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Tobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

I was recently contacted by online clothing retailer Tobi with an opportunity to choose a few items from their site to review and style. It was fun to browse through their extensive site and look at different pieces and visualize potential outfits. (Putting together outfits in my head is like my way of doing crosswords — it keeps my brain active!)

Full disclosure:  Although I was provided clothing items of my choice free-of-charge to style and review, all my opinions are my own words, thoughts, and experiences.

What’s Tobi?

Tobi is definitely focused on trendy, “fast fashion” pieces and a self-described L.A. style. Their size range is admittedly limited, only extending to size Large (equivalent to 8-10, although a generously sized 8-10); my body lands on the uppermost end of their sizing scale, so I purposely chose items that were NOT form-fitting. I also admit that I am not particularly trendy, and my style is… more “color-coordinated” than “L.A. cool.” But I viewed that as an interesting challenge, to see if I could “see myself” in any of their items. And I did! There are a lot of items on their site that are admittedly NOT my style — rompers may be fine for others but decidedly not for me! — and there looks to be a range of quality and styles with a range of price ranges to match. Tobi is known for their low prices and final sales, but I found a number of moderate-to-higher-priced items that also seemed to be higher quality. I focused on choosing more substantial and looser-fitting pieces — and it’s autumn, so that meant I had a lot of options with sweaters and knitwear! Hooray for me! The shipping was also super-fast, but there’s the caveat that I live on the West Coast, so the items didn’t have far to go.

I also have to admit that I was impressed with their openness on the Tobi website about their processes and policies. I was also impressed that they fund a scholarship program for young women, and they have a page showcasing the local non-profit organizations the company donates to. It’s fast fashion, yes, but Tobi also seems like a company that gives back for the long-term.

Two Tobi items I paired together:

In this outfit, I am wearing two of the three items I chose:  a long, oversized, v-neck navy sweater (the “School Boy Ribbed Sweater,” priced $78 but currently on sale for $19) and a black blanket scarf with white stripes (the “Mel Pinstripe Scarf,” priced $32 but currently on sale for $16).

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

I primarily paired these two items together because I wanted to showcase again how you CAN wear navy + black together. My rule of thumb in combining navy + black is to be intentional about it. I am wearing one main navy piece — this simple yet bold navy sweater, which really is a standout — that I’ve paired with black leggings, tall boots, and my black pinstriped scarf. The “star” of this outfit is the sweater, and everything else is supporting it.

The sweater is purposely oversized — very ’80s, isn’t it, with its sloped shoulders and boxy shape? — and it’s the kind of sweater that honestly looks pretty shapeless on its own or on a hanger. I took it out of the box, and my husband Sam was NOT impressed and said it looked huge and wouldn’t fit me. I put it on, and guess what? He looooooved it! So did I! The sweater felt substantial enough in its ribbed weave and thickness, and felt very cozy and warm — not scratchy at all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of asymmetrical hem of Tobi navy sweater

My favorite detail of the sweater is how it’s longer in the back, which you can really tell in the photos above. That means there is extra coverage for one’s bottom, which I really appreciate, especially since I’m a pear-shaped lady. And the sweater is still long enough in the front to wear the sweater over leggings and not have to worry about anything showing. I would also wear this sweater with skinny jeans or ankle pants. The key with an oversized item of clothing is to pair it out with other pieces that fit closer to the body — this provides visual balance.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blanket scarf. It is so warm and soft. I love it so much that I have already worn this scarf twice! (If you’re an Instagram follower, you will have already spotted this scarf!) And the scarf’s pattern with its black background and thin white pinstripe is neutral enough to go with lots of other pieces in my wardrobe.

When pairing this navy sweater with the black scarf, leggings, and boots, I also replicated the navy + black color-coordinating with my earrings. I combined larger blue lapis lazuli earring studs with my smaller black studs. Just one more detail to make it clear that I intentionally mixed navy + black together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Weather:  Cold and windy

Where:  Reference night shift at work

What:

I will be back on Friday with how I styled my third and final Tobi item!

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Fall casual with a light sweater + slip-on sneakers

Transition from summer to fall can be a tricky transition up here in the Pacific Northwest. We go with the actual seasons up here, so it now officially fall. We’ve had a hot summer with very little rain (and lots of wildfires!), so I am SO READY for the cooler temps that have come our way this past week or two. Right before the college fall quarter began, we had a cooler day, with breezes to blow out the residual wildfire smoke, so Sam and I took the opportunity to go up to Seattle for a day trip.

