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Pairing orange floral with black

My outfit today was inspired by two outfits I saw via Instagram, this one from @iamterrib and this one from @suzannecarillo. Both outfits paired an orange floral dress or skirt with black… and thus, a style idea was born! ūüėÄ

It also was a practical choice to pair a heavier jacket and tall boots with this dress, as our transition to spring up here in Tacoma has been a decidedly cold (and rainy) one.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

I last paired this orange floral dress with a white cardigan; this time, it was fun to play off the vibrant floral print with all-black pieces and accessories, including a moto-style jacket, tall black heeled boots, and black metal hoop earrings.

I also thought it made for a nice contrast to pair the heavy canvas of this jacket with the floaty fabric of the dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black boots closeup

Although I think the look would be sharper with a slightly shorter jacket, I really liked wearing this outfit. It felt fun and fresh and unexpected, just right as we are still transitioning into spring up here in the PNW. So many colleagues and students commented on the orange floral print, that it cheered them up! Me, too. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Librarian for Life + Style | Pairing orange floral with black

Weather:  50s, damp and chilly

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Jacket: ¬†St. John Sport, thrifted at Portland resale shop, old
  • Dress: ¬†Loco Lindo, thrifted at another Portland resale shop, old
  • Boots: ¬†Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Hoop earrings: ¬†Made in Oregon, Christmas gift from in-laws, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights): ¬†Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall

Shop my outfit

very similar canvas moto-style jacket  //  similar orange floral dress  //  similar high-heeled black boots  //  similar black metal hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange floral + black outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: Railroad sunset

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It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Remember, this is the final SIA challenge for 2016, and there is STILL TIME to participate!¬†Participating is easy, and all are welcome, bloggers and non-bloggers. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork — selfies, flat lays, and collages also just fine — to me by tonight,¬†10 p.m. PST. I’ll post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I chose Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting, Railroad Sunset, and when I saw this painting, I thought of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma. It’s not a railroad, obviously, but there is a little building¬†atop the bridge construction that reminded me of the little building¬†tower in silhouette in Hopper’s painting.

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

Railroad Sunset by Edward Hopper, 1929

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“Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea Foss Waterway” by Kendrick Hang, 2012, is licensed under CC BY 2.0

See what I mean? So I was determined to take pictures down by the Murray Morgan Bridge. And even though it was heavily raining by the time we *did* get to take photos, by golly, we succeeded! (Thank goodness my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is water-resistant.)

And it wasn’t quite sunset when we were able to take photos, but my striped dress took care of that. Yep, that’s right, I’m once again doing my trick of wearing a dress as a skirt! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

My first thought was to wear this¬†striped dress, which has stripes in every color of the inspiration painting. My next thought was to go a bit retro-inspired, as Hopper’s paintings always evoke the late ’20s and early ’30s time period to me. So I turned my fit-and-flare dress into more of a¬†drop-waist skirt by layering my long navy sweater over it. My brown cloche, bronze Mary Jane heels, and long necklaces completed the retro-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of layering long necklaces

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Murray Morgan Bridge collage

I had to spotlight some pics of the quite striking Murray Morgan Bridge, which was built in 1913. The bridge is the work of the inventor of the modern lift bridge, John A. L. Waddell (1856-1934). It was rehabilitated in 2011-2013, just in time for its 100th birthday!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + navy + retro inspirations

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and raining

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†Fashion-swapped, old
  • Dress: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Tights: ¬†American Apparel opaque tights, old
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, thrifted, old
  • Cloche: ¬†LOFT, over a decade old
  • Necklaces: ¬†ModCloth, gift from husband (the longer one); my mom’s, vintage (the shorter one)

very similar navy sweater  //  similar dress with striped bottom  //  similar striped dress  //  suede Mary Jane heels  //  long gold necklace  //  similar brown cloche hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy sweater + stripes collage

I also did a fun vintage filter on this, to make my retro-inspired inspiration outfit look more retro! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage filter

And BONUS, last but not least… I mimicked the Charleston dance while we took pics, as it was a popular dance during the 1920s. OF COURSE Sam captured these outtakes, which I strung together for an animated video! Enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated outtakes doing the Charleston

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Dressing up as Mary Poppins

This is my fourth year to dress up for Halloween by putting together a costume from items already in my closet. Four years of no-cost costumes!

