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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!

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SIA interpretation: A dark and stormy skirt

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This latest challenge was curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose this 1939 gouache painting titled “Angel Applicant” and created by artist Paul Klee. You can read more about the painting here on the Met’s site.

"Angel Applicant" by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

“Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

My interpretation:

The inspiration painting is mostly black and grey, but I also noted bits of pale pink in the creature’s nostrils and the cloudy bits in the background. I thought this outfit, with its “dark and stormy skirt” and berry cardigan fit in well with the inspiration painting. (Full disclosure — I wore this outfit before Erin chose the inspiration painting — but I do think it ties in well with the challenge.)

And this skirt is one that my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie actually picked for me to style! She also selected my grey-and-black snakeskin wedges to pair with the skirt — she knows how I love to pattern-mix. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

I got this skirt years ago when we lived in the UAE, and I was drawn to its stark and stormy floral print. It has double-box pleats on each side, in the front and in the back. This is one of the few items in my closet with box pleats, which can visually widen hips if the pleats spread out too far.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + snakeskin wedges closeup

If you don’t remember this box-pleat skirt, don’t worry — it’s been awhile since I’ve worn it or featured it on the blog. You can see it in action here and here, both posts from 2012. Interesting to note that I keep wearing this skirt with shades of purple… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Weather:  Clear fall day

Where:  Work that included a reference shift

What:

  • Pleated floral skirt:  Laura Ashley, bought in the UAE, old
  • Cowl-necked shell:  JCPenney, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Snakeskin wedges:  Clarks, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, this past spring
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this past winter

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Shop my outfit:

berry cardigan  //  very similar cowl-neck shell  //  black floral midi skirt  //  snakeskin wedges  //  similar black tote bag by same retailer

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + black + floral outfit collage

There is still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th on her blog, Loop Looks.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!


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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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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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