So in that summer-to-fall transition period, I paired a light, three-quarter-sleeved sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on sneakers. I pulled up the pant legs to give my legs and feet a little air, as it was a day we were planning on doing a lot of walking (we took the train up to Seattle and then went around town on the light rail, so we knew we would be on out feet!). This combo felt just right for this in-between seasonal time and weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of pink lip stain and pink heart sweater

We were headed for the Henry Art Gallery — we signed up for free tickets through the museum pass program through the Seattle Public Library system! — which is on the University of Washington main campus. So we took the train up to Seattle and then took the light rail subway system up to the UW campus and then had fun walking through campus and seeing all the new students on orientation tours.

We took photos along the way across campus. There’s a large fountain on campus, surrounded on four sides of roses, which felt like a picturesque spot for pics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

And OF COURSE there is always time for an outtake… or two… or three. 😉 We took jumping photos in front of the fountain on the UW campus, and then I felt inspired to do a little twist on the top level of the Henry Art Gallery.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated gif in sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Cool and crisp with bits of sun

Where:  Day trip to Seattle

What:

  • Heart sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar heart sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar patterned canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + slip-on sneakers 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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Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Another day of rainy day layers? You’d think I lived in the Pacific Northwest or something… 😉 Seriously, y’all. So. Much. Rain. And it’s funny to me how it really is hard to capture rain in a photograph. It was legit raining while we took these photos — none of the drizzly rain we’re (in)famous for in the PNW, but honest-to-goodness rain — and you really can’t tell.

On to today’s outfit! I don’t wear my burgundy zip-up sweater cardigan all that often, because it is 100% wool and really warm. It’s also wool, and therefore itchy, which means I have to wear a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath it. So now y’all know that it was both rainy AND very cold when I wore this sweater cardigan.

And I’ve worn this sweater cardigan with these boots before, as seen in the collage below. But this time around, I wore it with a denim skirt and leggings (and a different-colored turtleneck). Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a sweater cardigan collage

2013 outfit — which I really want to rewear soon! Also, it’s fun to pair up photos like these, like I’m looking at myself across time and space.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Sam joked that it the gentleman in the mural who’s facing outward, as seen above, looked like he was enjoying my posing in front of his mural. That made me laugh! Sam always does manage to make me laugh, especially when we’re taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

And more info about this backdrop! I’ve been wanting to take photos at this location for awhile now. It’s a series of murals made out of ceramic tiles, and they look so different depending on whether you’re viewing them up close, like in the pic above, or from further away, like in the pic below.

The murals depict historical views and buildings from the Stadium District neighborhood in Tacoma around the turn of the century. There’s so much public art here in Tacoma, and this is a great example of public art integrated into a private building. You can read more about the murals here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic tile murals in Tacoma, Stadium District

And of course, as we walked across the street after taking photos (where there is an iron fence), Sam suggested I mimic the gentleman in the central mural who is gazing out over the city. No city view for me — the view past the trees is industrial, hence the trees — but we like to be thorough, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Rainy day layers | Wool + denim + leggings

Weather:  Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Where:  Sunday brunch with friends in Stadium District

What:

  • Wool cardigan:  Smart Set, bought during PEI trip, 2006
  • Denim skirt:  Thrifted, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx for Kohl’s, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Peacoat:  Bealls, old

Shop my outfit

similar burgundy cardigan sweater  //  similar a-line denim skirt  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar cognac tall boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater cardigan outfit collage


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Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine’s Day 2017

This is what I wore last week on Valentine’s Day. It was a work day, of course, a day that included a presentation at a department meeting. So I wanted to be both professional and comfortable — and acknowledge the holiday without looking cheesy.

Therefore, I paired my “Follow Your Heart” sweater — featured in my heart sweater round-up on Valentine’s Day last week! — with the wide-legged burgundy tweed trousers I bought in the fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you), then you know I love color-coordinating. So OF COURSE I rounded out my outfit with my burgundy ankle booties. ♥ My wood beaded earrings also tie into the brown tones of my trousers. Aaaaaaaand my wine-colored lipstick matches my sweater. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of burgundy ankle boots + brown trousers

It’s a low-key outfit, but I really enjoyed wearing it. Totally fits my style outlook of classic (tweed trousers) and comfy (sweater + trousers combo) with a bit of quirk (the novelty print of the sweater).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Weather:  Dry and chilly

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, this fall
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, this fall
  • Earrings:  Made by my grandmother, vintage
  • Lipstick:  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Shop my outfit:

burgundy heart sweater  //   light brown tweed trousers  //  similar burgundy ankle booties  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + trousers outfit collage

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