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White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you look through my Pinterest boards — especially my “White Lace Dress Ideas” board — then you’ll know I’ve pinned several versions of a white lace dress/skirt + olive cargo vest combo, like here, here, and here.

So I have been waiting to wear this particular combo for awhile now… and that time is NOW:

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you follow my Instagram, then you know I had henna done at the Tacoma pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I love how the henna design on my hand looked like a variation of lace itself right next to the lace design on my dress. And the reddish brown hue of the henna ties in with my cognac wedges — and my coconut shell necklace. I also wore stud earrings my paternal grandmother made decades ago out of petrified wood.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo closeup

I wore my bangs back on my new pixie cut this day — it’s super easy to style right after a shower! I still use my dry shampoo paste on this shorter cut, a process I outlined in this post here.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

The mural on the stairs, seen above, and the retaining wall, seen below, is known as the “Dometop Mural” and is part of the Tacoma Mural Arts Project. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Work day in the summer

What:

  • Dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, new
  • Cargo vest:  Old Navy, fashion-swapped with blogger pal Erin years ago
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Coconut shell necklace:  Local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

similar white lace dress  //  very similar olive cargo vest //  very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + olive cargo vest outfit collage

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Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit, as it’s not an outfit I put much thought into in the early morning hours when I was getting dressed. This is a combination that I’ve reworn several times — a cozy sweater + skinny jeans + tall boots. But on this morning, I thought, “Hmmmm… why not add a statement necklace just to brighten things up? That’ll cheer me up.” And it did!

I decided to take pics after I got home from work, as several colleagues commented favorably on my statement necklace and how it “popped” against the darker tones of my outfit. And we were lucky enough to capture that “golden light” when the day starts to turn to dusk. Plus, our winter-blooming camellias added another pop of color in the background. I love these flowers!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

And below is a closeup of my statement necklace — and matching earrings! My paternal grandmother made both the necklace and the earrings; she was a very creative and artistic person, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry after she passed away. (I also highlighted my grandmother’s jewelry here in this post.) She lived in Arizona during her later years, hence the turquoise and Southwestern feel to this jewelry set. You definitely don’t see much of this kind of jewelry up here in the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why it stood out even more for my colleagues!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

How to easily extend necklaces:

Now for the bracelet extender trick! I got this tip years ago from my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks, and it’s super simple. Just attach a bracelet to both ends of the necklace clasps, as you can see below, and voilà, you’ve extended any necklace by a few inches! It helps if the bracelet matches the metal or material of the necklace — but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I usually employ this trick when I’m wearing a turtleneck or cowl sweater or top , so the bracelet extension part is hidden by the extra folds of fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace and extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cowl sweater:  Maurice’s?, very old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Necklace and earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Shop my outfit:

similar purple sweater  //  similar silver-and-turquoise necklace  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar black flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate! Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress:  Lands’ End, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche:  LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces:  ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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Agatha Raisin style inspiration

For the last year, I have been enjoying a subscription to the Acorn streaming media service, as it has all my favorite British period and mystery series, like Midsomer MurdersFoyle’s War, Vera, and Poirot. This past August, it started streaming Agatha Raisin, a TV series based on the book series written by M. C. Beaton. It’s a humorous mystery series, spinning off the “cozy mystery” formula in surprising ways, and it stars the dynamic Scottish actress Ashley Jensen as the title character, a PR agent-turned-amateur sleuth.

What I love most about Jensen’s portrayal of Agatha Raisin is how she stays true to her flashy, color-coordinated style, even while feeling (and simultaneously fighting) the urge to “fit in” with her neighbors in the Costwolds. She is realistically flawed while always looking FABULOUS. ♥

My favorite episode thus far is the “Witch of Wyckhadden” episode, which features a castle library, as well as a hidden passageway (which I have been a sucker for ever since reading about Nancy Drew’s adventures in The Hidden Staircase). I took notice when Agatha wore this classic + sassy black-and-brown-tweed combo. I literally shouted at the screen, “I can recreate that outfit!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Agatha Raisin style collage

And here is my recreation:  wide-legged, brown tweed trousers, a thin black sweater, a tan trench coat, a black beret, and a statement necklace. Gotta admit, I felt pretty snazzy in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Black beret + sweater + jet necklace

Below is a closeup of the different textures in this outfit, including the tweed of my trousers, the ribbed cuffs of my lightweight sweater, and the dark wood tones of my JORD watch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tweed trousers + wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Sam and I had fun recreating some of the poses from the screenshots I took of the Agatha Raisin episode. We browsed various antiques and salvage shops downtown in the theater district of Tacoma, and along the walk, we spotted a picturesque stone wall as well as a beautiful set of stone steps and greenery tucked into a hillside.

Sam had also gone to a literary reading the week before at a local antique shop, Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions, which has three levels of amazing finds. On the bottom floor is a stage lined in bookcases, complete with library ladder. A perfect place to hold a reading — and a perfect place to take photos for this inspiration post! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Weather:  Crisp, clear fall day

Where:  Antique-shopping downtown on the weekend and on a work day during the week

What:

very similar black crewneck sweater  //  very similar wide-legged trousers in herringbone pattern  //  similar black ankle boots  //  very similar jet teardrop earrings  //  very similar jet necklace  //  very similar beret  //  similar herringbone purse

Librarian for Life + Style | black + brown tweed collage

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School spirit | More shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Blue + yellow redux! Yep, I wore a different outfit with this same necklace for my first day at my new job, as seen here. And for the first day of the term, I paired more shades of blue, royal blue and navy, with this same yellow statement necklace. School spirit for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Closeup below of these awesome striped wedges and my yellow statement necklace. I got lots of compliments on my necklace — and it was funny that most of my colleagues were surprised that I dressed purposely in the school colors.

A new workplace = new colleagues to indoctrinate with my pattern-mixing and bright color combinations! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped wedges + yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

I utilized one of my favorite ways to wear a cardigan, all buttoned up so that it looks like a skinny sweater. It helps when the cardigan has dyed-to-match buttons, like this one, which comes from my favorite line of August Silk cardigans.

And quick note, the backdrop is part of our backyard fence — and this is the last time you’ll see this fence in its natural wood color. We (and by “we,” I mean mostly Sam) have since stained our fences “sequoia red,” which looks awesome! My own colored wall backdrop! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | School spirit, more shades of blue with a yellow statement necklace

Weather:  High 60s and sunny

Where:  First day of fall term

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  The Limited, last spring
  • Statement necklace:  Urban Peach, c/o giveaway
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  My mom’s?, old

similar cardigan  //  exact navy trousers  //  similar striped wedges  //  similar knot earrings  //  similar yellow statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | blue + yellow + stripes collage

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