Happy maxidressing

Last Friday, I used flex hours to take the day off (chiropractic visit, errands, etc.). Like I’ve been saying, the weather has been beyond gorgeous — sunny and breezy, the perfect combination — and I felt it was time to go maxidressing again.

This time around, I paired this berry-colored maxidress with my darker denim jacket and gold-bar strappy sandals. At the last minute, I added an orange, polka-dotted ribbon belt and — pattern-mixing alert! — a striped tote bag. This outfit felt very happy and cheerful to me! (And yes, I am now replaying Pharrell’s song “Happy” in my head — I LOVE that song, y’all!)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

We took photos outside these brightly flowered bushes down the street. So colorful!

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

Details:  Maxidress:  Old Navy, gift-carded last summer  /  Denim jacket:  Old Navy, gift-carded fall 2012  /  Polka-dotted ribbon belt:  Thrifted, spring 2012  /  Striped tote bag:  Gift from my mom, last summer  /  Gold-bar t-strap sandals:  Target, two summers ago

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

And this final photo cracks me UP, y’all. Sam caught me about to jump, so the scroll-down looks very funny to me. The momentum has made its way through my hair and my belt — which looks like it’s making a “J” shape, hah! — but hasn’t reached my feet yet.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Happy maxidressing

Happy Friday! And here is a Portland version of Pharrell’s “Happy” song. ;)

Link ups:  Passion for Fashion  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Fab Favorites Friday

Retro inspirations + family connections

Today’s post is a different take on the “Throwback Thursday” trend. For this look, I felt I was channeling my Grandma Frances. After recently rediscovering a series of vintage photos my mom sent to me, I have been inspired by these glimpses into my grandmother’s style.

Most of the photos are from the early 1940s — including the photo shown below — so I went for a slightly ’40s vibe with the red lips, softly curled hair, and of course, the shoes. (I was waiting for a sunny, zero-percent-chance-of-rain kind of day to break out my new Fluevog heels for work.)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Retro inspirations + family connections

My husband’s reaction to this side-by-side comparison? “Whoa!” I especially like how similar our stances are. Genetics? ;) And I love the sense of joy in my grandmother’s smile. I’m a smiley picture-taker myself, so I like that I have that in common with my grandma, too.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Retro inspirations + family connections

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Retro inspirations + family connections

Details:  Polka-dotted dress:  JCPenney, 2009  /  Black-and-tan heels:  Fluevogs, new  /  Teal green cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, last winter  /  Pearl earring studs:  Abu Dhabi, parting gift from work colleagues, 2011

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Retro inspirations + family connections

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Retro inspirations + family connections

At work, my new shoes got lots of oohs and aahs from colleagues. One colleague suggested my husband take me out for drinks after work, just because she thought I looked so cute. And, of course, my Fluevogs like to be admired. ;) So my husband and I did go to one of our favorite local spots, The Secret Society, for happy hour cocktails.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  At the Secret Society lounge

Enjoying a cocktail at the Secret Society lounge / Taking a selfie in the swanky ladies’ restroom, complete with chandelier and red velvet couches / Sam relaxed and oh-so-smooth in a corner booth

I’m thinking of doing a series of posts inspired by vintage photos of my Grandma Frances — what do y’all think?

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

Floral + chambray

Last week brought gorgeous spring weather to Portland — a full week of sunshine and highs in the 60s and 70s. This season is a temperamental one up here in the Pacific Northwest, as we can be wearing rain boots and tights through June. So while the sun was out, I went bare-legged (and braved the cooler temps in the morning) because I am READY for spring, y’all.

