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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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What’s in my (weekender) bag? | Packing for a weekend trip

I’ve done a couple of “What’s in my bag?” kind of posts, including my original handbag post and a more recent evening bag post. When my mom sent me a weekender bag — in time for me to try it out for a Memorial Day weekend visit to my friend Stephanie in Portland! — I thought it would be fun to highlight how I pack for a weekend visit.

Weekender bag

First up, closeups of the weekender bag my mom recently gifted me. It’s striped and on wheels, with a collapsible handle. It also has a zippered bit on the bottom to expand the bag if needed. There are also pockets lining both sides of the bag’s interior.

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote, top view

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender tote bag side view

Librarian for Life + Style | Interior pockets of the weekender tote

What I packed in my weekender bag

Below is what went into my weekender bag. I like to roll up undergarments inside each outfit, so every outfit is bundled together. Then I just stack the bundles up in my bag or suitcase, and everything is nice and tidy. There are lots of different ways to pack — and I looooooove reading all about different packing tips! — but I have found that this way works for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

Details:

  1. Outfit for the trip back (floral shirtdress + black leggings, exact outfit previously seen here)
  2. Black sandals
  3. Metallic sandals
  4. Bronze shawl (to layer when cold, particularly on the train)
  5. Toiletries bag
  6. Pajamas
  7. Optional casual outfit (black & white striped tee + red shorts, to wear with black sandals — I didn’t end up wearing this outfit, but I always like to have an extra outfit on hand, just in case)
  8. Casual outfit (grey tee + tan shorts, to wear with metallic sandals)
  9. Travel pillow for my back or neck

And below is how everything fit into the bag, with room to spare:

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing for the weekend

My traveling outfit

Below are details of my traveling outfit, which I wore on the train down to Portland. I wore a grey scoop-neck tunic that my mom also recently sent me, and it’s so soft and comfy — perfect for traveling! I layered the tunic over leggings and my metallic sandals. A fabric belt helped give some shape to the tunic (which is a bit oversized on me) but didn’t feel restrictive.

Below is also a closeup of my accessories. When I travel, I don’t like to wear any jewelry except for one pair of earrings that go with every outfit. These topaz drop earrings are one of my go-to choices when traveling, because they’re so light, and the color is a nice neutral.

When I came downstairs, Sam remarked that it was a perfect traveling outfit, because, as he put it, “It’s cute and pulled together for traveling, and it looks comfy — but when you take the belt off, you’re ready to lounge!” Yep. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit closeup

On the day of travel

And finally, a couple of pics snapped on the day that I travelled down to Portland by train on Memorial Day weekend. (Mom, I knew you’d especially like to see how I’m wearing the items you’ve gifted me — thank you for knowing my style! Love you, Mom ♥ )

And yes, my black + tan + white purse also coordinated with every outfit that I packed. Because OF COURSE. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Weekender bag and purse

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel outfit and weekender bag

What do you include in a weekender bag? Please share!


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Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

It feels like perfect timing to showcase a red, white + blue outfit as we head into Memorial Day weekend.

I have pinned several outfits similar to this red, white + blue stripes + polka dots combo, like this recent outfit of Victoria Beckham’s, or this casual outfit worn by Duchess Kate last year, or this stripes + scarf outfit from Sarah’s Real Life. Classic is as classic does, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

And y’all know I had no problem color-coordinating my (red) lipstick and (blue) earrings to my outfit, right? 😉

Also, this square scarf just keeps on truckin’ — it’s a scarf that I’ve literally had my entire life. I used to dress my dolls up in this scarf. Love comes in all forms, including scarves. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library behind the scenes (no meetings or teaching), so I could go more casual

What:

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Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

I am pattern-mixing AND remixing today with one of my favorite color combos, navy + green.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

If you are seeing this outfit and thinking, “Haven’t I seen this outfit on the blog before?,” I would not blame you. I haven’t worn this exact combo before on the blog — colorblock cardigan + striped tank + polka-dotted skirt — but I have remixed two out of the three pieces together in different ways before, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of cardigan + tank + skirt

Links to original posts:
top left, cardigan + skirt (2014)  //  top middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  top right, tank + skirt (2013)
bottom left, tank + skirt (2013)  //  bottom middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  bottom right, cardigan + tank + skirt (2018, ths post)

Remixing = real life.
Always.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Admittedly, I hadn’t worn this polka-dotted skirt in awhile, but it did amuse me how many of my colleagues in the library first complimented me on my dress. It was extra fun to see their jaws drop when I told them it was actually a tank top and a skirt. I do appreciate that my colleagues have gotten used to seeing me pattern-mix, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

It was still quite chilly that day — we “joke” up here in the PNW that it doesn’t really warm up until after Fourth of July — which is why you’re seeing a peek of my coat in the pic below.

I went for bronze accessories, my Mary Jane heels and my topaz drop earrings, because of the bronze buttons on my cardigan. I love my thrifted Mary Jane heels deeply, and one of the (many) things I love about them is how the perforations on the toe make a heart shape. ♥♥♥ Click the photo below for a closeup.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze Mary Jane heels + navy tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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