Stripes + florals + bicycles

Mixing stripes + florals + bicycles… as you do. Or rather, I do. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

As you can see, I had a bit of fun mixing patterns today! The patterns work together, I think, because of the common color combination of red and blue. (I love me some red, white, and blue!) Plus, the bicycle print is smaller in scale, bridging the bolder patterns of the striped flats and the oversized floral pattern of the belt and headband.

The most common questions I had today were:

  • Are those… bicycles? [Yep. So very Portland.]
  • Does your headband match… your belt? [Yep. I made both from leftover fabric from when I hemmed this this dress.]

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

And the short hair experimentation continues! You can also see how this self-made headband looked when I had longer hair here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Details:  Bicycle print dress:  c/o eShakti, this spring {super cute bicycle print dress from ModCloth}  /  Navy cardigan:  LOFT Outlet, this spring {very similar} /  Striped canvas flats:  Target, two springs ago {similar} {similar}  /  Headband + belt:  Self-made from leftover fabric, last year {cute floral fabric belt} {fabric headband options} /  Lapis lazuli stud earrings:  Gift from my mom, old {similar}  /  Sunglasses:  My mom’s and updated to my prescription, vintage

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Gotta admit, I felt so cute today that I had Sam put on the sports setting on our larger camera. Jumping for joy in my stripes + florals + bicycle prints! ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Stripes + florals + bicycles

Link ups:  What I Wore to Work  /  Spotlight Weekly  /  Passion for Fashion  /  Fashion Friday  /  Favorite Fashion Friday

Feeling pretty in purple

I have really been into the purple and berry tones this fall! (I can feel my mom smiling in approval at this statement. Her favorite color is purple. Love you, Mom!) For a more casual day at the library — all class prep and meetings — I paired my new floral popover blouse with my olive ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Feeling pretty in purple

Details:  Floral popover blouse:  Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom this summer {still in stock online!}  /  Olive ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, gift-carded last winter {similar} /  Purple suede shoes:  Franco Sarto, old {similar slingback style} {pump style with bow} /  Pink skinny belt:  Kohl’s, gift-carded spring 2012 {similar}  /  Purple flower beaded earrings:  Handmade by friend in Wisconsin, old {pretty flower studs} /  Flower charm necklace:  Gift from my husband, new {pretty option} {more punk option}

The rains have since come to Portland, but I wore my beloved purple suede shoes on what I knew would be one of the last days of our Indian summer. And OF COURSE I could not deny y’all a closeup of the purple suede hotness. You’re welcome. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Feeling pretty in purple

The overall color scheme and look of this outfit is quite strong, but I especially liked the little details. My friend Stephanie said that, in her opinion, the pink belt made the outfit. :)  I liked that the faux-crocodile pattern on the belt echoed the crocodile trim on the shoes. (Yes, that was on purpose.) I’m also wearing a sweet flower charm necklace my husband recently gave me (I wore it for luck), as well as flower beaded earrings a friend made me years ago. I really love wearing jewelry that has a personal connection to family and friends. It’s like carrying little private memories and moments of joy around with you all day. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Feeling pretty in purple

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Feeling pretty in purple

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Feeling pretty in purple

Link ups:  I Feel Pretty  /  What I Wore Wednesdays  /  Look What I Got

SIA: Five women

It’s my favorite time of the week — a Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! Once more, here’s my choice this week, the painting “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

First up is my real-life friend and fellow librarian Stephanie. I knew this painting with its earth tones and textures would be right up her alley. And she did not disappoint! She paired a gorgeous cinnamon-colored, velvety jacket with interesting jewelry (her necklace is made of recycled skateboards!).

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two women challenge

Next is SIA veteran Erin from Loop Looks, who mixed black and brown tones for a very cool look. LOVE the animal print, as well as the overall relaxed vibe. Erin’s also ticking off all the boxes of my faves with this outfit:  comfy, classic, and that long ‘n’ lean look. :)

Erin @ Loop Looks

I love that Izzy from Adventures in Hel TOTALLY committed to this week’s SIA inspiration, both with the pose and the “capital-V Vintage” top. I also cannot stop marveling at how the colors of her hair (do I detect a newly auburn undertone?), clothes, and background totally set off her skin to perfection. Absolutely gorgeous. Be sure to check out her full post for the inside scoop on her photo shoot!

Izzy @ Adventures in Hel

Next is SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey, who was able to draw inspiration and pieces from her capsule wardrobe! She went with a pop of color with the skinny belt, and highlighted the neutrals that are the foundation of the inspiration painting. Be sure to check by her full blog post for how she imitated each woman’s facial expression!

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey

Finally, here’s my interpretation. You can see close-ups of my coral earrings and chunky wood bracelet here in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Two for one

A little bit of somethin’ for everyone in this round-up — casual and work looks mixed with vintage pieces and lots of texture. Nice job, ladies!

If you’re an SIA fan — or are wanting to jump in and participate! — the next SIA challenge will be curated by Jess @ Animated Cardigan next Monday.

SIA: Two for one

My Style Imitating Art (SIA) choice this time is the beguiling “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

If you would like to participate in SIA — there’s still time! — then all you have to do is send a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to me (librarianforlifestyle[@]gmail.com) by tonight, Monday, Oct. 20, by 10 pm PST. I will then post the round-up tomorrow morning.

Inspiration:

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Interpretation:

I loved the autumnal color palette of the painting, so I layered my trusty brown cardigan over my mom’s vintage sheath dress and brown leggings. I added to the earth tones with my cognac riding boots. The pop of color came from my new coral earrings from Our World Boutique, courtesy of a giveaway prize. I also mixed in some texture with my chunky, bronze-and-wood bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Details:  White sheath dress:  My mom’s, vintage  {similar option on sale} {another similar option on sale} /  Brown cardigan:  Gap, old {similar} /  Brown leggings, worn as tights:  Spanx for Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter {similar} /  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, last fall {almost exact from same brand}  /  Coral earrings:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway {cool option} {another pretty pair} /  Tan overcoat:  Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi, 2009 {similar}  /  Bronze-and-wood bracelet:  Christmas market in Vienna, 2009 {chunky wood bracelet} {wood-and-mother-of-pearl bracelet} /  Brown felt cloche:  LOFT, old {very similar cloche}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

Still having fun mixing things up on the short hair front… that morning, I wet the bangs and blow-dried them flat, and then secured them to the side with a couple of bobby pins. I like the softer, rounder result — definitely a nice frame for the coral earrings!

As it was an off-and-on rainy kind of day, I wore my tan overcoat and my brown cloche. More earth tones and textures! :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Two for one

For more posts featuring this awesome felt cloche hat — but with my longer hair — click here and here.

Link ups:  Monday Bloom  /  Monday Mingle  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Mix It Mondays  /  Style to Inspire  /  #HowIFall  /  Thrifters Anonymous  /  Fashionably Employed  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  Confident Twosday  /  Trend Spin

Handsome Friday

The last time I featured my husband’s style, Kezzie asked for more male fashion shoots. You’re welcome. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Details:  Corduroy blazer:  Chaps, new {exact}  /  Navy button-down:  Target {exact}  /  Grey trousers:  Old Navy, newly gift-carded {same style, different colors}  /  Black slip-on shoes:  Payless {similar}  /  Charcoal-and-navy fedora:  Goorin Bros. via Imelda + Louie’s, this summer {same brand, similar style}

Sam wore this for a teaching day. I love my husband’s style! A little bit preppy and put-together — and always with a cool hat. I like a man comfortable and confident with himself to put in a bit of effort on the style front.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Handsome Friday

Happy Friday! And there’s still time to participate in the SIA challenge — read all about that here!