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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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Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Before we get to my outfit of the day, please consider:

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Remixing blue + chevron

I recently remixed my black-and-white chevron skirt with a blue top, a formula I first tried out a little over a year ago, as seen in my “Chevron skirt debut” post from November 2015.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my chevron skirt with blue

The tops are different but very similar in color. In 2015, I wore my royal blue button-front camp shirt, and tucked it into the skirt. This time, I wore my royal blue sweater and left it untucked. I also switched from black flats to black high-heeled boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

I didn’t initially plan on mixing chevron prints together. I had an early morning shift at the Reference Desk that day, so right before I walked out the door, I grabbed this knit infinity scarf in a chevron print, to help keep me warm. (The sweater is quite thin, and it has a wide, curved neckline.) I ended up needing the scarf all day, and I ended up quite liking the effect of mixing the two chevron prints together. I think it works because the colors in the scarf are neutrals and kind of play off the colors in the skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Awkward…

Midway through our quick photo-shoot, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that directly across the street, a group of guys gathered around a truck were openly staring at us. It felt… uh, awkward, to say the least. They weren’t challenging us or calling out anything — which has happened before when we lived in Portland — but rather just staring, very openly and obviously, in confusion. They had left by the time we finished.

Later, going through the photos, I realized that Sam had captured the transition of my facial expressions, as I went from realization straight on through to awkwardness. It’s all in my facial expressions and arm movements! Left to right, I go from “Wait, are those guys staring at us?” to “Oh crap, they ARE staring at us!” to “Eeeeeek, this is awwwwwwkward” to “Oh, well, let’s finish what we started!” LOL!

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Backdrop mural

The backdrop behind me is a 2004 set of murals entitled “Welcome to McKinley” by artist Bob Henry. The mural, fittingly, is located in the McKinley neighborhood of Tacoma. As described on Bob Henry’s site, which has more pics and closeup details of his public art:

“This mural was design[ed] to welcome visitors to the neighborhood. Using the past and progressing to the modern, faces of the owner and friends, Mt. Rainer [sic] and the 34th Street bridge which bridges two canvases 8′ x 20′ into this welcoming, warm mural”

I took photos of the two halves of the mural, and merged them together as best I could into the following collage, so you can get a sense of the contrasting time periods. Click on the photo to enlarge the details.

'Welcome to McKinley' mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

‘Welcome to McKinley’ mural collage, 2004, Bob Henry

Bob Henry also included a sweet painting above the mural, depicting children of different ethnicities. This reflects the ethnic diversity in this particular neighborhood of Tacoma.

Detail of 'Welcome to McKinley' mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing chevron prints together | Royal blue + black + white

Weather:  Cold and icy

Where:  Work day, which included a faculty meeting

What:

  • Skirt:  eShakti, last year
  • Sweater:  Mango?, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from Stephanie, old
  • Boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Shop my outfit

very similar blue ribbed sweater //  very similar chevron skirt  //  similar chevron infinity scarf  //  similar black heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Royal blue + chevron outfit collage


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Jewelry review of Pearl & Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you will know that my favorite gemstone is the pearl. Both of my grandmothers loved pearl jewelry, so that’s probably where I was first learned to love pearls. I also love that pearls are gemstones that come from organic, living organisms — mostly mollusks and oysters — which makes them very special. (The vast majority of gemstones come from minerals.) Pearls come in such a variety of shapes and colors and textures, it’s no wonder they’ve been highly valued for centuries.

I’ve worn pearls for years — including at my wedding! — and you can see previous outfits that I’ve worn with pearl jewelry here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings

So it should come as no surprise that I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Pearl & Clasp, an online company that provides pearl restringing services as well as quality pearl jewelry at a variety of price points. Plus, the company was co-founded by two women, Tara and Sari, and y’all know that I love to support strong women leaders and entrepreneurs! The selection at Pearl & Clasp includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, along with a variety of clasp options.


Full disclosure: This is a post done in collaboration with Pearl & Clasp, and I received a pair of earrings of my choice in exchange for a review. As always, I am 100% honest about sharing my personal thoughts and experiences with you.


I chose a simple and classic pair of black pearl earrings, the 9mm button black freshwater earrings. The $34 price is a totally fair price, in my opinion, and reflects the more affordable variety of freshwater pearls. They also have Tahitian black pearl earrings, which are more expensive, of course.

Here are closeups of the earrings I selected. I love that the black of the pearl is more of an iridescent black, which reflects surrounding colors. It gives the black pearl earrings a warmer, richer look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Here’s a closeup of these earrings in my hand, so you can get a better sense of their size.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Pearls are so classic and timeless, yet I have often have heard other women say they don’t wear pearls because they see them as too formal or stuffy. I do not share this sentiment; on the contrary, I believe there’s a pearl for everyone!

So for my first time out wearing these pearls, I wanted to wear a more casual outfit, in order to demonstrate that you can wear pearls with all kinds of looks, including casual ones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

I am super pleased with my new earrings from Pearl & Clasp. They’re a lovely, warm color, plus I like the weight and feel of the earrings when I am wearing them. They are lightweight but also feel sturdy and secure when they’re in my ears. Highly recommended! This particular style of earring also comes in other colors, including soft pink and classic white.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Pearl & Clasp earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

I wore this more casual combo — black skinny jeans with my grey Pride & Prejudice sweatshirt and knit chevron infinity scarf — on a day off from work, a day in which I also had lunch with a friend. So I wanted to be comfortable around the house but also nice enough to go out to eat. These pearl earrings were a perfect addition to help me feel a bit more polished and put-together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry review of Pearl + Clasp earrings | Wearing pearls with a casual outfit

Weather:  A bit warmer, in the low 50s — but definitely still winter!

Where:  Around the house and a lunch out with a friend

What:


Do you like these new earrings from Pearl & Clasp? Do you also love pearl jewelry? Please leave a comment and share!


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