Monday, December 26, 2011

Job Hunt: Interview Suit

I finally found it!!  The perfect interview suit (for me).  A few months ago I pictured a beautiful gray tweed suit, no shoulder pads, that made me look skinny and professional.  After months of searching through crappy petite suits, I found a winner, on sale!!  For a while, I thought I was going to have to go beyond my budget a purchase a beautiful (but expensive even on sale) suit from Ann Taylor Loft.  Then, while doing some after Christmas shopping with family I found it.

This is the exact suit, except it looks much better on person and, because it is petite, it fits my short arms and legs and I don't need to get it hemmed.

So now I feel a little bit less stressed as I apply for jobs (endlessly it feels like!).  Already in the week I have been home I have applied for 10 jobs!!!  It makes me feel better that there is more out there than I thought (I am mainly applying for public library reference jobs, academic reference/instruction jobs, and any e-librarian or technology related position because of my qualifications).  It is somewhat comforting (I have to remind myself) that I fit every single requirement and most of the desired qualifications for these jobs.  I've got a good start.  However, it's a bit scary to send out these pieces of yourself- each job application is like a bit of hope and every time you don't hear anything it feels like that bit of hope is shredded.    Luckily, it's still early yet- I graduate in May! I've got time on my side, for now.

With job apps turned in and an interview suit in my closet there is nothing left to do today but read and rewatch Downton Abbey (I am such a geek for Masterpiece Classic!!).

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Break!!!

Pictured above: melting chocolate to top homemade brownies so my crushed peppermint candies would stick (idea from the December Real Simple). Yum!!

So a week or so ago I was complaining about feeling bored because my end of the semester workload was super light. Karma!

On Wednesday I met with my supervisor and she mentioned that all of the links on our libguides should open up in a new tab (also, some of the links don't work because whoever created the libguide just copied and pasted the product link instead of our proxy link). Basically, I was done with the 3 libguides I had signed up to edit but some how was given the project to fix all of the links in the rest of the 55 topic guides. Yeah. Just an estimate, it took me about an hour to check and change all of the many links in just 5 libguides. So I spent ten hours between Wednesday and today (which sounds light but is inconvenient when you are rushing around to holiday parties and doing last minute Christmas shopping and packing) doing this. It has to be done by January so I could have worked on it over break but, heck, I was so close to having nothing to do over break, I pushed myself.

As a result I spent most of this week in sweatpants, copying and pasting links.  When I get carpel tunnel later in life, I will point to this as what pushed me over the edge. Whatever. The semester is officially done and I can retire for four weeks of fun reading. Time to take off my dressy day cardigan and zip up my Mr. Roger's style home cardigan. Let the relaxation begin!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gingham and Gold

Via Flickr:
Mustard Yellow Jackie cardigan: JCrew
Blue gingham button up: Old Navy
Jeans: AE
Sweater boots: Old Navy
Sparrow pin: Etsy

This is what the librarian of a mountain lodge library would wear. I did feel a little "log cabin' today but that's okay- it's cold outside and all I feel like doing is snuggling inside by the tree. Plus, the students would not notice that I am super fancy- it is study time!!

On another note, I am basically done with this semester (class and homework wise) and just have to show up to all of my work and social obligations next week. And watch Elf about a hundred times. And bake peppermint brownies. Done!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ruffles and Riding boots

Via Flickr:
Cream ruffled cardigan: New York and Company
Gray v-neck tee: Mossimo
White tank: JCrew
Jeans: AE
Brown Boots: Famous Footwear

On a day where I only had my last class of the semester (bittersweet because it was my awesome Children's Lit. class) and drinks and Christmas movies, I knew that I needed comfy jeans and a cardigan- standard casual fare for me.

I only have one more assignment due Friday and it is almost done!! Then I just have to coast through all of the reference shifts and finish my last work related project (updating some of our libguides). Awesome.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Double trouble

Big red [belt], originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Red dress: Merona
Gray Cardigan: Merona
Red Belt: Target
Black Tights: Target
Black shoes: Steve Madden

I had to be a bit fancier this morning because I had a meeting and a reference shift (btw, we just started roving reference with an iPad and it is kind of weird- I just try not to creep students out!).

