Summer festival jewelry + accessories round-up

I started the year with a “no shopping” rule, and for clothing, I’ve stuck to that, excepting items I’ve bought with gift cards. But this summer, Sam and I went to a lot of local and regional festivals, and I decided that helping support local artists and small businesses — with booths full of interesting jewelry and accessories — was also a good exception to this rule.

So I’ve rounded up all the jewelry and accessories I purchased this past summer at local festivals, arranged chronologically by festival. (And please note that whenever possible, I am linking to jewelry sites, but I am not getting any commission from any clicks or possible purchases.)

Tacoma Pride Fest

At our local Pride Festival, I bought a recycled leather tote bag, with matching clutch/makeup bag, at Patrick Kdep’s booth, Patrick’s Creations. You’ve seen this bronze tote bag several times throughout the summer, including here with a black maxidress and here with a paisley top and dusty rose jeans.

Librarian for Life + Style | Patrick's Creation tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze clutch bag closeup

Point Ruston local vendor fest

One day when Sam and I were strolling along Point Ruston, we stumbled upon a local vendor fest, and Sandford & Daughter had a booth there with jewelry made from copper tiles salvaged from the old City Hall building in downtown Tacoma. Variations of these earrings, plus other jewelry made with salvaged copper tiles, are still available online!

You can see where I wore these earrings on this Instagram post from July.

Librarian for Life + Style | Earrings made from Tacoma City Hall tiles

Ethnic Fest

At Ethnic Fest, I snagged these wood rainbow earrings by Green Tree Jewelry. They’re so lightweight, and I like that I can showcase my LGBTQ+ advocacy whenever I wear them! 🙂 And these “Pride Earrings” are still available on the Green Tree Jewelry site!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green Tree wood rainbow earrings

Also at the Ethnic Fest, I couldn’t pass up these awesome patent leather circle bag with magazine cover photos of Michelle and Barack Obama. The bag also came with a coordinating wallet, as seen here in this post. I got this purse at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth, who also gifted me a cute little purse charm of a lady in a black-and-white print dress. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Nikky's Niche purse charm

Glass Fest NW

At the Glass Fest Northwest, located at the marina behind the Museum of Glass, I picked up this brass bracelet from the SquirrelVsCoyote booth. I love love LOVE the bold and feminist statement juxtaposed with the delicacy of the bracelet design itself. This bracelet is also still available on the SquirrelVsCoyote Etsy shop.

You’ve seen me wear this bracelet in several posts over the summer, including here, here, and online in this Instagram post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brass bracelet by SquirrelVsCoyote

Librarian for Life + Style | Brass bracelet closeup

Sumner Rhubarb Fest

As you’ve seen in several posts on my Instagram feed, including here, here, here, here, and here, I’ve been wearing the three lightweight leather earrings I got at the Koko Made What booth our first time attending the Sumner Rhubarb Pie Festival. I will always support a girl entrepreneur, and these earrings are so fun — and easy on the earlobes!

You can custom order earrings through Koko Made What’s Instagram. (And isn’t that name just the best?!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Koko Made What leather earrings

McKinley Hill Street Fair

At this year’s McKinley Hill Street Fair, I picked up wood African circle earrings at Kijiji Village Craft booth. And you’ve already seen me wear these fun earrings here in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wood circle earrings

Looking back over the items I’ve purchased at local fairs and festivals this past summer, I have definitely been drawn toward lightweight statement earrings! I’m also into recycled jewelry, as evidenced by the recycled leather tote bag and earrings made from salvaged copper. And best of all, I get to wear interesting and unique jewelry and accessories made by local or regional artists and support small business owners at the same time!

Any personal faves of yours? I’d love to hear from you —  please leave a comment and share! 🙂


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SIA: Courthouse ceiling

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose one of her own photographs; she is an accomplished photographer, which you can read more about here on her blog. She chose a photograph of the ceiling in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, a photograph she took in 2013 during a family trip.

You can read more about the Old Courthouse — which is now located in the Gateway Arch National Park! — here and here.

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Daenel chose this photograph of because of the soft muted colors and the architecture. It is certainly beautiful! And the circular view reminds of one of those kaleidoscope images. (And this not the first architectural dome that has provided sartorial inspiration for us, as seen here from a prior SIA post.)

