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Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

I was able to get in one last photo op with cherry blossoms! And I do believe this is the first time this year that y’all get a peek at my toes via my peep-toe wedges. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

I broke up all the colorblocking in this outfit with this orange print scarf. And yes, my toenail polish matches my cardigan. Hi, I’m Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

My library card tote bag was a last-minute addition as I was gathering up my stuff in the morning. I like that it adds a pop of (unexpected) color… but is it too much? A different purse or tote would definitely change the vibe of this outfit. Your thoughts?

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Librarian for Life + Style | Work casual | Orange scarf + denim peep-toes

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Teal green + black + animal print

It’s still cold enough some days for tights, and I do realize this outfit feels more tonally appropriate for fall more so than spring. But there must have been something in the air that day telling me to wear this color combo, because when I got to work, three of my fellow librarians were wearing green + black together. No lie. Style synergy, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

This cardigan looks more forest green in real life, but it came out looking more teal in the morning light. Either way, the color works with the earthy tones of this animal print scarf.

I turned this square scarf into a scarf necklace again, which I find a fun way to wear square scarves. It also keeps the scarf ends out of the way of whatever I’m doing! Here’s another way I’ve done a scarf necklace, which I learned from this scarf-tying video, 57 seconds into the video.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of the back of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my scarf necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Last but not least, I also wore this outfit with my library-themed tote bag. Why  not add another pattern to the mix? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print with my library tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal green + black + animal print

As the Fug Girls say, “Everyone looks hotter in sunglasses.” 😎

Weather:  Still cold enough for tights

Where:  Work day that included meetings, a presentation, and happy hour cocktails with a colleague afterward

What:

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Teal coat + all black outfit + new earrings

I have been LOVING my new teal overcoat, especially when paired with black. Today’s outfit is pretty basic and simple, punched up with the bright color of the coat and the chevron pattern on the scarf.

Below, the full outfit with the coat on.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

And now a look at the outfit underneath. Black flats, leggings, a-line skirt, and cardigan — super basic and super comfortable.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit

The accessories, the chevron scarf and the rosette earrings, are both gifts from my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie — you most recently saw Stephanie here in this SIA round-up post! The earrings are from Rose Pedals Jewelry, made from recycled rubber and inner tubes — how cool is that?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit from the back

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit closeup + view of Tacoma

The backdrop is one seen on the top level of the Tacoma Dome parking garage. I’m glad we got another batch of photos here, as the parking structure is about to undergo a year (at least) of construction.

And below, a special series of outtakes from our quick photoshoot. It was a (rare!) sunny winter day, so Sam had fun playing with shadows, including his own! The photos below were taken in sequence, starting with my wave at Sam, his wave back, and then my blowing him kisses. After 21+ years together, we still crack each other up! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit, Sam's shadow

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal coat + black outfit outtake

Weather:  Sunny but very chilly

Where:  Brunch on the weekend, and then to work the next week

What:

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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