, and Ansel Adams is famous for his photographs of nature and national parks like Yosemite and others. You can view more of his artwork here on the MoMA website and in compilation works like this one.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Ansel Adams collage

My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks left a comment on last week’s SIA challenge post about how my vine-print top, last seen here, would be perfect for this SIA interpretation — and I hadn’t even thought about that top yet for the challenge. Erin definitely inspired me — thanks, Erin! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

I focused on texture with this interpretation, as I’ve always marveled at all the light and texture that comes through in Ansel Adams’s photography. My tweed blazer and snakeskin-and-cork wedges provided a lot of texture. There is a strong vertical visual element in the photograph, so I also went “long ‘n’ lean” with skinny jeans and tone-on-tone with black and grey and silvery tones.

My snakeskin wedges have a thin ankle strap, but I decided NOT to roll up my new black skinny jeans to show the ankle straps. I didn’t want to break the line — again, wanting that “long ‘n’ lean” silhouette. Instead, I left the edge of the jeans as is over the ankle straps, which I think actually highlights the D’Orsay cut of these wedges.

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin wedges closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

The backdrop, with its trees and hedges and leafy covering, felt like a perfect setting for these photos. This is along a little path on my college campus — Stephanie and I did a quick photo shoot on the way to work one morning.

There’s still time to participate in SIA! All are welcome to participate in SIA challenges — just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA inspiration piece to this week’s curator, Jess at animatedcardigan@gmail.com, by tonight. Jess will post the round-up on her blog, Animated Cardigan, tomorrow.

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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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