Bookstore Jen

Another day, another outfit with my new red eShakti dress. This time, it’s a casual look that I wore on an outing with friends who were visiting Portland. Of course, we had to stop at Powell’s, Portland’s famous bookstore (it takes up an entire city block). I also happened to have a Powell’s gift card that I had won at a drawing at a recent librarian conference. Woot! 🙂

My first stop was the children’s section, where I scouted for old copies of Nancy Drew mystery stories. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but it was fun to look at the rows of old children’s classics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore Jen

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore Jen

For a casual variation with this red dress, I topped it with my darker denim jacket, which is my entry for Bri’s “Third Thursday Threads” challenge, with this month’s theme being “Must-Have for Summer.” My must-have is a denim jacket, as it is classic, goes with everything, and provides layering opportunities and warmth when it’s needed — especially as summer nights (and the shade) can still be quite chilly up here in the Pacific Northwest.

I then added neutral accessories with a putty-colored skinny belt, tan slip-ons, a canvas tote bag, and earrings made of old dictionary pages (!) and a bronze bee detail.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bee dictionary earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore Jen

Details:  Red cotton dress:  eShakti, new  /  Denim jacket:  Old Navy, gift-carded fall 2012  /  Tan slip-ons:  Grasshopper via DSW, this spring  /  Skinny belt:  Came with dress, Macy’s, last fall  /  Tote bag:  Gift from my husband, this winter  /  Earrings:  Online jewelry store, old

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore wall

A wall decoration in Powell’s, with photos hanging off Ikea curtain rods. A great idea for an art wall!

And here is what I eventually chose with the proceeds of my Powell’s gift card:  Two books by one of my favorite authors, Robin McKinley; a “card catalog” set of notecards (I couldn’t resist!); and a wooden postcard in the shape of Oregon (which I thought would make a nice art piece to one of our own art walls at home).

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore purchases

Librarian for Life + Style | Bookstore Jen

What’s your favorite local bookstore? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

Link ups:  Look What I Got  /  Summer Style  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  Spotlight Weekly  /  Third Thursday Threads


13 thoughts on “Bookstore Jen

  1. Salazar

    I’ve been reading mostly ebooks lately, but I’m itching for a visit to my favorite bookstore soon too – it’s a used bookstore. It has tons of English affordable books and the store itself is attached to a cafe with amazing food, so win win 🙂

  2. Mary

    We were just in Powell’s on…Monday, it was. I’ve gone there both times I’ve been to Portland. I LOVE it more than any other bookstore I’ve ever been to.

  3. Sherri

    Hi Jen I am visiting via Tres Chic Thursday. I am glad to find your blog! This is a beautiful red dress. I like how you paired it with the denim jacket. I actually linked up my favorite red dress this week too. I would love to invite you to join the #WhatWivesWearLinkUp. If you are interested we meet every Thursday at I look forward to following! ~Sherri


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