But tonight I had a little dinner date before my night class and was dying to get out of itchy tights and into this:

Blue stripe tee: Old Navy
Gray tank underneath: Hollister
Skinny Jeans: AE
Gold Flats: Mossimo Supply Co.

Super comfy. I have been on the hunt for skinny jeans and would be stretchy but not stretch out. Old Navy's jeans stretch out so much!! I've tried a bunch of different brands and, in a state of desperation, went to American Eagle, which was my favorite jean brand in high school. I expected "juniors" fitting jeans with a too low rise and lots of fading but these jeans are wonderful- they are midrise (but not too high), have a great stretch, and, best of all, don't stretch out in the back with multiple wears!! Wonderful! It's nice not to have my jeans falling off my body after I wear them one time!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Snow White

No clothes post today; it's that time of the semester where I am just running around like a crazy person (so many work related things: meetings, meetings, meetings!) so I rocked out jeans and the yellow cardigan that I wore too many times last week.

In search of some fashion inspiration (to get away of the yellow color combos) got me thinking about my new favorite show: Once Upon a Time.  I have a secret penchant for fairy tales: I always am drawn to fantasy fairy tale movies (stuff like the wonderful Stardust that only comes out every so often), read fairy tale criticism and new adaptations for fun, and am just generally attracted to anything with a "fairy tale" tag.  So I knew I would have to at least watch the pilot of this show, which I expected to be cheesy and wonderful like my favorite miniseries The 10th Kingdom.

Once Upon a Time is definitely got its share of cheese (the evil queen can be a bit over dramatic- I role my eyes whenever she has a big scene) but it has some great flashback stuff going on, an interesting premise, and some fashion inspiration in Snow White (aka Mary Margaret).  As soon as I saw her pale blue cardigan and skirt combo in the pilot, I was interested.  When we get to see her adorable apartment (faded white wood, mismatched chairs, globes- basically the setting for an anthropologie catalog) I knew I was hooked on Snow White.

Check out her cheery cardigans (after all, how can a librarian not love cardigans!):

And she had a really cute look I wanted to try this week: a navy (or black) polka dot dress with a red cardigan and brown belt and skeleton key necklace. Love!

I can see a little Snow White in myself- I love to clean!  Anyways, Snow White is fabulous librarian fashion inspiration; I just need to be a little less lazy and try some new stuff!

Also, look at that cute apartment:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A green christmas

Via Flickr:
Pea Green Jackie Cardigan: JCrew
Navy blue jersey dress: Forever 21
Brown Belt: Target
Grey tights: Target
Brown Boots: Famous Footwear
Sparrow Necklace: Etsy

Still no snow!! Oh well, I live in the midwest so it's bound to happen sooner or later. However, I still have things to be happy about: mainly this navy dress. I got this baby back in 2007 and it has been a favorite ever since. It is a beautiful color, a great length, and so soft. Every once in a while I find great (cheap!) gems from Forever 21 and this is one of them!

Besides favorite dresses, nothing much to report. Work is crazy and school is a bit crazy but I am almost done!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yellow, part 2

Yellow, part 2, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Golden Yellow Jackie Cardigan: JCrew
Brown polka dot blouse: Odille
Gray skirt: JCrew
Brown pointed flats: Xhilaration

Opps. I am clearly too in love with this cardigan. Sometimes though, I'm learning, it's okay to repeat a good thing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Like the dying leaves

Via Flickr:
Golden yellow jackie cardigan: JCrew
Black bow top: Merona
Black skirt: Merona
Brown belt: Forever 21
Brown pointed flats: Xhilaration
Silver deer pin: Vintage (Etsy)

My favorite tree is right now is the one with the skinny black branches outlined in vibrant yellow/orange leaves. I am not sure what kind it is (some kind of oak tree?) but I love it.

Inspired I turned to golden yellows and smooth black to imitate its striking hues. Wonderful.

I am a bit less grumpy today- all it took was a morning walk, some Sugar cookie Sleigh ride tea (it seriously does taste like a real cookie!), and helping some students find books today.

