Spreading the blog love: 9 style bloggers I love and why I love them

March is winding down, and I realized I had never done a post to celebrate Women’s History Month! (Maybe it’s because I’ve been too busy celebrating being a woman… all day, all month, all year… ;) )

It’s Spring Break week, and I’ve been able to catch up on style blog reading. And as I was going through my Blog Love list of daily style reads, I thought it would be fun to celebrate some of my favorite bloggers and voice some of the reasons why I love them.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Spreading the blog love: 9 style bloggers I love and why I love them

Without further ado…

Loop Looks

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Loop Looks collage

Any list of my favorite bloggers has to begin with Erin @ Loop Looks. She was one of the very first style blogs I ever started reading — and helped inspire me to start my own blog! We’ve swapped clothing (olive cargo vests), done a “Mutually Inspired” series together, and met up in real life when I was last in Chicago. And I even have my own “Loops Looks Inspiration” Pinterest board!

How do I love Erin’s blog and her style? Let me count the ways… ;) Seriously, I think it comes down to how she’s so relatable. This past year, she’s also been in a style transition due to a job change, and it’s interesting to read about how real life changes affect one’s style.

Respect the Shoes

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Respect the Shoes collage

Lisa @ Respect the Shoes is THE BEST at taking flat pictures of outfits. Her close-up pics are always so clear and vibrant and interestingly placed. Truly inspiring. (Also, she LOVES patterns and bright colors and, yes, shoes. ♥ )

Not Dressed as Lamb

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Not Dressed as Lamb collage

For the most practical blogging advice, Catherine @ Not Dressed as Lamb is the best. And she gives advice in a relatable way that feels inspiring (as opposed to shaming). In fact, this post is partly inspired by her “Bloggers You Should Know” series!

What I Wore

Librarian for Life + Style | What I Wore collage

Jessica @ What I Wore was also one of the first style blogs I ever started reading. She likes to mix up her style and remix items, which is inspiring in and of itself, but again and again, I am inspired by her confident posing and strong sense of self that comes through her photos.

Sarah’s Real Life

Librarian for Life + Style |  Sarah's Real Life collage

For true laugh-out-loud posts, Sarah @ Sarah’s Real Life is my go-to pick-me-up. Sarah is so smart and so witty and so honest. One of my recent faves is her post about her makeup bag.


Librarian for Life + Style  |  Franish collage

I love Fran @ Franish not only for her monthly budgeting bloggers linkup but also for her objectivity in choosing clothes and her practicality about shopping. She is one of the best at explaining WHY she does or doesn’t like something, and she is uncompromising about fit and feeling comfortable.

Also, blast from the past, Fran guest posted on my blog back in summer 2012! (So long ago that it was when her blog was “Franishh” with an extra “h” instead of the current “Franish” moniker.) Check out her “Be my guest:  Franishh” post here!

Merrick’s Art

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Merrick's Art collage

For her creative sewing tips alone, Merrick @ Merrick’s Art deserves to be celebrated. I love how she focuses on taking ready-made pieces and adapting them to make something new or better. Very practical. And she is good at giving clear illustrations and directions for her sewing tips and craft projects, which I very much appreciate. She helped inspire my own “Sewing adventures” posts.

Fashion for Giants

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Fashion for Giants collage

I ♥ Gracey @ Fashion for Giants. For her infectious smile. For her style that is inspiring for us tall(er) ladies. For her love of vintage clothing and thrifting. For being my blogger friend-in-real life. (I miss you. Oregon just isn’t the same without you!)

No wonder I did my very own “I wanna be like Gracey” post last year!


Librarian for Life + Style | Corilynn collage

And last but not least, Cori @ Corilynn, who heads her own independent design shop. She fearlessly mixes patterns and is ALWAYS classy. She expertly demonstrates how dressing like a lady does NOT mean boring. I have pinned soooooooo many of her outfits for inspiration!

Hope you enjoyed this round-up of why and how these 9 bloggers continue to inspire me. These are not the ONLY bloggers who inspire me — there are sooooooo many more stylish women and awesome styles to celebrate on my Blog Love list!

Are any of these blogs are your own personal favorites list? Would you like me to feature more bloggers I love? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Closet adventures (March 2015)

Time for more closet and wardrobe adventures! First, a preview:

What I Got (March 2015)

Buying local

I bought another pair of drop earrings by Clara Beau Jewelry from a local boutique called ink & peat. I already have a topaz pair, as seen here, and I couldn’t resist scooping up the same design in a clear crystal. I’ve already worn these lovelies several times, as they’re so versatile!

