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Casually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Today’s outfit I actually wore twice within the span of a week:  once to work, and then to brunch on the weekend with a friend visiting the area.

When I wore this outfit to work, a librarian colleague was dressed in a similar outfit, which we both noticed and laughed about. For a casually professional look — one that doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation — we both return to the same outfit formula of:

  • pairing tall boots with skinny jeans
  • pairing a print blouse or tank with a solid-colored blazer

This outfit formula just works every time. It’s comfortable to wear, the print provides some visual interest, and the blazer adds a professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Because of the geometric print of my blouse, I added geometric earrings. These bronze-and-bead earrings were a gift from my friend and former co-worker Stephanie. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of print blouse + bronze earrings + velvet blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

We took pics after the weekend brunch, at a nearby skate park. It was a treat to be active and run around the park, which was deserted on a Saturday morning. Sam was there to capture all the fun! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

So. Many. Outtakes. The sun at late morning provided shadows and therefore opportunities for interesting photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Work day, then a weekend brunch

What:

  • Blazer:  Gap, old
  • Blouse:  Banana Republic, thrifted, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings:  Oru, gift from Stephanie, old

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  very similar geo-print sleeveless blouse  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac tall boots  //  very similar bronze-and-bead earrings from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + print blouse outfit collage

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Purple velvet + polka dots

One last reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month, if you haven’t already. Thanks in advance!

I hadn’t worn my purple velvet blazer in awhile — at least not “on the blog” — so I waited for a rare non-rainy day to wear it. I don’t wear suede or velvet when it’s rainy, so that cuts down on the possible days I can wear the few remaining suede or velvet items in my wardrobe up here in the Pacific Northwest. But a velvet blazer is a classic piece, so it will remain in my closet, whatever the weather!

I layered the blazer over a polka-dotted dress I’ve worn many times before.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple velvet + polka dots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple velvet + polka dots closeup

Details:

Thanks to Stephanie, who took these pics for me after work!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple velvet + polka dots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple velvet + polka dots

Here are three ways I’ve worn this polka-dotted dress, which I bought when we lived overseas in the UAE. It’s quite short, so I think of this dress more as a tunic, so I always make sure to layer it over something else, like tights or leggings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a polka-dotted dress

left  //  middle  //  right (this post)

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Just another tunic Monday

Happy Monday! Which means it’s another “Inspiration Monday,” coming to you this week via AnnaSophia Robb.

Librarian for Life + Style | Just another tunic Monday

Librarian for Life + Style | Check out the pink lining!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic + velvet blazer

Details:  Tunic:  Woolworths, Abu Dhabi, old  /  Velvet blazer:  Gap, old  /  Skinny jeans:  Target, old  /  Flats:  Payless, last summer  /  Pink drop earrings:  Handmade by a friend in Wisconsin

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic + velvet blazer

Although my tunic is not paisley, I liked the effect paired with my purple velvet blazer. Again, another combo I had not thought of before, even though I’ve had both of these items for years.

And my hair seems to be soaking up a bit more body and curl as I settle into my 30s. After going to bed with wet hair, I woke up with enough curl for my husband to comment on (he has legitimately curly hair). So I got out the curling iron this morning to even things out and went for some soft curls all around.

I felt pretty. 🙂

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Inspirational velvet

Inspiration Monday (or rather Tuesday), I’m back! This week’s inspirational velvet comes via Elizabeth Hurley; I loved the subtle tone-on-tone look, as well as the velvet — very luxe. I also went for tone-on-tone and velvet, although my tones are definitely brighter.

And I have a surprise in store below! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspirational velvet

You can just glimpse the lovely pink lining of this velvet blazer in this pic

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspirational velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer and animal print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspirational velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Inspirational velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Our new house!

When?  Nov. 12, 2012

What for? Holiday off from work, woo-hoo! And you might have noticed a new location in the pics above… we used this holiday Monday for a final walkthrough on our new home. That’s right, if all goes well in the next week, we will be moving into our first home! 😀 We will be moving slowly, in stages, because we are moving just down the street — literally! And important things first, the closet situation:  I am thrilled to report that I will have we will be sharing a full-size walk-in closet.  And you know I am already mentally organizing that walk-in closet even as I type these words. 😉

And hopefully, we’ll be getting internet set up first thing, so the plan is to keep up with regular blog posting. But in case I miss a couple of days, you’ll know why.

Details?

  • Velvet blazer:  Gap, Dallas, 2005
  • Pink sweater:  Mango, Abu Dhabi, 2009
  • Jeans:  Gap, curvy style, last fall
  • Bronze flats:  Kmart, eons ago
  • Scarf:  Fall fashion swap
  • Pearl drop earrings:  Gift from Sam, 2005?

Tying all the colors together

Librarian for Life + Style | Tying all the colors together

Librarian for Life + Style | Tying all the colors together

Librarian for Life + Style | Tying all the colors together

When?  March 1, 2012

What for?  This time, a casual Thursday (no teaching): my skinny jeans, brown boots, blue sweater, purple velvet blazer (awww yeah!) that has a bright pink lining, an oatmeal-colored peacoat, and a colorful Nepali scarf that ties all the colors together.

Details?

  • Peacoat:  Bealls
  • Skinny jeans:  Target
  • Velvet blazer: Gap
  • Light sweater:  K-Mart? Wal-Mart? bought it too long ago to remember
  • Scarf:  Gift, from Nepal
  • Tall boots:  Nine West
  • Pink dangly earrings:  Handmade gift from friend