Now I am calling it a day and, instead of finishing up some extra work I was given today (more instruction handouts- blerg) I am calling a mental health day and plan on drinking some delicious red wine while making the BFC's Beef Bourguignon (sans Cognac because I am a poor grad student). Life is delicious!

Now, if only this freezing rain would turn into snow!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wishing for snow

Via Flickr:
Cream short sleeve fairisle sweater: Forever 21
Gray long sleeve Tee: Mossimo
Navy Skirt: JCrew
Gray tights: Target
Brown boots: Famous Footwear

Well, Thanksgiving break is officially over and I am grumpy about it. I think it's because my work level is so minimum. When I was in grad school for literature the end of the semester was the worst. I basically spent all of Thanksgiving break outlining my own three 20 page papers for my grad classes and grading research outlines for my students (I was a TA with full teaching responsibilities). Then the 3 weeks before Christmas break were filled with tests, frantically writing those 20 page papers, and grading about 50 10-12 page research papers. I remember those overcaffinated crazy days: I hated them!!

But I still believe that I am happiest when I am busy. So I got up today and finishing unpacking from break and wondered why I felt so grumpy. And I think it's because library school quiets way down at the end of the semester. Here's what I have to do in the next three weeks: finish a lib guide for cognitive psych (basically done), read one more YA novel (Blubber), and do this group promotion strategy (which I'm pretty sure is just a plan of what we would do to promote new collections). I could get all this done tonight. I have to work at the library and do a few things for my grad assistantship (it's that time of the year to review and redo webpages) but I am sort of just drifting. Life is not hard. So why am so tired and grumpy?

My theory is that I function better when busy, i just do. And I think this strange half state is the weirdest state to be in. I don't have a lot to do but i have enough to keep me from totally relaxing and vegging out.

I think I am also getting more and more anxious about my upcoming job search. I was able to avoid it all semester and now the semester is almost over!!

Oh well, at least I have some leftover homemade pumpkin pie (I used Mark Bittman's pie crust and then just made the pie filling via the Libby's can) and the promise of snow.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Break!

Fall, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
It's official: only one 10 am meeting tomorrow stands between me and Thanksgiving Break.

While I have work to do for grad school, not having work or class will give me a little time to unplug, relax, and eat a lot of leftovers (turkey/stuffing/cranberry sandwich!). I am pretty pumped about it! And more pumped about the chance to finally read something for fun (Bossypants which my friend got me for my birthday in May!).

Best wishes and safe travels!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Job Hunt: Resumes

No outfit today; I was up last finishing a project so I wore jeans and a hoodie (which, as a coworker once said, "is soooo undergrad").  It wasn't pretty.

However, that does remind me that I should start chronicling my job hunt (which will officially begin once break starts in December) this next term, since I graduate May of 2012.

Having applied for jobs previously, I have a basic resume and cover letter but knew I needed to up my game for this round of job apps.

So phase one of the job hunt is just editing and organizing.  I'm not sure if I can be considered an expert but here are some things I am doing all semester to get ready.

1. Resumes: Not only polish this sucker but also create different versions so I can apply to different types of jobs.  I have a lot of different experiences and different jobs are interested in different things.  So far I have a general resume, a Reference and Instruction resume, an Academic Reference resume, a Public Library Reference resume, and a supervisory focused resume.  Done!

2. Cover letters:  I learned the hard way last time that I don't have to write cover letters fresh each time.  Obviously I am going to personalize each one before I send it off but I have created a document that has paragraphs that discuss varying skills of mine: instruction, in person reference, virtual reference, public library experience, cataloging, technology (primarily website design), and supervision.  Basically, I have a basic cover letter format (with an introduction and conclusion and all the other basics) and I just copy and paste in the corresponding paragraphs, personalizing them if needed.  So say I apply for an Instruction position that wants to know about my instruction skills, reference experience, and experience with social media. Wham Bam- copy and paste. 5 minute cover letter.

3. Additional statements:  I updated my teaching philosophy so it is now library instruction centered.  It still needs some work.  I think teaching philosophies are perhaps the hardest thing to write.

