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Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this floaty floral maxi (which you can see on its own here in this post). I have worn this floral maxi a couple of times for fancier occasions, but this time, I decided to make it more casual with a chambray button-front shirt. (And yes, it’s still summer up here in the PNW, and I wore this on a sunny and warm day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

By the way, we took these photos on our back steps, which had definitely seen better days! Basically right after we took these photos, we worked on replacing those steps — yep, with me and my husband doing all the work — so these photos are the last remnants of what our back steps used to look like! (The new steps are now stained red, like the posts in the railing and our fence.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

This dress is so fun! I love how the overlay with all the flowers is sheer, so it creates interesting depth and shapes when I move. And the v-neck on this dress is deep, so I wore the maxi over a black sports bra, as per my usual clothing layering trick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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What I wore to a local street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I got this bright and colorful dashiki a year ago at a local street fair, so it felt like the perfect item to wear to this year’s street fair! Also, a cotton dashiki or tunic is a VERY good idea to wear to any summer festival, as it is loose-fitting and in a breathable fabric.

Also, I have learned that a crossbody bag is the perfect bag for these kinds of festivals, as I don’t have to worry about it as we walk around. Plus, it keeps both my hands free for all the stuff you accumulate at a street fair (flyers, bags, sno cones, etc.). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Because it was hot that day, I wore my wide-brimmed black sunhat, which I thrifted at a local resale shop last summer. Sam said the hat gave me “flair.” 😀

You’ve seen this sun hat before, in an SIA post a few weeks ago, but it looks totally different today paired with this more casual outfit. I love the hat’s bendable rim — and this EXACT sun hat is still available!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I started out the day wearing my black metal hoop earrings, which you’ve seen several times before, like here and here. But during the street fair, I picked up these fabulous circle earrings made out of wood. In fact, I bought these earrings from the same African businesswoman, who is sales director for Kijiji Village Craft, that I bought the dashiki from last year! I loved them so much that I decided to wear them then and there. This summer, I have been all about the lightweight statement earrings!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

The vibrant backdrop is a local grocer and convenience store that is painted turquoise with bright pink window trim. I’ve been wanting to take photos against this backdrop for awhile now, so it all turned out perfectly to pair a brightly colored backdrop with a brightly colored tunic! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Weather:  Hot with no breeze

Where:  Summer street fair

What:

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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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Colorful + casual cotton tunic with leggings

Last month in my budget adventures post, I shared that I had bought a colorful tunic from a local vendor during our local street fair. I wore it the next weekend to a visit a local farmer’s market, followed by a friend’s BBQ.

I kept things simple and bold, layering the tunic over leggings and my criss-cross black sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

This cotton tunic is known as a dashiki, which is a garment with roots in West Africa. This dashiki has such a simple, classic design, the colorful printed cotton folded over and stitched down the sides (leaving room for armholes), with elastic stitched along the middle to give it shape. (I’ve seen other dashikis with ties along the middle to cinch in the waist.)

The dashiki became popular in the U.S. during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as a symbol of black pride and culture. It then also transitioned into part of the hippie counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read more about the dashiki and its political and cultural significance here and here.

To be open and transparent, I have to admit some reservations that, as a white woman purchasing and wearing a sartorial symbol of African culture, it would be interpreted as cultural misappropriation. But please know that is not my intent. My intent is to celebrate and honor culture and diversity — and all different kinds of style. Everywhere I have lived, including overseas in the Middle East, it has felt natural to incorporate bits of local style — perhaps even as a way to remember people and places I have lived and loved.

I bought this gorgeous garment because:

  • I was drawn to the vibrant and colorful print, and y’all know I’m not afraid to wear color!
  • I had a lovely conversation with the vendor, who is herself an immigrant from west Africa. She seemed thrilled and supportive of me buying the dashiki — and actually wanted me to wear it right then and there, to promote it at the fair! I felt like I had her blessing to wear it.
  • I seek ways to support local artisans and small businesses.
  • It is an external expression of my support of ethnic, cultural, and sartorial diversity.

You can see the shape of the dashiki better in the twirling pics below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

We visited the farmer’s market at Point Ruston, and we’ve taken pics along this waterfront view before, as seen recently here and here. It’s just a stunning backdrop of the Sound, so I hope you don’t mind yet another series of pictures along the Ruston waterfront.

Oh, and I spiked up my pixie even more so today, which was fun for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup of print, leggings, and sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Weekend BBQ at friend’s house

What:

  • Cotton tunic:  Local street fair, new
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s — exact pair still available!
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old (and sold out)

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Shop my outfit:

brightly colored tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful tunic + leggings outfit collage

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Black + teal summer date outfit

Last Friday, I highlighted what Sam wore for a summer date night — it’s only fair that I share what I wore that night, right?! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Puget Sound selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

I’ve worn these teal ankle pants with black accents before, as seen here. This time, I tried the trick I had done before with this V-necked tee — I turned the tee around to have the V-neck in the back!

I also borrowed my husband’s black fedora, as the teal stripe in its ribbon totally coordinated with my ankle pants. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Black fedora closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington mural + Tacoma closeup

The backdrop is the Puget Sound, along Ruston Way. We discovered a floor mural of the geographic region along the Point Ruston shopping and recreation area. I had to get a photo of the Tacoma part of the mural — and of course, I had to scale Mt. Rainier! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents outtake

Outtakes alert! 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal ankle pants + black accents

Weather:  Cool and sunny

Where:  Date night for my birthday

What:

  • V-neck tee:  Local boutique in Wisconsin, old
  • Ankle pants:  Ann Taylor, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Fedora:  My husband’s, Kohls, old
  • Earrings:  Birthday gift, old

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Shop my outfit:

similar black fedora  //  similar v-back tee  //  teal ankle pants  //  similar black strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black outfit collage

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