This year, I had a couple of ideas for costumes, and I eventually settled on Mary Poppins. (Salazar suggested this after my casual outfit post and umbrella mural backdrop. Thanks, Salazar, for the inspiration!) I’ve seen the 1964 movie adaptation dozens of times, and I’ve read (and have) all of the classic books by P.L. Travers. Mary Poppins and I are kindred spirits, of course, both being “practically perfect in every way.” Hah! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins collage

My costume is not “practically perfect,” but it does get the idea of the Mary Poppins character across. For the look, I put together:

  • Navy trench coat with daisy trim and belt (very appropriate, as the print¬†echoes the daisies in her hat!)
  • Long grey skirt (left over from my UAE days)
  • Oxford pumps with sculpted heels
  • Wooly red scarf
  • White gloves
  • Long¬†umbrella
  • Carpet bag
  • Red lipstick
  • Vintage hat¬†with the brim popped up (I added daisy cut-outs left over from a prior craft project, seen in the collage below)

Librarian for Life + Style | Putting daisies on vintage hat for Mary Poppins costume

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

We¬†took these photos early, but I will be wearing this costume on Monday, I promise! We took photos in downtown Tacoma, overlooking the industrial¬†part of the city¬†— and yes, I was humming the “Chim Chim Cher-ee” song during our quick photo-shoot. On the rooftops of Tacoma… ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

And what’s inside my carpet bag? Let me show you! Copies of the¬†Mary Poppins book series (OF COURSE), a small hand mirror, an extra coat and gloves, and a measuring tape. (Check out the carpet bag scene from the movie here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins, carpet bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Then we went to the “Umbrella Mural” in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood to take some extra photos, as this is what inspired Salazar to suggest me dressing up as Mary Poppins in the first place! And how serendipitous¬†that one of the umbrellas has a cherry print — for Cherry Tree Lane! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

The weather was¬†supposed to be overcast and drizzly the day we took photos, but instead it was super sunny. For the pic above, I feel like I’m saying, “Where’s the rain?!”

But the shadows that the sunshine created did inspire Sam to take a photo of my silhouette on the mural wall. This echoes the chalk sidewalk scene in the Mary Poppins movie, in which Bert recognizes Mary Poppins by the silhouette of her hat, with the daisies sticking up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins, silhouette

And one last look of dressing up as Mary Poppins:

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing up as Mary Poppins

Are you planning on wearing a costume for Halloween? Please leave a comment and share! ūüôā


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Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

I’ve worn this retro-inspired print dress a couple of times before on the blog, as seen here and here, and each time I’ve kept it simple. This dress, which I thrifted a few years ago, has such a fun print and so many interesting¬†details that it doesn’t need much of anything else to let it shine.

I recently wore this dress to a farewell open house my colleagues held on campus, so friends and colleagues had the opportunity to come and go and share stories. It was a more informal event, with people stopping by to chat. One colleague took the opportunity to ask me about where I developed my sense of style, and that she would miss getting to see what I was wearing every day. So sweet!

This is also the final work outfit I will showcase for this academic year. That means three months of casual outfits coming up!

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

I paired the dress this time with a teal tank top (you can barely see it in these pics, but it’s there), topaz drop earrings, and metallic sandals. The retro-inspired¬†details on the dress include the cut-outs and fabric knots on the sleeves, as seen in the closeup above.

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

It’s also a dress made for twirling! (Although this was an accidental shot, from when a gust of wind had its fun with my cotton dress.)

And if you’re wondering what this backdrop is below, it’s the pod we loaded most of our furniture and boxes in, to clear out the house in preparation for selling it. Why not use it for a photo opportunity? ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Keeping it simple with a retro-inspired print dress

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Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

I continue to have the best luck in finding awesomely patterned outerwear at my favorite local resale boutique, Here We Go Again! I had spotted this teal houndstooth tweed coat on the HWGA site and popped by the nearest location to see if it was still there. Success! I tried it on and did a happy sigh. I don’t need another coat — see here for my “12 coats for Christmastime” retrospective post — but I just couldn’t resist. (Also, I got a $100 HWGA gift certificate for Christmas — thanks, Mom!)

Here I am, trying on the coat at the shop:

Librarian for Life + Style | Trying on my new coat at Here We Go Again resale boutique

Although this coat is modern — it also still had the tag! —¬†it has an awesome vintage feel, with its faux fur collar, fun patterned lining, and oversize buttons. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Also, HELLO to cool details like the patterned lining.

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifted coat tag and lining

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style| Closeup of my new hairstyle and thrifted coat

I love the faux fur collar, as it means I don’t have to wear a scarf! It has its own built-in scarf. ūüėÄ

The saleslady also mentioned that my hairstyle went well with the coat, hah! This is my newly trimmed hair, with slightly thicker and shorter bangs, and a darker demi-permanent rinse. My hairstylist curled the bangs slightly, which I thought gave my ’20s-style bob a little bit of a ’50s flair!

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

I didn’t plan on taking pics immediately — my outfit is obviously very casual, with my sneakers-and-jeans combo — but I couldn’t resist. I loved this coat so much that I wore it out of the store! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

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