4. A bit of flash: I spent this summer creating a web page to house my basic resume.  I won't link it here because it gives away too much info but if you can get stuff online, do it!  Even if you don't do the HTML or CSS yourself, you can still use sites like Wordpress or Weebly to create free and easy webpages. If it can set me apart from someone else- I am willing to try it!

5. Organization:  I have everything saved on my laptop and flash drive and google docs.  I also have an "applying" folder and an "applied" folder to house resumes and cover letters in progress and that I have already completed.

6. References:  I have nailed down my 3 main references and a few extras for variety (For example, I have the professor who taught me how to teach composition who can talk about my teaching persona).  I have them all set with my resume and other information and they are ready to refer me!

7. Peer Review: As a final step I had a few professors and colleagues look at my resume just to make sure it is free from errors; they caught things I had totally missed! Whoa!

I am basically ready to start filling out endless applications.  Phase 2 is coming up over break: buy a classy, sassy, and professional interview suit!  Future library job, here I come!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lobstah Killah!

Via Flickr:
Black jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Beige lobster tee: Old Navy
Gray jersey skirt: Merona
Black flats: Steve Madden

Instead of grumping around about the 55 degree weather and stubbornly trying to layer up with sweaters I decided to embrace it and go tights free and rock my lobster shirt (as reminiscent of a delicious lobster dinner on a friend's patio this summer).

I love this skirt because it looks classy but is super comfortable (like pj pants comfortable). Totally essential for sitting at the reference desk for three hours this morning and only getting 4 directional questions (Tuesday morning is the total opposite of Sunday night!!).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Red Hot

Red Hot, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Red ruffle top: H&M
Gray skirt: Jcrew
Black tights: Target
Brown boots: Famous footwear

We had a tornado warning today so it was freakishly hot this morning. It's nice because I was able to open my windows and enjoy a fresh breeze but a little bit unsettling (It's november!) Luckily, it is cooling down so we should be back to chilly temps soon!

In other news, finding datasets and surveys for patrons today turned out surprisingly easy- there are lots of government resources. Finding statistics freaks me out (mainly in the where to look) but it's kind of fun.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Autumnal, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Rust cardigan: Mossimo
Burgandy Tank top: Mossimo
Navy skirt: Jcrew
Gray tights: Target
Brown boots: famous footwear
Timepiece necklace: Etsy

The time change has made life crazy!! Every time I get home it is crazy dark outside. Blerg. The fact that it is dark at 5 combined with the fact that I swapped late shifts with people this week means I have been getting home and face planting directly into my couch.

On the plus side, I volunteered at the local public library today and helped a patron with his resume and also measured someone's inseam so she knew what pants to buy (for real). Oh, and I picked up the Elf movie soundtrack! Life is crazy but good.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sunny Sweater, Rainy Day

Via Flickr:
Yellow Cardigan: Merona
White ruffle top: Old Navy
Navy Khaki Skirt: Jcrew
Gray tights: Target
Brown pointed flats: Xhilaration
Skeleton key necklace: Etsy

Not a new color combination from me by any means but, clearly I was hoping that a bright sweater would make the rain stop. Alas, it did not. Although one nice thing about being a librarian is that rainy days actually make you want to be in the nice dry warm library!

Not pictured: raincoat, umbrella, and giant rainboots.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Robin Hood

Robin Hood, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Navy Jackie cardigan: Jcrew
Green jersey dress: Merona
Gray tights: target
Brown boots: Famous Footwear

I love this green dress but whenever I wear it with tights and brown boots I feel a little bit like Robin Hood. Not that that's a bad thing- it just means I have to live up to some high arrow shooting, bad guy foiling expectations!

Also, I love public libraries. I am a grad assistant at an academic library and have been waiting for over a week to get books over our library loan system. One is supposedly on its way and the other is still processing. Today I had enough! I went to my local pub. lib. and sure enough they had a bazillion copies of Girl Who Played With Fire. This is what public libraries are good at- having a lot of what the public wants. Amazing!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is Halloween!

Via Flickr:
Book: Edgar Allen Poe
Rust cardigan: Mossimo
Black tee: Gap
Silver Scarf: Portabello Road, London
Skinny Jeans: Old Navy
Black flats: Steve Madden

What an awesome day!!

