Cherry red + rain boots

This past summer, Sam and I went to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland for the first time, as part of our anniversary outing, which you can see in this post. On the garden tour, the guide advised everyone to visit the Chinese Garden when it was raining — not a difficult prospect in Portland most of the year! — as the plants, stones, and roof tiles were designed to provide a different experience, and variety of sounds, during the rain. That it is an all-seasons experience. Sam and I never forgot that, and when a couple of weekends ago, we had a free afternoon on a rainy day, we took the opportunity to revisit the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots

I also took the opportunity to wear my newly thrifted red jeans for the first time (more details next week in my monthly budget post), pairing them with my navy rain boots. The color of the jeans, which looked like a darker red under store lights, looks much brighter in natural light. Like a bright cherry red!

And below, “Gertie,” the owl on my owl sweater, peeks out to say hello. (She was feeling shy today. You can see her in full plumage here in this post. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots


I added this wool hat that I thrifted years and years ago in Texas, but I didn’t quite realize how much it matched the jeans! It’s also a very bright, cooler shade of red. I think this might be the first time this hat has made it to the blog? I’ve had it so long, and I wear it often in the winter and spring. The shape is like a cross between a cloche and a bucket hat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots

And Sam caught a few shots with me in my raincoat:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry red + rain boots

Linking up with these lovely ladies!


12 thoughts on “Cherry red + rain boots

  1. Meghan

    That place looks so cool! We don’t have much of an Asian influence here in Georgia so there’s nothing really unique like that. There are a lot of places to go see weird lawn art though. It’s not nearly as pretty. I love the hat. I think it polishes the outfit off perfectly.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      We have both a Chinese Garden and a Japanese Garden here. The Chinese Garden is right in the middle of downtown, so it’s kind of surreal having this tranquil space in the middle of high-rises. The Japanese Garden is in the west hills, so it has a very different feel. We enjoy going to both — and both are very picturesque places to take photos! 🙂


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