And what could be more spring-like than this gorgeous, floral eShakti skirt? I first got this scalloped pencil skirt last spring and tailored it last summer by taking off the bottom tier.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

I went for a more casual vibe this time around by tying a dark chambray shirt over a long-sleeved white t-shirt and anchoring the look with my grey flats. And it was a happy accident that my chrome metallic nails matched the grey tones in the outfit. :)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

Details:  Floral pencil skirt:  eShakti, last spring  /  Chambray shirt:  Old Navy, gift-carded fall 2012  /  Grey flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, fall 2011  /  Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from husband years ago  /  Vintage sunglasses:  My mom’s, updated with my prescription last spring

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

After getting home from work, my husband and I went for a walk around the neighborhood, enjoying the sunshine. Along the way, we couldn’t resist getting in a few snaps with different flowers blooming in the neighborhood.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Floral + chambray

Link ups:  Trend Spin Linkup  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /   What I Wore Wednesday  /  I Feel Pretty  /  Sunday Style

Giveaway winner + colorblock remix

Thanks to everyone for the second-year blog anniversary wishes, and to all who participated in the $50 gift card giveaway!!! There were over 100 entries from over 40 participants. (Wow!) The lucky winner is revealed at the end of this post, FYI.

When I put together today’s outfit, I thought, “Haven’t I worn this before?” Turns out I haven’t, but I’ve remixed similar combinations, as seen here and here. Pairing this colorblocked cardigan with navy makes sense, but this is the first time I’ve paired it with my navy polka-dotted skirt. Wearing the cardigan all buttoned up makes for a simpler silhouette, one that colleagues said looked kind of ’50s retro. It’s a very simple outfit — cardigan + skirt + flats — but the colors and patterns together feel fresh to me.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Colorblock remix + giveaway winner

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Colorblock remix + giveaway winner

Details:  Colorblocked cardigan:  Target, spring 2012  /  Navy polka-dotted skirt:  Lands’ End, gift-carded last spring  /  Crystal gold hoops:  Local resale boutique, fall  /  Flats:  Payless, last spring

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Colorblock remix + giveaway winner

For my hair, I kept it simple with a little side braid. This one involves a little twist, as seen here in this hair tutorial from Twist Me Pretty.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Colorblock remix + giveaway winner

Now onto the giveaway! There were 102 comments — and therefore, entries — on the giveaway post, so I plugged that number into a random number generator (I use the one freely available online at Random.org). I then took a screenshot of the winning number/entry:

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Giveaway winner

And without further ado, the winner of the $50 gift card giveaway is …

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Giveaway winner

Congratulations, Amber! (I also find it hiLARious that your entry stating that you’re “in it to win it” did actually end up being the one chosen at random. Too funny!) Amber, I will be in touch soon via email.

Thank you again to everyone who participated! Your comments have truly touched me, and I feel very lucky to have such dedicated readers. You inspire me, and thank you for letting me know that I, even just a little bit, help inspire you.

Link ups:  Style Sessions  /  Wardrobe Wednesday

Giveaway reminder + SIA challenge

It’s time again for a Style Imitating Art challenge, but first I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has commented and entered the giveaway to celebrate my two-year blog anniversary. Your comments have truly made my week (a few even brought happy tears to my eyes!), and I am humbled and inspired by what you have shared. Thank you!

And there’s still time to enter to win a $50 gift card of your choice. All the details are here in this post, and the deadline is midnight tonight (Monday, April 14). The winner will be selected via a random number generator, and I will post the giveaway winner tomorrow (Tuesday, April 15).

And now onto SIA! It’s Salazar’s time to curate an SIA inspiration piece, and she chose a seasonally appropriate painting called “Spring Rain” by Russian-born French artist Erté.

Spring Rain by Erte

It is very Art Deco, and very, very lovely. Lots of ways you could go with this one, including pattern-mixing florals, polka dots, and/or stripes (love how the rain drops are all horizontal lines). At first glance, it’s all purples and greens, but there are shades of orange, black, grey, and white in there, too. Quite an intriguing choice!

So how do you participate in SIA? It’s super-easy, and you don’t have to be a blogger to participate. Simply take a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice, and email Salazar (14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com) by next Monday, April 21. Then check back either late Monday or early Tuesday for the SIA round-up on Salazar’s blog, 14 Shades of Grey.