Remixing a favorite outfit with different accessories

Today’s outfit still (kind of) continues the week-long SIA theme. It’s blue and white, at least (my reddish lipstick wore off by the time we took these pics!).

Also, today’s outfit might seem like déjà vu… because you’ve seen the basic outfit not all that long ago. Like I’ve said before, I’m not averse to remixing items and combinations I feel really work well together.  I also thought it would be a fun exercise to take the same core outfit and remix it with different accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

So I started with the blue-and-white outfit you saw here in this post, including the same royal blue cardigan, sleeveless cream blouse, and navy ankle pants. Last time, I  wore striped, round-toe wedges for a bit of quirky edge and pattern.

For the subtle remix this time around, I wanted accessories for a more classic look. To that end, I wore peep-toe, tortoiseshell wedges, my new pearl cluster long necklace — a recent gift from my husband, and my cobalt Greg Michaels tote bag. For a final touch, I tied my thrifted Oscar de la Renta scarf around the bag.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

Details:  Blue cardigan, August Silk {exact style and brand}  //  Sleeveless blouse, Dana Buchman for Kohl’s {exact style in different colors and patterns}  //  Navy ankle pants, Macy’s {very similar}  //  Tortoiseshell patent leather wedges, Payless {very similar}  //  Blue tote bag, c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  //  Oscar de la Renta scarf, thrifted {navy-and-gold-metallic scarf option}  //  Pearl cluster necklace, ModCloth, recent gift from husband {exact} {very similar}  //  Pearl-and-gold small hoop earrings, old {very similar}

And yes, I picked these peep-toe wedges because my royal blue toenails matched my outfit! :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

I wore this outfit to co-present a program at a regional library conference. Because I knew this prior combination worked well and was comfortable, I wanted that personal comfort level again so I could then focus on the program and my colleagues. (The program went really well, by the way! And I got more than one compliment on my new necklace!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue-and-white outfit with different accessories

UPDATE:  Just as I was reviewing this post, I realized that I had remixed pieces of this SAME outfit last summer, also for a work-related presentation. And the remix I wore earlier this year, the variation with the striped wedges, was for an important presentation at work. So OBVIOUSLY this outfit, and variations of it, are my go-to pieces for whenever I need to feel both comfortable and professional!

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Do you have a go-to combination whenever you’ve got a big work project or presentation? Please leave a comment and share your go-to faves and tips! :)

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Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

Continuing the red, white, and blue SIA theme for this week… this time, I indulged (again) my color-coordinating streak by wearing the belt and headband I made from leftover fabric from a dress I hemmed a couple of summers ago.

As my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie pointed out, the width of the belt was a perfect fit for the waistband of my red knit dress. (Also, thanks to Stephanie for taking these pics!)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Matchy-matchy with a self-made belt + headband

Details:  Red knit dress, eShakti {similar}  //  Navy cardigan, LOFT Outlet {similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}  //  Navy trench coat, Jason Wu for Target, old {cute polka-dotted trench}  //  Pearl drop earrings, old {very similar}  //  Fabric belt and headband, self-made

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Matchy-matchy with a self-made belt + headband

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Matchy-matchy with a self-made belt + headband

I felt so comfortable in this outfit, with the knit dress — which comes with pockets! — and canvas flats. I wore this on yet another heavy teaching day, so I needed to feel comfortable and fuss-free.

The matching belt and headband also give off a slight ’60s vibe, too, right?

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Matchy-matchy with a self-made belt + headband

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Matchy-matchy with a self-made belt + headband

By the way, you can see how I sewed the headband here in this post, and how I sewed the fabric belt here in this post.

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

Closet adventures (May 2015)

A sneak peek at my monthly closet adventures for May…

What I got (May 2015)

Details (left to right, top to bottom):  Red dress, Mata Traders {exact}  //  Denim chambray shirt, J. Crew {exact}  //  Pink striped boatneck tee, J. Crew {exact — and in different colors}  //  Purple P&P tee, Out of Print Clothing {exact}  //  White skinny belt, Target {exact}  //  Blue patent leather skinny belt, Target {exact}  //  Pearl cluster necklace, ModCloth {exact — back in stock!}  //  Quotation earrings, ModCloth {exact}  //  Dark denim jacket, Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s {exact}

Adding and replacing favorites

Quite a few items I added this month either because (a) I was replacing an item, or (b) I was getting more of standby favorites already in my closet.

