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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.)


  • 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

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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

I wanna be like Gracey

When Gracey @ Fashion for Giants and I first met up in person, I wore my coral pleated skirt, and she mentioned that she also had a similar pleated coral skirt. Then this past spring, Gracey debuted a library stamp tee — which my husband then gifted me this summer for my birthday.

So on this morning, I woke up with the thought, “I wanna be like Gracey!” and put the two together.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  I wanna be like Gracey

Details:  Grey stamp tee:  Out of Order, birthday gift from my husband  {exact} /  Coral pleated skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway in spring 2012 {similar}  /  Pewter wedges:  Payless, old  {similar} /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter 2013 {exact} /  Silver circle drop earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {similar}

My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to take my pics today — she took pics the whole first week of fall term, while my husband was away on his book tour — and below is the pose I struck after she said, “Now be sassy!” :D

Librarian for Life + Style  |  I wanna be like Gracey
I haven’t been inspired that lately with my hair, but on this day, I decided to try an old favorite, side rope braids twisted into mini-buns {here’s a good online tutorial for this hairstyle}. This kind of style really only works when my hair is wet, as my thin hair has very little “grip” when it’s dry.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  I wanna be like Gracey

I like this photo below, even though it’s blurry, because of the movement in the photo and my facial expression.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  I wanna be like Gracey

Librarian for Life + Style  |  I wanna be like Gracey

Link ups:   What I Wore to Work  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursdays  /   Spotlight Weekly  /  Look What I Got  /  Sophisticated Style  /  Blogging for Breast Cancer A-wear-ness  /  Third Thursday Threads

Camel tee casual

This week is all about the late summer casual looks. I don’t often feature these off-white cotton cargo trousers on the blog — I can’t even remember if they’ve shown up before, but here is a post featuring the black version of these casual trousers — but I’ve had them a long time, and they’re perfect for a day puttering around the house.

So for yet another day cleaning and doing laundry and whatnot, I paired these cotton pants with my new navy-striped camel tee. It has been a little chillier these days, so for a walk around the neighborhood (just to get out of the house), I threw on my darker denim jacket.

I am still refusing to officially acknowledge fall, but I am counting my denim jacket as my fall favorite in order to participate in Bri’s “Third Thursday Threads” style challenge. :)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual
Details:  Camel tee (exact):  Kohl’s, new birthday gift from my mom  /  Off-white cotton trousers (very similar, cropped alternative):  Walmart, old  /  Denim jacket (similar):  Old Navy, gift-carded two falls ago  /  Gold-and-cream sandals (similar):  Target, old  /  Smoky drop earrings (similar):  Clara Belle via ink + peat, new

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Meet Savannah, a neighborhood cat! She has an adorable round face and has slowly come out of her shell.

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Looking back over these photos, I suspect the main reason I haven’t really shown these casual trousers on the blog before is that they are cotton and therefore wrinkle very easily. And I’m too lazy to iron them — or even steam them! Ah well, real life, y’all. You get the good along the wrinkled around these parts. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style  |  Camel tee casual

Link ups:  What I Wore Wednesday  /  I Feel Pretty  /  Third Thursday Threads