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Literary Stylings: Ramona forever

It’s time again for the monthly Literary Stylings challenge at Gracey’s “Fashion for Giants” blog, in which you wear something inspired by a book you’re reading (or have read). This month, I went quite personal with my book of choice. I loooooooooved reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books when I was young — I was so like Ramona that I really thought Beverly Cleary was writing about ME, y’all!

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

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And how perfect is that I ended up living near Klickitat Street?! I checked out the book Ramona Forever from my local public library branch and set about putting together a “modern Ramona” look. For me, that started with a cute animal t-shirt, and then I went for a bold color palette, pairing the purple cat t-shirt with my red ankle pants. (This has also basically been my summer uniform:  ankle pants + a cute top, as seen here, here and here.)

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

There’s also a creatively painted bench right by this corner of Klickitat Street, which I thought was perfect for this Ramona-themed post.

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

I picked up these comfy tan flats earlier this year — the brand is Grasshoppers, which my inner Ramona also likes! :) — and I realized that I hadn’t yet highlighted their fun yet subtle dotted pattern.

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

Details:  Cat t-shirt:  ModCloth, old  /  Red ankle pants:  Macy’s, gift-carded winter 2013  /  Tan canvas flats:  Grasshopper via DSW, gift-carded this summer  /  Gold hoops:  Birthday gift from in-laws, old

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

Librarian for LIfe + Style  |  Literary Stylings:  Ramona forever

Hope y’all enjoyed my modern Ramona! And now I have some more reading to do… ;)

You can also see another Beverly Cleary-themed style post here, and more info — including an interactive map of Ramona Quimby’s neighborhood! — here on this website.

Link ups:  Literary Stylings  /  What I Wore Wednesdays  /  I Feel Pretty

Feline style follow-through

Thank you for your kind words and support relating to yesterday’s post. It was a hard one for me to write, yet it felt necessary for me to do so.

And now for the post that was originally slated for yesterday…


Recently, I wore my cat t-shirt with a pencil skirt and mused about variations:

I could also envision several variations on this outfit for both work and casual occasions. You could easily switch out the skirt for capris or jeans for a casual outfit, or add wide-leg trousers and a cardigan for another work look.

So that’s what I did! I took my own advice and mixed this feline tee and striped canvas flats with wide-leg trousers and a cardigan:

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

I asked Sam to use the sports setting while taking these photos, as I wanted to get shots of these trousers in motion. I love the wide-leg, cuffed flare of these trousers, which are really comfortable to wear. I really liked the look of pairing them with these striped canvas flats, which seem to add an air of relaxed chic to this work-appropriate combination.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

Details:  Cat t-shirt:  Jason Wu for Target, winter 2012  /  Grey trousers:  Gap, old  /  Striped canvas flats:  Target, last spring  /  Black cardigan:  August Silk via Fred Meyer, this spring  /  Red skinny belt:  Target, gift-carded last winter  /  Grey pearl silver hoops:  Abu Dhabi, gift from Sam, old

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Feline style follow-through

And yes, there is still time to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month. Just click here to submit your vote.

Link ups:  Three-fer Thursdays  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday

Casual Friday cat

I definitely went for the casual side of things on this “casual Friday,” which was a half-day of work for me. I wanted to be comfortable, hence the t-shirt and striped canvas flats. To make the outfit more professional, I added my new black pencil skirt. I really like how the high waist of this stretchy skirt looks with the t-shirt.

I added the fedora as a last-minute addition to the outfit, and I LOVED how it paired with the stripes and the cat on the t-shirt. Pattern-mixing!!! (This hat is actually my husband’s, and he joked that I was stealing his hat. All for a good (style) cause, of course. ;) )

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

My colleague Stephanie also wore a fedora earlier in the week, so I felt I was channeling her with the hat. Another friend and colleague, Kerry, said I looked “canal-ready.” I can totally see zipping around the Amsterdam canals in this outfit. ;)

I could also envision several variations on this outfit for both work and casual occasions. You could easily switch out the skirt for capris or jeans for a casual outfit, or add wide-leg trousers and a cardigan for another work look.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

Details:  Cat t-shirt:  Jason Wu for Target, spring 2012  /  Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, winter  /  Striped canvas flats:  Target, last spring  /  Fedora:  Kohl’s, last summer

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

I wore my red jacket over everything for a light outer layer. My chiropractor remarked in wonder how color-coordinated I was. I responded, “I did grow up in the South,” which drew a laugh!

And here’s a final tip of the hat to the weekend!

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual Friday cat

Link ups:  Passion for Fashion  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Fab Favorites Friday  /  Sunday Style  /  Spotlight Weekly

Casual foundation

Throughout most of the year, I tend to highlight work outfits. (My work contract is for 9 months, which is pretty standard for academic librarians. So that’s why you see mostly work outfits during the main academic year, and then a majority of casual outfits in the summer months.)

My casual outfits also tend to be quite similar, so I wanted to showcase a typical casual look today:

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Last weekend, I wore this around the house (laundry, bills, cleaning, etc.) as well as for popping out to Fred Meyer for groceries. (And for maxidress shopping — which you can see on my Facebook page.) It’s a standard foundation of t-shirt + cargo trousers + denim jacket. In the winter months, I exchange the denim jacket for a hoodie or sweater, and wear socks instead of sandals.

(By the way, I like to wear cargo trousers on a chore-and-cleaning day because I can stuff little things that I pick up around the house, like bobby pins and coins, into the pockets as I move from one area to the next.)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Details:  Olive ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, gift-carded this winter  /  Blue t-shirt:  The Home T, gift from my mom  /  Denim jacket: Old Navy, gift-carded fall 2012  /  Pewter t-strap sandals:  Target, last spring  /  Polka-dotted bag:  Fossil via Macy’s, this spring

This polka-dotted bag, bought recently for our Vancouver trip, easily converts from a crossbody to a shoulder bag! I also love how the mint green strap matches my mint green toenail polish. ;)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Mint green toes + olive ankle pants

And was I worried that the mint green + olive tones clashed? Nope! That’s because I consider olive green a neutral.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Casual foundation

Link ups:  Style Sessions  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  Spotlight Weekly

Dressing up a t-shirt

Earlier this week, I introduced my librarian t-shirt, and that’s how I’m ending the week. Only this time, I dressed up the t-shirt for a night out with my husband. (Is it obvious that I love this t-shirt? It’s soooooo perfect for a librarian!)

So here is my go-to formula for dressing up a tee for a night out:  Take 1 t-shirt and add 1 blazer + 1 dark pair of jeans + snazzy accessories. In this case, the snazzy accessories included an awesome pair of pattern-mixing heels, a sparkly necklace, and a textured clutch.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

By the way, it was too dark to take photos on date night, so we took photos the next morning.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Details:  Librarian t-shirt:  Unshelved, new, gift from husband  /  Dark jeans:  Old Navy, gift-carded this winter  /  Black blazer:  The Limited, old  /  Black statement necklace:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway  /  Clutch:  Javo Edge, c/o giveaway  /  Yellow-and-black patterned heels:  DSW, this summer

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

And to be thorough, here’s a side-by-side look at how versatile a t-shirt can be for work as well as for play. (And yes, I did wear this t-shirt on two different days, even though the backdrop is the same. ;) )

Librarian for LIfe & Style  |  Dressing up a t-shirt

Hope y’all have a fabulous Friday!

Link ups:  Passion for Fashion  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Fab Favorites Friday  /  What I’m Loving Fridays  /  Sunday Style