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Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine’s Day 2017

This is what I wore last week on Valentine’s Day. It was a work day, of course, a day that included a presentation at a department meeting. So I wanted to be both professional and comfortable — and acknowledge the holiday without looking cheesy.

Therefore, I paired my “Follow Your Heart” sweater — featured in my heart sweater round-up on Valentine’s Day last week! — with the wide-legged burgundy tweed trousers I bought in the fall.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you), then you know I love color-coordinating. So OF COURSE I rounded out my outfit with my burgundy ankle booties. ♥ My wood beaded earrings also tie into the brown tones of my trousers. Aaaaaaaand my wine-colored lipstick matches my sweater. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of burgundy ankle boots + brown trousers

It’s a low-key outfit, but I really enjoyed wearing it. Totally fits my style outlook of classic (tweed trousers) and comfy (sweater + trousers combo) with a bit of quirk (the novelty print of the sweater).

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown | What I wore for Valentine's Day 2017

Weather:  Dry and chilly

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, this fall
  • Ankle boots:  Naturalizer, this fall
  • Earrings:  Made by my grandmother, vintage
  • Lipstick:  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Shop my outfit:

burgundy heart sweater  //   light brown tweed trousers  //  similar burgundy ankle booties  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + trousers outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Pond in the Woods

SIA inspiration pick:

Now it is time for my sartorial interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen by Erin @ Loop Looks. She chose the 1922 Georgia O’Keeffe painting called “Pond in the Woods” that she was lucky to see in person at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in December. As Erin says, “I like that it’s colorful but not overly bright.” You can see a close-up of the painting, plus others, here in this article. And you can learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary life here.

How to participate in this SIA challenge:

And there’s still time to participate!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit (selfies and flat lays are also just fine) inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight. Erin will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's 1922 'Pond in the Woods' painting

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1922 ‘Pond in the Woods’ painting

My starting point was my sleeveless print blouse, which had four of the colors in the painting (green, blue, black, and white) as well as a swirly brushstroke pattern. My next idea was pairing it with my green patent leather kitten heels, since green is the most dominant color in the painting. I was going to layer my green cardigan over my top, and then that morning, I spied my white cardigan with its colorblock trim of navy and mint. Bingo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

The backdrop is the side of a building on my college campus, and I thought its muted greenish brown color, as well as the bit of lawn in front, helped add more earthy colors to the mix.

And, of course, y’all deserve a closer look at these pretty patent leather kitten heels. They have a rubber sole, so they were a good choice on a drizzly day. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of denim trousers + green patent leather kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit of navy + green + white

Last but not least, a look at my complete outfit with my outerwear. I chose my purple-and-olive houndstooth overcoat so that I could get in the purple color from the painting. And bonus pattern-mixing! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple-and-olive overcoat

Weather:  Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching and multiple meetings

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, old
  • Print top:  Macy’s?, old
  • Denim trousers:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Kitten heels:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted at resale boutique, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print sleeveless top  //  white cardigan with embellished pockets  //  very similar denim trousers  //  olive pointy-toed kitten heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Print blouse + denim trousers + kitten heels outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Score card

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

It was Erin’s turn to curate, and she found an original score card/program from the 1908 World Series, to honor the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908! Plus, the vintage card highlights men’s clothing on the score card. 🙂

And there’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate. Just send a photo — selfies or flat lays also just fine — of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration artwork. Send a photo to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by tonight, and Erin will post the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, tomorrow morning.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball score card SIA challenge

My interpretation’s starting point was my librarian baseball tee, which also happened to have most of the colors in the score card. Win-win! I thought about wearing my red ankle pants, but I decided to go with these darker tan trousers because they had more of a menswear feel to them. I also wore pearl earring studs, to subtly call out the shape of baseballs. (Yes, I really do think of those kinds of details.)

At the last minute, I finished off the outfit with my striped canvas flats, to echo the red-striped socks the dapper man is wearing on the score card.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shoes + trousers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

I wore this casual outfit this past weekend, to go out for breakfast and do some errands and to just get out of the house.

On our way to coffee and breakfast, we stopped at a local park which has a baseball diamond. I thought it would make an appropriate backdrop for photos. I definitely was feeling the more dramatic and moody pictures, and the backdrop lent itself to that.

