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“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” ūüėÄ I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress: ¬†Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan: ¬†Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband: ¬†Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag: ¬†Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges: ¬†b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It‚Äôs time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round¬†curated by SIA co-founder Salazar¬†@¬†14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point¬†in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress: ¬†c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat: ¬†Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals: ¬†Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat): ¬†Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat): ¬†Gift, old
  • Tote bag: ¬†Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf: ¬†Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone ‚ÄĒ bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! ‚ÄĒ is¬†welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit ‚ÄĒ selfies and flat lays are also just fine ‚ÄĒ inspired by this week‚Äôs SIA artwork to this week‚Äôs curator, Salazar,¬†at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by¬†tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her¬†blog,¬†14 Shades of Grey.

Can‚Äôt wait for this week’s round-up!


Linkups:  Hello Monday, Visible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Style With a Smile, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Weekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing Wednesday, Top of the World, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Fabulous Friday, Fancy Friday, Fine-Whatever Linkup, Weekend Wear Link Up, #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Silk tunic + vintage earrings

I mentioned in last week’s¬†budget post that my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie had gifted me these vintage Native American earrings… I did not hesitate to wear them immediately! As in, the day after she gave them to me, and to a brunch outing during our recent girls’ weekend.

I also wore this outfit to work the next week, for a more casual “behind the scenes” day (i.e. no teaching). So instead of a “work to weekend” outfit, this is a “weekend to work” outfit. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings vlodrup

I started with the earrings, and then pulled out this printed silk Anthropologie tunic that I fashion-swapped a few years ago, because I thought the turquoise of the earrings paired well with the teal color in the tunic. I also paired my brown cardigan and brown leggings with the tunic to echo the wood bits in the earrings.

This was a perfect outfit for a brunch, as the looser tunic style and leggings, which have a wide stretchy waistband, meant comfort for eating. I do not sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of style!

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

The backdrop is of a water collection tank outside the Tacoma Dome station, which includes¬†free parking as well as access to¬†the free light rail system that goes into downtown Tacoma. I thought it would make for a fun backdrop, and another way to highlight our city. Y’all know I really like¬†to get outfit photos while we’re out and about, if at all possible, to show how I wear my outfits in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Water collection station outside the Tacoma Dome station

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Weather: ¬†60s, sunny and cool — perfect spring weather!

Where:  Brunch downtown

What:

  • Silk tunic: ¬†Anthropologie, fashion-swapped
  • Cardigan: ¬†Gap, over a decade old
  • Leggings: ¬†Spanx via Kohl’s, old
  • Flats: ¬†Payless, old
  • Clutch: ¬†JavoEdge, c/o giveaway years ago
  • Earrings: ¬†vintage, gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar teal print tunic  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar yellow faux leather clutch  //  similar taupe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Print tunic + leggings outfit collage


Linkups:  Hello Monday, Visible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Style With a Smile, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Weekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing Wednesday, Top of the World, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Celebrating Style, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Fabulous Friday, Friday Favorites, Fancy Friday, Fine-Whatever Linkup, Weekend Wear Link Up, #SaturdayShareLinkUp

SIA interpretation: The Sculptures of Bernini

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans! It’s a national holiday, so no work for me today, and I will be spending¬†a bit of my day rereading King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in quiet contemplation¬†of his memory and legacy. A truly great and honorable man, and his vision and message still ring as true today as they did during his lifetime.

It’s also time for my interpretation of the¬†first Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge of 2017! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a very interesting inspiration,¬†something ‚Äúa little off the beaten path but still classical,” by selecting the collective works of Italian sculptor¬†Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).

Browsing the full list of his works, I was struck by the fact that Bernini not only used different kinds of marble for his main sculptures but also designed the backdrops, or niches, surrounding the sculptures. His astonishing work reflects a range of textures and color tones, including shades of white, grey, red, gold, brown, and bronze. That was my starting point, to put together an outfit with complementary neutral tones.