I started off with some reading of Edgar Allen Poe and pumpkin bread with a cup of black coffee!!!

The pumpkin bread I made last week from this seriously amazing recipe from Mommycoddle. Holy Moly!! I am not the most skilled baker and this bread turns out wonderfully every time!

After that delicious breakfast I had an instruction meeting. I then took a walk around campus, just to enjoy the last leaves on the tree. Then I stuffed my face with junk food at our library work party and worked the reference desk for a few hours. I've been sitting at home, in kind of a candy coma watching some Halloween favorites (Hocus Pocus and A Nightmare before Christmas, of course) before I waddle off to bed.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I want to wear my bicycle

Via Flickr:
Black jackie cardigan: J crew
Dusty rose bicycle graphic tee: Gap
Gray cords: Old Navy
Black Converse

It was so much colder today that I needed my thick cords!! Also, being a grad student affords me the chance to be a bit more casual at the reference desk.

I thought I would be swamped with a collaborative collection development group project this week and weekend but my group rocks so I am free to do fun halloween things this weekend like drink delicious cider, don a crazy costume, eat my weight in candy, take deliciously cool autumn strolls, and bake pumpkin bread!!!

And of course, wear cardigans! A library essential.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Too hot for tights

Via Flickr:
Black jackie cardigan: Jcrew
White ruffle top: Old Navy
Blue stripe skirt: H&M
Black tights: Target
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration

It felt cooler this morning I swear!! But tights proved to be too much for today (Even though it was windy). On the upside, I got to teach a grad level ESL class. ESL classes are always so interesting to me because the students always ask tons of really thoughtful questions and it definitely makes me reconsider how we teach the course.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A little bit of everything I love

Via Flickr:
Navy Jackie cardigan: JCrew
Blue dotted dress: Elle (via Kohls)
Gray tights: Target
Brown Mary janes: Xhilaration

I am in love with this dress. I bought it in August and have been trying not to wear it every day!! It's comfy but looks really dressy.

It is also wonderful for bike riding which I did, today, without a jacket because it was 68 degrees. I think I am the only person cursing the warm weather and wishing for snow but it's awkward when I want to wear tights and scarves and it is still too hot. Next week is Halloween after all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ruffles and Pinstripes

Via Flickr:
Tan ruffle cardigan: New York and Company
Burgandy Tank: Mossimo
Gray Pinstripe skirt: H&M
Black Tights: Target
Teal Mary Janes: Xhilaration
Clock necklace: Etsy

I had a crazy day: a long reference shift, helping someone teach, a mini lunch break, and then teaching a graduate level ESL library session. Whew! I barely had time to shove food in my face before my night class! Thusly, this picture was taken at night- I'm blaming the fact that it gets dark way earlier now!! Although I am grateful for the cold because it means I get to wear tights again!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Via Flickr:
Pink blouse: Old Navy
Skinny jeans: Old Navy
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration
clock necklace: Etsy

I am feeling a bit like sweetness and light (a Matthew Arnold phrase) today laptop is finally back in business.

The reason I have posted in a few weeks is because the LCD cable on my laptop blew out which meant that my laptop worked but the screen was dead. I had to wait for the part to ship from Dell and then wait for a local computer repair shop to fix it.

It wasn't all bad- it was refreshing not to have my laptop on at all times distracting me when I was home. I was more efficient with homework (since I had to do things at the library before I could go home) and felt more relaxed. I am glad to have my laptop back (especially at this busy time of the semester) but I hope to keep it off more often!

Although that doesn't mean my librarian wear will be lacking as well- I am back to posting with regularity!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Double the Sweaters

Via Flickr:
Red cardigan: Merona
Gray Sweater dress: Anthro
Belt: Target
Brown pointed flats: Xhilaration
Sparrow necklace: Etsy

And double the fun. And double the instruction sessions. Sigh, it's going to be a looong week.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Secret of the Old Skirt

Via Flickr:
Book: Secret of the Old Cloak (Nancy Drew #1)
Black shirt: Gap
White and Black Skirt: H&M
Blue mary janes: Xhilaration

I think I might have overworked myself this week because I crashed pretty hardcore after work today. I was supposed to work more on our ESL Libguide but I am giving myself a needed night off.