Librarian for Life + Style | Crystal drop earrings closeup Librarian for Life + Style | Laura Petrie style inspiration for casual work wear

  • Crystal drop earrings {similar}:  paid $30.40, Clara Beau via ink + peat boutique, (original price $38, used 20% off coupon)

Shoe bonanza

I picked up quite a few pairs of shoes this month! I really need to go back through my closet and see about donating some pairs… But I could not resist this pair of striped canvas wedges on sale at Payless (and from dexflex, my favorite comfort brand at Payless). They’re SO ME, aren’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Payless striped canvas wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | New striped shoes + business casual

A friend of mine was also clearing out her closet after having foot surgery, and we happen to be the same shoe size… so I (kindly) offered a home to some of her shoes. ;) This included a nice pair of new athletic shoes AND this gorgeous pair of pewter wedges with a patent leather toe cap.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pewter wedges

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Closet adventures (March 2015)

Lots of savings represented with these shoes (around $625!), as these shoes are all high quality brands.

Giveaway shopping spree

I was the lucky winer of a $100 credit to Lulu’s. I spent a few days exploring their online shop — a lot of variety but their items sell out FAST — and thoroughly enjoyed my unexpected shopping spree! I also used a 10% discount after signing up for an account, so in the end, I paid less than $2 total for the following four items!

Lulu's shopping

And I’ve already worn three of the items from Lulu’s, all in one “floral mixing” outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Floral mixing

Budget recap:

TOTAL SPENT for this month:  $53.34
TOTAL SAVINGS for this month:  $770+


Note:  I am including the approximate value of fashion-swapped and thrifted items in the savings totals. 

Complimentary items:

I forgot to mention the heart pendant necklace I received from Greg Michaels in February!

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + Valentine's Day jewelry giveaway with Greg Michaels

I was also lucky to work with The Kewl Shop again this past month, and I chose this gorgeous floral maxidress to review. (I had previously received a choice of a bandage dress from The Kewl Shop to review last fall — this long dress really helps show the variety of items available on their site!) I even remixed the maxidress, going casual in this post and getting fancy in this post!

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Remixing a floral maxidress

Looking back, I added quite a few more items to my closet this month than I had originally thought! And a LOT OF floral.

I still need to do some spring cleaning in my closet, so that is definitely on the list for next month. My husband and I went through his wardrobe this past month and set aside a few items  to donate — I’m next on the list!

Linking up with Budgeting Bloggers and these other lovely ladies!

New striped shoes + business casual

Another business casual look with ankle pants + a cardigan (also see here). If it ain’t broke…

Librarian for Life + Style  |  New striped shoes + business casual

The real standout of this simple work look for me is my shoe choice. This is a new pair of shoes — more details in my upcoming closet adventures post later this week — and I ♥ them! They’re so me, aren’t they?

  • Comfortable? Check!
  • Cute pattern? Check!
  • Rounded toe? Check!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  New striped shoes + business casual

Librarian for Life + Style  |  New striped shoes + business casual

I wanted to play off the gold buckles on the shoes, so here’s a close-up of the gold jewelry I chose as accessories:

Librarian for Life + Style | New striped shoes + gold accessories

Sam joked that I was doing a good job holding up the wall. ;)

Details:  Royal blue cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old {exact cardigan in different colors} {cropped cardigan style in royal blue} {long open cardigan style in royal blue} //  Navy ankle pants:  Macy’s, old {very similar}  //  Sleeveless blouse:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old {exact and in different colors and patterns}  //  Striped wedges:  Payless, new {very similar in espadrille wedge style}  //  Gold knot stud earrings:  ?, old {very similar}  //  Gold-and-crystal necklace:  c/o Greg Michaels {exact}

Sam joked that I was doing a good job holding up the wall. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  New striped shoes + business casual

Sam joked that I was doing a good job holding up the wall. ;)

I don’t have much to add except that I felt very me in this simple and comfortable outfit. That’s always a good thing!

Linking up with these lovely ladies!


Lands’ End Spring Wish List

Hey y’all, I got a Lands’ End spring catalog in the mail this past weekend — remember catalogs? they’re so infrequent nowadays that I get excited when I *do* get one in the mail! — and I want ALL THE THINGS. I’ve actually got a couple of Lands’ End gift cards coming my way ($75 worth, via points earned by surveys) plus a 30% off coupon, so this is perfect timing.

