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Casual camel

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I wore this outfit on the weekend, and I wasn’t actually planning on photographing this casual look for the blog when we set out on a walk around the neighborhood. But then I realized that this is probably the last time this chambray shirt will be on the blog, as I need to replace it. (The sleeve length is shrinking, and it’s never fit quite right in the shoulders.)

I also thought it might make for an interesting juxtaposition to the last time I wore this camel tee, which was for work, as seen in this post last week.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

We also found an interesting location while walking around the neighborhood. We had a lot of fun on this impromptu photo shoot! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

There were also many, many outtakes. Including these two below that made me think of photos that would be appropriate for a spread in Seventeen or another teen magazine that I read growing up. Isn’t my hair so emotive in the pictures below? ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Teen angsty collage

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Casual camel

Details:  Camel tee, Kohl’s {camel print tee} {navy striped tee}  //  Chambray button-up, Old Navy, old {similar}  //  Olive cargo pants, Tommy Hilfiger {very similar}  //  Tan canvas flats, Grasshopper via DSW {exact style in other patterns}

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Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

I’ve pattern-mixed stripes + polka dots together before, as seen here and here, but I wouldn’t blame you if you’re wondering… camels? It’s easy when you have a striped t-shirt that already includes a camel! I got this novelty print t-shirt on sale last summer, and I paired it recently with my navy polka-dotted skirt [available online for less than $15!].

One final time to incorporate “Top 10” items (the dotted skirt plus my crystal drop earrings) for Sarah’s Real Life style challenge!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

This combo was inspired by this dress + red belt combo @ ModCloth, as well as from this pattern-mixing ensemble I pinned from Corilynn.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

I wore this comfortable outfit — it’s literally just a t-shirt + skirt + flats — on a loooooooong day of teaching. It felt great to wear a t-shirt in a more professional way! It also felt great to get a few compliments from students on my camel t-shirt. One girl remarked, “It’s not something you see every day.” :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

Details:  Navy polka-dotted skirt, Lands’ End {still available and under $15!}  //  Striped t-shirt, Kohl’s {metallic camel tee} {navy striped tee}  //  Red buckle flats, DSW, old {similar} {similar} //  Red patent leather skinny belt:  Target, old {similar}  //  Crystal drop earrings, local boutique {very similar}  //  Navy trench coat, Jason Wu for Target, old {cute polka-dotted trench coat option}

And here’s the outfit with the navy blue trench coat I wore over it. Another “Top 10” item!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Pattern-mixing stripes + polka dots + camels

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Remixing Top 10 items + black flats

It’s been really hard to find time (and natural light) to take full outfit photos — a lot of professional development events and long nights for both me and my husband this spring term — so once again, I have turned to the alternative of taking flat pics of recent outfits. All of these work-related outfits include Top 10 items from Sarah’s Real Life style challenge.

And when I put all the pics together, I realized each outfit also includes my black ballet flats! So unexpectedly, this also turned into a post with ideas on how to remix basic black flats. You’re welcome ;) (Maybe I should have chosen the black flats as one of my Top 10 items…)Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  berry cardigan

Details:  Berry cardigan, August Silk via Macy’s {exact in different colors}  //  Polka-dotted v-neck dress, JCPenney, old {similar at same store and on sale}  // Silver-and-grey-pearl hoop earrings, gift from husband from Abu Dhabi, old {similar}  //  Black ballet flats, Payless {very similar} Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  dotted ankle pants

Details:  Black dotted ankle pants, Dana Buchman for Kohl’s {very similar}  //  Red striped sweater, Old Navy, old {similar}  // Black ballet flats, Payless, old {very similar} Librarian for Life + Style  |  Remixing Top 10 items + black flats Top 10 item:  denim jacket

Details:  Eyeglasses print t-shirt, JCPenney {very similar tank top}  //  Denim jacket, Kohl’s, old {similar}  //  Red ankle pants, Macy’s {very similar}  //  Black ballet flats {very similar}

Which is your favorite combo with the black flats? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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Library conference style in Portland

As I’ve mentioned before, I spent most of my spring break inbetween winter and spring terms attending ACRL, a national library conference in Portland. I’ve posted about packing for conferences before (here and here for starters), but it was the first time I’ve attended a large, multi-day national conference in my own town — and not having to worry about packing professional outfits!

The weather in Portland started out rainy but turned into that lovely combination of sunny with a bit of chill in the air that you get at springtime. So I dressed in layers and focused on comfortable shoes, as I knew I’d do a lot of walking.

And OF COURSE I had to incorporate my card catalog t-shirt! :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Card catalog tee:  Gift from husband {exact}  //  Grey blazer:  Macy’s {exact}  //  Boot-cut jeans: Old Navy {exact}  //  Pewter wedges:  Cole Haan, fashion-swapped from friend {almost exact from same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old {similar}  //  Black maxidress, worn as skirt:  Fred Meyer {very similar}  //  Yellow statement necklace:  c/o giveaway, Urban Peach Boutique {similar} {similar}  //  Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand}  //  Grey patent leather belt:  Target {similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Library conference style in Portland

Details:  Purple-and-green striped button-down:  The Limited, old {similar in green-and-purple plaid}  //  Purple sweater vest:  JCPenney, old {similar in lilac}  //  Grey wide-leg trousers:  Gap, old {similar}  //  Mint green patent leather skinny belt:  Target {similar}  //  Grey ballet flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, old {similar} {similar style in pewter and black}

I wore these outfits before the “Top 10″ remix style challenge @ Sarah’s Real Life, but there are some of my own “Top 10” items mixed in here, including my dark rinse boot-cut jeans in the first outfit and my trusty denim jacket in the second outfit.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with one more outfit I wore while at the conference!

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SIA: Golden inspiration (take 2)

My third blog anniversary is coming up tomorrow (!!!), so if you haven’t already, make sure you enter the giveaway of your choice of a Greg Michaels leather wallet clutch! Giveaway ends tonight at 10 pm PST. I’ll post the giveaway winner tomorrow on my blogiversary.

And now for my second outfit inspired by Salazar’s SIA choice this week. (I also thought about including this tan-and-black floral top that I wore for a previous SIA challenge, but I figured two outfits was enough. ;) )

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey curated this week’s challenge, and she picked a modern painting, “Golden,” part of a series called “The Flowers” by artist Crystal Liu. Check out yesterday’s post for my first outfit inspired by this gorgeous series of paintings.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration collage for Golden, Crystal Liu

I see this as a more casual outfit inspiration, and I wore it for a “casual Friday” day at work. It all started with the shoes, which has a print of tiny little dots of varying shades of white and tan. I thought the pattern perfectly echoed a common thread throughout Crystal Liu’s “The Flowers” series. Then came the grey jeans, and then my Top 10 remix item, my library stamp tee. I pulled in my bronze scarf to call back to the shoes and finished off with another Top 10 remix item, my crystal drop earrings.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Golden inspiration (take 2)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Golden inspiration (take 2)

Details:  Library stamp tee:  Out of Print clothing, birthday gift from my husband {exact}  //  Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s {exact}  //  Tan canvas flats:  Grasshopper via DSW, last spring {similar by same brand} {similar}  //   Black cardigan:  August Silk {exact}  //  Bronze scarf:  Been in my closet for over a decade {similar}  // Crystal drop earrings:  Local boutique {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Golden inspiration (take 2)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Golden inspiration (take 2)

I felt super comfortable in this “casual Friday” outfit, and I loved how it echoed all the colors in the inspiration painting and series. And just for comparison, here are the two outfits I wore inspired by this week’s SIA painting:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration collage for Golden, Crystal Liu

left  /  right (this post)

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