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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

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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!

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Librarian t-shirt

I mentioned last week that my husband had been away at a conference. He came back with a surprise gift for me:  a t-shirt from Unshelved that is perfect for a librarian.

Check it out (tee hee):

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Librarian t-shirt

OF COURSE I had to wear it the next day, and I felt very librarian-y indeed in my t-shirt, cardigan, and pencil skirt.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Librarian t-shirt

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Librarian t-shirt

Details:  Librarian t-shirt:  Unshelved, new, gift from husband  /  Black cardigan:  Target, two summers ago  /  Grey chambray pencil skirt:  LOFT, fall 2012  /  Grey tights:  American Apparel, winter 2012  /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, last winter  /  Bronze hoop earrings:  Kohl’s, old  /  Bronze heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted this fall

The heels were a last-minute addition — I thought of wearing my black patent leather heels last seen here) or my black flats (seen yesterday), but I’m so glad I went with the Oxford heels. I think they really complete the look. And I also mixed my metallics in my accessories:  bronze (heels + hoops), silver (earring studs), and gold (buckle on the grey skinny belt).

Librarian for LIfe & Style  |  Librarian t-shirt

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Navy + grey, y’all

It’s “Inspiration Monday” time again, y’all! This time, the two birds served up Taylor Momsen’s winter layers of navy, black, and grey. My interpretation is definitely on the looser side of the scale, as I focused mainly on layering the navy and grey neutrals. And because of the recent rains, I started with my navy blue rain boots.

I wore this outfit for a more casual day at the library last week, and then rewore it for a gallery reception of the Wildwood books and artwork this past weekend at the Multnomah County Central Library. (Have you read the Wildwood Chronicles? Highly recommended!)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Yes, I’m wearing a t-shirt my mom gifted to me this past summer, the one that reads, “My y’all is authentic.” :D

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Details:  Navy polka-dotted skirt:  Lands’ End, gift-carded last spring  /  Grey t-shirt:  The Home T, gift from my mom this summer  /  Grey cardigan:  August Silk via Nordstrom Rack, winter 2012  /  Grey fleece-lined leggings (worn as tights):  Fred Meyer, this fall  /  Navy rain boots:  Hunter, this winter  /  Black rain coat:  London Fog, gift-carded last month  /  Red lipstick:  Wet n Wild Mega Last liquid lip color in ‘Cherry on Top,’ new

By the way, I am LOVING the rain because (a) we really need it and (b) with the moisture in the air, my hair is cooperating again with me! My hairstyle of natural waves comes from being in a messy bun all morning. :)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

And here’s me ready to walk in the rain in my new London Fog raincoat. I love the feeling of the slightly blurry shots below that Sam captured.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Navy + grey, y'all

Here are also a few snapshots that Sam captured while at the “Inside Wildwood” exhibit:

Librarian for Life & Style  |  'Wildwood' exhibit

Finally, for “Mix It Monday,” here’s a look at other ways I’ve worn this navy polka-dotted circle skirt. I definitely like to pair it with stripes or gingham! :)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Remixing a polka-dotted skirt

Clockwise from top left:  1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6

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Teeing up for the home team

Thanks to everyone who voted last week for their favorite outfit of mine in August. The winning ensemble, with over half of the votes, turned out to be… the coral pleated skirt + black graphic print tank! This was the outfit I wore to meet fellow Portland blogger Gracey. :)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Favorite outfit for August 2013

I was so excited when I received a surprise package last week, courtesy of my sweetie-pie mom. (Seriously, she’s the cutest. Check out her style here, here and here.) She ordered shirts for both me and my husband from The Home T company. I had first seen these t-shirts here on Plane Pretty, and here on GBO Fashion as well, and had posted hints about them on Facebook — but I never told my mom. But it’s like she KNEW. Here’s how she describes finding out about these t-shirts:

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

And I could not resist trying the tees on right then and there, and my husband was game enough to been seen IN PUBLIC with us wearing identical shirts. And taking a pic of us wearing identical shirts. And allowing me to post the evidence of us wearing identical shirts. True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

And here’s a full-length shot of me with the “Oregon” home t-shirt. And yes, I did just slip the shirt over the maxidress I was wearing that day, as seen in this post. And that’s the same no-slip headband I was wearing — I did, indeed, wear the headband all day — and it stayed put even after I put my hair back in a ponytail.

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

And here’s me wearing the “My y’all is authentic” t-shirt that my mom couldn’t resist adding to the surprise. Both my mom and I have a bug-a-boo about punctuating the word “y’all” correctly. It stands for “you all,” y’all! ;)

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

Again, I just switched out the t-shirts, but this time, tied the shirt in the back. I am kind of digging how well the grey tone of this t-shirt matches this maxidress, and the resulting monochromatic look. Comfy, casual, cute. A winner in my book!

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

Sam wore his Home tee all the next day, as well, and remarked on how soft the material is. Two thumbs up from our household!

Librarian for Life & Style  |  Teeing up for the home team

And this just might be one of the last casual outfits I post for awhile, as I start back to work for the fall term. In-service is this week, and the term officially begins next week — so lots more work outfits to come! :)

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