I might finish this Nancy Drew book that is on the reading list for my children's lit class. I love the idea of Nancy Drew but had never read her until now. Wow. Maybe the series gets better but this first one is not that exciting yet (and the ending seems pretty predictable). Also, I find myself kind of annoyed at Nancy's goody goody ways. What happened to the tweed clad heroine in my head?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Second verse, same as the first

Via Flickr:
Green cardigan: Merona
Gray polka dot tank: Forever 21
Denim a-line skirt: Old Navy
Turquoise Sandals: Gap

I was little shocked when looking at my flickr photostream and realizing that I might be in a warm weather clothing rut. A cardigan with a printed tank and this denim skirt are huge repeats right now but they work so well with the weather (the tank for the warm bike rides and the cardigan for the cold library).

Hopefully it will get cold soon so I can wear tights and cords and boots!! Oh joy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Blue Collar; Rust Collar

Via Flickr:
Rust cardigan: Mossimo Supply Co
Blue button up: American Eagle
Gray jersey skirt: Merona
White flats: Xhilaration

Is it almost the end of September already? The hot weather (it was 75 today!) still makes it feel like August. It's week 5 here, which means I have 11 weeks to go and that makes me happy. Classes are interesting: I am taking Social Science Reference, Collection Development, and Children's Literature. It's a nice mix of theory and practice. However, I am so ready to just be a librarian. It would be nice to not have to work on homework at the reference desk and instead focus on greeting people.

Oh well, I will survive. Plus, library instruction will get crazy soon (the week after next I teach 8 classes! Grr!)!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Yellow Stripe Cardigan: Mossimo
White ruffle top: Old Navy
Navy skirt: Merona
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration

Library instruction session season has officially begun. Here's to endlessly showing students how to search in "Ebsco"!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pink & Yellow

Pink & Yellow, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Mustard cardigan: Merona
Pink tee: Gap
Jean a line skirt: Old Navy
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration

A surprise combination for a surprisingly good day (aka I got my to do list crossed off and more!).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cloudy Skies

Cloudy Skies, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Turquoise Cardigan: Merona
Navy dress: Forever 21
Gladiator Sandals: American Eagle
Sparrow Necklace: Etsy

It was sunny all day until I started to ride my bike home. Secretly, I love being caught in the rain (and pina coladas!) because it means I get to put on warm dry clothes when I get home (wool socks! sweater!) and curl up by the heater with a glass of wine. I'll take it!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cooler weather!

Via Flickr:
Green cardigan: Merona
Blue flower tank: Mossimo Supply Co
Black Crop pants: Gap
Brown pointy flats: Xhilaration
Sparrow necklace: Etsy

All I know is that I have my windows open for the first time since June!! It is supposed to go back up to 80 degrees this week but, until then, I am going to bust out my cardigans!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Sophia Petrillo

I started this blog so I could look at what I wear and figure out if it is really librariany.  So far all I can conclude is the astounding amount of repetition of certain items (seriously, I didn't realize I favored certain sweaters so much!).  Another goal was to log my librarian fashion inspirations- people real and fake that inspire my fashion choices.  Clearly, many of these inspirations come from tv and books- I find it interesting that I am inspired by characters, instead of real live people.

One of those people is Sophia Petrillo (played by Estelle Getty) of The Golden Girls.  I say this because I used to have this chunky beloved mustard cardigan that a friend lovingly deemed my Sophia cardigan.  Whatever! Sophia is the most stylish of the Golden Girls- her cardigan and old dress combo or her cardigan blouse and gray slacks combo is classic and classy. Plus, who would not want that straw purse!  With some more modern cuts, her outfits can easily be adapted:

This is my favorite: Mustard cardigan, blue button up blouse, gray slacks, and cheese popcorn.

