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New eShakti skirt | Teal + brown + white

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by eShakti to select a new clothing item from their site. I have worked with eShakti quite a few times over the years, as seen here and here, for starters. I ultimately selected a floaty midi skirt with a palm leaf-print design.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must point out that that this was my second selection for an eShakti item this spring; I will detail my failed first attempt in my monthly budget adventures post later this month. This post is also not sponsored by eShakti; although I was contacted by them to select a complimentary clothing item of my own choosing, there was no obligation to provide a review. I am doing so because I want to share my experience and photos with my readers.

I went the custom sizing route for the skirt, as you can see by the label and pics below. I’m very glad to report the skirt does fit. (Whew.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Fair warning, this is a photo-heavy post!

I like the wide and high-waist design of the skirt, and this design looks a bit retro to me. It is floaty and flippy, and I lost no time in twirling in my new skirt! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

The skirt is also lined, thank goodness, as the fabric is quite thin and lightweight. The fabric for both the skirt and lining is polyester crepe, which means I did have to use my static guard spray on the skirt, to make sure it didn’t cling throughout the day. (You can also read about my love of the static spray here in this “Everyday faves” post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

As the skirt design feels both fresh and retro to me, I stuck with simple pieces to pair with it. I wanted the vibe to be soft and simple. Brown and turquoise remain one of my favorite color combinations, so I layered my brown cardigan over a simple white tank top. My tortoiseshell peep-toe wedges tied into the brown color tones, as did my vintage sunglasses.

My white tank top provided a nice backdrop for my gold bar pendant necklace. And my finishing accessories were my thin gold-and-pearl hoop earrings and my turquoise stud earrings. Ultimately, I felt pretty and feminine and comfortable in my new skirt and outfit today!

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | New eShakti skirt + brown cardigan

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day that included meetings

What:

  • Skirt:  c/o eShakti, new
  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Gold necklace:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, old

Shop my outfit:

exact skirt  //  very similar v-neck brown cardigan  //  very similar white tank top  //  similar peep-toe pumps  //  very similar gold bar pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise midi skirt outfit collage

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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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Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

I was recently contacted by JORD, a U.S. company that creates wood watches, to review one of their watches, and I was intrigued by the prospect. A wood watch is not something you see every day. After perusing their site and selection of women watches, I found myself quite impressed and looking forward to receiving my own JORD wood watch! The watches seemed more like jewelry to me, and as I don’t have a lot of watches, that appealed to me.

I chose the Ely style in “Black,” because of its sleek design and for the versatility of the dark brown and black together. It’s also one of their more economical options, at $129. (Even when receiving a complimentary item, I think about budgets! 😉 ) I also liked the functionality of this design with the date display. I also loved the beautiful Cora designs, especially the zebrawood and turquoise (how exotic does that sound?!) and the maple and lavender options.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch review

I was super impressed when the JORD wood watch arrived, packaged in its own wooden box and wrapped around a soft pillow. It also came complete with a soft cloth and two extra links to adjust the sizing. Fancy AND practical!

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

For my first time wearing this gorgeous and unique watch, I wanted to balance the more masculine feel of the watch by wearing something quite feminine. My thrifted orange floral dress and white cardigan fit the overall feminine vibe I was going for. I chose accessories in dark brown, including a dark brown belt, wooden bead earrings, and tortoiseshell wedges to tie into the dark brown wood grain of the watch. I really liked the end result, mixing the masculine and feminine — which is also something I was drawn to in the watch design itself!

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch review

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

Details:  Orange floral dress, thrifted {very similar}  //  White cardigan, Brooks Brothers, thrifted {long-sleeved option} {similar}  //  Patent leather wedges, Payless {very similar}  //  Wood watch, c/o JORD {exact, Ely style in black}  //  Brown leather belt, old {similar}  //  Wood bead earrings, made by my grandmother {similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

The JORD site also includes a new option to custom size your watch to your wrist (note that this costs an additional $10). This is a nice bonus; I went the custom-sizing route. However, the watch was still a littttttle tight on my left wrist when I first tried it on, so I was glad for the extra links that came with the watch. My husband was able to add a half-link to adjust the watch for a more comfortable fit. However, it’s a bit tricky to do this, so I agree with the advice on the JORD FAQs site to see a jeweler or watch repair shop to adjust the sizing, if needed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

The wood is remarkably soft to the touch — it feels almost velvety! — and the weight on my wrist felt lighter than I was expecting. The quality is high, and although the prices overall are a bit more expensive than what I’m used to, they seem fair for the quality. For women’s wood watches, the prices range from $120 up to $275; the men’s watches range from $120 up to $295. I was also pleased to read on their FAQs page that they use natural and sustainably sourced woods and that they don’t use toxic chemicals to treat the wood. They also use stainless steel clasps, for those with metal allergies.

(And by the way, if you’re wondering — like I did — about water-resistance, JORD addresses this openly on their site and state that each watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water.)