To visually represent what I’m referring to in my inspiration collage, I selected¬†two sculptures and backdrops with¬†a range of textures and colors: ¬†Blessed Ludovica Albertoni¬†(1671‚Äď74) in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, and¬†Mary Magdalen (1659‚Äď63) in the¬†Chigi Chapel, Siena Cathedral, Siena.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation of the sculptures of Bernini

Credits: ¬†Photograph of¬†“Mary Magdalen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” by sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0¬†(top left) ; Photograph of “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Altieri Chapel, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome” by ho visto nina volare is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0¬†(bottom left)

The color tones in my inspiration outfit include bright white (tee shirt + boot socks), winter white (midi skirt), nude (ribbed tights), bronze (shawl), and cognac (tall boots). I also had the¬†idea of taking photographs against a stone wall backdrop that would enhance the neutral color palette of my outfit — and give a playful nod to the use of natural stone in Bernini’s sculptures. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

I also have several different textures in my outfit, including my wool skirt with floral appliqués, ribbed nude tights, and pointelle textured boot socks. By the way, the boot socks are new! (And thanks to Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, a fellow librarian style blogger, for recommending Target for over-the-knee boot socks.)

It was a coooooooold day, but¬†I felt very warm in my boot socks and wool skirt. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

I also included different textures in my accessory choices, wearing my porcelain earrings dipped in metallic silver and my polymer clay scarf pin that my husband gifted me this summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ceramic jewelry, earrings + scarf pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Last but not least, the photos below have no link to the SIA inspiration challenge, but I wanted to share what¬†overcoat I wore on my way to and from work. I wore my teal houndstooth overcoat to “pop” against my work outfit of all neutrals. Although my overcoat is quite long — and soooooooo warm! — I loved that¬†my skirt was still long enough to peek out beneath my coat. ūüėÄ

I also think this is the first time you’re seeing me wear this A-MAZING coat with a work outfit; I’ve only shown it with casual outfits on the blog before this.

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Weather:  Freeeeeeeeezing

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

  • Skirt: ¬†Banana Republic, fashion-swapped a few years ago
  • Tee: ¬†?, old
  • Boot¬†socks: ¬†Target, new
  • Scarf: ¬†Kmart?, super old
  • Boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat: ¬†Thrifted in Portland last year
  • Earrings: ¬†Gift from my friend Stephanie,¬†¬†Zo√ę Comings
  • Scarf pin: ¬†Gift from my husband Sam,¬†Joan Tayler Designs

similar long-sleeved tee  //  similar midi skirt  //  similar bronze scarf  //  exact boot socks  //  similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutrals outfit collage


And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Everyone ‚ÄĒ bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! ‚ÄĒ are welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs SIA artwork to this week‚Äôs curator and co-host, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Get your photo in by tonight, and¬†Salazar will include it in her round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


Linkups:  Hello Monday, Visible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Top of the World, What I Wore to Work/Summer Style, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Charming Friday, Friday Favorites, Fancy Friday

 

 

Going casual with a statement overcoat

Here’s a casual outfit I wore to run errands over the break, when I was off work. This is a great example of dressing down a statement piece like this houndstooth overcoat with its own faux fur collar. ¬†Or, if you prefer to think about it the opposite way, it’s an example of dressing up a casual outfit with a statement overcoat. Either way, it works. ūüėČ

I thrifted this AWESOME coat last winter, and it is such an eye-catching piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

If you mentally remove the coat, what I’m wearing is literally just a tee and jeans and boots. That’s it. Super simple. The coat is doing so much work on its own and instantly jazzes up the outfit. But my cognac flat boots and fun felt beanie still keep the overall look casual.

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

The backdrop is a mural entitled “Youth For Christ Mural” by Covenant High School in the “New Tacoma” neighborhood. I spotted the mural on a side street as we were¬†running errands, and I thought it would be a fun backdrop for pics.¬†I don’t match the colors of the mural, but I certainly go.

And it totally looks like the two hands in the mural are tapping me on the shoulder… once you see it, you can’t unsee it, right?! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Going casual with a statement overcoat

Weather:  Super cold and dry

Where:  Errand running

What:

  • Overcoat: ¬†Louie Lucie, thrifted last year in Portland
  • Beanie: ¬†Gift, very old
  • T-shirt: ¬†Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Lia Sophia, gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

similar plaid overcoat in teal + black  //  light blue overcoat with faux fur collar  //  similar teal tee  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac boots  //  similar tan beanie

Librarian for Life + Style | Overcoat casual collage

Linkups:  Hello Monday, Monday Mingle, Visible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Throwback Thursday, Top of the World, What I Wore to Work/Summer Style, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Charming Friday, Friday Favorites