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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!

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

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)

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

After a lovely holiday break, winter term started with a bang in early January! The start of a college term is always stressful — for students and faculty alike — but I always feel better when in an outfit that makes me smile. :)

Yes, that’s right, I wore three new items for my first work day of a new year:  my new eyeglass-pattern t-shirt, a newly thrifted moto jacket, and my new bag from Greg Michaels! By the way, good news from Greg Michaels — use the special reader code “fashionista” for 20% off your order! (You can also read my review of Greg Michaels jewelry here in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

(Note: It was almost dark when I got home from my first day back to work for winter term, so these photos came out a bit fuzzy. And yes, it took a couple of weeks to post about my first-day-back-to-work outfit. All those retrospective posts extended my posting schedule.)

Details:

  • Black moto-style canvas jacket {knit moto cardigan option}:  St. John Sport, newly thrifted
  • Eyeglass-print t-shirt {exact}:  JCPenney, newly gift-carded
  • Burgundy pencil skirt {similar}:  LOFT, two falls ago
  • Blue handbag {exact} {similar and less expensive}:  c/o Greg Michaels, this winter
  • Black tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Black ballet flats {similar}:  Payless, old

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

I LOVE the eyeglasses print on this t-shirt, which I gleefully pointed out to colleagues all day! I also received a few compliments on my new moto-style jacket. (I’ll have more info about this thrifted piece next week in my monthly budgeting post.) I love the seaming details, which continue onto the back of the jacket.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Back to work in black + burgundy + cobalt blue

Linkups listed in detail on my Linkups page.

Classic basics redux

Over two years ago, I posted a “classic basics” outfit, pairing my black blazer with skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Comfy + classic + a bit of quirk = totally my style.

Today, I decided to go back to basics (same blazer, skinny jeans, and beribboned cat t-shirt), switching things up with different accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Classic basics redux

Details:  Black blazer:  The Limited, old {similar} {knit blazer option} /  Skinny jeans:  Target, spring 2012 {similar from Target}  /  Oxford-style heels:  John Fluevog, this spring {same brand, similar but not exact style} /  Cat t-shirt:  Jason Wu for Target, spring 2012 {cute cat tee option}  /  Silver earrings:  Kohl’s, old  {exact – they’re still making them!} /  Plaid scarf:  Came with black rain coat, Macy’s, gift-carded this spring {similar}  /  Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, two winters ago {very similar tote bag on sale!}

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic basics redux

What’s that you say? I think you’re right, a close-up of these awesome Fluevogs is in order. ;) I love that these shoes are a quirky take on a classic, as well. The first time I wore these Fluevogs, I dressed up a bit in a ’40s retro look; this time, I wanted to pair them with a more casual look.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Classic basics redux

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Classic basics redux

If you’re a regular reader, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m tending to opt for longer, dangly earrings with my new short hairdo. I haven’t worn these double-sided danglies in awhile — one side is spiral-shaped while the back side is straight. It does feel a bit odd to put them on, as I have to literally thread them through my ear. But the effect is very cool, and you can see them close-up below.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Classic basics redux

I also went to the well for the hair, utilizing my favorite rope braid for my bangs. A colleague — one who hadn’t seen my new hairdo yet — didn’t believe me at first that I had short bangs. (I had to show her a picture to prove it!) She was really interested in how I managed to braid the short bangs. But that’s the genius of the rope braid — it’s only two strands, so less fingers to get in the way, and the rope braid structure helps hold the strands in naturally. I also braided the bangs when they were wet, because my thin hair has more grip when it’s wet. Click here for a tutorial on how to do a rope braid for bangs — plus 12 more ideas for bangs!

It was a lovely warm, sunshine-filled fall day. Therefore, I did not bother with an overcoat, but instead layered a plaid scarf over my blazer for a bit of extra warmth. Although totally unplanned, I loved that my tote bag, with its cream-and-black colorblocking, echoed the color scheme of my Fluevogs!

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Classic basics redux

A colleague asked about the comfort level of my heels. The heel of the shoe is well-centered below the heel of the foot, which makes these pretty comfy despite the 3-inch height, as I illustrated in this post about high heels. I also wore these on a non-teaching day, so I knew I wouldn’t be doing a ton of walking. ;)

Fluevogs are quite pricey — these are the most expensive shoes I have ever owned — but I’ve come across quite a few look-alike pairs in a variety of styles for much lower prices.

Oxford Shoe Styles

Counter-clockwise:  Strappy two-tone heels  /  Black low-heeled Oxfords  /  Cut-out Oxford heels  /  Oxford-style wedges  /  Oxford “shootie” style  /  Oxford lace-up block heels  /  Oxford-style flats

This week has already gotten off to a crazy start, so I hope y’all are having a better week than I am!


Link ups:  Inspiration Monday  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Monday Mingle  /  Style to Inspire  /  Fashionably Employed  /  #HowIFall  /  Mix It Mondays  /  Confident Twosday  /  Wardrobe Wednesday

SIA: Sculpture + stripes

Have you voted for your favorite outfit of mine in September? Thanks in advance!

Last week, Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey chose a sculpture for the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. And there’s still time to participate — just email your pic to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com — by tonight. Salazar will then put together the round-up post on her blog tomorrow morning — so check back in at 14 Shades of Grey soon!

“Tilted Spheres” is by her favorite minimalist artist, Richard Serra, a sculpture installed at Toronto’s YZZ airport.

Click photo for source

As I said last week, I got a Batman-meets-Star Wars vibe from this sculpture. Then I spied my husband’s black-and-white Voltron t-shirt, and inspiration struck.

I wasn’t able to get a picture of me wearing this casual look, but I was able to put together a collage. I layered the Voltron t-shirt over my chevron-striped dress (last seen here and here), and for the final effect, I added my black ankle booties. I thought they brought an edge to this casual outfit, plus the fold-over swoops on the booties recalled the curves in the inspiration sculpture.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Sculpture + stripes

Details:  Voltron t-shirt (my husband’s):  Walmart?, old {similar}  /  Striped dress:  Old Navy, gift-carded two springs ago {similar} {similar} /  Black booties:  Payless, gift-carded two winters ago {very similar}

Librarian for Life + Style  |  SIA:  Sculpture + stripes

I also thought this outfit was a good play on this week’s “Inspiration Monday” inspiration by Miranda Kerr, with the booties, casual vibe, and black-and-white color scheme. Two for one!

Link ups:  SIA  /  Monday Bloom  /  Monday Mingle  /  Inspiration Monday  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Mix It Mondays  /  Style to Inspire  /  #HowIFall