Therefore, I need your help! I’ve put together a Lands’ End spring wish list and collage, and I need some help narrowing down my choices. Some of my choices are practical, while others are included solely on “It’s SO PRETTY” reactions. This also helps illustrate where my mind is right now — stripes and gingham!

Lands' End Spring Wish List


  • Striped wide web belt (currently on sale for $39):  Totally a “it’s so pretty!” inclusion. With the cognac leather trim, it’s kind of similar to my cream-and-cognac stretchy belt, seen here. But it’s SO pretty. And striped.
  • Wide black leather belt (currently on sale for $19.99):  I’ve been wanting a plain black leather belt — I currently have a wide black belt that has a purple front buckle, seen here, which is cool but not as versatile — and this belt has a nice graduated shape to the front.
  • Nautical striped and rope-border scarf (currently $29):  Not like I’m in need of scarves, but this one has red in it, and the nautical print would go with sooooooo many things in my wardrobe.

Gingham shirts:

  • Blue gingham popover tunic ($69):  I like this tunic shape, and this would replace my current blue gingham button-down, seen here, which is a little shrunken on the sleeves and neck. Also, this one is no-iron. :)
  • Orange gingham shirt ($59):  Would replace my current orange gingham button-down (same slightly shrunken issue as the blue gingham), seen here. Again, this option is no-iron but a bit spendy.
  • Black gingham shirt ($59):  Would add to my gingham collection, and I’ve been wanting a black gingham shirt for awhile. I like this option — again, no-iron — but the pattern is really small, so the shirt kind of looks grey from a distance. Should I wait and go for a more distinctive gingham pattern?

Patterned tops:

  • Red striped pullover (currently on sale for $34.99):  I’ve been wanting a red striped top. I like the casual feel of this one plus the rounded hem. Is it too casual?
  • Pink striped popover tunic ($69):  Same shape as the blue gingham but in a cheery pink stripe.


So what do y’all think? Please leave a comment and help me decide! :)

Please note that this is not a sponsored post. I have been a longtime wearer of Lands’ End clothing and got excited about their new spring catalog!

SIA: Floral mixing

Spring Break!!!

Had to get that out of my system. (But I’m actually getting much of a spring break, as I have a national library conference this week. But STILL. Spring Break!)

This week’s SIA pick is from Jess @ Animated Cardigan, who went with a springtime theme for SIA this week. Jess selected a gorgeous stained glass window called Spring, designed by John La Farge and painted by Juliette Henson. There’s still time to participate in SIA, as submissions are due by tonight. Email Jess at animatedcardigan@gmail.com with your submission. Bloggers and non-bloggers alike are welcome to participate!


Spring stained glass - Philadelphia Museum of Art

‘Spring’ stained glass — 1901/02 — Designed by John La Farge


I’ve really been into florals lately (I can hear Miranda Priestley’s voice in my head… “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Hah! ;) ) I could have gone with any of my floral-themed posts last week for the SIA challenge, including my getting fancy in a floral maxidress post, but I decided to break out a new floral tunic that I recently got from Lulu*s. I was lucky to win a $100 Lulu’s gift card in a recent giveaway @ Auteur Ariel, and one of the pieces I picked was this bright floral tunic. I thought the yellow in the floral pattern went well with the stained glass inspiration, as did the magnolia tree backdrop. I wore this outfit last week for a casual dinner out with my husband.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

In fact, I selected TWO floral pieces from Lulu’s, the tunic and this floral clutch. So I decided to pair them together — and Sam promptly pronounced my outfit as an example of “floral mixing.” And thus a blog post title was born! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

Details:  Floral tunic:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, new {exact} {similar pattern on a dress from same shop} //  Olive ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s {similar}  //  Floral clutch, Lulu’s, c/o giveway, new {exact} {similar} {similar} //  Black ballet flats:  Payless, old {similar}  //  Gold bar pendant necklace:  Lulu’s, c/o giveaway, new {similar from same store}  //  Yellow rose stud earrings:  Local boutique {very similar}

I chose simple gold jewelry (the gold bar pendant necklace is also from Lulu’s!) and yellow rose stud earrings.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

A very friendly neighborhood cat came out to say hi!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

I think the floral mixing with the tunic and the clutch works here because although the patterns are different, they include a lot of the same colors (like bright pink and yellow). And the clutch background is cream, so it stands out against the soft black of the tunic.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Floral mixing

Have you ever mixed different floral patterns together? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Linking up with these lovely ladies!