Final summer stripes

For our final weekend of the summer before going back to work, Sam and I spent an afternoon in north Portland, primarily around the St. John’s neighborhood. Our favorite, and most picturesque, bridge in Portland is the St. John’s Bridge, which was on full view during our lunch at the local farmer’s market.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  A view of St. John's Bridge

Capturing a photo near St. John’s Bridge, however, proved more problematic due to all the construction and the midday sun. So we took a couple of pics below the bridge, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

Details:  Striped top (similar, similar):  Fashion-swapped last fall  /  Khaki cargo shorts (very similar):  Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter  /  Denim jacket (similar):  Kohl’s, old  /  Gold-and-cream sandals (similar):  Target, old  /  Yellow colorblocked tote bag (striped alternative):  Gift from my mom, spring 2012  /  Gold-and-crystal earrings (similar):  Local boutique, last fall

I tried out this striped top — readers might recognize it from this sewing project post, in which I altered the hemline to be more like a tunic — which you can see better in the pics below.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

While I love the colors and stripes in the top, I have to admit that I just don’t feel comfortable in it. The elastic waist is a bit too high on me, I feel, and the altered hemline still looks a bit odd. It looks less intentional and more like I just split the side seams. NOT exactly the look I’m going for. So, alas, back it goes to the donate/swap pile.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

And lastly, we ended our afternoon at the Island Cafe on Hayden Island, a floating cafe on the Columbia River. The last time we were here, as seen in this post, I wore a similar outfit of a looser-fitting tunic and khaki short (and no, my khaki shorts didn’t magically lose a few inches — about a year ago, I replaced the khaki shorts in my closet).

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Final summer stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | On the dock

Hope y’all have a great last weekend before summer officially comes to a close. Next week I start back to work for the fall term!

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Tulips + eyelets

Another outfit that I had NOT been planning to photograph (also see here), but that’s what great about having a cell phone with a good camera.

On a recent lunch outing in the Alberta district with my husband Sam and my friend Stephanie — check out her awesome guest post here! — I spied these weird sculpture-like shapes in the front of a local business. They look like tulips, and they turned out to be seats — very clever! And thus a photo opportunity was born. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Tulips + eyelets

Details:  Eyelet button-up (exact):  Kohl’s, recent birthday gift  /  Navy ankle pants (very similar):  Macy’s, gift-carded last summer  /  Red striped canvas flats (similar):  Target, spring 2013  /  Red + navy floral headband (similar):  Self-made from fabric leftover from eShakti dress, last summer  /  Red patterned tote bag (exact):  Out of Print, recent birthday gift

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Tulips + eyelets

In the end, it’s good we captured this outfit, because it features my new eyelet lace button-up top, part of the recent birthday haul from my mom. Eyelet is definitely a texture/pattern appropriate for spring and summer, so I’m glad I got in this shirt before the season technically ends!

Also, pattern-mixing! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Tulips + eyelets

Can’t get enough of red, white, and blue outfits? Check out my post here on how to wear red, white, and blue for all seasons!

Link ups:  Look What I Got /  What I Wore to Work  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  Spotlight Weekly

Camel tee casual

This week is all about the late summer casual looks. I don’t often feature these off-white cotton cargo trousers on the blog — I can’t even remember if they’ve shown up before, but here is a post featuring the black version of these casual trousers — but I’ve had them a long time, and they’re perfect for a day puttering around the house.

So for yet another day cleaning and doing laundry and whatnot, I paired these cotton pants with my new navy-striped camel tee. It has been a little chillier these days, so for a walk around the neighborhood (just to get out of the house), I threw on my darker denim jacket.

I am still refusing to officially acknowledge fall, but I am counting my denim jacket as my fall favorite in order to participate in Bri’s “Third Thursday Threads” style challenge. :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual
Details:  Camel tee (exact):  Kohl’s, new birthday gift from my mom  /  Off-white cotton trousers (very similar, cropped alternative):  Walmart, old  /  Denim jacket (similar):  Old Navy, gift-carded two falls ago  /  Gold-and-cream sandals (similar):  Target, old  /  Smoky drop earrings (similar):  Clara Belle via ink + peat, new

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Meet Savannah, a neighborhood cat! She has an adorable round face and has slowly come out of her shell.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Looking back over these photos, I suspect the main reason I haven’t really shown these casual trousers on the blog before is that they are cotton and therefore wrinkle very easily. And I’m too lazy to iron them — or even steam them! Ah well, real life, y’all. You get the good along the wrinkled around these parts. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

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SIA: The Star

It’s Jess’s turn to choose the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! She chose a lovely painting, The Star, by Edgar Degas. So much depth of color and texture in this painting!

The Star - Edgar Degas - 1881

So what’s SIA all about? It’s a fun style challenge inspired by artwork. Every other week, another inspiration piece is chosen by either me, Jess @ Animated Cardigan, or Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey (we rotate); this week is Jess’s turn to curate. Anyone, even non-bloggers, are welcome to participate — all you have to do is send in a pic of an outfit inspired by that week’s SIA choice. The deadline to participate in this week’s SIA style challenge is next Monday, Sept. 22, and send in your pics to Jess @ Animated Cardigan (animatedcardigan@gmail.com).

Late summer dressing

I know there are so many “transition into fall” posts going up these days, but NOT YET on my blog. I am still clinging to summer. I have such a hard time transitioning from summer to fall, both emotionally and sartorially. Every other season, I’m almost eager to transition:  fall to winter is easy because I look forward to Christmas and the holidays; winter to spring is easy because of all the gorgeous cherry blossom trees and things flowering; and spring to summer is easy because of the sun coming out. And I actually LOVE fall, which might be my favorite season of them all. But those last couple of weeks transitioning from summer to fall are SO HARD, y’all. I think it’s all wrapped up in going back to work — I’m a college librarian — and the fall term starting.

Anyways, onto late summer dressing, as most of this week’s posts will feature outfits appropriate for late summer. This week also marks my going back to work for inservice, so I will start showcasing work-appropriate looks next week!

In last month’s shopping round-up post, I mentioned choosing this navy floral maxidress from Pink Blush, after winning a giveaway on the Hayes Days blog. When the dress arrived in the mail last week, I immediately tried it on — and then wore it the rest of the day! It’s so comfy!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

This dress makes me feel pretty, so I paired the dress with dangly earrings I got on our Thailand trip. Just ’cause. I didn’t go anywhere special that day — I just wanted to feel girly and pretty, even if just around the house. And this super-simple, comfy outfit feels PERFECT for a late-summer look.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

Details:  Navy floral maxidress (similar, similar):  c/o Pink Blush giveaway, new  /  Cream-and-gold sandals (similar from Target):  Target, summer 2012  /  Dangly earrings (similar, similar):  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, 2010

I also love that this simple tank maxidress has a slit on one side — makes it easy to walk in!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

Sam put my camera phone on the sports setting, and I quite enjoyed these photos that have a mix of in-focus and blurry aspects.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Navy floral maxidress

This might be the last summer for these cream-and-gold sandals, so here’s a quick round-up of how these neutral sandals have brightened up these past three summers.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing cream-and-gold sandals

2012  /  2013  /  2014

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