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Sam’s style | Olive + black + grey

I didn’t realize until last week’s giveaway winners post that I had totally forgotten to post pics I took of another one of Sam’s outfits this past spring. I didn’t meant to deprive y’all, dear readers! This outfit’s a couple of months old — an oldie but goodie! 😉

So last week you got to enjoy the outtake, this week you get to enjoy the entire outfit of olive + black + grey + tweed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Another of Sam’s trademark hats! This one is in a black and white tweed that he picked up during our 2009 trip to Vienna. I love how the hat connects to his tweed canvas shoes. PLUS more pattern-mixing with his olive button-front shirt, which has a subtle diamond print when you look up close. (The cat hairs on his black waistcoat are NOT an intentional pattern. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Details of Sam’s outfit:

Shop Sam’s outfit:

similar olive button-front  //  exact black vest  //  exact jeans  //  similar tweed hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + tweed

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Sam’s style | Mixing brown + grey

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

I’ve been highlighting Sam’s style more and more lately, because:

  1. He’s just so darn stylish
  2. He’s just so darn cute
  3. Y’all always seem to like it when I feature his style 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Today, he came down the stairs, all spiffy in his striped button-front shirt, tweed waistcoat, and weathered grey jeans. Here’s how our conversation went, which had us both cracking up!

Me:  Wow! Why are you all dressed up?

Sam [with a cheeky grin on his face]:  You said you wanted to look pretty. Well, maybe I wanted to look pretty, too!

LOL!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

It’s a rarity that Sam’s not wearing a hat, but he always manages to wear something classic regardless. This time, it’s his grey tweed waistcoat, which looks super cool paired with the weathered grey tone of his new jeans.

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Jeans:  Gap, new
  • Striped button-front shirt:  Kohl’s?, old
  • Tweed waistcoat:  ?, old
  • Boots:  Payless, old
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, this winter

Shop Sam’s outfit:

similar striped button-front shirt  //  very similar tweed waistcoat  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar black boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's brown + grey outfit collage

The last time I featured Sam’s style, I asked if y’all wanted me to include details of his outfit. The response was positive, and one comment pointed out that we often shop for the men in our lives. That totally makes sense, and therefore, I gave Sam his own outfit collage! 😀

Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

If you haven’t already done so, today is the final day to enter my holiday GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own teeth whitening kit. Thanks in advance!


More subtly holiday-appropriate outfits for work! This time, it’s a “casual Friday” kind of combo, when I layered a red striped tee under my black textured jazer.

This outfit is super practical and comfy. Rubber-soled boots so I wouldn’t slip on the ice that formed overnight. Stretchy jersey knit and long-sleeved tee. Knit jazer (jersey blazer) that’s pretty unstructured but still nice enough to give a slight “professional” look to my outfit to make it more work-appropriate. You could totally switch out my dark jeans for trousers, and you’d be good to go!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering closeup

By the way, we took these pics in front of the iconic glass tower that’s part of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It makes for a simple yet still visually interesting backdrop, yes?

It’s also an example of how our pattern has shifted over the years when it comes to taking photos. To alleviate any stress of “OMG, how do we squeeze in extra time to take pics?” and seeing it as a burden, we just look for opportunities to take pics while we’re out doing stuff in our daily lives. We do this particularly on the weekends, or when I work later in the day and we’re out in the morning doing errands (like what happened today). This works particularly well in the middle of winter, when it’s already dark and impossible to take photos when I get home at night. I also loathe having to dress in the same outfit after the fact in order to take photos, which I did the first couple of winters for this blog. It always felt like wasting time to do that, plus you didn’t get the sense of how I chose to do my hair, etc., on the day. (I make a lot of those kinds of decisions in the spur of the moment, often right before I walk out the door.) The photos all tended to look same-y to me, because my hair and makeup were the same throughout.

The way we take a lot of photos now, while we’re out and about, I get to stay true to capturing what I actually wear, while going about my regular day-to-day life, on the day that I actually wear the outfit. Plus, it helps us capture different backdrops so you often get a better sense of where we live. Win-win! Do you like this way of capturing my outfits? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

True story, it was LITERALLY freezing cold that day. This photo shoot was quick, y’all. And of course, it was really windy, too, so that was SUPER FUN for me. Sam captured all that fun in the pics below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + layering for a casual Friday work outfit

And below is how a shift in perspective can change everything. I took three steps forward and turned, Sam pivoted the camera, and voilà, a gorgeous backdrop of the waterfront and marina in downtown Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront Tacoma backdrop