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, September 25th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, September 26th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

Cat wings | Dressing up a cat tee for work with a midi skirt

This is my final summer work look (although I’ve been on summer break for a few weeks; my 3-day-a-week posting schedule can delay outfit postings), although it could TOTALLY work for a fall work outfit for those, like me, who are still experiencing hotter temps.

So it still feels like good timing for this outfit, which for me has ALL THE THINGS:  cats, more cats, a midi skirt, pattern-mixing, comfy tee, statement earrings, red lipstick, and a public art mural backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

That’s right, I’m doubling down on the cats! #noregrets

And I had to choose WHICH cat tote to pair with my cat tee, because I have more than one cat-print tote bag. I am that kind of cat lady, yes I am. Again, #noregrets. I chose my multi-cat tote bag over my bolder “Meow!” cat tote, as seen here, because I wanted my Jason Wu for Target cat tee to take center stage.

Librarian for Life + style | Cat tote and tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Ahhhh, red lipstick and retro-style silver hoop earrings. Classic. And my silver metallic nail polish matching my earrings? Hello, my name is Jen, and I love to color-coordinate. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee + silver earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

The backdrop is one of wings in a Native American art style. It’s actually one pair of wings in a trio of wing murals, and I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile. I particularly like this pair of wings, because of the bold lines and color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat wings | Midi dotted skirt with a cat tee

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this floaty floral maxi (which you can see on its own here in this post). I have worn this floral maxi a couple of times for fancier occasions, but this time, I decided to make it more casual with a chambray button-front shirt. (And yes, it’s still summer up here in the PNW, and I wore this on a sunny and warm day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

By the way, we took these photos on our back steps, which had definitely seen better days! Basically right after we took these photos, we worked on replacing those steps — yep, with me and my husband doing all the work — so these photos are the last remnants of what our back steps used to look like! (The new steps are now stained red, like the posts in the railing and our fence.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

This dress is so fun! I love how the overlay with all the flowers is sheer, so it creates interesting depth and shapes when I move. And the v-neck on this dress is deep, so I wore the maxi over a black sports bra, as per my usual clothing layering trick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA interpretation: Autumn abstract

A quick note that the reader poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, which he painted in 1950. It’s one of the most notable examples of the “poured-painting” style that Pollock used during the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can read more about this painting here and here.

Below is an openly licensed photograph of the painting hanging in The Met:

Photograph of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock" by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

Photograph of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock” by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

And below is a closeup detail of the painting via The Met’s website, where you can also see additional closeups and photographs of the painting. The detail below gives you a better sense of the colors Pollock used in the abstract painting.

Detail of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" by Jackson Pollock

Detail of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock

Salazar chose this painting because she “recently learned that his drip paintings are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature, which I found fascinating… Plus, the neutral color scheme and the title make this an appropriate choice for September.”

My interpretation:

My outfit is a bit out-of-the-box, at least regarding the SIA challenge, but no worries, I will explain all. I am on summer break right now, so I wanted to highlight a typical outfit that’s more casual and sportier than what you usually see on my blog. I wore this outfit on a sunny (albeit chillier) summer day last weekend, when my husband and I enjoyed a picnic and stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeup

So how does this tie in with the abstract inspiration artwork? The navy and tan colors reflect the two major colors in the painting, obviously. But for me, this outfit — and how it ties into the SIA challenge — comes down to the closeup of textures and accessories, seen above and below.

Salazar mentioned that Pollock’s abstract paintings “contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature,” and I was intrigued by that. Therefore, I chose pieces that, upon closer inspection, have interesting patterns, like the cable knit pattern on this fisherman’s sweater, and the checkerboard pattern on my sneakers. But the core of this idea is the scarf, which is actually a map of the Portland transit system! (Click on the photo below to open a larger version.) It just looks like random lines and squiggles on a piece of cotton fabric, but there is method to its madness. Like Pollock’s abstract paintings. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

It felt great to be out by the water. And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you, as always!), then you know the Ruston Way waterfront is one of my favorite places in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Weather:  Sunny but chillier — and it’s always colder by the water

Where:  Picnic and stroll along Ruston Way waterfront

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, September 12th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

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