I’ve been on the lookout for a dark rinse denim jacket for awhile. I picked one up at Old Navy a few years ago, as seen here, but the shape has always been a little bit too boxy for me and the color not quite dark enough. Toward the beginning of the month, I got really excited when I discovered this Tommy Hilfiger dark rinse denim jacket — on massive sale at Macy’s! Love the design and special details like the triangle and seaming in back, as you can see below. (And a special shout-out goes to my husband, who made a special trip to pick up the last one available in my size (medium) in the area during the final day of the sale. ♥ )

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I’ve already worn this denim jacket several times, including here in this post with my new striped dress!

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  • Dark rinse denim jacket {exact}:  paid $19.79, Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s (original price $79.50, on sale for $64.99, 25% off Friends & Family sale, used $28.95 in gift coupons)

I also snagged two more skinny belts on a trip to Target, one in white patent leather and one in blue patent leather. They help round out my rainbow collection of skinny belts, seen here in this previous post.

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  • White skinny belt {exact}:  paid $12.99, Target
  • Blue skinny belt {exact}:  paid $12.99, Target

On that same shopping and errands outing that included a stop at Target, I also strolled by J. Crew, window-shopping. And then spied new colors available in the striped boatneck tee design I already know and love (you can see my grey-striped tee here) and promptly fell in love with the soft pink “petunia” color. Then I saw this super-soft chambray shirt, and realized it could replace my chambray shirt that’s in my “to donate” pile.

Once again, I’m drawn to extra-special details like the side hem cut-outs, as seen below. I can only afford J. Crew items every once in awhile, but they’re good-quality items every time.

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  • Striped boatneck tee in “petunia” {exact}:  paid $38, J. Crew
  • Chambray shirt {exact}:  paid $78, J. Crew

Budget recap

TOTAL SPENT for this month:  $161.77
TOTAL SAVINGS for this month:  $59.71

TOTAL SPENT THIS YEAR: $369.85
TOTAL SAVINGS THIS YEAR: $2,142+

Gifts from my husband

Not included in this month’s totals are clothing gifts I received this month from my sweet husband, Sam! Not for anything special, but just because. I’m a lucky lady. ♥

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What’s next?

I’ve got a growing “to donate” pile, so I need to actually, you know, donate them. I’m waiting for the spring term to end so that I can do another sweep through my closet. I’ll also take that opportunity to make note of any other items I feel need replacing.

I also just found a Kohl’s gift card in my wallet that I had totally forgotten about… so I can look forward to that!


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Red, white, and blue… and leopard

Considering the painting I chose this week for the next SIA challenge — and looking at pics I’ve already got in the hopper for this week — I realized that I could make this entire week red-, white-, and blue-themed. A super-sized SIA week!

First up, an outfit inspired by Lisa @ Respect the Shoes which I had pinned earlier this year to my “Easy Work Outfits” board. I like Lisa’s combination of a navy blazer, red jeans, and leopard print belt. I realized I had my own version of each of those items, as well! Easy work outfit, indeed, for a heavy teaching day.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Red, white, and blue... and leopard

Details:  Navy blazer, Kasper via Macy’s {similar} {same blazer in grey}  //  Red jeans, thrifted {similar}  //  Blue gingham button-up, Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Leopard patent leather belt {very similar}  //  Leopard ballet flats, Karen Scott via Macy’s {very similar}  //  Blue leather tote bag, c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  //  Crystal drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Red, white, and blue... and leopard

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Red, white, and blue... and leopard

This outfit is very similar to an outfit I wore back in 2013, including a remix of this same navy blazer and gingham top — an ensemble also inspired by Lisa @ Respect the Shoes! If it ain’t broke…

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Red, white, and blue... and leopard

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SIA: The Avenue in the Rain

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S., a federal holiday for remembering those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. As my turn to curate the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge falls on this holiday, I went with a rather traditional choice (especially for me), Childe Hassam’s 1917 classic painting, “The Avenue in the Rain.” This painting is so patriotic, it hangs in the Oval Office!

“The Avenue in the Rain” — Frederick Childe Hassam — 1917

Hassam was an American Impressionist painting, and his range was quite impressive. He’s most well-known, however, for the series of flag-related paintings — over 30 in all — that he painted during World War I.

I hope y’all will indulge me this (rare) patriotic SIA choice. And whatever one’s nationality, red, white, and blue is a classic color combination. I also find the painting quite beautiful and somber, with shades of grey, black, and purple to bring depth to all the red, white, and blue.

So I hope you will join me in this SIA challenge. All are welcome to participate! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice, and the deadline is next Monday, June 1, by 10 p.m. PST. Email me submissions at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. I will post the round-up next Tuesday, June 2.