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch review

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch review

I also asked about where they make the watches. I was informed that while currently the cases of the watches are made in a managed facility overseas, the final detail work is done in St. Louis (the company’s headquarters); the company is also currently working on transferring the complete production to St. Louis. And for my international readers, you will be pleased to know that JORD also ships their watches internationally!

Overall, I was very pleased by the quality and look of my new JORD wood watch. I appreciate the combination of functionality and beauty. They are SO unique! The first day I wore my watch, I found it to be a conversation starter, and people were interested in feeling how smooth the wood was. There is a variety of wood tones to choose from in their selection of men’s and women’s watches, including zebrawood, maple, bamboo, sandalwood, blackwood, cherry, and koa.

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + JORD wood watch review

So what do y’all think? Are you intrigued by the idea and look of a wooden watch? Which JORD wood watch if your favorite? Please leave a comment and let me know!

FUN FACT:  My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks recently chose the exact style watch from JORD, as seen in this post. I love that we’re sartorial kindred spirits! ♥

Linking up with these lovely ladies.


Full disclosure: I received a watch of my choice from JORD for the purposes of review. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.


Womens Wood Watches

Remixing a favorite outfit with different accessories

Today’s outfit still (kind of) continues the week-long SIA theme. It’s blue and white, at least (my reddish lipstick wore off by the time we took these pics!).

Also, today’s outfit might seem like déjà vu… because you’ve seen the basic outfit not all that long ago. Like I’ve said before, I’m not averse to remixing items and combinations I feel really work well together.  I also thought it would be a fun exercise to take the same core outfit and remix it with different accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

So I started with the blue-and-white outfit you saw here in this post, including the same royal blue cardigan, sleeveless cream blouse, and navy ankle pants. Last time, I  wore striped, round-toe wedges for a bit of quirky edge and pattern.

For the subtle remix this time around, I wanted accessories for a more classic look. To that end, I wore peep-toe, tortoiseshell wedges, my new pearl cluster long necklace — a recent gift from my husband, and my cobalt Greg Michaels tote bag. For a final touch, I tied my thrifted Oscar de la Renta scarf around the bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

Details:  Blue cardigan, August Silk {exact style and brand}  //  Sleeveless blouse, Dana Buchman for Kohl’s {exact style in different colors and patterns}  //  Navy ankle pants, Macy’s {very similar}  //  Tortoiseshell patent leather wedges, Payless {very similar}  //  Blue tote bag, c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  //  Oscar de la Renta scarf, thrifted {navy-and-gold-metallic scarf option}  //  Pearl cluster necklace, ModCloth, recent gift from husband {exact} {very similar}  //  Pearl-and-gold small hoop earrings, old {very similar}

And yes, I picked these peep-toe wedges because my royal blue toenails matched my outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white with different accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white with a long pearl necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

I wore this outfit to co-present a program at a regional library conference. Because I knew this prior combination worked well and was comfortable, I wanted that personal comfort level again so I could then focus on the program and my colleagues. (The program went really well, by the way! And I got more than one compliment on my new necklace!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing blue and white

UPDATE:  Just as I was reviewing this post, I realized that I had remixed pieces of this SAME outfit last summer, also for a work-related presentation. And the remix I wore earlier this year, the variation with the striped wedges, was for an important presentation at work. So OBVIOUSLY this outfit, and variations of it, are my go-to pieces for whenever I need to feel both comfortable and professional!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Portraits

Do you have a go-to combination whenever you’ve got a big work project or presentation? Please leave a comment and share your go-to faves and tips! 🙂

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Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

When I am feeling really low (an all-too-often occurrence this term, which has been really challenging on so many levels), I sometimes counteract that by dressing up, just to please myself. And it almost always works to bring me out of my funk. When I feel that I look good on the outside, then I actually start feeling good on the inside.

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

Details:  Cardigan, August Silk {exact in different colors}  //  Animal print pencil skirt, Target, thrifted {pencil skirt in blue animal print}  //  Patent leather peep-toe wedges, Payless {very similar}  //  Pearl cluster necklace, ModCloth, new gift from husband {similar}  //  Gold quotation earrings, ModCloth, new gift from husband {exact}

Such a simple outfit, right? A cardigan buttoned all the way up and a pencil skirt. The impact here is the interesting pattern of the skirt — a deconstructed kind of animal print — as well as the accessories. And these accessories are new! Part of a surprise pick-me-up from my husband. So sweet!

Librarian for Life + Style | New jewelry from ModCloth

Librarian for Life + Style | Pearl necklace outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

And gotta admit, I felt GREAT wearing this outfit. Part of feeling good wearing this outfit also goes to comfort level, as everything here fits me well and shows my shape but is also comfortable to wear.

I did ask myself when I put on this pencil skirt, last seen here, is why I haven’t worn it more often. But I’m glad I rediscovered this pencil skirt, because it fits really well, it’s a classic shape, and it’s in a sassy print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

And last but not least, the two animal prints I was sporting that day, when you count the lining of my tan coat! Also, I’m wearing wedges with a tortoiseshell pattern… does that also count as animal print? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling good in a cardigan + pencil skirt

Do you ever dress up a little to get yourself out of a funk? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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