Other favorites:

At first I thought, "Does this mean that I am a frumpy librarian?  Am I portraying librarians as old ladies through my dress?"  Actually, no way!  I think Sophia Petrillo is kind of an ideal librarian inspiration.  She has the classy and yet conservative librarian outfit but outshines it with her dazzling personality and sass.  There's one episode of the Golden Girls that shows Sophia on her daily route.  She tells the rest of the girls she is buying a nectarine but she actually goes out and helps people: she volunteers at the hospital, leads a band at lunch, and helps a friend get the money she deserves.  I think librarians are the same way.  We may seem conservative and old ladyish but really we love helping people and are pretty darn sassy too!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Via Flickr:
Pink blouse: Old Navy
Shorts: Hei Hei (via anthro)
Gladiator sandals: American Eagle

This is what I get to wear when all I have to do is go to a short meeting and then go to lunch with a friend, followed by leisurely grocery shopping.

I definitely have work to do this weekend (of the homework variety....I can't wait to be done with grad school!) but more time to relax before the semester gets nutty!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ship shape

Ship shape, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Blue tee: H&M
Blue stripe skirt: H&M
White flats: Xhilaration
Pocket watch necklace: Etsy

Today got away from me!! I had an earlier morning meeting, then had to finish loading up the library's twitter before my children's lit. class (and eating a lunch of yogurt on the way to class). By the time I arrived home, hungry and way over caffeinated, all I felt like doing was snacking and napping. All of a sudden it was night time and I still have some homework to do!!

No matter how crazed I feel some days I remind myself that I get to spend an afternoon every week talking about picture books. Grad school is tough but kind of awesome. Of the books we discussed this week my favorite was The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Such an interesting genre mix!

I also forced myself to make this tasty healthy raw kale salad using my farmer's market kale. I am feeling full and loaded up with vitamin A!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Feeling Groovy

Feeling Groovy, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Pink dress: Old Navy
Black Cardigan: J Crew
Turquoise Belt: Forever 21
Black flats: Steve Madden
Black headband: goody

It's a yucky rainy day where I am at so I needed some bright colors. Especially since the library's Hootsuite (it helps you schedule tweets) crashed on me and we lost some tweets. I had to stay at the library for an extra two hours to troubleshoot that stuff. Booooo.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Corral me

Corral me, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
Via Flickr:
Coral cardigan: Old Navy
White tank: Mossimo
Skinny jeans: Old Navy
Gray Toms

Opps!! Week one of school got away from me (due to me trying to finish a project I should have finished this summer). So this picture happened last Wednesday when I only had my Children's Lit class (so I had the luxury of being casual).

Other than catching up, life has been busy but beautiful. I am reading really interesting articles on social impacts (for social science) and reading really cool picture books and youth novels. I finally caught up on that reading this weekend and celebrated by cleaning my apartment and visiting the Farmer's market. I really know how to party!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shoe Spice up

Shoe Spice up, originally uploaded by You dress like a librarian.
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Black tee shirt: Gap
Gray skirt: Merona
Red Polka dot skimmers: Old Navy

I'm already falling back into my comfort zone of black and grey so, before I left the house I made a shoe change so I would bring a bit of brightness to the library. Today was busy, but good. It was raining, so I cozied up to the reference desk with a big mug of coffee and helped students with those beginning of the semester questions: how to find textbooks, how to print, where the bathroom is, etc. I helped a student reset her email password and she was beyond grateful. It's the little things.

I am also pumped about my new android app- TuneRadio. I can put on NPR and carry my phone with me so I can listen to it while I get ready, make food, etc. And the sound is so much better than my old crappy radio. Excitement!

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School!

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Green t-shirt: Mossimo Supply Co
High Waisted denim skirt: Old Navy
Mary Janes: Xhilaration
Necklace: Forever 21

I was admittedly dreading the first day of school because summer was so wonderful (nights off to cook, read, and catch up on tv) but this semester looks to be a good one. I woke up this morning, listened to NPR and drank coffee, took a walk, biked to the library for a reference shift, and am now settling down for an online class. I feel busy but I really like my schedule (more time to myself in the morning). It's my last "real" semester before I start applying for jobs (in which I will be a nervous wreck!) so I plan to enjoy being a student.