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

We didn’t bring any baseball equipment with us, but Sam challenged me to throw a pitch, anyway. I obliged, and he captured a couple of fun pics. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers

Weather:  High 50s and dry (for now!)

Where:  Breakfast and errands

What:

  • Tee:  gift?, old
  • Trousers:  Woolworth’s in Abu Dhabi, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, old
  • Pearl studs:  ?, old

similar novelty print baseball tee  //  wide-leg trousers (also available in tan)  //  very similar striped flats  //  similar pearl stud earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Baseball tee + trousers collage

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Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

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

After purchasing my new sailor-style trousers with the stud pocket details, I wore them to work as soon as possible. They’re so comfortable! I kept things simple, pairing the trousers with my glasses-print tee.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

I got so many second glances and “Are those… glasses on that tee?” comments and compliments on today’s work outfit.

And this is an example of when I did decide to tuck in my tee, as I wanted to highlight the stud details on the trouser pockets. (You can also browse my recent post about 6 ways to look professional untucking your tops.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Sailor-style trousers + glasses print tee

Weather:  Typical PNW fall day, with periods of both sunshine and rain

Where:  Work day (no teaching, but several meetings)

What:

  • Trousers:  White House Black Market, new
  • Tee:  JCPenney, old
  • Ankle boots:  Hush Puppies, old
  • Earrings:  c/o Greg Michaels, old

very similar glasses print tee  //  exact sailor-style trousers  //  very similar black ankle boots  //  similar crystal drop earrings

glasses print tee + sailor-style trousers collage

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Shopping for trousers at White House, Black Market

I recently went shopping for wide-legged trousers at White House, Black Market, and I thought I’d share dressing room pics with y’all! WHBM was having a major sale, and I’ve been jonesing the wide-legged or flared silhouette lately.
Librarian for LIfe + Style | Dressing room sign at White House, Black Market

Note:  This post is NOT sponsored by White House, Black Market. I just wanted to share with my readers of my thoughts and experiences recently shopping there.

I have to admit, I had a great shopping experience at WHBM! I was wearing the black sweater + brown tweed trousers outfit you saw last week. There was a really sweet moment when I was walking past the sales counter, and the sales guy complimented me on my beret. As I thanked him and continued past the counter, and he got a first look at my entire outfit, he literally gasped and cried out, “Oh my goodness, you look so CHIC!” I burst out in giggles — this kind of moment is SO RARE — and then we continued to have a fun conversation about the virtues of wide-legged trousers and the miracles of ponte knit.

I tried on several pairs of wide-legged or flared trousers available in the store, including a pair of flared denim trousers, a stretchy red pair with buttons on the side, a stretchy herringbone pair in an interesting burgundy brown color; and flared black trousers with silver stud detailing.

White House Black Market flared trousers collage

I also took a “Tres Chic” striped shirt that was on sale to try on with the trousers (I didn’t end up buying it), but I joked that I had unintentionally ended up looking very French in my stripes and beret! Sam took up a spot on a comfy chair in the dressing room area, and I laughed when I realized he had started sneaking pics of me trying on the different trousers. You can even spot him reflected in the mirrors in some of the pics below!

He didn’t take pics until after I had tried on the denim trousers, so the first set of pics he took was when I tried on the stretchy red trousers. I loved the color and the stretch, but in the end, I didn’t think I needed another pair of red pants. (I have a pair of red ankle pants, seen here, as well as a pair of red jeans, seen here.)

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Dressing room pics at White House, Black Market

I loved the wide-leg trousers seen below, which have a really interesting herringbone pattern when you look close, and the material has a nice stretch to it. The color is also a nice mix of burgundy and brown, so these would be really versatile!

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Dressing room pics at White House, Black Market

And finally, trying on the flared black trousers with the stud details on the pockets. The high waist and stud details along the pockets make these pants look like a modern take on sailor pants, and I have ALWAYS wanted a pair of sailor pants. For realz. And these trousers are in a heavenly-feeling ponte knit. So, yes, these trousers found their way into my shopping bag. 😉

I also love how Sam caught pics of me in the dressing room that feel so true to life. You can tell I’m checking out different angles of how these pants fit!

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Dressing room pics at White House, Black Market

I’ll be back tomorrow with my monthly budget post, so you can get more details about this shopping trip, and more.

Do you like the flared or wide-leg silhouette for trousers? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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