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Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from March — thanks in advance!

With my pale skin and dark hair, I’ve always looked best in more saturated colors and jewel tones. Today’s outfit is an example of that, with my teal green cardigan and navy tee. But the real “jewel” of the outfit — har har — is my silk scarf with a plaid print of jewel tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

I love this scarf! It’s one of the three scarves I thrifted back in the fall, and it’s an Anne Klein scarf. I love its jewel-tone colors of purple¬†mixed in with stripes of teal green, white, and red. The bronze-y trim finishes everything off — and makes it quite a versatile piece to wear with other colors! I debated about whether to keep the scarf longer and looser or tied more like a neckerchief. Obviously, I went with the latter, to keep the color and interest up top.

I also wore my topaz drop earrings to tie in — another pun! — with the scarf trim. The same reasoning went into wearing my bronze brogue heels. Color-coordinating for the win! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was talking about how she never wore scarves, that they were “too much” for her. I understand that reticence to wear scarves, because I used to feel that way, too. There was a time that I never wore scarves. I didn’t understand them or how to wear them; I always felt awkward even trying to wear¬†them. But while¬†I lived overseas in the UAE, where scarves and shawls are so common, I was inspired to¬†start wearing them — and loved them! I appreciate now how scarves are¬†an instant pick-me-up for any outfit.

The trick to wearing scarves? It really comes down to confidence. It’s that simple but also that scary. Yes, scarves command attention, and you have to be okay with that. I am now okay with that, because I want to wear things that I love — and that includes pretty patterns and jewel tones! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Scarf: ¬†Anne Klein, thrifted
  • Cardigan: ¬†August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Tee: ¬†Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Boot-cut jeans: ¬†Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, thrifted
  • Earrings: ¬†Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar teal green cardigan  //  very similar navy scoop-neck tee  // exact dark-wash jeans from same brand  //  similar jewel-tone silk scarf  //  similar bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones and a scarf outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Ren√© Lalique brooch

For this¬†week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey¬†chose a gorgeous art nouveau¬†brooch by French artist¬†Ren√© Lalique. This¬†‚ÄúDragonfly Lady‚ÄĚ brooch, ca. 1897-98,¬†was presented at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, as part of Lalique‚Äôs¬†art nouveau jewelry collection.

And there’s still time¬†to participate in the SIA challenge! You don‚Äôt have to be a blogger, and you can also take flay lays of outfits or selfies. Just send a photo of your inspired outfit to Salazar at¬†14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight. Salazar will¬†have the inspiration round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Here’s my SIA interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA collage for Rene Lalique brooch

I wanted to mix¬†gold, mint, and black and an interesting piece of jewelry. My first thought was my mint statement earrings, so checkmark for¬†the jewelry and mint. Then came my graphic print blouse, which has a pattern that echoed the color scheme and art nouveau feel. I finished the outfit off with my teal green cardigan — and yes, I did wear this outfit on St. Patrick’s Day!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + STyle | Closeup of mint earrings and braided headband

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

We were planning on taking photos in a different location in the neighborhood, and then I spied this tree. And then I realized that the shape of the tree echoed the shape of the dragonfly brooch — happy accident!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

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Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

I actually wore this outfit back around Christmas (which also explains why my hair is slightly longer and lighter than seen on Monday’s outfit post), but I thought y’all would still like another look at a casual look of layering and pattern-mixing. Winter term at my college has begun, so there will be fewer¬†casual outfits in the coming months.

I wore this outfit to go errand-running during break time, and it’s my favorite kind of casual winter outfit: ¬†comfortable and cozy yet still “put together.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

For a chilly winter day, I layered a plaid button-down shirt over a longer tank top. I thought my “Anne of Green Gables” scarf was a nice play off the green tones in the plaid, and added another (subtle) pattern to the mix. Y’all know I love to pattern-mix! ūüôā

I also like how there’s a slight ombre look to the outfit, with the lighter green of the scarf going into the brighter green in the plaid and then leading into the teal green of the tank top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid casual + pattern-mixing

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InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

When I received the October 2015 issue of InStyle, I was inspired by the cover with its mix of teal green and navy. I thought, “I could do that!” I immediately¬†thought of layering my teal green cardigan over a navy dress. I could have gone with my solid navy dress, seen here, but I went with my floral navy dress instead to add some¬†pattern. The floral pattern of my navy dress has bits of green in the roses, so it played off nicely with the cardigan. I also added gold earrings to echo¬†the gold earrings Sofia Vergara is wearing on the magazine cover.

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

I thought about using a navy skinny belt but decided on a white skinny belt to tie more into the floral pattern of the dress. The white skinny belt also has a gold buckle, to coordinate with my gold circle earrings. I kept the shoes neutral and grounded with my peep-toe tortoiseshell wedges, so all the attention was up top.

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Outtakes alert!

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

Librarian for Life + Style | InStyle inspired: Navy + teal green

I wore this for work, on the day I taught my first library instruction session of the fall term. Sam took pics for me after work, and it was a treat for me that a neighborhood cat, Cambridge, came out to meow hello.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + teal green + a kity cat

Hope y’all have a wonderful kitty cat Thursday!

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Christmas casual

Two more days to enter the holiday giveaway for your own piece of Greg Michaels jewelry! The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers through this Tuesday, Dec. 23. All the details here in this post!

Also a quick note that SIA (Style Imitating Art) challenge is taking a break for the holidays. Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey will be back with her SIA pick on January 5.

To start off this holiday week, I will highlight three festive outfits! First up is a casual outfit just right for looking put together while running last-minute holiday-themed errands (like I did), or even just for staying warm at home (also me). I was inspired by Corilynn’s recent “winter uniform” post, with her combo of leather jacket, green sweater, and plaid scarf. The basic foundation is the same as Corilynn’s outfit, but there are small differences: ¬†my jacket is faux¬†leather, my sweater¬†is a¬†green cardigan all buttoned up, and my scarf is an infinity scarf.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Details:

  • Plaid infinity scarf {similar}: ¬†Old Navy, gift-carded this fall
  • Faux leather jacket {similar} {real leather option} {faux shearling option}: ¬†?, old
  • Green cardigan {exact}: ¬†August Silk via Macy’s, two winters ago
  • Boot-cut dark jeans {exact}: ¬†Old Navy, gift-carded last winter
  • Flat brown ankle boots {similar}: ¬†Discount footwear store in Texas, old
  • Colorblocked tote bag {similar}: ¬†Christian Siriano for Payless, two winters ago
  • Topaz drop earrings {very similar}: ¬†Local boutique, this summer
  • Bracelet: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, new

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

The festive backdrop for these photos is a local church in the neighborhood which has been recently restored. The bright red doors really highlight the lovely architectural details!

Also, the wind was definitely having a moment — and stirring up some outtakes! — while we were taking these photos. It was downright chilly!

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Windblown outtakes

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual

I also donned my new Greg Michaels bracelet, to add a bit more sparkle to my casual outfit. You can see the bracelet peeking out of my left sleeve in the pics above, and below is a closeup.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Christmas casual + bracelet

And don’t forget to enter¬†the holiday jewelry giveaway!

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