Weather:  Freezing and breezy

Where:  Errands in the morning, work at night

What:

  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, old but still available!
  • Jazer:  JCPenney?, super old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old but still available!
  • Ankle boots:  Hush Puppies, old
  • Skinny belt:  Target, old

similar jazer  //  exact tee from same brand  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar red skinny belt  //  similar black leather ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Red stripes + knit blazer collage

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Agatha Raisin style inspiration

For the last year, I have been enjoying a subscription to the Acorn streaming media service, as it has all my favorite British period and mystery series, like Midsomer MurdersFoyle’s War, Vera, and Poirot. This past August, it started streaming Agatha Raisin, a TV series based on the book series written by M. C. Beaton. It’s a humorous mystery series, spinning off the “cozy mystery” formula in surprising ways, and it stars the dynamic Scottish actress Ashley Jensen as the title character, a PR agent-turned-amateur sleuth.

What I love most about Jensen’s portrayal of Agatha Raisin is how she stays true to her flashy, color-coordinated style, even while feeling (and simultaneously fighting) the urge to “fit in” with her neighbors in the Costwolds. She is realistically flawed while always looking FABULOUS. ♥

My favorite episode thus far is the “Witch of Wyckhadden” episode, which features a castle library, as well as a hidden passageway (which I have been a sucker for ever since reading about Nancy Drew’s adventures in The Hidden Staircase). I took notice when Agatha wore this classic + sassy black-and-brown-tweed combo. I literally shouted at the screen, “I can recreate that outfit!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Agatha Raisin style collage

And here is my recreation:  wide-legged, brown tweed trousers, a thin black sweater, a tan trench coat, a black beret, and a statement necklace. Gotta admit, I felt pretty snazzy in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Black beret + sweater + jet necklace

Below is a closeup of the different textures in this outfit, including the tweed of my trousers, the ribbed cuffs of my lightweight sweater, and the dark wood tones of my JORD watch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tweed trousers + wood watch

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown tweed + black sweater + tan trench

Sam and I had fun recreating some of the poses from the screenshots I took of the Agatha Raisin episode. We browsed various antiques and salvage shops downtown in the theater district of Tacoma, and along the walk, we spotted a picturesque stone wall as well as a beautiful set of stone steps and greenery tucked into a hillside.

Sam had also gone to a literary reading the week before at a local antique shop, Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions, which has three levels of amazing finds. On the bottom floor is a stage lined in bookcases, complete with library ladder. A perfect place to hold a reading — and a perfect place to take photos for this inspiration post! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berets + bookstores

Weather:  Crisp, clear fall day

Where:  Antique-shopping downtown on the weekend and on a work day during the week

What:

very similar black crewneck sweater  //  very similar wide-legged trousers in herringbone pattern  //  similar black ankle boots  //  very similar jet teardrop earrings  //  very similar jet necklace  //  very similar beret  //  similar herringbone purse

Librarian for Life + Style | black + brown tweed collage

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SIA interpretation: Young Girl Reading

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, it was my time again to curate, and I chose Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s famous oil painting, Young Girl Reading (also known as The Reader), ca. 1770. This painting has always had a soft spot in my heart, and I got to see this painting in real life a few years ago at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send that to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by 10 p.m. tonight PST. I will post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Young Girl Reading collage

My starting point was — OF COURSE — my yellow cardigan. As it’s just almost the only yellow piece of clothing I own (I have more yellow accessories), that was a no-brainer. But I actually had several ideas for what to pair my yellow cardigan with, but I eventually settled on this pink-and-burgundy a-line in a light tweed texture. I liked the mix of textures, and this painting was ALL about texture and brushstrokes when you looked up close.

My husband also LOVED this outfit! ♥ He said it reminded him of ’70s style, in a good way.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + gold accessories

I didn’t think of the gold accessories until the morning I got dressed. I felt the cardigan needed a little something, and then I spied my rope brooch, which I thrifted a few years ago (for $1!). I debated about putting it on the left or right side, and then I realized that I liked the idea of putting the brooch front and center. It brought a bit of formality (and symmetry) to the outfit, and the loops of the brooch and gold knot earrings kind of echoed the loops of the young girl’s ruffled collar, at least in my mind.

I also brought in extra texture with my flats, which have satin detailing along the front.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

And, OF COURSE, I had to get in some reading to go with the SIA theme. I’m no young girl, but I do love to read! As you can see in the final pic, I am winding my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series! It’s sooooooooooo good!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the SIA round-up!

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